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- Niger – Farmer Managed Natural Regeneration – Farmers use a simple, natural way to regrow trees and stop desertification.
- USA – Green Business in America – U.S. businesses strive to become more eco-friendly.
- Video Overview – Ecotipping Points: Success Stories for Sustainability
New Capsule Story
- Iraq – Mesopotamian Marshlands – Formerly desiccated marshlands are brought back to life.
New Capsule Story
- Indonesia – Borneo – Restoring a Rainforest – An orangutan rescue project provides valuable lessons for re-creating a rainforest.
- Next World TV – Large collection of videos on environmental topics.
- GroundRoots – A compilation of stories about water, land, waste, climate, and economics from a citizen journalist.
New Ecotipping Point Publications:
- Gerald Marten. 2011. EcoTipping Points: Strategies for Shifting from Decline to Restoration. Yes! Magazine online, Jan. 28
- Regina Gregory. 2011. Turning Things Around. Common Dreams, Jan. 27
New Capsule Story
- USA – Alaska – Denali BioTechnologies – Valuable wild blueberries are harvested on deforested land, providing good nutrition and an economic boost to remote villages.
- Ecodana – A non-profit social enterprise that supports green solutions to poverty issues in developing countries. Ecodana uses crowd-funding to support specific small grassroots sustainable projects in partnership with local NGO’s.
- Sahaja Samrudha – A grassroots organization working closely with the rural community in South India. Sahaja has revived many traditional seed varieties, established a seed savers network, and runs a successful organic producers company.
- Teaching Kids About Water Conservation – A collection of resources for educators
New In-depth Story
- Germany – Freiburg – Improving sustainability with transportation, energy, waste management, land conservation, and a green economy.
New In-depth Story
- Mexico – Oaxaca – Community Reforestation in the Mixteca Region – The Center for Integrated Farmer Development recently won the Goldman prize for reforesting highly eroded lands and rescuing the traditional sustainable agriculture of the region.
Read our In-depth story follow-up reports:
- Follow-up report on pesticides in Andhra Pradesh documents how non-pesticidal management spread to over 3,000 villages (Replications of Punukula Example to Other Villages in Andhra Pradesh, India).
- Replication of Apo Island’s Example to Other Villages in the Philippines
- Summary of Reconnaissance for an In-Depth Study of Agroforestry and Community Forests in Nakhon Sawan, Thailand
- Report on field visits to Yadfon Association’s working areas in Trang Province, Thailand
- Revised versions of our How Success Works are now online
- French educational materials for our Apo Island story (by Courtney Carrier in Canada)
- TreeHugger – A one-stop shop for green news, solutions, and product information.
- Scientists and Teachers in Education Partnerships – A K-12 outreach program with a wealth of resources for science and math teachers.
- Watershed Restoration with Agroforestry and Community Forest Management in Nakhon Sawan Province, Thailand. The adoption of agroforestry farming and communally-managed forests empower impoverished villagers to optimize their resources, both natural and human. Watch a 14-minute video
- India – Rajasthan – Water Warriors: Restoring Traditional Earthen Dams for Rainwater Harvesting and Groundwater Replenishment – Revival of traditional rainwater harvesting dams recharges the aquifer, transforming a drought-ridden landscape. Watch a 11-minute video
- China – Biogas – Millions of rural households in China have switched to homemade biogas for cooking, with far-reaching environmental and social benefits.
- Germany – Feldheim – Energy independent community. A community becomes completely energy independent with wind, biogas, and solar.
- China – Leadership Training and Cooperation for Sustainable Community Development – The Harmony Foundation of Canada educates Chinese mayors and community residents for sustainable development.
- Dominican Republic – Solar Based Rural Electrification – Small-scale enterprises for rural electrification with solar panels begin in the Dominican Republic and spread through Latin America and other parts of the world.
- Peru – Micro-Hydro Power – Isolated communities on the eastern slopes of the Andes achieve electrification with small hydroelectric generators in rivers and streams.
- Mexico – Quintana Roo – The Vigía Chico Fishing Cooperative – A remote fishing village devises community management to protect its lobster fishery and ensure a high quality of life for everyone
- Apo Island – follow up report
- Thai Mangrove – follow up report
- Thai Agroforestry – follow up report
- New York City Video – Community gardens in New York City reversed a vicious cycle of urban decay, crime-ridden empty lots, neglect, and population flight, while producing food, flowers, and wildlife habitat. These gardens nourished the bodies and souls of 800 neighborhoods, and inspired urban community gardening across the nation. Watch a 12-minute video
- How Success Works – This lesson uses six flagship case studies, dealing with a range of environmental concerns, to identify ingredients for success that they hold in common. How Success Works is an ideal lesson to teach about paradigms of success and the concept of EcoTipping points within science, social studies, or English classes. Students see 5-10 minute videos, read short case studies, identify ingredients for success in each case, and review the ingredients with a teacher-led PowerPoint. Students can also use fill-in diagrams to map out vicious and virtuous cycles in the stories. The cases can be used individually or as a group depending on teaching goals. All stories come with front-loaded vocabulary to help student comprehension and provide one tool for assessment. See Lesson Plan and Instructional Materials
- Launched of newly re-designed site (September 18)
- Gerald G. Marten and Catherine E. Matthews, 2009, EcoTipping Points: Sharing environmental success stories with students, What EcoTipping Points are and how they work, including lessons for teaching EcoTipping Points to K-12 students. The Science Teacher, Vol. 76, No. 7, October 2009.
- Check out our 7-minute video on the Apo Island story. A marine sanctuary in the Philippines sets in motion community fisheries management that reversed a vicious cycle of destructive fishing and depletion of fish stocks, restoring the island’s coral reef ecosystem and fishery and rescuing a fishing village’s cherished way of life.
- For Teachers: Curriculum from Debbie Trogdon-Stout
- For Teachers: Feedback Diagrams for Teaching EcoTipping Points
- For Teachers: Ingredients for Success in EcoTipping Point Case Studies
- New Capsule story – Massachusetts (Boston) – Nira Rock – An old quarry is transformed into a sanctuary for wildlife and people alike.