I am extremely fortunate to have many exceptionally intelligent, kind and generous people as my friends who have supported me in all my work. Yet, I feel solitary, because my dream of a free world - where the community bonds are strong, where individual profit-maximization motives are subordinated by community interests, where an inclusive freedom and rights of everyone abrogates the perverse privileges of industry to destroy the world, where the Unreason of greed for money and power is replaced by Reason based on ecological ethic - appears increasingly unlikely to come true. That's because the world seems to be populated by an increasing number of hedonistic individuals, happily immersed in consumerism and greed. The youth in particular seems to be increasingly devoid of altruism and social commitment. I am trying to reverse the trend by fostering an ecological sensibility by involving local people in conservation efforts. My research and demonstration farm Basudha (www.cintdis.org/basudha) is the hub of this practice, where zero-external input sustainable agriculture, ecological architecture, ecoforestry and simple living are demonstrated. I am a member of care2 community because I hope to find at least a few reliable companions to share my dream, who are already fighting for a more just and free society. You may find my latest book Beyond Developmentality (Earthscan: London) interesting. In this book I have critiqued the mainstream economic growth ideals, articulated my ideas of a just and sustainable world, and showcased some living models of sustainable community scattered around the world.
Heterosexual, free-lance scientist, avid reader, social drinker, solitary individual, with great respect for people of the Fourth World and their traditional knowledge base. Ecologist - in both profession and lifestyle.
Enjoy life. Do no harm. Try to make this world a place for better living for the poor and posterity. Captured in my latest book "Beyond Developmentality" (Earthscan, London: 2009)
What Gives Me Hope
Children's curiosity, enthusiasm of some young people, honesty of some poor people, courage of some old people.
If I were Mayor, I'd make the world a better place by
Stop industrial growth and foster indigenous environment-friendly technologies.
What/who changed my life and why
My post-doc work in west coast of India - that experience made me understand diversity of culture and lifestyles, and enjoy LIFE itself. And then, my visit to Menominee Nation, Wisconsin during my Fulbright fellowship period (2009) reinforced my vision of a society that fosters inter-generational environmental rights.
I am the Earth And the Earth is me. Each blade of grass, Each honey tree, Each bit of mud, And stick and stone Is blood and muscle, Skin and bone. And just as I Need every bit Of me to make My body fit, So Earth needs Grass and stone and tree And things that grow here Naturally. That's why we Celebrate this day. That's why across The world we say: As long as life, as dear, as free, I am the Earth And the Earth is me.
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... have a green Earth Day my Friend. With Love Ana
Thank you ever so much for your beautiful comments, ecards and videos that you sent me. You will always be my special friend. Take care...& may your weekend be the most relaxing one ever! Be happy always! Love & hugs - ivy
My dear friend, I am ever so grateful and wish to....
I'm also touched by the beautiful greetings you sent me - be it through your comment, ecard, or video. U really make me feel so special. I do appreciate it very much. U will certainly make my day bloom with joy! No wonder, my friend - U are the Best! So once again I say....
Take care....& have a most relaxing and gorgeous weekend! Love & hugsss - ivy
What if you slept? And what if, in your sleep, you dreamed? And what if, in your dream, you went to heaven and there plucked a strange and beautiful flower? And what if, when you awoke, you had the flower in your hand? Ah, what then?
- Samuel Taylor Coleridge -
... I wish you my dear Friend a week full of dreams With Love Ana
Each day I try to find a path Between my head and my heart Mind makes words But heart makes you feel them In a world of unexplained mysteries An empty heart doesnt care An empty heart has no love to share A happy heart makes you sing A happy heart makes you smile Some are old and some new Always making you feel something And we wonder how and why because: What is a heart? A muscle that has no pain But beats for you and the world Over and over again...
Only a night from old to new! Always a night from old to new! And in the first day, My wishes are few: The beginning of the end Of all wars in the world That all the soldiers safe return home The beginning of the end Of the prejudice, intolerance, racism Hunger, greed, attacks to life. After that night is the first new dawn And may we can start from the beginning, Living together, without haste In union with kind Mother Earth.
... I wish you a new year full of Love and Peace my Friend Ana
Our friendship is an ocean Stretching Far and wide Never ending Filled with memories That last a lifetime Our friendship is Just like the stars Both go beyond Man's reach So best friends it is Now and forever. That's the best feeling there is Nothing could be better Now and forever.
The ingredients are all right here With warmest thoughts and best wishes Good health and happiness and cheer To keep you smiling through the year And if your heart has lost it's song The gift of hope to cheer you on. Share your love and remind That someone, for you my Friend, Always truly cares, and, At this time of the end of the year.
... I wish you a great week dear friend With Love Ana
A child is... A butterfly in the wind, Some can fly higher than others; But each one flies the best they can. Why compare one against the other? Each one is different! Each one is special! Each one is beautiful!
I wish you a great friday and a wonderful weekend my special friend With Love Ana
"Great spirits have always found violent opposition from mediocrities. The latter cannot understand it when a man does not thoughtlessly submit to hereditary prejudices, but honestly and courageously uses his intelligence and fulfills the duty to express the results of his thought in clear form." Albert Einstein
A child's heart is full of love Bearing all the burden A child's tears happy or sad Are real from within The cry's come from their souls Brought on by confusion... They love their mom and dad But their souls will never mend... Hold a child oh so close Don't ever let them go Unconditional love Is all that they say and more A child's heart is full of love Not to bear the burden But to love life to the fullest Ever so certain...
...I wish you dear friend, a wonderful week With Love Ana
The glistening sun is shining On the sparkling water, The sparkling water is connecting To the pretty ocean, The pretty ocean is as beautiful As a bachelor button flower, The bachelor button flower is yellow and blue Like the sunset sky, The sunset sky is giving peace to the Earth!
Save the Animals Endangered Species are fading away Need to stop hunting Do what I say Animals dying and Never being born Generations go by Extinct they become Rhinos being killed just for their horn Elephants getting hunted every day Destroyed habitats Sadly nothing is going their way Poachers spying all the time Every day animals get killed Could and should be put down for their crime Incredible animals running away Eventually they will become extinct Save the animals or go away