Who What Where When How WHY and Happy Solstice

Who What Where How WHY

Happy Summer Solstice!

On this day, the longest of the year in the Northern Hemisphere, The Noble Peace Tribe is delighted to share the clearer home page introduction with you. 

May the light be with us all along with our shadows and all.

Bees, Air Pollution and Environmental Day Actions

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After one of the most terrible weeks of Air Pollution in Mexico City’s (YES! We are in Mexico) history, it is time to celebrate #WorldBeeDay today.

What is the link between air pollution and bees? (You might be wondering)

Let’s talk first about bees…

In order to produce 1 pound of honey, 2 million flowers must be visited. A hive of bees must fly 55,000 miles to produce a pound of honey. One bee colony can produce 60 to 100 pounds of honey per year. An average worker bee makes only about 1/12 teaspoon of honey in its lifetime.

Source: http://www.goldenblossomhoney.com/education_bees.php

As you might have noticed, the last piece of information comes from a honey company. I would dare to say that companies like this one are the most interested in taking actions to keeping bees alive. But for opposite reasons to those of vegans. (Read The honey industry)

Now, talking about air pollution. It’s consequences are not exclusive for humans. Air pollution is also thought to be affecting bees. Preliminary research shows that air pollutants interact with scent molecules released by plants which bees need to locate food. The mixed signals interfere with the bees ability to forage, making them slower and less effective at pollination.

According to the UN, here is how you can help taking action to #BeatAirPollution.

Decide what action you are going to take to #BeatAirPollution

Here are some examples:

  • Use public transport or car sharing, cycle or walk
  • Switch to a hybrid or electric vehicle and request electric taxis
  • Turn off the car engine when stationary
  • Reduce your consumption of meat and dairy to help cut methane emissions
  • Compost organic food items and recycle non-organic trash
  • Switch to high-efficiency home heating systems and equipment
  • Save energy: turn off lights and electronics when not in use 
  • Choose non-toxic paints and furnishings

Source: https://www.worldenvironmentday.global/get-involved/world-environment-day-mask-challenge

I would add that rather than just reducing your meat and dairy consumption, planning to gradually eliminate them while replacing that void with the best locally sourced and toxin-free produce (vegetables, grains and fruits) would be most beneficial to all life on Earth.  

Have a look at the Food Target PDF for more info on how this can help you, other animals and the whole planet.

ON A FINAL NOTE: If you are into observing international celebrations, you’ll also want to pay attention to this date coming up soon:

Air pollution is the theme for World Environment Day on 5 June 2019. The quality of the air we breathe depends on the lifestyle choices we make every day. Learn more about how air pollution affects you, and what is being done to clean the air. What are you doing to reduce your emissions footprint and #BeatAirPollution?

The 2019 World Environment Day is hosted by China.

It’s International Peace Day Today!

PAZ

For all #ProPeace and #AntiWar people out there celebrating  #PeaceDay today…

Perhaps you will find this read relevant… What Is Peace?

Enjoy 🙂

Guiding Star and Near Star in Systems Thinking

For the next module of Designing for Environmental Sustainability and Social Impact, – the free +Acumen course we are taking – The Noble Peace Tribe went deep into Systems Thinking. Way deep!

The good news is that we resurfaced with clarity on, among other things, both our guiding star (vision) and near stars (5-10 year goals):

Guiding star (vision)

A humane global system change that transcends war to 
peace, exploitation to cooperation and fear to trust*

(* Read more on this here:
LASTING PEACE AND FUNCTIONING COMMUNITIES)

We used a feedback loop approach to visualize our guiding star and got a vicious cycle about the currently ending global system, and a virtuous cycle about the humane global system change. Here, have a look at both and give us your feedback… loop (no, sorry, just your feedback):

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Experimental Peace Research and Learning Centers

So it happens, a few weeks ago Sylvie enrolled us both in a free course offered by +Acumen called Designing for Environmental Sustainability and Social Impact, recommended by one of her closest friends. We are using this online learning experience as a means to get more structure in developing Experimental Peace Research and Learning Centers(1).

We are excited about the possibilities to find the best way to frame our projects using the concepts we are meant to learn the following 6 weeks of duration of this course. 

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Where would I like this story to go next

How to put into words what I would like to see next after this 1 year journey around Ecuador… without sounding self absorbed about it?

Tomorrow will be the 22 of January, and it will officially mark the 1 year anniversary since Sylvie and I landed in Ecuador to start our brand new life living in a Raw Vegan Edible Fruit Forest Community. To read more on that go to this other post: Moving countries to live in a Raw Vegan Fruit Forest Community in the Ecuadorian Amazon did not work out 1 year ago. What has happened since?

So here it goes, I’ll just spill my Mexican beans out for the universe and you to know what is going on in my highly active inner world: I would like this story to go next to the creation of Experimental Peace Research & Learning Centers.

To be continued…

‎⁨Aeropuerto Internacional Benito Juárez⁩, ⁨Ciudad de México⁩, ⁨México⁩ 21 de Enero de 2018

Communities, intention, vision and 3 blenders in our shared kitchen space

A quick recap of this video:

Two months and a half ago, this 4-bedroom “co-housing” space had only one couple occupying one of the rooms and NO blender in the common kitchen.

Then, one and a half months ago, we occupied a second room and got a blender 10 days later (unfortunately, getting a second-hand blender did not work out). A few days after that, the other couple got a blender as well – exactly the same model as ours. Total 2 blenders so far.

And just at the beginning of the year, a third room was occupied, bringing a 3rd brand-new blender to the same common kitchen space.

I would guess, having 3 blenders available in the same kitchen would be an uncommon feature of any apartment – even if it was in the USA or Europe. But it is specially weird to find this in a country like Ecuador, where most of the electronic equipment is imported and very highly taxed. Plus, the currency in this country is the U.S. Dollar! So you can get an idea of how having 3 blenders available in one kitchen would be out of the question here.

But that is NOT all. One of our “co-housers” complained that we use the blenders too much, creating too much noise and so it was proposed to ban the blenders from the kitchen and use them on the terrace only! (Good comedy material, right?)

In any case. This is a good lesson for me to pin point the importance of having a vision in common when it comes to living together. Given our actual situation is NOT meant to be an intentional community nor an eco village, this current experience has given us perspective of how clear things need to be agreed prior to moving in together with people that may or may not share the ideals, practices and values that The Noble Peace Tribe people have in common.

If you would like to check out more of what having a vision entails, you may want to take a look at the Living Vision page.

8 years ago I asked the man who sold his life on eBay this question

How would you see this world if everyone just had their own 100 goals, put them down in a list and went to get them done? How would you see the world changing?

Goals, Travels, Happiness and Day of the Dead.

Back in 2009, during a fascinating trip on Day of the Dead to Oaxaca City in Mexico, my path crossed with the only man I know of who has sold his whole life on an eBay auction. His name is Ian Usher, the man who took on the project of achieving 100 goals in 100 weeks across the world.

I achieved a total of 93 goals from a list of 100, none of which was particularly easy. This was achieved in a period of less than two years, on a fairly limited budget.

Ian Usher, in my interview with him in 2011.

The day I first met Ian we were in Oaxaca, Mexico, and he was about to acomplish his Goal #63: “Día de Muertos” (Day of the Dead).

You are welcome to watch my interview with Ian in the video below on this post. Hope you enjoy it and, if you happen to be in Oaxaca on November 1st, I know you will enjoy that for sure! – Right, Gary?

Make sure to let me know down in the comments how this conversation with Ian intersects with your own path in finding your tribe, or perhaps with something else.

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