Much hangs in the balance right now. If you can make time to review the material I've gathered for you in this compilation, you will understand why. The world is at a crucial crossroad. This is not a movie...
COPENHAGEN: ONE WORLD - REAL DEAL! 11,091,120 have joined the call to action. Help us get to 15,000,000 http://www.avaaz.org/en/copenhagen_needs_heroes/
The Copenhagen climate summit is failing. Tomorrow, world leaders will arrive for an unprecedented 60 hours of direct negotiations. Three of them could have the power to drive through a Real Deal -- Brazil, South Africa, Europe. But they will only act if we give them a massive public mandate. Our global movement has been building towards this moment. Now we have just 3 days to create a big enough public outcry to stop catastrophic climate change. In the next 72 hours let's build the largest petition in history. Sign HERE, tell everyone about it, and Avaaz will deliver the petition directly to leaders inside the Copenhagen summit.
When cannot all be physically present in Copenhagen, but we sure can join our brothers and sisters there in spirit, and radiate all together the Will to Good that will breach the barriers, open the hearts, melt the souls and clinch the deal!...
Finally, you will soon receive a Special Solstice Meditation Focus that will mark the first of the next 12 solstices and equinoxes in the 3 remaining years before December 21, 2012. Make plans already to gather a group of kindred souls this next Monday December 21, around 17:49 Universal Time, the exact time of this solstice - check your local time HERE - to celebrate this unique moment in our history and help catalyze the global dimensional shift now underway.
P.S. Make sure to read Paul Hawken: The Solutions We Need Now (item #6 below) who has unearthed and describes the millions of facets the emerging global consciousness of Gaia has taken: "This is the largest social movement in all of human history. No one knows its scope, and how it functions is more mysterious than what meets the eye."
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"Over more than three decades, I have been privileged to talk with some of the world's most eminent experts on climate change and environmental issues and to listen to the wisdom of some of the world's indigenous people. The conclusion I draw is that the future of mankind can be assured only if we rediscover ways in which to live as a part of nature, not apart from her. For the grim reality is that our planet has reached a point of crisis and we have only seven years before we lose the levers of control. (...) This is an historic moment. I can only appeal to you to listen to the cries of those who are already suffering from the impact of climate change. Just as mankind had the power to push the world to the brink so, too, do we have the power to bring it back into balance. You have been called to positions of responsibility at this critical time. The eyes of the world are upon you and it is no understatement to say that, with your signatures, you can write our future ... One final thought ... As our planet's life-support system begins to fail and our very survival as a species is brought into question, remember that our children and grandchildren will ask not what our generation said, but what it did. Let us give an answer, then, of which we can be proud."
"Whether youre on the ground in Copenhagen or not, you can affect the outcome by signing the UN Climate Petition and becoming a citizen of Hopenhagen. Hopenhagen is a movement, a moment and a chance at a new beginning. The hope that we can build a better future for our planet and a more sustainable way of life. It is the hope that we can create a global community that will lead our leaders into making the right decisions and fulfill the promise that by solving our environmental crisis, we can solve our economic crisis at the same time. Its time that we stop debating the science as Earth grows sicker and our welfare is put into jeopardy. Im all for debate and discussion, but we can do this and implement solutions simultaneously. Hopenhagen is a quick and easy first step, but we must also individually and collectively consider the consequences of our behavior; from driving gas-guzzling SUVs that emit more CO? than any car should, to demanding that our elected officials institute the radical legislation that we need to combat this crisis. My grandfather opened the first chapter of his story, A Smile of the Walrus, with an old nursery rhyme, Did you ever see a walrus smile all these many years? Why yes Ive seen a walrus smile, but it was hidden by his tears. As we open this new chapter in the battle against climate change, I fear that if we do not take action, then the smiles of our children, like the walrus, will be hidden by the tears they shed as they pay the consequences of our inaction, our apathy and our greed."
"THANK YOU, DEAR JEAN!! I will take this magnificent thought-form in my heart as I go to the United Nations today to begin to plan for next years International Day of Peace with UN staff members in teleconference with invited grassroots organizers from around the world. Openings to the new paradigm are evident everywhere and even the heavens are smiling down on us with this beautiful manifestation. How else would I know about this except through your alert this morning? Deepest gratitude to you for your very special mission, to which you bring unwavering commitment in a profound spirit of love and peace. May Peace Prevail on Earth and in Our Galaxy! Infinite appreciation."
Exposure to cellphone radiation is the largest human health experiment ever undertaken, without informed consent, and has some 4 billion participants enrolled. Science has shown increased risk of brain tumors from use of cellphones, as well as increased risk of eye cancer, salivary gland tumors, testicular cancer, non-Hodgkin's lymphoma and leukemia. The public must be informed.
In a world where a drug cannot be launched without proof that it is safe, where the use of herbs and natural compounds available to all since early Egyptian times are now questioned, their safety subjected to the deepest scrutiny,where a new food cannot be launched without prior approval, the idea that we can use mobile telephony, including masts, and introduce WiFi and mobile phones without restrictions around our 5 year olds is double-standards gone mad. I speak, not just as an editor and scientist that has looked in depth at all the research, but as a father that lost his beloved daughter to a brain tumour.
- Chris Woollams M.A. Biochemistry (Oxon). Editor Integrated Cancer and Oncology News and one of this reports endorsers
Transition Towns WIKI - CONTRIBUTE TO THE SOLUTIONS AND NOT TO THE PROBLEMS!! (available in several languages) http://transitiontowns.org/TransitionNetwork/TransitionNetwork
Transition Network: Tacking Peak Oil and Climate Change, Together -- The transition model emboldens communities to look peak oil and climate change squarely in the eye and unleash the collective genius of their own people to find the answers to this big question:for all those aspects of life that this community needs in order to sustain itself and thrive, how are we going to:significantly rebuild resilience (in response to peak oil) drastically reduce carbon emissions (in response to climate change)? Typically, self-determined solutions will involve some flavour of relocalisation. We're building a range of materials, training courses, events, tools & techniques, resources and a general support capability to help these communities.It's early days, so we have a long way to go. But we understand how massive the task is, and we're giving it everything we've got. Recent funding from Tudor Trust and the Esmee Fairbairn Foundation has given us a firm platform for our work. We're hoping that through this work, communities across the world will unleash their own collective genius and embark on an imaginative and practical range of connected initiatives, leading to a way of life that is more resilient, more fulfilling and more equitable, and that has dramatically lower levels of carbon emissions. Cheerful disclaimer! Just in case you were under the impression that Transition is a process defined by people who have all the answers, you need to be aware of a key fact. We truly don't know if this will work. Transition is a social experiment on a massive scale. What we are convinced of is this: if we wait for the governments, it'll be too little, too late; if we act as individuals, it'll be too little; but if we act as communities, it might just be enough, just in time. CLIP NOTE FROM JEAN: SIMPLY BRILLIANT!! The only real solutions always come from ordinary people doing extraordinary things, together, as a community, just like in nature where the community of living beings can maintain a perfect balance and real long-term resilience. This movement formed in 14 May 2007 originates from the UK (Rob Hopkins is the originator of the Transition concepts and co-founder of the Transition Network - he wrote The Transition Handbook - more on itHERE) and is now fast spreading around the world! Check this March 2008 Review of Transition Handbook from New Internationalist magazine which says "Since its inception just two years ago, the Transition movement has grown with a surprising rapidity. There are now nearly 40 official Transition Initiatives around the UK and some 600 at more formative stages around the globe. Put simply, the idea is that the twin challenges of peak oil and climate change mean we will be living lives that are less energy intense and much more local in the near future. Rather than impoverishing us, this change will actually lead to better well-being and more fulfilled lives. But we must start to design the change for ourselves now rather than waiting for the current system to collapse." MUCH MORE on this through these Google search results - Check also Transition United States and the relevant Wikipedia entry
Why Transition? http://transitionus.org/why-transition
We are living in an age of unprecedented change, with a number of crises converging. Climate change, global economic instability, overpopulation, erosion of community, declining biodiversity, and resource wars, have all stemmed from the availability of cheap, non-renewable fossil fuels. Global oil, gas and coal production is predicted to irreversibly decline in the next 10 to 20 years, and severe climate changes are already taking effect around the world. The coming shocks are likely to be catastrophic if we do not prepare. As Richard Heinberg states: Our central survival task for the decades ahead, as individuals and as a species, must be to make a transition away from the use of fossil fuels and to do this as peacefully, equitably, and intelligently as possible.The Transition movement represents one of the most promising ways of engaging people and communities to take the far-reaching actions that are required to mitigate the effects of peak oil, climate change and the economic crisis. Furthermore, these relocalization efforts are designed to result in a life that is more fulfilling, more socially connected and more equitable than the one we have today. The Transition model is based on a loose set of real world principles and practices that have been built up over time through experimentation and observation of communities as they drive forward to reduce carbon emissions and build community resilience. Underpinning the model is a recognition of the following: - Peak Oil, Climate Change and the Economic Crisis require urgent action - Adaptation to a world with less oil is inevitable - It is better to plan and be prepared, than be taken by surprise - Industrial society has lost the resilience to be able to cope with shocks to its systems - We have to act together and we have to act now - We must negotiate our way down from the peak using all our skill, ingenuity and intelligence - Using our creativity and cooperation to unleash the collective genius within our local communities will lead to a more abundant, connected and healthier future for all. The Transition Movement believes that is up to us in our local communities to step into a leadership position on this situation. We need to start working now to mitigate the interrelated effects of peak oil, climate change, and the economic crisis, before it is too late. Together we can make a difference. MAKE SURE to also read Michael Ruppert in "Collapse" below who seems to very well explain the problem but don't seem to have any clue on the solutions (according to this article) some of them being featured above.
The World Wants A Real Deal https://secure.avaaz.org/en/real_deal_hub/
This weekend we gathered around the world for 3000 events in over 130 different countries with one message: the world wants a real climate deal at Copenhagen. Check out photos and stories of amazing actions around the world by exploring this page.
More Old Forests, Less Industrial Agriculture, Key to Climate, Food and Water (December 16, 2009) http://www.climateark.org/shared/alerts/send.aspx?id=protect_old_forests
Securing world food security while maintaining operable forests, global climate, water, ocean and terrestrial ecosystems and human rights, justice and equity is the biggest challenge facing humanity. Water and food are the next bubbles to burst -- expect severe shortages of both in the 2010s. It is long past time to get back to the land through protecting and restoring old forests and organic permaculture farming. Our survival depends upon being with land, collecting water, letting forests age and growing food. Today industrial-style agriculture uses huge amounts of water, energy, and chemicals - replacing natural terrestrial ecosystems with toxic monocultures; while poisoning and displacing local peoples. Farms are large, highly specialized, and run like factories with large inputs of fossil fuels from pesticides, other synthetic chemicals and transportation fuels. Land degradation the decline in the quality of soil, water and vegetation is of profound importance for any serious negotiations upon climate change. A new study finds that 24% of the Earth's land is degrading, some of it formerly quite productive. Large scale biofuel/biomass production particularly promoting monoculture tree plantations within the context of Copenhagen "solutions" runs counter to urgently addressing climate change and threatens to cause more deforestation, human rights abuses, and degradation of soil, water and biodiversity. All biofuels based upon industrial agricultural practices worsen climate change and ecologically diminish soils and ecosystems, drive food prices up, and force more people worldwide into hunger and malnutrition. It is time to transform agriculture into an ecologically sustainable enterprise, based on systems which can be employed for centuries. To reduce the pressures upon the land and allow forests to undergo succession, we must promote organic, permaculture, low impact agriculture, agro-forest and other agro-ecological systems to meet human food needs, including major reduction in meat consumption. And protecting and restoring old forests where they historically occurred is vital as well. CLIP - TAKE ACTION HERE NOW!
Endorse the Gaza Freedom March! Sign the Pledge Below! http://salsa.democracyinaction.org/o/424/t/9750/petition.jsp?petition_KEY=2055
Israels blockade of Gaza is a flagrant violation of international law that has led to mass suffering. The U.S., the European Union, and the rest of the international community are complicit. The law is clear. The conscience of humankind is shocked. Yet, the siege of Gaza continues. It is time for us to take action! On Dec. 31, we will end the year by marching alongside the Palestinian people of Gaza in a non-violent demonstration that breaches the illegal blockade. Our purpose in this March is lifting the siege on Gaza. We demand that Israel end the blockade. We also call upon Egypt to open Gazas Rafah border. Palestinians must have freedom to travel for study, work, and much-needed medical treatment and to receive visitors from abroad. As an international coalition we are not in a position to advocate a specific political solution to this conflict. Yet our faith in our common humanity leads us to call on all parties to respect and uphold international law and fundamental human rights to bring an end to the Israeli military occupation of Palestinian territories since 1967 and pursue a just and lasting peace. The march can only succeed if it arouses the conscience of humanity. Please join us. The International Coalition to End the Illegal Siege of Gaza - For more information, please see the Statement of Context - For a list of endorsers, please click here. Note from Jean: I've endorsed this March on behalf of the Earth Rainbow Network and included the following comment: "I've included your appeal for endorsements in my next compilation that will soon be emailed to the 3200+ subscribers on the ERN e-list. I'd recommend that, once the marching people arrive at the border, someone reads a moving Call to Humanity's Conscience appealing to every human's highest ideals of loving compassion for the benefit of both the Palestinians and every other oppressed people on Earth so that freedom, peace, love and harmony soon prevail in everyone's heart, thus creating the right conditions for such long-standing situations to be resolved for the highest good of all. Ideally, there would be a moment of silent prayer and meditation right after this speech - at least 5 minutes so it is not just a symbolic gesture but a real radiation of love vibes from every participant's heart - to enable the inner transformative work that should then be sustained through a continuing vigil at that border to carry on the message and inner spiritual work, which should also be supported by weekly moments of worldwide prayers and meditation until the situation has been fully addressed. The speech should steer clear of blaming or shaming anyone but should focus instead on our common humanity, and should call forth the highest aspirations and purest visions of a world truly transformed from within into a haven of Peace, Love and Harmony between human and with all realms of nature envisioned as one Global Living Community sharing the same planet as One Heart, One Mind, One Soul through our Creator Source."
Holocaust Survivor Heads to Gaza (December 10, 2009) http://www.codepinkalert.org/article.php?id=5216
It's strange to see President Obama accepting a Peace Prize as he escalates a war. As a Holocaust survivor whose parents perished at Auschwitz in 1942, I know all too well what war looks like. I also know what peace looks like and I can tell you this: Sending 30,000 more U.S. troops to fight in one of the poorest countries in the world, Afghanistan, is not making peace. As President Obama accepts a Peace Prize he does not deserve, it's a good time to model what real peacemaking looks like. That's why-at the ripe age of 85-I'll be joining the Gaza Freedom March on December 31. Over 1,000 peacemakers from around the world will join hands with 50,000 Palestinians in Gaza as we walk together to the Israeli border. As Jews, Christians, Muslims, atheists, and members of many faiths we will come together as one humanity to condemn the brutal invasion of Gaza one year ago and demand that Israel lift the siege that has brought 1.5 million people to the brink of disaster. You can show your support for real peacemaking by endorsing the Gaza Freedom March and telling your friends and community about this historic event! CLIP
A moment of truth: A word of faith, hope and love from the heart of Palestinian suffering (11/12/2009) http://www.oikoumene.org/fileadmin/files/wcc-main/2009pdfs/Kairos%20Palestine_En.pdf
A PALESTINIAN CHRISTIAN CALL TO END THE OCCUPATION - A group of Palestinian Christians representing a variety of churches and church-related organizations have issued an animated and prayerful call for an end to occupation of Palestine by Israel. The call, issued at a 11 December meeting in Bethlehem, comes at a time when many Palestinians believe they have reached a dead end. It raises questions to the international community, political leaders in the region, and the churches worldwide about their contribution to the Palestinian people's pursuit of freedom. Even in the midst of "our catastrophe" the call is described as a word of faith, hope and love. Referred to as "The Kairos Palestine Document" the call echoes a similar summons issued by South African churches in the mid-1980s at the height of repression under the apartheid regime. That call served to galvanize churches and the wider public in a concerted effort that eventually brought the end of apartheid. CHEAK ALSO For Palestinians, every day is Kristallnacht below
Secret Worlds: The Universe Within http://micro.magnet.fsu.edu/primer/java/scienceopticsu/powersof10/index.html
View the Milky Way at 10 million light years from the Earth. Then move through space towards the Earth in successive orders of magnitude until you reach a tall oak tree just outside the buildings of the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory in Tallahassee, Florida. After that, begin to move from the actual size of a leaf into a microscopic world that reveals leaf cell walls, the cell nucleus, chromatin, DNA and finally, into the subatomic universe of electrons and protons.
More Information On Crop Circles: The Hidden Truth http://www.richplanet.net/detail.php?dbindex=207
"The conclusions you come to at the end of Hidden Truth are very concerning, powerful and potentially explosive. Thank you for sending me the copy which I very much enjoyed. I will happily post a piece about it along with your comments and David and Robert's after it airs in UK." They explain that many evidence point to the creation of fake crop circles by MI5 agents to confuse the public, and to manipulate and spin the truth about the crop circle phenomenon, all for their own secret agenda...
Note from Jean: Every media has claimed that the mysterious spirals (white and blue) that appeared last December 9 over Norway's night sky were merely due to a Russian rocket malfunction. Yet considering how so many mainstream media quickly covered this with this convenient explanation to dismiss it all as just a nice aerial show created by a Bulava missile failure, it reminds me of the infamous way all media suddenly revealed in September 1991 that DOUG AND DAVE (two retired MI5 agents) had admitted being responsible for the hundreds of crop circles that were attracting much attention, thus conveniently allowing the media to nearly completely ignore afterwards this amazing phenomenon that has since grown in complexity to become one of the most compelling signs that we are definitely not the only intelligent beings in this universe. I also find it too convenient that the Russian military would so quickly claim they had a missile test going on at that time - but it could be true they had such a test, except that their missile failure most likely had nothing to do with this stunning phenomenon... From all the Web searches I've made, it appears there never was before any rocket failure that created such a complex, neatly formed series of spirals, although it is true that rocket have spun our of control and created a single spiralling effect - but never two spirals like those displayed in Norway's night sky. Moreover, and this is the crucial element that makes this "explanation" completely bogus is that according to all witnesses of this event, the white spiral formed first and then the blue spiral came down from it... The mystery began when a blue light seemed to soar up from behind a mountain in the north of the country. It stopped mid-air, then began to move in circles. Within seconds a giant spiral had covered the entire sky. Then a green-blue beam of light shot out from its centre - lasting for ten to 12 minutes before disappearing completely." ...which to me, puts this phenomenon in the category of the mysterious glyphs that appear every summer in many fields around the world. I would even dare to say that this was in fact a transdimensional portal through which high level love energies were beamed down to us. Michael Salla (see article excerpts below) offers an interesting alternative explanation which appears to be supported by this video footage of a UFO attack on a ballistic missile in 1964. David Wilcock gives his enlightened opinion about this in his Dec 10 Camelot interview (Part 2) at http://projectcamelot.net/2009-12-10_WhistleblowerRadio2-DavidWilcox.mp3 (Part 1 is HERE) - And amazingly someone (Gregg Prescott webmaster of http://www.maya12-21-2012.com/ and http://www.in5d.com) had already created the following day a 10 min video adaptation of the gist of what David Wilcock so cogently explains from his knowledgeable perspective... which is not necessarily the whole truth of the matter of course.
Russia admits missile caused UFO lights (December 10, 2009) http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/34362960/ns/technology_and_science-space/
Unusual display, seen from Norway, traced to failure of test launch - A spectacular spiral light show in the sky above Norway on Wednesday was caused by a Russian missile that failed just after launch, according to Russia's defense ministry. When the rocket motor spun out of control, it likely created the heavenly spiral of white light near where the missile was launched from a submarine in the White Sea. The Russian Defense Ministry confirmed that a Bulava ballistic missile test had failed. "It has been established ... that the missile's first two stages worked as normal, but there was a technical malfunction at the next, third, stage of the trajectory," Reuters quoted a Defense Ministry spokesman as saying. Paal Brekke, a senior adviser at the Norwegian Space Centre Drammensvn, told Space.com that the cloud was "very spectacular." "When we looked at the videos people submitted to the media, we quickly concluded that it looked like a rocket or missile out of control, thus the spiraling effect," Brekke said. "I think this is the first time we have seen such a display from a launch failure." The phenomenon was seen by people all over northern Norway. "It was a fairly stunning display, and we were really surprised to see it so well-observed," Brekke said. Viewers described an eerie white cloud with a piercing blue-green beam coming out of it."It consisted initially of a green beam of light similar in color to the aurora with a mysterious rotating spiral at one end," Nick Banbury of Harstad, Norway, told Spaceweather.com. "This spiral then got bigger and bigger until it turned into a huge halo in the sky with the green beam extending down to Earth." CLIP More of the same through http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/8405481.stm and http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/blog/2009/dec/11/ufo-lights-norway-russian-missile
Norway light spiral missile failure caused by UFO/ET intervention? by Michael Salla (December 10, 2009) http://www.examiner.com/x-2383-Honolulu-Exopolitics-Examiner~y2009m12d10-RNorway-light-spiral--missile-failure-caused-by-UFOET-intervention
The mysterious spiral lights could be seen over much of Norway on December 9, Russia one day later announced an embarrassing failure of a new intercontinental ballistic nuclear missile. Russias Bulava missile spun out of control during the third stage of a test launch. While Russia did not claim the spiral light was caused by the missile, the announcement nevertheless led to claims that the mystery has been solved. Most analysts confidently proclaimed that the light spiral was caused by the failed rocket launch. The fact that it occurred one day before President Obamas Nobel Peace Prize acceptance speech where he discussed the abolition of nuclear weapons is viewed as sheer coincidence. However, was the failed missile launch a mere coincidence? There have been a number of occasions where nuclear missile tests have failed due to UFO intervention. Did an extraterrestrial intelligence cause the failure of the Russian rocket in order to generate a spiral of light knowing that it would capture world wide attention during President Obamas Norway trip. Did extraterrestrials do so knowing full well that Obama would discuss the abolition of nuclear weapons during his Nobel Peace Prize acceptance speech? (...) In conclusion, Russias admission that a nuclear missile test has failed at the same time as the mysterious light spiral appeared over Norway has satisfied most analysts over what happened. The link to extraterrestrials and to Obamas speech has been consequently dismissed out of hand, and even ridiculed. However, most analysts are simply not aware of prior occasions where nuclear missiles have failed due to UFO/extraterrestrial intervention. Nor has any consideration been given to a possible link to Obamas speech where he explicitly called for nuclear disarmament. Given the past history of extraterrestrial intervention, it is very possible that the mysterious light spiral over Norway was deliberately caused by extraterrestrials that interfered with Russias testing of its newest nuclear missile. The goal was twofold. To draw world wide attention to Obamas speech, and to endorse his pledge to work towards nuclear disarmament.
Mystery Sky Spirals in China and Norway http://inter-intelligence-communications.com/?p=1057
(...) Will the perfect white spiral prove to be rocket fuel? Or was something else entirely going on above Norway this morning? Dare I mention cloud circle? Occam would likely conclude that the phenomenon was a rocket gone awry. But as you listen to upcoming news about the beautiful, galaxy-like spiral and blue emission (leaving the white spiral, not approaching it), take the following into consideration. Heres a video, apparently taken in China years ago, that seems to show a similar phenomenon. At about 1:11 into the video notice how the direction of the spiral abruptly shifts from anti-clockwise to clockwise. The Chinese spiral was likely not the result of a rocket. CLIP
ANOTHER 'UFO' FROM RUSSIA (December 11, 2009) WITH VIDEOS. The tiny spiral is nothing like the one in Norway! http://cosmiclog.msnbc.msn.com/archive/2009/12/11/2150063.aspx
Just a day after a Russian rocket launch set off a spate of UFO sightings in Norway, yet another missile test created a similar sky show over Siberia. Like Wednesday's launch of the submarine-based Bulava missile from the White Sea, Thursday's launch of the land-based Topol ballistic missile from the Kapustin Yar missile range on the lower Volga River sparked plenty of sightings. Reports came in from Chelyabinsk, Yekaterinburg, Ufa and other Siberian cities, said NBC News space analyst James Oberg.The rocket plume created a spiral pattern in the sky, though the pattern wasn't as striking as the one seen over Norway earlier in the week. "The difference in sunlight conditions from pre-dawn northern Norway may account for much of the visual differences," Oberg said. CLIP
Pyramid Over Moscow - (Posted Dec 9, 2009) AMAZING VIDEO FOOTAGE OF A TRIANGULAR-SHAPED PYRAMID - Could it be related to the spiralling light that appeared over Norway the same day? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xuanP2P41_I
UFO flying over the Kremlin in Moscow, Red Square - There is another similar but daytime video HERE and there are speculations HERE as to the nature and origin of this and other recent phenomenons observed over Moscow recently.
DISCLOSURE: Announcement From Obama & the Pope Is Imminent!? (Nov.12, 2009) http://www.getxnews.com/2009/11/disclosure-announcement-from-obama-the-pope-is-imminent/
In the latest installment of his weekly compilation Filers Files #46, the Eastern Regional Director of the Mutual UFO Network (MUFON), George Filer reveals extremely important information and commentary regarding the disclosure of the extraterrestrial presence by examining the release of the White House list of visitors and various exopolitical movements worldwide. Here is an excerpt from his article: Obama Opens White House to Advisors Who Want UFOs Revealed - The White House has released a list of visitors. Topping the list is Andy Stern president of the Service Employees International with 22 visits. Second on the list is John Podesta with 17 visits who has supported efforts from the UFO research community to pressure the United States government to release files to the public that could bring light on the simmering allegations of conspiracies and cover-up of the issue. At a 2002 news conference, Podesta stated, It is time for the government to declassify records that are more than 25 years old and to provide scientists with data that will assist in determining the real nature of this phenomenon. Obama may now decide to join in with the Vatican and other world leaders such as Frances Nicolas Sarkozy to announce extraterrestrial presence. David Cameron the Conservative leader in the UK said he was convinced the Earth had been visited by aliens and has vowed to publish any secret files that may exist on UFOs if he becomes Prime Minister. The Washington Post announced today, The Vaticans Pontifical Academy of Sciences is holding its first major conference on astrobiology, the new science that seeks to find extraterrestrial life in the universe and to understand how life began on Earth. CLIP
Obama In Oslo: War For Peace (Dec 10, 2009) ANALYSIS OF HIS SPEECH http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E2BYUeUq8SU&NR=1
President Obama received the Nobel Peace Prize in Oslo, and much of his speech rested on the irony of receiving the honor as a war-time leader.
DOD: Obama's Afghan Surge Will Rely Heavily On Private Contractors (December 15, 2009) http://tpmmuckraker.talkingpointsmemo.com/2009/12/afghanistan_contractors_new_congressional_study.php
Private contractors will make up at least half of the total military workforce in Afghanistan going forward, according to Defense Department officials cited in a new congressional study. As President Obama's escalation of the war in Afghanistan unfolds, the number of contractors will likely jump by between 16,000 and 56,000, adding up to a total of 120,000-160,000, according to an updated study from the Congressional Research Service.DOD officials who spoke with the study's author said contractors would make up 50-55 percent of the total workforce -- troops plus contractors -- in the future. This would actually be a significant reduction from the last two years, when contractors have averaged 62 percent of the total. As we've reported, many questions about the army of contractors, which outnumbers the size of the U.S. troop force, remain unanswered and underexamined. We don't have up to date numbers on how much the United States spends on private contracts, and the DOD does not break down the services done by contractors in Afghanistan (it does for Iraq).As of September 2009, contractors providing security, transportation, and logistical services numbered 104,100 in Afghanistan and 113,700 in Iraq, according to the military. Here's a table looking at how much the numbers in Afghanistan will increase with Obama's surge: CLIP
The Big Turtle King: or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Joined the Green-Tech Revolution (October 21, 2009) http://www.greenlaw.org.cn/enblog/?p=1872
Much has been written in recent months about Chinas coming green-tech revolution, leading some to ask whether this is a genuine phenomenon or not (see also here). I decided to see for myself and, this past weekend, took one small step into the green-tech revolution. I became the owner of one of the more than 100 million electric bikes in China (some 90% of the world market). CLIP - More on these e-bikes HERE
Chinas green-tech market could reach $1 trillion by 2013 report http://www.wbcsd.org/plugins/DocSearch/details.asp?type=DocDet&ObjectId=MzU2Njk
China's green technology' market has the potential to grow to $1 trillion and make up 15% of GDP by 2013, according to a report by the China Greentech Initiative. The combination of continuing economic growth, China's technology and manufacturing capability and strong government commitments, driven by growing fears about climate change and other environmental threats, are creating real momentum in the green-tech sectors, said Richard Gledhill, global leader for climate change services at PricewaterhouseCoopers, a founding member of the China Greentech Initiative, which is a collaboration between more than 80 technology companies, investors, professional services firms and NGOs.The total, addressable market size for green technology is between $500 billion and $1 trillion, the report concludes. This includes cleaner conventional energy, renewable energy, electric power infrastructure, green building, cleaner transportation, cleaner industry and clean water. The Initiative does not provide an estimate for the current size of the green-tech market. The first signs of such a green transformation are already apparent, the report says, citing the fast pace of renewables growth as one example wind capacity has doubled every year for the last four years to reach 12.2 gigawatts in 2008 and one in 10 households has a solar water heater installed. The government has a target of deriving 20% of energy from renewable sources by 2020. CLIP
Green Giant - Beijings crash program for clean energy (December 21, 2009) http://www.newyorker.com/reporting/2009/12/21/091221fa_fact_osnos?currentPage=all
(...) Then, in 2001, Chinese officials abruptly expanded one program in particular: energy technology. The reasons were clear. Once the largest oil exporter in East Asia, China was now adding more than two thousand cars a day and importing millions of barrels; its energy security hinged on a flotilla of tankers stretched across distant seas. Meanwhile, China was getting nearly eighty per cent of its electricity from coal, which was rendering the air in much of the country unbreathable and hastening climate changes that could undermine Chinas future stability. Rising sea levels were on pace to create more refugees in China than in any other country, even Bangladesh.In 2006, Chinese leaders redoubled their commitment to new energy technology; they boosted funding for research and set targets for installing wind turbines, solar panels, hydroelectric dams, and other renewable sources of energy that were higher than goals in the United States. China doubled its wind-power capacity that year, then doubled it again the next year, and the year after. The country had virtually no solar industry in 2003; five years later, it was manufacturing more solar cells than any other country, winning customers from foreign companies that had invented the technology in the first place. As President Hu Jintao, a political heir of Deng Xiaoping, put it in October of this year, China must seize preemptive opportunities in the new round of the global energy revolution.A China born again green can be hard to imagine, especially for people who live here. After four years in Beijing, Ive learned how to gauge the pollution before I open the curtains; by dawn on the smoggiest days, the lungs ache. The city government does not dwell on the details; its daily air-quality measurement does not even tally the tiniest particles of pollution, which are the most damaging to the respiratory system. Last year, the U.S. Embassy installed an air monitor on the roof of one of its buildings, and every hour it posts the results to a Twitter feed, with a score ranging from 1, which is the cleanest air, to 500, the dirtiest. American cities consider anything above 100 to be unhealthy. The rare times in which an American city has scored above 300 have been in the midst of forest fires. In these cases, the government puts out public-health notices warning that the air is hazardous and that everyone should avoid all physical activity outdoors. As I type this in Beijing, the Embassys air monitor says that todays score is 500.China is so bigand is growing so fastthat in 2006 it passed the United States to become the worlds largest producer of greenhouse gases. If Chinas emissions keep climbing as they have for the past thirty years, the country will emit more of those gases in the next thirty years than the United States has in its entire history. So the question is no longer whether China is equipped to play a role in combatting climate change but how that role will affect other countries. David Sandalow, the U.S. Assistant Secretary of Energy for Policy and International Affairs, has been to China five times in five months. He told me, Chinas investment in clean energy is extraordinary. For America, he added, the implication is clear: Unless the U.S. makes investments, we are not competitive in the clean-tech sector in the years and decades to come. CLIP
Key News: Wall Street 'Too Big to Punish,' CIA Access to European Bank Accounts... http://www.wanttoknow.info/009/091214_wall_street_big_punish_cia_access_bank_accounts
Revealing information on the SEC's lack of punishment of major Wall Street firms for cheating clients, the European Union's granting of complete access to private European bank accounts to the CIA, years of kidnappings by Blackwater mercenaries in Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan, and more.
Le Québec contre les antennes relais - appui des canadiens des autres provinces http://www.dangersemo.com/le%20qu%E9bec%20contre%20les%20antennes%20relais%20rt.pdf
(...) Tout comme dans le dossier des pesticides, le Québec doit être à l'avant-garde pour la protection de ses citoyens. Heureusement, des citoyens des autres provinces canadiennes vont appuyer le Québec dans ses démarches. Le collectif SEMO a recueilli l'appui de plusieurs groupes à travers le Canada et la déclaration ci-jointe du 9 décembre 2009 en est témoin. (...) Across the country Canadians are being exposed to constant microwave radiation while a great many international experts say this is dangerous. These affairs are regulated by the federal government. There is a near complete lack of information from federal authorities about the dangers. Thus the vast majority of Canadians are unaware of, and cannot be said to consent to, this dangerous situation. We rely on federal regulators who have failed. It is time for political correction, it is time for Parliament to act on this serious matter. The telecom industry claims safety for their microwave emissions. For this they depend largely on research backed by their own industry. When a very large body of independent research proves the opposite, there is a very big problem. This is the worst example possible of "no scientific consensus" -- industry on one side, independent scientists on the other, while people and animals get injured and worse. This situation is fully exploited by the telecom industry, as federal regulators act in their apparent favour, even while citizens cry out about danger and ongoing suffering. These citizens' complaints are backed by a coalition of international experts, such as came together to publish the Bioinitiative Report referred to in the SEMO petition submitted to Parliament. This 2007 Report, and very much further research since, has provided the basis for grave concern internationally. Based on this Report, the EU Senate has spoken of its "great concern". In October, the French national health and environment agency spoke in favour of reductions in public microwave exposure. Even little Liechtenstein is far ahead of Canada: their Parliament demanded adhesion to standards put forth in today's petition. Action in other countries worldwide in recognition of the dangers, puts to shame assurances of safety by Health Canada and Industry Canada. Why should Canada be last to protect its citizens? Canada too often waits for Americans to go first instead of acting on its own. But even in the U.S., Senate hearings on the dangers of cell telephony took place a few months ago. A famous American activist on health issues was involved. There have been multiple international conferences, one just last month in Norway, attesting to the dangers. Yet, around the same time, Health Canada issued its belated update on microwave standards, and it outrageously failed to take to heart the thousands of scientific papers that contradict its position, not to mention the cries of Canadians suffering from electrosensitivity and other ailments related to radiation exposure. CLIP
Full Signal - Trailer http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2ldZVGmdTt4
Since 1997 and the onset of GSM telephony, more and more cellular antennas have been popping up in neighborhoods all around the world to support an ever-growing number of cell phone users. In fact they have become so prolific in some parts of the world that they disappear into the landscape with the same subtlety as cars on the street. And those that don't 'disappear' are cleverly disguised as chimneys, flagpoles, or water towers. Full Signal talks to scientists around the world who are researching the health effects related to cellular technology; to activists who are fighting to regulate the placement of antennas; and to lawyers and law makers who represent the people wanting those antennas regulated. Filmed in Ten countries and Six US states, Full Signal examines the contradiction between health and finance, one of the many ironies of the fight to regulate antenna placement. Director: Talal Jabari Writer: Talal Jabari Studio: UnknownCast: Unknown or Not Available Release: December 2, 2009 - Check also Full Signal Documentary Teaser and http://www.fullsignalmovie.com/ - especially The Issues at http://www.fullsignalmovie.com/news.html - "Full Signal is about the proliferation of cellular technology across the globe. It has spread unabated like wildfire. More than half the worlds population owns a phone. And nearly everybody lives within the range of a cell tower. Yet nobody truly knows to what extent this technology has an impact on the human population. Debates on the subject have ranged from scientific circles to the mass media to courts of law with opinions that are just as diverse. People are concerned about safety and security, technological advancement, health and the environment. But an increasing number of studies are starting to correlate certain ailments with cellular technology, ranging from dizziness to tumors. Full Signal takes the position that it is highly unlikely that these scientists findings are all incorrect. The Issue section feature an interactive page to help those interested in the facts hear them directly from the experts."
From: Diane Sunny Goodwin (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Date: 10 Dec 2009
Subject: Our Meditation Connection with the Norway Lights
Dear Jean and Planetary Peacemakers meditators,
The description of this amazing light in your section: Worthy of Your Attention matches the words we have used for over 20 years now, which were given as guidance by the Hierarchy of Masters in our weekly guided world peace meditations at my home in Oceanside, CA. These images are identical to words and images being used by my group and another group for over 40 years to usher in a new paradigm of peace on the planet. Our meditations include the visualization of a vortex of white light spinning clockwise, emanating from Spirit (God, higher consciousness, whatever you choose to call it), sweeping negative energies and thought forms away and grounding them deep within the earth, so they no longer hold sway over humanity. This seems to correspond to the vortex of white light people saw in Norway. We create Triangles of White Light which we use to channel Spiritual Energies to the heart centers of America, the Far East, and the Middle East. In the 1970's and 1980's we were working with Triangles connecting the heart centers of America, the Soviet Union and South Africa with a worldwide mediation group of highly dedicated Souls, known then as World Unity and Service. This past Sunday when we met, we set the intention of sending out our energies SPECIFICALLY TO OSLO, NORWAY for the gathering of peacemakers there at this momentous time in history!
In this meditation we send harmony, peace, love, etc. to ALL of humanity, visualizing a FIERY WHEEL spinning counterclockwise within the triangles emanating outwards through the triangles as we say these words: "The Fiery Wheel is radiant and magnetic. We infuse it with our love as an invocation to Divine Love which streams forth and is channeled through the Triangles of Love and Light and Power."
THIS FIERY WHEEL VISUALIZATION THAT WE HAVE BEEN DOING CORRESPONDS DIRECTLY TO THE FIERY WHEEL OVER NORWAY! We use the Great Invocation as part of the mediation, too.
I am covered with goose bumps , DUMBFOUNDED and AMAZED by these Norway pictures which show what we have been visualizing and sending forth for YEARS!
If you have any comments or personal insights or connections after reading this please share them. For some reason as I meditated this morning, I was drawn to my computer to open this Jean's email and told "THIS IS IMPORTANT-email your story to Jean.", so I put the tutoring business on hold and have been doing this instead, as I believe that right now this is the MOST IMPORTANT thing I can continue to do in my lifetime.
Blessings, joy, and DEEP GRATITUDE to all my fellow World Servers and Light Workers!
"We can do no great things; only small things with great love."
"There is a Soul force in the universe, which, if we permit it, will flow through us and produce miraculous results."
AN HISTORIC SPEECH BY A TRUE GLOBAL ENVIRONMENTAL HERO WHO LAYS OUT BOTH THE RATIONAL AND THE EMOTIONAL REASONS WHY HUMANITY MUST SUCCEED TO BRING OUR PLANET'S BRUISED ENVIRONMENT BACK TO HEALTH AND BALANCE
Prince Charles Copenhagen speech: 'The eyes of the world are upon you'
Full text of Prince Charles's speech to the Copenhagen climate conference
15 December 2009
Prime minister, secretary-general, ministers, ladies and gentlemen:
I am most grateful for your kind invitation to address this crucially important international gathering.
We live in times of great consequence and, therefore, of great opportunity.
With issues of such magnitude, it is easy to focus solely on the challenges, the worst-case scenarios, the what-ifs of failure.
But take a moment to consider the opportunities if we succeed. Imagine a healthier, safer and more sustainable, economically robust world. Because if we share in that vision, we can share the will to action that is now required.
Over more than three decades, I have been privileged to talk with some of the world's most eminent experts on climate change and environmental issues and to listen to the wisdom of some of the world's indigenous people.
The conclusion I draw is that the future of mankind can be assured only if we rediscover ways in which to live as a part of nature, not apart from her.
For the grim reality is that our planet has reached a point of crisis and we have only seven years before we lose the levers of control.
As the President of Gabon said at a meeting I hosted last month: 'The door to our future is closing...'
This, I fear, is not an overstatement. For climate change is a risk-multiplier. It has the potential to take all the other critical issues we face as a global community and transform their severity into a cataclysm.
Reducing poverty, increasing food production, combating terrorism and sustaining economic development are all vital priorities, but it is increasingly clear how rapid climate change will make them even more difficult to address.
Furthermore, because climate change is intimately connected with our systemic, unsustainable consumption of natural resources, any decline in the ecological resilience of one resource base or ecosystem increases the fragility of the whole.
We appear intent upon consuming the planet. It seems likely, on current patterns of use, that our global fisheries will collapse by 2050 and, already, fresh water is becoming scarcer, placing global food security at ever greater hazard.
In the last 50 years we have degraded 30% of global topsoil and destroyed 30% of the world's rainforests.
All of these issues are linked to each other and to climate change - a truly vicious circle - and the climate crisis is the mirror in which we see reflected the combined ecological impact of our industrialised age.
However, it is these links, together with our common humanity and the unprecedented connections of today's global community, which might, perhaps, provide us with a solution.
Moreover, in our increasingly precarious situation - on a small, unique and precious planet - this is not a problem resolvable in terms of 'them and us'.
For when it comes to the air we breathe and the water we drink, there are no national boundaries. We all depend on each other - and, crucially, on each other's actions - for our weather, our food, our water and our energy. These are the 'tectonic plates' on which the peace and stability of the international community rest.
The inescapable conclusion, therefore, is that a partial solution to climate change is no solution at all. It must be inclusive and it must be a comprehensive approach - one that strengthens the resilience of our ecosystems. Crucially, it must be embraced by the public, private and NGO sectors, as well as by local communities and indigenous people, while also encouraging individual responsibility.
One example that has been high on my agenda for the last two years is that of tropical rainforests.
These ecosystems have been described as the planet's lifebelt, and with good reason. Not only do they harbour about half of our terrestrial biodiversity and generate much of the rainfall that is vital for farming, they also absorb and hold vast quantities of carbon that would otherwise be in the atmosphere.
Unfortunately, as you know better than I, the forests are being cleared at a terrifying rate.
The simple truth is that without a solution to tropical deforestation, there is no solution to climate change. That is why I established a Rainforests Project to try to promote a consensus on how tropical deforestation might be significantly reduced.
In early April, I was able to host a meeting of heads of state and government at which it was agreed to establish an informal working group to look at this issue.
As it turns out, it seems the quickest and most cost-effective way to buy time in the battle against catastrophic climate change is to find a way to make the trees worth more alive than dead.
The project has been exploring the drivers of deforestation and how innovative financing mechanisms could provide rainforest nations with financial rewards for positive performance.
One example of such a performance-based approach is the recent agreement between Guyana and Norway.
The project is also working with the World Bank on an emergency package to stimulate private sector finance for rainforest nations.
It is critical to find ways to prevent forests being converted to agriculture.
I have been heartened by my conversations with some of the world's largest agri-businesses, which have told me that, through more effective use of vast areas of degraded land, we could feed and fuel a growing population and keep the forests.
But, ladies and gentlemen, it must be genuinely sustainable agriculture that helps to empower local communities and small farmers.
We thereby create a truly virtuous, not a vicious, circle and one, because of its understanding of the relationship between agriculture and forestry, that can only improve the lives of many of the poorest people on the planet while simultaneously benefiting nature.
It also builds what seems to me to be the absolutely critical chain which links ecosystem resilience, adaptive capacity, poverty reduction and sustained economic development.
This is the chain that we have broken ... And it is the chain that we must now re-make.
The need fully to engage the private sector reflects not only the growing determination of business to act in a sustainable way but, crucially, its determination to listen to customers.
And what customers are saying ever more loudly is that they want their investment choices to make a positive difference to climate change.
One practical result of my work with the private sector on corporate, social and environmental responsibility for the past 25 years is that growing numbers of pension funds have made a commitment to set climate solutions at the heart of their long-term investment decision-making.
To ensure a large-scale deployment of capital, these pension funds need clear long-term policies to be agreed here this week.
This request is supported by the 191 financial institutions with assets of over $13tr which signed the International Investor Statement on Climate Change.
A further practical contribution is a statement by the international Corporate Leaders Group, of which I am patron - comprising over 900 of the world's most prominent companies drawn from more than 63 countries, including all the G20 members - on the significant business opportunities which a robust, effective and equitable global climate agreement could deliver.
In helping to facilitate these initiatives, my simple aim has been to show that we can all make a difference if we are determined to do so. Above all, I am convinced it is these kinds of global partnerships - between government, business, NGOs, civil society and even individuals - that will provide the global solutions needed to secure our future.
Subsequent inflows of private sector investment would do much to reinforce the credibility of all those, particularly in the poorest countries, who have had the courage to believe in the positive outcome of this meeting.
Several of their leaders, while being only too aware of the immediate economic benefits of monetising their countries' natural capital, have still chosen to follow the difficult path of turning their economies towards sustainable development.
Such visionary people have a vital role to play in helping the world to find the strength needed to address its problems. But they desperately need our support, for without it they may not have a second chance.
Surely now, then, is the time to recognise that we cannot have capitalism without nature's capital - we cannot sustain our human economy without sustaining nature's economy?
I know that so very many of you here today have been negotiating the unbelievably complex details of a potential agreement for a very, very long time, and you must be profoundly weary.
But this is an historic moment. I can only appeal to you to listen to the cries of those who are already suffering from the impact of climate change.
Just as mankind had the power to push the world to the brink so, too, do we have the power to bring it back into balance.
You have been called to positions of responsibility at this critical time. The eyes of the world are upon you and it is no understatement to say that, with your signatures, you can write our future ...
One final thought ... As our planet's life-support system begins to fail and our very survival as a species is brought into question, remember that our children and grandchildren will ask not what our generation said, but what it did. Let us give an answer, then, of which we can be proud.
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Google unveils breakthrough technology to monitor deforestation (10 December 2009) http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2009/dec/10/google-technology-deforestation
The software can processes satellite images to extract scientific and tracking information about how much forests have changed -- Tracking the destruction of the world's forests is to become much easier for scientists and forest managers, thanks to a software tool unveiled by search-engine giant Google's philanthropic arm today. The software, which uses Google's computing resources to extract scientific information from decades of satellite images of forests, was demonstrated at the UN climate conference in Copenhagen. "We hope this technology will help stop the destruction of the world's rapidly disappearing forests," said a statement on the Google.org blog."Emissions from tropical deforestation are comparable to the emissions of all of the EU, and are greater than those of all cars, trucks, planes, ships and trains worldwide. According to the Stern Review the report prepared for the British government in 2006 on the economics of climate change by Lord Nicholas Stern protecting the world's standing forests is a highly cost-effective way to cut carbon emissions and mitigate climate change." CLIP
55 Percent of Americans Want a Treaty in Copenhagen http://www.takepart.com/news/2009/12/15/55-percent-of-americans-want-a-treaty-in-copenhagen
A new USA Today/Gallup Poll has some decent numbers for President Obama to stuff in his pocket before heading to Denmark. The country is behind a treaty that would force the US to significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions, USA Today reports. And while that number should give the President some confidence at the negotiating table this week, other data in the poll will give him pause on the flight home, no matter what the outcome. From USA Today: By a lopsided 7-1, however, Americans say the administration should put a higher priority on improving the economy than reducing global warming. And they are split on the likely economic impact of enacting new environmental and energy laws to address climate change: 42% say they will hurt the economy; 36% say they will help. Oh, and for good measure: 61 percent said Obama didn't deserve the Nobel he accepted last week.
Voices from Hopenhagen: Honorable Al Gore http://www.takepart.com/news/2009/12/07/voices-from-hopenhagen-al-gore
The world has arrived at a moment of decision.As long as we continue to depend on dirty fossil fuels like coal and oil to meet our energy needs, and dump 90 million tons of global warming pollution into the atmosphere, we move closer and closer to several dangerous tipping pointspoints which scientists have repeatedly warned would, if crossed, threaten to make it impossible for us to avoid irretrievable destruction of the conditions that make human civilization possible on this planet. Ive said it numerous times already, but right now we are trapped in a dangerous cycleborrowing money from China to buy oil from the Persian Gulf, and then burn it in ways that destroy the planet. Every bit of thats got to change.Right now, here in the US and all over the world, people are demanding action. There is a much broader consensus than there was when President George H.W. Bush negotiatedand the Senate ratifiedthe Framework Convention on Climate Change in 1992. And there's much stronger consensus than when we completed the Kyoto Protocol in 1997. The road to the signing of an agreement in Copenhagen will not be easy, but the world has traveled this path before. More than twenty years ago the US signed the Montreal Protocol, a treaty to protect the ozone layer, and strengthened it to the point where we banned most of the major pollutants that created the hole in the ozone over Antarctica. And we did it with bipartisan support: President Ronald Reagan and Speaker of the House Tip ONeill joined hands to lead the way.We can do it again and solve the climate crisis, protecting our planet for future generations.
Pope calls for action on climate change (December 15, 2009) http://www.buffalonews.com/nationalworld/international/story/894761.html
Pope Benedict XVI called for urgent action to protect the environment, saying Tuesday that climate change and natural catastrophes threaten the rights to life, food, health - and ultimately peace.In his annual message on the Roman Catholic Church's World Day of Peace, the pope argued that the world's economic, social, and environmental problems are moral crises that require mankind to rethink its way of living."We can no longer do without a real change of outlook which will result in new life-styles," he said, touching again on a theme that has earned him a reputation as the "green pope."Benedict called on advanced societies to adopt "more sober lifestyles," reducing energy consumption and favoring energy-efficient policies. He encouraged research into ways to exploit solar energy, to manage forests and to improve waste disposal.Action is more pressing than ever "in the face of signs of a growing crisis which it would be irresponsible not to take seriously," he said. CLIP
Protests in Copenhagen: Rights groups press for inquiry into police tactics (13 December 2009) http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2009/dec/13/copenhagen-protests-police-tactics
Denmark may be breaching European law, Danish human rights groups claimed tonight as they called for their government to launch an immediate inquiry after police in Copenhagen used controversial kettling and mass preventative arrest tactics for the third day running.Following the arrest of 68 people on Friday, and 958 yesterday on Saturday, police today arrested 257 demonstrators, "kettling" a section of a march near Osterport station, and as they had done on Saturday, cuffed the protesters and put them onto buses transporting them to a detention centre.As the COP15 climate change summit in Copenhagen carries on into its second week, accounts were emerging of the treatment of the detainees on Saturday night 945 of them had been released by this morning, with just 13 remaining in custody.Maria Ludwig, 22, one of the detainees released, had arrived in Copenhagen from Germany on Friday, said: "They kept me for two hours with plastic cuffs around our wrists and our hands behind our back, and then they put us on the bus. We had nothing to eat or drink, and one man asked the police to go to the toilet and they said: 'No way are you going to put your trousers down, you'll just have to piss into your trousers.' "Another protester from Germany, Chris, who asked not to give his surname, described the way that the detainees were made to sit: "With our legs on either side of the people in front of us, and then leaning on the person behind us, with our hands still cuffed behind our backs. It was very painful for the person behind you and you were in pain from the person in front of you. It looks like Guantánamo when you see it."He described being kept in cages, constructed by police for holding detainees: "You have a cold solid floor and four mesh walls and a mesh ceiling, and outside cops walking around with dogs."Humphrey Lloyd, 24, a protester from the UK, was held for six hours: "The whole thing is such an abuse of our right to peaceful assembly. This was so obviously the fluffier part of the march."Campaign groups, NGOs and human rights groups in Denmark and in Britain condemned the actions of the police. In the UK the use of kettling became controversial at the G20 protests this April.Claus Bonnez, a lawyer working with Krim, a human rights and legal support organisation, said: "This has all been done under the fairly new law which entitles police to arrest people and keep them for up to 12 hours. But according to the European Court of Human Rights process, the police will have to prove that it is necessary for democratic society to make such arrests. And I don't think that the Danish police will be able to prove that."Ida Thuesen, of Amnesty International Denmark said: "We call for the government ombudsman to begin an immediate investigation into the arrests last night. When nearly 1,000 people are arrested and then all but 13 are released it means that many of those people were just innocent people in the wrong place at the wrong time."Deborah Doane, director of World Development Movement said: "It's absolutely outrageous that the police responded in this extreme manner on an incredibly family-friendly march. It's a complete violation of the right to protest and a step towards the breakdown of democracy. This is the most crucial issue of our time and the people must be heard, not criminalised."Activists intend to continue with their demonstrations this week.
Copenhagen: Only the numbers count and they add up to hell on earth Copenhagen climate change talks stall
Climate Interactive's software speaks numbers, not spin which is where the true understanding of the Copenhagen summit lies
Bill McKibben -- 15 December 2009
The Bella centre is a swirl of chatter, the streets of Copenhagen are a swirl of protest. Depending on what hour you listen to the news bulletin, the UN climate negotiations have "come off the rails" or are "back on track" or have "stalled" or are "moving swiftly". Which is why the only people who really understand what's going on may be a small crew of folks from a group of computer jockeys called Climate Interactive. Their software speaks numbers, not spin and in the end it's the numbers that count.
First number to know: 350. It's what scientists have been saying for two years is the maximum amount of carbon dioxide we can safely have in the atmosphere, measured in parts per million. Those scientists have been joined by an unprecedented outpouring from civil society: in late October, activists put on what CNN called "the most widespread day of political action in the planet's history," with 5,200 demonstrations in 181 countries, all rallying around that number. Three thousand vigils last weekend across the planet spelled out the number in candles. Thousands of churches rang their bells 350 times on Sunday, and yesterday the World Parliament of Religions, meeting in Melbourne and representing the "largest interreligious gathering on earth" sent an emergency 350 declaration here to Copenhagen.
The second number: 100. That's (roughly) how many countries are backing a 350 target here at Copenhagen. That's more than half the nations in attendance unfortunately, they're the small, poor ones. But it's amazing to see them, in the face of enormous pressure, keeping the idea of real action alive. Yesterday Mohamed Nasheed, president of the Maldives, spoke to a roaring crowd of thousands: "We know what the laws of physics say: the most important number in the world is 350."
The third number: 4%. That's how much the US is offering to cut its emissions from their 1990 levels by 2020. Scientists tell us that the developed world would need to reduce by at least 40% to get us back on a 350 track, so the American offer is exactly an order or magnitude off. And they're not alone. All the rich countries, not to mention China, are looking to do as little as possible and still escape here with some kind of agreement they can hide behind.
The fourth number and the most important one. When the folks at Climate Interactive plug in every promise made at these talks (the American offer on the table, the Chinese promise to reduce "energy intensity", the EU pledges, and so on) their software tells them almost instantly how much carbon they would eventually produce. When they hit the button last night, the program showed that by 2100 the world's CO2 concentrations (currently 390) would be drumroll please 770. That is, we would live in hell, or at least a place with a similar temperature.
So that's the scorecard. You may hear a lot of happy talk from world leaders over the next few days as they "reach a historic agreement". But that's how it all adds up.
Bill McKibben is the coordinator of httt://www.350.org">350.org
John Vidal, Suzanne Goldenberg and Jonathan Watts in Copenhagen -- 15 December 2009
Environment editor John Vidal on why Kyoto remains so important Link to this video
A fraught day in Copenhagen yesterday saw disputes cause the loss of five vital hours of negotiating time and the UN and Danish organisers accused of sidelining developing nations by holding informal consultations with selected countries.
"The disaster has already begun because we have not closed the gap an inch. We have not moved," a senior Asian negotiator said. "We are just trying to paste over it with political rhetoric."
The rancour that has run through the summit between developed and developing nations broke out again when the Africa group of countries and others accused the UN chair of the conference of trying to "kill" the Kyoto protocol. The issue is that Kyoto is the only legal treaty compelling rich nations to slash their greenhouse gas emissions. But rich states complain that Kyoto makes no demand on developing countries, particularly China and India, whose carbon emissions have risen fast and will dominate future growth.
The lost time was "very regrettable", said the climate change secretary, Ed Miliband. "We have not done a brilliant job today. We are now four minutes to midnight." Ministers began arriving yesterday for the high-level political section of the talks.
The negotiations run on twin tracks: a Kyoto track and a non-Kyoto track. The US, Japan, Australia and others want a draft treaty to be taken from the non-Kyoto track. But after a lengthy time-out and frantic diplomacy from the UN and Danish hosts, it was agreed that the twin-track approach would continue. This means world leaders will have to contend with two draft treaties when they make the final decisions, which is seen as a victory for the developing nations.
Victor Fodeke, head of the Nigerian special climate change unit, said: "Africa is on death row. It has been sidelined by some countries. If there is any attempt to remove one of the tracks of negotiations, then it's obvious the train will crash."
Miliband said: "There can be an overall political decision expressed in the two documents. There is a real will for substance. I understand the anxiety of developing countries not wanting to declare an end to the Kyoto protocol before a new agreement is in place."
A Downing Street source said there was still time to get a deal: "I expect this agreement to be finished by the time the leaders come, except for final numbers. But it will take leaders to put those in."
The tension in Copenhagen continued last night as police were involved in fresh confrontations with protesters in the Christiania area of the city. Riot police reportedly used tear gas on people attending a party in a marquee, as helicopters circled over the area, an abandoned military barracks near the city centre which has been occupied by alternative lifestyle groups since the 1970s. Since Saturday more than 1,000 protesters have been arrested.
Gordon Brown will fly to Copenhagen today, two days earlier than planned. He is expected to focus on the vexed issue of how much money needs to flow from north to south to pay for dealing with global warming. A Downing Street spokesman said: "The prime minister has reprioritised his diary to ensure he can put the time that is required into shaping the next few days."
Other leaders arriving early include prime ministers Kevin Rudd of Australia and Sheikh Hasina of Bangladesh.
The time-out was called by the chair of the talks, Connie Hedegaard, the Danish climate minister. But her proposal that a core of ministers from 50 out of 192 nations gather to hammer out a compromise text merely incensed those left behind. "Developed nations won't come to the table with real numbers. That is the main obstacle preventing progress," said Su Wei, China's top negotiator.
The US administration attempted to sweeten a deal for developing countries with the promise of a $350m (£215m) fund for clean energy technologies, such as wind and solar power. The US energy secretary, Stephen Chu, likened the initiative to the breakthrough in seed technology after the second world war that dramatically boosted food production. "We need a game-changer like the green revolution was for agriculture," he said.
Chu claimed he detected no sign of resentment from the developing countries. "I don't feel that at all that there is any mistrust," he said. "Perhaps in discussion they may see me as a scientist and say: 'Let's just get on with it. Let's solve the problem'."
Barack Obama has dispatched more than half a dozen members of his team to try to demonstrate America's commitment to cutting emissions and bringing in energy-efficient technologies, but much persuading remains to be done, say observers.
"Because the Senate hasn't acted [to pass climate change legislation], I think there is quite a lot of interest in what the US is willing to commit," said Jane Lubchenco, who heads the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
There is one American leader whose green credentials are often seen as impeccable Al Gore, left. The former vice-president was treated like a rock star when he arrived at the summit to release reports on the melting of the Arctic ice cap. He told the packed room that there was a 75% chance that the entire cap would melt in summer in the next five to seven years.
The prince was addressing ministers at the formal opening of the high-level talks. "It is no understatement to say that, with your signatures, you can write our future," he told them.
And in an apparent reference to disagreements between rich and poor nations he said that all countries needed to work together climate change was not resolvable "in terms of 'them and us'", he said.
The prince, who has long campaigned for the survival of rainforests, said that forest protection would be key to a successful deal. "It seems the quickest and most cost-effective way to buy time in the battle against catastrophic climate change is to find a way to make the trees worth more alive than dead," he said.
But even as he spoke, plans for a revolutionary agreement to end deforestation and pay poor countries to protect their forests were hanging in the balance after leaked papers showed that a new proposed text has removed many of the scheme's safeguards.
It emerged that the negotiating text leaked to NGOs late last night showed that the language meant to cut the approximately 20% of global greenhouse gases from deforestation in developing countries the so-called Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation scheme (Redd) has now removed all targets for ending deforestation and significantly weakened other areas.
"Without targets, Redd becomes toothless," said Peg Putt of the Wilderness Society. "The so-called safeguards will be nothing but fancy window-dressing unless they are given legal force."
Forests protection is crucial to an ambitious deal at Copenhagen because it will not only save up to 20% of emissions which come from deforestation, but the forests provide a massive store of carbon against which countries can offset emissions at home.
In return, it was hoped that it could provide up to $40bn a year for some of the poorest countries in the world, including Congo DRC, Papua New Guinea, Indonesia and Gabon. In addition, countries which have already cut down their forests stand to benefit from money for reforestation.
Nobel peace prize-winning environmentalist Wangaari Maathai, whose efforts have resulted in more than 1bn trees being planted by individuals worldwide in the last few years, urged countries to set ambitious targets.
She told the Guardian: "We realise now that forests are much more important for services such as regulating the flow of water, climate medicine and food. We appeal to leaders to protect the forests." Targets for deforestation in the earlier text aimed to cut deforestation by 50% by 2020 and eliminate it by 2030. These targets have now been lost.
Start-up costs for Redd are estimated to be £13.6-22.7bn from 2010-15 to support preparatory activities, although some experts challenge those figures as far too low.
Forest groups reacted with clear disappointment. "It's hardly surprising that developing countries won't commit to global targets for deforestation when rich countries haven't yet provided the necessary financing for Redd or global targets for deep reductions of industrial emissions," said Nathaniel Dyer of Rainforest Foundation UK.
Of equal concern to forest-protection NGOs, language ensuring critical safeguards for biodiversity, forest conversion, indigenous rights, and monitoring has moved from operational text. Protection of natural forests does appear explicitly in the text for the first time, and a safeguard on conversion of natural forests to plantations has reappeared, but neither are mandated.
"Limiting safeguards to the preamble weakens the agreement and deprives it of any assurance of compliance," said Dr Rosalind Reeve of Global Witness.
"Global demand for forest commodities like illegal timber and palm oil is one of the leading causes of tropical deforestation around the world," said Andrea Johnson of Environmental Investigation Agency. "If we don't address the causes of the problem, how can we find a solution?"
Also missing from the negotiating text is any provision to protect and restore the world's peat soils, which account for 6% of all global C02 emissions. "Peat soils are a key part of many countries' plans to reduce their emissions, including large emitters like Indonesia," said Susanna Tol of Wetlands International.
"Currently, an acre of forest is cut down every second, depriving the world of critical carbon reservoirs and creating huge emissions bursts into the atmosphere," said Stephen Leonard of the Australian Orangutan Project. "A Redd deal without global deforestation targets or safeguards makes it much more likely that the orangutan and other critical species that rely on the forest will become extinct."
While text can still be changed, ministerial level actions will probably now be needed to reinsert targets and strengthen safeguard language. "Clearly, everyone agrees that the world's tropical forests need to be protected," said Bill Barclay of Rainforest Action Network. "But good intentions aren't enough, they have to be paired with action. Ministers must act to strengthen the Redd text if we have any hope of a Redd that will be effective in protecting tropical forests."
Over the past 15 years, I have given nearly 1,000 talks about the environment, and every time I have felt like a tightrope performer struggling to maintain perfect balance. To be sure, people are interested to know what is happening to their world, but no speaker wants to leave an audience depressed, no matter how frightening a future is predicted by studies that outline the rate of environmental loss. To be sanguine about the future, however, requires a plausible basis for constructive action: You cannot describe possibilities for that future unless the present problem is accurately defined.
Bridging the chasm between the two was always a challenge, but audiences kindly ignored my intellectual vertigo and in time provided me with ways to overcome this challenge. After every speech, a smaller crowd would gather to talk, ask questions and exchange business cards. These people were typically working on the most salient issues of our day: climate change, poverty, deforestation, peace, water, hunger, conservation, human rights. They came from the non-profit and non-governmental world, also known as civil society; they looked after rivers and bays, educated consumers about sustainable agriculture, retrofitted houses with solar panels, lobbied state legislatures about pollution, fought against unfair trade policies, worked to green inner cities and taught children about the environment. Quite simply, they had dedicated themselves to trying to safeguard nature and ensure justice. Although this was the 1990s and the media largely ignored them, in those small meetings I had a chance to listen to their concerns. They were students, grandmothers, teenagers, tribal members, business people, architects, teachers, retired professors and worried mothers and fathers.
I would get from five to 30 such cards per speech, and after being on the road for a week or two would return home with a few hundred of them stuffed into various pockets. I would lay them out on the table in my kitchen, read the names, look at the logos, envisage the missions and marvel at the scope and diversity of what these groups were doing on behalf of others. Later, I would store them in drawers or paper bags as keepsakes of the journey.
Over the course of years, the number of cards mounted into the thousands, and whenever I glanced at them, I came back to one question: Did anyone truly appreciate how many groups and organizations were engaged in progressive causes? At first, this was a matter of curiosity on my part, but it slowly grew into a hunch that something larger was afoot, a significant social movement that was eluding the radar of mainstream culture.
So, intrigued, I began to count. I looked at government records for different countries and, using various methods to approximate the number of environmental and social-justice groups from tax census data, I initially estimated a total of 30,000 environmental organizations around the globe. And when I added social justice and indigenous peoples rights organizations, the number exceeded 100,000. I then researched to see if there had ever been any equal to this movement in scale or scope, but I couldnt find anything, past or present. The more I probed, the more organizations I unearthed, and the numbers continued to climb as I discovered lists, indexes and small databases specific to certain sectors or geographic areas.
In trying to pick up a stone, I found the exposed tip of a much larger geological formation. I soon realized that my initial estimate of 100,000 organizations was off by at least a factor of ten, and I now believe there are over 1and maybe even 2 million organizations around the world working toward ecological sustainability and social justice.
By any conventional definition, this vast collection of committed individuals does not constitute a movement. Movements have leaders and ideologies. People join movements, study their tracts and identify themselves with a group. They read the biographies of the founders or listen to them perorate on tape or in person. Movements, in short, have followers. This movement, however, doesnt fit the standard model. It is dispersed, inchoate and fiercely independent. It has no manifesto or doctrine, no overriding authority to check with. It is taking shape in schoolrooms, farms, jungles, villages, companies, deserts, fisheries, slumsand yes, even fancy hotel conference centers.
One of its distinctive features is that it is tentatively emerging as a global humanitarian movement arising from the bottom up. Historically, social movements have arisen primarily in response to injustice, inequities and corruption. Those woes still remain, joined by a new condition that has no precedent.
The planet has a life-threatening disease, marked by massive ecological degradation and rapid climate change. As I counted these vast numbers of organizations, it crossed my mind that perhaps I was witnessing the growth of something organic, if not biologic. Rather than a movement in the conventional sense, could it be an instinctive, collective response to threat? Is it atomized for reasons that are innate to its purpose? How does it function? How fast is it growing? How is it connected? Why is it largely ignored? Does it have a history? Can it successfully address the issues that governments are failing to do: energy, jobs, conservation, poverty and global warming?
I sought a name for the movement, but none exists. I met people who wanted to structure or organize ita difficult task, since it would easily be the most complex association of human beings ever assembled. Many outside the movement critique it as powerless, but that assessment does not stop its growth. When describing it to politicians, academics and businesspeople, I found that many believe they are already familiar with this movement, how it works, what it consists of and its approximate dimensions. They base their conclusions on media reports about Amnesty International, the Sierra Club, Oxfam or other venerable institutions. They may be directly acquainted with a few smaller organizations and may even sit on the board of a local group. For them and others, the movement is small and circumscribed, a new type of charity, with a sprinkling of ragtag activists onboard who occasionally give it a bad name.
People inside the movement can also underestimate it, basing their judgments on the organizations they are linked to, even though their networks can only encompass a fraction of the whole. But after spending years researching this phenomenon, including creating with my colleagues a global database of its constituent organizations, I have come to this conclusion: This is the largest social movement in all of human history. No one knows its scope, and how it functions is more mysterious than what meets the eye.
When discussing the movement with academics or friends in the media, the first question they pose is usually the same: If it is so large, why isnt this movement more visible? By that they mean, why isnt it more visible to news media, especially TV? Although global in its scope, the movement generally remains unseen until it gathers to take part in demonstrations, whether in London, Prague or New York, or at annual meetings of the World Social Forum, after which it seems to disappear again, reinforcing the perception that it is a will-o-the-wisp. The movement doesnt fit neatly into any category in modern society, and what cant be visualized cant be named. In business, what isnt measured isnt managed; in the media, what isnt visible isnt reported.
The movement cant be divided because it is so atomizeda collection of small pieces, loosely joined. It forms, dissipates, and then regathers quickly, without central leadership, command or control. Rather than seeking dominance, this unnamed movement strives to disperse concentrations of power. It has been capable of bringing down governments, companies and leaders through witnessing, informing and massing. The quickening of the movement in recent years has come about through information technologies becoming increasingly accessible and affordable to people everywhere. Its clout resides in its ideas, not in force.
Picture the collective presence of all human beings as an organism. Pervading that organism are intelligent activities, humanitys immune response to resist and heal the effects of political corruption, economic disease and ecological degradation. In a world grown too complex for constrictive ideologies, even the very word movement to describe such a process may be limiting. Writer and activist Naomi Klein calls it the movement of movements, but for lack of a better term I will stick with movement here because I believe all its components are beginning to converge.
The movement has three basic roots: environmental activism, social justice initiatives and indigenous cultures resistance to globalization, all of which have become intertwined. Collectively, the movement expresses the needs of the majority of people on Earth to sustain the environment, wage peace, democratize decision making and policy, reinvent public governance piece by piece from the bottom up, and improve their liveswomen, children and the poor.
This movement is not bound together by an ism. What unifies it is ideas, not ideologies. The difference between the two is vast; ideas question and liberate, while ideologies justify and dictate. One of the differences between the bottom-up movement erupting around the world and established ideologies is that the movement develops its ideas based on observation, whereas ideologies act on the basis of belief or theory. Are there ideologues in the movement? To be sure, but fundamentally the movement is that part of humanity which has assumed the task of protecting and saving itself.
If we accept that the metaphor of an organism can be applied to humankind, we can imagine a collective movement that would protect, repair and restore that organisms capacity to endure when threatened. If so, that capacity to respond would function like an immune system, which operates independently of an individual persons intent.
Just as the immune system is the line of internal defense that allows an organism to persist over time, sustainability is a strategy for humanity to continue to exist over time. The word immunity comes from the Latin im munis, meaning ready to serve. The immune system is usually portrayed in militaristic terms: a biological defense department armed to fight off invading organisms. In the textbook case, antibodies attach themselves to molecular invaders, which are then neutralized and destroyed by white blood cells. Simple and elegant, but the process of fending off invaders and disease is more complex.
The immune system is the most diverse system in the body, consisting of an array of proteins, immunoglobulins, monocytes, macrophages and more, a microbestiary of cells working in sync with one another, without which we would perish in a matter of days, like rotten pieces of fruit, devoured by billions of viruses, bacilli, fungi and parasites, to whom we are a juicy lunch wrapped in jeans and T-shirt. The immune system is everywhere, dispersed in lymphatic fluid, which courses through the thymus, spleen and thousands of lymph nodes scattered like little peanuts throughout the body.
At the core of immunity is a miracle of recovery and restoration, for there are times when our immune system is weakened. Stress, chemicals, infections, lack of sleep and poor diets can overwhelm the immune system and send it into a tailspin. When that happens, old diseases can resurface while protection from new ones breaks down. Pathogens burgeon and seem to hold sway, and a moment comes when death lurks at the threshold.
At that point, given the odds and circumstances, something extraordinary can happen that really shouldnt: The immunological descent slows and halts, our life hangs in the balance and we begin to heal, a comeback that rivals the climax of a Hollywood plot. How the disoriented and muddled immune system reverses course and recovers is not well understood; some would say it is a mystery.
The workings of this immune system sound orderly and precise, but they are not. Antibodies bind not just to pathogens but to many types of cells, even themselves, as if the lymphatic system were a chamber of commerce mixer of local business owners feverishly exchanging business cards. In The Web of Life, Fritjof Capra writes, The entire system looks much more like a network, more like the Internet than soldiers looking out for an enemy. Gradually, immunologists have been forced to shift their perception from an immune system to an immune network.
Scientists Antonio Coutinho and the late Francesco Varela have described an immune system that can best be understood as intelligence, a living, learning, self-regulating systemalmost another mind. Its function does not depend on its firepower but on the quality of its connectedness. Rather than inside cells automatically destroying outside cells, there is a mediatory response to pathogens, as if the immune system learned millions of years ago that détente and familiarity with potential adversaries were wiser than first-strike responses, that achieving balance was more appropriate than eradicating the enemy.
The immune system depends on its diversity to maintain resiliency, with which it can sustain homeostasis, respond to surprises, learn from pathogens and adapt to sudden changes. The implication for medicine is clear: To fend off cancer and infection, we may need to understand how to increase the immune networks connectivity rather than the intensity of its response.
Similarly, the widely diverse network of organizations proliferating in the world may be a better defense against injustice than F-16 fighter jets. Connectivity allows these organizations to be task-specific and focus their resources precisely and frugally. Incremental success is achieved by consensus operating within informal structures, where no one person has all or much power. The force that such groups exert is in the form of dialogue and truthfulness. Computers, cell phones, broadband and the Internet have created perfect conditions for the margins to unify.
According to Kevin Kelly, author of Out of Control: The New Biology of Machines, Social Systems, & the Economic World, the Internet already consists of a quintillion transistors, a trillion links and a million emails per second. Moores Law, which predicts that processing power will double in capacity and halve in price every 18 months, is meeting Metcalfes Law, which states that the usefulness of a network grows exponentially with arithmetic increases in numbers of users. These laws enable big corporations just as they do small NGOs, but the latter gain greater advantage because these new technologies amplify smallness more effectively than largeness. Large organizations dont need networks; small ones thrive on them.
Webs are complex systems of interconnected elements that link individual actions to larger grids of knowledge and movement. Websites link to other sites with more links to other sites ad infinitum, creating a critical, fluid mass of information that evolves and grows as neededvery much like the response of our immune systems. At the heart of all of this is not technology but relationships, tens of millions of people working toward restoration and social justice.
The state of the world suggests that, given the number of organizations and people dedicated to fighting injustice, the movement has not been particularly effective. The counterargument to this claim is that globalizations depredations have had a nearly 500-year head start on humanitys immune system. The exponential assault on resources and the production of waste, coupled with the extirpation of cultures and the exploitation of workers, is a disease as surely as is hepatitis or cancer. It is caused by a political-economic system of which we are all a part, and any finger-pointing is inevitably directed back to ourselves. There may be no particular they there, but the system is still a disease, even if we created and contracted it.
Because a lot of people know we are sick and want to treat the cause, not just the symptoms, the environmental movement is humanitys response to contagious policies killing the Earth, while the social-justice movement addresses economic and political pathogens that destroy families, bodies, cultures and communities. They are two sides of the same coin, because when you harm one, you harm the other. They address what anthropologist and physician Paul Farmer calls the pathologies of power, the rising tide of inequalities that breed violence, whether against people, ecosystems or other forms of life. No government can say it cares for its citizens while allowing the environment to be trashed.
The ultimate purpose of a global immune system is to identify what is not life-affirming and to contain, neutralize or eliminate it. Where communities, cultures and ecosystems have been damaged, it seeks to prevent additional harm and then heal and restore the damage. Most social-change organizations are understaffed and underfunded, and nearly all are negotiating steep learning curves. It is not easy to create a system that has no antecedent, and if you study the taxonomy of the movement, you will see a new curriculum for humankind emerging, some of it corrective, some of it restorative and some of it highly imaginative.
In many countries, participation in the movement can be dangerous. We memorialize the well-known murders of South African black consciousness activist Stephen Biko and rubber tapper and environmentalist Chico Mendes, yet people in this movement are killed and intimidated every day. When you see images of Amazonian Indians marching in full regalia in São Paulo to protest Brazilian government policies, they are individuals who are as courageous as they are terrified.
I have a photograph of a small Mayan girl holding her mothers hand looking up in wide-eyed disbelief at a phalanx of black polycarbonate shields and masked police gripping their batons in Guatemala. When the Revolutionary Association of the Women of Afghanistan march for womens rights without their burkas, they display an extraordinary valor, because they know there will be reprisals. When the Wild Yak Brigade was formed in Zhidou, China, to protect the endangered Tibetan antelope, poachers murdered its first two leaders.
Most movement activists start like Chico Mendes, believing they are fighting for a specific cause, in his case rubber trees, and realize later they are fighting for a greater purpose: Then I thought I was trying to save the Amazon rainforest. Now I realize I was fighting for humanity.
To deal with the pathogens, the movement has had to become an array of different types of organizations. There are institutes, community-development agencies, village- and citizen-based groups, corporations, research institutes, associations, networks, faith-based groups, trusts and foundations. Within each of these categories are dozens of types of organizations defined by their activities; within these different activities, groups have a specific areas of focus: rights of children, cultural diversity, coral-reef conservation, democratic reform, energy security, literacy and so on.
Some would argue that it is counterproductive to conflate all the different organizations and types of organizations into a single movement, that it is self-evident that such divergent aims cannot create an effective, unified body. Its true that pluralism, the de facto tactic of a million small organizations, functions best in a society that cultivates diversity, dialogue and collaboration. In a you-are-either-with-us-or-against-us society, small, single-issue organizations are effectively marginalized. In the United States, the environmental and social-justice movements emerged in what was then a pluralistic society. Because that is increasingly not the case, the stratagems and goals of the movement may be inadequate to match the increasing centralization of power.
Can myriad organizations work together to address deeper systemic issues? Do organizations step back and see where there is overlap? Do they operate sufficiently? Do they try to create synergies, maximize funding, encourage efficiencies and sublimate their identities to larger whole? Not as much as is possible, and is necessary. But the fact that the movement is made up of pieces does not mean it can only work piecemeal.
If anything can offer us hope for the future it will be an assembly of humanity that is representative but not centralized, because no single ideology can ever heal the wounds of this world. History demonstrates all too eloquently that no ideology has ever amounted to more than a palliative for any dire condition. The immune system is the most complex system in the body, just as the body is the most complex organism on Earth, and the most complicated assembly of organisms is human civilization.
This movement, for its part, is the most complex coalition of human organizations the world has ever seen. The incongruity of anarchists, wealthy philanthropists, street clowns, scientists, youthful activists, indigenous and native people, diplomats, computer geeks, writers, strategists, peasants and students all working toward common goals is a testament to human impulses that are unstoppable and eternal.
The founder of the radical group Earth First!, Dave Foreman, and the co-chair of the New York Council of the Alaska Conservation Foundation, David Rockefeller Jr., want the same things for Alaska: no drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, moratoriums on indiscriminate game hunting, wildlife corridors for migratory species, permanent protection for the roadless areas of the Tongass and Chugach old-growth forests, elimination of all clear-cutting in the national forests, challenges to all timber sales and concessions by the Department of the Interior and an end to destructive bottom trawling by fishing boats. The list goes on.
The two Davids do not know each other. They do not have to hoist a pint or exchange emails to work together, because their goals are the same, however different their politics, backgrounds, wealth and education. This is the promise of this movement: that the margins link up, that we discover through our actions and shared concerns that we are global family. The ability to respond to the endless injustices and hurts endured by the Earth and its people requires concerted action and hinges in part on understanding both our function and potential as individuals and where we fit into a larger whole.
I believe this movement will prevail. I dont mean it will defeat, conquer or create harm to someone else. I mean that the thinking that informs the movements goals will reign. It will soon suffuse most institutions, but before then, it will change a sufficient number of people so as to begin the reversal of centuries of frenzied self-destructive behavior. Some say it is too late, but people never change when they are comfortable.
My hopefulness about the resilience of human nature is matched by the gravity of our environmental and social condition. If we squander all our attention on what is wrong, we will miss the prize: In the chaos engulfing the world, a hopeful future resides because the past is disintegrating before us.
If that is difficult to believe, think about winter; calculate what it requires to create a single springtime. Its not too late for the worlds largest institutions and corporations to join in saving the planet, but co-operation must be on the planets terms.
The Help Wanted signs are everywhere. All people and institutions, including commerce, governments, schools, churches and cities, need to learn from life and re-imagine the world from the bottom up, based first on principles of justice and ecology. Ecological restoration is extraordinarily simple: You remove whatever prevents the system from healing itself. Social restoration is no different. We have the heart, knowledge, money and sense to optimize our social and ecological fabric. It is time for all that is harmful to leave. One million escorts are here to transform the nightmares of empire and the disgrace of war on people and place. We are the transgressors and we are the forgivers.
We means all of us, everyone. There can be no green movement unless there is also a black, brown and copper movement. What is most harmful resides within us, the accumulated wound of the past, the sorrow, shame, deceit and ignominy shared by every culture, passed down to every person, as surely as DNA, a history of violence, and greed.
There is no question that the environmental movement is critical to our survival. Our house is literally burning, and it is only logical that environmentalists expect the social-justice movement to get on the environmental bus. But it is the other way around; the only way we are going to put out the fire is to get on the social-justice bus and heal our wounds, because in the end, there is only one bus. Armed with that growing realization, we can address all that is harmful externally. What will guide us is a living intelligence that creates miracles every second, carried forth by a movement with no name.
This is an edited excerpt from Blessed Unrest: How the Largest Social Movement in History Is Restoring Grace, Justice, and Beauty to the World by Paul Hawken (Viking).
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Vitagraph Films presents a documentary directed by Chris Smith. Featuring Michael Ruppert. Running time: 82 minutes.
If this man is correct, then you may be reading the most important story in today's paper.
I have no way of assuring you that the bleak version of the future outlined by Michael Ruppert in Chris Smith's "Collapse" is accurate. I can only tell you I have a pretty good built-in B.S. detector, and its needle never bounced off zero while I watched this film. There is controversy over Ruppert, and he has many critics. But one simple fact at the center of his argument is obviously true, and it terrifies me.
That fact: We have passed the peak of global oil resources. There are only so many known oil reserves. We have used up more than half of them. Remaining reserves are growing smaller, and the demand is growing larger. It took about a century to use up the first half. That usage was much accelerated in the most recent 50 years. Now the oil demands of giant economies like India and China are exploding. They represent more than half the global population, and until recent decades had small energy consumption.
If the supply is finite, and usage is potentially doubling, you do the math. We will face a global oil crisis, not in the distant future, but within the lives of many now alive. They may well see a world without significant oil.
Oh, I grow so impatient with those who prattle about our untapped resources in Alaska, yada yada yada. There seems to be only enough oil in Alaska to power the United States for a matter of months. The world's great oil reserves have been discovered.
Saudi Arabia sits atop the largest oil reservoir ever found. For years, the Saudis have refused to disclose any figures at all about their reserves. If those reserves are vast and easy to tap by drilling straight down through the desert, then ask yourself this question: Why are the Saudis spending billions of dollars to develop offshore drilling platforms?
Ruppert is a man ordinary in appearance, on the downhill slope of middle age, a chain smoker with a mustache. He is not all worked up. He speaks reasonably and very clearly. "Collapse" involves what he has to say, illustrated with news footage and a few charts, the most striking of which is a bell-shaped curve. It takes a lot of effort to climb a bell-shaped curve, but the descent is steep and dangerous.
He recites facts I knew, vaguely. Many things are made from oil. Everything plastic. Paint. There are eight gallons of oil in every auto tire. Oil supplies the energy to convert itself into those byproducts. No oil, no plastic, no tires, no gas to run cars, no machines to build them. No coal mines, except those operated by men and horses.
Alternative energies and conservation? The problem is the cost of obtaining and using it. Ethanol requires more energy than it produces. Hybrid and battery cars need engines, tires and batteries. Nuclear power plants need to be built with oil. Electricity from wind power is most useful near its source. It is transmitted by grids built and maintained by oil. Wave power is expensive to collect. Solar power is cheap and limitless, but we need a whole hell of a lot more solar panels and other collecting devices.
Like I say, you do the math. Ruppert has done his math, and he concludes that our goose is cooked. He doesn't have any answers. We're passing the point of diminishing returns on the way to our rendezvous with the point of no return. It was nice while it lasted. People lived happily enough in the centuries before oil, electricity and steam, I guess. Of course, there were fewer than 6 billion of us. In this century, Ruppert says, there will be a lot fewer than 6 billion again. It won't be a pretty sight.
I'm not going to mention his theories about global warming, because that's a subject that inflames too many zealots. About peak oil, his reasoning is clear, simple and hard to refute.
So you can stop reading now. That's the heart of Ruppert's message, delivered by a calm guy who could be Wilford Brimley's kid brother, lives alone with his dog and is behind on his rent.
I was fascinated by some of the directions peak oil takes him into. For him, he says, it was the key to understanding many seemingly unconnected geopolitical events. The facts he outlines are known to world leaders, who don't talk a lot about them in alarmist terms, but they explain why Bush/Cheney were happy to have an excuse to invade Iraq. And why our embassy compound in Baghdad is the largest we've ever built, larger than Vatican City. And why we're so much more worried by Iran than North Korea. They may also explain Obama's perplexing decision to increase troops in Afghanistan. An undeclared world war for oil is already under way.
I don't know when I've seen a thriller more frightening. I couldn't tear my eyes from the screen. "Collapse" is even entertaining, in a macabre sense. I think you owe it to yourself to see it.
These attacks, together with the demolition of Palestinian homes, the uprooting of Palestinians olive groves, the innumerable checkpoints that prevent Palestinians from accessing schools, work, and medical care, the Israeli Wall that denies Palestinians access to the land stolen from them, and the isolation and blockade of the Gaza Ghetto, are part of the Israeli governments policy of genocide for the Palestinians.
The Israel Lobby has such power over America that even former President Jimmy Carter, a good friend of Israel, is demonized for using the polite term -- apartheid -- for the genocide that has occurred over the decades during which American Christian preachers, together with bought-and-paid-for politicians, justified Israels policy of slow genocide for Palestine.
Israelis who still have a moral conscience -- a small part of the population -- endeavor to use moral protests against the inhumanity of the Israeli government. Israelis Jeff Halper and Angela Godfrey-Goldstein lead the Israeli Committee Against House Demolition (ICAHD), a non-violent, direct-action group established to oppose and resist Israeli demolition of Palestinian homes in the Occupied Territories.
Under international law, an occupier by military force is forbidden to steal the occupied land. The US, however, has protected Israels violation of international law for decades by vetoing UN resolutions. Israel has been able to steal Palestine from the Palestinians because the US government used its power to prevent Israel from being held accountable under international law.
In March 2003, American citizen Rachel Corrie stood in front of an Israeli bulldozer, made by Caterpillar, sent to destroy a Palestinian home. Her courageous act of defiance was regarded as an annoyance, and she was run over and murdered by the Israeli bulldozer operator. Israel suffered no consequences for its murder of an American citizen who had a moral conscience.
In the Israeli-controlled American media, we hear endlessly that Palestinians are terrorists who strap on explosives in order to kill innocent Israelis and who terrorize Israeli towns by firing rockets into them. One look at the accompanying maps is enough to make clear who the real terrorist is. The success of Israeli propaganda in the face of totally obvious facts damns the ignorance and unconcern of the American people.
The Israeli newspaper, Haaretz, which also has a moral conscience and is intelligent to boot, wrote on December 4, 2009: Every appointee to the American government must endure a thorough background check by the American Jewish community. Haaretz notes that any American that the president of the United States proposes for an appointment to his government is subject to the approval of the Israel Lobby, which can blackball appointees at will.
Haaretz gives the example of Charles Freeman, whom President Obama intended to appoint as head of the National Intelligence Council. The Israel Lobby proved, again, that it was more powerful than a mere American president and prevented the appointment, citing Freemans anti-Israel leaning. In other words, because Freeman was not an overboard apologist for Israels crimes he was unacceptable to the Israel Lobby.
Haaretz reports: The next attempt to appoint an intelligence aide, in this case, former Republican senator Chuck Hagel, also resulted in vast criticism over his not having a pro-Israel record. The Israel Lobby has blocked Hagels appointment by President Obama. Hagel doesnt want to start a war with Iran for Israels benefit and was blackballed by Morton A. Klein, the president of the Zionist Organization of America. Hagel, it seems, refused to sign a letter calling on then-President George Bush to speak about Irans nuclear program at the G8 summit that year.
Now it is a Jewish daughter of a Holocaust survivor, Hannah Rosenthal, whose appointment to head the US Office to Monitor and Combat Anti-Semitism, an office that is another indication of Americas puppet state status, is under attack. Rosenthal was the head of the Jewish Council for Public Affairs during 2000-2005. Her black mark came from serving on the advisory board of the J Street Lobby, a recently formed American Jewish organization in opposition to AIPACs murderous militarism.
The Israel Lobbys opposition to Hannah Rosenthal shows that no moral person can survive the Israel Lobbys blackball.
The US, the worlds only superpower, has no independent voice in Middle Eastern affairs. The real power rests in the hands of the settler thug, Avigdor Lieberman, Deputy Prime Minister of Israel and Minister of Foreign Affairs. This is the man who controls the Obama governments Middle East policy. Lieberman forced the all-powerful president of the US, Barack Obama, to rescind his order to Israel to halt the illegal settler settlements on occupied Palestinian land. Obama was given the bird and submitted to his master.
Macho Americans who prance around as if they owned the world are nothing but the puppets of Israel. The US is not a country. It is a colony.
Forwarded by Ed Elkin (email@example.com)
From: Stevanne Auerbach (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Date: Dec 12, 2009
This came in and brought up some more good old memories including
bottles of milk with cream on top
margarine that was white with a package of coloring that had to be blended in
radio programs and no tv
rationing, war bonds and a victory garden
ducking under school desks for drills
jump ropes, jacks and hopscotch
Sure you can add to the list
Happy holidays !!!
May it be full of good health and happiness
this is a long read but worth the trip down memory lane.........................:)
'Some kid asked the other day, 'What was your favorite fast food when you were growing up?'
'We didn't have fast food when I was growing up,' I informed him.
'All the food was slow.'
'C'mon, seriously. Where did you eat?'
'It was a place called 'at home,'' I explained. !
'Mom cooked every day and when Dad got home from work, we sat down together at the dining room table, and if I didn't like what she put on my plate I was allowed to sit there until I did like it.'
By this time, the kid was laughing so hard I was afraid he was going to suffer serious internal damage, so I didn't tell him the part about how I had to have permission to leave the table..
But here are some other things I would have told him about my childhood if I figured his system could have handled it :
Some parents NEVER owned their own house, wore Levis , set foot on a golf course, traveled out of the country or had a credit card.
In their later years they had something called a revolving charge card. The card was good only at Sears Roebuck. Or maybe it was Sears & Roebuck.
Either way, there is no Roebuck anymore. Maybe he died..
My parents never drove me to soccer practice.. This was mostly because we never had heard of soccer. I had a bicycle that weighed probably 50 pounds, and only had one speed, (slow).
We didn't have a television in our house until I was 19.
It was, of course, black and white, and the station went off the air at midnight, after playing the national anthem and a poem about God; it came back on the air at about 6 a.m. And there was usually a locally produced news and farm show on, featuring local people.
I was 21 before I tasted my first pizza, it was called 'pizza pie.'
When I bit into it, I burned the roof of my mouth and the cheese slid off, swung down, plastered itself against my chin and burned that, too. It's still the best pizza I ever had.
I never had a telephone in my room.
The only phone in the house was in the living room and it was on a party line. Before you could dial, you had to listen and make sure some people you didn't know weren't already using the line.
Pizzas were not delivered to our home.... But milk was.
All newspapers were delivered by boys and all boys delivered newspapers --my brother delivered a newspaper, six days a week. It cost 7 cents a paper, of which he got to keep 2 cents. He had to get up at 6AM every morning.
On Saturday, he had to collect the 42 cents from his customers... His favorite customers were the ones who gave him 50 cents and told him to keep the change. His least favorite customers were the ones who seemed to never be home on collection day.
Movie stars kissed with their mouths shut. At least, they did in the movies. There were no movie ratings because all movies were responsibly produced for everyone to enjoy viewing, without profanity or violence or most anything offensive.
If you grew up in a generation before there was fast food, you may want to share some of these memories with your children or grandchildren. Just don't blame me if they bust a gut laughing.
Growing up isn't what it used to be, is it?
MEMORIES from a friend :
My Dad is cleaning out my grandmother's house (she died in December) and he brought me an old Royal Crown Cola bottle. In the bottle top was a stopper with a bunch of holes in it. I knew immediately what it was, but my daughter had no idea. She thought they had tried to make it a salt shaker or something. I knew it as the bottle that sat on the end of the ironing board to 'sprinkle' clothes with because we didn't have a steam iron.
How many do you remember?
Head lights dimmer switches on the floor.
Ignition switches on the dashboard.
Heaters mounted on the inside of the fire wall.
Real ice boxes.
Pant leg clips for bicycles without chain guards.
Soldering irons you heat on a gas burner.
Using hand signals for cars without turn signals.
Older Quiz :
Count all the ones that you remember not the ones you were told about.
Ratings at the bottom.
1. Blackjack chewing gum
2.Wax Coke-shaped bottles with colored sugar water
3. Candy cigarettes
4. Soda pop machines that dispensed glass bottles
5. Coffee shops or diners with tableside juke boxes
6. Home milk delivery in glass bottles with cardboard stoppers
7. Party lines on the telephone
8. Newsreels before the movie
9. P.F. Flyers
10. Butch wax
11. TV test patterns that came on at night after the last show and were there until TV shows started again in the morning. (there were only 3 channels [if you were fortunate])
13. Howdy Doody
14. 45 RPM records
15. S& H greenstamps
17. Metal ice trays with lever
18. Mimeograph paper
19. Blue flashbulb
21. Roller skate keys
22. Cork popguns
25. Wash tub wringers
If you remembered 0-5 = You're still young
If you remembered 6-10 = You are getting older
If you remembered 11-15 = Don't tell your age,
If you remembered 16-25 = You're older than dirt!
I might be older than dirt but those memories are some of the best parts of my life.
Don't forget to pass this along!!
Especially to all your really older friends....
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