Just being outside is healthy! Scientists Discover a Major Lasting Benefit of Growing Up Outside the City: The childhood experience of green space can actually predict mental health in later life

Using data from 3,585 people collected across four cities in Europe, scientists from the Barcelona Institute for Global Health (also called IS Global) report a strong relationship between growing up away from the natural world and mental health in adulthood. Overall, they found a strong correlation between low exposure to nature during childhood and higher levels of of nervousness and …

30% by 2030 protecting the natural world from development

Ed note, Indigenous people manage around 80% of the world’s biodiversity on 20% of the world’s lands. From Science Daily: In the past, when protected areas were established, Indigenous peoples were sometimes excluded from using land they had previously relied on for food and materials. This was harmful to many Indigenous communities and did not necessarily achieve the original goals …

“We’re running out of time and options, unless we immediately and fundamentally transform our relationship with Nature” to relationship and respect instead of monetization and extraction. Indigenous Principles of Just Transition

From Cultural Survival – May/June 2020 Proven stewards of global biological and cultural heritage, the Indigenous Peoples have sustained respectful and reciprocal relationships with the natural world without undermining its life-sustaining functions for millennia. Despite the unrelenting assault of the “developed” world on the living planet, more than a quarter of the global land area continues to be traditionally owned, managed, or used …

Universal Declaration of the Rights of Mother Earth

Drafted in 2010 and passed in Ecuador but not in the UN yet. We, the peoples and nations of Earth: Considering that we are all part of Mother Earth, an indivisible, living community of interrelated and interdependent beings with a common destiny; Gratefully acknowledging that Mother Earth is the source of life, nourishment and learning and provides everything we need …

The number of birds in North America has fallen by a third since 1970 and climate change is making long distance migration more difficult

The number of birds in North America has fallen by a third since 1970, and climate change now seems to be making long-distance migration—always something of a miracle—much more difficult. Migratory Birds Are Failing to Adapt to Climate Change By Dharna Noor New research published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences on Tuesday shows that the climate crisis may …

Nature and mental health: An ecosystem service perspective

120 hours of nature access per week was an important threshold – see https://e360.yale.edu/features/ecopsychology-how-immersion-in-nature-benefits-your-health Bratman, G. et al. Science Advances  24 Jul 2019: Vol. 5, no. 7, eaax0903 DOI: 10.1126/sciadv.aax0903 Article  PDF Abstract A growing body of empirical evidence is revealing the value of nature experience for mental health. With rapid urbanization and declines in human contact with nature globally, crucial …

21st Century Bill of Rights

From Brand New Congress: The founders of the United States of America and those that followed established a Bill of Rights to constitute the values reflected by this great nation and those who reside within. Now more than 225 years into our nation’s founding, we recognize the current Bill of Rights falls short of securing the full scope of unalienable …

The Supreme Court’s departure from the constitution and democracy

No legislature, governor, or president has ever suggested that corporations should be considered “persons” for the purpose of constitutional protections, particularly under the 14th Amendment’s equal-protection rights. No federal or state legislature, no president, and no state governor has ever, in more than 240 years, suggested that billionaires and corporations have a First Amendment “right” to unlimited political bribery. Congress …

Footage Reveals Humpback Whales Use Their Fins To Herd Salmon

Humpbacks are capable of innovation and learning new foraging strategies that may help them to feed more effectively on specific prey species. Jordan Davidson Oct. 16, 2019 EcoWatch Graphical representation of vertical pectoral herding by whale in Southeast Alaska. Prey are denoted in yellow. Whale deploys an upward-spiral bubble-net to corral prey and establish the first barrier; pectorals then protract …

To Pay Attention, the Brain Uses Filters, Not a Spotlight

A brain circuit that suppresses distracting sensory information holds important clues about attention and other cognitive processes.8 Jordana Cepelewicz Staff Writer September 24, 2019 VIEW PDF/PRINT MODEBiologyCognitionNeurosciencePerception We can pick out a conversation in a loud room, amid the rise and fall of other voices or the hum of an air conditioner. We can spot a set of keys in …