How Norway learned to stop the use of palm oil in its products

Palm oil makes headlines throughout the world for the massive deforestation that is being caused by the industry. While globally people are now awakening to this fact, action is required on an international level the world over. One country that has taken all out action is Norway. Today, all food products in Norway are produced without palm oil or extremely negligible amounts of it. The move by … Continue reading How Norway learned to stop the use of palm oil in its products

Jordan’s first female plumbers breaking taboos and helping to solve the country’s water crisis

Jordan’s first female plumbers are helping reduce water waste in a country where water is scarce. Under the Water Wise Women’s initiative, local women as well as Syrian refugees are being trained to be plumbers. Jordan is suffering from one of the world’s worst water shortage crises, exacerbated by increased demand from an influx of more than 600,000 Syrian refugees. Moreover, around 40% of the … Continue reading Jordan’s first female plumbers breaking taboos and helping to solve the country’s water crisis

Sustainable Cities: How San Francisco is becoming a Zero Waste City

San Francisco aims to achieve zero waste by 2020. To date, the city has diverted 80% of its waste from landfills. Since 2009, all residents and businesses have been required to recycle and compost their waste, making it the first American city to make composting mandatory. With its successful zero waste initiatives in place, the city is gaining much attention from all around the world. Government … Continue reading Sustainable Cities: How San Francisco is becoming a Zero Waste City

Ginseng poaching threatens plant’s survival

Poaching of plants, including corals, for medicine and for collectors has become a common problem throughout the world. While the poaching of plants, particularly endangered species, has not caught the same amount of attention worldwide as the plight of endangered animal species, plants are vital to the planet, and the survival of the planet and the people who inhabit it. One such plant that faces … Continue reading Ginseng poaching threatens plant’s survival

Young filmmaker Asha Stuart documents the lost tribes of Africa now living in India

A native African tribe has been living in the dense forests of South Asia in quiet obscurity for more than 500 years, and is now the subject of a short documentary by National Geographic Young Explorer, Asha Stuart. Known as the Siddis, their ancestors originated from the Great Lakes region of Africa before being captured and brought to India as Arab slaves. When slavery was … Continue reading Young filmmaker Asha Stuart documents the lost tribes of Africa now living in India

Madagascar Vanilla: Documentary exposes how Chinese businesses wreak havoc on trade

Madagascar is the leading exporter of vanilla, one of the world’s most valuable and sought-after spices. Malagasies often refer to native flora, vanilla, as the “life-force” of the country. Despite the fact that 80% of the vanilla on the global market originates from Madagascar, vanilla farmers are living near or below the poverty level and in constant fear of losing their crop to theft. About three out … Continue reading Madagascar Vanilla: Documentary exposes how Chinese businesses wreak havoc on trade

Bolivian President Evo Morales Is Banking on the Country’s Untapped Resource: Coca Leaf — Longreads

Instead of eradicating its coca crop, Bolivia is trying to market coca in a variety of products. Will anyone outside of Bolivia buy them? via Bolivian President Evo Morales Is Banking on the Country’s Untapped Resource: Coca Leaf — Longreads Continue reading Bolivian President Evo Morales Is Banking on the Country’s Untapped Resource: Coca Leaf — Longreads

Down to Earth: Film documents family’s 5-year journey learning from indigenous communities

Down to Earth is a documentary that charts the journey of a family of five who cross six continents, living with some of the planet’s oldest indigenous communities, in the quest for a new perspective on life. Leaving the rat race behind, a London couple, along with their three young children, film their five year journey into the jungles of India, the Australian out-back and the Kalahari … Continue reading Down to Earth: Film documents family’s 5-year journey learning from indigenous communities