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Values And Principles For a Sustainable Future

@earthcharter http://www.earthcharterinaction.org/content/

An extraordinarily diverse, global network of people, organizations, and institutions that participate in promoting and implementing the values and principles of the Earth Charter. In Preparation for United Nations Rio+20 Conference on Sustainable Development,  4-6 June 2012  http://www.uncsd2012.org/rio20/  SEE @UN_Rioplus20

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Mission: The mission of the Earth Charter Initiative is to promote the transition to sustainable ways of living and a global society founded on a shared ethical framework that includes respect and care for the community of life, ecological integrity, universal human rights, respect for diversity, economic justice, democracy, and a culture of peace.

Read the Charter

We stand at a critical moment in Earth’s history, a time when humanity must choose its future. As the world becomes increasingly interdependent and fragile, the future at once holds great peril and great promise. To move forward we must recognize that in the midst of a magnificent diversity of cultures and life forms we are one human family and one Earth community with a common destiny. We must join together to bring forth a sustainable global society founded on respect for nature, universal human rights, economic justice, and a culture of peace. Towards this end, it is imperative that we, the peoples of Earth, declare our responsibility to one another, to the greater community of life, and to future generations.   VIDEO: Money and Life – Ecologize Growth http://www.karmatube.org/videos.php?id=2473

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In The Final Analysis, We Cannot Eat Money or Drink Oil

A Follow-Up To My “An Urgent Memo To The World” 

 

HUMPTY DUMPTY SAT ON THE WALL

HUMPTY DUMPTY HAD A GREAT FALL

ALL THE KINGS’ HORSES AND ALL THE KINGS’ MEN

COULD NOT PUT HUMPTY BACK TOGETHER AGAIN

 

Christiana Figueres, Then UN Climate Chief, Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) 

“This is probably the largest, the most deeply rooted, revolution that mankind has ever seen… it will revolutionize the way you and I interact with each another, the way we travel, the way we consume, the way we produce, everything. There is not one aspect of our human life that will not be touched by this… our lives will be very, very, very, different. We’re talking here about a very serious revolution.”  VIDEO http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1qRT7Hl7rpY&feature=player_embedded

 

‘CHANGE IS UPON US AND CHANGE WE MUST”

by @pdjmoo February 21, 2012 (Revisited December 29, 2018)

(NOTE From @pdjmoo This was written sometime back and is well worth revisiting.  It’s still True Today – even more so – as we have dug ourselves deeper into the mire. There is little to revise)

We Live in the 21st Century – New models for Life Are Demanded

A new paradigm is forming on planet earth requiring a fundamental awareness, consciousness and behavioral shift on the part of humanity. Many of the old structures, models and strategies of the past no longer work and are rapidly disintegrating and self-destructing. Our old “patriarchal” hierarchy power structures — of world political, financial, business, economic, education, social and relationship models and systems — have run their course. Neither science nor technology alone can fix this–neither can throwing money at the chaos we have created.

We must honestly address the very causes and have the courage to look afresh at everything — and change. The pairs of opposites are in full play and are giving us a good whip-lashing, creating both stagnation and fresh new sprouts of hope at the same time. While the entire global system is stagnating and polarizing, the old military industrial guard is battling it out, desperately trying everything to maintain the status quo, leading us into a potentially devastating end…The Perfect Storm…a combined Economic, Social and Environmental collapse.  But life is not stagnant.

Shifting From a Patriarchal To An Earth Centrist Paradigm

http://www.opednews.com/articles/Shifting-from-a-Patriarcha-by-Anthony-J-Gerst-Earth-Policy-Institute_Existentialism_Gaia_Paradigm-Shifts-140816-107.html

Women, Youth and Indigenous Peoples are Rising

A Revolution is Upon Us. Not one stone will remain unturned as we examine the very fundamentals of life 

Women, indigenous people and youth are rising all around the world, bringing a fresh and different perspective, and must be welcomed into the decision-making circle for 21st Century renewal. Emerging and developing nations are demanding an equal seat at the table and this we must do, regardless of our tribe, current societal delineations of race, color, religion or economic/education/political status.  We will have to drop the sides of the old labeled box(es) we have been living out of so that new, more wholesome, interconnected life systems can arise.

We are engaging a new era where, for the first time in human history, we humans are consciously witnessing and participating in our own evolution and revolution. Those caught in the western mindset are, in fact, moving from a collective global adolescence of “I” –  instant, short-term gratification and control/power over – into a maturation process of “We”, where one extends a sense of responsibility for, and support of, all living things.  Both women and men will play new and differing roles, freeing up energies tied to past and often debilitating belief systems.

Restoring respect and dignity to both humanity and environment is now imperative if we are to survive as a species … and this cannot be accomplished by moving the same old pieces around the same old worn out chess board.  Neither will plugging holes in the old system succeed. The old paradigm must give way to the new, releasing it’s grip and attachment to its model that is strangling us and the planet. 

This new paradigm is about integrating the incoming “matriarchal” qualities demanding restoration, balance, nurturing, compassion, collaboration, community, self-responsibility and inclusiveness be included into the mix of life.  Both the emerging and developing nations will come forth with fresh approaches, requiring the honing of our listening skills and attention.  The West does not have all the answers. Indeed its hubris has played a major role in leading us to this brink. We need to honor and respect (and celebrate) differing cultures as we search for the new common denominators among us from which to relate beyond the thrust to “McDonalidize” our global society.  We are all in the process of evolving in our various ways, at different paces, that cannot be confined to mathematical equations.

20th century business isn’t fit for 21st century economics. This shift will not be easy and many will fall by the wayside. There will be many missteps along the way, as new technologies, systems and models come and go, realigning our priorities and common values.

Tomorrow’s market leaders have new DNA. A new type of leadership will emerge beyond the existing patriarchal model.  In the short-term we may regress out of fear of the unknown, closing ranks, grasping at myopic solutions driven by egos, profit and fear and perhaps even moving toward an authoritarian or totalitarian government, but ultimately we must surrender into the greater whole for the wisdom needed to move into the new paradigm of awareness for the greater collective good of ALL species.

There is no road map for where we are going and we will have to remain flexible, alert and responsible in our experimentation.  Indeed,  there are positive signs that this exploration is already underway within the business community  We have the ability to turn fear into adventure, re-experiencing the wonder and awe of the magnificence of life on planet earth, as we explore the myriad of new horizons and possibilities, working together to find collective solutions for the re-nurturing of life, putting the restoration of the environment front and center for, Without Nature, We Do Not Exist.

Nature IS the common denominator among all living things

We have objectified ALL of life for profit and gain, reducing even you and me to a dollar figure on a balance sheet, and the same with our animals in the food chain. Contemporary agriculture is burning up our planet . It must change – it cannot sustain if we are to live healthy, thriving lives alongside our fellow symbiotic species honoring their myriad of roles to maintain planetary balance. All species are equal in their own right.

We have a herculean task ahead.  Revising our sources of energy, food and housing into harmony with Nature, not “raping” “poisoning” and exhausting Her.  Bringing the sense of “community” back into our lives by harmonizing with the needs of Nature and drawing from Her sustainable, renewable resources that benefit all species; renewable energies; local food production; restoring the health of our soils and forests; embracing the loss of balance in our natural world – species loss, deforestation, ocean depletion.

We have to stop escaping into new tantalizing, quick fix ideas to avoid dealing with the actual causes of our chaos that we have wrought upon ourselves.  Fish Farms are no answer to ceasing over fishing.  Dumping our waste into the womb of Mother Earth is no answer to reducing the waste in the first place. Mining, gouging and polluting Mother Earth for her finite resources, such as coal and oil and gas is no answer to working with Nature with her renewable, infinite energy of the sun.

The entire capitalistic system, with its’ addictive lust for profit and power, has to give way to a more all inclusive, equitable approach for all species, for WITHOUT NATURE WE DO NOT EXIST/

A new agreed upon baseline and set of Guiding Principles and Values for our actions and decisions will have to evolve to ensure we keep our eyes on the greater whole, such as:  “Will this harm humanity or the environment”.  If the answer is “Yes”, then back to the drawing board with our brilliant organic minds.  Why Are Google and Sony Turning to Nature to Inspire Their Leaders? 

Who Owns Nature? Wholesome food, clean drinking water and shelter are common survival denominators and all come from our natural world and all of which we need to nurture and share.  Nature is not a proprietary item.   “NATURE, INC?” 

We can no longer treat our natural world and humanity simply as a statistical item, plundering and raping the very ecosystems we, and all species, depend upon for survival. “Beyond Homo Economicus“.    This desecration of life has led to such a planetary societal and biosphere imbalance that we now face drastic changing climate;  the emptying of our oceans  combined with biodiversity and species disappearing at an alarming rate. and increasing economic/social tensions. The sum total of which is total disaster for life on planet earth. (See: The Earth Charter Initiative )

The Great Awakening has Arrived

SUMMARY

The present old centuries-past polarized system with its current misguided value systems (designed entirely by men it should be noted) has become the anti-thesis of life.  The private club era of “It’s A Man’s World” and the military industrial complex mindset has reached its zenith and is imploding. It has become devoid of ethics and morals, without an organic component of compassion and caring for life. Corporations, for better or worse, now hold the purse strings and run the world, our politics, our governments, and you and me through consumerism. We have lost our way.  We have commodified life to a point where big industry now writes our laws in their own self-interest.

The game today, with some exceptions, is to make as much money as you can, as fast as you can, anyway you can with little or no genuine concern for the devastation left in its’ wake. ‘Earth Grab’: What mega corporations who profit from climate change don’t want the public to know  Fear, domination and manipulation will escalate in its lust for control, before it subsides. But, ultimately, it must soften and morph with the new energy and awareness rapidly emerging on the planet.

The longer we struggle to maintain old structures and old ways of relating that brought us to this brink, the harder and more painful it will be.  We cannot put humpty-dumpty back together with old paradigm structures and models if we want a different result.

When the last fish is gone, the last tree felled, we cannot eat money or drink oil.  If Nature and the environment collapses there will be no jobs, no economy, and societies will crumble.  We must put Nature front and center in all our decisions, for we are an integral species within the greater biosphere whole, not separate from it.

In simple terms, we must restore our natural world to balance and health and, in so doing, restore health and balance to all species.  If the entire world were to focus on this approach,  a new economy would organically emerge with plenty of realigned life-supporting “jobs”, as we all reconnect and to the prime ultimum source of our daily sustenance and well being – the beauty and intelligence of our natural world.

THERE IS NOT A LOT OF TIME LEFT: WATCH: We Need a Revolution:  We Are Running Out of Time – UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon The time has come to put aside our musings and come together to find a new way of being in this 21st century that is for the well-being and nurturing of ALL living species. http://www.karmatube.org/videos.php?id=2473

WATCH

“The Story of Solutions”

Why Making Real Change, Starts with Changing the Game

From “Story of Stuff” Annie Leonard
Published on Oct 1, 2013 Annie Leonard’s back with another animated video, six years after the Story of Stuff came out, and after eight other short films. This time, she’s talking about what we need to do to solve problems—and how we really need to reframe goals so we’re looking at the whole system. Continue to youtube.com

Watch Film

“HOME”

 An Exquisite Dedication To the Stewards of Our Planet

AND

VIDEO: Money and Life – Ecologize Growth

  • THE FUTURE MUST BE GREEN, RED, BLACK AND FEMALE – TruthOut, November 7, 2013  “The American Empire, and the global political economy it has spawned, is unraveling—not because of some far-flung external danger, but under the weight of its own internal contradictions. It is unsustainable—already in overshoot of the earth’s natural systems, exhausting its own resource base, alienating the vast majority of the human and planetary population. The solution in Tunisia, in Egypt, in the entire Middle East, and beyond, does not lay merely in aspirations for democracy. Hope can only spring from a fundamental re-evaluation of the entire structure of our civilization in its current form. If we do not use the opportunities presented by these crises to push for fundamental structural change, then the ‘contagion’ will engulf us all.” —Dr. Nafeez Mosaddeq Ahmed. …more: http://news.mongabay.com/2011/1115-king_opensource.html#ixzz1dwz7WAeN
  • If we don’t face the root causes of the economic, social and environmental crises we face, we will fail to create solutions at the scale of the challenge. The terms we use to describe economic problems and the symptoms of social and environmental distress that result will help us find creative solutions that increase value, prosperity and well-being for humanity and for the natural systems upon which all life depends. Humanity is inventive and resourceful. We can rise to the challenge of the times if we understand it clearly and can discover what we need to change to succeed.
  • ” Marianna Grossman: “Truth in Labeling: Framing the Challenge to Get Results” 
  • A Woman’s POV: “The model of three pillars of environment, economy and equity (or people, profit, planet), is misleading. The environment is the service provider that enables human society to exist. Human society creates the conditions, rules and relationships that support economic activity.”...
  • Redefining the Relationship between the Environment, Society and the Economy

Further Reading:

 

SEE MORE FROM MY ARCHIVES

CORPORATE SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY

CLIMATE CHANGE WILL IMPACT US ALL

OUR OCEANS NEED US

BIODIVERSITY IS LIFE

YOUR FOOD, YOUR HEALTH

WATCH

RESTORING THE EARTH – HOPE IN A CHANGING CLIMATE

climate restoration

Is it possible to rehabilitate large-scale damaged ecosystems, improve the lives of people trapped in poverty, and sequester carbon naturally? John D. Liu has proven that it is. His film, “Hope in a Changing Climate,” showcases approaches that have worked on the Loess Plateau in China, Ethiopia and Rwanda. Produced in collaboration with the Environmental Education Media Project (EEMP). http://sco.lt/7sy3CT

INDIGENOUS YASUNI ECUADOR

AND ANOTHER GREAT VIDEO TO WATCH;
“INTO THE HEART OF THE ECUADOR’S YASUNI PEOPLE” by Yale Environment 360

Few places on earth harbor as much biodiversity as the Yasuni Biosphere Reserve, a 6,500-square-mile territory in eastern Ecuador where the Amazon basin ascends into the Andes Mountains. But Yasuni also sits atop vast reserves of oil, and this rainforest wilderness, home to the indigenous Waorani people, faces intense development pressure.
In this Yale Environment 360 video, filmmaker Ryan Killackey travels into the heart of Yasuni with seven scientists and chronicles their work as they inventory the reserve’s remarkable birds, fish, animals, and plants. Through their work, the researchers hope to bolster international initiatives to preserve a large swath of this threatened land….

VIDEO: INTO THE HEART OF ECUADOR’S YASUNI: A PENDING CORPORATE OIL PLUNDER http://sco.lt/5c5Z2H

ONLY LOVE FOR MOTHER EARTH CAN SAVE US FROM CLIMATE CHANGE: SEN MASTER THICH NHAT HANH AND POPE FRANCIS SPEAK OUT  http://sco.lt/57JX0L

Resource speculation driven by financial markets, climate change and biofuels threatens starvation for the world’s poor.

http://sco.lt/6znBab

Submitted by: Hazel Henderson Posted: Nov 29, 2012 – 09:16 AM EST CSRWire

Tags: ethics, commodities, food prices, sustainability, economics, economy, fiscal cliff, european debt crisis, gri, necsi, esg, united nations

Recent spikes in prices of rice, soy, wheat and corn have driven many poor people in developing countries into hunger and malnutrition. In 2011, then World Bank president Robert Zoellick estimated that 44 million people fell into poverty in 2010 due to rising food prices, adding, “Food price inflation is the biggest threat today to the world’s poor…one weather event and you start to push people over the edge.”

The United Nations (UN) FAO Food Price Index jumped 25 percent in 2010.

The dots connecting world hunger, weather events and speculation on global financial markets are obvious. Yet, well-meaning officials at UN agencies, including the FAO, World Bank and IMF, are curiously blind. Instead, their many urgent meetings over the past three years have focused on raising more money to pay these rising prices for food staples, urging more productivity from agriculture and opposing nations curbing exports to protect their domestic foods …. MORE A VIP READ: The Economics of Curbing Speculation In Food, Water and Vital Resources

WATCH

“THE FOOD SPECULATOR”

Food Speculation and The Stockmarket

http://topdocumentaryfilms.com/food-speculator/

-▶  THE WORLD IS SITTING ON A CONSUMPTION TIME BOMB http://sco.lt/7sR3eT

FOOD AID FOR THE 21st CENTURY: MEETING THE OBJECTIVE OR FEEDING THE CORPORATE COFFERS? http://sco.lt/6jtrlJ

-▶  WHO OWNS NATURE? CORPORATE POWER AND THE FINAL FRONTIER IN THE COMMODIFICATION OF LIFE  http://www.scoop.it/t/agriculture-gmos-pesticides/p/2299601530/who-owns-nature-corporate-power-and-the-final-frontier-in-the-commodification-of-life

-▶  ERADICATING ECOCIDE:  WHY BUSINESS LEADERS MUST STEP UP TO THE CHALLENGE http://sco.lt/7uGWKv

▶  THE NEW CORPORATE COLONIALISM — DESTRUCTION OF LIFE ALL IN THE NAME OF “GROWTH” http://sco.lt/6HLK77

Real News One, June 10, 2014
-▶ PUTTING THE ECONOMY BEFORE THE ENVIRONMENT IS ENVIRONMENTAL VANDALISM AND SUICIDAL http://realnewsone.com/2014/06/10/putting-the-economy-before-the-environment-is-environmental-vandalism/

FastCoExist:
-▶ SHAKING UP THE CORPORATE STRUCTURE TO GO BEYOND THE PROFIT MOTIVE http://www.fastcoexist.com/3024770/world-changing-ideas/a-public-company-will-become-a-benefit-corporation

▶ PROSPERITY WITH LESS:  WHAT WOULD A RESPONSIBLE ECONOMY LOOK LIKE?  Guardian Sustainable Business, October 4, 1013. The founder of Patagonia Inc discusses the value of the simple life, and growing an economy based on buying less, not more http://www.theguardian.com/sustainable-business/patagonia-founder-responsible-economy-with-less

▶ PRIVATIZATION OF PUBLIC SERVICES LIMITING ACCESS TO PUBLIC INFORMATION http://sco.lt/8Aq0AL

 

Nature has far-reaching roots, not least the magnificent ash tree and its European mythology. Both could be lost to die-back

The Guardian Environment – George Monbiot – 12 October 2012

Ash trees by Grange Fell near Watendlath in the Lake District National Park, Cumbria

Reading the shocking news about ash die-back, the disease that has now killed most of Denmark’s ash trees and many of those across the rest of northern Europe, I was reminded that when we lose our wildlife we lose some of our stories.

The death of a species, especially a species as significant as the ash, punches a hole not only in nature, but also in our culture.

Throughout northern Europe, the ash tree was associated in pagan thought with the guardianship of life. As Paul Kendall explains on the Trees for Life site, in the mythology of the Vikings (and several other northern peoples), an ash known as yggdrasil or the “world tree” was the scaffolding on which the universe was built…. more http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/georgemonbiot/2012/oct/12/wildlife-ash-tree-die-back

FOLLOW UP BLOG by George Monbiot : Let’s Rename The Ash Dieback ‘Cameron’s Contagion’ ” The government’s disgraceful failure to act on this disease reflects an ideological fixation with unimpeded commerce…

Unprecedented study:  Language and Culture Disappear with Ecosystem and Biodiversity Loss  http://sco.lt/8PcKsD

  VIDEO

“Ecology From The Air” – Seeing The Forests For The Trees

▶ HEALTHY ECOSYSTEMS VITAL FOR BOTH HUMAN AND ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH http://sco.lt/7rCeWH

 

 

Protecting The Environment is Everybody’s Duty 

For the well-being and survival of our planet and the human race

ABC Environment Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Protecting the environment is a global problem, which needs a global solution (For without nature we do not exist. pdjmoo)

If we want to manage the world for future generations, we need to define what kind of world that should be. Credit: NASA

ACHIEVING A MORE SUSTAINABLE world presupposes a worldview that considers well-being not only in terms of income, but also in terms of human security and opportunities for every person to thrive. It is worth considering what the world would look like from such a perspective.

For starters, it would be a world in which people live free from conflict over land, water, and space; and that ensures food security for the 739 million people who are hungry or malnourished today. Such a world would preserve the 20,000 species of animals and plants that face extinction, understanding their power to heal us physically and spiritually. It would draw us back from the brink of unstoppable global warming and its consequences for coastal communities, weather patterns, and, in some regions, habitability. It would protect sites of extraordinary natural beauty and inspiration. And, for future generations, it would be a world that is more sustainable than ours…. Think globally, act globally – Opinion – ABC Environment Australian Broadcasting Corporation.

A four percent increase in Amazon deforestation has led to a 50 percent increase in malaria because mosquitoes, which transmit the disease, thrive in the cleared areas.

By David Suzuki with contributions from David Suzuki Foundation Editorial and Communications Specialist Ian Hanington.

We’ve long known that environmental factors contribute to disease, especially contamination of air, water, and soil. Scientists are now learning the connection is stronger than we realized.

Preventing illness is the best way to get health care costs down. So why aren’t governments doing more to protect the environment? We’ve long known that environmental factors contribute to disease, especially contamination of air, water and soil. Scientists are now learning the connection is stronger than we realized…. more

via How Environmental Factors Contribute to Human Health « EcoWatch: Uniting the Voice of the Grassroots Environmental Movement.

– ▶  LARGE SCALE BIODIVERSITY IS VITAL TO MAINTAINING ECOSYSTEM AND HUMAN HEALTH http://sco.lt/5gy5Q1

WATCH

Awesome ! Biodiversity Visualized – Vancouver Film School

 ▶ NO TO BIODIVERSITY OFFSETTING: CONSERVING OUR NATURAL WORLD IS BECOMING DEPENDENT ON IT DESTRUCTION

http://sco.lt/9EcFvt

 ▶ KEEPING NATURE IN OUR FUTURE:  HEALTHY ECOSYSTEMS ESSENTIAL FOR ECONOMIC AND PLANETARY SURVIVAL http://sco.lt/99SfhJ

 

One World

One Humanity

One Environment

September, 2009, Rev. December 2010

The Common denominator among all living things

IS NATURE

Finding A Way For The Greater Good

An Urgent Task

OUR HOME: We Live on a Wondrously Diverse Planet and We are a vital, integral species within the Magnificent Web of Life not separate from it. Nature needs us. Let us Honor and Respect That

 

THE GREAT AWAKENING

In just over 250 years we have consumed or destroyed what took millions and millions of years to evolve…

We now understand that the majority of life on Earth has never been – and will never be – known to us. In a staggering forecast Edward O Wilson, eminent Harvard biologist, predicts that our present course will lead to the extinction of half of all plant and animal species by 2100…. – “Animal Extinction – The greatest threat to mankind”

Over the last 60 odd years we have become preoccupied with, and fixated on ourselves, our man-made lives of production, indiscriminate consumption and lust for profit. self-gratification and status. In this process we have increasingly excluded from our daily decisions and equations the well-being of others and Nature’s life supporting eco-systems. We can now see how this myopia has wreaked havoc upon both our environment and all species with in it –our societies, our communities and ourselves.

While we were flying high our natural world (and us) began to get sick, really sick .  Greed took over from compassion, and wealth negotiated itself more wealth at the expense of the average man, woman and child setting the stage for a global uprising and reawakening.

We forgot our deep and profound responsibility to care for and nurture the greater whole. We forgot that we abide in Mother Nature’s womb, dependent on Her every second of every day. Just as we depended on our mother for nurturing and sustenance while in her womb, we depend on Mother Nature’s health, abundance and generosity for our daily nurturing and sustenance and FOR SURVIVAL as a species. This amnesia has resulted in us almost consuming ourselves out of existence and, in the process, we have lost our connection to community, to each other and to the essential natural processes of life.

 

EXTINCTION CRISIS – ECOLOGICAL ARMAGEDDON

In 40 Years HALF world’s wild animals have been wiped out:

 http://sco.lt/7M1PCD

 

Without Nature We Do Not Exist. Period

It is an illusion to expect healthy, balanced lives without a healthy, balanced natural world. Her health is our health

While we were flying high our natural world (and us) began to get sick, really sick . Greed took over from compassion, and wealth negotiated itself more wealth at the expense of the average man, woman and child setting the stage for a global uprising and reawakening.

 


A Perfect Storm is approaching – a combined environmental, economic and social collapse UNLESS we change our attitudes and priorities in life NOW, and even then, we may well have passed the tipping point of what our biosphere can handle.

The major difference this time, than the Great Depression or any other time in human history, is the environment – its massive degradation and depletion by man – the degree of which has never before been seen on this planet – and the cumulative effect is the cause of Climate Change.

We depend upon a healthy, balanced natural world for our very existence – as does all life. Our eco-systems have been plundered, pillaged and polluted to a point, in some cases, of no return; species are disappearing at an alarming rate totally destroying the biological and crucial biodiversity balance of the planet. Our common life’s values and the dignity of cultures have been dismantled as we gave ourselves over to the Age of Consumerism.  When Drilling for Oil has become a greater priority than clean water and healthy food, we have no choice but to revisit our values in life. What we do and choose now will set the destiny of humankind for centuries to come.

Read the rest of this entry »

By   via Triple Pundit:

Will the children who inherit the Earth, and the potential issues that might still remain unresolved, feel the innate desire to preserve it? Or is our connection to nature being lost? This interesting and thought provoking concept was introduced to me by Kim Marshall McLean, a PhD classmate of mine at George Mason University and a NOAA Biologist. Kim is researching how exposure to the outdoors and the lessons learned in nature shape our understanding and even our intelligence. The sociological and environmental information gathered from this kind of research is far reaching and has implications for business as well. It is the hope that future leaders, especially those in business, will retain the close kinship with nature.

via Losing Our Connection to Nature: Is Sustainability at Risk?.

 

REWILD THE CHILD – OUR DISCONNECTION FROM NATURE IS KILLING US

Get Ready for the Ride of Your Life

Given that it takes hundreds of thousands to millions of years for evolution to build diversity back up to pre-crash levels after major extinction episodes, increased rates of extinction are of particular concern, especially because global and regional diversity today is generally lower than it was 20,000 years ago as a result of the last planetary state shift. … Possible too are substantial losses of ecosystem services required to sustain the human population. … Although the ultimate effects of changing biodiversity and species compositions are still unknown, if critical thresholds of diminishing returns in ecosystem services were reached over large areas and at the same time global demands increased … widespread social unrest, economic instability and loss of human life could result

Whee!

How close are we to such a global state shift? One way to conceptualize it is to visualize the percentage of the Earth’s terrestrial ecosystems that have seen local state shifts:

Nature: Earth approaches a state shift

…READ COMPLETE ARTICLE…

via We’re about to push the Earth over the brink, new study finds | Grist.

 

THE SIXTH MASS EXTINCTION IS UPON US – CAN HUMANS SURVIVE?

No-Where to Go

No-Where to Go
via The Habitat Advocate


NO-WHERE TO GO, NO-WHERE TO HIDE

“OUR SUCCESS IN TRANSFORMING THE COMMODITY MARKETS WILL DETERMINE NATURE’S (AND OUR) FATEMongaBay  http://ow.ly/a8DiF

According to a report by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), the deforestation that has already taken place in Indonesia for palm oil, and the illegal logging that is still occurring there now, indicate that most of the country’s rainforest will have been destroyed entirely by the year 2022.

An ECOCIDE of Mammoth Proportions

VIA: Biodiversity IS Life: Environment, Ecosystems 

Just 300-500 companies worldwide control 70 percent of the trade of each of the 15 key commodities linked to habitat destruction and degradation. And less than 100 corporations impact half of global production.”

This is an issue that must be addressed and addressed head on NOW.  Planet Earth survives because of a healthy biodiversity where all species in the web of life are symbiotic, interdependent and which we humans depend upon for our very survival.  As top of the food chain, we humans have both a moral and ethical responsibility to ensure this balance is maintained, not just for our own survival sake, but for all life that we depend upon in all ecosystems.   We are destroying Nature at an alarming pace; emptying our oceans, destroying our soils and waterways, poisoning our food and wildlife with lashing of pesticides and chemicals with no idea what the final outcome of this destruction will be.  Extinction is forever and the inbuilt intelligence of ecosystems is beyond our scientific minds due to its intricacies and self-regulating integrity.  And if take an icon such as the Orangutan (one of our distant cousins) to wake us up, so be it.  For we must WAKE UP, get out of our heads, put aside our linear statistical thinking and reconnect with the circular organic process of life that we are part of and depend on for our health & well being.

LIVETEN – Australia – REPORTS

TAKE ACTION:  http://ow.ly/a8IdU

RainForest Action Network: http://understory.ran.org/?s=Orangutans+Indonesia

JAKARTA, Indonesia—Fires raging in an Indonesian swamp forest, deliberately set by palm oil corporations, may have killed a third of the remaining rare Sumatran orangutans. About 200 of the original 3,000 still live there. Only 12,267 hectares (30,311 acres) of Tripa’s original 60,000 hectares (148,260 acres) of forest remain.The rest has been broken up and degraded as palm oil companies drain the swamp and terminate the life of the forests. Orangutans in Indonesian Forest May Die Out in Weeks Read the rest of this entry »

by Shanny Basar, Financial News 22 Jun 2012 

Nature – The Great Teacher

Michael O’Malley, vice-president of human capital at Sibson Consulting, took up beekeeping as a hobby and was surprised to find that it provided insights into his day job of advising on risk management.

WE NEED OUR BEES, ALIVE NOT DEAD

O’Malley writes in the Harvard Business Review that beehives are structured for long-term growth and as a result the pollen gatherers have become masters of risk management, unlike many “too big to fail” banks.

He writes: “When a colony gets too large, it becomes operationally unwieldy and grossly inefficient and the hive splits. Eventually, risk is spread across many hives and revenue sources in contrast to relying on one big, vulnerable “super-hive” for sustenance.”

Other lessons he has taken from his hobby are that queen bees do not appear to be subject to short-term quarterly pollen and nectar targets. “No queen bee is under pressure for quarterly pollen and nectar targets. The hive is only beholden to the long term. Indeed, beehives appear to underperform at times because they could collect more,” he writes.

Instead, decision-making is decentralised with individual bees empowered to take decisive action, bolstered by a “disciplined career development program”: “By the time bees are sent into the field, they are prepared — and, even then, novice foragers are frequently accompanied by veterans who show them how to efficiently and productively move among, and work, the flowers.”……More

Read O’Malley’s full article at Harvard Business Review Why bees are better risk managers than banks.

How might our dreams of a synthetic utopia end?

By DAN CLOER via Science and Environment: It’s a Small World

Celebrating the establishment of the International Association of Chemical Societies as well as Marie Curie’s 1911 Nobel Prize, the United Nations has declared 2011 the International Year of Chemistry. The theme, “Chemistry: Our Life, Our Future,” may be significant in more ways than sloganeers intended: after a century of chemical tinkering, we wield the two-edged sword of our increasing knowledge ever more boldly. How might our dreams of a synthetic utopia end?  The chemical signature of our activities, and in fact life on earth in general, has the capacity to be planet-changing. Our impact has simply been greatly accelerated over the past century. Does this matter? The real question is whether the gains are worth the costs. But we are only now beginning to understand the costs. “Everything must go somewhere,” Commoner noted, reminding us that the materials we create using our chemical know-how never disappear.  By DAN CLOER (See Full Article ) Science and Environment: It’s a Small World.

Is This Insanity Or What?

The Objectification of Life – and The Huge Price We Are Paying

By @pdjmoo March 10, 2012

What is it about the human psyche that is willing to destroy the very foundations of life that humanity (and all species) depends upon for survival?  Aren’t we supposed to be the most “intelligent” species on the planet?  Sadly, facts are showing that we have far less understanding of the natural balances required for the planet than our arrogance and intellect would suppose.

It seems this disease is pervasive right across the globe.  Like a swarm of locusts, we are ravaging and razing the earth to a point where life can no longer survive.  We continue to over-fish our oceans until 90% of the big fish are gone, devastating the natural ocean systems and their biodiversity.  Why?  For profit and under the guise of “feeding the people” Overfishing leaves swaths of Mediterranean barren

We continue to ravage the forests that hold so much life that maintains the natural balance and biodiversity of our lands, often displacing indigenous peoples from their homes, creating dependency.  For What?  Profit and the hunger/demand for timber and clearing of forests for non-regional monocrops, destroying thousands of species and their habitat in the process. Our Disappearing Forests.  (It takes 100 years to grow a 100 year-old tree)

We continue to “drill baby drill” even as we are faced with horrific oil disasters world-wide, destroying land and ocean life and ecosystems and costing billions in cleanups.  Why? For profit and the hunger for cheap fossil-fuel energy, oil and gasoline. Effects of Oil & Drilling on the Environment AND  A Tough-Oil World: Why 21st Century Oil Will Break the Bank — and the Planet Read the rest of this entry »

If we are to survive as a species, we can no longer sustain extracting our precious resources to the point of extinction.   The health of the planet is our health.  We must change and change now.  SEE MY BLOGS:  CHANGE IS UPON US, AND CHANGE WE MUST   AND  AN URGENT MEMO TO THE WORLD

BONUS VIDEO: Helicopter Pilot Blows Whistle On Tuna Industry

Drop into the Ocean – YouTube.

If We Do Nothing, We are Facing One of the Worst Disasters of Humankind

Sea the Truth is based on numerous scientific publications that examine the problems of seas and oceans.

via Overfishing and more: SEA THE TRUTH — In 2048 The Oceans Will Be Empty! 16:9, full-length, HiQ – YouTube.

 

CAN LIFE BE OWNED?

Rachael Carson was Right in her classic novel “Silent Spring”.  This Canadian documentary is one of THE Best explanations of what is happening to the state of our planet with the biotech juggernaut racing across our environment, leaving an irreversible destruction in its wake.  Our ecosystems, environment and human health and the future of our planet is at stake and I strongly urge you to take the time to listen and watch the entire Canadian expose.  It is both educational and global in its reach.

Video: Silent Forest canada tv EN – Cineversity.TV.

United Nations Decade on Biodiversity

VIDEO: UN SECRETARY GENERAL BAN KI-MOON

Link: United Nations Decade on Biodiversity

International Forum On Globalization – Vandana Shiva

TRAILER

See full film here:

http://www.cultureunplugged.com/play/696/Life-Running-Out-of-Control Running Time: 59:50

Director: Bertram Verhaag | Producer: Bertram Verhaag Genre: Documentary | Produced In: 2004 | Country: Germany

THE FORERUNNER TO “FOOD INC.”

“Life Running Out of Control” by Bertram Verhaag is an absolute MUST WATCH documentary Movie.   Produced in 2004 it explains in depth how, even back then, genetic engineering was quietly taking over our global food and animal supply and had been for decades, reducing the gene pools, to a point where it may be irreversible.

The human, animal and environmental health risks are addressed here as well as the dangers and ethics of altering the genes of our food and animals — and thus us.  Everything is interconnected and altering the genes of nature has a ripple affect on all of nature, our environment and us as we are clearly witnessing and experiencing today.  (See “Urgent Memo To The World” on this blog here)

If you want to know why the environmental and food activists are protesting…this will fill you in.  Let’s hope it is not too late.

 

 

The collective duty of humanity is to seek a balance with nature.

Everyone has to do their part; be more with less. The problem is not money, says Brazilian Leonardo Boff in this exclusive Tierramérica interview.

“The market is not going to resolve the environmental crisis,” says Boff, professor at Brazil’s State University of Rio de Janeiro. The solution, he says, lies in ethics and in changing our relationship with nature. READ ON: Tierramérica.

Mangrove Restoration

 

Ecosystem services provide the link between nature and economic development. How can this approach guide more sustainable decisions?

Investing in Nature, for People’s Sake | World Resources Institute.


© 2010 Daniel J. Cox/NaturalExposures.com

The Center for Biological Diversity: Warning: This video includes disturbing footage of a malnourished polar bear mother and her two cubs in western Hudson Bay, Canada. Some may choose not to watch, because it includes graphic scenes of a malnourished cub experiencing seizures. Both cubs died within two days of the November 23, 2010, filming. As difficult as the images are to watch, they show the real-life struggle polar bears face each day trying to survive on a warming planet. Malnourishment, starvation and even cannibalism have become facts of life for polar bears in western Hudson Bay and other areas. Read the rest of this entry »

BEST OF FESTIVAL

in the two most prestigious Wildlife Film festivals of the world

CLICK HERE to View this Must See THIS VERY IMPORTANT MOVIE “Green The Film

Her name is Green, she is alone in a world that doesn’t belong to her.  She is a female orang-utan, victim of deforestation and resource exploitation. This film is an emotional journey with Green’s final days.  It is a visual ride presenting the treasures of rainforest biodiversity and the devastating impacts of logging and land clearing for palm oil plantations.

Midway – Message from the Gyre


Featured in YESMagazine http://www.yesmagazine.org/planet/bearing-witness-chris-jordan-on-art-grief-and-transformation

Some extraordinary — and upsetting — pictures by http://www.chrisjordan.com show directly how our waste impacts our environment and all species within our oceans – and ultimately us! The foregoing photographs of albatross chicks were made on Midway Atoll, a tiny stretch of sand and coral near the middle of the North Pacific. The nesting babies are fed bellies-full of plastic by their parents, who soar out over the vast polluted ocean collecting what looks to them like food to bring back to their young. On this diet of human trash, every year tens of thousands of albatross chicks die on Midway from starvation, toxicity, and choking. Read the rest of this entry »

Please Watch

COMPASSION IN WORLD FARMING – Short Video

YouTube – The Big Idea.

ROME, May 21, 2010 (IPS) – Biodiversity in agriculture is about culture. Traditional knowledge and culture are as important as research and investments aver farmers, researchers and academicians who are gathered in Rome to celebrate International Day for Biodiversity. (read rest of article…)

BIODIVERSITY: Culture Integral to Agriculture – IPS ipsnews.net.

How ocean acidification could disrupt the entire food web, with dire consequences

What they (scientists) say is this: the oceans are 30 percent more acidic today than they were during pre-industrial times and, if we continue burning fossil fuels as we are now, we will double the ocean’s acidity by the end of the century. Scientists fear many organisms may not survive so radical a shift in chemistry. And some of those organisms form the foundation of ocean food webs. If they perish, what happens to the tens of thousands of species further up the chain? What happens to our shellfish — our oysters, clams, mussels — that appear particularly vulnerable to ocean acidification? VIDEOS, READ MORE….Sigourney Weaver: Protecting Our Oceans for Earth Day.

Global Climate Change Cause Is Collapse of Nature

We are in the midst of the greatest mass extinction since the untimely demise of the dinosaurs. Fully half of the world’s species of plants and animals — from cuddly tigers to freakish blob fish — will be gone by the close of this century. The bewildering variety of ecosystems that sustain these living things are also being degraded or destroyed. What scientists have blandly labeled the “biodiversity crisis” actually amounts to the collapse of nature, and we are the prime culprit. (More… Conservation Goes Buck Wild, Again | Environment | Change.org.

Despite promising the world in 2009, biotech corporations have increasingly raised the hackles of scientists and citizens worldwide

2009 was a year in which the biotech industry, Gates and their US Administration allies did everything in their power to drive the world down the GM road, but it was also a year marked by remarkable global resistance.

It was a year too in which the truth emerged more clearly than ever about not just the severe limitations and risks of GM crops, but the viability of the many positive alternatives to GMOs alternatives from which the profit-driven GM-fixation diverts much needed attention and resources. (more…)
Was 2009 the year the world turned against GM? – The Ecologist.

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