Yay Humans
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Luxury Taxidermy: Julia DeVille combines her love for Jewelry-making with her love for taxidermy which produces gorgeously morbid results.

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Luxury Taxidermy: Julia DeVille combines her love for Jewelry-making with her love for taxidermy which produces gorgeously morbid results.

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Portland adopts ban on plastic bags 

Oregon’s largest city has just joined a growing list of municipalities that are fed up with plastic bags — It has just adopted an ordinance that will ban plastic bags from major grocery stores, as well as some big box retailers. Even better, the ban is slated to go into effect in a mere matter of months … .

(via TreeHugger)

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Portland adopts ban on plastic bags 

Oregon’s largest city has just joined a growing list of municipalities that are fed up with plastic bags — It has just adopted an ordinance that will ban plastic bags from major grocery stores, as well as some big box retailers. Even better, the ban is slated to go into effect in a mere matter of months … .

(via TreeHugger)

Macaques accidentally take self portraits
Go Green forever stamps from the USPS.

It’s not just lip service either—the postal service has achieved silver Cradle-to-Cradle certification on its shipping products. Nice.

Go Green forever stamps from the USPS.

It’s not just lip service either—the postal service has achieved silver Cradle-to-Cradle certification on its shipping products. Nice.

What’s to like?  Even beloved pets like cats and dogs are seen to be part of the problem of environmental degradation here.  That’s both accurate and rare, at least in part because people who love the environment are often led to it by their early love of their own pets.  As a result, environmentalists and animal rights advocates tend to find common cause, despite the fact that their interests contradict each other more frequently than is publicly admitted.

What’s to question?  The European Rabbit tends to be the agent, not the victim, of environmental destruction.  “Breeding like rabbits” didn’t come from nowhere.  Also, “a world which bears a very curious resemblance to our so-called human world in many ways”?  Come on.

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Interactive ‘Almost Extinct Calendar’ Raises Awareness of Endangered Species

I can’t help thinking that somewhere in the universe there has to be something better than man . . . There has to be.

Love this incredibly campy and anthropocentric trailer.  The movie is much more complex—but we’ll leave that for another day.

Eat, Pray, Be Posthumanist

Elizabeth Gilbert, author of the obscenely successful Eat, Pray, Love, gives a TED talk on, of all things, the way that humanism stunts the artistic process.  While YH has mostly been focused on the ecological impacts of moving beyond humanist and individualist thinking, Gilbert is good on the ways that overemphasizing the abilities of human beings is a kind of crippling and pathological mindset.