ENVIRONMENT

MONARCHS IN CALIFORNIA IN 1980

IN 2021

The count this year is dismal.

At iconic monarch wintering sites in the city of Pacific Grove, volunteers didn’t see a single butterfly this winter. Other well-known locations, such as Pismo State Beach Monarch Butterfly Grove and Natural Bridges State Park, only hosted a few hundred butterflies, researchers said.

“These sites normally host thousands of butterflies, and their absence this year was heartbreaking for volunteers and visitors flocking to these locales hoping to catch a glimpse of the awe-inspiring clusters of monarch butterflies,” said Sarina Jepsen, director of endangered species at the Xerces Society.

Scientists say the butterflies are at critically low levels in western states because of destruction to their milkweed habitat along their migratory route as housing expands into their territory and [industrial agricultural] use of pesticides and herbicides increases“.

NBC News

[despite decades of oh so clever qualified elite university lab researchers, and mythical claims that oh so genius new varieties needed less poisons; this is an extreme Crime Against Humanity and 1,000s of super import ant people and their PR departments deserve lifetime prison, but as long as the Unsustainable Society and its incompetent inhabitants are stuck in a worldview that destroying life is okay, because you know “making money”. The real reason why species are disappearing and leaving Earth is because we don’t truly love them. We say so, but … we don’t truly. Because LOVING is not a word or sentiment. LOVING IS GIVING ONE’S LIFETIME FOR THE UPLIFTMENT OF THE OTHER, OF THOSE WE LOVE. On this page you meet young people that LOVE animals, plants and Life on Earth.]

You have met Rachel before. She has experienced that even the strongest activism and media presence fail to make today’s national government and industry act responsibly.

Zero change will come from government and industry. 

Our #1 priority is to strengthen the Land and save as many Species as possible, while the people learn to say No to obsolete industry models dissolving the web of life. 

Now, Rachel lays hand on the Land and creates

Monarch Butterfly Nurseries

and encourages youth and citizens to create

Sanctuaries along Monarch Migration Paths,

like pearls on a collier along several thousand miles. Schools are the perfect hosts and stewards – also those in the “slow, backward, boring” countryside, which now becomes mighty exciting. This is needed for animals on every continent. And its beautiful elven work that comes with magical moments, bliss and blessings. ACT NOW.

Duncan creates Butterfly Gardens, nurseries and educates the public

in order to re-Paradise the city and countryside. A KID can do this. There’s help, spaces and people who’ll marvel all around. 

Bees – especially WILD BEES!!! – not “farmed, domesticated” honeybees – are under extinction pressure by dirty industrial farming, forestry and zoning.

Elizabeth activated the NY State government to pass bee-friendly legislation, unlocked funding for bee research, buzzed up dozens of volunBees to inform the population and organize Pollinator Weeks in rural villages.

This was her Girl Scout GOLD Badge project, a honey shining example for all children, youth, adults and teachers that say they care for bees. But now it’s time to prove it and ACT big.

Feel the sting and get up to make also your region and state a great place to BEE again.

Cash sets up fishing line waste containers along the river

which appears simple, but the river is full of quasi eternal fishing lines, entangling and killing wildlife – and no one put up functional waste containers for millenia … so you learn from Cash and get doing, alright?! 

Here’s Cash speaking to the mayor and putting up pipes. How complicated does that look? Can you do that?

10 year olds can protect the land like a champ.

It’s got magical Huck Finn moments, you bet!

Xerxes organizes guided tours of his family farm to attract visitors and customers + has added an educational path in the forest to protect natural and cultural heritage.

Great idea. Now you do one: Co-create it with schools to boost awareness and appreciation in the greater community from day one. How about middle and high school students create a ‘guided tour’ APP – spoken by kids and youth? Make it funny! Do it, document, share with us! 

We wish we had done such cool things at school …

 

Robbie raises awareness among children and youth for our many great National Parks

and calls us to protect and expand them. He visits parks, reports from a child’s view, and we think that’s something that’s super groovy and teachers, students, families and media will love it. Get out there!

There’s no need for expensive boots. Those are for mountaineering. Sneakers are enough. That’s how Aussies do it.

This is the valley impacted by the shocking mega fires

that ravage California in recent summers. Killing countless deer, bears, hedgehogs, beetles, birds that cannot escape the raging firewalls. It is far worse than for humans that lose houses and gardens.

No reason to smile.

We shall all act so we can keep smiling about our grandiose nature. It is our source of inner and outer riches, peace, joy and feelings of liberty, magic and AWE.

You are the ones that will do it.

Or not.

You literally create the future for yourself and many million people and trillions of animals.

What are your country‘s AND your continent‘s major existing National Parks, biosphere reserves, rewilding zones and to-get-protected natural wonders? You are responsible for both.

Isn’t that a beautiful quest for shaping the future over coming decades and seeing what you saved and created?

Frogs are an indicator species for wetland health. It is time we listen to them and help them do their job.

Read AVALON's story

Let’s make this memorable. 

“Elephants get their face hacked off,

only so we can look at silly figurines.”

If the massacres continue at this rate,

no wild elephants will be left in 10 years.

Read NELLIE's story

Every 15 minutes, a wild elephant is murdered, the face cut off, the tusks stolen and smuggled across the ocean, while the babies are left to die. At this rate of 30,000 per year, wild elephants will be extinct in a 5-10 years!

As Nellie presented these facts at her school, her peers were shocked. The same day, they told their parents never to buy ivory, and convinced the school principal to return the school’s ivory exhibit to the ministry.

Since their home city of Hong Kong is the centre of illegal trade to China, the big ivory market, they started street demonstrations. Shocked by the gory photos, 17,000 people signed their petition to burn confiscated ivory, and the government agreed!

NELLIE's actions ...

… broke the media silence on illegal ivory in China. A feature in National Geographic followed.

Big stores took ivory off the shelves, sport and film stars joined in, the Hong Kong government started to burn confiscated smuggled ivory (after refusing to do so for 30 years).

Later that year, mainland China issued a moratorium on ivory import and one year later happened what organizations had considered “impossible” – China ordered closing of traditional ivory carving factories.

There is no trusting dictatorial, genocidal and ecocidal China, so one must not sit back with a sigh of relief, but take Nellie’s example as a blueprint to ban ivory trade in your country forever and harshly criminalize poaching and trafficking in Africa. Join in! Forever. For the Ellies!

Do your part.

Make your country ivory trade free.

“Adult generations are killing off grand wildlife so fast that our children will not be able to experience them any more!

We are determined to save at least One More Generation for our children to experience in the wild!”

Read CARTER & OLIVIA'S story

+ A GEM FOR ALL KIDS IN TOWN

Big or small, we love them all.

Read ALEX & LUCY's story

Alex and Lucy’s lives changed when super-storm Sandy turned their dear coastline into a disaster zone. As people around them were struggling to recover destroyed livelihoods and rebuild broken homes, Alex and Lucy discovered lost, frightened pets, suffering in the midst of debris, having been literally swept away from their homes and now having no one to care for them. The two friends and animal-lovers did not hesitate for a moment.

They have been taking care of the lost pets, delivering them to animal shelters and raising funds for food ever since! Adults love to help, kids are joining the team! The duo continues to organize fundraising events, make animal friends, speak on the radio, manage a vibrant facebook stream, join animal rights rallies and change the lives of many.

Whenever a hurricane strikes, they raise their voice to think of the animals and provide support. As true animal lovers, they also run campaigns against animal cruelty, factory farming, and support a sanctuary for chimpanzees saved from laboratories and the entertainment industry. The chimps love their new blankets! Lucy knows that she’s come to Earth to do this, and Alex plans to become an animal cop! Uh, legends!

Do you love animals? Are there shelters, sanctuaries or farms with a nice team nearby? With this kind of initiative you can considerably grow your animal family!

OUR CITIES ARE ENVIRONMENT, TOO

and all of them need much improvement

Chander builds school gardens and gifts micro gardens to citizens.

You’ve met Sophie who created 27 edible gardens at pre-schools in food deserts.

You’ve met Alicia, shaping our urban environment – not with greenery shrubs but edible sidewalk food forests.

The environment has many treasures that go spoiled in private yards … unless you do like Zach and ring your friends to have fun, climb some trees and pick tons of surplus fruits – to gift to the homeless and people in need at food banks.

+ make jam + fruit cakes + avocado smoothies + lemonAID *galore* for sale at school, fests and markets.

YOUR RAW materials are FREE!

Distribute Fruit For All flyers in pertaining neighborhoods and you can be SURE that generous + grateful people call you when their trees are ready for harvest. Each tree means 100s or even 1000s of fruit. It’s an amazing experience and it blisses people 😀

DISCOVER THE LAND

We only protect what we love. And we love only what feels good.

Travelling with Animals is a great way to do so.

It sharpens your attention, your empathy and brings many magical moments. Also, it helps you with multi-day hikes since animal buddies like donkeys or horses can carry way more than you. Pay it back with stops for yummy herbs along the way.   

Siarah has been close to animals and been walking barefoot through her teenage years and always dreamed of crossing Germany on horseback.

She didn’t feel entirely ready to go at it alone. Today, at age 21, she knows that all else she needed to know were two tricks, and she is happy to pass on her knowhow and wisdom to youth – and to take them on her journeys today, online and as groups.

Siarah is a YL Magical Coach that you can book via video and for workshops.

No need to start this big.

You can do wonderful week-end travel with animals. Also with dogs or goats. The magic is

  • to travel a good distance
  • through exciting territory
  • taking your food with you
  • getting hungry and enjoying the bliss
  • to stay overnight; with surprises around sunset, at night, in the morning
  • to refresh oneself in rivers, lakes and wells
  • watching your furry friends get busy, merry and comfy
  • to be grateful to be away from towns and people and roughing it
  • to be grateful to be back in villages and among people with yummy cakes, drinks and creature comfort

Go for it and share your experience with us!

The future of all species and generations to come depends entirely on the people alive right now.

Kinari Webb, Health in Harmony

 

Essential Insight #8

Children and teens can easily create a bond with The Land

  • that makes considerable impact
  • on land and lives of ecosystems, animals, humans
  • of relevance for society
  • that solves problems that public institutions in charge cannot afford or achieve

boosting

  • beauty and economy
  • active citizenship
  • mental health
  • involvement of youth, families and seniors
  • involvement of schools
  • a sense of community   
  • positive news
  • relations and friendships 

and BUILDING A BOND BETWEEN YOUTH AND THE LAND

  • we will understand what we experience
  • we will love what enriches our life
  • we will protect what we love
  • we can protect, restore and evolve what we understand
  • we understand what The Commons mean
  • we understand what Ecocide Law means 
  • that makes them LOVERS and GUARDIANS of the LAND they LOVE
  • with a sound sense of the SACRED. 
Make it Awesome

TO NURTURE THIS

it is required that inter/actions with nature

  • are fun, magical, adventurous (remember Philanthro-Party Philosophy)
  • sensual, deep, surprising, memorable
  • meaningful, with purpose

which means NOT just walks = visual consumption / an outside observer

but immersion with PURPOSE, such as

  • rare species discovery and accounting on inaturalist.org
  • springwatch of birds and babies, like the BBC’s Hannah Stitfall does
  • meet your farmers
  • clean-ups
  • micro adventures
  • canoeing and kayaking expeditions
  • bushcraft
  • animal walks (with horses, donkeys, lamas, dogs …)
  • fairy trails
  • plantings of all sorts
  • edible landscaping
  • wildlife migration paths
  • educational trails – with artsy touch
  • tourism guide APPs, spoken by kids and teens, co-created with schools, parks …

and all this casually vividly documented for

  • more activities
  • more reach
  • more impact
  • more follow-up
  • more fun

YL Actions Guides and Programs offer

  • many quick missions
  • big, challenging exciting ventures
  • also in collaboration with inter/national partner schools etc
  • such as : wildlife migration paths across continents! hosted by schools (birds, Monarch butterflies, …) 
  • such as : eco-cultural tourism trails between schools, with APP and local youth guides and youth hosts; also in disconnected rural regions = social entrepreneurship with a good income 

that will for sure make welcome wows and waves in your region’s schools and public!

Speaking of waves … let’s look at the Oceans.