India

The True Cost of the Clothes on Our Backs

Leslie Garrett by Leslie Garrett | November 25th, 2013 | 2 Comments
topic: Giving Back, Green Living | tags: apparel, Bangladesh, cheap, China, Clothing, costs more, environment, expensive, fair wage, fair-trade, fashion industry, free trade, garment factories, India, Indonesia, laborers, natural, organic, pay, sweat shop, sweatshop labor, sweatshops, thailand, women, workers

Fair Trade Clothing

I can trace my path to eco-awareness from a desire for undershirts. Baby undershirts, to be exact.

How the Ganga River Was Created

Gaiam Staff by Gaiam Staff | October 1st, 2012 | No Comments
topic: Fitness, Personal Growth, Yoga | tags: acro yoga, Big Happy Day, breath, Ganga River, Gangis, Hindu mythology, India, Jai Ma, River, Shiva, Vishnu, water, Yoga

Jenny and Jason, co-founders of Acro Yoga, share a story and sing a song about how the great river in India, the Ganga, was created. From the removal of demons to Shiva swallowing the ocean in his dreadlocks, this beautiful story of the life-giving river reminds us that the movement of water is aligned with the movement of breath in the body.

Vandana Shiva: Hope’s Hero

Leslie Garrett by Leslie Garrett | May 3rd, 2012 | 1 Comment
topic: Green Living, Health & Wellness, Personal Growth | tags: activism, activist, brain plasticity, change, corporate greed, Deepak Chopra, ecologist, environmentalist, farmer suicides in India, hero, HOPE, India, James Hanson, optimism, optimistic, organic cotton farmer, physicist, quantum physics, science, seed banks, seed patents, Tar Sands, Vandana Shiva

Vandana ShivaVandana Shiva is a physicist, ecologist, and activist. Despite her deep awareness of the world’s environmental and social justice crises, she is filled with hope.

Hope, in this age of cynicism masquerading as science, is a scarce resource. We often treat it poorly — as if hope is the hallmark of New Age lunatics or wide-eyed children. As if it’s naïve. Passive. A longing … without any intention of rolling up its sleeves.

It’s particularly tough to be an optimistic environmentalist with such a steady accumulation of bad news: birds dropping from the sky from starvation because wetlands that served as avian drive-thrus during migration have been replaced with houses; renowned climate scientist James Hanson’s prediction of “game over” if the Tar Sands are developed; oil spills; nuclear meltdowns …

Shiva knows all this. Yet she’s hopeful.

With a world increasingly under environmental threat and corporations and lobbyists that peddle misinformation, hope isn’t a luxury. It’s all we have.

Animal Memories: Should Wildlife Research Methods Be Changed?

Candice Gaukel Andrews by Candice Gaukel Andrews | June 30th, 2010 | 6 Comments
topic: Eco Travel | tags: africa, bird banding, birds, China, crows, dogs, elephant, Gay Bradshaw, India, memory, memory formation, poaching, post-traumatic stress disorder, stress, The Kerulos Center

African elephants
There’s a great story that my mom used to tell regarding her family’s dog. It involved her brother, who was at the time a young man just returning from three long years in the Pacific theater during World War II. When he stepped out of the car and onto the lawn, the dog walked up to greet him, took a good look and a sniff and then began to jump and dance around uncontrollably. She did that for about 30 minutes straight. When she finally settled down, it wasn’t two minutes before she got up and expressed her joy all over again. She repeated this 30-to-two-minute cycle for the remainder of the day.

5 Lives We’ve Lifted Up Together: Fair Trade Artisans Say Thank You

Gaiam Staff by Gaiam Staff | December 22nd, 2008 | 1 Comment
topic: Gaiam Happenings, Giving Back | tags: Au Lac, Cambodia, Craft Link, fair-trade, Hagar, India, Mae Ho, Partners, Tara Projects, thailand, Vietnam

Does fair trade work? See how in the words of these five artisans — a few of the many shared with us from artisans and fair trade partners whose creations we offer through our One World by Gaiam Marketplace.

“Before I didn’t have enough money for three meals a day.

Hagar in Cambodia

Hagar in Cambodia