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Climate Change…The Elephant in the Room

The conference in Paris is underway as I write this.

World leaders have gathered to discuss, debate, harangue and eventually come to some agreement…hopefully!

However, there are two aspects of any agreement, that the mainstream media will ignore, in their reporting of the biggest threat to face humankind ever!

The first one is evident to anyone living in the developed world: we have to consume less, much less and, in fact, change our entire perspective of how we live with this planet…not, as many say, on this planet!  

This means reducing consumption of consumer goods, oil,  but, more importantly, changing our diets and expectations.

We have become used to buying food from all over the world, holidaying all over the world, eating more meat than any other generation before us and living in homes where heat is supplied at the flick of a switch.

You will not hear political leaders talk such talk, as this has no place in “economic growth”…

Western society in it’s present form is unsustainable…even without the massive problem of Climate Change!

(For example…did you know that there are, today, nearly 65 billion animals worldwide, including cows, chickens and pigs, crammed into Confined Animal Feeding Operations (CAFOs)…Factory Farms to you and me!)

We eat meat as a snack food…unheard of when I grew up!

However, much as the mainstream media ignore much of the above, there remains a most important part of this problem unspoken of…

War and the Military machines of increasingly feudal governments. They’re right up there in the major league of Climate destroyers! 

Did Al Gore even mention the devastating impact of endless wars and military in his money-spinning presentation?

No!

Why?

It was an Inconvenient Truth.

It represents the Elephant in the Room that no-one wants to talk about! 

Last year, the UK government spent $60.5Billion on Defence.

A huge amount of money that could have provided solar power and retro-fitted insulation to millions of homes…yes, millions!

Here’s an article that evaluates the US military’s impact on climate  

“Militarism is single greatest institutional contributor to the growing natural  disasters intensified by global warming.” 

~J Lawrence 

Some of the facts, should you care to research them are staggering… for example, an F-4 Phantom Fighter burns more than 1,600 gallons of jet fuel per hour!

It is interesting that the spin on war and climate change has already begun, with the media posing the question does climate change cause war and refugees.

Refugees do not cause climate change.

It is time we did a little number crunching for ourselves!

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Reclaim Your Humanity

August 2011 permaculture cottage 014Compassion is the bedrock of humanity.

Without compassion, we become robots of the  state and are enslaved. 

Bealtaine Cottage August 2011 permaculture cottage 002Compassion means  understanding the suffering of others.

How often do we regard our leaders as being unaware of the suffering of others?

April 2011 Bealtaine 013Compassion is regarded as a fundamental part of the greater social interconnection of humanity.

The people we revere most in history often turn out to be those who nurtured compassion for others and for the Earth.

Bealtaine Cottage 2nd August 2011 Permaculture Cottage 007Having compassion for humanity often means rejecting one’s ego and focusing our full attention on the needs of others.

The humanity within us often attracts us to compassionate people.

Bealtaine Cottage Poppies2nd August 2011 Permaculture Cottage 001This was so very evident in the days following the death of Princess Diana.

Much of humanity mourned the loss of so compassionate a woman.

Bealtaine Cottage August 2011 permaculture Cottage 020My abiding memories of Diana is of her wearing protective clothing as she inspected an area that had been land-mined…a campaign that made her unpopular with the warmongering elite, and how gently she held the baby suffering with Aids.

Bealtaine in September 2011 Permaculture Cottage 004Her passing left an enormous void that has not been filled.I cannot think of one celebrity who can fill her shoes…very sad to admit after such a long time since her death.

Our society, as portrayed by the media, appears to lack that very essence that connects us to the Divine…compassion.

Bealtaine Cottage in September 2011 Permaculture Cottage 001If we wait for our leaders to make compassion a trademark of good society, I fear we may be waiting a very long time.

It is down to us, each one of us, to cultivate and grow compassion in ourselves and those around us…Imagine, as John Lennon once sung…