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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

Eradicating ecocide could create conditions for business to flourish, but company leaders often offer knee-jerk response to environment campaigners

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

Ecocide-trial-010

Thursday, 21, February 2013 – Guardian Sustainable Business – The Eradicating Ecocide campaign calls for ecocide – the extensive destruction of ecosystems – to be recognised in international law as the fifth crime against Peace. Lawyer Polly Higgins’ compelling argument is that the abolition of ecocide requires business leadership as surely as the campaign for the abolition of slavery did.

One of the paradoxes for environmental campaigners in developed nations is that we are often fighting for the rights of others – for other species, people in other nations, people not yet born. Like the abolitionists we may not personally benefit from our victories and indeed may be disadvantaged in the short-term. This produces a complex moral and psychological field to work in, one that frequently produces unintended consequences like my conversation with the business leaders. Angry denial, studied indifference and projection of blame are just a few of the responses that leave campaigners shell-shocked and puzzled as they struggle to engage both the public and the powerful in the struggle for a truly sustainable future…. http://www.guardian.co.uk/sustainable-business/eradicating-ecocide-business-leaders-challenge

▶  SHOULD COMPANIES COMPENSATE SOCIETY FOR ENVIRONMENTAL DESTRUCTION FROM WHICH THEY PROFIT? http://sco.lt/5x2tqz

June 26, 2013 Stanford Center for Social Innovation
▶  CORPORATE SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY IS ESSENTIAL TO ENVIRONMENTAL SUSTAINABILITY http://csi.gsb.stanford.edu/corporate-social-responsibility-essential-environmental-sustainability

▶  THE EVOLUTION OF BUSINESS: HOW A NEW BUSINESS ERA INSPIRED BY NATURE, NOT GREED, CAN BENEFIT US ALL  http://sco.lt/6XU6Kn

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

-▶  INDIA MANDATES WORLD’S FIRST CORPORATE CHARITABLE GIVING LAW.  EU PASSES LAW ON CSR REPORTING http://sco.lt/6ENF8D

▶  SHOULD COMPANIES COMPENSATE SOCIETY FOR ENVIRONMENTAL DESTRUCTION FROM WHICH THEY PROFIT? http://sco.lt/5x2tqz

March 1, 2013 Global Research
▶  PREDATORY CAPITALISM AND THE RISE OF THE “GLOBAL CORPORATOCRACY”. http://www.globalresearch.ca/rise-of-the-global-corporatocracy-an-interview-with-john-perkins/5329456

-▶ ECO-SPIRITUALITY:  TOWARDS A VALUES-BASED ECONOMIC STRUCTURE  http://sco.lt/92y1Ef

-▶  THE EVOLUTION OF BUSINESS:  HOW A NEW BUSINESS ERA INSPIRED BY NATURE, NOT GREED, CAN BENEFIT US ALL  http://sco.lt/6XU6Kn

-▶ HOW A SENSE OF SACRED CAN HELP SUSTAINABLE BUSINESS – RESTORING VALUES http://www.scoop.it/t/environmental-and-human-health/p/3994926408/how-a-sense-of-sacred-can-help-sustainable-business-restoring-values

ALSO SEE:  AN URGENT MEMO TO THE WORLD

▶  POPE FRANCIS  WARNS ON COMING “IDOLATROUS” GLOBAL ECONOMIC COLLAPSE, PLEAS FOR ENVIRONMENT http://sco.lt/9JnutN

Zen master Thich Nhat Hanh

▶  ONLY LOVE FOR MOTHER EARTH CAN SAVE US FROM CLIMATE CHANGE http://sco.lt/8diF4z

WATCH: “HOME” An Exquisite Dedication To the Stewards of Our Planet

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

 

 

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.

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.

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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?

Profiting From the Destruction of Our Planet

This particular VIDEO  addresses THE OCEANS and the mechanized, industrialized overfishing industry.

We have objectified life on earth to such an extent that we forget profits and abundance depends on us restoring and nurturing that which we depend on for our very existence. Remember, we cannot restore our forests, soil, oceans in five minutes.  It took millions of years to evolve and in 50 years we have almost totally destroyed her ability to regenerate within her own natural systems  (See my blogs AN URGENT MEMO TO THE WORLD and  CHANGE WE MUST)

Our Big Industrial Food industries have taken us to a point of almost no Return.   We consuming ourselves out of existence, through total disregard for the need of the planet to maintain its ecosystems, biodiversity and health in order to feed us. We are now facing a dying planet.  We have lost touch with the once-upon-a-time hands-on connection to our natural world. The mega industrial corporations keep trying to contain Her and force Her to produce more than She is capable of.  We have even resorted to genetically engineering our food sources, creating aquatic man-made farming, confining our animals by the thousands in CAFOs, breaking down biodiversity through monoculture BigAg farming and allowing industrial fishing to take all the fish in the sea they can.  The Planet is in Crisis, but it is still business as usual.  And the multi-million public relations green-washing campaigns are in full swing so  we can keep on keeping on with the very practices that have brought us to this brink. More, Bigger, Faster. This insanity and craving for profits, control and domination, makes us blind to our first priority–which is nurturing and sustaining our natural world–our only life support system (See my blog: Urgent Memo to The World )

 

VIDEO:

TO THE LAST FISH: Privitazing (and destroying) our Ocean Fisheries: Who has the right to Catch and Profit our fish? VIDEO http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/video/2011/dec/28/fishing-quota-video

MY SCOOP IT

OUR OCEANS NEED US

 

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

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.

 

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.

Dr. Vandana Shiva’s Speech at Earth Citizenship Required Today Conference – YouTube.

International Forum On Globalization – Vandana Shiva

Will Human Beings Save Their Primate Cousins?

A Human Cause. A Human Cure?

Humans, as a species, have met unprecedented success in their brief reign as Earth’s most dominant primate–enough to wipe out other species entirely. Perhaps now the most impressive display of our cunning and ability would be to keep that from happening to our closest genetic relatives. Will Human Beings Save Their Primate Cousins? : TreeHugger.

BEST OF FESTIVAL

in the two most prestigious Wildlife Film festivals of the world

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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.

Photo by David Manning/Athens Banner-Herald, via Associated Press - The role of the opossum in suppressing populations of ticks that carry Lyme disease is highlighted in a new study on the ways biodiversity discourages the spread of disease.

Biodiversity in ecosystems, the scientists report in the Thursday’s issue of the journal Nature, dampens a pathogen’s ability to spread among humans. A study by a group of biologists, ecologists and medical researchers casts new light on a phenomenon farmers have known for years: the less genetic variety in a crop or a herd, the greater the risk that disease will decimate it…(more) The Less Biodiversity, the More Disease – NYTimes.com.

Australian scientists have announced a major new finding that helps explain how natural systems like coral reefs and forests maintain the richness of their mix of species.

Their findings have important implications for understanding how humans can better protect biodiversity during one of the worst episodes of species extinction in the Earth’s history.

Maths explains biodiversity Science Alert.

We Are Now In Uncharted Waters

Our planet is now at the crossroads. Scientists have learned that even a little atmospheric temperature rise can initiate feedback loops that speed global warming, some of which are already taking effect. If global temperatures continue to rise at the present rate, some of these feedbacks could spiral beyond our ability to reverse them, and others may be unlocked.

Copenhagen a chance to pull world back from climate change ledge | citizen-times.com | Asheville Citizen-Times.

TIME TO CONFRONT THE INVISIBLE ENEMY – CLIMATE CHANGE, THE ENVIRONMENT

Even the world’s politicians believe in global warming. But they can do little without popular support, says Michael McCarthy, The Independent.

Time to confront the invisible enemy that threatens us all – Climate Change, Environment – The Independent.

You could be forgiven for thinking it’s not happening – and there, in fact, is the heart of the problem. Climate change, according to one view the greatest threat that human civilisation has ever faced, may seem a particularly nebulous danger to many people who look around them and see no evidence whatsoever of it taking place.

“Dreaming the future can create the future. We stand at the threshold of a singular opportunity in the human experiment: To re-imagine how to live on Earth in ways that honor the web of life, each other and future generations. It’s a revolution from the heart of nature — and the human heart.

“We also stand at the brink of worldwide ecological and civilizational collapse. We face a reckoning from the treacherous breach in our relationship with nature. We’ve been acting like a rock star trashing a hotel room, and it’s the morning after. But this hotel is planet Earth. The guest rules are non-negotiable. If we don’t change our ways fast, management may vote us off the island. (More.,..)

Kenny Ausubel: Dreaming the Future Can Create the Future.

birdMany economists are failing to assess the value of their countries’ natural resources, putting billion’s of people’s well-being at risk and contributing to catastrophic species loss, according to a new United Nations Environment Programme report. http://ow.ly/Cz38

The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity

The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity (TEEB) study is a major international initiative to draw attention to the global economic benefits of biodiversity, to highlight the growing costs of biodiversity loss and ecosystem degradation, and to draw together expertise from the fields of science, economics and policy to enable practical actions moving forward.

via Home of TEEB.

The great bee die-off is not such a mystery after all:

Industrial agriculture has stressed our pollinators to the breaking point.

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“The nation’s great bee die-off has provoked a furious debate: What has caused a third of all commercial honeybee colonies to perish each year since 2006? Although widespread bee deaths have occurred before, the current sharp decline is different. This time some bees have simply vanished, abandoning their hives. The phenomenon, known as colony collapse disorder (CCD), has been attributed in part to the same viral and bacterial infections, pesticide poisonings, and mite infestations that devastated bees in the past.” pdjmoo Who Killed All Those Honeybees? We Did | Agriculture | DISCOVER Magazine http://ow.ly/vjli

And …

Are Cell Phone Towers Honey Bees’ Next Big Threat?

New Study says “Yes”

CAN WE SURVIVE WITHOUT OUR POLLINATING HONEY BEES? As if honey bees don’t have enough to worry about right now, it seems that cell phone towers may be problematic for the insects. According to a new study, a rapid drop in the bee population in Kerala, India is the result of recently installed cell phone towers, and could cause a complete collapse of bee populations within 10 years.

Are Cell Phone Towers Honey Bees’ Next Big Threat? New Study Says Yes. : TreeHugger.

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“If all mankind were to disappear, the world would regenerate back to the rich state of equilibrium that existed ten thousand years ago. If insects were to vanish, the environment would collapse into chaos.” E. O. Wilson, Pulitzer Prize Winner, Socio-Biologist.

by Pam Jacob @pdjmoo

Have we asked too much of Nature and her inhabitants and the myriad of symbiotic relationships all species needed to maintain balance and generate our healthy food supply? We have pushed our cows, beef cattle, chickens, turkeys, pigs and fish over the edge, far beyond their natural capacity to breed and produce within their given maturation processes. We have created a poisoned, industrialized food system that no longer is healthy or nutritious and, in the process, we have objectified the very life forms essential to our food supply. They have become a dollar figure, a number on a balance sheet, to do with what we will. A great tragedy is unfolding before our eyes. We have lost respect for Nature as our partners in life and, as such, lost respect for each other, and ourselves waiving our responsibility for our essential role in our own life support systems.

Witness the beautiful, tiny bees. A little bee is just as important in its own right as you and I in the greater scheme of things…perhaps even more important. Maybe their little immune systems could no longer assimilate all the pesticides, insecticides and GMO pollen we impose on their digestion systems, and their stressful, forced artificial way of life. http://tinyurl.com/ng2opr Read the rest of this entry »

Yabbering While Planet Earth Burns

The climate crisis is not a negotiable issue and politicians must start paying attention to science.

CAN we expect decent climate policy when most of the decision-making elite are ignorant of the real scientific imperatives, or believe they can negotiate with the laws of physics and chemistry? The answer is bleak, judging by the lead-up talks to the climate summit in Copenhagen in December.

Illusions on the edge of a precipice.

cracked-earthA DIFFERENT QUESTION

If I had one thing to impart to our leaders and opinion-makers, it would be this: Start worrying instead about the fate of human civilization. The Earth will survive the assault of the modern era. The urgent question is whether the Earth will remain a place that can support a complex, interconnected global civilization like our own. We could lose far more than coastal cities and cultural treasures to extreme weather and rising seas; the ultimate stakes in this planetary gamble is the stable climate that has made civilization possible.Rising emissions could destabilize the climate to a degree that would prove devastating to agriculture.

Op-ed: The fate of our fragile civilization — The Daily Climate.

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ARTICLE FROM: “The Daily Climate”

…It’s clear that we do not yet understand our own time and are seriously mistaken about the geography of the future. When future historians look back on the twentieth century, this quick visit to the moon will surely look like a minor event compared to the giant leap humanity took here on Earth. The greatest challenges of the 21st century will not be those of the space age, but rather urgent earthly ones in a new planetary era that arrived in the second half of the 20th century.”

Op-Ed: One giant leap … on Earth — The Daily Climate.

If more action is not taken to sustain these vital ecosystems, most may be lost within two decades

If more action is not taken to sustain these vital ecosystems, most may be lost within two decades

UNITED NATIONS:

In a new report released today, the agencies estimate that carbon emissions – equal to half the annual emissions of the global transport sector – are being captured and stored by marine ecosystems such as mangroves, salt marshes and seagrasses.

They add that a combination of reducing deforestation on land as well as restoring the coverage and health of these marine ecosystems could deliver up to 25 per cent of the emissions reductions needed to avoid ‘dangerous’ climate change.

via Healthy oceans new key to combating climate change, UN agencies stress.

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