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a few page views from Avaaz site (no clicking option, sorry):

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THE PETITION — eloquently, entry from Lost-Polar-Bear Image page

Well, this one was supposed to have been posted on the day of…


On a Sunday afternoon, speakers came up to the mike, and spoke.

The Toronto organizers: The Toronto Climate Action Network (TCAN)

TCAN  leaders — mark the names of the organizations they represent:

Current members of the Steering Committee:

Chair: Paul Antze (Green Neighbours 21)
Treasurer: Kathryn Tait (Post Carbon Toronto)
Secretary: Judy Vellend (Green Neighbours 21)

Per their label – “General Members”

  • Michael Brothers (Council of Canadians, Toronto Chapter)
  • Peter Jones (For Our Grandchildren)
  • Amelia Rose Khan (Zero Carbon Ontario)
  • Patricia Warwick (Zero Carbon Ontario)

 


To give you a visual taste of the march:

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Free souls MAKING A WATER STATEMENT 🙂 🙂 🙂

H2O Statement at Climate March


A closer look at the People’s March attendees — and what their Slogans Say:

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Whether you marched or not…

PETITION ON ITS WAY TO 3 MILLION TO SIGN — IF INTERESTED?

Avaaz.org Petition

Well, no, Dr Jagger did not go all the way back to the City of the Sun, but the way I interpreted her PES2014 Kneller Lecture earlier this year, there was a clearly discernible implication to expect more and better from how theory can “reasonably” translate into practice.

Dr Jagger’s Kneller Lecture “Designing Realistic Educational Utopias Using (Mainly) Non-Ideal Reasoning”: 1 page handout .

The intro paragraph there reads:

In Anglo-American political philosophy, the terms “ideal theory” and “non-ideal theory” currently refer to competing methodological approaches for justifying normative conclusions. Each term is used in multiple ways. This talk will disentangle several versions of ideal and non-ideal theory with a view to determining which elements may be helpful in designing models of real-world justice that are contextually relevant, morally adequate, and practically feasible.


Tommaso Campanella (b. 1569, Stilo, Italy – d. 1639, Paris, France), was a Dominican monk, straddling the c. 1600 divide, when some expected a major (you might say metaphysical) world change, not unlike the radical-change expectations at the turn of the 2nd millenium in our time. In addition to a number of treatises, a good number of which produced during 27 years of incarceration, he wrote “A Poetical Dialogue between a Grandmaster of the Knights Hospitallers and a Genoese Sea-Captain, his guest”, known as The City of the Sun.

This (what I’d term) “civic-governance-by-knowledge utopia”, is perhaps Campanella’s most famous work. Some might find it difficult to attach the qualifier “realistic” to  it, but many might be fully able to relate to the “Tell on, I pray you! Tell on! I am dying to hear more” refrain in the recurring paraphrases of the “Grandmaster”.

To give you a taste of Campanella’s epistemological imagination:

On the interior wall of the first circuit all the mathematical figures are conspicuouslypainted — figures more in number than Archimedes or Euclid discovered, markedsymmetrically, and with the explanation of them neatly written and contained each in alittle verse. There are definitions and propositions, etc. On the exterior convex wall is firstan immense drawing of the whole earth, given at one view. Following upon this, there are tablets setting forth for every separate country the customs both public and private…

Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy article on Campanella HERE

City of the Sun in English: HERE

Silver Poetry

there is a wave inside my body

a heated flank

a slow tsunami

pulling upward like tongue

or soul

sliding my notes

taking my wounds….

it follows a soothing

determined path

a pink wash sweeping

a dark pink purpose,

it loosens me

it releases me

I glide like wings

melting floss

becoming

a rush

of

clean

water

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