Boo Walker: Healing Earth News

Today marks the beginning of my new “Healing Earth News” segment. My goal is to bring you current events that are making strides to heal the damages we have caused to our beloved Gaia.
Several weeks ago I started receiving downloads from Max. The more information I received, the more I found myself becoming disengaged from humanity. I grew weary of the constant laments for “proof” and the disheartened sighs as yet another message told of things that will happen “soon”.  About that same time I began seeing and communicating with Elementals in my daily jaunts into the forest. They began to tell me of their weariness for humanity and I suspect their state of mind may very well have carried over into mine.
I’m a relative “newby” here; this is only my third incarnation to Gaia. I have access to shared memories from those members of my soul group who have more experieince here than I do. That information has proved beneficial when I need to remind myself that so many people have accumulated tremendous amounts of trauma from hundreds of years in this hall of mirrors. I am reassured that more experienced souls will continue to nurture and support those who need it. 
It is now time for me to begin a path that will bridge the long-forgotten relationship between humans and Elementals. Our primary concern at this point is to tap into awakening souls who are actively working to improve the health of our Earth-home in the moment of  NOW.
The Elementals are concerned that people will turn away from any such efforts in the false belief that there will be some kind of cataclysmic energy burst that will instantly cleanse every bit of pollution and environmental damage. While there are grand changes planned, they ask that news of changes to laws, emerging research, and deeper understandings of species be kept in the forefront of the daily information-gathering process. 
These will become important building blocks for our collective future. Very few “modern” people know how to properly care for this emerging Blue Star. 
long time ago before most Elementals either went underground or changed 
their vibrations so humans could no longer see them, there was a working 
relationship between the two groups.
In time, that relationship will resume. But we have to prove ourselves trustworthy. No more empty slogan campaigns filled with “I heart Earth” t-shirts, no more planting flowers in your yard then spraying chemicals into the earth to kill the weeds. It makes no sense to us to rescue a puppy from the animal shelter, then kill spiders in your home. 
I’ll bring you healing earth news and I’ll pass along messages from the Elementals as they wish. There are plenty of other sites out there with tips on green living and environmental watch groups. I am brining you “proof” that changes are occuring now, (not “soon”) in the sincere hopes of inspiring you to gain a deeper understanding of our role as Keepers of the Garden.  Gathering information is an important part of your day, but remember that actions speak so much louder than words.
~All my Love, Boo

Farmers of 800-Years-Ago Could Teach Us How to Protect the Amazon — With Raised Farming Beds

“These raised fields provided better drainage, soil aeration and moisture retention: ideal for an environment that experiences both drought and flooding. The fields also benefited from increased fertility from the muck continually scraped from the flooded basin and deposited on the mounds. The raised-field farmers limited fires, and this helped them conserve soil nutrients and organic matter and preserve soil structure.”



ScienceDaily (Apr. 9, 2012) — In the face of mass deforestation of the Amazon, recent findings indicate that we could learn from its earliest inhabitants who managed their farmland sustainably. An international team of archaeologists and paleoecologists, including Dr. Mitchell Power, curator of the Garrett Herbarium at the Natural History Museum of Utah and assistant professor in the Department of Geography at the University of Utah, report for the first time that indigenous people, living in the savannas around the Amazonian forest, farmed without using fire.

These findings are published April 9, 2012, in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

The research could provide insights into the sustainable use and conservation of these globally-important ecosystems, which are being rapidly destroyed. Pressure on the Amazonian savannas today is intense, with the land being rapidly transformed for industrial agriculture and cattle ranching.

By analyzing records of pollen, charcoal and other plant remains like phytoliths spanning more than 2,000 years, the team has created the first detailed picture of land use in the Amazonian savannas in French Guiana. This gives a unique perspective on the land before and after the first Europeans arrived in 1492.

The research shows that the early inhabitants of these Amazonian savannas practiced ‘raised-field’ farming, which involved constructing small agricultural mounds with wooden tools. These raised fields provided better drainage, soil aeration and moisture retention: ideal for an environment that experiences both drought and flooding. The fields also benefited from increased fertility from the muck continually scraped from the flooded basin and deposited on the mounds. The raised-field farmers limited fires, and this helped them conserve soil nutrients and organic matter and preserve soil structure.

“We used radiocarbon dating to establish the age of the raised beds,” said Dr. Mitchell Power. We came to the conclusion that corn pollen we found dated to 800 years ago by dating charcoal deposits from above and below the sediment where the pollen was found.”

It has long been assumed that indigenous people used fire as a way of clearing the savannas and managing their land. However, this new research shows that this was not the case here. Instead, it reveals a sharp increase in fires with the arrival of the first Europeans, an event known as the ‘Columbian Encounter’. The study shows that this labor-intensive approach to farming in the Amazonian savannas was lost when as much as 95 percent of the indigenous population was wiped out as a result of Old World diseases, brought by European settlers.

The results of this study are in sharp contrast with what is known about the Columbian Encounter’s impact on tropical forest, where the collapse of indigenous populations after 1492 led to decreased forest clearance for agriculture, which in turn, caused a decline in burning. This study shows that high fire incidence in these Amazonian savannas is a post-1492, rather than pre-1492, phenomenon.

“Our results force reconsideration of the long-held view that fires were a pervasive feature of Amazonian savannas, said Power”

Dr José Iriarte of the University of Exeter, lead author on the paper, said: “This ancient, time-tested, fire-free land use could pave the way for the modern implementation of raised-field agriculture in rural areas of Amazonia. Intensive raised-field agriculture can become an alternative to burning down tropical forest for slash and burn agriculture by reclaiming otherwise abandoned and new savannah ecosystems created by deforestation. It has the capability of helping curb carbon emissions and at the same time provide food security for the more vulnerable and poorest rural populations.”

Professor Doyle McKey of the University of Montpellier said: “Amazonian savannas are among the most important ecosystems on Earth, supporting a rich variety of plants and animals. They are also essential to managing climate. Whereas savannas today are often associated with frequent fire and high carbon emissions, our results show that this was not always so. With global warming, it is more important than ever before that we find a sustainable way to manage savannas. The clues to how to achieve this could be in the 2,000 years of history that we have unlocked.”

Dr Francis Mayle of the University of Edinburgh said: “We’ve got an unprecedented record of these Amazonian savannas that completely overturns previous assumptions about the way in which ancient cultures utilized these globally-important ecosystems.”

Dr Stephen Rostain of CNRS said “These raised-field systems can be as productive as the man-made black soils of the Amazon, but with the added benefit of low carbon emissions.”

The study was carried out by a team from the University of Exeter (UK), Natural History Museum of Utah (US), Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (France), University of Edinburgh (UK), Université Montpellier II and Centre d’Ecologie Fonctionnelle et Evolutive (France). It was funded by two CNRS Programmes (‘Amazonie’ and ‘Ingénierie Ecologique’), the Arts and Humanities Research Council and The Leverhulme Trust.

The research featured in the PNAS article highlights two areas of active research at the Natural History Museum.


The above story is reprinted from materials provided byUniversity of Utah.

Note: Materials may be edited for content and length. For further information, please contact the source cited above.

Journal Reference:

  1. José Iriarte, Mitchell J. Power, Stéphen Rostain, Francis E. Mayle, Huw Jones, Jennifer Watling, Bronwen S. Whitney, and Doyle B. McKey. Fire-free land use in pre-1492 Amazonian savannas. PNAS, April 9, 2012 DOI:10.1073/pnas.1201461109
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2 comments on “Boo Walker: Healing Earth News

  1. 007blueray says:

    Namaste Family,
    I’ve been using raised beds for our vegetables. It can be very expensive to buy them and we will have to find alternatives to create raised beds for growing our own veggies. Tilling the soil and filling up the raised beds is also very expensive. Perhaps, we should start with small raised beds – 4ft x 4ft. We can only do the best that we can – one small baby step at a time. Happy week ahead ;-)

  2. Debbie says:

    Excellent! I too am “talking” to the trees, plants, flowers, bushes, grass, ground, rocks, birds, etc. They wave at me and I hear them chearing and dancing for and with me. I often cry for and with them too. Hugging trees is soooo very healing and full of so much love. Thank you Boo, for this edition of the Healing Earth News. :)

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