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Category Archives: climate change

Wake Up, Freak Out, then get a Grip by Leo Murray

Pope Francis says culture of consumption has led to global warming

Finally, a prominent religious leader calls for responsible action to protect the Earth our only home (in this life) and future generations.
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“The pursuit of individual happiness has been made into an ideal in our time,” he said. “Ecological sin is due to human greed, which blinds men and women to the point of ignoring and disregarding the basic truth that the happiness of the individual depends on its relationship with the rest of human beings.”

Source: LA Times Pope Francis says culture of consumption has led to global warming by Monte Morin and CHRISTINA BOYLE

What Happens If All The World’s Ice Melts?

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What the Earth would look like if all the ice melted

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Source: Business Insider

Why Personal Change Does Not Equal Political Change

Would any sane PERSON think dumpster diving would have stopped Hitler, or that composting would have ended slavery or brought about the eight-hour workday, or that chopping wood and carrying water would have gotten people out of Tsarist prisons, or that dancing naked around a fire would have helped put in place the Voting Rights Act of 1957 or the Civil Rights Act of 1964? Then why now, with all the world at stake, do so many people retreat into these entirely personal “solutions”?…

The good news is that there are other options. We can follow the examples of brave activists who lived through the difficult times I mentioned — Nazi Germany, Tsarist Russia, antebellum United States — who did far more than manifest a form of moral purity; they actively opposed the injustices that surrounded them. We can follow the example of those who remembered that the role of an activist is not to navigate systems of oppressive power with as much integrity as possible, but rather to confront and take down those systems.

Derrick Jensen
Forget Shorter Showers: Why Personal Change Does Not Equal Political Change

what Earth would look like if all the ice melted

Do not miss this 2:45 min video.

We learned last year that many of the effects of climate change are irreversible. Sea levels have been rising at a greater rate year after year, and the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change estimates they could rise by another meter or more by the end of this century.

As National Geographic showed us in 2013, sea levels would rise by 216 feet if all the land ice on the planet were to melt. This would dramatically reshape the continents and drown many of the world’s major cities.
Business Insider
what Earth would look like if all the ice melted
Produced by Alex Kuzoian

indigenous cultures: reciprocity with the earth

While indigenous cultures differ widely from one another, what they collectively present is an alternative relationship—to the earth, to its resources, and to each other—a relationship based not on domination but on reciprocity. ~ Kristin Moe, YES! Magazine

For a Future that Won’t Destroy Life on Earth, Look to the Global Indigenous Uprising

GEOS-5: Rainfall

“Dec 2013: The world’s rainfall patterns mapped by Nasa’s Goddard Earth Observing System Model, Version 5. Source: http://svs.gsfc.nasa.gov/vis/a030000/…”

the lie we live

“We are the writers…this is our story.”
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The truth of oversupply: dispelling the Great Lie

People get it. Organic methods produce better food and chemical herbicides are toxic to the plaent. If they also understood there is no food shortage and that the ecological destruction by industrial agriculture is NOT NECESSARY to prevent famine, they would support dismantling this suicidal system.

But what industry understands, and the food movement does not, is that what prevents total rejection of bland, industrialised, pesticide-laden, GMO food is the standard acceptance, especially in Western countries, of the overarching agribusiness argument that such food is necessary. It is necessary to feed the world.

So, if the food movement could show that famine is an empty threat then it would also have shown, by clear implication, that the chemical health risks and the ecological devastation that these technologies represent are what is unnecessary. The movement would have shown that pesticides and GMOs exist solely to extract profit from the food chain. They have no other purpose. Therefore, every project of the food movement should aim to spread the truth of oversupply, until mention of the Golden Fact invites ridicule and embarrassment in the population, rather than fear. ~ Jonathan Latham, PhD

article by Jonathan Latham
Source: Common Dreams