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A new ethic is required — a new attitude toward discharging our responsibility for caring for ourselves and for the earth. We must recognize the earth’s limited capacity to provide for us. We must recognize its fragility. We must no longer allow it to be ravaged. This ethic must motivate a great movement, convincing reluctant leaders and reluctant governments and reluctant peoples themselves to effect the needed changes.
The scientists issuing this warning hope that our message will reach and affect people everywhere.
We need the help of many.
We require the help of the world community of scientists — natural, social, economic, political;
We require the help of the world’s business and industrial leaders;
We require the help of the world’s religious leaders; and
We require the help of the world’s peoples.
We call on all to join us in this task.

Notice that, while in 1992 the scientists issued a call to humanity for a NEW ETHIC, in enlisting help they did not list PHILOSOPHERS. The “the world’s business and industrial leaders“, the “world’s peoples” and even the “world’s religious leaders” made it into the list, in addition to the “world community of scientists — natural, social, economic, political”.

I cannot help but repeat the translation of the Heart Sutra, provided by a friend and former Buddhist monk, that i just (synchronistically) ran into in the library – between log-in breaks 🙂

Gone,

gone,

long gone.

  • The sci authority credentials are impressive!
  • The message – A “2nd Warning”, or SOS from ourselves ?!

CITATION: World Scientists’ Warning to Humanity: A Second Notice
BioScience. Published online November 13, 2017. doi:10.1093/biosci/bix125
BioScience | © The Author(s) 2017. Published by Oxford University Press on behalf of the American Institute of Biological Sciences. All rights reserved. For permissions, please e-mail: journals.permissions@oup.com

World Scientists’ Warning to Humanity: A Second Notice

William J. Ripple (bill.ripple@oregonstate.edu), Christopher Wolf, and Thomas M. Newsome are affiliated with the Global Trophic Cascades Program in the Department of Forest Ecosystems and Society at Oregon State University, in Corvallis. TMN is also affiliated with the Centre for Integrative Ecology at Deakin University, in Geelong, Australia, and the School of Life and Environmental Sciences at The University of Sydney, Australia. Mauro Galetti is affiliated with the Instituto de Biociências, Universidade Estadual Paulista, Departamento de Ecologia, in São Paulo, Brazil. Mohammed Alamgir is affiliated with the Institute of Forestry and Environmental Sciences at the University of Chittagong, in Bangladesh. Eileen Crist is affiliated with the Department of Science and Technology in Society at Virginia Tech, in Blacksburg. Mahmoud I. Mahmoud is affiliated with the ICT/Geographic Information Systems Unit of the National Oil Spill Detection and Response Agency (NOSDRA), in Abuja, Nigeria. William F. Laurance is affiliated with the Centre for Tropical Environmental and Sustainability Science and the College of Science and Engineering at James Cook University, in Cairns, Queensland, Australia.
Published: 13 November 2017
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cf. rendition by CBC: http://www.cbc.ca/news/technology/15000-scientists-warning-to-humanity-1.4395767

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The question now, is,

  • Knowing that paradigms like the one mapped by Siobhan Senier (2013) existed,
  • whereby dichotomies around alternative gender, human/nature, and now “dis-ability”
  • did not tear the social fabric,
  • how do we, situated in “developed” countries, can best stitch our societies up?

Well, “Another Story” started celebrating Columbus-Day-In-Reverse over the Canadian Thanksgiving weekend:


photo taken on the eve of — Oct. 9, 2016 Sunday

Canada and the US share the same history with the same implications of celebrating, “being grateful for last year’s harvest” (the official meaning of our Thanksgiving in October, their in November). The connection to land, therefore “settlement” on it when it was neither “discovered” per se, nor terra nullius (Lat. “empty land”) as such.

BUT, history does remember occasions when Indigenous people were invited to celebrate with the newcomers, and there’s also the Indigenous tradition of thanksgiving and renewing relationships with land and every (both “living” and “non-living”) thing on it.

so, indeed:     Happy Indigenous Land! — Every Holy Day

Well, of ALL the Vietnamese food i’ve ever tried, last Sunday’s restaurant experience was a series of taste shocks 🙂

Actually, unpleasant for the very first time!

No idea how i achieved it, but whatever i ordered tasted TERRIBLE.

BUT, the proverbially foul-smelling DURIAN smoothie actually did not Smell bad, just Tasted yucky.

A close second was the dip for the main dish, which felt literally like a thick solution of Baking Soda.

The rest was fine, if that’s the qualifier for Superbly Bland rice and veggies.

No worries — after all, it was a cross-cultural experience.


update post-Txgiving — the durian images & website were a broken link, so ES had to substitute something livelier…

Here’s a totally different perspective on “the King of Fruits”:

DURIAN vid:

Here’s a totally different perspective on “the King of Fruits”:

DURIAN vid:


Keeping links, just in case they come to life at some point 🙂

Credits: “Durians: 8 Myths and Facts About the King of Fruits” By Teresa Cheong for Health Xchange (not dated, as far as I can tell)

Tania uses silver and natural bio-material, such as peach pits, tagua pits, cow skin to create all kinds of imaginative designs.

If you are wondering about TAGUA, well, it’s standard jewellery design material, it seems:

A “Latin Art Jewelry” website explains that it takes several months from the moment the tagua nuts are collected to the moment the product is made and ready for sale. The tagua nut is a dried seed from the tagua palm tree, which grows in the tropical rain forests of South America (Ecuador, Colombia, Peru and Brazil). Tagua is known as “natural ivory” or “vegetable ivory”, because of its similarity with ivory — it’s hard, unbreakable, resistant and beautiful.

BUT — tells us the website — “tagua is natural, they don’t have to kill elephant in order to get it”.

Now,

How’s that for an understanding of…

NATURAL? 🙂

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A random discovery today — worth noting 🙂


So, let us recall the PEACE ONE DAY project of Jeremy Gilley

 

From: Peace One Day’s YouTube ABOUT page

In 1999, Jeremy Gilley founded Peace One Day, a non-profit organization, and in 2001 Peace One Day’s efforts were rewarded when the member states of the United Nations unanimously adopted the first ever day of global ceasefire and non-violence on 21 September annually – Peace Day. To find out more visit: http://www.peaceoneday.org Stay up-to-date here:

 

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“The Day After Peace” (2008) movie in full (1h 20min):

 


Do note the “peace implications” of most “UN weeks” below:

http://www.un.org/en/sections/observances/international-weeks/

you would have seen this poster in Toronto, i imagine?!

including in the window of variety stores that — by the additional looks of it —

ARE

selling

cigarettes,

whether someone attempted to scratch the merchandize evidence out — see top left above

SOOOooo, …

I couldn’t agree more with the concluding sentence above of a Star editorial some 10 days ago…

10, 000 by end of 2015 — 15,000 less than declared by PM Justing Trudeau during his election campaign this Fall. AND, 10,000 in addition to campaign promise, and perhaps more, later in 2016.

Article: HERE with Trudeau photo to brighten it up:

Thus, food for thought on
CITIZEN RESPONSIBILITY

Weeelll, it is exciting to watch

— at 3:00/3:30 pm-ish, on a mild December Friday afternoon —

how the vote count soars, in front of your eyes

http://www.ontariondp.ca/stoptheselloff

59,744 signatures at 3:25

840 at 4:05

 

SUCCESS to Andrea Horvath’s campaign to stop Hydro One’s privatization!

[announced goal is 60,000 sig’s; the time frame = “a little over a week” yesterday THU]

seems safe to bet that we’ll hit the mark in les than 24h (received emailed link THU around noon)


On Toronto Star’s watch:

  • Thu Oct 29 2015 article by  Queen’s Park Bureau Chief

image caption states:

In his first-ever report to the legislature, Ontario budget watchdog [IF I may, we could have done without this “title”] Stephen LeClair said the sale of 60 per cent of Hydro One would hike the already massive provincial debt by slashing revenue. More…

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