Future Forest – Turning Today’s Desert into Future’s Forest Update: We were delighted to receive an email from Ambassador Kwon Byong-hyon. He told us that delegates had very warmly received his presentation at the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification COP9 Summit in Buenos Aires. Our video, Taming the Yellow Dragon A Billion Trees in the Desert was used during the Buenos Aires presentation. In fact, the Future Forest project in the Kubuqi Desert is now being held up as a flagship model for afforestation projects around, and Kwon Byong-hyon has been asked to serve as a roaming ambassador for […]
Understanding Neighbourhood Planning In Your Local Community Want to have a say over where new homes, shops and offices are built or what new buildings should look like? Maybe you want to protect and enhance your local high street, choose where new industries should be located, or protect your local green spaces for generations to enjoy in years to come? Neighbourhood planning allows local residents and businesses to have their own planning policies in a neighbourhood plan that reflect their priorities, deliver tangible local community benefits and have real weight in planning decisions. Local people can also grant permission for […]
We can all take a lesson from this video. Watch the wake up call of this community. May all your dreams come true this Christmas, Cheers, Kitty.
The community of McMurdo Station on the West Antarctica ice shelf has a resident population of around 200 people. This number grows to over 1,000 when conditions are favourable for scientific research. Almost three miles of ice buries most of Antarctica, cloaking a continent half again as large as the United States. But when an Antarctic ice shelf the size of Manhattan collapsed in less than a month in 2002, it shocked scientists and raised the alarming possibility that Antarctica may be headed for a meltdown. Even a 10 percent loss of Antarctica’s ice would cause catastrophic flooding of coastal […]
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Community Rights educator Paul Cienfuegos explains how “We The People” are exercising the authority to govern ourselves and dismantle corporate rule. When small farmers in rural Pennsylvania wanted to say “no” to a corporate factory farm coming into their community, they learned they couldn’t, because it would violate the corporation’s “rights” and state pre-emption laws. So they did something technically illegal – their town passed an innovative ordinance banning corporate factory farming. It worked! The corporation left town. Pittsburgh upshifted the approach: Rather than define what we don’t want, define what we DO want. Their “Right to Water” stopped natural […]
Really good neighbours watch out for each other. They ask each other for advice, and offer to help, especially on matters that impact the larger neighbourhood. They respect each others’ boundaries but are quick to assist in a crisis. They look for opportunities to collaborate and to socialize. Great neighbours make for great neighbourhoods, and it is well worth the effort. Local community living conditions are greatly improved overall, when people treat each other with consideration.
I want to take this opportunity to thank all our loyal subscribers and readers for participating in interactions at Mikode. I especially want to thank Dr. John Carlyle and his wife; without their financial support over the past three years this site would not exist. Wishing everyone peace, love and joy over the Christmas festive season and for the New Year 2015.