Thus like swans,
So simple, these images,
~ Wang Ping ~
(of flesh & spirit: poems)
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I recently had the honor and gift of seeing Anna Lappe speak here in Portland. I had already seen her mother speak twice in the past, and the last time I asked Frances Moore Lappe to autograph her Diet For a Small Planet, which I had purchased nearly four decades ago.
Now Anna Lappe is standing in her own power and acting to make a difference in the world. Please check out their website The Small Planet Institute and the invaluable books that both of these amazing women have written. Also important is to view the video of the "Real Story of the Boston Tea Party" and more. It is exciting that there is so much to learn! And while it might seen as negative, I experience it as very empowering to know that what we eat has a huge impact on ourselves, our children, the planet. We have choices! Knowledge is empowering!
Tag, we are all it! Peace ~ Molly
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Thoughts from the Lappe's:
Every choice we make can be a celebration of the world we want.
Hunger is not caused by a scarcity of food but by a scarcity of democracy.
An MRI study of people competing vs. cooperating found that cooperating stimulates the same parts of our brain as does eating chocolate.
Ninety percent of Americans make less in real dollars than they did in 1973 – on average $4,000 less. The wealthiest 400 Americans now control more wealth than half the world’s people.
Worldwide, more people are members of cooperatives than own shares in publicly traded companies; cooperatives provide a fifth more jobs than do global corporations.
Democracy is not what we have, it is what we do.
More than a third of both the world’s grain and fish catch now go to feed livestock, which return to us only a fraction of the nutrients.
If the whole world adopted sustainable farming practices, production could increase by over 50 percent.
In three decades agricultural output per person has climbed by one fifth worldwide, but in just the last two years over 100 million more people suffer from hunger—reaching a total of nearly a billion.
America emits twice the carbon per person that Europe does. But think what’s possible: California emits 20 percent less carbon per dollar GDP than Germany; and it gets a quarter of its electricity from renewables!
Can we truly believe ‘the world’ can change if we don’t experience ourselves changing? And there’s only one way to change ourselves – that’s by taking risks.
Even the fear of death is nothing compared to the fear of not having lived authentically and fully.
In Washington DC, more than two dozen lobbyists push mainly corporate interests for every one representative American citizens have elected to protect our interests.
Every time we act, even with our fear, we make room for others to do the same. Courage is contagious.
It’s not possible to know what’s possible. So we are free to go for the world we really want.
Hope is not something we seek in evidence, it is what we become in action.
Whenever our goodness is seen, it is a blessing. Every culture and tradition understands the importance of seeing one another with love. An old Hasidic rabbi asked his pupils how they could tell when the night had ended and day begun, for daybreak is the time for certain holy prayers. "Is it," proposed one student, "when you can see an animal in the distance and tell whether it is a sheep or a dog?" "No," answered the rabbi. "Is it when you can clearly see the lines on your own palm?" "Is it when you can look at a tree in the distance and tell if it is a fig or a pear tree?" "No," answered the rabbi each time. "Then what is it?" the pupils demanded. "It is when you can look on the face of any man or woman or child and see that they are your sister or brother. Until then it is still night."
This is an excellent resource!
What a blessing to see this amazing, courageous man!
Regarding Bill McKibben's new book, EAARTH, Barbara Kingsolver states: "Read it, please. Straight through to the end. Whatever else you were planning to do next, nothing could be more important."
For more information about Bill McKibben and these significant issues which affect us all, please go here: http://www.billmckibben.com/index.html
Please also consider spreading the word.
Peace ~ Molly
Jane's Reasons For Hope
It is easy to be overwhelmed by feelings of hopelessness as we look around the world. We are losing species at a terrible rate, the balance of nature is disturbed, and we are destroying our beautiful planet. We have fear about water supplies, where future energy will come from – and most recently the developed world has been mired in an economic crisis. But in spite of all this I do have hope. And my hope is based on four factors.
The Human Brain: Firstly, we have at last begun to understand and face up to the problems that threaten us and the survival of life on Earth as we know it. Surely we can use our problem-solving abilities, our brains, to find ways to live in harmony with nature. Many companies have begun "greening" their operations, and millions of people worldwide are beginning to realize that each of us has a responsibility to the environment and our descendants. Everywhere I go, I see people making wiser choices, and more responsible ones.
The Indomitable Human Spirit: My second reason for hope lies in the indomitable nature of the human spirit. There are so many people who have dreamed seemingly unattainable dreams and, because they never gave up, achieved their goals against all the odds, or blazed a path along which others could follow. The recent presidential election in the US is one example. As I travel around the world I meet so many incredible and amazing human beings. They inspire me. They inspire those around them.
The Resilience of Nature: My third reason for hope is the incredible resilience of nature. I have visited Nagasaki, site of the second atomic bomb that ended World War II. Scientists had predicted that nothing could grow there for at least 30 years. But, amazingly, greenery grew very quickly. One sapling actually managed to survive the bombing, and today it is a large tree, with great cracks and fissures, all black inside; but that tree still produces leaves. I carry one of those leaves with me as a powerful symbol of hope. I have seen such renewals time and again, including animal species brought back from the brink of extinction.
The Determination of Young People: My final reason for hope lies in the tremendous energy, enthusiasm and commitment of young people around the world. As they find out about the environmental and social problems that are now part of their heritage, they want to right the wrongs. Of course they do -- they have a vested interest in this, for it will be their world tomorrow. They will be moving into leadership positions, into the workforce, becoming parents themselves. Young people, when informed and empowered, when they realize that what they do truly makes a difference, can indeed change the world. We should never underestimate the power of determined young people.
I meet many young people with shining eyes who want to tell Dr. Jane what they've been doing, how they are making a difference in their communities. Whether it's something simple like recycling or collecting trash, something that requires a lot of effort, like restoring a wetland or a prairie, or whether it's raising money for the local dog shelter, they are a continual source of inspiration. My greatest reason for hope is the spirit and determination of young people, once they know what the problems are and have the tools to take action.
So let’s move forward in this new millennium with hope, for without it all we can do is eat and drink the last of our resources as we watch our planet slowly die. Let’s have faith in ourselves, in our intellect, in our staunch spirit and in our young people. And let’s do the work that needs to be done, with love and compassion.
--Jane Goodall, PhD, DBE
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Not only is another world possible, she is on her way. On a quiet day, I can hear her breathing.
~ Arundhati Roy
To be hopeful in bad times is not just foolishly romantic. It is based on the fact that human history is a history not only of cruelty, but also of compassion, sacrifice, courage, kindness... What we choose to emphasize in this complex history will determine our lives. If we see only the worst, it destroys our capacity to do something. If we remember those times and places -- and there are so many -- where people have behaved magnificently, this gives us the energy to act, and at least the possibility of sending this spinning top of a world in a different direction...
And if we do act, in however small a way, we don't have to wait for some grand utopian future. The future is an infinite succession of presents, and to live now as we think human beings should live, in defiance of all that is bad around us, is itself a marvelous victory.