Self-Taught Nature Photographer Alison Pollack Tracks the Fascinating Fungi of Northern California
A really good read on deforestation stripping the Amazon, and dirty gold from Peru ending up in Swiss jewelers' trinkets:
All of this.
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How the Women of Standing Rock Are Building Sovereign Economies
-- The first annual Sovereign Sisters Gathering brought together women and their allies to talk about how to oppose the current industrialized economy and establish a new model, one in which Indigenous women reclaim and reassert their sovereignty over themselves, their food systems, and their economies.
“When did we as a people lose our self-empowerment? When did we wait for a government to tell us whether or not we could have health care? When did we wait for them to feed us?” Allard asked. “When did we wait for laws and policies to be created so that we could have a community? When did that happen?" --
I'm not sure if Cliterati will show a preview so I included this excerpt. This is a cool article about Lakota women who are working on #foodsovereignty and #energysovereignty projects. Women lead the way ✊♀️💚
"Mangroves are a testament to the miracle of trees. Of the 60,000 or so species of trees on Earth, only mangroves tolerate saltwater. They thrive where freshwater mingles with the ocean, just beyond the shores of more than 90 countries in South-east Asia, South America, North America, Africa, the Middle East, the Caribbean and the Pacific. Their thick tangles of ropey roots capture river sediment, thereby reducing beach erosion and preventing pollutants from flowing into the ocean. A 100-metre-wide swath of mangroves can reduce the height of a wave by as much as two-thirds. They sequester carbon three to five times more powerfully than upland tropical forest.
Mangroves are often referred to as "the nurseries of the sea"—clusters of them make breeding grounds for fish and crustaceans. Although exact estimates are hard to come by, it's likely that hundreds to thousands of fish species spend their lifecycle around mangroves. Researchers estimate that 80 percent of the global fish population is dependent on healthy mangrove ecosystems, and in turn 120 million people worldwide depend on them for income. Migratory birds also make seasonal homes in mangroves."
We're saddened by the passing of celebrated #HiddenFigures mathematician Katherine Johnson. Today, we celebrate her 101 years of life and honor her legacy of excellence that broke down racial and social barriers: https://www.nasa.gov/katherinejohnson?utm_source=TWITTER&utm_medium=NASA&utm_campaign=NASASocial&linkId=82950859
"How Steak Became Manly and Salads Became Feminine" - The Conversation https://getpocket.com/explore/item/how-steak-became-manly-and-salads-became-feminine
Sidenote: I never knew "food historian" was a real occupational title but now I'm very interested.
In a cold country ❄️🌌❄️
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