Agriculture and biodiversity are strongly interconnected because while biodiversity is critical for agriculture, agriculture can also contribute to the conservation of biodiversity. Sustainable agriculture delineates hope for humanityand the planet as we confront this crossroad. How can we encourage agroecological practices which both promotes and is enhanced by biodiversity?
Behind every successful woman is a tribe of other successful women who have her back. I truly feel this is how I get through the grit and find inspiration on a daily basis. I recently discovered a foundation called Supershe, founded by Kristina Roth. The organization's mission is to bring together badass women around the world that will ultimately empower one another. This morning I woke up feeling humbled and thrilled to see my interview was published on their website!
It's time to start living in a way that a future will be possible for the next generations. The planet is suffering from our deep disconnect and solutions aren't going to manifest through reductionist thinking or individualistic societies. Collectively we have the power to choose the fate of our planet.
Cities have been working toward recovering green space by replacing conventional roofs with a vegetated system. With an urban area containing more than 50% of impervious surface, eco-roofs have an important environmental function providing many ecological and economic benefits. As these roofs move toward the forefront of climate solutions... living roofs give us something worth talking about!
The global production of palm oil is increasing rapidly. The expansion of plantations is directly resulting in deforestation and threatening islands with some of the greatest biodiversity on Earth. Yet, simply eliminating palm oil is not the answer and actually a very short-sighted solution.
I am very lucky to have been embraced by such an amazing community during my internship in the heart of Borneo. There has never been a better example for me that demonstrates a place is only a place without good people. It becomes a home when the faces become friends and friends become family. Batu Puteh, you have lodged yourself into my heart and I will never forget the way you welcomed me into your lives.
I squat below the thick vegetation as I wait for Fikri. My parang rests on the jungle floor and I grab for a blade of grass. Pressing my thumbs to my lips I hold the piece of grass tight and blow softly. A high pitch screeched from where I sat.... "Ashley! Ashley!".... What?? Apparently leopard cats make a similar sound. Just another day in the jungle working on the sampling plot.
Lying on a coconut fiber mattress under the rainforest canopy with only the light from a sliver of the moon can arouse a recital of words. Verbs and adjectives bounce in your head like a passionate game of racket ball. The sounds of the night create an unforgettable reverb like you’ve never heard before. Last night the dance went something like this…..
As a part of the forest habitat restoration research, I am building a plant press to dry and preserve the collected specimens for later identification. You can also learn how to create one at home with recycled materials and press plants you would like to study or display!
Treessupport up to ninety percent of life in the rainforest, filter the air we breathe and give us the raw material for many of the things we use everyday! Today on Earth Day, let us find gratitude for the precious gifts from our planet's forests.
“We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors, we borrow it from our children" ~ Native American Proverb