Tuesday, September 30, 2014

The Death of a Sea

The death of a sea. Is this now commonplace?
I'd post this on Facebook, and not get a like.
We are killing the planet, and not little by little.
I'd learned about the Aral Sea.
Now there is no Aral Sea.
Is this ok?
What do I do with the feeling of sickness in my stomach?
Feeling that we are doing things terribly wrong, see terrible things happen that we are putting into motion. And for those of us who care, who feel the sickness, who act, knowing there are several for each one of us who just page down, superficially letting the news gloss over them and look for a story that resonates with their ego, or searching for a snarky comment that can let other superficial people think they get what's going on, but are too shallow and hip to care.
Is this ok?


Monday, September 29, 2014

Global wildlife populations down by half since 1970

Oh man. Can this be? In my lifetime, "GENEVA - The world populations of fish, birds, mammals, amphibians and reptiles fell overall by 52 per cent between 1970 and 2010, far faster than previously thought, the World Wildlife Fund said on Tuesday."
"Preserving nature was not just about protecting wild places but also about safeguarding the future of humanity, "indeed, our very survival."
"The report also measured how close the planet is to nine so-called "planetary boundaries", thresholds of "potentially catastrophic changes to life as we know it".
Three such thresholds have already been crossed - biodiversity, carbon dioxide levels and nitrogen pollution from fertilisers. Two more were in danger of being breached - ocean acidification and phosphorus levels in freshwater. "Given the pace and scale of change, we can no longer exclude the possibility of reaching critical tipping points that could abruptly and irreversibly change living conditions on Earth," the report said.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Rockefellers, Heirs to an Oil Fortune, Will Divest Charity of Fossil Fuels

Progress. Here

U.S. Creates Largest Protected Area in the World, 3X Larger Than California

Great stuff Here

"The expanded monument will help ensure that "there are some places that are as pristine as possible for as long as possible," Norse said. "I think a hundred years from now, people will be praising Barack Obama for having the vision to protect the Pacific remote islands."
"A Big Step"
Obama's Democratic administration is building on a national monument that was first created by his predecessor, Republican President George W. Bush, suggesting that "ocean protection may be one of the last bipartisan issues"

3 Key Takeaways From This Week's UN Climate Summit

A few points from National Geographic Here

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

A Mother's Tribute to Her Baby, in the Marshall Islands

"Dear Matafele Peinem" - YouTube  

If intellect alone cannot sway some, perhaps this can. Beautiful.

And the Hard Reality

Obama Presses Chinese to Move to Curb Warming - NYTimes.com 

And the hard reality... last three paragraphs of the story.

"If strong carbon-cutting policies are not enacted quickly, scientists
warn, the current trajectory of fossil fuel emissions will raise
temperature of the global atmosphere by two degrees Celsius, a tipping
point that is projected to lead to a future of rising sea levels,
extreme droughts and food shortages, floods, deluges and more powerful

To reach a deal by the end of 2015, United Nations officials said
countries must unveil concrete plans by April 1 that are to specify how
they will cut their energy-related fossil fuel pollution after 2020. To
be taken seriously, the plans must show how the governments will enforce
disruptive shifts to their economies, transitioning away from the
fossil fuels that have powered their homes and vehicles for a century.

Scientists said they were encouraged by the prospect of new climate policies, but
warned that for now, the efforts under discussion will not be enough to
prevent the first ravages of climate change.
“In the world that we live in, this is probably the best we can do right
now,” said Michael Oppenheimer, a climate scientist at Princeton
University. “It’s worth the effort. But it’s not going to solve the
problem. It’s not going to get us to two degrees. It‘s not even enough
to stave off three degrees.”

Scientists Lead Huge Climate Change March in NYC

Scientists Lead Huge Climate Change March in NYC 

This good essential stuff too. "We are the 97 percent consensus," "Science is not a liberal conspiracy" and "Friends don't let friends deny reality."

Mike Greene, a professor of ecology at the University
of Colorado, Denver, said it's important for science to inform the
policy decisions made in the future, and the only way that will happen
is if scientists take a more active role.

Obama Presses Chinese to Move to Curb Warming - NYTimes.com

Obama Presses Chinese to Move to Curb Warming - NYTimes.com 

Obama pointed to his E.P.A. regulation to cut carbon pollution from
coal-fired power plants, the No. 1 source of greenhouse gases.

should be no question that the United States of America is stepping up
to the plate,” he said. “We recognize our role in creating this problem;
we embrace our responsibility to combat it.” 

"Reciting a litany of record-setting temperatures and natural disasters,
from hurricanes and wildfires to droughts and floods, Mr. Obama warned
that the climate was changing faster than the world’s response to it.
Recent efforts to curb the problem, he said, would fail without more
cooperation from countries around the world."

Sunset, Venice 12/20/2012

Sunset, Venice 12/20/2012
I've been thinking some about the Winter Solstice, the Mayan end of the 30,000-year-cycle on 12/21/12.

What if in fact the world did end? To live consciously, even though this probably will not happen, it is honest to take a bit of an inventory.

Am I happy with how I've lived my life? (Yesterday, I thought mostly yes, with some areas for improvement, as below.) Are there changes I would make?
Would I have tried to forgive those that were hostile or disappointing to me?
Would I spend more time with those I loved the most, telling them that, feeling that more?
Would I be happier, grateful for what I have, what I've experienced, the joy, the beauty in this world?

Maybe the answer is yes to all of the above.
So this time can serve as a point of rebirth for all of us. If we think about it.

Because somewhere I realized I think maybe mankind deserves it. !
The way we are killing each other, killing the planet.
How selfish we are, and snotty to those around us. Petty, competitive. Why is this? Do we have to behave this way? (I say no, it greatly detracts and misdirects energy from the full-time celebration in which we could engage, the great multi-cultural, multi-rhythmic dance we can sustain here.)

Maybe God or the Great Universe is fed up, and will pull the rug out from under us.
Don't think I can say we could blame Him/Her/It.

But it probably won't happen. (Probably not! This time.)

Still we are finite on this ride.

It is a time to think, am I happy with how I've lived my life?
Hopefully most of us can say yes.

For the part of us that have a little worry, a little sadness....
This is the time to be present.
This is the time to be the person you want to be, that can die at peace, that can hope to every day be able to look yourself and the Universe in the eye and say, how beautiful, smiling, and thank you. Let's do that.

Antidotes to Violence, a.k.a., Take Charge of Where Your Head's At - here

Tell Congress to Strengthen Gun Control Laws NOW - here

Good News & Brain Food News -
Christians & Muslims Gather, for Peace here
Good News - Top RIO+20 Summit Posts here
The 'Busy' Trap - NYTimes.com