nurture the seed and it will blossom’ - Maori proverb

Legal Personhood for Nature?! From New Zealand to the Rest of the World

From New Zealand New Zealand is the first country that has granted personhood rights to natural entities and landmarks; landmarks that are of divine and spiritual importance to the Māori, the native population of Aotearoa – New Zealand. In the worldview of the Māori, these landmarks are perceived as ancestors as we humans together with all animals and plants...

Time For Nature - UN Environment Day 2020 hosted by Colombia

UN World Environment Day 2020 & Beethoven Pastoral Project. A Musical Commitment to the Future of our Planet

On the 5th of June 2020 we celebrated the United Nations‘ World Environment Day 2020 hosted by Colombia with this year’s theme “Time for Nature” and focus on biodiversity. As this year coincides with the 250th anniversary of the birth of the German composer Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827), known for nature to be his biggest love, a project has...

The Efficiency of Values-led & Place-based Environmental Management of Indigenous Communities

Have you ever wondered why landmarks under Indigenous stewardship are so much more efficient with rich flora and fauna? Here’s an idea. Indigenous, place-based communities have developed an environmental learning that was passed onto them by their ancestors. These ancestors had developed a sustainable way of tilling their fields, harvesting and settling in sustainable relationships with the new environment....

Don't forget to BE - Illustration by Javi Luque

On the Potential of Crisis

We currently suffer from fear, panic and a loss of freedom of mobility. We tend to forget that every crisis also bears a lot of potential. Here is my personal elaboration on the potential of crisis. This crisis provides time for reflection. It forces us to slow down, stop and think; something that was (seemingly) not possible before because...

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