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For several weeks now, various stakeholders here in my country, the Philippines, have been debating, clashing and trading barbs through the media on the benefits of mining. On one side, giant mining companies, which earn big from the business, are defending the benefits of mining. It helps the local communities they say. On the other side, environmentalists and local communities are stressing that mining do ...

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Climate-Smart Agriculture (Working With Nature Not Against It)

I can still remember (me and Giedre were there) that early morning on the last day of the 2010 COP16 UN Climate Change Summit in Cancun, Oxfam unveiled a giant sand sculpture of Mexican farmers called for concrete action for the sake of the millions of poor people around the world who are already feeling the effects of climate change. Farmers all over the world feel that agriculture is extremely vulnerable ...

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Ecovillages: Muddy Roads and Clear Visions

Founders and inhabitants of ecovillages (human sustainable community settlements that use green energy and ecotechnologies in order to become more socially, economically and ecologically sustainable than any city) may be living in remote areas and with purposefully limited daily communication with the rest of the world, but they could as well be fully aware of the pressing issues of that world and having id ...

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