Swidden agriculture has long been considered the primary cause of deforestation throughout Southeast Asia, and the Philippine government has used this belief to exclude the indigenous people of Palawan Island from their ancestral lands and to force them to abandon traditional modes of land use. After adopting ostensibly modern and ecologically sustainable livelihoods, the Pala'wan people have experienced drought and uncertain weather patterns, which they have blamed on their own failure to observe traditional social norms that are believed to regulate climate--norms that, like swidden agriculture, have been outlawed by the state.
In this ethnographic case study, Will Smith asks how those who have contributed least to greenhouse gas emissions and environmental degradation have come to position themselves as culpable for the devastating impacts of climate change, examining their statements about changing weather, processes of dispossession, and experiences of climate-driven hunger. By engaging both forest policy and local realities, he suggests that reckoning with these complexities requires reevaluating and questioning key wisdoms in global climate-change policy: What is indigenous knowledge, and who should it serve? Who is to blame for the vulnerability of the rural poor? What, and who, belongs in tropical forests?
Do you trust the truth; a challenge to the professing Christian; is a provocative self-reflection book that has deliberate intentions to challenge those who say they are believers in Jesus Christ. The book addresses traditional and contemporary mindsets that are commonly debated in Christian conversation. The reader is being forced to evaluate their level of commitment to what the Bible says and the principles that are taught and demonstrated throughout its history. They must reconcile this against what's popular and convenient based on experiences, feelings, and opinions that are contrary to the truth. There are no subtleties in confronting the status quo mentality and the need to seek a correct understanding of what the Word of God is communicating. The overall theme is that God through Jesus Christ (His Word) established and defined who we are and what we should believe as Christians. The book is shining a light on how the influence of the world has deceived and convoluted our beliefs regarding God's truth. The message is simple; Christianity does not evolve, cannot be reinvented, and is not altered by time to redefine who Christians are or the principle way in how we should live.
Will Smith is a native of Washington DC and started his Christian journey in 1994. After accepting Christ as a youth, he like many struggled to maintain a committed life in the Christian faith. For over fifteen years, pursuing self-gratification and the pleasures of sin was the focus of his life. He credits God's mercy and amazing grace with causing him to accept Christ and God's plan for his life, which is to spread the Gospel of Jesus Christ and strive to make a positive difference in the lives of others.
Companions of Nature: A Lake Poets Anthology is a unique selection of poems from Romantic Lakeland. Taking its title from the words of Dorothy Wordsworth, Companions of Nature expands on the Lake Poets brotherhood of William Wordsworth, Samuel Taylor Coleridge and Robert Southey, to include their contemporaries and their descendants. It presents works of the famous 'Lakers' alongside Cumbrian dialect poets, combining prominent and neglected voices.
Companions of Nature opens a window onto a diverse cultural ecosystem of writers responding to the Lakeland landscape, global politics, and shifting ways of engaging with nature.
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