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Paul Spencer Sochaczewski

“Trust Us. We Know Better Than You Do”

Posted on 19. Jul, 2011 by in Environment

“Trust Us. We Know Better Than You Do”

“TRUST US, WE KNOW BETTER THAN YOU DO” Brown-brown arrogance is the new standard LOIKAW, Burma Bishop Sotero Phamo argues that “the only way for our rural people to join modern society is through education.”  Speaking enthusiastically in his diocese headquarters, which houses what is certainly the best school in the region, Bishop Sotero adds […]






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Bruno and the Blowpipes

Posted on 25. Jun, 2010 by in Articles, Environment

Bruno and the Blowpipes

Who will determine the future of Sarawak’s isolated Penan? BAREO, Sarawak, Malaysia Bruno Manser has disappeared in Borneo and is feared dead. Manser, 47, was last seen in May 2000 in the isolated village of Bareo in the Malaysian state of Sarawak, close to the border with Indonesia. The Swiss had illegally entered Sarawak to […]






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God’s Own Pharmacies

Posted on 25. Jun, 2010 by in Articles, Environment

God’s Own Pharmacies

Asia’s sacred groves survive because they provide spiritual and practical benefits; with thanks to a flying monkey god KERALA, India  Who has the answers to conservation conundrums?  Goverments with their laws, or local people with their traditions? As a conservationist I have spent years encouraging governments to establish protected areas through legislation.  Unfortunately, many modern […]






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Watch What You Say in Burma’s Sacred Forests

Posted on 25. Jun, 2010 by in Articles, Environment

Watch What You Say in Burma’s Sacred Forests

What’s a more powerful conservation incentive – a government jail or a spiritual punishment? ZEE O THIT HLA, Myanmar Myint Naing has one of the easier jobs in the Myanmar forestry department.  Since 1999 his task has been to protect the Zee-O Thit-Hla sacred forest, which has been a government forest reserve since 1988.  No […]






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Religions on the Wing

Posted on 25. Jun, 2010 by in Articles, Environment

Religions on the Wing

Everyone in Irian Jaya wants a piece of Zakarias’s soul MINYAMBOU, Irian Jaya. When the fundamentalist Baptist missionaries in this isolated valley in Irian Jaya now West Papua] asked for contributions to build a new church, Zakarias chipped in with the most valuable thing he could find — a bird of paradise. The irony of […]






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Borneo Native Group Scores Land Claim Victory

Posted on 25. Jun, 2010 by in Articles, Environment

Borneo Native Group Scores Land Claim Victory

How a poor Iban longhouse took on Big Timber and won; sort of RUMAH NOR, Sarawak, Malaysia  “There is no greater sadness on earth than the loss of one’s native land.”             Euripedes We park the car along the side of a rutted dirt road in the middle of an acacia tree plantation five times […]






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Life and Death on Shiva’s Beach

Posted on 25. Jun, 2010 by in Articles, Environment

Life and Death on Shiva’s Beach

Is a turtle worth risking your life? PULAU ENU, Aru Islands, Indonesia A newly-hatched green turtle wandered into my tent this evening, attracted, perhaps, by a lantern that the reptile thought was the reflection of the moon on the sea. A few hours later I wander the beach on the windward side of this small […]






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To Cut That Tree, Cut Through Me

Posted on 25. Jun, 2010 by in Articles, Environment

To Cut That Tree, Cut Through Me

Chipko women’s movement keeps on huggin’ RENI, Uttaranchal, India Any new-age nature-lover can hug a tree, and many do.  But it takes a special kind of person to embrace a tree which is about to be chopped down, and challenge the woodsman “if you want to cut the tree you’ll have to cut through me.” […]






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Prayer Flags Over Rio

Posted on 25. Jun, 2010 by in Articles, Environment

Prayer Flags Over Rio

Should we trust the eco-bureaucrats or the farmer in Bhutan for eco-solutions? JANGTSIKHA, Bhutan I was cleaning up my office and stubbed my toe against the printed version of Agenda 21, some 700 pages, 2,079 recommendations, guidelines and treaties resulting from the 1992 Earth Summit in Rio — the largest eco–bureaucratic gathering ever held.  I […]






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