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WHY CHOOSING NATURE WILL ONLY ADVANCE HUMAN SOCIETIES http://sco.lt/8FyZST
LIFEWISE – April 5, 2013: We all have our opinions, principles and philosophies about life and we must be very careful about infringing on those of others. Every person should be able to follow that inner voice without external influences constantly telling them they’re wrong. However there is one choice we could all make right now that would transform our world to benefit all living things and the Earth itself.
That is, choosing nature and each other above all else. So many of us have been deschooled on this concept that it may take decades for the scales to tip so that we all start respecting our world again.
By embracing Mother Nature, we adopt the foundation of all she has to offer. We understand that she is never mistaken and will always do the right thing for Earth’s inhabitants.
Overpopulation: The Myth To End All Myths CONTINUED … Why Choosing Nature Will Only Advance Human Societies – LifeWise
From the TED page: “Nature’s beauty can be easily missed — but not through Louie Schwartzberg’s lens. His stunning time-lapse photography, accompanied by powerful words from Benedictine monk Brother David Steindl-Rast, serves as a meditation on being grateful for every day. Louie Schwartzberg is an award-winning cinematographer, director and producer who captures breathtaking images that celebrate life — revealing connections, universal rhythms, patterns and beauty. ” Click through these slides and enjoy the videos featured on each slide. They will completely make your day, maybe even your whole week. For some of them, they might even make your whole year! WATCH: 12 MOST AMAZING TIME-LAPSE VIDEOS OF STARS, LANDSCAPES AND URBAN SCENES
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– UN report March 2011 – The potentially disastrous decline in bees, a vital pollinating element in food production for the growing global population, is likely to continue unless humans profoundly change their ways, from the use of insecticides to air pollution, according to a United Nations report released today.
“The way humanity manages or mismanages its nature-based assets, including pollinators, will in part define our collective future in the 21st century,” UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Executive Director Achim Steiner said. “The fact is that of the 100 crop species that provide 90 per cent of the world’s food, over 70 are pollinated by bees.”…ARTICLE CONTINUES….Humans must change behaviour to save bees, vital for food production – UN
SEE: List of crop plants pollinated by bees – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia http://ow.ly/cbq2F
Via Earth Policy Institute: Adapted from World on the Edge by Lester R. Brown. Full book available online at www.earth-policy.org/books/wote.
“The archeological record indicates that civilizational collapse does not come suddenly out of the blue. Archeologists analyzing earlier civilizations talk about a decline-and-collapse scenario. Economic and social collapse was almost always preceded by a period of environmental decline….
“No previous civilization has survived the ongoing destruction of its natural supports. Nor will ours. Yet economists look at the future through a different lens. Relying heavily on economic data to measure progress, they see the near 10-fold growth in the world economy since 1950 and the associated gains in living standards as the crowning achievement of our modern civilization….More….Two Views of Our Future: Science Versus Mainstream Economics : TreeHugger.
That everything we humans create has its origins in the Natural World and;
That to the degree Nature is “sick” and out of balance so are we–spiritually, psychologically and physiologically; and
That Nature is the common denominator among all living things and that All species are equal in their own right; and
That until we humans reintegrate into the great web of life as a species within it, and not separate from it, we can never bring true healing and balance back to ourselves or our magnificent planet.
FOR WITHOUT NATURE – WE DO NOT EXIST. PERIOD
@pdjmoo The Natural Eye Project
“A human being is a part of the whole called by us “the universe,” a part limited in time and space. We experience ourselves, thoughts and feelings, as something separate from the rest – a kind of optical delusion of consciousness. This delusion is a kind of a prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and affection for a few people nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of understanding and compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty.” -Albert Einstein
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.
Monsanto invents, produces and sells genetically modified seeds. As a chemical producer of saccharin and caffeine founded in 1901, Monsanto (and Dow Chemical and Diamond Shamrock) manufactured the highly poisonous herbicide and defoliant Agent Orange for the war in Vietnam which was excessively used. About 80 000 m³ of Agent Orange was sprayed across South Vietnam. 4.8 million Vietnamese people were exposed to agent orange, resulting in 400,000 deaths and disabilities, and 500,000 children born with birth defects. Agent Orange also increases the risk of various types of cancer and genetic defects. Shortly after the Vietnam War veterans reported various health complications which can be traced to exposure to Agent Orange. No Vietnamese have ever received any kind of compensation. SEE: “EL EFECTO #MONSANTO – Vietnam (1962-1974) Argentina (1996-????)” ow.ly/6YAQ5. AGENT ORANGE is now being used as a pesticide on our genetically modified food crops.
Monsanto produces Posilac, a hormone to increase milk production of cows. In the US it is used on a third of all dairy cows. In Canada and in Europe it is prohibited because of many side effects and diseases. SEE: “What do Agent Orange, DDT, aspartamine, bovine growth hormone, #GMOs and now, biopiracy all share in common?” MONSANTO: The Leader of the Biotech Chemical Cartel and “Chemical warfare: Horrific birth defects linked to tomato pesticides” ow.ly/6YAQG
Monsanto is world leader in the field of bio-engineering and has branches in 46 countries. 90 percent of the cultivated genetically modified organisms, including soybeans, canola, corn and cotton, are Monsanto patents. The practices of this company worldwide under criticism. “They want to control everything and seed make all the food production in the world their property,” says a farmer on Monsanto.
Understand the game. This huge monolith and juggernaut is consuming all agriculture world-wide, reducing it to a dangerous monoculture loaded with altered genes that this human body is not designed to assimilate. So long as Monsanto can keep research out of the hands of independent scientists, they control not only the research results but all the publicity around it. Monsanto is one of the most powerful and manipulative corporations in the world aligned with the other mega-corporate monopolies. It has the whole world population, the governments and politicians by the throat. They can buy their way into any situation, with huge budgets for lobbying, blackmail, coercion, graft, payola, political contributions and will do anything they have to take over the entire global food supply. You will find in the near future that the global explosion of diabetes and obesity alone all coincide with the sneak entry of gmos into our food supply 20 years ago. The human body is not designed to assimilate this type of toxic geoengineering. An anti-trust issue that no-one or no government is willing to touch…that is how powerful we have allowed Monsanto to become. The issue is not gmos alone, but how it destroys the biodiversity, the soils and life with the pesticides it requires to grow. This has affected our pollinator species declining at a terrifying rate, our water ways and all life in it, and a monoculture of industrial-produced agriculture that has adverse affects on all life….including YOURS. Small farmers are put out of business and have no chance of standing up in the courts against the court-owned Monsanto. The US Dept. of Agriculture is in bed with them and plays the same public relation game of pretending that we all (including small farmers) will benefit. We are fast approaching a tipping point –a point of no return– with Gmo seeding and our entire food supply. Our beneficial insects are killed, birds die when they eat the gmo crops/ insects; bees have been forced fed gmo pollen and we’ve lost 2/3rds of their population (and that goes for almost any species within nature constantly ingesting this diabolical chemically-aligned re-engineering of our natural food. When our cattle are fed genetically modified food it creates changes within them, we then eat it and an implosion of internal modifications begins in our bodies. Every fast food is all gmo; from the bun, to the tomato, to the lettuce, to the pickles, to the meat, to the oil it is cooked on/in. In effect, all life is being affected by this bioengineering of our entire food chain of which we are the end user. Monsanto is closing in fast for global take over by owning all seed that is required for growing food see: Monsanto; seeds; produce – latimes.com http://ow.ly/74fD Monsanto has been known to threaten journalist, and farmers who oppose them as well as the press. How powerful is that !! Once the change is in full operation, which is fast approaching, you cannot put the genie back into the box. What sort of health and life do you want for both yourself and the life forms you eat? Monsanto epitomizes what the Occupy Wall Street revolution is all about….total corporate control of our lives with us having no say due to the corruption within the political and news media systems and the recent Supreme Court ruling giving corporations “citizen’s rights”. Wake Up World…NOW
Monsanto; seeds; produce – latimes.com http://ow.ly/74fD
BAN GMOs NOW – A SPECIAL Institute of Science in Society
“GM Crops Farmer to Farmer” – YouTube http://ow.ly/6YCHP
The Future of Food and Seed – Vandana Shiva YouTube http://ow.ly/6YCIq
The Future of Food-Part 1 – Vandana Shiva YouTube http://ow.ly/6YCH6
Islands at Risk (Part 1) – Genetic Engineering in Hawai’i – YouTube http://ow.ly/6YCJb
When Food Kills – 44min. documentary – YouTube http://ow.ly/6YCLy
“Monsanto. The Murdering Monopoly” ow.ly/6YAHr
RESOURCES: http://www.gmwatch.org/ @GMWATCH
You are invited to WATCH THIS MOVIE “Flow-Water Privatization”
How Did A Handful Of Corporations Steal Our Water? Water is the very essence of life, sustaining every being on the planet. ‘Flow’ confronts the disturbing reality that our crucial resource is dwindling and greed just may be the cause.
Irena Salina’s award-winning documentary investigation into what experts label the most important political and environmental issue of the 21st Century – The World Water Crisis. Salina builds a case against the growing privatization of the world’s dwindling fresh water supply with an unflinching focus on politics, pollution, human rights, and the emergence of a domineering world water cartel.
Interviews with scientists and activists intelligently reveal the rapidly building crisis, at both the global and human scale, and the film introduces many of the governmental and corporate culprits behind the water grab, while begging the question “CAN ANYONE REALLY OWN WATER?”
Beyond identifying the problem, FLOW also gives viewers a look at the people and institutions providing practical solutions to the water crisis and those developing new technologies, which are fast becoming blueprints for a successful global and economic turnaround.
Food, Ecology and Religion in the 21st Century
A Thousand Suns tells the story of the Gamo Highlands of the African Rift Valley and the unique worldview held by the people of the region. This isolated area has remained remarkably intact both biologically and culturally. It is one of the most densely populated rural regions of Africa yet its people have been farming sustainably for 10,000 years. Shot in Ethiopia, New York and Kenya, the film explores the modern world’s untenable sense of separation from and superiority over nature and how the interconnected worldview of the Gamo people is fundamental in achieving long-term sustainability, both in the region and beyond.
A decade ago, Nobel Prize-winning scientist Paul Crutzen first suggested we were living in the “Anthropocene,” a new geological epoch in which humans had altered the planet. Now, in an article for Yale Environment 360, Crutzen and a coauthor explain why adopting this term could help transform the perception of our role as stewards of the Earth.
It’s a pity we’re still officially living in an age called the Holocene. The Anthropocene — human dominance of biological, chemical and geological processes on Earth — is already an undeniable reality. Evidence is mounting that the name change suggested by one of us more than ten years ago is overdue. It may still take some time for the scientific body in charge of naming big stretches of time in Earth’s history, the International Commission on Stratigraphy, to make up its mind about this name change. But that shouldn’t stop us from seeing and learning what it means to live in this new Anthropocene epoch, on a planet that is being anthroposized at high speed. …. more
Reed frog (Hyperolius sp.) in a water lily in the Okavango Delta, Botswana. Photograph: Frans Lanting/Corbis
Around the world the picture is as bad or worse: the International Union for the Conservation of Nature believes one in five mammals, one in three amphibians and one in seven birds are extinct or globally threatened, and other species groups still being assessed are showing similar patterns.
Simon Stuart, a senior IUCN scientist, has warned that for the first time since the dinosaurs humans are driving plants and animals to extinction faster than new species can evolve. (read rest of article….
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.
Is it too late to save the seas that sustain us?
It’s not just ruthless whaling and foolhardy fishing practices that are plaguing the world’s oceans. Underwater, things are bad all over — from the acidifying Atlantic to the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. A perfect storm of climate change, pollution, and rapacious global fishing practices has the potential to gravely imperil Earth’s oceans.
Deep Waters in Deep Trouble | Mother Jones.
America’s waters are in deep trouble. The destructive practice of bottom trawling, which involves dragging nets attached to rubber wheels mow down all plant and animal life in the way, is growing in popularity, and over-fishing is endangering marine predators. The giant garbage patch of the Pacific is growing, and the oceans continue to absorb acidifying carbon dioxide that stunts the growth of coral and shells.
NATURE AND HER RESOURCES ARE FINITE – TAKE CARE!
We humans are at the top of the food chain. That means that everything that goes on down the line ultimately impacts us- our health and wellbeing. Finning 73 million sharks while alive, and throwing them back into ocean fin-less so they literally drown is disgusting, horrific and says little for respect for the magnificent web of life. Not only that, but it is a total waste of Food. With so many starving, shark is quite edible…in Australia it is called “flake”.
We need our major predators…take them out and chaos reigns within the eco-systems of this planet. Our species, the human species, are stewards of the planet, not marauders taking what we want, when we want it. Neither are we barbarians, objectifying everything in our path, killing, raping and taking just because we can. We have to become more mindful of our interdependence on all of life.
When we interfere with the natural balance of the web of life, lacking little or no understanding of the value of each species to a healthy eco-system — we lose!! We cannot expect to have a healthy balanced life, without a healthy balanced natural world. We humans are the only species that takes out the biggest and best – destroying the gene pools of our wildlife and food supply. Nature takes out the smallest and the weakest. We are bringing about a huge eco-collapse that no-one and no thing will escape. We have a major addiction to consumerism with little or no regard as to what we are taking from the planet to satisfy our insatiable desires. We must wake-up!
All species are equal in their own right and each has a purpose. Sadly, we humans have stepped outside of the natural web of life and lost our connection to the reverence, respect and nurturing of all life.
Without Nature we do not Exist – Period…. and we had better get back on the biodiversity train before it is too late., returning to the wonder and awe of our natural partners in life – the Natural World that supports us every moment of every day.
DISAPPEARING FISH: http://tinyurl.com/ye6oura
With the world’s oceans absorbing six million tonnes of carbon a day, a leading oceanographer warns of eco disaster
The safe climatic limits in which humanity has blossomed are more vulnerable than ever and that unless we recognize our planetary boundaries and stay within them, we risk total catastrophe. http://tinyurl.com/n5m5qe
Whale and dolphin cull exposed in new documentary film continues despite worldwide protests
The Japanese town at the centre of the dolphin slaughter scandal has begun its annual hunt.
According to BBC and local reports, fishermen in the coastal town of Taiji caught around 100 bottlenose dolphins and 50 pilot whales earlier this week.
“If crops don’t adapt to climate change, neither will we,” says Cary Fowler, an expert in biodiversity. Key to ensuring that crops will be able to adapt is maintaining crop diversity. We’re at risk of losing the very diversity of plant variety that will keep us alive in a warming environment. Fowler gives an outstanding TED talk about the issue. Click through to watch.
BUENOS AIRES, Sep 6 (IPS) – South America is perhaps most often associated with the Amazon jungle, the world’s largest tropical rainforest. But along its western edge, from Ecuador to southern Chile and Argentina, it also harbours huge glaciers which are rapidly melting due to global warming.
The 18,000-year-old Chacaltaya glacier in the Bolivian Andes disappeared in August. Experts had forecast that it would survive until 2015, but it melted sooner than predicted, and what used to be famed as the world’s highest ski run, 5,300 metres above sea level, is now a boulder-strewn slope with a few patches of ice near the top.
More than 23,000 Dolphins brutally slaughtered is Enough!
By the thousands they are herded into the little cove in Taigi, Japan where there is no escape. In this video you will see and hear the terror of the dolphins as they try to flee only to be driven to shore where the brutal massacre begins. Cutting them to pieces while they are still alive, babies and mothers, being stabbed and punctured over and over again, the screams of death by the dolphins are horrifying. What century are we living in?
September 1st — Every Year —
August 24, 2013 Digital Journey
RIC O-BARRY TO RETURN TO THE COVE BACKED BY MORE THAN 100 WORLD-WIDE EVENTS
August 25, 2013 Cove Blue for Jiyu
SAVING JAPAN’S DOLPHINS – SEPTEMBER 1 – OVER 100 EVENTS WORLDWIDE
THE ANNUAL DOLPHIN SLAUGHTER IN TAIJI, JAPAN
Each year from September 1 to around the end of March, hundreds of dolphins are slaughtered in Japan. Fishermen round them up using sound barriers to disorient and herd the frantic pods out of their normal migrations into hidden lagoons like the one featured in The Cove.
In some cases, individual dolphins which are deemed as being ‘show quality’ (and, often, who look like Flipper, the iconic dolphin from the 1960’s television series), are selected by trainers and sold for upwards of $150,000 USD to marine mammal parks around the world, where they will remain in captivity performing as circus acts for the rest of their lives.
The remaining dolphins are then inhumanely killed. The butchered dolphins are used for food, while the Japanese government intentionally shelters people from the dangers of eating their contaminated flesh. Consumers of dolphin meat run the risk of mercury poisoning due to high levels of the toxin within the animals. Adding to this danger, much of the pricier whale meat they purchase is actually mislabeled toxic dolphin meat. While the Japanese government defends dolphin hunting as part of their cultural heritage, this tradition has serious health effects on its own people.
The more lucrative captive dolphin industry is the driving economic force behind the dolphin slaughter in Taiji. In the U.S. alone, dolphinariums represent an $8.4 billion industry. A dead dolphin fetches a mere $600, as compared with the hundreds of thousands that can be made from live ones. International law provides no protections against the killing of dolphins, and other slaughters occur in places outside of Japan. The International Whaling Commission (IWC) affords no protections for 71 (out of 80, known) cetacean species, including all dolphins and porpoises, which is why Japan and other countries can legally kill them by the tens of thousands.
The Movie. Recently Released and Winner of the Sundance Film Festival exposes long existing Japanese Dolphin Slaughter.
AND IF YOU THINK THIS IS ONLY HAPPENING IN JAPAN – THINK AGAIN
August 2, 2013 Environmental Investigation Agency …..
We live on such a beautiful planet that is Forever Rejuvenating, Regenerating and Changing
Every day, every moment, my eyes fall upon some part of Nature’s beauty. The miracle of the sun rising and setting every day, without me having to do a thing. The miracle of our seasons, so gracefully surrendering into life’s process. The beauty of green trees gently swaying in the wind; the birds gracefully flying overhead or landing on some delicate branch with their tiny feet; the wispy ever-changing clouds moving through a beautiful blue sky; the incredible palette of colors that Nature paints on Her new canvas every day just for me to feel wonder-filled with awe.
Then why is it that we, the human species, treat Her with such disrespect? After all, we return to Her every minute, of every day, for our sustenance and source of wellbeing. Whether it is our food, water, clothing, shelter, in fact for everything. For everything we produce and create has its origins in the natural world. We draw from Her everything we need; for construction; our buildings, products, furnishings; clothing; packaging, automobiles and transportation, gadgets and it goes on and on.
It is almost like we have been in a deep slumber, totally preoccupied with our busy daily lives, caught up in our plastic, air-conditioned lives, entombed in artificial environments, shut off from the daily wonders and beauty of our natural world–and our hearts have closed down.
I am sure everyone is aware of a massive shift taking place on Planet Earth. It has been growing since 2002 and we are now fully into it. Some call it a paradigm shift. Many of the old ways of doing things are no longer working, our business, financial and political structures are no longer supporting the old “you vs. me”, the “war-ing” mentality and profits above all else. The worn-out gamesmanship of ” I win, you lose” is losing its power. Accepted forms and structures of relating are dissolving; relationship with myself; with others; with our daily lives, with Nature. Read the rest of this entry »