Author Archives: Guest Author

Tires Get New Life After the Road

October 22nd, 2013 | by Guest Author

Both businesses and talented individuals have been making a positive impact in the number of tires that end up in landfills by using them to create stunning works of art, as well as useful items


Natural Pest Control: Using Bugs to Fight Bugs in the Wild

September 17th, 2013 | by Guest Author

Did you know that not every insect is a bug? A bug is a very specific kind of insect we call hemipterans, or true bugs. Following are the contributions of several insects that actually bug other bugs, providing a service that is so significant to humans, we should honor them with a national holiday


Harvesting Justice 28: Defending Indigenous Land & Water in Honduras – the Case of Rio Blanco

September 9th, 2013 | by Guest Author

On September 12, Berta Caceres, Tomás Gomez, and Aureliano Molina, leaders of the indigenous Lenca organization Council of Popular and Indigenous Organizations of Honduras (COPINH) must appear in court. Their charges? Usurpation of land, coercion, and causing more than $3 million in damages to DESA, a hydroelectric dam company. Berta, the general coordinator of COPINH and an internationally recognized social movement leader, is also facing separate charges of illegally carrying arms “to the danger of the internal security of Honduras.”


Harvesting Justice 27: The Ancestral Values We Inherited – Protecting Indigenous Water, Land, & Culture in Mexico

September 4th, 2013 | by Guest Author

"Within our indigenous community of Xoxocotla, we continue to hold the ancestral values we inherited. It never crosses our mind to leave them behind. Because in daily life we are always in contact with nature, with our lands, with our water, with our air. We live in harmony with nature because we don’t like the way that modernity is advancing, destroying our territory and our environment. We believe technological modernity is better named a death threat."- Saúl Atanasio Roque Morales


Harvesting Justice 26: “They Fear Us Because We’re Fearless” – Reclaiming Indigenous Lands & Strength in Honduras

August 30th, 2013 | by Guest Author

Multinational corporations are moving into Central America to exploit gold and other minerals, rivers, forests, and agricultural lands. One area of high interest in the corporate feeding frenzy is the indigenous Lenca region in the southwest of Honduras. The government has given outside businesses concessions to dam, drill, and cut, in violation of national law and international treaties. More corporations have simply moved in on their own


Harvesting Justice 25: Without Our Land, We Cease To Be a People – Defending Indigenous Territory & Resources in Honduras

August 26th, 2013 | by Guest Author

"We live on the Atlantic coast of Honduras. We are a mix of African descendants and indigenous peoples who came about more than 200 years ago in the island of San Vicente. Without our land, we cease to be a people. Our lands and identities are critical to our lives, our waters, our forests, our culture, our global commons, our territories. For us, the struggle for our territories and our commons and our natural resources is of primary importance to preserve ourselves as a people."


Renovations Done Right: Tips for Dealing with Sticky Situations and Substances

August 20th, 2013 | by Guest Author

We all know that one of the largest costs of a home renovation is labor. Of course, the way to eliminate that is to do the work yourself. But when you've decided to perform a DIY renovation in the bathroom, what do you do when you run into hazardous substances or toxic materials? After all, any time you have water or moisture, you have the potential for mold or mildew, and plumbing that was improperly installed (or subsequently un-cared for) can be a breeding ground for nasty substances in and around your pipes and surrounding walls



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