Taking full responsibility for your life

Anybody can have faith when believed in, but it demands to believe in the self first and to take courage to start and to start over and over again.
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Live your life with some passion.

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Keep going forward no matter what and you’ll accomplish your dream…looking out for you in the future!

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Man in picture, seen from the other planets

On this globe there live enough human being who think they are superior to anything but themselves. they like it to be god themselves, not believing in the Divine Creator God or any other gods.

They see no reason to wonder where we come from, not to question where we going at. For them it is most important that they live and that their life can evolve like they prefer, having it as enjoyable as possible, having everything they want to have and want to use.

After the Most High Elohim Hashem Jehovah, God had filled the formless and empty, created expanse, divided the light from the darkness, let the light see the grass, herbs yielding seed, and fruit trees bearing fruit after their kind, with its seed in it, on the earth, He also created animal beings who could move around. He blessed them.

God also created man in His own image; male and female, He created them and blessed them. (Genesis 1:27-28).

Gen 1:27-31 LEB  So God created humankind in his image, in the likeness of God he created him, male and female he created them.  (28)  And God blessed them, and God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth and subdue it, and rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of heaven, and over every animal that moves upon the earth.”  (29)  And God said, “Look—I am giving to you every plant that bears seed which is on the face of the whole earth, and every kind of tree that bears fruit. They shall be yours as food.”  (30)  And to every kind of animal of the earth and to every bird of heaven, and to everything that moves upon the earth in which there is life I am giving every green plant as food.” And it was so.  (31)  And God saw everything that he had made and, behold, it was very good. And there was evening, and there was morning, a sixth day.

But as the days went by, man doubted God, took adversary on Him, ridiculed Him, accused Him of having no right at all to be more powerful than them, to have authority over them or to judge them.

Man wanted to go his own way and did; God allowed them to go their own way, but strangely enough many today want to accuse Him of letting them do, letting them take over from other man, letting them abuse nature, forgetting that it is the God of gods His creation, but Him being accused of interfering with man does leave them do what they want.

On one of my other sites I ask the readers to have a look at the Failing man. Whilst God had created the universe to be a nice place for living creatures to abide, man continued throughout time to make it a less pleasant environment for creatures to stay in.

Lost trust, suspicion, infidelity, jealousy, self pride, vanity and lust for power made that man began to deny themselves and more and more brought themselves and others into trouble.

In the very early times of the beginning of man, the human being was well made but not ‘finished’ yet. He had received tasks from the Creator and had to go through a process of perfection.

The video shows clearly how in humankind‘s evolution man thinking he could do everything he wanted, brought more evil and trouble over him. Looking at man we can see that he not so well succeeded  in his process to come to perfection in a perfect world.

Man just made a mess of it all and created him a dumping ground or laystall to live on.

 

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Preceding articles:

  1. The Lion King – Circle of Life
  2. Men as god
  3. God creates. What can a man create?
  4. Right to be in the surroundings
  5. Waste and recycling
  6. Ecological economics in the stomach #1 Alarmbell
  7. Ecological economics in the stomach #2 Resources
  8. Ecological economics in the stomach #3 Food and Populace
  9. Ecological economics in the stomach #4 Water
  10. Dependance a factor of weakening
  11. How long will natural resources last [The InfoGraphics List]
  12. World Agenda for Sustainability
  13. Climate change guilty of doing too little
  14. Postponing once more
  15. Inequality, Injustice, Sustainability and the Free World Charter
  16. Forms of slavery, human trafficking and disrespectful attitude to creation to be changed
  17. Vatican against Opponents of immigration
  18. Mayors from all over the world at the Vatican to talk about climate change
  19. Paris World Summit of Conscience, International interfaith gathering #1
  20. Paris World Summit of Conscience, International interfaith gathering #2
  21. Paris World Summit of Conscience, International interfaith gathering #3
  22. Inner feeling, morality and Inter-connection with creation
  23. Time to consider how to care for our common home
  24. Shared inheritance plus integral and integrating vision
  25. Shaped by years of unprecedented outreach and public engagement

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Find additional reading on my other sites:

  1. Human beings and creation
  2. A look at the Failing man
  3. The natural beauties of life
  4. Let us make sure we are not stiff-necked
  5. Elohim, Mar-Yah showing His wonders
  6. God’s wisdom for the believer brings peace
  7. Not holding back and getting out of darkness
  8. Taking care of mother earth
  9. Pope Francis Raises Hopes for an Ecological Church
  10. Material wealth, Submission and Heaven on earth
  11. Away with it oh no! – Weg er mee, oh neen
  12. Senator Loren Legarda says climate change not impossible to address

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Shaped by years of unprecedented outreach and public engagement

Obama is one of the rare American presidents who has put himself aside more than once for a country he wants to see as a heaven for many and not only for a few who find themselves better than other people.

Selfishness and A better place to live

Senator Barack Obama speaks to a crowd of supp...

Senator Barack Obama speaks to a crowd of supporters in Los Angeles. An American flag hangs in the background. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

There are many who do not like the openness of that president who considers the United states as a place where people came from everywhere in the world to find a better place. according to the opponents Obama has accelerated Congress’ partially self-imposed rush to impotence. States’ rights have become a sad joke they say and the United Nations has become even more powerful, wrongheaded and intrusive.

Our military is more focused on climate change and “social justice” than on fighting our worst enemy, which cannot even be named. {Free republic.com + Rant | Obama continues to fix the Creator’s worst mistakes}

Those Americans are often so selfish that they do not think about those Americans who have to live in the same area’s they are using and misusing now.

We should take care of each other.
We root for one another’s success. We strive to do better, to be better, than the generation before us, and we try to build something better for the generation that comes behind us. this important fact, to try it to have a better place for our kids their children is what drives Obama also to step in the boat to come up for mother earth.

Security of job and health for future generations

This president is concerned about the future generation who has to go out into the world,  were young people have the chance to reach their full potential. The president is expecting the young should be able to do great things. And they’ll owe it in part to an educational institution that ought to be an option for more Americans.

President Barack Obama greets children of Amer...

President Barack Obama greets children of American Embassy workers in Ottawa, Canada. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The Affordable Care Act celebrates five years of significant progress. That’s a fact that people across the country can see in more affordable coverage, higher quality care, and better health, thanks to Obamacare. But when they want to live healthy their surroundings should offer them also a healthy climate.

The first coloured president still sees too much racism and problems for people to find a right place in our society. His top priority as President is making sure more hardworking Americans have a chance to get ahead but should not have to work in unhealthy conditions or in regions where the factories are filling the air with toxins. That’s why the Americans have to make sure the United States — and not countries like China — is the one writing this century’s rules for the world’s economy.

Important role of trade

Trade has an important role to play in supporting good-paying, middle-class jobs in the United States. Unfortunately, past trade deals haven’t always lived up to the hype and lots of factories were more concerned about earning as much money as possible no matter at what cost for environment or people. That’s why Obama made it clear that he won’t sign any agreement that doesn’t put American workers first.

But he also reminds the American citizens that they should recognize that 95 percent of their potential customers live outside the American borders. Exports support more than 11 million jobs — and exporters tend to pay their workers higher wages. Failing to seize new opportunities would be devastating not just for United States businesses, but for their workers too.
That’s why the White-house Administration negotiated the Trans-Pacific Partnership — so Americans can benefit from trade that is not just free, but also fair.

After years of shipping jobs overseas, our manufacturing sector is creating jobs at a pace not seen since the 1990s. Rather than outsourcing, more companies are insourcing and bringing jobs back home. Today, more than half of manufacturing executives have said they’re looking at bringing jobs back from China.

Employees that are healthy and happy at work perform better. Focusing on policies that make sense for working families has paid dividends for business.

All having a stake in national and global health

Nobody may forget that we as human beings all have a stake in our national and global health. Every single one of us stands to benefit from a public health system that is focused on wellness and prevention — not one that simply focuses on treating sickness and disease, — and can live in regions where the industry take notice of the living conditions and tries to respect them.

We may not ignore the impact of climate change on health. Respecting human beings should be willing to see what is going on in our industry zones and should see which horrible impact the technical industrial revolution has made to our environment. As human beings we should love those around us, and not only respect our friends and close relatives, but also those who live further away and the plants and animals. Every one of us should want to do what we can to protect the health of our families, including the health of our grandchildren and future generations. That starts with being informed about how we can keep ourselves, and one another, healthy — particularly in the face of a changing climate.

Days for the earth

President Obama celebrated the 45th-annual Earth Day by spending the afternoon exploring the Everglades in southern Florida. As a 1.5-million-acre wetland ecosystem, the Everglades is home to more than 350 species of birds, both alligators and crocodiles, and a wide diversity of plant life that gives shelter and beauty to the region.

See the highlights from the President’s trip here.

Unfortunately, the Everglades is currently threatened. Each day, climate change is negatively affecting the nature, species, and beauty of the region. But climate change isn’t just hurting the Everglades — it’s hurting our parks, ecosystems, and outdoor spaces in every state and every region of America.

On Earth Day, the president agreed we’re far beyond a debate about climate change’s existence.

We’re focused on mitigating its very real effects here at home, preparing our communities where its impacts are already being felt, and leading an international effort for action.

And the President has already acted in big ways. Over the last eight years, the United States has cut more carbon pollution than any other country, while creating 12.1 million private-sector jobs over 61 months; setting aside more public lands and waters than any administration in history; and releasing a Clean Power Plan to curb carbon pollution from existing power plants — the single-biggest source of carbon pollution in the U.S.

Tackling climate change means protecting local businesses and economies. Taking on this issue means preventing more asthma attacks and premature deaths, billions in revenue loss, and the potential disappearance of natural habitats for our wildlife.

Clean Power Plan

Environmental Protection Agency logo.svgOn Monday August the 3rd President Obama and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced the Clean Power Plan – a historic and important step in reducing carbon pollution from power plants that takes real action on climate change. Shaped by years of unprecedented outreach and public engagement, the final Clean Power Plan is fair, flexible and designed to strengthen the fast-growing trend toward cleaner and lower-polluting American energy.

With strong but achievable standards for power plants, and customized goals for states to cut the carbon pollution that is driving climate change, the Clean Power Plan provides national consistency, accountability and a level playing field while reflecting each state’s energy mix. It also shows the world that the United States is committed to leading global efforts to address climate change.

In this action, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is establishing final emission guidelines for states to follow in developing pans to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from existing fossil fuel-fired electric generating units (EGUs). Specifically, the EPA is establishing:

1) carbondioxide (CO2) emission performance rates representing the best system of emission reduction (BSER) for two subcategories of existing fossil fuel-fired EGUs – fossil fuel-fired electric utility steam generating units and stationary combustion turbines,
2) state-specific CO2 goals reflecting the CO2 emission performance rates, and
3) guidelines for the development, submittal and implementation of state plans that establish emission standards or other measures to implement the CO2 emission performance rates, which may be accomplished by meeting the state goals. This final rule will continue progress already underway in the U.S. to reduce CO2 emissions from the utility power sector.

Places to protect

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Brian Christopher Deese (°1978) senior advisor to U.S. President Barack Obama. Earlier in the Obama Administration, Deese served as the deputy director of the Office of Management and Budget and was the acting director of the office in the summer of 2014. Deese also served as deputy director of the National Economic Council.

For Brian Deese, Senior Advisor to the President, his country has many unique and treasured landscapes. In case we let things continue the way its going now we have to face the potential disappearance of natural habitats for our wildlife. One of those threatened places is Acadia National Park — where you can enjoy islands, mountains, oceans, and beaches in one place. Acadia also attracts more than 2 million visits each year, providing a major boost to the local economy. Mr. Deese want to make sure his daughter can enjoy Acadia the way he has enjoyed it. He says

I want her kids to be able to enjoy it, too. It’s a place I’m willing to fight to protect.

1 of my favorite parks: . Will fight so my daughter & her kids can enjoy it too

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The Department of Agriculture took in partnership with farmers, ranchers and forest land owners to reduce net greenhouse gas emissions.

A planet to live on and continual data to reflect on

No one on this planet had ever seen a whole picture of the Earth until 1972.

We knew we lived on it, and had a vast amount of useful information about its makeup, its processes, and its place in the solar system. At the time, some of the most insightful individuals had begun to understand that we, the people who live on Earth, actually had the ability to influence the processes taking place on our planet, though still many today think we cannot influence our world as much as we think.

Today it is hard for many people to grasp this concept of human responsibility in a whole universe where we are just a very small player.

Blue Marble

The “Blue Marble” was the first full photo of the Earth, taken on December 7, 1972, by the American crew of the Apollo 17 spacecraft. The original Blue Marble is thought by many to be the most-reproduced image of all time.

What made the Blue Marble so special? Sure, it might have been the first full photo of the Earth that we took, but we’ve taken a bunch more since then.

Remarkable about a single snapshot of the Earth — an intact view of our planet in its entirety, hanging in space is that

“…you’re looking at the most beautiful star in the heavens — the most beautiful because it’s the one we understand and we know, it’s home, it’s people, family, love, life — and besides that it is beautiful. You can see from pole to pole and across oceans and continents and you can watch it turn and there’s no strings holding it up, and it’s moving in a blackness that is almost beyond conception.

Eugene Andrew Cernan, byname Gene Cernan (°1934), American astronaut who, as commander of Apollo 17, was the last person to walk on the Moon.

Apollo 17 astronaut Eugene Cernan explained.

Neil deGrasse Tyson, American Museum of Natural History, New York City, says

Regrettably, we still live in a turbulent world. But we now have at our disposal, not simply a photograph of our home to reflect upon, but continual data of our rotating planet, captured 13 times per day, by the robotic Deep Space Climate Observatory (DSCOVR), a specially designed space camera and telescope, launched and positioned a million miles from Earth.

We will now be able to measure and track sun-induced space weather as well as global climatic trends in ozone levels, aerosols, vegetation, volcanic ash, and Earth reflectivity, all in high resolution — just the kind of data our civilization needs to make informed cultural, political, and scientific decisions that affect our future.

A big and most important step in the fight against climate change

Many republicans and Tea Party members do not want to see how are world is evolving and are continues denying that human beings have lots of input in that world. They keep denying that their power plants are responsible for about a third of America’s carbon or air pollution — more than cars, airplanes, and homes combined — and that pollution is fuelling climate change.

Until now in the United States of America, there have never been federal limits on how much carbon pollution existing power plants can generate.

With difficulty but by perseverance the president managed to get the Clean Power Plan setting the first-ever carbon pollution standards for these power plants, while providing states and utilities with the flexibility they need to meet those standards.

Achievable standards to reduce carbon dioxide emissions

The Clean Power Plan sets achievable standards to reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 32 percent from 2005 levels by 2030. By setting these goals and enabling states to create tailored plans to meet them, the Plan will:

Protect the health of American families. It is hoped that by 2030, it will:

  • Prevent up to 3,600 premature deaths

  • Prevent 1,700 non-fatal heart attacks

  • Prevent 90,000 asthma attacks in children

  • Prevent 300,000 missed workdays and schooldays

Boost the American economy by:

  • Leading to 30 percent more renewable energy generation
    in 2030

  • Creating tens of thousands of jobs

  • Continuing to lower the costs of renewable energy

Save the average American family:

  • Nearly $85 a year on their energy bills in 2030

  • Save enough energy to power 30 million homes
    in 2030

  • Save consumers $155 billion from 2020-2030

Listening to Figures speaking

The president yesterday reminded the citizens of the United States that 2014 was the planet’s warmest year on record.

Fourteen out of the 15 warmest years on record fell within the first 15 years of this century. Earth’s current levels of carbon dioxide, which heats up our atmosphere, are the highest they’ve been in 800,000 years.

Though certain American groups do not agree with the many scientists and do not want to see the effects of the changing climate in their everyday lives, we may not sit still and let it continue going on such wrong path. We cannot be sure what weather a season will bring, because they have become unpredictable. Our summers are hotter, though for many it may seem colder, because the day temperatures may be in several places much lower but higher at night. In many places the droughts are deeper and the wet seasons are prolonged. With extended wet or dry periods agriculture got in problems.  Wildfire seasons are lasting longer. Storms are more severe. And these disasters are becoming more frequent, more expensive, and more dangerous.

But as the President said yesterday

“There is such a thing as being too late when it comes to climate change.”

That’s why he directed the Environmental Protection Agency in 2013 to tackle the issue of carbon pollution from the American power plants — and today’s plan sets the first-ever nationwide limits on this pollution.

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Due to climate change, the weather is getting more extreme

Temperatures are rising across the U.S.

2014 was the hottest year on record globally, and 2015 is on track to break that record.

Globally, the 10 warmest years on record all occurred since 1998.

Source: NOAA

For the contiguous 48 states, 7 of the 10 warmest years on record have occurred since 1998.

Source: NOAA

Extreme weather comes at a cost

Climate and weather disasters in 2012 alone cost the American economy more than $100 billion

$30 Billion; U.S. drought/heatwave; Estimated across the U.S.
$65 Billion; Superstorm Sandy; Estimated $11.1 Billion;
Combined severe weather; Estimated for incidents across the U.S.; $65 Billion

$1 Billion Western wildfires; Estimated $2.3 Billion
Hurricane Isaac; Superstorm Sandy

There are also public health threats associated with extreme weather

Children, the elderly, and the poor are most vulnerable to a range of climate-related health effects, including those related to heat stress, air pollution, extreme weather events, and diseases carried by food, water, and insects.

Since the President took office, the administration has made the largest investment in clean energy in American history. The Clean Power Plan will lead to 30% more renewable energy generation in 2030.

Heavy-duty vehicles (commercial trucks, vans, and buses) are currently the second largest source of greenhouse gas pollution within the transportation sector.

The Administration has already established the toughest fuel economy standards for passenger vehicles in U.S. history. These standards require an average performance equivalent of 54.5 miles per gallon by 2025.

Energy efficiency is one of the clearest and most cost-effective opportunities to save families money, make our businesses more competitive, and reduce greenhouse gas pollution.

First generation to feel the impacts of climate change

“We are the first generation to feel the impacts of climate change, and the last generation to be able to do something about it,”

Mr Obama said, whilst he knew that many would ridicule it or be firmly against it, but for sure we do have to do something and he called taking a stand against climate change a “moral obligation“.

Mr Obama brushed off the notion that the plan is a “War on Coal” that will kill jobs and said he is reinvesting in areas of the US known as “coal country”.

“Scaremonging” tactics will not work to stop the proposal, he said.

“If we don’t do it nobody will. America leads the way forward… that’s what this plan is about. This is our moment to get something right and get something right for our kids,”

he said.

The plan will remove policy barriers, modernize programs, and establish a short-term task force of state, local, and tribal officials to advise on key actions the federal government can take to support local and state efforts to prepare for climate change.

Facilitating the transition to a global clean energy economy, the U.S. Department of Energy is leading the Clean Energy Ministerial, a high-level global forum that promotes policies and programs aimed at scaling up energy efficiency and clean energy.

The U.S. continues to spearhead the Climate and Clean Air Coalition which has expanded to more than 100 partners, including 46 countries. The Coalition is implementing ten initiatives to reduce emissions of methane, HFCs, and black carbon.

In November 2013, the U.S., Norway, and the U.K. launched a public-private partnership to support forests in developing countries, with the goal of reducing emissions from deforestation and promoting sustainable agriculture. The initiative has identified its first four priority countries and begun initial work.

Forestries and coal mining states such as Wyoming, West Virginia and Kentucky fear their economies would suffer and people would be laid off.

The president is well aware of the negative reactions and several state governors are already saying they will simply ignore the plans, but calls for taking up responsibility for our future generations. But

“Climate change is not a problem for another generation. Not any more,”

Mr Obama said.

And states would have significant flexibility in setting regulations for existing power plants within their borders, but are required to follow the broad limits in EPA’s proposed rule. Since states have been given the authority to use market-based mechanisms, California and the nine Northeast states participating in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) would be able to demonstrate that their cap-and-trade programs satisfy the required emission reductions, and that further regulation is therefore unnecessary.

States will have up to two years to submit their proposed implementations plans to EPA. After a plan is submitted, EPA will have a year to either approve plans or send them back to states for revision. If a state does not submit an adequate plan, EPA is authorized to impose a federal plan to drive the necessary reductions.

https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/6/6f/EIA_logo.jpgThat actions are useful has proven the power sector emissions which have declined over the past five years in part due to the economic downturn, increased energy efficiency, greater use of renewable energy and a switch from coal, the most carbon-intensive fossil fuel, to natural gas, the least carbon-intensive (in terms of combustion). In the absence of any policy changes, the U.S. Energy Information Administration projects that as the economy grows and natural gas prices rise slowly over the next five years, emissions will rise. The Clean Power Plan will have to push against these underlying trends.

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The President is taking steps to reduce the causes of climate change and prepare our communities for its impacts, and it’s not too late for you to join in.

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Find also related:

  1. The natural beauties of life
  2. Science, 2013 word of the year, and Scepticism
  3. Melting icebergs sign for the world
  4. Common Goods, people and the Market
  5. A risk taking society
  6. Securing risks
  7. Greenpeace demands scale up of ecological farming
  8. Postponing once more
  9. Second term for Obama
  10. Time for global change
  11. USA Climate Change Action Plan
  12. EU Climate and Energy Framework and Roadmap for global climate agreement
  13. Senator Loren Legarda says climate change not impossible to address
  14. Paris World Summit of Conscience, International interfaith gathering #1
  15. Paris World Summit of Conscience, International interfaith gathering #2
  16. Paris World Summit of Conscience, International interfaith gathering #3
  17. How to make sustainable, green habits second nature
  18. 2015 Summit of Consciences for the Climate
  19. Vatican meeting of mayors talking about global warming, human trafficking and modern-day slavery
  20. Time to consider how to care for our common home
  21. Vatican against Opponents of immigration

In Dutch:

  1. Meezingen voor het klimaat
  2. Niet aangevreten oogst en bulkvoorziening
  3. Mogelijkheid tot wereldwijde voedselcrisis
  4. Copenhagen roert menig hart
  5. Top van het geweten voor het klimaat in Parijs
  6. Burgemeesters in het Vaticaan tegen moderne slavernij en klimaatverandering
  7. Olieland Nigeria balanceert tussen klimaat en economie

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Shared inheritance plus integral and integrating vision


“The earth is essentially a shared inheritance, whose fruits are meant to benefit everyone.”
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“the post-industrial period may well be remembered as one of the most irresponsible in history”
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“the economy accepts every advance in technology with a view to profit……yet by itself the market cannot guarantee integral human development and social inclusion”
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“the analysis of environmental problems cannot be separated from the analysis of human, family, work-related and urban contexts”, while solutions must be based on “a preferential option for the poorest of our brothers and sisters”
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“we urgently need a humanism capable of bringing together the different fields of knowledge, including economics, in the service of a more integral and integrating vision”
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“The same mindset which stands in the way of making radical decisions to reverse the trend of global warming also stands in the way of achieving the goal of eliminating poverty”
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“Individual states can no longer ignore their responsibility for planning, coordination, oversight and enforcement within their respective borders”
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“Doomsday predictions can no longer be met with irony or disdain”
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“There is a need to change ‘models of global development’ ”
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“Social love moves us to devise larger strategies to halt environmental degradation and to encourage a ‘culture of care’ which permeates all of society.”
– Pope Francis I


“On the environment, everybody has to change their behaviour. Even the person who drives a Prius and is a vegetarian. We are living a consumptive lifestyle that isn’t sustaining. Even the greenest of us.”
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“There’s plenty in the Gospel that says what the Pope just said in this encyclical. The media has already started to ignore it. We’re concerned we’re (the Church) on the road to ignoring it as well. We need the bishops to say to the priests ‘Talk about it, guys. Don’t let this opportunity slide by.’
– Brian DeRouen

Catholics have both a right and a responsibility to speak out in regard to moral issues not just in a peripheral role but a leading one, especially on divisive issues that are sharply drawn down ideological lines.  Such willingness to find a lasting solution on the topic and to stimulate discussion on an issue where there are so many strong emotions, as is one of the stated purposes of the encyclical, should not be condemned or ignored by the temporal leaders of this world but instead respected and emulated.
Little words of god


The technocratic mindset sees nature as an accident which we must repurpose on demand to satisfy our own desires. For those infected by the technocratic bug, this may mean anything from raping natural resources to get rich to reconfiguring human bodies to achieve a sexual fantasy. Because this attitude is fundamentally manipulative, it is fundamentally individualistic and selfish. It sees nature as a whole, including other people and even one’s own body, as so much raw material to be used in producing personal satisfaction.
– Dr. Jeff Mirus

 

Encyclical Letter  Laudato Si’ by the Roman Catholic pope Francis I, on Care for our common home

Encyclical Letter
Laudato Si’ by the Roman Catholic pope Francis I, on Care for our common home

Preceding articles:

Time to consider how to care for our common home

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

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Find additional reading:

  1. The natural beauties of life
  2. Science, 2013 word of the year, and Scepticism
  3. Pope Francis Raises Hopes for an Ecological Church
  4. Inculturation today calling for a different attitude
  5. How to make sustainable, green habits second nature
  6. Vatican meeting of mayors talking about global warming, human trafficking and modern-day slavery
  7. Profitable disasters
  8. Self inflicted misery #1 The root by man
  9. Self inflicted misery #2 Weakness of human race

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Time to consider how to care for our common home

Man taking ownership

We have a wave-function which is the unique, significant form of the coherent organism, a macroscopic quantum object, which has a macroscopic wave-function that is always evolving, always changing as it entangles its environment.

We do know there have been changes or circles in climate changes but what we are facing now does not fit that picture. The change is triggered by our abuse of the system.

Man went away form the Creator and lost connection with Him and with His Creation. You can say

a bond was broken; a shade of mutuality has withered and waned. Now everything becomes merely external and separate from everything else.{Professor l. k. Tong}*

Man has taken nature as something they own and are free to use no matter what it would mean to that other species. Lots of them have just become ‘Takers’ clinging with fanatical tenacity to the specialness of man.

They want desperately to perceive a vast gulf between man and the rest of creation. This mythology of human specialness justifies their doing whatever they please with the world, just the way Hitler’s mythology of Aryan superiority justified his doing whatever he pleased with Europe. But in the end this mythology is not deeply satisfying. The Takers are a profoundly lonely people. The world for them is enemy territory, and they live in it like an army of occupation, alienated and isolated by their extraordinary specialness.” {Ishmael}*

Man taken liberties on his path to consumerism

Carnal and corruptible Man has taken too many liberties, though still many do not mind going on mis-using nature. Lots of people do not want to change their behaviour and continue to over-use natural sources.

They forget that

There is no separation of man and his environment; rather there is a fusion of man and his environment. Ecology represents the study of the ecological entity as a whole. When a given ecological complex appears unfavorable from the standpoint of man, for example, he does not have a prior claim to adjustment on the part of the other elemen (ts of the complex. The others have just as much “right” to demand modification of his behavior as he has on theirs. All are one in Nature. The appreciation of this Oneness and the delicate interrelationships of its diffusions represents the prime academic purpose of the Ecology Series. (The Land of Keikitran and Eleevan) {R.G.H. Siu}*

The denial of climate change of certain economists and big international concerns, mocking at concerned consumers, may be leaders of a millenarian cult as mad as, and more dangerous than, any religious fundamentalism. The consumerism and irresponsible development promoted by those irresponsible people has been under fire the last few months, with good reason.

Environmental issues and Laudato si’

Pope Francis I’s second encyclical letter (2015) addressed to all of humanity on environmental issues, our place in creation and responsibility towards our common home.

Pope Francis I’s second encyclical letter (2015) addressed to all of humanity on environmental issues, our place in creation and responsibility towards our common home.

On June, 18, 2015, the the second encyclical of Pope Francis Laudato si (Medieval Central Italian for “Praise Be to You”), dated 24 May 2015, was officially published and the Vatican released the document in Italian, German, English, Spanish, French, Polish, Portuguese and Arabic.

The title of the encyclical being an Umbrian phrase from Saint Francis of Assisi‘s 13th-century Canticle of the Sun (also called the Canticle of the Creatures), a poem and prayer in which God is praised for the creation of the different creatures and aspects of the Earth. {“Avviso di Conferenza Stampa, 10 June 2015”. Vatican Bulletin. 10 June 2015.}

For sure there are certain environmental issues where it is not easy to achieve a broad consensus and it is not up to churches or religious organisations to settle scientific questions or to replace politics. But religious people cannot stay untouched by what human creatures are doing with the creation of the Most High. Therefore it is good to notice that the leader of the big Catholic community is concerned to encourage an honest and open debate so that particular interests or ideologies will not prejudice the common good.

The pope says:

“Although the post-industrial period may well be remembered as one of the most irresponsible in history, nonetheless there is reason to hope that humanity at the dawn of the twenty-first century will be remembered for having generously shouldered its grave responsibilities.” {“Encyclical Letter Laudato Si’ Of The Holy Father Francis On Care For Our Common Home (official English-language text of encyclical)”. Retrieved 18 June 2015.}

Natural environment gravely damaged by godman

Hard copies of the encyclical have been publis...

Hard copies of the encyclical have been published by Ignatius Press. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Benedict XVI asked previously also to recognize that the natural environment has been gravely damaged by our irresponsible behaviour. He and this pope reminds us that it is not only the ecological but also the social environment which has also suffered damage.

Both are ultimately due to the same evil: the notion that there are no indisputable truths to guide our lives, and hence human freedom is limitless. We have forgotten that “man is not only a freedom which he creates for himself. Man does not create himself. He is spirit and will, but also nature” {“Encyclical Letter Laudato Si’ Of The Holy Father Francis On Care For Our Common Home (official English-language text of encyclical)”}

Though often man thinks he can create himself and be a god-man, he always shall come to be reminded that he shall always be lower than the Most High Supreme Power. With paternal concern, Benedict had also urged us to realize that God’s creation is harmed

“where we ourselves have the final word, where everything is simply our property and we use it for ourselves alone. The misuse of creation begins when we no longer recognize any higher instance than ourselves, when we see nothing else but ourselves” {Address to the Clergy of the Diocese of Bolzano-Bressanone (6 August 2008): AAS 100 (2008), 634.}

Green declaration for oneness of humanity

It is that selfishness which shall be able to ruin us if we do not take care and take an other crossroad.

The 14th Dalai Lama had also previously often said human beings should be more careful with mother nature and issued a Twitter message, three days before the encyclical, stating:

“Since climate change and the global economy now affect us all, we have to develop a sense of the oneness of humanity.”

Two days before the encyclical was released, Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby, head of the Anglican Communion, issued a “green declaration” (also signed by the Methodist Conference as well as representatives of the Catholic Church in England and Wales and the British Muslim, Sikh and Jewish communities) urging a transition to a low-carbon economy and fasting and prayer for success at the December 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference in Paris. {Wiki +Wall Street Journal + San Martín, Inés (17 June 2015). “‘Laudato Si’ will be an encyclical for the ages” + Rocca, Francis X.; Nakrosis, Stephen (18 June 2015). “5 Things to Know About Pope Francis’ Encyclical ‘Laudato Si'”}

The Lausanne Movement of global evangelical Christians was grateful for the encyclical which was also welcomed by the World Council of Churches and the Christian Reformed Church in North America.

Waking up for all-encompassing threat

Because the climate change is an all-encompassing threat we do need to wake up the majority of consumers and makers of consumption articles.

Hans Joachim Schellnhuber, the founding director of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK) and chair of the German Advisory Council on Global Change, who advised the Vatican on the drafting of the encyclical, said that

“the science of Laudato Si’ is watertight”

and gave the pontiff an “A” for command of the subject.

We need to change and develop new convictions, attitudes and forms of life, including a new lifestyle. This requires not only individual conversion, but also community networks to solve the complex situation facing our world today. Essential to this is a spirituality that can motivate us to a more passionate concern for the protection of our world. Christian spirituality proposes a growth and fulfilment marked by moderation and the capacity to be happy with little. Love, overflowing with small gestures of mutual care, is also civic and political, and it makes itself felt in every action that seeks to build a better world.

Putting aside our greed and taking Care for the poor

We are not faced with two separate crises, one environmental and the other social, but rather with one complex crisis that is both social and environmental. Strategies for a solution demand an integrated approach to combating poverty, restoring dignity to the excluded, and at the same time protecting nature.

According to some readers of the document, what is overlooked by the most casual observers is, that Pope Francis makes an essential part of his encyclical the idea that care for the poor and care for creation are inextricably connected. {The genius of Laudato Si’ should make us all uncomfortable}

We may not forget that those who use polluting production have their plants often in cheap regions in the midst of poor people. Often it are the poorer who are victim of the greed of the rich. The poor also often live in areas directly affected by sea level rise and desertification

the majority of our megacities and a quarter of the world’s population live near the coast. If sea level rise puts Bangladesh underwater, as some scientists think is inevitable, 100 million people will be displaced, and the vast majority are poor.  {The genius of Laudato Si’ should make us all uncomfortable}

Those people often do not have enough resources to protect themselves, to get proper water and live in cleaner healthier surroundings.

The pope warns that the destruction of the human environment is extremely serious

not only because God has entrusted the world to us men and women, but because human life is itself a gift which must be defended from various forms of debasement. Every effort to protect and improve our world entails profound changes in “lifestyles, models of production and consumption, and the established structures of power which today govern societies” {Encyclical Letter Centesimus Annus (1 May 1991), 58: AAS 83 (1991), p. 863; “Encyclical Letter Laudato Si’ Of The Holy Father Francis On Care For Our Common Home (official English-language text of encyclical)”}

Looking for solutions

We not only have to look for solutions in technology but also in a change of humanity; otherwise we would be dealing merely with symptoms, and that is already what is going wrong in the medical field in the industrialised countries where the chemical industry fight against the alternative medicine and does everything to get people away from homoeopathic and phytotherapeutic medicines. there we can find how many people do not like it to have an other system existing next to their more lucrative system.

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John Zizioulas, Eastern Orthodox metropolitan of Pergamon, presents the encyclical Laudato si’ at the Press conference in Rome

Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, with whome the pope and his followers share the hope of full ecclesial communion, has drawn attention to the ethical and spiritual roots of environmental problems, which require that we look for solutions not only in technology but in a change of humanity. He asks us to replace consumption with sacrifice, greed with generosity, wastefulness with a spirit of sharing, an asceticism which

“entails learning to give, and not simply to give up. It is a way of loving, of moving gradually away from what I want to what God’s world needs. It is liberation from fear, greed and compulsion”. {Lecture at the Monastery of Utstein, Norway (23 June 2003). + Paris meeting 21 July 20015}

Saint Francis of Assisi example par excellence of care for the vulnerable

English: Saint Francis of Assisi with Angels

Saint Francis of Assisi with Angels (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Pope Francis I believes that Saint Francis of Assisi is the example par excellence of care for the vulnerable and of an integral ecology lived out joyfully and authentically. For him this Roman Catholic patron saint of all who study and work in the area of ecology, is also much loved by non-Christians because he was particularly concerned for God’s creation and for the poor and outcast.

He loved, and was deeply loved for his joy, his generous self-giving, his openheartedness. He was a mystic and a pilgrim who lived in simplicity and in wonderful harmony with God, with others, with nature and with himself. He shows us just how inseparable the bond is between concern for nature, justice for the poor, commitment to society, and interior peace. {words about Saint Francis of Assisi in “Encyclical Letter Laudato Si’ Of The Holy Father Francis On Care For Our Common Home (official English-language text of encyclical)”}

The pope reminds us of this Italian religious leader who founded the religious order known as the Franciscans, that his response to the world around him was so much more than intellectual appreciation or economic calculus, for to him each and every creature was a sister united to him by bonds of affection.

His father, Pietro di Bernardone, was a successful cloth merchant, and Francis grew up with a love of fine clothes and good times. He led the other young men of the town in enjoying good food and drink, singing, and dancing. He was educated in math, poetry, and music and learned to read and write while attending a school that was part of the Church of Saint Giorgio of Assisi. Francis was expected to become a cloth merchant like his father and did not plan to attend college. Francis joined the forces from Assisi in their fight against Perugia, another town in Italy. When he was twenty, he was taken prisoner. A year later, sobered by jail and sickness, he underwent several religious experiences in quick succession.

Francis’s father, furious that his son wasted his money on churches and beggars, took him before the bishop to bring him to his senses. When the hearing began, Francis calmly took off all of his clothes, gave them to his father (the astonished bishop quickly covered Francis with a cloak), and said that he was now recognizing only his Father in heaven, not his father on earth. He lived his life from this time on without money and without family ties, dressing in himself in rags.

He would call creatures, no matter how small, by the name of ‘brother’ or ‘sister’”

Brothers and sisters in one system

In our Christian system we should consider ourselves as brothers and sisters, coming all from the Power of God and being descendants of Adam and Eve, the first man and mannin (woman). According to the Bible we also are living now in a temporary world system, a system of things, in which we do have to find our way back to God, the Divine Creator.

In this System of things we have a world having become dependant on the ones who took adversary to the Divine Creator (in the Bible those adversaries are called in Hebrew ‘Satan‘ often translated in English as ‘devil‘). Because they have taken over the world, lovers of God also have to live patiently in their system which tries to find political and economical ways to survive.

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Immanuel Wallerstein giving a talk at a seminar at the European University at St. Petersburg (May 24, 2008)

Immanuel Wallerstein and others looked at this world and saw some World Systems Theory, noticing that the world as a whole has an economic system dominated by a rich metropolitan centre (as in USA and Europe) that benefits from unequal material exchange with a more extensive and poorer periphery (much of Africa, Asia and Latin America).

Wallerstein’s early criticism of global capitalism and championship of “anti-systemic movements” have recently made him an éminence grise with the anti-globalization movement within and outside of the academic community, along with Noam Chomsky and Pierre Bourdieu. He anticipated the growing importance of the North-South divide at a time when the main world conflict was the Cold War. For him the United States is a ‘hegemon in decline’ in a world where virtually every area has been incorporated into the capitalist world-economy, where natural resources, land, labour, and human relationships are gradually being stripped of their “intrinsic” value and turned into commodities in a market which dictates their exchange value.

Association with extensive body of radical progressive thinking

The pope writes

The theory, along with ideas like ecological debt, is closely associated with an extensive body of radical progressive thinking that has developed synergistically also with liberation theology. This body of thought has been especially vibrant in Latin America. It is extensively and knowledgeably referred to, both explicitly and implicitly, throughout the encyclical, and particularly in the passages leading up to the cited statement. {Laudato Si’: on a glimpse of theory masked in translation}

How do we want to think? How do we want to place ourselves in the thinking community?
Where do we want to put our priorities. How many are convinced that the priorities should not only be about ourselves?

Certainly in the newer generation of young people there are those who believe we need to make ourselves our number one.

Your health, your body, your mind. Those must be first, because if you’re not happy with you, how can you be happy with others? {Priorities}

Such people are right in thinking they have to come at ease with themselves first. But when they are looking at themselves in the mirror and thinking

“God, I really need to change my habits” {Priorities}

We can only hope they do not forget to change their habits and we only can hope by thinking about themselves they also shall think about the others. It is wrong to think they cannot change their habits because they forget to put  their ‘self‘ first. They should know that it is essential also to think about what is better for others. What went wrong in our society is that too many put all their focus on their self and placed themselves before everything else.

Believe in self and in future for the self and others

People do have to place themselves in their own environment, believe in themselves and trust themselves in such a way that they not have to rely all the time on others.

It is just our attitude to others, trying to help them better themselves to make their life easier to make them smile or just make sure they know they are not alone, is what makes us to be ‘humans‘. But by allowing ourselves to be carried away by consumerism and capitalism we have put our humanity and humanism often aside.

Man has to change his perception on the terms that has seen sprawled and depicted in this very sly, capitalist, greedy world, where emotions are pushed away and with involvement are being considered weaknesses. Most people prefer to stay in their comfort-zone and do not want to let others know what they really think or do not want to become involved in matters concerning the way we live. they perhaps do know that when people help in their own little ways they can help to make this world a beautiful place.

As humans, we’re influenced by society and those around us and I sometimes feel that we’re programmed to look for the negative in life. {The powers of positive thinking}

Being influenced by society we also may not forget we ourselves also can influence society. And there is where comes in our responsibility. We do have the moral responsibility to ourselves and to those around us, to protect ourselves but also to protect others.

Helping ourselves and others

Reading Francis in ‘Little things matter‘ sums up how we can help ourselves and others by

to act to fight these multiple challenges:

  • Use less heating (and air)

  • Wear warmer clothes (or cooler)

  • Avoiding the use of paper and plastic

  • Reducing water consumption

  • Separating refuse

  • Cooking only what can reasonably be consumed

  • Showing care for other living beings

  • Using public transport or car-pooling

  • Planting trees

  • Turning off unnecessary lights

  • Keep things clean

  • Ask without demanding

  • Say thank you

  • Don’t be greedy

  • Ask forgiveness

Increasing sensibility

Following a period of irrational confidence in progress and human abilities, some sectors of society are now adopting a more critical approach. We see increasing sensitivity to the environment and the need to protect nature, along with a growing concern, both genuine and distressing, for what is happening to our planet. {“Encyclical Letter Laudato Si’ Of The Holy Father Francis On Care For Our Common Home (official English-language text of encyclical)”}

then the pope reviews those questions which are troubling us today and which we can no longer sweep under the carpet.

Our goal is not to amass information or to satisfy curiosity, but rather to become painfully aware, to dare to turn what is happening to the world into our own personal suffering and thus to discover what each of us can do about it. {“Encyclical Letter Laudato Si’ Of The Holy Father Francis On Care For Our Common Home (official English-language text of encyclical)”}

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* Made thankfully use of the quotes gathered by rodgericketts: Quotes, Thoughts, Reflections on Non-dualism, evolution, God, ecology, War and more…

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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

Inner feeling, morality and Inter-connection with creation

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Additional reading:

  1. Creation Creator and Creation
  2. Between Alpha and Omega – The plan of creation
  3. Necessity of a revelation of creation 1 Works of God and works of man
  4. Necessity of a revelation of creation 5 Getting understanding by Word of God 3
  5. Necessity of a revelation of creation 8 By no means unintelligible or mysterious to people
  6. Gone astray, away from God
  7. Every creature is a divine word because it proclaims God.
  8. The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands
  9. Eternity depends upon this short time on earth
  10. 2015 Summit of Consciences for the Climate
  11. Whom can we trust to govern us?
  12. Compromise and accommodation
  13. Greed more common than generosity
  14. Capitalism and economic policy and Christian survey
  15. Our political systems and juggling with human laws
  16. Profitable disasters
  17. Self inflicted misery #1 The root by man
  18. Self inflicted misery #2 Weakness of human race
  19. Paus waarschuwt dat de mens en milieu met elkaar verbonden zijn

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Furhter interesting reading:

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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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Other interesting readings:

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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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  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)
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  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….
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  38. Sea Ice Extent – Day 173 – Antarctic 2nd Highest – Global 9th Highest For This Day
  39. 33 Years Later – No Change In Polar Stupid
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  42. CO2 Monitoring Mechanism in the European Union
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  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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  2. Pope calls for ‘open spirit’ towards climate change encyclical
  3. Why do I care

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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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From Angela Brown-Burke’s Tweet on July 22

Angela Brown

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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Preceding articles:

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

Vatican against Opponents of immigration

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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
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  6. Pope Francis Raises Hopes for an Ecological Church
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  10. The Fragility of Things: An Interview
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  17. Not Good News for Recycling
  18. Environmental Clean-Up! Meeting July 9th.
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