Shifting towards a cleaner economy

Around the world many countries are trying to shift towards a cleaner economy, moving away from a reliance on energy produced by fossil fuels, such as coal and gas, towards a more sustainable supply by ramping up renewable energy sources, such as solar plants and wind farms.  This is an important example of the ways that countries can transition to a “green economy.”

Whilst there is not a universally agreed definition of the term, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), describes a green economy as being one which is

 “low carbon, resource efficient and socially inclusive.”

At the UN’s Rio+20 conference on sustainable development in 2012, one of the milestone conferences on the road to the adoption of the Paris Agreement, the outcome document declared that a green economy is

“one of the important tools available for achieving sustainable development,”

which should create

“opportunities for employment and decent work for all, while maintaining the healthy functioning of the Earth’s ecosystems.”

The shift to a green economy opens up a “massive opportunity for job creation,” says Moustapha Kamal Gueye, coordinator of the Green Jobs Programme at the International Labour Organization (ILO). An obvious example is the energy industry, where the shift to renewable energies is creating new jobs in companies catering to solar plants, wind farms and other clean energy sources.

But the opportunities stretch far beyond the energy industry, in both developed and developing countries, to include areas such as construction and manufacturing, where a host of innovative new techniques, often driven by digital technology, are designed to reduce waste and improve efficiency.

In developing countries, the ILO Green Jobs Programme actively helps communities to adopt and implement sustainable practices, increasing their chances of securing an income. In rural Zambia, for example, the Programme has trained women to build homes using sustainable techniques, and how to assemble and install solar panels, in a country suffering from an energy crisis, and where many people have never had access to electricity. The skills they have learned have had positive, life-changing benefits for the community and, by reducing waste and pollution, have reduced the impact on the environment.

For the Just Transition to function effectively, a range of actors need to work together, from trade unions, to national and local government, sustainability-conscious businesses and community-based organizations. And the prize couldn’t be bigger: a world in which all people work in decent, productive jobs, contributing to a global economy that protects the environment, for the benefit of all.

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Going for sustainable development

People should know they all should join hands to make sure that we can survive in nice surroundings where nobody is afraid to seek to strengthen universal peace in larger freedom.

People should recognise that eradicating poverty in all its forms and dimensions, including extreme poverty, is the greatest global challenge and an indispensable requirement for sustainable development. All countries and all stakeholders, should act in collaborative partnership, willing to implement the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

At the moment we still lack the global political will to take the kind of transformational measures necessary to make the ongoing polluting and people misusing trends, be reversed before it is too late.

This month in many countries, all over the European Union, there shall be an opportunity to bring out a vote on the deepening climate crisis, but also on the human rights elements, which both should be at the top of our concerns.

Climate change is moving much faster than our efforts to address it, and the last four years were the hottest on record. We can not keep ignoring the many natural disasters which have wreaked havoc in nearly every region of the globe and which are demanding many lives (of humans but also of animals).

Last year, more than 35 million people were affected by floods, and when looking at Africa, we can not ignore the drought which is progressing, destroying livelihoods and forcing more and more people to move.
The average number of people exposed to heatwaves has increased by some 125 million since the beginning of the century, with deadly consequences.
The combination of extreme heat and air pollution is proving increasingly dangerous.

The climate crisis threatens decades of progress and jeopardizes all our plans for an inclusive and sustainable development.

And the clock is ticking. Science has clearly told us that we have only 12 years for this transformation, if we want to limit temperature rise to 1.5 degrees Celsius and to avoid the worst impacts of climate change.

“No country or community is immune. And, as we know, the poor and vulnerable are the first to suffer, and the worst hit,”

said UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, at the Leader’s Roundtable on Promoting Green and Sustainable Development to Implement the 2030 Agenda in Beijing, China, warning that the climate crisis threatens decades of progress and jeopardizes all our plans for inclusive, sustainable development.

UN China/Zhao YunUN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres attends the Leader’s Roundtable on Promoting Green and Sustainable Development to Implement the 2030 Agenda in Beijing, China

To put it simply, we need green development. We need sustainable development. And we need it now.

We must not see it to dark or not as impossible, as a race to head off a climate catastrophe, with global action rooted in solutions that are sustainable and aligned with the landmark Paris accord and the UN 2030 Agenda it should be possible to ensure a safe and secure planet for all.

All those who can vote should stimulate their own country to have the greenhouse gas emissions reduced by 45 per cent over the next decade and to get to net zero emissions globally by 2050 through strong mitigation and adaptation measures.

We are resolved to free the human race from the tyranny of poverty and want and to heal and secure our planet. We are determined to take the bold and transformative steps which are urgently needed to shift the world onto a sustainable and resilient path.

As we embark on this collective journey, we pledge that no one will be left behind. The 17 Sustainable Development Goals and 169 targets which we are announced in Paris demonstrate the scale and ambition of this new universal Agenda. They seek to build on the Millennium Development Goals and complete what these did not achieve. They seek to realize the human rights of all and to achieve gender equality and the empowerment of all women and girls. They are integrated and indivisible and balance the three dimensions of sustainable development: the economic, social and environmental.

All those who can vote should bring out their vote to end poverty and hunger, in all their forms and dimensions, and to ensure that all human beings can fulfil their potential in dignity and equality and in a healthy environment.

All of us have to bear the responsibility and should be determined to protect the planet from degradation, including through sustainable consumption and production, sustainably managing its natural resources and taking urgent action on climate change, so that it can support the needs of the present and future generations.

Please do look for those political parties who have people or representatives who live like they preach. Look for the parties where the people who want to present your voice are determined to ensure that all human beings can enjoy prosperous and fulfilling lives and that economic, social and technological progress occurs in harmony with nature.

As concerned citizens we should be determined to foster peaceful, just and inclusive societies which are free from fear and violence. There can be no sustainable development without peace and no peace without sustainable development.

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Noodzaak om ons sterk te maken tegen twee bastions

Europa lijkt soms wel op een lappendeken waarbij meerderen nog meer verschillende bijna losstaande stukjes er van af willen rukken. Maar grotere verdeeldheid in de Europese Unie heeft geen nut.

Wij moeten er van bewust zijn dat de handelsbesprekingen tussen de VS en China begin dit jaar werden heropgestart. Beide landen lijken nu een akkoord te willen. Dit stemt de markten natuurlijk positief. Ze zijn overeengekomen om de onderhandelingen op twee fronten te voeren: de wederzijdse handelssancties en het handelsoverschot van China enerzijds en de bescherming van intellectuele eigendom anderzijds. Amerika aast ook op het uittredende rijk “Groot-Brittannië” waarbij zij een rijke afzetmarkt in zien voor hun genetisch gemanipuleerde grondstoffen en de met geneesmiddelen opgefokte dieren. Langs de Engelse Unie via Ierland die Amerikaanse producten dan naar het vaste land van Europa krijgen is dan slechts een kleinigheid.

De bescherming van intellectuele eigendom is een heel belangrijk element in de lopende besprekingen, ondanks het feit dat de pers meer spreekt over de opgelegde handelssancties. Westerse landen die in China actief willen zijn, moeten verplicht joint ventures met Chinese bedrijven oprichten waarin hun technologie en andere intellectuele eigendommen gedeeld worden. Daarna wordt die technologie vaak gekopieerd door Chinese bedrijven, zonder sanctie van de Chinese overheid. Het regelen van de bescherming van intellectuele eigendom in het uiteindelijke handelsakkoord is iets waar president Trump veel steun voor kan vinden, zowel bij zijn westerse bondgenoten als bij zijn politieke tegenstanders in de VS.

Bij het escaleren van de handelsoorlog in het laatste kwartaal van 2018 incasseerden de technologiewaarden de grootste klap. Nu de onderhandelingen positiever verlopen kennen zij het sterkste herstel. Het zijn dan ook de technologiebedrijven die het meest te winnen hebben bij een betere bescherming van hun intellectuele eigendom.

Het staat vast dat de bedrijven in de Europese Unie niet zo zeer hun verwachtingen moeten richten op goedkopere arbeidskrachten buiten de unie, maar dat zij beter werk en toekomst verzekeren hier op dit grondgebied, waar de consument indien hij werk en inkomen verzekerd heeft wel bereid zal zijn degelijke Europese producten te kopen, terwijl indien zijn inkomen te beperkt is en te veel belast hij zijn toevlucht zal nemen tot goedkopere producten uit China.

De stem om minder te focussen op besparen en meer op investeren binnen Europa klinkt steeds feller. Niet enkel in Italië, maar ook in landen als Frankrijk en zelfs in Duitsland warmt de politiek op voor het idee om meer te investeren en de economische groei zo een duwtje in de rug te geven. Dat is natuurlijk positief voor de Europese economie, zolang de totale schuld onder controle blijft. Maar die schuld mag men niet willen gaan toedekken met verhogingen van belastingen. Men moet eindelijk eens tot inzicht komen dat het niet meer op gaat om belastingvrije paradijzen te hebben binnen Europa, waar multinationals geen bijdragen moeten leveren aan het gezond houden van de economie, want meestal willen zij door een monopolie zelfs de macht in handen houden en de prijs van de producten hoog genoeg houden om zo veel mogelijk winst in eigen zak te steken.

In de 21ste eeuw gaat het niet meer op dat bepaalde bedrijven geen cent belasting betalen, of vennootschappen maar 6% belasting betalen, terwijl de gewone burger wel 45% of zelfs meer belasting moet betalen.

Naar de verkiezingen toe moeten de ingezetene van de EU beseffen dat het belangrijk is om alle landen van Europa in gelijkheid te verenigen en niet door hen verder op te splitsen maar door een sterk samenwerkingsverband te verwezenlijken, waarbij alle democratische en mensenrechten waarden verzekerd blijven. enkel door een duidelijke stem van eenheid uit te drukken zullen wij ons kunnen bewapenen tegen de machtsgeile VS en China.

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Oproep om een stem uit te brengen

Binnenkort zijn er verkiezingen in meerdere landen in Europa.

In België verwachten wij dat de Belgen ook een bijdrage zullen leveren om orde op zaken te brengen in dat kleine land, gesandwiched tussen Groot-Britannië, Nederland, Duitsland, Groothertogdom Luxemburg en Frankrijk

Kiezers zullen moeten bewust zijn van de noodzaak om een duidelijke stem uit te brengen zodat het gevaar van extreem rechts niet verder kan oprukken.

In onze maatschappij wordt het ook alsmaar belangrijker dat wij mens, dier en plant hun rechten verdedigen en opkomen voor hen die niet kunnen spreken of in het verdomhoekje worden verdreven.

Het is hoogtijd dat men de strijd aan gaat tegen tegen armoede en beseft dat dit een topprioriteit is naast de bescherming van de mens en het klimaat in het algemeen.

Dierenwelzijn moet boven elk winstoogmerk komen te staan. Maar wij mogen ook de planten niet vergeten. Deze moeten ook al het nodige respect krijgen en wij moeten er op toe zien dat hier niet met ons voedsel geknoeid wordt.

Het wordt hoog tijd dat men gaat kiezen voor een fenomenaal sociaal verhaal waar mens en milieu centraal staan. Dat gaat over sociale klimaatmaatregelen zoals gratis en beter openbaar vervoer, een inkomen boven de armoedegrens voor iedereen en eerlijke belastingen waar de grootste bedrijven hun “fair share” bijdragen.

Het is dringend tijd voor een ander beleid dat de noden van het volk, van de gewone mensen, laat voorgaan op de winsten van grootkapitaal, multinationals, en hun slippendragers. er moeten eerlijke belastingen komen, waar de breedste schouders de zwaarste lasten dragen. Alsook gaat het in de 21ste eeuw niet meer op dat iemand die al het vuile werk doet 300% minder verdient dan diegene die de opdracht geeft maar verder niet veel meer te doen heeft dan zijn machtspositie te verzekeren.

Nog nooit was de druk op zieken, gepensioneerden, loontrekkenden, werkers, kleine zelfstandigen, werklozen, hulpbehoevenden, … zo groot. Zij die een stem hebben moeten voor hen opkomen en hen beschermen.


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Hypocrisy of administering the Hippocratic Oath according Rogier F. van Vlissingen

The hypocrisy of administering the Hippocratic Oath is remarkable, for the ceremony purports to continue an ancient tradition, yet in actual fact the oath has been edited beyond recognition in a mistaken attempt to ‘modernize’ it.

Lifestyle Medicine in a way is going back to the original, and the proper role of the lifestyle physician is very “Hippocratic” in nature. The full text of the oath and an expose of its history by one Raphael Hulkower at Einstein Medical College, and be found here in pdf form. Here follows the text of the original oath:

I swear by Apollo the physician, and Asclepius, and
Hygieia and Panacea and all the gods and goddesses
as my witnesses, that, according to my ability and judgment, I will keep this Oath and this contract:

To hold him who taught me this art equally dear to me
as my parents, to be a partner in life with him, and to
fulfill his needs when required; to look upon his offspring
as equals to my own siblings, and to teach them
this art, if they shall wish to learn it, without fee or
contract; and that by the set rules, lectures, and every
other mode of instruction, I will impart a knowledge of
the art to my own sons, and those of my teachers, and
to students bound by this contract and having sworn
this Oath to the law of medicine, but to no others.

I will use those dietary regimens which will benefit my
patients according to my greatest ability and judgment,
and I will do no harm or injustice to them.

I will not give a lethal drug to anyone if I am asked, nor
will I advise such a plan; and similarly I will not give a
woman a pessary to cause an abortion.

In purity and according to divine law will I carry out my
life and my art.

I will not use the knife, even upon those suffering from
stones, but I will leave this to those who are trained in
this craft.

Into whatever homes I go, I will enter them for the
benefit of the sick, avoiding any voluntary act of impropriety
or corruption, including the seduction of women
or men, whether they are free men or slaves.

Whatever I see or hear in the lives of my patients,
whether in connection with my professional practice or
not, which ought not to be spoken of outside, I will keep
secret, as considering all such things to be private.

So long as I maintain this Oath faithfully and without
corruption, may it be granted to me to partake of life
fully and the practice of my art, gaining the respect of all men for all time. However, should I transgress this Oath and violate it, may the opposite be my fate.

The Traditional Hippocratic Oath, Translated by Michael North

Now compare what it says on the website of the American College of Lifestyle Medicine:

Lifestyle Medicine involves the use of evidence-based lifestyle therapeutic approaches, such as a predominantly whole food, plant-based diet, regular physical activity, adequate sleep, stress management, avoidance of risky substance use, and other non-drug modalities, to prevent, treat, and, oftentimes, reverse the lifestyle-related, chronic disease that’s all too prevalent. 

Lifestyle Medicine – Definition

It seems to me we are coming full circle here. Now of course, in practice we’ll finesse it a little bit, since lifestyle medicine physicians will usually be trained as physicians, and in some cases supportive drug therapies may be required, or simply the managed building down from multiple medications, which is frequently the issue. Nevertheless, the dietary angle is the central focus in the Hippocratic Oath, and it was obfuscated in some of the modern versions. In Lifestyle Medicine we return to the original.

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Rogier F. van Vlissingen



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Why We Need To Replace Hippocrates’ Oath And Apocryphal Trope

Mythical super beings do not exist and as a believer in Jehovah God I also know we may not swear, but that does not indicate we may not promise something nor keep to promises.

It would be wrong to have people swearing for gods, but they could give words of honour not to do certain things and to keep looking for the best of their patient.


To remember

skeptical cardiologist never liked Hippocratic Oath => quite pleased to read it is gradually being replaced by more appropriate oaths with many medical graduates taking an excellent pledge created by the World Medical Association.

Hippocrates = often cited in alternative medicine circles > food=medicine

Food = so much more than medicine >healthy relationship with food essential to  person’s well-being

Hippocrates + his followers believed in humoral theory = idea all disease results from an imbalance of the “four humors.

food = medicine trope = marker for pseudo and anti-science humbuggery – ACP

The Physician’s Pledge

  • to dedicate life to service of humanity;
  • Health + Well-being patient first consideration;

  • Respect autonomy + dignity of patient + human life;

  • medical knowledge for benefit of patient + advancement of healthcare;

  • Not violate human rights + civil liberties > even under threat;

The Skeptical Cardiologist

The skeptical cardiologist has never liked the Hippocratic Oath and so was quite pleased to read that it is gradually being replaced by more appropriate oaths with many medical graduates taking an excellent pledge created by the World Medical Association.

Here’s the first line of the Hippocratic Oath

Asclepius with his serpent-entwined staff, Archaeological Museum of Epidaurus

I swear by Apollo the Healer, by Asclepius, by Hygieia, by Panacea, and by all the gods and goddesses, making them my witnesses, that I will carry out, according to my ability and judgment, this oath and this indenture.

Much as I enjoy the ribald hi jinx of the gods and goddesses in Greek mythology and appreciate the back story behind words like panacea and hygiene* I just don’t feel it is appropriate to swear an oath to mythical super beings.

Let Food Be Thy Medicine-The Apocryphal Hippocratic Trope


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An Oath that expressed the ideals of the medical profession

This present day it would not be bad if those working in the medical field checked if they still would work and live according to their Hippocratic Oath.

Hippocratic oath, ethical code attributed to the ancient Greek physician Hippocrates, adopted as a guide to conduct by the medical profession throughout the ages and still used in the graduation ceremonies of many medical schools. {Encyclopeadia Britannica on Hippocratic oath}

By the time passing lots of people did loose the connection of man and nature, and came to find it not so that the elements, temperament, bodily humours, organs and systems, the vital spirit, faculties or powers and functions have to interact with each other. Today not many believe (like I and many others believe), that these seven natural components maintain the balance in the natural constitution of the human body.

In the present world the synthetic drug became the master element in treating the living beings. The ones in power do everything to silence the proponents and users of homeo- and phythotherapy.

Over the centuries the Hippocratic Oath has expressed the ideals of the medical profession, although nowadays other versions have supplanted it for graduating medical students – if they take any oath at all.
If taken literally the Oath is an anachronism. Who today

“swears by Apollo Physician, by Asclepius, by Hygieia, by Panacea, and by all the gods and goddesses”?

Lots of those medics would even not be interested in one or more gods and often have come to stand far away from the “Creation”. though we may not forget that there are still several doctors looking up at the Most High Creator and willing to honour Him.

There has been a time when it was considered very important for the one treating a person to the ethic mandates, written down by Hippocrates, to help and not harm the sick. Relying on Greek myth, drama, and medical experience (e.g., homeopathy), throughout the ages this medical ethic arose from reflection on the most vexing medical-ethical problem — injury caused by a physician. In the second World War several doctors were not afraid to cross the line of all decent thinking and moral ethics. Many experiments were done on innocent victims.

We would think that period would have done away with and soon forgotten not to occur again, though in the 1960s we could find other countries outside Europe were such experiments were done again. Deliberate iatrogenic harm was demanded by state and war leaders. From the 1970ies we also found people again looking for a doctor choosing to kill (physician assisted suicide, euthanasia, abortion, and involvement in capital punishment).

Medicine as a profession necessarily involves stating before others what one stands for: the good one seeks and the bad one seeks to avoid on behalf of the sick, and rejects the view that medicine is purely a technique lacking its own unique internal ethic.

We must know that medicine is hardly alone in needing strong ethical guidelines. For all professions there have to be sets of regulations but also moral views how it can fit in our human society.

People have come to look at life of plant, animal and human as just being a little part or an insurmountable fact of general happening. Lots of people do not value the life of a plant or animal and by doing so bring the value of human life in a downwards spiral.
In certain countries lots of people are considering if it would not be better to end life of certain older people. Often it is not because that would be better for them, but more because than, those costs to keep them alive could be diminished.

Many have forgotten that the deliberate taking of an innocent life is, and will remain, murder.



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The Oak Tree stands, silent, gazing . . .




The Oak Tree stands, silent, gazing
With the wisdom of one hundred years,
Witness to life’s joys and sorrows,
to the laughter and the tears.
To love lost and love found,
To the happiness and pain
Life’s dramas all unfolding,
Sunlit skies and winter’s rain
The dance of Nature continues on.
The light, the blue, the dark, the grey,
Ever constant yet ever changing
As the seasons dance and play
And the Oak Tree stands, silent, gazing…

~ Aderyn y Mor

Art Josephine Wall
Text & image source: Snowwolfs Woodland Nook

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My Oak Tree.


I took an acorn and put it in a pot.
I then covered it with earth, not a lot.
Great pleasure was mine watching it grow.
The first budding green came ever so slow.
I watered my plant twice a week
I knew I would transplant it down by the creek.
One day it will be a giant oak,
To shield me from the sun a sheltering cloak.
Lovers will carve their initials in the bark,
An arrow through a heart they will leave their mark.
It will shelter those caught in a fine summers rain,
Under its leafy bows joy will be again.
Creatures of the wilds will claim it for their own,
Squirrels will reside here in their own home.
Birds will build nests and raise their young,
They will sing melodies a chorus well sung.
Under it’s branches grass will grow,
Here and there a wild flower…

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To relive that what happened in the past

… when an older person tells you the same story a hundred times,
it is not because he forgot he already told you.
It is because he gets to relive it every time he tells the story.
Enjoy all the Days of Your Life



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Bargain Day

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