Inner feeling, morality and Inter-connection with creation

In this universe every being tries to get her species going on.

Every being on the planet is selfish. Every being wants to live and sustain its species. But it does so by maintaining the environment it needs to sustain itself. But is that us???? Destroy anything that stands in the way. Even if it is the mother who has given birth to us, who has given us the air we breathe and water we drink. {Humans – confused}

You may wonder how those human beings do not hear that mother crying and do not see her full of pain shrinking as a very old woman. Some may not find it strange, because

We don’t even care for the screaming, soul curling pain we are causing on our families. {Humans – confused}

It is a very strange species that one called “humans“, but who aren’t so often ‘human‘, though is should be

The most evolved and social race on the planet.

Our history goes from stone,trees and branches to arts,commerce and science. We have evolved and have made things happen with our conscious efforts to become better and find answers to the unknown. {What do we know, what have we learn’t?}

Looking at the other species walking around on this globe we can see that those species called ‘human beings‘ have been creative since the prehistoric days and that they have brought development and evolution in arts whilst they shook the countries politically, technically and economically. History may witness of all their inventiveness.

We can learn this from their sketches made on cave-walls and tablets. With each advancement we find that the human race has achieved volumes both individually—where they’ve developed the craft of singing, dancing, etc, and collectively—by creating massive building structures that history boasts of. Similarly the growth and development of commerce can be traced by the significant growth of trade routes and market all along our history. However development in the field of science is what has given a man the power to take that giant leap for mankind. {What do we know, what have we learn’t?}

Aldrin poses on the Moon, allowing Armstrong t...

Aldrin poses on the Moon, allowing Armstrong to photograph both of them using the visor’s reflection. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

For me it looks like yesterday when we were sitting all full of tension waiting to see Neil Armstrong setting the first foot on the moon* and hearing him say that it was only

a small step for man, but a big step for humankind.

In science we have seen enormous advancements.

Many forget what previous generations have done and say

Mankind has achieved way more in the last century than ever. Be it a fight against deadly disease, invention of wireless sound navigation or stepping on Moon we have conquered it all. And then came people from the same mankind questioning and doubting the landmarks. {What do we know, what have we learn’t?}

In this world we have enough people who have let all happening around them as if it were nothing.We also have seen people

who also will be hearing you talk, but they don’t actually listen. You tell them about your problems, they act like they are following, but really they’re thinking about their own problems. They’re thinking about how you may think you have it bad, but no, they must have it worse. {Toxic people}

Some people may notice that we do have three constituents in every human being: the mind, the power of speech and the body, and call them Trikaranas – the three active agents. But they do have to be active and be used in the right way by the person, and that is not always the case.

Every person must cultivate this spirit, irrespective of one’s beliefs. It is only spirituality that can purify the heart and mind of human beings. The second requirement is morality. Morality helps to purify speech (Vaak).The third is called Dharmikam. All righteous deeds done by the body or hands sanctify you. It is through spirituality, morality and righteousness that the three instruments get purified. {Message for the Day…” Dedicate Your Body To the Divine…”}

Humankind has developed many thoughts and called some way of thinking ‘religion‘. They build up a way of thinking to feel at ease and to order their thoughts. Many do not understand being created in the image of the Divine Creator they some parts, elements, call it some DNA, of that Creator in them and should have some inner feeling or ‘instinct‘ in them which could bring them to the Source. Though many do not want to know about that Divine Source.

Lots of people are afraid of the ‘spiritual‘ and avoid having to much brain-contact with that inner feeling. They do not comprehend that it is only spirituality that one can purify the heart and mind of human beings.

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Body language: shrugging

Only when the force of our being, our thinking, our mind is willing to take on the same function as it is with what many call the Holy Spirit**. When we are (being) we should come to use our senses of thinking, bringing forth air to breath and to speak. With the sound made by letting the air go out of our body and placing parts of our body in a certain way, we can produce sound and speech which can or can not be interpreted by others. Further is there the movement of the body itself which also can create body language, which is also not always understood by others.

When those three constituents in every human being: the mind, the power of speech and the body are used in the right way or for sacred purposes, your life is sanctified.

Every person must cultivate this spirit, irrespective of one’s beliefs. It is only spirituality that can purify the heart and mind of human beings. {Message for the Day…” Dedicate Your Body To the Divine…”}

Though purification can only be active when there is a norm and a measurement by that human being. And there in history seems have gone a lot wrong. Lots of people lost track of what we call ethics and morality.

Morality helps to purify speech (Vaak).The third is called Dharmikam.

All righteous deeds done by the body or hands sanctify you. It is through spirituality, morality and righteousness that the three instruments get purified. Only the one who has achieved this triple purity can realise the Divine. If any of these instruments are impure, you will not be able to realise the Divine. {Message for the Day…” Dedicate Your Body To the Divine…”}

As a child, born innocent many growing up loose track of the right innocent path and become in-stabilized. Many doubt about themselves and even loose themselves. The ‘Knowledge of the Self‘ becomes something weird and because of this

you will not have a good sense of direction for your actions, nor will you achieve true victory. {Message For The Day…Devotion to God Purifies Your Heart….}

False focus will give false views and bring them further form the Divine and from the Divine’s Creation. Looking at humankind and how they treat the creation we see enough proof of how man has gone far, far, away from the inter-connection of that creation.

Plants cannot rise up to drink the life giving fluid from clouds, hence the clouds come down and pour as rain. {Message For The Day…Devotion to God Purifies Your Heart….}

We human creations think we can do everything, can reach everywhere we want, but oh so often we are blind for creation and our selves.

Like the waters coming down giving food for the plants, devotion and morality are very important for our physical health. But many are afraid to think about themselves in this creation and do not want to know about a Higher Element or Higher Being, being more stronger than themselves and able to do more than themselves. Many even do not believe a human would be able to live righteously. Even lots of Christians do believe it is impossible for a human being to follow the Laws of nature. That is why they made the Nazarene man Jeshua, Jesus Christ, into their god, instead of accepting the Words of the Most High Almighty God, Who declared this man who was baptised in the river Jordan, to be His only begotten son.

Jesus was a human being who showed us the way to the God of gods, the Elohim Hashem Jehovah, and how we can live according to the Will of God, like he did never his own will but always the Will of his heavenly Father the Only One God.

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Proton structure with both valence and virtual (sea) quarks based on latest research in vacuum structure and demonstrates a proton structure.

All things of proton-and-electron connections, we are just some living soul in a much bigger part than we can comprehend. All are part of nature and should be one in nature. The appreciation of this Oneness and the delicate interrelationships of its diffusions represents the prime academic quest and task for us human beings.

We should come to appreciate what is given to us. We only have all those things in tenancy. Having the earth in lease we should take care of her.

Shamefully we must say that lots of people rape ‘mother earth’ and misuse its ‘children’. Many are killing this planet and everything living thing on it. We do know man shall not be able to destroy the earth, but he is able to destroy himself.

Man has to be called to come to his senses. It is high time humankind rethinks how it wants to behave in this world and how it wants to treat this world.

Like fruit it yields you get to know the tree, so also we can get to know man.

Over millions of years of evolution, us humans have developed some opaque but useful ways of making sense of our world. We look for patterns. We look for evidence that supports what we already believe. We aim for the path of least resistance. {Science for Life. 365 }

But we ourselves are mostly the troublemakers and showing resistance to the forces of nature.

Those who live in the developed world where they have the luxury of not being in survival mode 100% of the time, could use science to make sense of their world, but they often do not and ignore the findings of scientists, people who are busy with nature and our universe all the time.

Professor Corey Bradshaw said:

“As humans, we tend to taint what we see with what we want to believe.

And what we want to believe is influenced by experience, by belief systems, by biased sampling — that means selective recall of information — in our own brains.

We tend to ignore evidence if it doesn’t fit. {Science for Life. 365 }

Today a lot of people do not find it fitting that they would be restricted in their selfish actions they would love to continue. They keep thinking they can be free to use whatever they think necessary to make their life as easy and enjoyable as possible.

That this professor like others came to the conclusion that people can interfere with climate change and that small warm periods in the climate were directly linked with animal extinctions, is something many leaves cold.

Many have forgotten that man is not created to indulge himself at the cost of everything. they should remind themselves that the basic idea of morality in human life is to live a life without harming or discriminating others in the society especially the weaker sections.

The dignity of the individual derives not only from his or her participation in a specific community but through their God-created nature, and the way they are living up to it.
Those who call themselves Christian have the higher duty to not only respect nature themselves, but also to call others to come to respect this precious good which we have received to live in.

Only by becoming one with nature, respecting all creatures in the universe, we shall be able to create and find a place worth living in, full of peace and pleasantness.

It is time to think and to act accordingly.

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* Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin, the 2 out of 3 Astronauts of Apollo 11 mission were all set to step on the Moon on July 20, 1969, at 20:18 UTC

** some consider it to be a person, but according to the Bible, the Holy Spirit, is the Power of the Most Divine Being. And that Supreme Being Itself is not a person but a Spirit, having no bones, no flesh and no blood, no beginning and no end, it is and has always been and shall always exist being the “I Am Who I Am”, The “I Am Who Is”

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Preceding articles:

Paris World Summit of Conscience, International interfaith gathering #1

Paris World Summit of Conscience, International interfaith gathering #2

Paris World Summit of Conscience, International interfaith gathering #3

Vatican against Opponents of immigration

Mayors from all over the world at the Vatican to talk about climate change

Climate change guilty of doing too little

Postponing once more

Forms of slavery, human trafficking and disrespectful attitude to creation to be changed

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Additional reading:

  1. What is life?
  2. A world with or without religion
  3. People Seeking for God 3 Laws and directions
  4. Faith antithesis of rationality
  5. Creator and Blogger God 2 Image and likeness
    Colour-blindness and road codeWe should use the Bible every dayJesus begotten Son of God #18 Believing in inhuman or human person
  6. Every creature is a divine word because it proclaims God.
  7. Judeo-Christian values and liberty
  8. Voice for the plebs
  9. Message of Pope Francis I for the 48th World Communications Day
  10. Vatican meeting of mayors talking about global warming, human trafficking and modern-day slavery
  11. Senator Loren Legarda says climate change not impossible to address
  12. Material wealth, Submission and Heaven on earth
  13. Preexistence in the Divine purpose and Trinity
  14. A philosophical error which rejects the body as part of the human person
  15. Why “Selfishness” Doesn’t Properly Mean Being Shortsighted and Harmful to Others
  16. If we, in our prosperity, neglect religious instruction and authority
  17. A bird’s eye and reflecting from within
  18. You cannot change anything in your life with intention alone
  19. If we endure …
  20. Be holy
  21. How to Find the Meaning of Life and Reach a State of Peace
  22. Self-development, self-control, meditation, beliefs and spirituality
  23. Wisdom Quote #21…..seeking within with Carl Jung!
  24. Relapse plan
  25. Cleaning up
  26. Control your destiny or somebody else will
  27. A Living Faith #3 Faith put into action
  28. Healthy life can be found in sacred books
  29. Eternity depends upon this short time on earth
  30. Act as if everything you think, say and do determines your entire life

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Paris World Summit of Conscience, International interfaith gathering #3

Not only a political economic or ecological issue but the future of humanity that is at stake.

“Climate change is the defining challenge of our time. It affects us all, but it does not affect us all equally. We have a profound responsibility to protect and assist the world’s poorest and most vulnerable people and to pass on to future generations a planet that is thriving and healthy.”

Continuation of  ‘Paris World Summit of Conscience, International interfaith gathering’ #1 & 2

2015, July 21, Paris Why do I care Interreligious meeting

Why do I care avatar3For people who believe in the Divine Creator God and honour and worship Him there is no question that we can keep ourselves at the side and do nothing to change the way the world is behaving at the moment. Jews, Non-trinitarian and trinitarian Christians, Muslims who do know their Holy Scriptures are aware that man has no excuse how he treats the creation of the Most High.

Perhaps people may be a little bit selfish, in a certain way,trying to make a nice living and trying to make a better place for themselves. And it can well be that “Selfishness” does not have to mean being shortsighted and harmful to others, but we all do have to know what ever we do for ourselves may also effect the life of others. Often we find Christians thinking they are the only ones who have an idea about God’s creation and respect it. Some of them, like several atheists may see that man in his position has to play an important role in that universe. They see the dangers of our way of living at the moment. They fear climate change and know we do have something to do against it.

But also people from other religions, like Hindus as Mahamandeshwar Swami Avdeshanand Giri, religious leader of the Hindu Dharma Acharya Sabha, India, said they saw climate change both as an existential threat and as an opportunity for renewal.In the afternoon reverend Takayuki Ashizu, Chief priest of Munakata Grand Shrine (Japan) was part of a discussion pannel with Jean-Luc Fauque, President of the Supreme Council of the European Confederation – the Scottish Rite,  Rev. Fletcher Harper, Director of GreenFaith (USA), Sister Chan Khong, representative of the Thich Nhat Hanh Community (France), Fr. Dominique Lang, Chaplain of Pax Christi France, Author of the blog “Churches and Ecology”, and Mr Henrik Madsen, CEO DNV-GL, Norway.

Hindu leader Nandita Krishna, who has restored 50 sacred forests, feared that insatiable greed had gripped everyone on earth and this had led to climate change.

“We cannot replicate the environment or create it. Unless we see the divine in creation we will not understand our role and duty as humans,”

she said.

Bishop Nathan Kyamanywa, Bishop of Bunyoro Kitara (Uganda) was in charge of the Keynote addresses of the third plenary.

Bringing the day into its discussion between panelists Dr Vinya Ariyaratne, Director of the Sarvodaya Shramadana Movement (Sri Lanka), M. Swami Amritasvarupananda, Amma’s representative (India), Sheikh Khaled Bentounes, Spiritual Guide of the Alawiyya Sufi brotherhood (Algeria), M Sailesh Rao, Director of “Climat Healers Initiative for Transformations” (USA), Ms Alina Saba, Environnemental activist (Nepal) and Bishop Frederick Onael Shoo, Founder of the Lutheran Movement for the Environment in Africa (Tanzania).

Guide spirituel de la Tariqa Alâwiyya, Cheikh Khaled Bentounes

Guide spirituel de la Tariqa Alâwiyya, Cheikh Khaled Bentounes

Sheikh Bentounes, leader of the Sufi brotherhood Alawiya, urged mankind to carry “a hope of a future”.

Rabbi David Rosen, international director of Inter Religious Affairs “of the American Jewish Committee said:

“Climate change takes place where there is unbridled avarice. It is a symptom of the disease and cry for us to respond. It is the opportunity for humans to rediscover the higher values than materialism and indulgence.”

Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I, the president of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, leader of 300 million Orthodox Christians, despaired at humanity’s blindness, but quoted writer Fyodor Dostoevsky saying that

“beauty would save the earth”.

For him as for many others it is clear that scientists and theologians agree that humanity depends on nature. Therefore he made an urgent appeal:

We must accept the moral imperative for action. Religion must also be involved in the crucial question of climate change.”

Mary Robinson, who served as the seventh, and first female, President of Ireland from 1990 to 1997, and the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, from 1997 to 2002, as President of the Mary Robinson Foundation- Climate Justice, found it truly inspiring to see leaders at this meeting in Paris from so many faiths and secular traditions, and to hear of their impressive commitment to the simple yet deeply profound message: “why I care”.

She said

Our lived experiences, our religious beliefs and our cultural backgrounds may be diverse – but you are showing that great traditions have a shared sense of morality and fairness, and a collective recognition of the need to act on climate change to protect people and our common home.

For her this is an example of human solidarity at work.

She outlined why she believes that it is this human solidarity that is the key to igniting
global will to act on the climate.

The idea of human solidarity is sometimes misunderstood. Some people say that it is a well-meaning moral guideline, but it does not help political leaders to conduct negotiations and reach complicated legal agreements – including those that will be needed to reach a climate agreement in Paris later this year.

and said why she disagreed with this view.

Because if we look past all the complex science, economics, legal arguments and political negotiations which are necessary parts of the process towards a climate agreement, we can see that acting on climate change can be summarised very simply:
we can solve climate change if we care about each other, and if we act to help each other.

Passing those two tests is the challenge of our generation, and will decide whether we leave our children and grandchildren a safe world of hope and fairness, or a world where climate change is causing misery and stress.

She spend a lot of time listening to people all around the world, and she thinks that a lot more people care about fairness and our collective future than we sometimes realise.

All across the world, people are witnessing the damage to lives and livelihoods caused by climate change, and are standing up to say that it is time to act.

At the meeting those present have shown the deep level of thinking that underpins why
different people care in different ways about climate action. So she strongly believes that
the first component of igniting climate action is already well underway,

and today is a very important milestone in that process.
So perhaps the next challenge is to move from understanding why we must act on climate, to understanding how we collectively overcome the diverse obstacles to action faced by different people in different places around the world.

We have to realise that peoples from throughout the developing world have their role to play.

There is no solution to climate change without the developing world. This is because most of the energy supply, buildings and transport infrastructure that has yet to be built will be in Africa, Asia and Latin America. Most of the supply of nutritious food to feed an ever more populous world will come from the same places. And the world’s major forests –
including the Amazon, Congo Basin and the forests of South East Asia – are in exactly the same regions. Energy, transportation, forests, agriculture – these will either be managed in a way that over-uses fossil fuels, locks in greenhouse emissions and damages our world, or in a way that protects people and preserves our natural home.
But energy, transportation and agricultural systems are not abstract concepts.
They are fundamentally about people, and their legitimate desire for development. And despite all the economic models and theoretical blueprints, we still live in a world where
too many people are prevented from making a low carbon development choice. We have to change the reality where poverty means that up to three billion people, mainly women, still cook using dangerous and dirty energy sources – the black carbon that comes from this use of coal, charcoal and wood makes an enormous contribution to climate change
as well as to deaths and ill-health.

This is the reason why forest communities must be able to work with others to protect their forests, which was also stated earlier in the afternoon. She also wanted to ad that farmers must be free to find ways to move to more sustainable practices –

together deforestation and agricultural practices are about a fifth of all greenhouse gas emissions.
Indigenous peoples must be able to continue their traditional practices that help to preserve the innumerable benefits provided by our natural world.
The hundreds of millions of people living in slums across the world need access to affordable, sustainable food and energy – and to be consulted in the world-wide
drive for sustainable cities because they will form the majority of the population that will live in them.

For her the whole world needs the people of the developing world to be able to use their innovation and their energy to create a new model of low carbon and equitable development.

Her foundation, which she set up to promote climate justice, summarises this new development model as zero carbon, zero poverty –

and we are certain that we can achieve these dual outcomes with the right kind of international co-operation.

she said.

Though she is also aware that this includes the need for international financing for climate action – not as aid, but rather as part of the collective global recognition that while today’s rich countries built their prosperity from fossil fuels and unsustainable land use, leaders from the developing world are trying to find a way to a more sustainable model of developing without emissions.

The United Nations Framework Convention for Climate Change provides the platform for advancing this international  co-operation – and Minister Fabius and the French Government, as hosts of the Paris climate meeting, have been impressive in their recognition of the need for a mature discussion about the approach to international climate finance.

She ended her speech by reminding us that

we can solve climate change if we care about each other, and if we help each other.
But this possibility will only be realized if concerned citizens, organisations and businesses from across the world build informed, respectful partnerships with those who are willing to lead in the developing world.

She is finds it positive that there are many other individuals and organisations who are already thinking deeply about individual pieces of the climate puzzle. Women’s groups. Youth groups. Progressive businesses. Trades Unions. Grass-roots activists. In all countries, rich and poor.

She strongly urged those present to build from this meeting and reach out to all these groups.

If you do, your work today can be the spark that ignites an unprecedented wave of human
solidarity in the cause of climate action. You can gather into a “big tent” those who represent, and understand the lives of, billions of people.
Together, this movement can truly change the world.

she said.

On 1st January, 2016, the Sustainable Development Goals become the new development agenda for our world. Many believe we should mark that day with special prayer and
reflection to bring us together as a human family.
Together, we can show the world that human solidarity is not only the domain of religions and human rights activists. Rather it is the golden key that unlocks the collective power of billions of people.  Those people can act together to build a more resilient world, stabilise our climate, and create an unprecedented attack on global poverty and inequality.

86-year-old Benin writer and politician Albert Teveodjré represented the views of secular thinkers.

“Nature was loaned to us as a place to live. I witness a world of profit at all costs which will ruin the environment and devastate everything. I am very worried. I think I will leave the world with many worries.”

Laurent Fabius, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development, COP21 President, delivered the closing speech at the Summit of Conscience at the Economic, Social and Environmental Council.
Following the informal ministerial conferences on July 20 and 21, which mobilized the international community at the political level, this event will provide an opportunity to address civil society and, beyond that, the public, in order to ensure the success of COP21.

The Summit has seen the launch of the “Green Faith in Action” project, a global initiative stemming from a coalition of partners with the objective of rendering pilgrimage destinations of all religious and spiritual persuasions, low-carbon cities resilient to climate disruptions. Three hundred million pilgrims travel to these cities each year.

As I wrote already in an other posting we do have to go “Forward ever, backwards never!” and should not only look for positive constructive dreams, which lead us further to the right path, but should also get more people involved in trying to work and motivate others to work at a balance in our position in creation and to find a good way to live in respect to nature. Let us for some moment think also that “Less… is still enough” and that we can, if we are inventive enough, find ways to still have more than we need, living in Luxury, without damaging nature around us. sometimes it would not be bad to take on ‘A bird’s eye and reflecting from within’. Let us look at what is going on, how we can stop the bad evolution, twist the curve of the negative way and come to a good healthy path for all creatures in the world.

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The 21st Conference of the Parties (COP21) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) will take place in Paris in December this year. An effective and equitable international agreement will be critical for reducing greenhouse gas emissions to limit global temperature rise to 2 degree Celsius and for supporting adaptation to climate impacts. France, as the host and chair of COP21, is committed to the role of an impartial facilitator for forging an ambitious agreement at COP 21.

ending the day with the speakers handing over the baton to the children

ending the day with the speakers handing over the baton to the children

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Preceding articles:

Paris World Summit of Conscience, International interfaith gathering #1

Paris World Summit of Conscience, International interfaith gathering #2

Climate change guilty of doing too little

Postponing once more

Forms of slavery, human trafficking and disrespectful attitude to creation to be changed

Vatican against Opponents of immigration

Mayors from all over the world at the Vatican to talk about climate change

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Additional reading:

  1. Stopping emissions will not stop the warming of our planet
  2. Voice for the plebs
  3. Temperatures rising
  4. Science, 2013 word of the year, and Scepticism
  5. 2014 To remember our Earth
  6. USA Climate Change Action Plan
  7. 2015 Summit of Consciences for the Climate
  8. Vatican meeting of mayors talking about global warming, human trafficking and modern-day slavery
  9. Senator Loren Legarda says climate change not impossible to address
  10. Burgemeesters in het Vaticaan tegen moderne slavernij en klimaatverandering
  11. Top van het geweten voor het klimaat in Parijs
  12. A look at materialism
  13. Less… is still enough
  14. Less for more
  15. Luxury
  16. Material wealth, Submission and Heaven on earth
  17. Summermonths and consumerism
  18. Looking at a conservative review of Shop Class As Soul Craft
  19. Your position about materialistic desires having conquered the world
  20. Message of Pope Francis I for the 48th World Communications Day
  21. From Winterdarkness into light of Spring
  22. Not holding back and getting out of darkness
  23. Learning that stuff is just stuff
  24. Why “Selfishness” Doesn’t Properly Mean Being Shortsighted and Harmful to Others
  25. How to Find the Meaning of Life and Reach a State of Peace
  26. Forward ever, backwards never!
  27. A bird’s eye and reflecting from within

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Find the main site of this project: Why do I care

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Further reading:

  1. What’s it worth, planet earth, what are you prepared to do?
  2. Climate change and security: here’s the analysis, when’s the action?
  3. Latest on Climate Change
  4. Climate Change; The Burning Question
  5. Climate Change: New resources for readers
  6. Phyllis Trible on Genesis 1, Dominion, and Ecology
  7. Integral Ecology and Respect for Human Life
  8. Environmental Ethics – Readings in Theory and Application – Fifth Edition
  9. All is Connected
  10. Public History Journal Part 5: Human Ecology
  11. Our Common Responsibility
  12. Shocking quote from Pope Francis’ new encyclical
  13. Pope Francis – The earth as our sister
  14. Pope Francis – He’s not suggesting a return to the Stone Age
  15. Pope Francis – God calls us to commit to the environment
  16. Pope Francis – The lack of universal truth has led to environmental and social damage
  17. Pope Francis – Environmental ethics is social ethics
  18. Pope Francis – We fool ourselves into thinking nothing will happen
  19. Pope Francis – Beauty as a politics against consumerism
  20. Pope Francis – Man thinks he is free as long he is free to consume
  21. Pope Francis – The current political and economic strategy does not solve the problem
  22. Pope Francis – When man gives priority to himself everything becomes relative
  23. Pope Francis – Consumerism level all cultures
  24. Pope Francis – Consumerism makes the world less rich and beautiful
  25. Pope Francis – We are one single human family
  26. If You’re Too Busy to Read Laudato Si, Now You Can Listen to It!
  27. Laudato Si! and Lifestyle
  28. On Care for Our Common Home
  29. Blue Moon and Laudato Si’
  30. Reflection on Laudato Si by Pope Francis (Part IV)
  31. Still reading…
  32. The Pope Hits a Triple!
  33. Bob Thurman: The Pope Hits a Triple
  34. Pell hoists himself on his own logic
  35. The Cut Flower of Creation
  36. What’s This?
  37. A Breath of Fresh Air
  38. Intentional Life
  39. Little things matter.
  40. Parishes Respond to Laudato Si’
  41. So How Cool is Pope Francis?
  42. Dr. Willie Soon on the Vatican’s repeat of its Galileo debacle
  43. The Pope Scare: A New McCarthyism Spitting in the Face of Christ
  44. Thoughts About Elizabeth Johnson’s “Ask the Beasts” after Pope Francis’s Creation-Care Encyclical
  45. Young climate bloggers lobby their MPs and reflect on Laudato Si’
  46. The Galilean Shaman and Ecological Conversion
  47. Sisters & Brothers You Never Knew You Had
  48. …he would call creatures, no matter how small, by the name of ‘brother’ or ‘sister’
  49. Earthly Advice from Pope Francis
  50. Laudato Si
  51. Hidden Seeds in Laudato Si by Peg Conway
  52. Papal Encyclical Laudato Si’ and CAFOD’s Petition
  53. A Special Addu Day for Laudato Si!
  54. The genius of Laudato Si’ should make us all uncomfortable
  55. Article by Leonardo Boff on the Popes’s Encyclical
  56. Catholicism on Economics
  57. Why Pope Francis’ Criticism of Capitalism Makes Sense
  58. Of Kings, and Popes, and Abortions, and the Environment
  59. Boundless Creation
  60. Quotes, Thoughts, Reflections on Non-dualism, evolution, God, ecology, War and more…
  61. The Tragedy of The Commodity
  62. Kingdom of God Stewardship Meet the 50 to 1 Project
  63. Kingdom Stewardship Meet the 50 to 1 Project
  64. “Climate Scientism is Made of Green Cheese”.
  65. Wildflower Wednesday
  66. Idea for the day on complexity science and a new philosophy for life
  67. Hope Springs Eternal
  68. Digital tools for environmental field researchers and citizen scientists.
  69. Humans
  70. Human and Biodiversity
  71. Stanford research finds climate change regulation burden heaviest on poor
  72. Fantastic George Monbiot quote
  73. Musicians as activists, and tales from the Clinton White House
  74. On the Road to Paris
  75. Climate Change Update: FOCUS 2015 and Preparing for COP-21 in Paris
  76. COP 21 à Paris en décembre 2015: mobilisations.
  77. Why CBCP “welcomes” UN Climate Change Conference 2015 [Document]
  78. My reflections of Rebuilding Justice, London

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Paris World Summit of Conscience, International interfaith gathering #2

Mobilization of conscience on a global scale that will enable humanity to meet this great challenge confronting us.

Continuation of Paris World Summit of Conscience, International interfaith gathering #1

Why do I care 2015 Paris SummitBeing aware that 2015 is a dramatic year for making key choices for Humanity the pre-meeting in Paris called for us to to reinvent how we tackle the major challenges that face us and our planet. This calls for new ways of living and acting.

Loren LegardaFilipino environmentalist and Senator Loren Legarda said:

“I come from a country that is 0.3 percent emitter of carbon in the world and yet we are one of the most vulnerable nations as you have seen and witnessed with Typhoon Haiyan in 2013. Being a vulnerable nation that is not the cause of this vulnerability, we hope that the Philippines will be the first to show the outcome of this Summit,”

As a notable advocate of Climate Change Awareness having numerous achievements in the fields of social development and human rights advocacy on her palmares, chairing the Senate committees on Environment and Natural Resources, and Climate Change, she stated her commitment to launch a Summit of Consciences for the Climate in the Philippines.

“I will write a memo to President Benigno Aquino III and we will initiate and launch in all the cities and municipalities, barangays, and state universities and colleges all over the country our own Summit of Consciences for the Climate,”

she said.

M. Kofi Annan, Chair of “the Elders”, Chairman of the “Kofi Annan Foundation”, Former Secretary-General of the United Nations, who was greatly blessed by the birth of a third grandchild, which caused him to reflect on the world as he has known it and how it may look by the time this child would reach his age.

It was a sobering moment. I know that if action is not taken immediately to stop and reverse current climate trends, my grandson will live in a world where the average global temperature could be several degrees higher than when I was a child. The result will be suffocating heat waves, severe droughts, disastrous floods, and devastating wildfires. Entire regions would experience a catastrophic decline in food production. Glaciers and ice sheets would disappear, leading to rising sea levels – drowning cities such as New York or Venice and small island states.

This brings to mind what Nikita Khrushchev said when reflecting on the impact of a potential nuclear war:

“the living will envy the dead”.

He stressed that

“The earth is not ours; it is a treasure we hold in trust for our children. We must be worthy of that trust.”

We well be close to reaching the tipping point beyond which man-made climate change risks denying many children and their generation the right to a healthy and sustainable planet, we should know it is no science fiction, no movie and certainly not too late to take action.

Climate change is a challenge, which can and should be confronted. The history of humanity is a story of ingenuity when faced by grave threats.

It is good to hear that we already have success stories to inspire us and that since the the 1980s, when satellite photos revealed a massive hole in the ozone, already several steps are taken in the good direction.

Africa is already experiencing the damaging impact of climate change; yet no region has done less to contribute to global warming than Africa.

In 2012, Sub-Saharan Africa – without South Africa – emitted only 2 per cent of total global
greenhouse gas emissions. So it is unfair of our industrialised capitalist countries not to avoid that climate change will turn vast areas of productive land in Africa into dust
bowls, creating widespread hunger and mass displacement of rural populations.

Also in the talks at the Vatican was it made clear that our way of polluting and industrialising plays a big role how the life chances of people are. It is reprehensible how certain concerns like Nestlé go to take away the drinking water in India and South America to sell it at a high price in our regions. Having more places where lack of water, to much drought or dryness makes wastelands, creates increased competition and conflicts over arable land and fresh water amongst local communities and provokes tensions between states.

Though Kofi Annan thinks there is hope:

But by tapping into its vast potential of renewable energy, Africa can boost economic growth, create jobs, and avoid the high-carbon pathway that has brought the world to the brink of catastrophe.

His Excellency M. Michael Higgins, President of Ireland finds that climate change is the great challenge of our time, already challenging most severely those already poor, for whom, if we do not act, it will deliver devastation.

Ours may be the final generation with the opportunity to effectively respond to the now urgent effects of climate change.

he says, finding this year marking a defining moment for the future of humanity.

In this year 2015 we will decide on what must be a shared universal response to climate change – and on a practical agenda for action.
We will also this year decide on what should be sought as ‘development’ in the wake of the Millennium Development Goals, in response to global poverty and increasing global inequality.

The meetings in Addis Ababa, New York, Italy and again here in Paris, taken together, constitute a sequence of proximate and interlinked moments where the governments of the world are confronted with urgent choices, choices that cannot be avoided and may give us some positive expectations knowing that several people who have something to say, are listened at by those in power in different states all over the world.

From previous debates and summits we have learned that we may not be too optimistic but have to be realistic, knowing that lots of ego‘s have to be convinced of the necessity to put the hands together and to join forces.
Leaders and their representatives the last few years have been presented with enough research documents by scientists and by enough opportunities to construct a new
order for humanity and for our planet.

The political and technical decisions that are to be made over the coming months may be complex, but ultimately the great challenges of our time are ethical and intellectual in their nature. It is especially fitting then, that we have been offered this opportunity by President Hollande to consider what are questions of conscience, of inter-generational justice, and that we do so here in Paris, a city at the heart of a great French intellectual tradition.

said Mr. Higgins.

Those in charge of governments should put their own ego and their political party’s ego aside and should listen more to specialised people. They must begin with an acceptance of the evidence of science. For the Irish president it is now clear that failure to respond to the scientific reality of climate change may ultimately lead to the destruction of life
on our planet.

We must therefore unequivocally reject the position of those who would obscure the scientific reality of climate change in their protection of any narrow and short-term self-interest. The first ethical test is in accepting that there can be no compromise with truth.

Those valuable intellectual and spiritual contributions we have seen coming into the open for the general public, should not only inform that public but also inform a new ethical framework on which a new harmonious and sustainable paradigm not only of  development, but of true security, can be built, hopes the Irish president.

Arnold Schwarzenegger, President and founder of R20 says:

“This year alone we will dump 40bn tonnes of carbon emissions into our atmosphere. The World Health Organization says that air pollution causes over 7 million premature deaths every year and all over the world we can see flooding, monster storms, droughts and wild-fires that are completely out of control.”

“When it comes to moving the world to a sustainable, low-carbon, clean energy future, I believe the Science is in, the debate is over and the time for action is now. But despite clear scientific evidence and overwhelming support of the people, our national and global leaders are failing to seriously combat climate change. That’s why I have made a clean energy future my mission through the R20, just as I have done with Physical fitness for decades. And I strongly believe that religious and faith leaders can demonstrate in their respective pilgrim cities that this better future is possible, inspiring hundreds of millions of pilgrims to take action, just like Martin Luther King and Mahatma Gandhi inspired human rights revolutions.”

Prince Albert of Monaco finds that our mobilization proceeds from a personal journey which falls under our profound choice, meaning we want to give to our existence.

What we do, how we live, will have consequences for our children and those who come after them. The work committed by the different groups all over the world should get the world leaders to think and should get it also to them to allow each browse the turn, giving the intellectual, material and moral of understanding through education, information, training, tirelessly alerting our contemporaries. Giving them concrete prospects for change, progress and hope, according to the prince.

David Nussbaum, CEO of WWF-UK, having gained two theology degrees (though not sure those count as ‘spiritual achievements’!), and Chair of the international WWF Network’s Global Climate and Energy Initiative.

David Nussbaum, CEO of WWF-UK, having gained two theology degrees (though not sure those count as ‘spiritual achievements’!), and Chair of the international WWF Network’s Global Climate and Energy Initiative.

David Nussbaum, CEO of WWF-UK, grew up on a rural university campus, and had annual holidays in the hills of north Wales – so the natural world was usually close at hand.  For him

Some theological study of eschatology pointed me to renewed creation (rather than merely ethereal existence) as the end vision.  Years later, working in the packaging industry, we were getting to grips with the need for more recycling and improving the environmental credentials of our processes and products.

Working subsequently for Oxfam, I saw at first hand the dependence of people living in poverty on their immediate natural environment. Connecting this to biblical themes of justice and stewardship creates an imperative to action – recently captured in the papal encyclical ‘Laudato Si’ – ‘On Care for our Common Home’.

Cardinal Peter Turkson, Ghanaian president of the Vatican’s Pontifical council for justice and peace, who helped Pope Francis write the encyclical on human ecology published last month, said that the climate is a common good. The pope had asked the unprecedented ecological statement should be seen as an appeal for responsibility and a moral challenge to the global indifference to climate change.

“It is a global common meant for all but the costs are being borne by those who have least contributed to it.

This is something what we cannot overlook. We in the ‘West’ have lived like everything was at our disposal and could use everything nature provided, like nothing. Living in industrialised countries we should take our responsibility, and as I said in previous postings, we should be very careful what resources we use and from where we get our products at what cost.

The cardinal gave as message:

“At stake now is the wellbeing of the earth, our common hope. What we need is care. When we care for something it is with passion and commitment of the heart. That’s why Pope Francis called for care of the earth. A sense of passion is needed.”

It is now up to politicians and those responsible for great industrial concerns to show the world how they are concerned and how much they care.

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To be continued: Paris World Summit of Conscience, International interfaith gathering #3

Preceding articles:

Climate change guilty of doing too little

Postponing once more

Forms of slavery, human trafficking and disrespectful attitude to creation to be changed

Vatican against Opponents of immigration

Mayors from all over the world at the Vatican to talk about climate change

Paris World Summit of Conscience, International interfaith gathering #1

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Additional reading:

  1. Stopping emissions will not stop the warming of our planet
  2. Voice for the plebs
  3. Temperatures rising
  4. Science, 2013 word of the year, and Scepticism
  5. 2014 To remember our Earth
  6. USA Climate Change Action Plan
  7. 2015 Summit of Consciences for the Climate
  8. Vatican meeting of mayors talking about global warming, human trafficking and modern-day slavery
  9. Senator Loren Legarda says climate change not impossible to address
  10. Burgemeesters in het Vaticaan tegen moderne slavernij en klimaatverandering
  11. Top van het geweten voor het klimaat in Parijs

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Find also further reading:

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Also of interest:

  1. Do models accurately predict climate change?
  2. The Roman Warm Period and Dark Ages Cold Period
  3. Medieval Warm Period confirmed via cave study of 3000 years of climatic variations
  4. Despite attempts to erase it globally, “the pause” still exists in pristine US surface temperature data
  5. Climate Change: New resources for readers
  6. Global Warming Alarmists use Fear, to Extort Money. We need to say NO!
  7. Ocean Heat: New Study Shows Climate Scientists Can Still Torture Data until the Data Confess
  8. NASA – The ISIS Of Climate Science
  9. Biggest Fraud In Science History – The NASA/NOAA Surface Temperature Record
  10. NOAA Tampering Exposed
  11. Energy content, the heat is on: atmosphere -vs- ocean
  12. Both NOAA and GISS Have Switched to NOAA’s Unjustifiably Overcooked “Pause-Busting” Sea Surface Temperature Data for Their Global Temperature Products
  13. Rewriting The Past At NOAA
  14. Increasing Is Decreasing
  15. Weak El Niños and La Niñas Come and Go from NOAA’s Oceanic NINO Index (ONI) with Each SST Dataset Revision
  16. Is Another Little Ice Age On The Way?
  17. Climate Scientists Reaching Unprecedented Levels Of Stupid
  18. Arctic Meltdown Scam In Complete Collapse
  19. UAH, MSU, TLT, and other Acronyms
  20. Foraging and Sustainability
  21. New “NASA and NOAA” global temperature series
  22. NOAA Releases New Pause-Buster Global Surface Temperature Data and Immediately Claims Record-High Temps for May 2015 – What a Surprise!
  23. The ‘Family of 5’ Primary Forests: A Snapshot of What Remains | National Geographic (blogs)
  24. Forest Ecosystems Daily: Adventures in heath balds
  25. Commercialized Carbon Removal
  26. Wednesday Interesting Links (On Coal)
  27. Double the coal power closings?
  28. Powerful, Efficient Ceramic Fuel Cells Could Enable in-Home Production of Electricity From Natural Gas
  29. The Power Of Greener Electronics
  30. Forest Ecosystems Daily: Saving Our Ashes
  31. Sea Surface Anomalies
  32. Protesters film slaughter of hundreds of whales in the Faroe Islands | Environment | The Guardian
  33. Faroe Islands – Grindadrap 23.07.2015
  34. Frequency Of Early Season Hot Weather Plummeting In The US
  35. Hottest Year Ever Update
  36. President Obama Says Florida Will Disappear In His Children’s Lifetime….
  37. A shift in climate ‘forcing’ led to demise of Laurentide ice sheet 9000 years ago
  38. Sea Ice Extent – Day 173 – Antarctic 2nd Highest – Global 9th Highest For This Day
  39. 33 Years Later – No Change In Polar Stupid
  40. Claim: Mankind will be extinct in 100 years because climate
  41. The Climate Wars’ Damage to Science
  42. CO2 Monitoring Mechanism in the European Union
  43. Understanding Pollution: How Recycling Works
  44. Understanding Pollution: EPA, the Little Known Name behind Pollution Regulation
  45. Reducing Your Environmental Paw Print
  46. Just in time for Paris COP21 – EPA Report: For the US, Global Action Now Saves Lives and Avoids Significant Climate Change Damages

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Paris World Summit of Conscience, International interfaith gathering #1

In the run-up to the 21st Conference of the Parties (COP21) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC),  people from many of the world’s religions and wisdoms met in Paris on July 20 and 21 for a World Summit of Conscience to answer the question “Why do I care about the planet?” and launch a “Call to Conscience for the climate”

Why do I care avatar3At the same time mayors gathered, to talk about climate change and human issues as human trafficking and slavery, with Pope Francis I at the Vatican, in advance of climate negotiations to be held in Paris later this year, this Summer in Paris the French president also took the opportunity to bring already some important figures together to tackle the same issues.

At the Vatican all of the mayors invited are already dealing with the impacts of climate change in their home cities.

In Paris French President and  Co-prince of Andorra, Francois Hollande took the cow by the horns, not waiting until the The United Nations Climate Change Conference, COP21 or CMP11 will be held in Paris, France in 2015 from 30 November 2015 until 11 December 2015. As for previous conferences we have heard that there may be good intentions to achieve a legally binding and universal agreement on climate with 195 States from all the nations of the world.

President Hollande said:

“The root cause of environmental degradation and climate change is a way of life, a mode of production, a mode of consumption that is not compatible with human development.”

Pope Francis his encyclical called ‘Laudato si’ probably could influence the conference and in it and at the meeting of this week he calls for action against man-made climate change.

According to Michael Higgins, President of Ireland it is in the spiritual traditions, such as ‘Laudate Sí’, that we may find the concept of “ecology of integration” now prominent, and in turn from the tradition of human rights, the theories of “climate justice” and of environmental rights as human rights have come forward.

Hollande who in the past favoured an approach that emphasized growth, whilst German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Nicolas Sarkozy since the beginning of the euro-zone debt crisis, promoted austerity as the cure for Europe’s ills, is now willing to tackle the other cancer of Europe, the state of our environment.

Embedded image permalinkIn the Vatican it may have been mostly Catholics coming together, Hollande got faith leaders, Nobel laureates, economists and artists from around the world gathered in the French capital to show that protecting the planet is more than a matter of science and concerning more than one faith group.

The 52 personalities meeting in Paris on July 21, and 1282 people taking part in the Call to Conscience, had good hopes and were not disappointed after Tuesday’s meeting.
The project of a “Summit of Conscience for the Climate” well before COP 21 was to encourage the emergence of a “Narrative of the Consciences”, that will complement the words from scientists, business leader, politicians, who all play their own role, providing their expertise.

Mankind’s relationship with nature was the focus of the Climate Summit of Conscience in Paris, hosted by French President Francois Hollande on Tuesday July 21 2015

Mankind’s relationship with nature was the focus of the Climate Summit of Conscience in Paris, hosted by French President Francois Hollande on Tuesday July 21 2015

Regardless of gender, age, language, culture, beliefs, we all should aim for the best of this world. Our goal has to be to encourage each individual to pause and think for a while, to briefly reflect about his or her relationship with and commitment for the Planet through a simple question:

“Why do I care”.

It is true that we may have evolved to a community of citizens who are mostly interested in enriching themselves, without any interest in others. The selfishness has gone high in our capitalist world where most people their aim is to make as much money as possible and to live as richly and easily as possible, no matter what costs for the environment.

Luckily enough we may also find enough people who are conscious which direction this world is going and how it has become time to use the breaks. Those who are seeing that a lot is going the wrong way are willing to take steps and to make others aware of the necessity of changing our attitude. It is only a mobilization of conscience on a global scale that will enable humanity to meet this great challenge confronting us:

how to limit global warming by taking real action, including reducing our consumption of fossil fuels.

There has been a lot of time wasted by people who wanted to have their own region able to act freely, but demanding other regions to halt their pollution. People should know that

Time is short.

Many folks may think it is up to the politicians, but we should see this is not only a political economic or ecological issue. It is the future of humanity that is at stake.

Each of us is called to respond now to the questions:

  • Is it important to me that the adventure of mankind on Earth can continue?
  • Am I ready to change my lifestyle today so that the children of our children come into this world in tolerable conditions?
  • And why, ultimately, do I care enough to do so?

In the preamble to the COP 21 Climate Conference, in Paris, the Summit of Conscience launched the “Why do I care?” campaign. It is an invitation to everyone – leaders, personalities and citizens of all countries of the world and of all faiths – to respond to this question, based on their own conscience and their own story.

Président du Conseil Economique Social et Environnemental le 16 Novembre 2010.

Président du Conseil Economique Social et Environnemental le 16 Novembre 2010.

Jean-Paul Delevoye, President of the Economic, Social and Environmental Council, considers it the responsibility of all decision-makers, political or economic, not to sacrifice the future for private interests. As head of the EESC he and his group defend the long term and the interest   for future generations.

For unions, companies, associations together affirm that it is not only possible but necessary to find a new model to reconcile economic performance, social and environmental.

For civil society plays a major role in supporting this radical change to policy as citizens.

Dr Husna Ahmad, Chief Executive Officer of the Faith Regen Foundation, she sits on the Advisory Board of East London Mosque and previously sat on the Department for Work and Pensions' Ethnic Minority Advisory Group (EMAG)

Dr Husna Ahmad, Chief Executive Officer of the Faith Regen Foundation, she sits on the Advisory Board of East London Mosque and previously sat on the Department for Work and Pensions’ Ethnic Minority Advisory Group (EMAG)

Dr Husna Ahmad a Muslim woman from the United Kingdom feels there is not enough being done to highlight the calamities that are arising from climate change.

I am not a faith leader but my religion inspires me as a steward of this planet to act now and not wait until it is too late.

As a mother and grandmother she wants to save this planet for our future generations and commits for COP 21 and future to “Save the Planet”:

Mobilise Muslim communities through thought leadership and deliver projects at the grassroots level to raise awareness of environmental problems and have Muslim women particularly being the changemakers.

We are reminded of a famous native American proverb that says:

“We do not inherit the land from our ancestors, we borrow it from our children.”

All those living in industrialised countries can not ignore that the course of  industrialism or industrialization and the age of high mass consumption has placed a burden on the fragile home we call Earth that it can hardly bear. Not enough countries are taking action against those countries which still allow more than 80 percent of the Earth’s natural forests further to be destroyed. In the world we often find people who call God a terrible bastard because He allows such terrible disasters come over man. Most people do forget that it is not the God of gods Who is responsible for mudslides, floods and other natural disasters which are triggered by what human beings themselves have done.

Climate change is basically a man-made phenomenon. We have nobody to blame but us.

Nobel Laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus is the father of both social business and microcredit, the founder of Grameen Bank, and of more than 50 other companies in Bangladesh. For his constant innovation and enterprise, the Fortune Magazine named Professor Yunus in March 2012 as “one of the greatest entrepreneurs of our time.”

Nobel Laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus is the father of both social business and microcredit, the founder of Grameen Bank, and of more than 50 other companies in Bangladesh. For his constant innovation and enterprise, the Fortune Magazine named Professor Yunus in March 2012 as “one of the greatest entrepreneurs of our time.”

affirms also Nobel Laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus, the father of both social business and microcredit, the founder of Grameen Bank, and of more than 50 other companies in Bangladesh.

He can clearly see how we as human beings without respect treat mother earth and try to blame others for our own stupidities. It is our way of life which is affecting agriculture, human health, ecosystems on land and in the oceans, water supplies, and people’s livelihoods.

My country Bangladesh is a prime victim of this process.

To much people concentrate on their own living quarters, but what we have to see is that it is a much wider issue which concerns us all.

Most urgent task at the moment is to define a collective destination for us as a human society for our survival and ensuring the safety of our planet. I define this destination with three zeros; zero poverty, zero unemployment, and zero net carbon emission.  I hope others will join me to reach these three zeros by 2050.

says the man who has received 112 awards from 26 countries including state honours from 10 countries and is one of only seven individuals to have received the Nobel Peace Prize, the United States Presidential Medal of Freedom and the United States Congressional Gold Medal. Other notable awards include the Ramon Magsaysay Award (1984), World Food Prize (1998), The Prince of Asturias Award for Concord (1998), Sydney Peace Prize (1998) and the Seoul Peace Prize (2006). In Bangladesh he  got President’s Award in 1978 for introducing an innovative organisation in agriculture. He was awarded the Independence Day Award in 1987, by the President of Bangladesh for the outstanding contribution in rural development. This is the highest civilian national award of Bangladesh.

His idea is

To achieve these three zeros the world needs four things:

1. Harness the energy and creativity of the youth;

2. Use the power of technology;

3. Involve all social, economic, and political organizations, particularly all businesses to create social businesses to solve human problems. and,

4. ensure human rights and good governance.

At the mind boggling exponential growth of technology, it is possible to achieve these three zeros much earlier than we think.

The main reason why it is not happening now is because the emerging technology is not directed towards these three zeros. Technology today is in the hands of the money-makers and war-makers. They are not directing it to solving the problems of the world. If the technological expansion is directed towards solving our problems of poverty, unemployment, environmental degradation, population management, universal healthcare, equitable distribution of wealth, it would be so much easier to achieve. We need to put a new driver to drive the technological innovations and applications forward. The new driver will be the social business entrepreneur. His exclusive mission would be to create new frontiers of technology to end our problems. The youth, backed up by good governance and guaranteed human rights, can take the lead in making this happen.

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To be continued:

Paris World Summit of Conscience, International interfaith gathering #2

Paris World Summit of Conscience, International interfaith gathering #3

Preceding articles:

Climate change guilty of doing too little

Postponing once more

Forms of slavery, human trafficking and disrespectful attitude to creation to be changed

Vatican against Opponents of immigration

Mayors from all over the world at the Vatican to talk about climate change

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Additional reading:

  1. Stopping emissions will not stop the warming of our planet
  2. Voice for the plebs
  3. Temperatures rising
  4. Science, 2013 word of the year, and Scepticism
  5. 2014 To remember our Earth
  6. USA Climate Change Action Plan
  7. 2015 Summit of Consciences for the Climate
  8. Vatican meeting of mayors talking about global warming, human trafficking and modern-day slavery
  9. Senator Loren Legarda says climate change not impossible to address
  10. Burgemeesters in het Vaticaan tegen moderne slavernij en klimaatverandering
  11. Top van het geweten voor het klimaat in Parijs

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Find also further reading:

  1. What Do Mayors From Tehran And New Orleans Have In Common? Climate Change.
  2. Pope calls for ‘open spirit’ towards climate change encyclical
  3. Why do I care

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  3. On the Road to Paris
  4. Climate change and security: here’s the analysis, when’s the action?
  5. Climate Change; The Burning Question
  6. Latest on Climate Change
  7. World Wide Views Climate and Energy Forums in the US
  8. US – China Joint Announcement on Climate Change and Clean Energy Cooperation
  9. U.S. and China make a landmark joint announcement on GHG emissions reduction goals
  10. G20 Brisbane: Australia resists efforts towards a strong statement on decisive international action against climate change
  11. Lima: Ontario, Quebec, BC and California Issue Joint Statement on Climate Change
  12. COP 20 – how much will it help the climate change response?
  13. 20th Climate games over! They all agree to meet again
  14. Climate deal reached at COP 20
  15. References Regarding the 450 ppm CO2 Ceiling
  16. Environmental Ethics – Readings in Theory and Application – Fifth Edition
  17. Public History Journal Part 5: Human Ecology
  18. Violence in Capitalism’s Ocean-Based Logistics
  19. Food Webs and Energy Pyramids: Bedrocks of Biodiversity Explore…
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  21. Forest Ecosystems Daily: Forest cathedral
  22. The Oligarch’s and the Ecological Destruction of Scotland
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  30. Climate Change: New resources for readers
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  33. rappin’ the truth
  34. Scars of the Past
  35. Foraging and Sustainability
  36. ‘Revolution’ – Worth Voting For? (Chapter 33)
  37. Project Realm. Sculpting the World, Part 32
  38. Can Rewilding Bring Nature Back to Modern Britain?
  39. Potential Solutions to Washington State’s Post-Swinomish Instream Flow Regulation/Rural Water Supply Dilemma
  40. Old Growth
  41. Ghost stories — the Tussock Moth
  42. Weird Effects of California Drought
  43. Wildflower Wednesday
  44. Many of Earth’s groundwater basins are drying out | Science News for Students
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  47. Quote – Unquote 2
  48. here’s a trend here.
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  50. The Moment Of Truth – Where The Open Skies Meet The Open Sees
  51. Opinion: The old tax or trade chestnut
  52. Quand le Costa Rica collectionne les médailles
  53. The Road to Paris by Albert Bates
  54. Communities adapting to climate change – experiences from CBA9
  55. Sigh of relief at UK’s new Energy & Climate Change appointment, Amber Rudd
  56. Climate Change Election Blues
  57. Terrifying NASA Video Shows How Carbon Emissions Are Engulfing the World
  58. Giving everyday citizens a voice in global policy decisions
  59. Embassy Of France In Nigeria Prepares Ahead COP 21 in Paris
  60. Joint Statement on Climate Change from the Premiers of Ontario and Québec
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Mayors from all over the world at the Vatican to talk about climate change

Mayor Mitchell Landrieu of New Orleans at the meeting in the Vatican could be pleased to hear what other mayors were doing to make cities more resilient and “get a practical guide on climate change.” When Hurricane Katrina hit 10 years ago, he said, his city became “the canary in the coal mine” showing the world how extreme weather associated with climate change can devastate a major city.

Mayor Tony Chammany of Kochi, India said that mitigating climate change and curbing poverty and exploitation cost money and demand investments. Today’s financial crisis is hindering greater efforts. for that reason the greater worldpowers should find solutions to get a better balance between rich and poor and getting their priorities right.

Governments must make the environment and social problems a top priority in public spending.

said Chammany.

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Bill de Blasio in 2013, when he held the citywide office of New York City Public Advocate, serving as an ombudsman between the electorate and the city government.

The American politician currently serving as the 109th mayor of New York City, Bill De Blasio said making an impact will not be easy; Pope Francis’ recent encyclical on creation

“holds individuals accountable for the fate of our planet, but it rightly asks the most of governments.”

People are being

“pushed by the highest moral authority to take the next step, no matter how challenging it appears to be,”

he said.

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Edmund Gerald “Jerry” Brown Jr. (1938-) American politician and lawyer who has served as the 39th Governor of California since 2011. A member of the Democratic Party, Brown previously served as the 34th Governor from 1975 to 1983, and is the longest-serving governor in California history.

California Gov Jerry Brown said in his speech that there is “fierce opposition and blind inertia” to moving away from dependence on petroleum and coal. And, he said,

“that opposition is well financed — hundreds of millions of dollars are going into propaganda, to falsifying the scientific record, bamboozling people of every country.”

Mayor Kagiso Thutlwe of Gaborone, Botswana, told CNS that he disagrees with claims that radically reducing greenhouse gas emissions will hurt development.

“There was a period when our forefathers didn’t know anything about development,”

he said. That changed when outside assistance brought in modern methods

“and this development is now making us be engaged with the world”

and getting his people access to new technologies, he said.

In fact, Thutlwe said he sees public-private partnerships as being key to growing a more “green” development, for example by partnering with solar-panel companies to exploit his country’s abundance of sunshine and get needed electricity to more people.

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Angela Brown, Vice President People’s National Party; Councillor for The Norman Gardens Division in the KSAC

Mayor Angela Brown-Burke of Kingston, Jamaica, told CNS that if local people have no options, they will continue to use polluting fuels.

“People aren’t stubborn. They are trying to make a living,” she said. “They say, ‘If I need fuel, don’t tell me not to cut down my trees because that’s the only way I am going to be able to cook my food.’”

Communities will need to provide the alternatives if any of the environmental awareness campaigns are going to work, she said.

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Additional reading:

  1. Climate change guilty of doing too little
  2. 2015 Summit of Consciences for the Climate
  3. Senator Loren Legarda says climate change not impossible to address
  4. Top van het geweten voor het klimaat in Parijs
  5. Problems attracting and maintaining worshippers
  6. Pope Francis Raises Hopes for an Ecological Church
  7. Conservation and Protection of Elephants
  8. Freshwater crabs faces extinction
  9. Life, War, Earth: An Interview
  10. The Fragility of Things: An Interview
  11. The Asia’s World Strange City – Hong Kong
  12. [Science] Water is not as clean as it seems…
  13. Oil Quality and Our Drum Top Filter System….
  14. NRDC: Court shushes environmental groups’ objections to NJ letting ExxonMobil off the hook
  15. Brightly Visible, Yet Unnoticed, Right Above Our Heads
  16. Fresh water pollution
  17. Not Good News for Recycling
  18. Environmental Clean-Up! Meeting July 9th.
  19. Should safe food be a privilege? or a right?

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Vatican against Opponents of immigration

The immigration issue is a very difficult one the pope wants to bring under our attention.

In many countries we can see that those who are opposed letting other people in what they call ‘their country’, are voted for and are gaining money by their opposition.
Pollster Frank Luntz said Tuesday of a businessman who has gone bankrupt at least four times that

Donald Trump will never run out of money,” {Why is Donald Trump winning? Duh, because of immigration}

The scope and nature of Trump’s immigration. opposition does not harm his position, instead it is his fire-breathing resistance to immigration that has drawn popular support for him like it did for others in the previous centuries. Politicians, Republican and Democrat, do not like to ignore such support at their own risk. It demands more courage to go against the fear of many for other races or other believers.

Many European politicians are not blind for the way Trump has taken immigration front and centre, and how his campaign has gained ground.

Opposing immigration stirs people’s souls. It has for almost as long as there’s been an America. Even longer, in fact, than there’s been an America, given how the New World’s indigenous peoples came to feel about inbound populations. {Why is Donald Trump winning? Duh, because of immigration}

Pope Francis arrives to lead the Easter mass in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican March 31, 2013.

Pope Francis arrives to lead the Easter mass in St. Peter’s Square at the Vatican March 31, 2013 (photo credit:Reuters)

In 2013 Pope Francis, in some of the most conciliatory words from any pontiff on gays, said they should not be judged or marginalized and should be integrated into society, but he reaffirmed Church teaching that homosexual acts are a sin. But those words shook the religious communities all over the world.

Many also found that Catholic doctrine against homosexuality must be disposed of because otherwise his words would be hollow.

Since the Latin American bishop is seated at the Vatican he more than once called for  injustice to be denounced and eliminated.

In December 2013 he said:

injustice in the civil [sphere] must be denounced and eliminated.”

The world has enough places where religious freedom, but also racial freedom is not yet guaranteed or has not yet fully come into being, but also lots of places where people with an other skin colour have to undergo abuse and violence against them. Westerners, also Christians, cannot deny they are guilty as well.

Pope Francis shakes hands with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan during a meeting with government authorities at the presidential palace in Ankara, Turkey, Nov. 28. (CNS/Paul Haring)

For this reason it is not bad the pope has called several Catholic majors to discuss the problem of injustice to the human species and to nature it self as well.

“It is essential that all citizens — Muslim, Jewish and Christian — both in the provision and practice of the law, enjoy the same rights and respect the same duties,”

the pope said 2014 November 28 in a speech to President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and other officials at the presidential palace.

Already then Pope Francis criticized the use of religion to justify violence, particularly in the neighbouring countries of Syria and Iraq. Pope Francis focused recently also several times in meetings on the plight of Christian minorities targeted by Islamic State militants there.

“Prisoners and entire ethnic populations are experiencing the violation of the most basic humanitarian laws. Grave persecutions have taken place in the past and still continue today to the detriment of minorities, especially — though not only — Christians and Yezidis. Hundreds of thousands of persons have been forced to abandon their homes and countries in order to survive and remain faithful to their religious beliefs,”

the pope said.

Those who flee from the violence we must accede and because so many in Europe and the capitalist world are looking angrily to those trying to enter Europe, Pope Francis I hopes in this weeks meeting to bring some solutions for all the parties involved.

It was in 1988 that was requested by the then sitting Holy Father the then Pontifical Commission “Iustitia et Pax” to publish a detailed document entitled The Church and Racism: Towards a More Fraternal Society. Since that time, the situation with regard to “Racism, Racial Discrimination, Xenophobia and Related Intolerance”, has not changed enough and calls for further observations on the part of the Holy See and of those who call themselves Christian. From Christians namely we should expect an exemplary attitude, but when we look at those countries who claim to be very Christian, we get the worst attacks on those who try to flee their home country.

Globalization is accelerating at an ever-greater pace; countries, economies, cultures and ways of life are drawing closer together and becoming more universal and intermingled. The phenomenon of interdependence is evident in every area:  political, economic, financial, social and cultural. Scientific discoveries and the development of communications technology have “shrunk” the planet considerably.
The globalization now emerging manifests itself in various ways; for example, the impact of a political, economic or financial incident occurring unexpectedly in one country is felt by other countries as well, and the great problems or questions of our time are global in scale (immigration, the environment, food resources, etc.).

Therefore it is good to notice that the pope invited mayors from all over the world to discuss the human issues which should concern every decent thinking man.

Many years after many world leaders trying to set global goals to address climate change and extreme poverty, the pope managed to get those different city mayors to gather at the Vatican to pledge they will take real action and lead the fight on their streets.

The Pope spoke briefly in Spanish on Tuesday after 65 mayors attended a day-long workshop on modern slavery and climate change, sponsored by the pontifical academies of sciences and social sciences in the Vatican’s synod hall.

The academies invited the leaders to share best practices, to sign a declaration recognising that climate change and extreme poverty are influenced by human activity, and to pledge to pursue low-impact development to make cities “socially inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable.”

For the pope it is clear that we cannot do it on our own and we do need help from such institutions like the United Nations. We all should recognise that it is high time to take a stance and to see the interlocking of the problems. The leaders should make sure it takes

“a very strong position on this issue, especially the trafficking of human beings that is caused by this environmental situation and the exploitation of people.”

The pope expressed his hope that a fundamental, basic agreement is reached at the UN climate summit in Paris in December.

Mayor Mitchell Landrieu of New Orleans told Catholic News Service,

“There is a vivid recognition that mayors are key players in changing how policies that have before now been spoken about across nations are actually applied on the streets of the cities. Mayors are actually responsible for getting things done.”

I also do think they could put more pressure on their national governments.

Mayor Bill de Blasio of New York City said in his speech,

“It’s increasingly clear that we local leaders of the world have many tools and that we must use them boldly even as our national governments hesitate.”

A number of mayors said that their countries and cities are still learning about the actual extent and seriousness of modern-day slavery and human trafficking and therefore found it helpful the Vatican invited two former victims to tell their stories.

Mayor Tony Chammany of Kochi, India, told CNS his region faces huge problems with forced organ donations. Even though there are strict laws against such crimes, the problem

“is corruption at the level of governance. We have laws, but who is going to enforce them?”

he said.

Belgium is a good example how a country may have lots and lots of laws but where everybody keeps doing his own thing ignoring the many laws, whilst there is no real law enforcement. There we we also hear many parliamentarians saying everybody has to safe and cut spending but they themselves create new posts and take care that higher placed people stay untouched or can even strike their bonuses whilst they stole so much money from the general public.

We also can see that nor the countries in Europe nor Northern America have put their  priorities right. Most of those countries only thought of their own country and did not want to feel united with the rest of their community or ‘Union’.

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Gregor Angus Bethune Robertson (1964) Canadian politician elected in 2008 39th Mayor of Vancouver, British Columbia.

Mayor Gregor Robertson of Vancouver, British Columbia, told CNS that governments are not accustomed to hearing spiritual leaders speak so courageously and effectively about social and ecological ills. Though they should know that those who call themselves followers of Christ should try to live according to the teachings of Jesus Christ. And when the pope is calling himself a Christian leader it should be his high duty to call his followers and all other Christians to unite in the war against injustice to the creation of the Most High. As such it is not at all out of place for the Pope to add his voice to the political debate because

“we all have a moral responsibility to speak out when we see injustice and a planet in peril”

and take real action.

On the topic of human trafficking Mayor Angela Brown-Burke of Kingston, Jamaica, said that

“as an individual who is from enslaved people, it is extremely important for us to understand the legacy that we have and to ensure that no one else has to go through that again.”

Today’s slavery is much worse, she said, because today’s

“chains are invisible, they’re in your mind in a sense and they are just as real if not worse.”

We as Christians therefore should be very careful which products we choose and investigate more where we want to invest our money and which companies we want to support with our shopping. As Christians we should be more aware of the need to check how those products where made, from what sort of material at what ecological and human cost.

Mayor Yelgi Verley Knight of Siquirres, Costa Rica was disappointed to see so few women on the Vatican’s list of speakers, especially because women are the first victims of human trafficking and the poverty caused by climate change.

“We as women mayors have to speak for those who have no voice. Slavery isn’t something of yesterday. I am of African descent; my ancestors came to the Caribbean as slaves, a situation that was driven by the economic system, which is the same thing that is happening today.”

Banana and pineapple plantations have abused the land for decades, she said, even though

“it all started with the idea of economic development.”

But the plantations

“benefited only a few. Our economy has been designed to benefit only a few and to get cheap labour. Jesus said, ‘Love your neighbour,’ but we are loving only a few of our neighbours.”

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Additional reading

  1. Burgemeesters in het Vaticaan tegen moderne slavernij en klimaatverandering
  2. Vatican meeting of mayors talking about global warming, human trafficking and modern-day slavery
  3. Pope Francis says Catholics must become evangelisers
  4. Economic crisis danger for the rise of political extremism
  5. Speciesism and racism
  6. Martin Luther King’s Dream Today
  7. 1.253 billion Catholics worldwide
  8. Christianity to be enshrined
  9. Bishop Marriage Equality: Praying for Marriage Equality Is Blasphemy
  10. Our stance against certain religions and immigrating people
  11. The world Having to face a collective failure
  12. 2014 Human Rights
  13. Immigration consternation
  14. Race, Skin color and differences
  15. Many present American citizens do not want to recognise their Land of hope and glory
  16. Expanding opportunities for more American families
  17. Migrants to the West #2
  18. Migrants to the West #5
  19. Migrants to the West #6
  20. Migrants to the West #8 Welbeing
  21. Americans honouring Labour Day when Wages are still putting someone below poverty level
  22. Americans wrongly informed about situation in Europe

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Forms of slavery, human trafficking and disrespectful attitude to creation to be changed

In Europe lots of people are moving around these days. They not all have the opportunity to enjoy holiday. Many people are forced to move around because they have no where to stay, no work, no good prospects.

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Sign for “colored” waiting room at a Greyhound bus terminal in Rome, Georgia, 1943. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Pope Francis I, having now his living quarters in a country which is faced with the most high human crisis of the last half century or of the beginning of 21st century, therefore called several mayors of different world-cities facing the same problem of people migrating or immigrating.

Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh, one of 65 mayors and top representatives from some of the world’s most prominent cities — including New York, Paris, Stockholm, Oslo, and Tehran — participating in this week’s Vatican meetings, said Monday that Pope Francis, who is scheduled to make his debut trip to the United States in September, has the capacity to elevate fights against climate change and human trafficking to national priorities.

The matters to be discussed in Rome are “human issues” that transcend partisan politics and should be on all the lips of those who say they are interested in the human species, being believers in a god, the God or not at all believing in a higher creator deity. Though for those who call themselves Christian it should be a serious matter which demands priority. Christians should show respect for God’s creation and therefore should be concerned about the world and its species, plants, animals and human beings. For that reason it is clear why the pope wanted to take time to discuss the matter of global warming and immigration issues plus human slavery all at one conference.

Yesterday New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio has denounced the European Union for leaving Italy to deal with waves of immigrants coming from North Africa, saying the EU must come up with a Europe-wide immigration policy.

We can see that several Europeans on that matter react in the same way as on ecological matters; they create rubbish but no where in their surroundings they want landfills or waste treatment plants. They all say Europe has to help the ones who escape from Isis and the terror in Africa, but now one wants to have those refugees in their own country.

 

It was incredible to see at the beginning of this summer period that France closed its borders for the many Syrian and African refugees and left Italy to fend for itself in a very unfairly way.

For some American mayors the matter of segregation is very well known. In the United States of America for a very long time in contemporary history individuals of an other colour were exploited. For a long time groups based on race and race alone were looked at to be there for the economic purpose of cheap labour.

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Mónica Haydée Fein (born June 3, 1957) Argentine biochemist and Socialist Party politician elected Mayor of Rosario in 2011.

The mayor of Rosario, Argentina, Monica Fein, said she was convinced that history’s first Latin American pope had the moral authority to contribute to a “new conscience” that changes the global economic system.

Fein, who is also the executive secretary of Mercociudades, Latin America’s network of cities, said Latin mayors came to the Vatican conference on climate change and human trafficking because their people

“want to live better. We want to live with dignity. We want decent work and a roof over our heads. We want sustainable development, without excluding the extremely poor.”

We all should be aware that there is a call worldwide of people wanting to live in better conditions and not liking it any more that in their country is so much difference between those who have lots of things and those who are deprived of many things. I do hope much more people are going to recognise that it is not allowable any more that one person can earn 300% more than somebody else. Every-bodies work should be respected and depending rewarded.

Also we should all look for a world were everybody can leave in a good nice way and in a nice environment.

Fein said the goal was simple:

“We fundamentally want to leave our children and future generations with a planet that isn’t contaminated.”

I would ad that the contamination which she is speaking about should be taken in a broad sense. We not only should seek to avoid contamination of the earth and skies, but should have clear minds, having respect for all the people around us, wanting them to live in a lovable peaceful community where people are not used as usable material or debris.

After two sobering testimonies from two Mexican women who were victims of modern-day slavery Manuela Carmena, Madrid’s new leftist mayor, has told the Vatican-organized debate on climate change and human trafficking that society needs to ask itself why people use prostitutes and said that students in schools should debate

“why one goes with prostitutes, why one accepts prostitution, etc. This needs to be done.”

She said if the world wants to avoid the “terrible crime” of sexual slavery, society needs to reflect upon its causes. She said society has not been educated enough about sexuality. About this education I would say there is the source to avoid such slavery and human trafficking. When people would be more educated they would be able to see the dangers of certain groups wanting to get power or going to misuse their power for their own good and for the bad of others, being it the minority but also for a majority. Good education is the key to avoid abuses and wars.

The exploitation of Earth and its most vulnerable people is going to pose a big threat to the very survival of many cities and many countries. We even can find already islands struggling with the water taking in their land, forcing them to go to other places. On one level we see the sea water taking in land whilst inland several people may expecting more droughts, meaning more and more farmers will have to leave their land for the cities

“pushing them into the dark dungeons of slavery,”

warned Toni Chammany, the mayor of Kochi, India.

Chammany said, because of India’s caste system, the country already knows

“one of the worst forms of slavery known to man.”

Pope Francis called the Vatican summit of mayors to put global warming and human slavery at the top of their national leaders’ agendas.

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Still a lot has to be done to get an environment where people can live together in peace and accept each-other differences. Lets work on it by blogging on tolerance and peace. (click here to know more)

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Additional reading:

  1. Race, Skin color and differences
  2. Immigration consternation
  3. The world Having to face a collective failure
  4. Our stance against certain religions and immigrating people
  5. Burgemeesters in het Vaticaan tegen moderne slavernij en klimaatverandering
  6. Vatican meeting of mayors talking about global warming, human trafficking and modern-day slavery
  7. Pope Francis says Catholics must become evangelisers
  8. Economic crisis danger for the rise of political extremism
  9. 2014 Human Rights
  10. National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month
  11. Resting and depending for its continuance on the free consent and will of the sovereign people of each region
  12. Anniversary of the 19th Amendment still a long way to go
  13. Giving others the chance our ancestors had
  14. Many present American citizens do not want to recognise their Land of hope and glory
  15. Expanding opportunities for more American families
  16. Migrants to the West #2
  17. Migrants to the West #5
  18. Migrants to the West #6
  19. Migrants to the West #8 Welbeing
  20. Americans honouring Labour Day when Wages are still putting someone below poverty level
  21. Americans wrongly informed about situation in Europe
  22. Islamic State forcing the West to provide means for Kurdistan
  23. 2013-2014 Money to be put on hold or to be used
  24. Bringing into safety from Irak and Iran
  25. Climate change guilty of doing too little
  26. 2015 Summit of Consciences for the Climate
  27. Senator Loren Legarda says climate change not impossible to address
  28. Top van het geweten voor het klimaat in Parijs
  29. Problems attracting and maintaining worshippers
  30. Egypt in the picture
  31. Hello America and atheists
  32. Capitalism and economic policy and Christian survey
  33. ISIS, Mosul Dam and threatening lives of those who want to live in freedom

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June 13: 100 years ago my father was born

On the 164th day of the year, June 13 2015, I remember the 100th birthday of my father, who passed away some years ago (+ in 2007).

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Aftermath of the fighting in the French town of Carency during the Second Battle of Artois, May 1915. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

My dad (Ursmar Antoon Ampe) was born on a Sunday, the day after the Battle of Mosciuska and Lubaczow had began , and if he still would have lived he would have had 36,525 days from the day he was born up to today. He saw the first sun-rays one day before the Turkish Attack on Perim and was going to be part of a generation who had to face an other terrible war after the Great War everybody assumed to be the last ever. (Though Bible readers do know that World War III shall be the worst ever, before we get an other 1000 years of peace and tranquillity.)

His parents had already had their portion of battles but saw now the Allied Forces of Belgium, France, Great Britain, the Dominion Forces of the British Empire (Australia, Canada, India, New Zealand, Newfoundland and South Africa), and Portugal trying to make a stand against the Imperial German Army’s advance and occupation of Belgium from 4th August 1914 and north-eastern France from 6th August 1914.

Die Westfront, as Imperial Germany’s “western front” for those Imperial German Armies engaged in hostilities against France (calling this “Le Front Occidental”) was a battle which did not seem to come to an end and ruined many family-lifes in but also out of Europe. Many came to see the worst in ‘man’. The characteristics of siege warfare which developed on the Western Front in these three years created conditions never witnessed before.

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Western Front, Artois: Arras sector, January 1915 – Deuxième bataille de l’Artois or Lorettoschlacht, from 9 May – 18 June 1915

The Second Battle of Artois (9th May – 18th June 1915) took the attention of the people who were worried about the situation and by now had lost all hopes of seeing this great war ending in what they said first ‘before December’ (1914). It was to be the longest waiting for the end of December in history, taking more than 4 years.

On the day that the commander of the 17th Division on the right of the IX Corps, wrote to General Curé the corps commander that preparations were incomplete and had not conformed to Note 5779, leaving the jumping-off trenches 200–300 metres (220–330 yd) from the German front line, rather than the 150 metres (160 yd) or fewer laid down and that the infantry were already exhausted, my grandmother may have been exhausted and might have given a sigh of relief, bringing new life in that cruel world .

Whilst the grown ups did cruel things against each other, trying to push the Germans off the dominating high ground of the Loretto and Vimy Ridges north of Arras and the British attacking on the German line a little further north on the flat Flanders plain at Aubers Ridge and Festubert, my grandparents tried to bring the right peaceful attitude into my fathers head, like they would do with us likewise in later years. I remember my grandmother (°1885) telling us incredible stories about those busy incredible times. (By the end of the offensive there were approximately 100,000 French casualties, 26,000 British casualties and 90,000 German casualties.) First losses of family patrimony had already occurred by the army of Napoleon and the worst had still to come in World War II.

Was it because of all the turmoil, bloodshed and problems my grandparents and parents witnessed, that they took care we were put in our brain to respect all other living beings, in any case by those experiences, the base was formed for our upbringing after the human abomination.

Well earned enjoyment at a certain age

Well earned enjoyment at a certain age

My father belonged to a generation which would have, for the first time in history, children bringing up kids in a world having not to face the horrors of human violence in reality. We still can see lots of inhuman atrocities, but they are brought into the living room by the television screen and leave lots of people untouched; far from reality.

My parents were not able to reach the one hundred mark, but their image is still lively and like any child I can build on their and my grandparents stories and life lessons, to build up an other generation, which hopefully shall be strong enough to endure that last battle.

In the meantime the Christian upbringing made a footing for perhaps very utopian ideas and a foundation for bringing a peace message and the message of hope in a continuously changing world.

I do know I must have been a very difficult child, who knew very well what he wanted and how he wanted it. I had to endure lots of discussions and heavy battles with my father, certainly because I choose to go the artistic way (and never could go public with my real name). I always kept deep respect for my parents, who belonged to a generation which had perhaps to face the biggest changes in attitudes and ways of thinking. Hopefully the thought they were trying to do live on can continue to put new strong bricks on goodly build layers of stable bricks.

Let us bring peace, not war

Let us bring peace, not war

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Find additional reading:

  1. 100° birthday of war and war tourism
  2. August 4, 1914 to be remembered
  3. Flames of Louvain – Leuven 1914 an attempt to destroy a civilisation
  4. 1915 Trench Warfare
  5. All the war-propaganda, all the screaming and lies and hatred, comes invariably from people who are not fighting… George Orwell
  6. Achille Ampe (1885-1943)
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Second pillar of the Earth Charter

On 3 June, 2015 at 20:00 UTC, ECI will host a webinar on the second pillar of the Earth Charter: Ecological Integrity. This webinar will welcome a former ECI Council Member, Brendan Mackey from Australia. He will share his expertise and knowledge on the Earth Charter and on ecological integrity.

You can join this webinar for free here: http://www.wiziq.com/online-class/2835026-ec-15-webinar-on-ecological-integrity

Use this tool to determine your time zone related to UTC: http://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/meeting.html

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70 years later

Andy Walton writes

 America would never be able to match a possible 2.3 million strong army as it swooped down into Israel. Even if all America’s tanks were placed in the way of Russia they would still be overwhelmed… Russia has 15,398 tanks to America’s 8,848. Britain has just 407! Russia has 5,972 self propelled artillery units. America has 1,934. Britain..89. {Weekly World Watch 3rd to 9th of May 2015}

Some may look with fear at the exercises in the north and at the evolution in the Middle East. We may have been very lucky to have seen the first time more than one generation has not felt the terrible horror of a war.

Vladimir Putin says a military bloc mentality is gaining momentum again. And there are several people in charge of national forces who would not mind going into war. They higher their voices already. Not only in Russia we could see a patriotic mood gripping it as Europe and Russia remembered the 70th anniversary of victory over Nazi Germany.

It is 70 years since the world has been at war but according to some we are closer to WWIII than at any time since WWII ended.

In case it would be we should know that according to Bible prophecy this would be the most terrible war ever. It would mean we would be on the very brink of the final conflict.

Seventy years of course is a significant time period. Seven symbolises completion. Babylon was punished 70 years later following its destruction of Jerusalem. Perhaps latter day Babylon [Europe] will be punished 70 years after its massacre of the Jews…?

continues Andy Walton {Weekly World Watch 3rd to 9th of May 2015}.

Jer 25:11-12 KJV  And this whole land shall be a desolation, and an astonishment; and these nations shall serve the king of Babylon seventy years.  (12)  And it shall come to pass, when seventy years are accomplished, that I will punish the king of Babylon, and that nation, saith the LORD, for their iniquity, and the land of the Chaldeans, and will make it perpetual desolations.

For many the sign that Britain and NATO have launched their biggest war games on Russia’s doorstep amid growing tensions over Vladimir Putin’s military aggression should get us to worry. After WWII we now could see the largest ever Nato anti-submarine exercise, including the Royal Navy, off the coast of Norway just weeks after reports of Russian submarines encroaching in to foreign waters.

In the news on television we could see how the biggest military exercise seen in Estonia since the Baltic nation regained its independence more than two decades ago countered the pictures of the Russian military movements of the strong military arsenal.

It looks like the politicians are playing ‘Stratego’ an citizens all over Europe can see the war games come as tensions grow with Russia over Ukraine crisis and fears that the Baltic nations could be next in President Putin’s sights.

The commander of the Nato manoeuvres said recent incidents by the Russian military were a “cause of concern” and added “relevance to the exercise”.

Monday, 4 May 2015, off the coast of Norway began NATO’s Anti-Submarine Warfare Exercise Dynamic Mongoose 2015 (DMON 15)
with ships, submarines, aircraft and personnel from 10 Allied and 1 partner nation converging on the Norwegian Sea for anti-submarine and anti-surface warfare training.

Submarines from Germany, Norway, Sweden and the United States, under operational control of NATO Submarine Command (COMSUBNATO), joined thirteen surface ships from Canada, Germany, France, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Spain, Turkey, the United Kingdom, and the United States under the command of Standing NATO Maritime Group TWO (SNMG-2) Rear Admiral Brad Williamson.

For Rear Admiral Brad Williamson, Commander of SNMG2 such exercise is a great training opportunity for their SNMG2 ships allowing them to exercise their ASW capabilities in a complex and challenging environment and to further integrate with other NATO forces to enhance their interoperability and to be ready to effectively respond to potential submarine threats to any of our NATO Allies.

It looks like the military forces do feel it is high time to show the world they are alert and ready. In the media they wanted to convince us that NATO can react properly to a multi-threat environment.

Exercice Dynamic Mongoose – TCG GOKSU (F497) and HCMS Fredercton in Bergen harbour. NATO’s Submarine Warfare Exercise May 4 until the 14th, off the coast of Norway, with ships, submarines, aircraft and personnel from 10 Allied and 1 partner nation converging on the Norwegian Sea for anti-submarine and anti-surface warfare training. – Photo by WO C.ARTIGUES, HQ MARCOM Public Affairs Office

Billions of dollars were poured into technologies for low-intensity, littoral conflicts, and things once used to hunt Soviet submarines, like the aircraft carrier-based S-3 Viking, were retired without direct replacement.

From the ashes of the Soviet Union’s mighty fleet of nuclear submarines, Russia has embarked on an aggressive effort to resurrect its undersea-warfare capabilities. Having Moscow’s intentions particularly troubling considering its recent rush to claim newly accessible resources laid bare by the receding Arctic ice sheet and its intentions around the Baltic sea, it looked like Europe and NATO wanted to give a clear signal that they are ready to react in case necessary.

Some would argue that this posturing represents sinister expansionist goals that harken back to the former Soviet Union’s unilateral annexation of territory. Meanwhile, accompanying these efforts to expand its sphere of influence, Russia has developed a new generation of alarmingly sophisticated submarines, both nuclear and diesel-electric. Moreover, and likely far more dangerous to world peace and stability, Moscow has thus far shown little, if any, restraint in offering its advanced military technologies for purchase to the highest bidder, regardless of any particular regime’s scruples (or lack thereof).

The development and proliferation of the next generation of Russian-built submarines will likely dramatically alter the world’s future geopolitical landscape. The United States and its allies must understand and appreciate the capabilities of these new potential adversaries and strive to develop new skills, while retaining past expertise, to respond to the threats that prowl the ocean depths.   {Lieutenant Commander Tom Spahn}

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Additional reading:

  1. Entering a new period of ‘Cold War’
  2. A Plan spoken of in long past times
  3. When Crimean people made their choice
  4. Battling Borshct in Ukraine
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US Navy 040210-N-0780F-013 The guided missile cruiser USS Vella Gulf (CG 72) heads to sea following a brief port visit (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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