Friday, October 31, 2008
According to an EU commissioned study, the destruction of forests cost global economy $2-$5 trillion every year, whereas Wall Street by various calculations has to date lost, within the financial sector, $1-$1.5 trillion.
The BBC News reported (thanks to GreenLine Paper for the tip!) about this study, entitled "The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity" (Teeb) and headed by Pavan Sukhdev, an economist of Deutsche Bank. According to the article, the first phase of the study concluded in May when the team released its finding that forest decline could be costing about 7% of global GDP.
So what is exactly this economic loss that results out of the destruction of forests? well, the principle is quite simple - as forests decline, nature stops providing services which it used to provide us essentially for free, such as providing clean water and absorbing carbon dioxide. Then, the report explains, the human economy has to provide them instead, perhaps through building reservoirs, building facilities to sequester carbon dioxide, and so on, or we have to do without them. Either way, there is a financial cost.
If you ask yourself how come the Wall Street crisis gets so much attention and of course an immediate remedy, whereas the forests are left behind, think of relevance to your daily life. I think that's the main issue here. Of course we need more regulation and economic steps to be taken to support conservation and make sure living trees will have greater value than trees that are cut down, but in the bottom line it's mainly about relevance.
People were persuaded that the Wall Street crisis is relevant for each and every one of them due to its overall influence on the economy. But most people don't find the forests' crisis relevant to their daily life, and therefore it doesn't really matter what the price tag attached to this crisis is. And if it won't matter to people, governments and businesses (but especially governments) will find it much more difficult to act in the right direction.
How you make the forests' desctruction more personally relevant for people? I wish I had the right answer. My belief is that it is a combination of more education, more political awareness, more business action and more media attention. As you see there's a lot to be done but we need to stay optimistic and believe in our ability to achieve this goal even in time of financial difficulties.
At least Mr. Sukhdev, the study leader succeed to see the full half of the glass. "governments and businesses" he says, "are getting the point." And he further expalins: "times have changed. Almost three years ago, even two years ago, their eyes would glaze over. Today, when I say this, they listen. In fact I get questions asked - so how do you calculate this, how can we monetize it, what can we do about it, why don't you speak with so and so politician or such and such business."
Raz @ Eco-Libris
More posts relevant to this issue:
Al Gore and Wangari Maathai calls the U.N. General Assemby to support protection of forests
Will the new international fund save the Amazon?
Green Options 2: The Nature Conservancy: 320,000 Acres of Forest Protected in Landmark Deal
Merrill Lynch is investing in forest protection
* Picture Courtesy of Sustainable Harvest international
Thursday, October 30, 2008
Flux are publishers of a magazine and literature within the fields of philosophy, cosmology and ecology and a sustainable future. They're very unique publishers in their approach - some of the questions they ask are: Is it possible to find a deeper resonance between man, society, nature and universe? How can we shift or expand perspectives? What do we find in the forefronts of science? What are the underlying assumptions for science and society? What do we find behind and between formalized categories and reference frames? What about the paradoxes in our lives? What is the role of art and mythology? How do we release human intuition and creative power?
Flux seeks to shed light on these questions through dialogue, fruitful interchange between logic and intuition and crossfertilisation of subjects and fields. Key guidelines: essence, timelessness, reality, simplicity.
What this book is about? here's a short description of it from Flux:
Writer and scientist Per Ingvar Haukeland says, ’I have long felt the need to make Arne Næss’ ecosophy and deep ecology works more available to Norwegian readers, in the hope that more may be inspired to explore their own ecosophy and bring about change in a more ecologically sustainable direction. With this book we can finally present these works.’
The book consists of extracts of works spanning a 40-year period. Its five sections cover the core themes in Næss’ ecosophical and deep ecology thought; 1) The Gravity—and Levity—of Our Times; 2) Sources of Inspiration; 3) Ecosophy; 4) the Deep Ecology movement; and 5) visions for the future. Each section is made up of several subdivisions, which are tied together through short introductions.With images and text we also present individuals who are, and have been, important inspirations to Næss and to deep ecology.
Næss by the way is also very much connected to the birth of Flux - In 2000 Flux published the book Hvor kommer virkeligheten fra? (What is This Thing Called Reality?), seventeen conversations with the philosopher Arne Næss - 'father of deep ecology' - previously printed in the Flux Magazine. This inspired them to start their own publishing house in 2003 with two books in the Paradigm series.
The book's launch will be on November 13. We'll keep you posted with more updates about the book and of course with further news on our new collaboration with Flux. In the meantime you are invited to visit their website: http://www.flux.no
Raz @ Eco-Libris
Plant a tree for every book you read!
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
OK, I admit it: I'm a book whore (hardly a shocking confession for a former English professor). I'm most vulnerable to impulse buying in a book store. When a publishing PR rep contacts me about a book for review, I jump on it like an addict desperate for that next fix.
But, of course, I also know that book publishing takes a fairly heavy environmental toll: as our friends at EcoLibris have pointed out, "more than 30 million trees are cut down annually for virgin paper used for the production of books sold in the U.S. alone." The WorldWatch Institute notes that the average American uses over 300 kilograms (or over 660 pounds) of paper annually. And Erika Engelhaupt, in Environmental Science & Technology, observes:
Reducing paper use does more than save trees. Pulp and paper mills are also a major source of pollution. They release into the air CO2, nitrogen oxides (NOx), sulfur oxides (SOx), carbon monoxide, and particulates, which contribute to global warming, smog, acid rain, and respiratory problems. In addition, bleaching paper with chlorine can produce dioxin, which is known to cause cancer. Paper mills also produce large amounts of solid waste and require a lot of water. The industry is trying to clean up, but anyone who's driven past a paper mill has smelled the challenge.
Yep, that book addiction has quite the footprint. There are numerous approaches to dealing with this impact: "cradle to cradle" book design, Ecolibris-style offsets, used of recycled and non-toxic materials, and, of course, ebooks.
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
Does size (and margins) matter? Yes! - Les Wallace offers a way to save trees and money at the same time
What Happened to Reduce?
There has been a good deal of effort, often led by authors, in reducing the environmental problems caused by the publishing industry. This has usually involved specifying the use of certain paper in its books i.e. non chlorine bleached, not sourced from old growth forests or is at least partly made from recycled paper.
This is to be welcomed and encouraged, but it has missed the most important and by far the easiest method for reducing the environmental impact of publishing – the actual amount of paper it uses.
Comparing books will show that there is a massive difference in the size of their margins. It is not uncommon to see a book that could reduce its paper use by 10 or 15% plus simply by reducing its margins to a size used by other volumnes.
This saves resources, reduces transport and packaging costs, takes up less shelf space and is more convenient for consumers – less paper same text.. Money saved could be used by publishers to use more recycled fibre, if additional cost is an issue.
A mere 10% reduction in paper use for books in America alone would result save 3 million trees every year just by someone reducing margin size when they are designing layout on a PC! Books should start carrying messages that they have reduced paper use by conscientious design in the same way they don't use fiber from ancient forest or do use recycled paper.
It would be great to see both messages together. We need to raise awareness of this fundamental issue amongst publishers, writers and other readers. Emailing photos of books with excessive margins next to those with sensible ones to publishers will show just how wasteful this practice is - totally unnecessary and a form of over packaging.
Les Wallace has been active in recycling and waste reduction for 19 years, He is a member of Falkirk Friends of the Earth group and a member of Friends of the Earth Scotland's CREW (Communities Reducing Excess Waste) scheme. He worked as an intern at the Hackensack Meadowlands Development Centre (HMDC) in 1992 helping to promote reduce, reuse, recycle issues to school kids and the general public.
Monday, October 27, 2008
"Celebrate Green! Creating Eco-Savvy Holidays, Celebrations & Traditions for the Whole Family" by Corey Colwell-Lipson & Lynn Colwell
Few weeks ago we announced here on our collaboration with the authors (buyers of the book on the Celebrate Green! website are offered to plant a tree with their copy of Celebrate Green!) and today we're happy to review the book and to give away one copy of it.I read quite a few guides for green living in the last year or so, but this is the first guide I know that is focused on holidays and celebrations. Why? the authors explain: "the reason it's important to green up our celebrations is that holidays and special days are plentiful...holidays and special days don't happen on one day only in one place; they occur throughout the year in homes, schools, and places of work across the globe." (p. 20)
I have to say I like the concept. Firstly, holidays and celebrations are many times part of traditions, whether these are on personal, family, local or national level. If we embed green practices into traditions, it will be much easier to pass them to the next generations. Second, holidays and celebrations require planning and giving some thought about the details, and hence provide an excellent opportunity to think and discuss the importance of green practices. Lynn Colwell and Corey Colwell-Lipson, a mother and daughter, started their green holidays journey on Halloween 2006 and this book is an important milestone on their green journey.
The book is covering various holidays, from Christmas and Hanukkah to Father's Day and St. Patrick's Day. It also talks about many types of celebrations such as baby showers, wedding anniversaries, office parties and so on. For each of these holidays and celebrations you will find many useful tips on how to green them up. Want an example? how about Halloween, the holiday where it all started for the authors and actually the nearest holiday on the calender..
So how to green up your Halloween? it starts with choosing eco-friendly and/or people friendly treats and treasures. Also use the 3Rs when it comes to treats and treasures: reduce their amount (kids will cherish it more), recycle (make treasures from recycled materials) and reuse (stuff you don't need can be great treasures). You will also find recommendations on green party favors and prizes, eco-friendly costumes, tips on hosting a Green Halloween party and more.
One important thing is that the book try to keep it real. Not too much complicated stuff and many ideas that can fit everyone - from the busiest people to those who have all the time in the world. Still, the authors don't pretend green celebrations can be made at no time and make sure you will understand that it requires planning to have a successful green holiday or party. They also show you how green alternatives don't have to be necessarily costly, as many people may assume mistakenly. Anyone who will implement the 3Rs for any of the holidays will find that you can actually "save some green while going green".So if you are kind of person (and who doesn't) who likes to celebrate and enjoy the holidays and at the same time care about the environment and your footprint this is defenitely the book for you! Add to it the facts that Celebrate Green! is printed on 30% recycled and 70% FSC certified paper, collaborating with Eco-Libris and a portion of the proceeds from the book benefit Treeswing and Healthy Child, Healthy World and you've also a great green and affordable gift to give on the holidays.
We are giving away our review copy of Celebrate Green! How do you get a chance to win it? all you have to do is to add a comment below with a story or advice of yours on how to make holidays and celebrations more eco-friendly. If you have a tip or a story about Halloween that would be great!
And don't forget to check out these websites:
Celebrate Green! website - http://www.celebrategreen.net
More suggestions on how to green your Halloween - http://www.greenhalloween.org
Raz @ Eco-Libris
Sunday, October 26, 2008
Net Ives reports on Advertising Age on the survey's results:
- Almost four out of five respondents agreed that everyone should care about being eco-friendly.
- 43% of respondents agreed with the statement "If I learned that a product I regularly use was not eco-friendly, I would stop buying it."
Saturday, October 25, 2008
As part of our collaboration with the book's author, a tree will be planted for every copy of the book sold this signing event!
Where: Chaucer's Books, 3321 State Street in Loreto Plaza, Santa Barbara, CA 93105
When: Sunday, Oct 26, 3 p.m.
And a reminder on the book:
What the book is about (from the book's web page): the book is about a little green runt who needs a home. He's green. He's puny. And nobody wants to give him a home. What happens to the runt of the litter when he's abandoned on a doorstep in a Ding-Dong-Ditch? Mutts of the world unite! This book is for every 4-legged, 2-legged, and even 50-legged creature who has ever felt a little shy, a little alone, or a little butt ugly. And for all the heroes who have opened their homes and their hearts to love them.
You can find more details on the book at http://www.zuzupetalsbooks.com
More on our collaboration with the author:
Green book of the week (and a new partner): BUTT UGLY by Lynn Montgomery
Raz @ Eco-Libris
Friday, October 24, 2008
You can find more about the book on this link: http://ecolibris.blogspot.com/2008/08/of-parrots-and-people-new-book-of.html
Thursday, October 23, 2008
For every copy printed of "The Legend of Ninja Cowboy Bear", a tree will be planted with Eco-Libris. You can also find our logo on the cover of the book! In addition, the book is printed using vegetable-based ink, on 30% recycled paper, by a FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) certified printer.
"The Legend of Ninja Cowboy Bear" is an illustrated children's story about three friends who discover an important truth about equality, diversity and how to appreciate one another's unique traits. The pictures and prose work together to capture children's attention, spark their imagination, and impart a valuable lesson about the world around them. The book also include instructions on how to play the game Ninja Cowboy Bear.
The book is available now online (http://www.ninja-cowboy-bear.com/buy.htm) and in many bookstores in Toronto and its surroundings (see full list here - http://www.ninja-cowboy-bear.com/wheretobuy.htm).
It's a great book with a great name and we're very happy to green it up! We'll review the book in a couple of weeks and also have a giveaway of a copy of the book so stay tuned!
Raz @ Eco-Libris
The Guide provides practical advice in areas critical to ensuring that purchasing practices contribute to the positive development of communities and do not harm the environment.
So what you can find in this guide?
The guide encourages readers to go beyond the traditional considerations of price, quality, service and availability, by considering all aspects of the production process and their impact on the environment. Such topics as climate change, traceability, certification, legality and social desirability in the production of Canadian forest products are covered in the Guide.
It is designed to address the major considerations presented by the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) and the World Resources Institute (WRII) in their guide to Sustainable Procurement of Wood and Paper-based Products, with respect to forest products produced in Canada, including:
Sourcing and Legality Aspects (origin, information accuracy, legality)
Environmental Aspects (sustainability, environmental protection, special places, other resources, climate change, recycled fibre)
Social Aspects (local communities and indigenous peoples)
As always, you have to take into consideration the point of view of the writers - FPAC is the voice of Canada's wood, pulp, and paper producers (a $80-billion dollar a year industry that represents 2% of Canada's GDP!). Last year by the way FPAC announced that Canada’s forest products industry is setting a new bar for environmental responsibility and action on climate change: industry-wide carbon-neutrality by 2015 without the purchase of carbon offset credits.
If you want to learn more about the FPAC please visit their website -http://www.fpac.ca/en. You are also welcome to watch an Interview with Avrim Lazar on Global TV - http://www.fpac.ca/en/media_centre/video.
Raz @ Eco-Libris
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
Now Tania is having a virtual book tour and we're very happy to be one of the stops on this grand tour!! On December 10 we'll host Tania for virtual green beer and a conversation on her book and how it feels to have the first collection of short stories worldwide that is planting a tree for every copy printed!
The tour stops are as follows (you're most welcome to check them all!):
28 Oct 2008 Keeper of the Snails
5 Nov 2008 Literary Minded: Angela Meyer
9 Nov 2008 Vanessa Gebbie’s News
18 Nov 2008 Sue Guiney: Me and Others
26 Nov 2008 Tim Jones: Books in the Trees
2 Dec 2008 Eric Forbes’ Book Addict’s Guide to Good Books
10 Dec 2008 Eco-Libris
16 Dec 2008 Kelly Spitzer (Writers In Profile)
23 Dec 2008 Kanlaon
29 Dec 2008 Thoughts from Botswana
In the meantime, here's a reminder of the author's bio:
Tania Hershman (TaniaHershman.com) was born in London in 1970 and in 1994 moved to Jerusalem, Israel, where she now lives with her partner. Tania is a former science journalist and her award-winning short stories combine her two loves: fiction and science. Many of Tania's stories, which have been broadcast on BBC Radio 4 and published in print and online, are inspired by articles from popular science magazines. In November 2007, she founded The Short Review, a unique website dedicated to reviewing short story collections. For further information, visit the White Road and Other Stories. Tania blogs at TitaniaWrites.
Raz @ Eco-Libris
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
seven green things you can do - and enjoy doing. These things include as you can see prior monthly recommendations, as following (from their website):
1. You get from A to B without any C when you Walk The Walk
2. It’s delicious but it causes more CO2 than cars so go Easy On The Meat
3. Resist the urge to buy the latest and Stick With What You Got
4. Turn down the central heating and turn up the Human Heat
5. The art of wasting nothing and using up everything: All-Consuming
6. Instead of jetting your way around the world, Stay Grounded
7. Don’t leave it on or even put it on, Plug Out
this video is designed by Andrew Rae of Monkey Dust fame, illustrated by Tom Baker and voiced over by Aaron Willmer).
Raz @ Eco-Libris
Monday, October 20, 2008
We wanted to learn more about Mille Poetes and conducted an interview with the owner and editor in chief, Guy Boulianne (see photo below).
Can you tell us a little bit about Mille Poetes and your work process with authors? are there any specific types of publications you are focused on?
Mille Poetes editions were created in November 2005 and incorporated in
Our main task to facilitate the process of the artists for publishing their works. We know the difficulties that an author may encounter along the way when it comes to publish his book, which is why we want to help ...
Mille Poetes editions mostly publish poetry, but we are also very open to all genres of literature. Hence we are publishing novels, short stories, essays, children books, biographies, science fiction, historical books and others.
All styles are welcome because we believe that the creation may not bear any limit.
The latest book that we published is the short story by the Rwandan author Felix Ntihemuka: « La lumière origine de tout ». We also published the novels by the authors Francine Therrien from Quebec: « Coeurs migrateurs », Marie-Pierre Demon from France: « Au commencement était le Pouvoir » and Jean-Jacques Kurz from Switzerland: « Le mystère du bolduc maudit ».
The goal of Mille Poetes editions is to publish authors from everywhere and all countries. Thus we have published books by Jean Saint-Vil (
We are therefore trying, within our means, to work at the international level.
Which are the biggest markets for books in French except of
Most of our market is in
Most publishing houses in
Are books in French dealing with the same difficulties that books in English struggle with or it's even more difficult for them because of the relatively limited market (in comparison with the English books market)?
Despite major upheavals in the world of publishing with the development of electronic publishing with new technologies such as e-ink and readers Kindle (Amazon), Reader (Sony) and Cybook Gen3, the world 's French edition is doing fairly well in general.
Like every year Livres Hebdo offers its ranking of the largest publishers in
Then Editis with 760 million euros in sales (recall of editing was recently bought by Planeta) and France Loisirs which still belongs to Bertelsmann with 380 million euros sales, with editions Atlas 378.3 million euros sales, Media shares with 301 million euros sales, Lefebvre Sarrut with 296 million euros sales, Gallimard with 290 million euros sales, Flammarion with 243 million euros sales, The Martinière Group with 237 million euros sales and Panini France with 183 million euros sales.
Livres Hebdo said that “seven of the twelve major players in the French edition are now foreign companies, all European”. In view of these figures, it must believe that the crisis was not too affected the publishing industry that benefits, according to our colleagues from Livres Hebdo yet, a "relatively good health" (Ref: Actualitté).
Obviously we are talking here of the biggest publishing houses in
You write that "Mille Poetes editions works in the third millennium. We are part and parcel of this new form of operation, this new form of economy, which enables us to expedite all processes, simplifying all the steps and open all borders." What do you mean by that? can you give some examples?
Mille Poetes editions are a Publisher on Demand (POD), ie that we print and ship books to the unit and quantity. We use new manufacturing technologies and distribution as digital printing (eg Xerox) and Internet sales. Our books are available at the international level. We do not limit ourselves to one area or one market.
We print and ship the book to the unit when there's a sale. We thus avoid the waste of ink, paper and human resources. We also avoid excessive printing of books that lead most of the time with the pestle for unsold.
I started writing poetry with a depth arts at age 18 and I self-published my first book at age 20. From the start I decided to do everything by myself: I designed the graphics of the cover, I oversaw the typography and I paid my printer for a first printing of 500 copies.
So I made my entry into the professional field of culture 26 years ago. In a very short time the national media in Quebec have spoken of me and my poetry, whether Ms. Francine Grimaldi to the newspaper La Presse and Radio-Canada, or the magazine Le Lundi that at that time more than 1 million readers.
I always took my job very seriously. I extended it in art galleries and television as a conceptor and producer of « Ecriture d’ici » and « Plume et pinceau » TV programs at Videotron.
I have always worked in the field of culture and organized projects and events of all kinds. The fact of working in Mille Poetes editions for me is the logical continuation of what I have always done in my life and now I offer my expertise to other creators.
You can also read my biography that is published on AuthorsDen website, in
What is your favorite book currently and in all times?
I can not give the title of a current book that I would prefer more than another. Several books of several authors that appeal to me once and I can’t provide any details about it.
But, as lover of History, I am in great admiration for the work of Dom CL Devic et Dom J. Vaissete : « Histoire générale de
This work of the two Benedictine is a real treasure for French heritage.
What is the main reason that you decided to devote 2% of their monthly sales of books by planting trees?
Anyone living on the Earth must have a global conscience. The same goes for businesses.
As a publisher on demand, Mille Poetes decreases the use of materials and human resources. In this sense we already have a non-negligible effort for the health of the planet: we can stop waste at its base.
By devoting 2% of our monthly sales of books for planting trees we complete this process. Regardless of the amount of books we print per month, paper is used and trees are cut. It is therefore crucial to reinvest a portion of profits to eco-system to plant new trees, among other in
It is also important to note that this rebate on profits does not affect copyright for the authors.
As a publisher, how do you see the efforts of the book industry to go green? where do you think there's a need to make more efforts?
The book industry must do as Mille Poetes editions : eradicate waste at its core and back a portion of its profits in the eco-system. As a result there are more and more publishers and printers on demand in the market, which is a good thing in itself.
We must abandon the old settings and the old conceptions of the world. We must develop a new economy around new technologies.
Many developments have taken place since the invention of printing by Gutenberg in 1450 and the recent invention of the computer, via the digital press, electronic books, Internet and online downloading.
Times have changed and only those who can adapt to new paradigms can survive and prosper.
And finally, do you have any message to Eco-Libris readers?
One day, perhaps Mille Poetes editions will translate their books in English. So Eco-Libris readers can learn more about our French authors and creators. Meanwhile it is still possible to buy our books in French on Biblio.com website. This can help them better learn the language of Moliere.
We also invite all people to participate individually in Eco-Libris program so that we all participate together to Greening our beautiful planet. Before it is too late ...Thank you Guy! For further information on Mille Poetes Editions you can visit their website at Site at http://www.mille-poetes.com
You can also join their Facebook group at http://www.facebook.com/pages/Bradenton-FL/Editions-Mille-Poetes/33329258221
Raz @ Eco-Libris
Plant a tree for every book you read!
Raz @ Eco-Libris
Eco-Libris: plant a tree for every book you read!
Sunday, October 19, 2008
One tree is planted for each copy of Torpedo sold, through Eco-Libris. This way they're're building our own forest so that falcons and monkeys can live in bloodless harmony :-)
Today we have an update on Torpedo for all of you who write short stories and to those who like reading great fiction in general.
So here it is straight from Chris Flynn of Falcon vs. Monkey:
Torpedo is now open for submissions - we are looking for great fiction to fill volume 5 and beyond. Short stories between 1000 & 7000 words, full colour comics. If you've read a copy, you'll know what we like. If not, why are you submitting?
Torpedo is now cheaper to buy online - we're absorbing the shipping costs for overseas buyers, so it's just $25 AU including postage anywhere in the world from now on, and $80 for a four-issue subscription. That's about 10 pounds sterling, 13 Euros, 18 bucks U.S. or 150 Chinese Yuan Renminbi for an issue of Torpedoey goodness. And with each day the economy heads further into the maelstrom, it gets cheaper, huzzah! Plus, Volume One is now on sale for $20 including postage. Treat yourself!
Torpedo Volume Four is now in production - our tribute issue to Richard Brautigan is currently being designed, with lots of tribute fiction, full colour artwork based on his stories and forty pages of his best work as chosen by editor Chris Flynn & Ianthe Brautigan. If you don't already love RB, you soon will. Released in January 2009.Submissions can be made on Falcon vs. Monkey's website. You're also invited to join Falcon vs. Monkey's Facebook group - http://www.facebook.com/pages/Falcon-vs-Monkey/26634270791
Raz @ Eco-Libris
Thursday, October 16, 2008
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Wednesday, October 15, 2008
We will offer all of our newsletter's readers discounts on the following books:
'Welcome to Shirley: A Memoir from an Atomic Town' by Kelly McMasters
'Celebrate Green! Creating Eco-Savvy Holidays, Celebrations & Traditions for the Whole Family' by Corey Colwell-Lipson & Lynn Colwell
The White Road and other Stories by Tania Hershman BUTT UGLY by Lynn Montgomery
BUTT UGLY by Lynn Montgomery
There will be also a special offer of free copies of 'Planet Earth Gets Well' by Madeline Kaplan!
And last but not least, a special offer on book-themed gift baskets from our friends and partners at Bookworm.
If you haven't signed up yet to our newsletter you can do it now to enjoy all of these special offers. All you have to do is just to sign up, using the box on the right side of the page saying 'Join Our Email List' and that's it !
And as we wrote two weeks ago, if you sign up until October 31, you will have the chance of winning a copy of "Of Parrots and People: The Sometimes Funny, Always Fascinating, and Often Catastrophic Collision of Two Intelligent Species" by Mira Tweti. We will have a raffle between the new subscribers on November 1st and will post here the name of the winner. And of course, a tree will be planted for this copy as well!
Raz @ Eco-Libris
Plant a tree for every book you read!
In many cases, deforestation and poverty goes together. I would like to quote from a letter of Florence Reed, founder and president of Sustainable Harvest International (SHI) few months ago that explains this connection:
"More than 158 million acres of forest were destroyed in Latin America and the Caribbean from 1990 to 2005, the United Nations reports. Slash-and-burn farming devastates communities and the fragile ecosystems where they live... I recently returned from Nicaragua, where I saw smoldering stretches of land where I had seen lush tropical forest only a few years ago. Ancient trees are being cleared to make way for cattle pasture and African palm plantations or simply burnt for charcoal. The cycle of slash-and-burn depletes nutrients from the soil so that farmers are no longer able to grow their crops. Families are forced to abandon homesteads and seek new areas of forest to burn, or travel to urban areas in search of a better life that they rarely find there. The families burning these stretches of land are living in extreme poverty. They are desperate to learn ways to provide food for their children without destroying the forest.
Sustainable Harvest International is the solution to this vicious cycle of poverty and deforestation. Our local staff provide training in simple techniques that enable families to increase their yields, market their crops, improve their health and restore the environment."
This is only one example of the great work done by SHI, as well as the Alliance for International Reforestation (AIR) in Guatemala and RIPPLE Africa in Malawi. We are proud to collaborate with them and thank them for their efforts to fight both deforestation and poverty.
Raz @ Eco-Libris
Plant a tree for every book you read!
* The photo is courtesy of Sustainable Harvest international (SHI)