Eyes of Gaia represents keeping a watch on the Earth.

Gaia was the primal Greek goddess personifying the Earth,  the Greek version of  "Mother Nature"  and the South American  "Pachamama".


The Gaia Theory is the concept of a living Earth as a self organizing system where everything is interconnected.

 

The Earth and all life have intrinsic value. A river the right to flow freely,  a tree to stand without the need to provide us with food, wood, shade or oxygen and all life to be valued without humans declaring that all resources are for our use. This is an outdated method of thinking, clearly shown in this image.
 



 

We are all like a web and what we learn can ripple out through our friends and family. This site looks at what we can all do to learn from, respect and live in harmony with the Earth.

 

Through independent media and environmental education we can all understand our impact on our home.

 

This site will show what you can do to make the world a better place,  how you can support critical work around the world,  links where you can learn more and ethical shopping.


"I thought I would have a quick look at your website....thanks!...I have spent several hours reading and rereading it!!!!. The best environmental site I have ever seen"  R. Mansfield-Clark

 

 

 

 

Eyes of Gaia is coordinated by Nicola Peel who is a full time environmentalist and dedicated to environmental education and the balance and harmony of our planet.

 

  

BLOOD OF THE AMAZON

  

This full length documentary shows the journey I took from the headwaters in Ecuador along the Amazon to Brazil investigating the effects of the oil industry on the environment and indigenous people who live there.

Covering the largest environmental lawsuit representing 30,000 indigenous people, the horrific contamination caused by Chevron Texaco to a solution to the pollution they face and the Yasuni proposal to leave the oil in the ground. 


This is a film which gives a voice to the people and hope to the planet. 


For more information see sidebar Blood of the Amazon




To see the 2 minute trailer...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T1VfKt4qPiI

Full film

https://youtu.be/Y5b--eRsX9o


Donations for the film

https://www.goldengiving.com/wall/nicola-peel



Articles

Ecologist Article (Blood of the Amazon)

Guardian Article


Ecologist (How can one person make a difference)
 

 

4 minute film, edited and produced for The Amazon Defence Coalition.

 Frente de Defensa de la Amazonia are the Ecuadorian NGO who represent the 30,000 individuals affected by the Chevron Texaco case, offer legal advice and support in local communities and provide the School of Leadership to teach environmental and human rights.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oTyHG9KxcyM



MYCOREMEDIATION


In 2006 Nicola met a scientist Mia Rose in California who was working on mycoremediation and invited her to see the oil spills in the Amazon. Together they founded The Amazon Mycorenewal Project in Ecuador and brought together an amazing group of scientists to trial Mycoremediation. This is the use of fungi to break down pollutants, including hydrocarbons. This has huge potential in cleaning up the massive contamination left by the oil industry in the headwaters of the upper Amazon.


You can view the short film on the project  "Solution to the Pollution - Mycoremediation in the Ecuaorian Amazon"  on line at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KO1WjFRL_XA


For further information and if you would like the opportunity to assist with funding of the mycoremediation project please visit
http://amazonmycorenewal.org/


Fantastic 25 minute introduction by Paul Stamets on How Mushrooms can Save the World

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XI5frPV58tY



An incredible BBC short on Natures Secrets - The Cordyceps Fungus- This shows the intelligence of the humble mushroom

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XuKjBIBBAL8



RAINWATER SYSTEMS


Every year through the sales of crafts and individual support Nicola fundraises and builds families currently drinking contaminated water in the Amazon rainwater systems.

For more information see the side bar Rainwater Catchment Systems.




PLASTIC ? WHAT TO DO?


Nicola has initiated a number of new projects around the world to clean up the environment by demonstrating how we can build structurally sound buildings using plastic bottles filled with rubbish. So far she has helped build school, health centres, environment centres and a restaurant (built from 3200 eco-bricks)

See Clean up the World  - Bottle Buildings in the sidebar.


An interview about building with rubbish.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2F5K6m4qKcQ



The focus has now moved on to promoting the use of the open sourced machinery which can chip plastic and melt it down into a saleable products. This brings an environmental, social and economical solution.

For more information see www.precious plastic.com





AGROFORESTRY


Nicola was contacted by the charity Rainforest Saver to help them start work in the Amazon. They have been teaching about the use of inga alley cropping as an alternative to slash and burn of the tropical rain forests.

Working together in the first year 4000 inga edulis tres were grown, 400 farmers trained and 25 demonstration farms established.

The following year a training in pollarding was held with a professor from Honduras. A number of other Universities have now asked to join in with the work.

We can jump up and down with a placard saying 'Save the Forest'  and/or teach those in the forest another way to make an income without the need to cut it down.

For more information see
http://rainforestsaver.org/




SPEAKER


Nicola has been the key note speaker at a number of events internationally about her work around the world inspiring change and initiating practical solutions. If you would like  her to speak at your event please contact
nicolapeel(at)eyesofgaia.com



For more information on Nicola and her work see www.nicolapeel.com



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AWARDS



 WINNER -Peoples Environment Award
Campaigner of the Year 2013
      Nicola Peel - Eyes of Gaia





FINALIST- Observer Ethical Awards 2014
Campaigner of the Year 




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