Trust is the foundation of all human connections. From brief encounters to intimate relationships, it governs almost every interaction we have with each other. I trust my housemates not to go into my room without asking, I trust the bank to keep my money safe and I trust the pilot of my plane to fly […]
“For too long, a lot of the climate change and global warming arguments have been looking at melting ice and polar bears and not at the human suffering side of it. They are still pushing out the polar bear as the icon for climate change. The icon should be a kid who is suffering from the negative impacts of climate change and increased air pollution, or a family where rising water is endangering their lives.”
~ Robert D. Bullard, a professor at Texas Southern University who some call the “father of environmental justice.”
We’re feeling the heat here in Los Angeles. I now have to avoid going out until after five in the evenings. For my son, an independent contractor who often works outdoors, it’s hell.
GALVESTON, Tex. — Adolfo Guerra, a landscaper in this port city on the Gulf of Mexico, remembers panicking as his co-worker vomited and convulsed after hours of mowing lawns in stifling heat. Other workers rushed to cover him with ice, and the man recovered.
But, for Mr. Guerra, 24, who spends nine hours a day, six days a week doing yard work the episode was a reminder of the dangers that exist for outdoor workers as the planet warms.
Continue reading: In Sweltering South, Climate Change Is Now a Workplace Hazard
Thanks to Guyanese Online blog for sharing this must-see video.
While the American government has decided to invest more in producing fossil fuels, the transition to affordable renewable energy is underway in major regions around the world. As investments continue to grow for the renewable energy industry, the fossil fuel industry will collapse. The transition is unstoppable: so says the Managing Director of Citigroup (9:50 on video).
Since October 2016, the cost of producing wind & solar energy has fallen below that of coal, oil, and gas. According to a German investor (21:15 video) seeking to expand his company’s portfolio in the Middle East, oil would have to fall to US$10/barrel to compete with renewal energy.
Meanwhile, our corporate-controlled government has convinced its supporters that America can become great again like it once was in the 1950s. Moving backwards inside of forwards into a sustainable and livable future on Earth.
We the people of America who know that climate change is a fact cannot falter now in moving forward on reducing our reliance on fossil fuels and transitioning to clean energy resources.
If Donald Trump wanted to prove he is irrelevant, withdrawing from the Paris Climate Agreement seals the deal. American mayors and governors are prepared to fill the gap. As NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio says, “When our national government falls down on the job, local government steps up.”
Mayor de Blasio Signs Executive Order to Adopt Goals of Paris Climate Agreement for New York City | NYC Mayor’s Office
“Mayor Bill de Blasio signed an executive order today that promised New York City would commit to the principles enshrined in the Paris Climate Agreement following President Trump’s announcement that he would formally withdraw the nation from the accord.” ~ NYC Mayor’s Office
180 Us Climate Mayors Commit to Adopt, Honor and Uphold Paris Climate Agreement Goals | Climate Mayors
“…We will continue to lead. We are increasing investments in renewable energy and energy efficiency. We will buy and create more…
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“Truth is a sword. Truth is a shield. Truth is a liberator.” Resist!
Thanks for the update, JoAnn.
Catch some scenes from the Saturday, June 3, 2017 nation-wide March for Truth. Click here to see the latest March for Truth updates on Twitter.
Today’s March for Truth has four objectives.
- Establish an independent commission to investigate the Trump Team and possible collusion with Russia
- The new commission must operate with transparency
- Congress must compel Donald Trump to release his tax returns
- Any crimes or collusion discovered must lead to prosecution
You feel the fervor at the New York City March for Truth, with loud chants and drums: “Resist! Resist! Resist!” via Olga_Lautman NYC.
Is resistance just for the young? Olga_Lautman NYC captures the calm, sober…
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“We — those of us in the non-fighting America, those of us for whom the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq are abstractions — perhaps remain too comfortable, detached from something of desperate importance: the duty done far from home in our stead by the children of other people. And removed and distant from how the “best and brightest” of their families risk and sometimes give up everything they hold dear.”
Thank you, Dr. Stein, for reminding us of the families in the “Other America” who are making the ultimate sacrifice in America’s endless wars.
Some of our fathers and brothers, even our sisters and aunts, served in wartime. Some serve now. Perhaps you too.
Today is the day we honor the fallen in all the many conflicts of this, our country.
Can two Americas fit into a holiday designed for one?
Thus do the two Americas array themselves: those for whom service is a calling and those for whom it is an economic necessity; those powerful and those without prospects; those respected and those afraid; those with fat wallets and those with empty purses; the few who are part of our volunteer army and the majority who choose not to be.
When my father did his duty in World War II, walking the Champs-Élysées on the first Bastille Day after the liberation of Paris, there was such a thing as military conscription: able bodied young men were required to participate. In post-war Germany, as…
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My Poetry Corner April 2017 features “Another Love Poem: Even in Hell” by American poet, Angela Consolo Mankiewicz (1944-2017). Born in Brooklyn, New York, she moved – against her will – with her parents to Los Angeles at the age of fourteen. But the gods had other plans for her. In 1968, her path crossed that of Richard Mankiewicz, twelve years older, and altered the course of her life.
In “Writing Down the Words” (Istanbul Literary Review, September 2011 Edition), Angela ruminates:
I wonder if I will curse my father
for the even fewer words he said to me
of any value: have you considered the age difference?
Yes, I said, but nothing can be done about that.
No, he said, and it does not matter today,
but may when he’s older. Yes, I said,
but nothing can be done about that either.
No, he said. The end of my father’s wisdom,
the end of his words.
For those who don’t yet understand the difference between a business and the government, I recommend that you watch this video.
Businesses and governments have different goals. A business exists in order to make profit. A government exists to protect and serve the citizens…
CEO President Donald Trump: A Really Terrible Idea?
“Having Donald Trump run the government like a business sounds good in theory but may actually be a terrible idea.” ~ Fusion
Be aware. Be fair.
Public Citizen’s Arkush: “It is up to the American public to move the nation in the right direction on climate and clean energy despite the worst efforts of the so-called leader in the White House.”
Some light in the growing darkness. As we change our own relationship with others, we change our world. In much the same way as the Arctic and Antarctic ice caps are melting from below, profound changes in human awareness and enlightenment take time to become manifest. Thanks, Martha Beck.
Just when I’m convinced the world is beyond repair, I visit Sue Dreamwalker’s site, Dreamwalker’s Sanctuary, regain clarity and get back on the right track. This is what Sue shared yesterday: Things are better than they seem. And she posted a video that shows us how to slowly dissolve the worldly power structure…
“While browsing posts Leigh [a blogger friend] had recently posted, I came across a video upon her post entitled Hold the Loving Space. The video, as the lady clearly says may sound Woo Woo, but she echos my own thoughts and I know those of us who think along these same Woo Woo waves, will readily agree, that what she says is possible. That we turn around the negativity, and things are not as bad as they may seem.” ~ Sue Dreamwalker
The Pyramid and the Pool: Why Things Are Better Than They Seem| Martha Beck
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