At 40, Earth Day Is Now Big Business

At 40, Earth Day Is Now Big BusinessSo strong was the antibusiness sentiment for the first Earth Day in 1970 that organizers took no money from corporations and held teach-ins “to challenge corporate and government leaders.”

Forty years later, the day has turned into a premier marketing platform for selling a variety of goods and services, like office products, Greek yogurt and eco-dentistry. >>>

Earth Day 2010: Environmentalists' big day is 40 years old, but protests sprout anew in NYC & beyond

Earth Day 2010: EnvironmentalistsTwo protestors scaled flagpoles in City Hall Park yesterday to hang a banner demanding that the city stop using tropical hardwood for park benches and other projects.

Tim Doody, 36, and Tim Keating, 50, drew a crowd as they hung their 150-square-foot banner from two poles at the south end of the park at 12:30 p.m.

"If Bloomberg Is So Green, Why Is NYC America's #1 Consumer of Rainforest Wood?" the sign read.>>>

Mi'kmaq to mark 400 years since chief's baptism

MiMi'kmaq in Atlantic Canada will celebrate the 400th anniversary of the baptism of Grand Chief Henri Membertou with a special concert and one of the country's largest powwows.

Organizers say they will set up a traditional Mi'kmaq village, hold dance and drum competitions, and host a free concert by Buffy Sainte Marie.>>>

Inupiaq artist battles occupational 'nonexistence'

Inupiaq artist battles occupational "My 'job' does not exist in my culture." An Inupiaq artist opens with that observation in an essay on the dilemma of the artist in traditional Eskimo culture. The fact that her creations are not simply tools for survival can leave her vulnerable to suspicion that she is glorifying shamanism.>>>


Plant Politics: Notes on Ayahuasca, New Christianity and the Brazil Law

Plant Politics: Notes on Ayahuasca, New Christianity and the Brazil LawBy now everyone more or less knows about Ayahuasca: the Vine of the Soul. And for those that don't know that much, hereby I offer the briefest summary.

Ayahuasca is a 'magic' shamanic jungle drink that has been around tribal societies in the Amazon for at least some 10.000 years or so. It has been used for healing, devination, social integration, artistic and religeous inspiration, and other shamanic useages. Through 'scouts' this drink has found its way to other cultures such as the Meztizo's in South America, >>>