Monday, January 11, 2010
Hope for the New Year
There has been a lot that has happened in the last month. My sincere apologies for not posting during this time, but to be blunt, I've been all over the place. It's always worthy to check in with the latest news from democracynow.org, or look at my past posts on where else to go for up-to-date information on promoting peace, justice and sustainability.
As 2009 waxed its way into 2010, all I could think about was Hope. Hope in the sense of remembering to never let all the suffering, brutality, and socially constructed oppressions or natural occurring hazards have such an affect on you that you cease to desire for a sustainable world. I've found, as I have said before, once one is turned toward the goal of wanting to do whatever they can to promote Holistic Sustainability, the unimaginable yet very real impacts people, all species and the Earth face everyday is sincerely daunting. But Hope. Hope not in the sense of talking about it, but trying to enact it in any way one can is paramount. That's my continued message for now, moving us from 2009 into 2010.
Rather than reflect on the failures and victories of 2009, I'd rather just keep going from where we are at present, although I'll build off a few stories to get us to what today's cover picture represents.
For the Earth, the non-binding agreement that came as a result of the meeting in Copenhagen were a surprise. Wait a minute, of course it wasn't, but that does not mean that the pressure put on by activists all over the world can be forgotten. Instead continuing to work towards binding agreements so actual justice and sustainability can be fostered is essential. Here's a quick link from Indian Country, http://www.indiancountrytoday.com/global/79890897.html, but of course there are countless available resources on the web about what went down and how to stay involved by continuing the pressure on rich countries to take accountability for what human induced impacts are stressing the Earth's ecosystem. And yes, if you heard that at some point that rich countries would like to simply pay poorer countries to lessen their global warming footprint you're right. But it's up to us to make sure accountability is understood by rich, industrialized, "first-world" countries understanding that it's their model that has led to where things are economically, socially, politically, and environmentally, and to never forget that there would be no "problems" from "underdeveloped" countries if the industrialized nations were in fact sustainable for a holistic standpoint.
Also check out these stories for an idea of where activists were at in Copenhagen:
Another thing to add that follows suit from the Climate Change talks in Europe is the continued trouble wind farms are having from Cape Cod, Massachusetts to Ontario, Canada, and on with the "problem" of aesthetics. One front that must be engaged with is how and when those who advocate for clean renewable energy are put off by the look of wind turbines will take a harder look at themselves for letting coal supply their electricity because emissions are invisible to the naked eye, yet wind farms are too ugly for implementation.
The then there's the settlement that took place regarding owed money the US should have paid Tribal people for many years. A story is here, http://www.indiancountrytoday.com/home/content/69913042.html, and there are many more related. The summary is the US has decided to pay Tribes a ridiculously small portion of what their owed as a gesture of just politics. A pat on the back from the colonizers, and business as usual at the end of the decade after court proceedings for several unnecessary years.
Please take a look at Friends of the Earth when you get a chance, http://www.foe.org/.
Regarding today's picture, please check out http://www.publicandprivateenterprise.org/, give it a read, digest it, and share what you think with the world. It's an idea where the merits of Holistic Sustainability come together, and imagine if the ideals set forth were to come true. What would it take? Does it look as good as it sounds or is this not even what we're looking for in the struggle to bring about peace, justice and sustainability? You decide.
Here's the beginning to the message you can read from the link above:
TO ALL OF HUMANITY WITH LOVE...From"THE DUMMY WITH THE BIG IDEA"
First let me say: I want you to know that I'm the man with the vision but an amateur writer about the very important Movement and worldwide public conversation that I'm trying to inspire humanity to come together on and create. Please keep that clearly in mind. Why? Because it is so important for you to only focus on my ideas, not on my weak writing skills about them, since my vision for humanity, which I write about in very plain and simple language that everyone can easily understand, can absolutely solve almost ALL of the major problems in the world in so many different ways.
THE BOTTOM LINE
THE ESSENCE OF MY VISION IS EXPRESSED IN THIS ONE PARAGRAPH:
Help us build this very important and very strategic worldwide Movement -- a Movement to create the most important worldwide discussion in all of humanity's history, one that will empower our suffering humanity, worldwide, to finally be able to end poverty and unemployment worldwide, make every single nation and territory in the world prosperous, protect and clean up the environment, solve the energy crisis, provide health care and education to everyone in every nation, build and always properly maintain the needed infrastructure in every nation, provide all of the different kinds of necessary public transportation in every nation, end taxation for every person and every large and small business in every nation, and so much more. It's all about how to very lovingly, morally, ethically, skillfully, and easily change the money system throughout the whole world so that it finally works absolutely well for all of humanity, all of the time.
Welcome to 2010. Let's keep the fire burning to do what we can, always, to promote peace, justice and sustainability, and make this a year with more steps in the respect-centered direction. Remember, if it's livable in totality, it can be sustainable. And to do only what you can, with what you have, and hope to improve and grow as you go is an ultimate goal that will serve the whole Earth and every living species in a love centered, respect-filled way.