Here is an excerpt from SlowLab, which is part of the global slow movement.
The sloth is the slowest mammal on the earth.
From its humble perch in the forest canopy, it represents complete harmony with nature, and is one of the most energy-efficient creatures known to humans. It lives in perfect, closed- loop symbiosis with the environment it inhabits, while itself serving as mutualistic host to several flourishing micro-ecologies of plant and animal life.
The sloth's adaptive and cooperative way of life and its peaceful, non-competitive nature are assets not only to its own survival, but also to our human understanding of how we may best survive-- and thrive-- both in today's world and into the future.
Characteristic of all sloths is the permanent smile!
Here is how The Sloth Club came to be:
The 'Sloth Club' began through a direct and profound experience with a three-toed sloth in the coastal jungle of Ecuador. In a small community on the banks of the Cayapas River in the province of Esmeraldas, a sloth was bound and awaiting death in a concrete cage in a kitchen when some passing eco-tourists found it and were moved to avert this tragic fate.
The small group included Anja Light, (singer and activist of the Australian Rainforest Information Centre) and several members of the Japanese NGO, ACTMANG (Action for Mangrove Reforestation). Despite their extensive experience in jungle expeditions and the reality of sheer survival in Third World countries something about the sheer defenselessness of this beautiful creature moved them to intervene. Something about the injustice and cruelty of binding a harmless animal for three days until they were ready to eat the tiny amount of meat the animal would provide sparked a sense of injustice.
To Anja, the experience reflected all the injustice and suffering in the world. Tears flowed as the images of human folly floated through her mind - the torture of prisoners of conscience, children in poor countries starving to death while rich people consume to their deaths, the disrespect and negligence of animals, the senseless wars and the assault on our precious planet. Suddenly it became very important to find a way to release this sloth - to lessen the suffering in the world even if only for a moment.
They paid less than five dollars for it and took it down river to be released. It cried like a baby in distress as it was lifted into the unfamiliar surroundings of the boat. Here they were able to observe the animal so close - and once again they were moved. The sloth has a permanent smile. Its almost plastic-like fur is tinted green-blue with a special algae and seemed something like the earth's mantle - giving life to the many species of insect that live only on the sloth. It is a symbol of the forest and the forest it is part of is being destroyed at one of the fastest rates in the world.
There is also Slow Food.
The international Slow Food movement was founded in Italy nearly 15 years ago to revive pleasure, quality and an awareness of nature and the environment in the processes of choosing, preparing and eating food. Slow Food uses local, hand-made ingredients and traditional cooking methods. Fruits and vegetables are allowed to ripen on the vine before being harvested. Breads are made from scratch. Sea salt is raked by hand.
I hope that you will look over all those web pages and all the links because they are very interesting. They make great propositions to improve the future. I would suggest you spread the sloth concept to others. I certainly want to be a sloth.