- Producer27/06/2017Quit while at the TopLada Prkic shared a beautiful buzz about the Stiniva beach on the Croatian island of Vis. In a response to my comment Lada wrote "Dear Ali, it sounds to me like an intriguing thought for a new buzz. :-) Hiking on a steep and narrow path is...
Comments28/06/2017 #16 Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman, beBee Brand AmbassadorYes, @Gert Scholtz, and @Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee, I love that sentence, as well. "Walking the forest, observe and imagine... sparks our creative senses and takes us away from the everyday hassles of life. Whether we take the shady path or the sunny path, we must be aware of the changing landscape as we continue our journey.27/06/2017 #15 CityVP 🐝 ManjitAre the people in Australia at the bottom of the world because we have a conception called North, or are they walking on the top side of the world and we are the one's walking upside down self-corrected by gravity?
I ask this because I could determine that in my life I have been to the top but what happens when I notice that my life is upside down while everyone else I find at the top with me see top as being top. If I am truly true when I am the only one upside down, I will have discovered at that very point that what society judges as being top is the bottom in reality.
How can we live on a round planet and still ask whether we are on top or at the bottom? Is our desire for material existence so strong that we need this feeling of being on top? How sweeter is the bottom if it is a place that is real and how comforting is the top if it is place we imagine to be? Unless we are thoroughly grounded the words of Ecclesiastes are profound indeed "Everything is meaningless".27/06/2017 #14 Gert Scholtz@Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee Because I am so fond of nature and of walking trials, this sentence had a special appeal to me: "We need to walk the forest, observe, imagine, experiment and search for the intricate relations not only among trees, but also with their ecosystems. As we do so we discover new facts and we find the landscape of our emotions changing. Our hearts reach a bifurcation point- a junction with many branches or roads. Each direction will take us to a different destiny. " Thank you Ali, I shall walk with a different awareness from now on.27/06/2017 #13 Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee#11 It takes two to tango. I am a firm believer of this and I love our brains to tango together dears @Sara Jacobovici and @Joyce 🐝 Bowen Brand Ambassador @ beBee. I am deeply moved to both of you for your deep appreciation. I assure you this is reciprocal.27/06/2017 #12 Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee#10 This is a very positive respective dear @Sara Jacobovici. If the comfort zone is of reasonable duration then I agree with you. However; when people stretch their comfort beyond reason and needed "pausing" then problems start. If the comfort zone is for thinking and imagining the action comes next. If there is no action then the comfort zone is in reality comfort that isn't to be.27/06/2017 #11 Sara JacoboviciI like @Joyce 🐝 Bowen Brand Ambassador @ beBee's expression of your writing @Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee, "beautiful prose". Your writing does move the reader emotionally, thoughtfully and through the flow of your ideas. I can not agree with your buzz more Dr. Ali and I can not say it better than this: "We need to walk the forest, observe, imagine, experiment and search for the intricate relations not only among trees, but also with their ecosystems. As we do so we discover new facts and we find the landscape of our emotions changing."27/06/2017 #10 Sara Jacobovici#6 #7 Dear Gentlemen, @Javier 🐝 beBee and @Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee, allow me to perhaps re-frame the concept of comfort zone and the idea of rest not producing something like change or growth. Movement is key in living, changing and growing. If we get stuck, cease to move as a result of being in a "zone" or place that we are using to falsely protect us from whatever we are fearing, then we can not change or grow. Things don't happen "outside" this place, things happen once we begin to move. That could be in coming to the realization of where we are and what we need to do. This isn't outside the zone, we can still be in that zone and yet the magic can still take place. In this way, resting is not a cessation of movement. It is a time when we may physically not move, but we continue to be moved, by our thoughts, observations, assessments and decisions of what would be the next viable step for change and growth.27/06/2017 #5 Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee#4 Thank you for your sharing and lovely comment dear @debasish majumder. Tat we have many choices without info where to go or which direction to follow leave us with the option of following our hearts and intuition as @Mamen 🐝 Delgado perfectly reflected in her comment. Because of the complexity of the terrain we shall not know the outcome. All what we can do is walk in small steps to learn, discover, adapt and grow. People with linear thinking shall find the journey troubling.27/06/2017 #4 debasish majumdernice insight sir @Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee! when we may confront with manifold of paths, is it we solely responsible to opt for the path, not knowing what to be waiting for us? is it just mere adventure, or we may visualize a picture being reflected in our faculty? how come the available conditions impacted us and what degree to stimulate us to go for an opted path? exactly it seems to be pretty weird when we opt for a linear path, but that is perhaps the destiny of human beings to against nature! however, lovely intriguing post sir. enjoyed read and shared. thank you for the lovely buzz.27/06/2017 #3 Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee#2 "in my life, some of them in a drastic way, and I have done it when my heart and my intuition have showed me the way". A great quote from your comment @Mamen 🐝 Delgado. Truly impressive.
I was on my peak of publishing research papers related to chemistry. At that time I changed my interests and I followed my new self. People forget that the top is risky as a small nudge may send us spiralling downwards. Even in business this holds true. When Kodak was on the top of cameras it failed to see the emerging new top of electronic cameras. Its success blinded her and where is Kodak now. Sometimes the darkness of the unknown is a better choice than the lightness of success.27/06/2017 #2 Mamen 🐝 DelgadoI am not sure if it is better to change direction while at the top of success or through failure. All I know is I have changed my direction many times in my life, some of them in a drastic way, and I have done it when my heart and my intuition have showed me the way. Nothing to do with rational decisions, deep thoughts about it or long nights without sleeping.
It's been much easier, just my heart telling me the way to go...
Great Producer @Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee, it is always a pleasure to read your writings. 💫
- 27/06/2017Support ocean conservation...The Ocean: Everybody's Business The Ocean is probably the biggest employer in the world, it provides half the oxygen we breathe, it has absorbed a quarter of our CO2 emissions and puts...
Comments28/06/2017 #7 David B. GrinbergMany thanks for your comments and engagement @Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee @Joel Anderson @CityVP 🐝 Manjit and @Lyon Brave.
Ali, I'm going to defer to Manjit regarding my starting a new hive on this topic. But not because I think it's a bad idea. Rather, I'm my social media activity, like everyone's, is limited by time constraints and information overload. Moreover, I'm still trying my best to keep up with the busy bees in my hive, "Universe, Space & Beyond" and growing the membership (shameless promotion) https://www.bebee.com/group/universe-space-beyond
Again, many thanks gents!27/06/2017 #5 Joel AndersonAn important message indeed. As part of the crew on Spaceship Earth I merely add a message to all of us; "I Dare You to embrace a different mentality about ONE EARTH as it is the only one we have." I am but a cosmic spec on this Blue Planet, but I am grateful that you posted this as it will take all of us to make a difference: Thank you and and Sir Richard Branson for your efforts in making a difference in a world needing difference making: One Earth, One Ocean, One River, one person, one step at a time.27/06/2017 #4 CityVP 🐝 ManjitTHere are three hives that this buzz can be placed for my own learning purposes.
It can be placed in the Crimson Hive because there is a relationship between activism and the ocean, but I will take examples of activism and place those in the Crimson Hive.
It can be placed in the Violet Hive because our attitude to Oceans is also a personal measure of our own creativity and our awareness of how we coexist in a system and we are not separate from that.
I placed this buzz in the Green Hive because we call Earth our home, but the actual part of Earth we normally refer to is land we live upon - but the Earth in reality is Planet Ocean that happens to have land masses between the ocean. "Home" is ocean+earth.
While the ocean is salt-water, it's role in keeping us alive is extraordinary, and just as important is a focus on Fresh Water. As a starting point however we must look at this buzz and allow that inform us what we each individually mean by the word "HOME".27/06/2017 #2 David B. GrinbergFYI - Sir Richard Branson supports this important ocean conservation effort, read his blog about it on Virgin's website https://www.virgin.com/richard-branson/we-are-all-crew-spaceship-earth View moreFYI - Sir Richard Branson supports this important ocean conservation effort, read his blog about it on Virgin's website https://www.virgin.com/richard-branson/we-are-all-crew-spaceship-earth
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- Producer25/06/2017Creativity Is Turning Cost into BenefitThe idea of this buzz emerged while preparing a lecture on Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR). The pyramid of responsibility below shows that making profits is the basic one. Legal responsibility is an enforced one by law comes next. Ethical...
Comments27/06/2017 #65 Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBeeI wish to express my gratitude for @Louise Smith for his "brave" engagement in these discussions. The success of beBee is partly linked with the degree of engagement we have on this platform. Certainly, Louise stands very high in this area and as high as an oak tree.26/06/2017 #60 Jean L. Serio CPC, CeMAInteresting you should write about corporate social responsibility, Ali. Todays Millennials prefer to join companies who consider social responsibility the norm, rather than the exception. Once joining them, if they discover this isn't the real case, they quickly move on. Thanks for another valuable share.26/06/2017 #59 Louise Smith#53 You can tell this is a topic close to my heart.
I haven't read all the comments but have to get some shuteye now. تصبح على خير
I will read the rest another time.
Thank you for your inspiring posts.
I wade through many inane pieces of writing every day (not on beBee)
and it's like drinking from a clear fresh running creek/stream to read your posts.
تصبح على خير26/06/2017 #58 Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee#56 That is a valid point, Louise. I think you should consider writing a buzz on this quote from your comment "it takes time and that is what we don't have". You remind me of a quote that I read years ago "People need as much time as you give them". People need to sense the urgency of a problem to ct together.26/06/2017 #54 Louise Smith#28 That's what advertising is for !
When I was a teenager, I didn't wear Brand Name clothes. I didn't really know they existed. There were not many that were available and they were incredibly expensive. I never experienced or saw any bullying due to this. How about today's teenagers? A friend nick named his "Want Want". For obvious reasons.
I know a 10 yo who has not 1 but 3 DS game console's each worth at least AUD $200.
I didn't own anything worth $200 until I bought my first car in my 20's for $2000 !
How times have changed !
But why is it so? - Professor Julius Sumner Miller
Classic children's show on Australian TV from 1963 to 1986 featuring American physicist, Professor Julius Sumner Miller.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LIfxV7uNZXQ26/06/2017 #53 Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee#51 Thanks Louise, but I meant it differently as a way of expressing my appreciation. I didn't in any way mean otherwise. I hope I didn't say something out of the context because simply I am not this type of man. I hope that @Deb🐝 Lange, Brand Ambassador @beBee View more#51 Thanks Louise, but I meant it differently as a way of expressing my appreciation. I didn't in any way mean otherwise. I hope I didn't say something out of the context because simply I am not this type of man. I hope that @Deb🐝 Lange, Brand Ambassador @beBee read my intentions the way I meant them. Close26/06/2017 #50 Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee#48 this is the challenge embedded in your comment @Louise Smith. You wrote "But we have no influence". Again, you remind me of ants in turbulent waters. Each ant alone will sink. However; by hooking to each other and forming a raft they float. WEakness is in working alone. I think small may generate a butterfly effect that will disrupt the climate of current businesses if they hook together.26/06/2017 #49 Louise Smith#16 This has happened recently in Adelaide South Australia ( http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-02-08/sa-heatwave-forces-rolling-blackouts-angering-government/8252512 ) and was partly blamed on the lack of power generated by renewables at that time.
But where are the renewable power battery storage systems ?
Where is the advance planning to cope with this situation which often occurs in Australian Summer?
In fact, it was the market operator, who runs the national electricity market, who didn't foresee the problem
and generate enough power or turn on extra generators to cope with it in advance.
Also the LNP in government used this to score political points by incorrectly stating that renewable energy is not sufficient.
Again where are the renewable power battery storage systems ? Where is the advance planning?
Whose responsibility is it ? Clearly the power companies do not care about the ordinary people and their businesses suffering as a result.
I am trying hard not to believe that I live in a 3rd world country !
- Producer20/06/2017It’s All About Traditional Chinese Medicine & Japanese Shiatsu! (Similarities & Differences)Traditional Chinese Medicine or TCM is one of the oldest alternative medicine with a written history of almost 2,500 years. On the other hand, Shiatsu evolved from a Japanese massage based on ideas in Traditional Chinese Medicine.Shiatsu and TCM...
- Producer10/06/2017Adieu, Dear Tree: In English y en EspañolSeventy years ago, Julia Wells planted a tree in her yard. I suppose she wanted quick growth to shade her house. She got it in the form of a Silver Maple. Whoooooosh, it grew. Julia Wells moved on either to the nursing home or some kind of care,...
- Producer28/05/2017Crimes Of Ignorance Part 2: The Killing Of The Earth By The Fossil Fuel IndustryDid you ever wonder about energy? Next to nature it’s the most powerful force on earth. It can change the course of mighty rivers. It can bend steel in its bare hands….ooops sorry that’s Superman.But you know what. Energy is a lot like Superman. On...
Comments29/05/2017 #19 Jim Murray@Michael O'Neil. Your points are very well taken. I guess everybody has a different cultural reference point. It seems to me the smaller the country the more flexibility they have in terms of shifting energy priorities. I sincerely believe that solar is the future because it seems like every year they are figuring out ways to make it more and more compact, (lessening the manufacturing carbon footprint). Thanks for the insights. They are most appreciated.29/05/2017 #18 Phil Friedman#17 That is an astounding number, Michael. I've personally always favored Hydro-electric power generation, but even that begs for further analysis, given the statistic you cite.
I am getting to think that one of, if not THE first order of business is the dectralization of electrical power generation to eliminate the hugest losses from the distribution grids.29/05/2017 #9 Jim Murray#6 @Phil Friedman I respectfully disagree. It's the only decision. What's not simple is making and sticking to the commitment and applying the same ingenuity to the development of cleaner technologies. I get that fossil fuels will be with us until they are gone, but there are technologies that exist right now that reduce carbon emissions to almost nothing, and they are being repressed because billion dollar oil and manufacturing companies won't make the commitment to use them. Because they put profit over people. It's all really asinine when you think about it. But then again, we are living in the Age Of Stupidity.29/05/2017 #8 Marisa Fonseca DinizI have a company that develops sustainable construction projects and renewable energy in Brazil, but despite the expertise in the area, the most difficult is to make people understand the need to preserve the environment, and if we do not do it today, tomorrow may be too late. Great article @Jim Murray!29/05/2017 #6 Phil Friedman#4 Yes, Michael, and the composites from which most electrical generating turbines are made are petrochemical-based polymers. The equations are complex, much more so than much off the lay public and the tree huggers assume. Not saying that the ultimate balance is away from fossil fuels, just that it isn't a simple decision. Cheers!28/05/2017 #3 ☘️Don PhilpottSensible lady - "be the change you want to see in the world." In Germany the grid is greening up nicely. China has invested heavily in solar. Most of the Nordic countries have been on the green agenda since the 60's. My own place, Ireland, is awash with permaculture, reforestation, wave power, wind energy, ground pump heating systems, passive building and sheep's wool insulation. Shell can still buy off the police though. A definite echo in ... "The light at the end of the tunnel"
- Producer11/05/2017Mindfulness is Not Blank. Mindfulness is Clarity.I stood at the edge of the trail, my face in the sun and my eyes closed behind my sunglasses.My phone buzzed. A new text. I reached into my pocket and was about to pull the phone out, when I stopped myself. It can wait.I turned my face back into...
Comments05/06/2017 #16 Aaron 🐝 Skogen#15 For just a little bit @Sarah Elkins. I helped my Brother and his family move over the weekend. They moved from a small acreage to a larger one about 20 minutes west, almost dead center on the top of the Buffalo Ridge here in SW MN (you can throw a softball into SD). Anyway, they are surrounded by section upon section of CRP. Wild grasslands in all directions, from the oasis of wetlands, cottonwood, oak, poplar and blue spruce that shelter the homestead. After the final round of "heavy lifting" yesterday, I sat down, beer in hand.
I heard nothing but bird song, and the wind flowing through a HUGE Cottonwood on the northeast corner of the property. I lost myself in the wind sweeping up a ridge line to the southeast. The grasses performing natures ballet, dancing up the ridge in sweeping viridescent shades. The wind and the grass reminded of two lovers holding hands as they journeyed the road less traveled, basking and joyful in the moment. At some point I lost sense of the birdsong, the rustling of the cottonwood, my own breath, my heartbeat, and, yes, even the cold beer in my hand. I'm not sure how long I was there, yet a phrase came back to me when I started to feel my heart beat again, "He-nay-nee" said my mind. In those moments, I felt complete peace.
Thanks for that phrase Sarah!
It is much like another from the Natal region of South Africa. There the phrase is “Sawu bona”, which translated means “I see you.”12/05/2017 #14 Nicole Chardenet"The hamster wheel" - what some call the "monkey mind". It never stops, it's always going, you're always thinking...mindfulness helps to give it a rest. Your mind doesn't go willingly, rather like a Type-A CEO who needs to be tied down in an airplane seat for a much-needed vacation. That buzzing little hoozit in your pocket? It can wait.12/05/2017 #12 David B. GrinbergThank you for this beautifully written buzz, Sarah.
As a nature lover myself, I concur with -- and echo -- your strong sentiments. There's nothing that compares to the beauty and wonder of nature to set one's mind at ease, to help find solace, peace and tranquility in today's hyper-paced and fluid high-tech world. Thus, let's all raise a glass to Mother Nature and treat her with the respect and admiration she deserves. Keep buzzing...11/05/2017 #3 Joanne GardockiThank you for the virtual mindfulness exercise, @Sarah Elkins, and the beautiful picture. I can feel the sun even though it is cloudy here. Thank you for the extra dimension of he-nay-nee; sharing language, culture, history and personal experience with one word. I love language and what you have shared resonates deeply.11/05/2017 #1 Christine StevensMy yogi always says that mindfulness isn't an empty mind or not thinking. It's acknowledging the distracting thoughts, then putting them aside until the proper time to deal with them, and then returning to the present and your focus. It is much like the "It can wait" with your text messages.
- Producer30/04/2017OSMOSIS OF AVARICE!Five years old daughter of Aloke, Ritu is craving to her Dad, ‘Dad, you please come little early. Without you how I will celebrate my birthday? My all friends are invited. They equally want the company of my dear Dad. I don’t want to buy any...
Comments01/05/2017 #14 Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman, beBee Brand AmbassadorIt seems some decision makers don't have the human race nor our beloved planet in their best interests, no matter where we live. The selfish desire for wealth and power is increasingly alarming. What is so unfortunate is we don't know about the corruption until a disaster happens.01/05/2017 #13 Liesbeth Leysen, MSc. Brand Ambassador beBee, Inc.mmmmmm, sad @debasish majumder, sad stories remind us that it is not evident when everything goes well, gratitude is the answer for that!01/05/2017 #12 Lisa 🐝 GallagherVery sad stories of the two families indeed. Making cuts to save money on behalf of human lives happens throughout the world sadly. I think of all the fracking that takes place in the US and they have proven there's been an increase in Earthquakes in the areas that do fracking yet nothing has been done. Oklahoma is one such state that was not prone to Earthquakes but that's changed since fracking began, not to mention all the poisons that spill into the soil which travel to the water that people use and consume. We need to take better care of mother earth. My heart broke when I read of that poor gal losing her father (on her birthday, no less) and even for the entire family that was killed in the accident.01/05/2017 #10 Ian WeinbergThanks for a screenshot of life in its multi dimensions. Indeed there are much more complex and timeless systems in play that influence every aspect of our existence. The question is - has mankind reached a threshold level of presence wherein the very source-files of the system may be corrupting? Thanks for this thought-provoking buzz @debasish majumder01/05/2017 #7 David B. GrinbergNice buzz, Debasish. It's very unfortunate that many politicians in the USA and elsewhere are climate change deniers despite the overwhelming evidence to the contrary. That age-old saying is really ringing true: "You can't fool Mother Nature."
To wit: decades of environmental degradation caused by greedy corporations, Big Oil, and carbon producing industries worldwide have only contributed to a host of already alarming problems, including: unclean air, polluted water, record-setting temperatures, rising sea levels, super storms, melting ice sheets and ozone layer depletion (in and over Antarctica), etc. It's a long and ugly list on the road to ruining the only planet we currently call home. A sad story indeed.
- ProducerEarth TLCQuilted clouds above A thirsty earth begs for tears Rivers in cradlesCheers!-Franci Eugenia Hoffman beBee.com - It's a way of life. Welcome to my hives- Hive Talk-Featured hives Hive Talk Bee respectful Respectfully Yours...
Comments29/04/2017 #4 Tausif MundrawalaThirsty earth beg for tears. I am still trying to escape from this beautiful words created by you. Your poem made me to visit this buzz once more. Exceptionally well written. So much was said in this brief beautiful poem.
Words are still ringing in my ears. You are an exceptional poet my friend, @Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman, beBee Brand Ambassador
- Producer22/04/2017The Plight Of The Humble Coastal Tree That Could Save Us All.Now, before I launch into this diatribe I have a confession to make; I have never liked mangrove forests or mangrove trees in general. From afar they look fabulous but get up close and personal and, once inside that forest is a bit like stepping...
Comments26/04/2017 #53 Aaron 🐝 SkogenI have seen the Mangroves in South Florida (where I believe they are protected) and in Haiti, but have not spent any time walking or wading through them. This article inspires me to take a closer look the next time I have a chance. I guess I'd better pack a bugsuit though! We joke around here that the Mosquito could be the "Minnesota State Bird", as they do come out in droves in the summer, but the Mangroves may have me rethink the word "droves". . .
Its unfortunate to see coastal development destroying this ecological treasure. You'd think we, as a species, would learn.
Thanks for the educational piece @Paul Walters and a quick thanks to @Dean Owen for leading me here by sharing a link on my buzz.24/04/2017 #41 Paul Walters#30 @Pamela 🐝 Williams Thanks for that. Environmentalist?? Well perhaps I will however coninue to write about it. Just wait for further pieces on kalimantan ( Borneo) and Sarawak ( Malaysian side of Borneo) The environmental destruction there is indescribable all for timber and the growing of palm oil . 75% of the native forests have gone in just 40 years !!24/04/2017 #38 Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman, beBee Brand AmbassadorI grew up in Florida, where Mangroves contribute to the health of the coastline, especially in South Florida. They are true natives to the state of Florida and state and local regulations are set to protect them. They are considered one of Florida's most important resources. And yes, Avon's Skin-so-Soft is a great mosquito repellent. Thank you for the excellent read, @Paul Walters.
- Producer16/04/20174 Things You Must Think about When Hiring A Skip BinIf you’ve got a high volume of waste that you need to dispose of quickly and cost effectively, hiring a skip bin is a smart move. It’s easy, hassle free and all you have to do is fill it up before it taken away for good! You might be thinking of...
- 13/04/2017Humans have killed nearly half the trees on earth so far.
A new study of arboreal density around the globe indicates humans are directly responsible for killing almost half the trees on the planet. This latest report confirms the devastation we already knew, but in a very real way, since this study is the first of its kind to be derived from actual data, giving us a more accurate picture of the Earth’s forests than ever before.
This study is the first-ever data-driven global tree census, so it provides the most accurate count of trees to date. Researchers calculated there are some 3.04 trillion trees on Earth today, which breaks down to approximately 422 per person. That’s good news, because it surpasses previous estimates that put the figure at just a fraction of that. The bummer, though, is that the current number of trees represents a 46 percent decline since humans started cutting them down.
Arriving at the new tree density figures was a feat partly of mathematics and partly of wizardry. Researchers collected 429,775 ground-sourced measurements of tree density from every continent except Antarctica. They combined that information with satellite data on climate, topography, and human land use. The resulting models predicted tree density around the globe down to a single square kilometer.
Comparing those tree density predictions with spatial maps of forest loss, the researchers calculate that humans are removing approximately 15.3 billion trees each year, with the highest rates of decline happening in the tropics. Forest regrowth accounts for a little more than 5 billion trees per year, making for a net loss of around 10 billion trees annually. That’s a lot of tree killing we’re doing, people.
Comments13/04/2017 #1 Praveen Raj GullepalliIf we give serious thought to nature, it is plain to see that most of the stuff that humans do goes against or is detrimental to the habitat they live in. Flora and fauna nurture each other. two sides of the same coin. Yin and Yang. O2 and CO2. Where the hell did we come from anyway!? ;)
- 11/04/2017Our Most Iconic National Parks Are in Danger of Becoming Oil and Gas Drilling Hot Spotstv.fusion.net Few people know that there is drilling going on in our national parks at...
- How to stop deforestation: 'Indigenous people are the best park rangers'
Trees soak up greenhouse gases, so how do we ensure their protection?
1 | Stop subsidising agriculture that harms forests
Countries need to stop using outdated fiscal policies for agriculture. In some places, such as Brazil and Indonesia, the amount spent by their governments on subsidising agriculture is more than 100 times higher than the international funding provided to those countries for forest conservation. It sends out a contradictory message if a government is signing up to zero deforestation commitments on one hand, whilst simultaneously making deforestation more attractive to farmers.
2 | Invest in indigenous people
Forest dwellers are best placed be the first ones to indicate threats and call for help. In the past, radio units were installed in some indigenous communities in the Brazilian Amazon and they did wonders. I think the more we invest in getting low cost tech resources like this to people living in forests, the more we will get in return to fight deforestation. There are 20 million people living in the Brazilian Amazon, we should support their role in protecting their forests. They are the best park rangers as their cultures and livelihoods depend on healthy forests. Yet support rarely reaches them.
- Urban cliffs for better city biodiversitywww.linkedin.com Natural cliffs in the landscape play home to a variety of flora and fauna. By contrast, cities are full of tall vertical structures whose glass...
- Dropping costs in renewable tech spurs rapid shift to clean energy
Welcome to the clean energy revolution – with or without Trump. A new report from the United Nations Environment Programme, Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF), and Frankfurt School – UNEP Collaborating Centre for Climate & Sustainable Energy Finance reveals plunging costs in renewable technology have generated a whole new world of power. Unsubsidized renewables in more countries are now the cheapest new form of energy.
Renewable energy detractors love to claim it’s too expensive, but that criticism simply doesn’t hold up anymore, according to the new report. Per megawatt, the average dollar capital expenditure fell by more than 10 percent for wind and solar. The report also revealed worldwide solar generation costs fell by an average of 17 percent in one year. Onshore wind dropped by 18 percent, and offshore wind plummeted by 28 percent.
After the dramatic cost reductions of the past few years, unsubsidized wind and solar can provide the lowest cost new electrical power in an increasing number of countries, even in the developing world – sometimes by a factor of two. It’s a whole new world…instead of having to subsidize renewables, now authorities may have to subsidize natural gas plants to help them provide grid reliability.”
“Moving from fossil fuels to renewable sources such as solar and wind is key to achieving social, economic, and environmental development,” Renewable energy creates jobs, provides electricity for people who didn’t have it before, and reduces air pollution, all at an increasingly low cost.
- 01/04/2017The world’s first mall for recycled goodsmakewealthhistory.org Last week I wrote about the Edinburgh Remakery, and how they are trying to foster a culture of repair. It’s one of the most shared posts I’ve ever written, and there’s clearly a...
Indoor Pests - how to deal with them without using Poisons....
Just remember - Boric Acid is very poisonous for cats.
- 22/03/2017All a big lie by big business and big pharma..... We knew it all along....We don't need neonics to feed us. It's time for a global ban.actions.sumofus.org The UN just released a scathing report calling the idea we can't grow food without pesticides a...
- Producer21/03/2017Put Your Head Deep in Your PocketIn my previous buzz I shared my inspiration of seeing a relationship between ice crystals and the shells of turtles. Soon afterwards Sara Jacobovici published a buzz and the image below. Sara wrote in her buzz "The picture of the fireworks...
Comments24/03/2017 #45 Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee#44 @Laura Mikolaitis- your comment is #44 and yet you bring fresh ideas and meaning to choices, pocket, decision-making and use of time. To make a decision is a choice and its timing is important. I enjoyed very much the idea of having our pockets full and the subsequence we get of our greatness. It is the time to realize eto humble ourselves so as not to cloud our choices. I may add here that these clouds aren't rainy and that they may not water new seeds of ideas.
I thank you for caring to write such a lovely comment.24/03/2017 #44 Laura MikolaitisExcellent post, @Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee. The image of the sea turtle is particularly stunning and quite clearly is an excellent visual to help enhance the thoughts and ideas that you share in this article. Your point about toxic employees is well taken and is something that I have experienced during my career. But what stands out to me the most about this post is this: choice. Most of us are fortunate enough to have the ability to exercise the power of choice. From something as simple as deciding what to have for breakfast in the morning to something more intricate like making a life changing decision, we have the ability to choose. Good, bad or indifferent.
We all have pockets so your point about deciding whether or not to put our heads in clean pockets really resonates. Each day we find ourselves in a variety of environments and within that day are likely faced with varying degrees of challenges, people, and decisions to make. I believe that there will always be negative forces that will impede us if we choose to let them. But I also believe that we have the ability to discern between good choices and bad ones. Yet, I also realize that sometimes our pockets are full and that can cause us to feel overwhelmed and perhaps cloud our choices; which is why it is even more important to recognize the value of time and how we choose to expend it.24/03/2017 #43 Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee#42 I recall your post dear @Aaron 🐝 Skogen and it was a brilliant one besides introducing us. I value your comment greatly. I expanded on this buzz in my published buzz post to this one"
Put Your Head Deep in Your Pocket
https://www.bebee.com/producer/@ali-anani/put-your-head-deep-in-your-pocket24/03/2017 #42 Aaron 🐝 SkogenI enjoyed this thought provoking post @Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee. It reminded me (in Spirit) of a post a wrote last year called "Find the Gift" https://www.bebee.com/producer/@aaron-skogen/find-the-gift. I say in spirit, because my theme was different, as I was dealing with the loss of a co worker, yet very similar in the cleansing of which you write. There is an inherent cleansing of our "pockets", mental, physical and spiritual, found in nature, we only need to seek it. The beauty is, its easy to find!23/03/2017 #41 Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee#40 This is your second comment on my buzzes today @Jean L. Serio CPC, CeMA and I am privileged indeed. Your comprehension of the buzz and your extractions of its main points are a resource of pleasure for me. Your comment stands out my friend.23/03/2017 #40 Jean L. Serio CPC, CeMA"Fertilizing ideas in unclean pockets simply doesn't work. When we set aside pockets of time to relax and kick the microbes out of the pockets we must ensure that we do this perfectly well" is excellent advice for us all, Ali. Plus I'm sure your comment " That is why I go to nature where I feel all negative ideas are poured out of my pockets and then the eggs of new ideas fill the clean pockets" resonates with many as well. It seems we are closer to nature than we realize. When we immerse ourselves in nature, it seemingly surrounds us providing the comforting atmosphere needed to encourage the release of emotional 'baggage' in order to regroup and stride forward. For me it's the beach. Thanks for another thoughtful share, Ali.23/03/2017 #39 Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee#38 Thank you so much dear @Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman, beBee Brand Ambassador for your comment is a bridge of different comments. You related the comments of @Sara Jacobovici, mine, @🐝 Fatima G. Williams and then @CityVP 🐝 Manjit wonderfully. You actually showed us the need for change and how to go about it by doing so.
Trust me I friend when I joke that I don't ever mean to belittle people or being rude. I mean it as a way to enlighten or infatuate the reader.23/03/2017 #38 Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman, beBee Brand Ambassador#22 Ali, I don't find your joke at all rude, and I, like Sara, am infatuated with your statement "Between choice and action there seems to exist a chasm. We need to be able to build a bridge to cross the gap or be able to fly over it. Else, find another choice or path."
Now thinking about Fatima's comment "How did the noise enter our pockets"? Is it because we allowed it to or were we too naive to see there was a problem? And if we were too naive to see it, can we recognize the fact we need to build a bridge, etc.? The dirty pocket can then become a pocket of despair with no hope of getting out.
This brings me to CityVP's comment "Correcting thoughtlessness is like trying to make a hole in water with our finger, but engaging in thinking, that is what we are doing here - these are our pockets and they contain our future. The dirt of the past is not where my hands are, they are not in my pockets, but navigating to pockets of change ahead and here."
Engaging in thinking is key but there are those that need to be empowered to process thoughts and see the need for change. Your comment " Yes, we humans tend to magnify risk and then avoid it more than with the profit." IMO, this is an example of what can lead someone to the dirty pocket unknowingly.22/03/2017 #36 CityVP 🐝 Manjit#32 Where is the pocket of thinking reside but in our brain, nervous system and psychic connection. Hives are simply catalysts of ore, it is our pockets of thinking that extract its gold - it is why honey attracts us in the first place - because we see it as golden. The pockets of thinking are that gold, hives are the ore that hold that gold, and affinity is our principal tool of extraction.22/03/2017 #35 Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee#34 If you only had written this comment dear @CityVP 🐝 Manjit before I responded to the very grand comment of @Sara Jacobovici just before your comment.
I am relieved. The surprising thing is while reading your comment the idea of pockets of thinking crossed my mind. You then surprised me by using it. I shouldn't be surprised because I know what value to expect from your comment.
Just a question crossed my mind- how do you compare or relate the idea of hives with pockets of thinking?22/03/2017 #34 CityVP 🐝 Manjit#30 What we still retain in our minds today will be in the digital pockets of tomorrow. The fundamental reality of our children's children is going to fundamentally change. We have all lived in the rear view window - that is not the immersive and extended life reality to come, in an immersive environment what we consider to be only internal will be external. The pockets that yesterday contained genetically modified corn will contend with pockets of ever increasing innovation and either we become someone's pocket of corn or we adjust to the virtual, spatial and synthetic pockets of tomorrow.
It is already happening but we are not present to it, because we think that the lineage of our past is the linear continuity of tomorrow. This is the transformation, it is why today we talking about fractals and butterfly effects - the pockets of thinking we engage here are a part of these pockets of change.
Correcting thoughtlessness is like trying to make a hole in water with our finger, but engaging in thinking, that is what we are doing here - these are our pockets and they contain our future. The dirt of the past is not where my hands are, they are not in my pockets, but navigating to pockets of change ahead and here.22/03/2017 #32 Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee#31 I shall be open with you publicly dear @Sara Jacobovici. I expected more hot discussions (not views) on my last two buzzes for I believe they took serious effort from me to write. This wasn't the case as desired. But then comes a comment that send me flying over the chasm and this comment just did this. For long times I have been considering writing a buzz titled "The Wave-Based Strategies" in which I introduce a new way of thinking strategically. The wrote the buzz draft months ago. Each day I find an idea or example that reinforces my confidence in this strategy. However; my main reward is the discussions that I expect because this is a truly two-way learning method. A comment of the depth of yours may finally convince me to publish this natured-based strategy. Thank you Sara for the uplifting.22/03/2017 #31 Sara Jacobovici#22 "Between choice and action there seems to exist a chasm. We need to be able to build a bridge to cross the gap or be able to fly over it. Else, find another choice or path." I haven't stopped thinking about this @Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee View more#22 "Between choice and action there seems to exist a chasm. We need to be able to build a bridge to cross the gap or be able to fly over it. Else, find another choice or path." I haven't stopped thinking about this @Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee since I read it. I have always referred to Viktor Frankl's quote, "Between stimulus and response there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom." Your quote, Dr. Ali, branches out in a way that deserves attention. Thank you. Close22/03/2017 #30 Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee#29 You open many of discussions my dear @CityVP 🐝 Manjit. I keep saying the more we know, the more wwe find how much more we need to know. The human body is the least understood system. If I write a review on what foods were claimed medically to be harmful and then reverse of finding I shall be myself surprised. The gut-brain relationship is another exemplary example of what I mean. Emotions, stress and relaxation who can claim how they change our body chemistry. The brain which has hundred of thousand of molecules we only about 300 of them. We make new tools to probe the human body only to be more bewildered by its complexity. I am afraid the children of our children will find that they need to pass the same message to their grandchildren. WE are living systems with many hidden secrets for us to uncover. We complicate things further by what you wrote elegantly "Our way of life, our education, our social associations are all that of primitive beings no matter how advanced our knowledge is - we are products of a marketed, conditioned and ignorantly bounded beliefs, each living in siloed boundaries". We need to clean our pocket of thinking.22/03/2017 #29 CityVP 🐝 Manjit#23 We engage in lifestyle activities that first damage the microbes that were instrumental to the creation of life and then our life choices empower the harmful microbes that are alien to human wellness.
It is only in recent years that the medical community has been forced to come out of its individual silo's and connect brain and gut health, because of a few whole system minded health professionals have began pointing out a relationship between gut microbes and the brain. Even today the world of medicine has an inadequate understanding of the gut-brain relationship. http://www.nature.com/news/the-tantalizing-links-between-gut-microbes-and-the-brain-1.18557
Once we know that to be human is to be a living system, we change our relationship from a social and tribal one to an intelligent and integrated one. Our children's children will come to know that world - and recognize us as the primitives we really are - the one's that at least have began finding our way out of the industrial and medieval caves. Our way of life, our education, our social associations are all that of primitive beings no matter how advanced our knowledge is - we are products of a marketed, conditioned and ignorantly bounded beliefs, each living in siloed boundaries.
We think out of our own pockets instead of creating pockets of humanity - a humanity that understands our partner organisms within us that make us whole. What is the single biggest problem with healthcare in the United States but pockets full of money - not pockets of humanity connecting with other pockets of humanity.
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- Producer06/03/2017Green Facades : Why are some Architects scared?Why are some architects scared to use vegetation at the heart of their façade design? Is it the loss of control implied by adding vegetation to the design? Is this due to a varying emphasis on greenery during architects’ training? Or just that it...
Comments07/03/2017 #16 Claire L Cardwell#14 People don't realise just how important good architecture is for their lives. Living and/or working in a poorly designed space has a well documented deleterious effect on your health. There has been slew of articles recently about the benefits of natural light and how green building practices increase employee productivity and happiness.07/03/2017 #11 Devesh 🐝 BhattThe public associates greenery with snakes, insects and allergies, atleast such is the case here in India.
The pollution of the big cities has resulted in ever increasing cases of children with breathing problems and greens seem to trigger more problems.
Although greening is good for thw eyes, another prevalent problem amongst city kids today.
Something that i need to study on before i can make claims about the health issue but i can definitely state the market condition, they fear snakes , insects , maintenance issues and yes someone has an allergy.07/03/2017 #9 Javier Rojas GarcíaHi, Claire. I agree Lada. Recently I tried to design a vertical green garden inside one office in Barcelona but it was impossible to make it natural. At first everybody likes it but then somebody talked about mosquitoes, another about who has to take care of it and finally they started to be afraid to broken water pipes in the middle of the office... Finally we built an artificial garden, it was nice but not the same. Next time I´ll try harder.06/03/2017 #3 Lada 🏡 PrkicHi Claire. I’ve posted a similar short post on LI about treescrapers. I am a big supporter of plants in architecture. All this concrete needs greenery, and people need more contact with nature
But the recent ‘flood’ of the tree-covered skyscraper designs raises the question about its real sustainability, considering also the treescraper concept a form of greenwashing.
I’ve read many articles that criticized treescrapers, mainly because of unrealistic visuals with myriads of high trees placed on every horizontal surface of the building, although - as said in the article - a building will never look like a drawing. Obviously, a big issue is how to maintain all these plants. As I said in one of the comments, if more of these treescrapers are built (Boeri granted approval for Cedar Trees Tower in Switzerland) many questions about planting and impact on environment will be resolved, and then will show how sustainable these buildings really are.