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World Meat-Free Week recently produced a documentary film series called “Protectors of the Planet” that features a handful of individuals from around the world who are each doing their part to help save animals and the planet.

Two of these “protectors of the planet” featured in the film series are Renee and Tommy Sonnen of Houston, Texas. Tommy was once a cattle rancher who routinely sold off calves as Renee spoke out against it. Renee eventually transitioned to a compassionate vegan lifestyle, continuing to pressure her husband to get out of the cattle industry. And after six years of standing up for the cows and even threatening…

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A bit of a scientific buck-up:

The new research shows that without meat and dairy consumption, global farmland use could be reduced by more than 75% – an area equivalent to the US, China, European Union and Australia combined – and still feed the world. Loss of wild areas to agriculture is the leading cause of the current mass extinction of wildlife.

The new analysis shows that while meat and dairy provide just 18% of calories and 37% of protein, it uses the vast majority – 83% – of farmland and produces 60% of agriculture’s greenhouse gas emissions. Other recent research shows 86% of all…

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As a volunteer emergency medical worker, she said she wanted to prove that women had a role to play in the conservative Palestinian society of Gaza.

“Being a medic is not only a job for a man,” Razan al-Najjar, 20, said in an interview at a Gaza protest camp last month. “It’s for women, too.”


An hour before dusk on Friday, the 10th week of the Palestinian protest campaign, she ran forward to aid a demonstrator for the last time.

Click here for a full story on The New York Times


Message from Avaaz:

"Dear friends across the UK, 

This is Razan Najjar. She was a…

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Martin has been living on the streets of Dublin for the past 14 years. Four of those years have been under the bridge. 
Martin has not slept in a bed for many years yet he doesn't consider himself homeless. This short documentary explores the search for happiness and what it means to different people.

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A message from Chris and Dawn Agnos:

"We must begin to think, organize, and act from a biosphere consciousness if life as we know it will continue to exist.
We are in the midst of the greatest transition upon which humanity has ever embarked.

How will you respond?"

This particular video was created from an excerpt from a recent speech of Jeremy Rifkin in which he addresses the major problems and solutions to the sustainability crises of our time. 

Tune in...
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60 Palestinians were killed, including eight children, and over 2,000 people were injured while US "dignitaries" celebrated a new US Embassy in Jerusalem just 40 miles away. 

THIS. HAS. TO. STOP. 

Add your name to join the emergency petition demanding Israel STOP using lethal force against protestors.

Click here

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David Attenborough is in the Swiss Jura Mountains to discover the secrets of a giant. Beneath his feet lies a vast network of tunnels and chambers, home to a huge empire of ants. It is believed to be one of the largest animal societies in the world, where over a billion ants from rival colonies live in peace. Their harmonious existence breaks many of the rules for both ants and evolution, and raises some important questions. Through winter, spring and into summer, David turns detective to find the answers.

Click here to watch the documentary on BBC

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"Our common home is falling into serious disrepair… [This is] evident in large-scale natural disasters as well as social and even financial crises, for the world’s problems cannot be analyzed or explained in isolation… It cannot be emphasized enough how everything is interconnected. (Francis 2015, paragraphs 61, 138)"

Unfortunately, this understanding has not yet become clear to most political and business leaders. They are still unable to “connect the dots,” to use a popular phrase. Instead of taking into account the interconnectedness of reality their “solutions” tend to focus on isolated issues, thereby simply shifting the problem to another part of the system. For example, by stimulating economic growth, environmental problems, such as loss of biodiversity, and climate change, increase. Stricter regulations relating to environmental and social responsibility often have negative economic consequences. The challenge is to develop an economy that…

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David Attenborough has a passion for birds' eggs. These remarkable structures nurture new life, protecting it from the outside world at the same time as allowing it to breathe. They are strong enough to withstand the full weight of an incubating parent and weak enough to allow a chick to break free.

But how is an egg made? Why are they the shape they are? And perhaps most importantly, why lay an egg at all? Piece by piece, from creation to hatching, David reveals the wonder behind these miracles of nature.

Click here to watch the documentary on BBC

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Words from Angela Sheldrick on The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust:

“It is all very raw but I must share with you the passing of my incredible mother Daphne Sheldrick.  What an example she was to us all, and I feel blessed to have been able to call her my Mum because she was quite simply ‘one of a kind’. She was a national treasure and a conservation icon. Daphne passed away the evening of the 12th April after a long battle with breast cancer, a battle she finally lost. Her legacy is immeasurable and her passing will reverberate far and wide because the difference she has made for conservation in Kenya is unparalleled. She will be sorely missed, but never forgotten, and this is what Daphne drew the most comfort from in her final weeks; knowing that her memory and work would continue with the tiny steps of baby elephants for generations to come…

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Israeli soldiers have a legal obligation to refuse manifestly illegal orders. In a new campaign, the Israeli human rights group says shooting unarmed civilian protesters is just that — unmistakably and patently illegal.

Israeli human rights group B’Tselem will launch a campaign on Thursday urging Israeli soldiers to refuse orders to open fire on unarmed demonstrators. The campaign, titled “Sorry Commander, I cannot shoot,” comes on the heels of last Friday’s events on the Gaza border, in which Israeli snipers shot dead at least 17 Palestinians and wounded hundreds during The Great Return March.…

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A 20-minute podcast of George Monbiot's discussion with Jeremy Vine on the extraordinary, under-recognised aspects of human nature.

First time I hear George Monbiot's voice.
A delight to listen to as much as to read.

 

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Imagine you are a seed full of life. Plant the seed of yourself in the warm Earth and water it gently until it begins to open. Feel your roots growing and reaching down into the Earth, drinking all the nutrients. Feel the shoot unfold into the air, your leaves unfold soaking up the Sun's rays. All that you need is given - for growing, for your well-being. Picture yourself in radiant health.

Plant the seed of yourself and look at where you are going now. Affirm your most positive wishes. Connect to your life force. Ask your spirit guides and helpers for direction and remain open to receiving answers from unexpected places.

Honour the Earth and the fertility of all life, the animals, the birds, fish and the insect world, the great abundance of plants and flowers, the herbs for medicine, and all the food growing for us to eat. Honour the balance of the Sun and…

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Western culture and human condition - how did we get here?
From ancient sense of connection to current pain of separation.
A journey through times with Jeremy Lent exploring patterns of meaning, unravelling how different conceptions of the Universe have shaped history.
I love to believe it, as it takes blame out of the equation and offers simple (but not easy) solution.
Enjoy xx

 

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"Stories matter. Many stories matter. Stories have been used to dispossess and to malign, but stories can also be used to empower and to humanize. Stories can break the dignity of a people, but stories can also repair that broken dignity."

~ Chimamanda Gnozi Adichie

Our lives, our cultures, are composed of many overlapping stories. Novelist Chimamanda Adichie tells the story of how she found her authentic cultural voice -- and warns that if we hear only a single story about another person or country, we risk a critical misunderstanding.

Click here to watch  the talk on TED.com - The danger of a single story

 

 

 

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Our appeal to Meghan:

"The big day approaching... millions watching, millions speculating, thousands will be criticising anyway.

Shock them all Meghan!

Go for a reasonably priced wedding dress option and support people in need with the money saved. Pay for meals, sanitation, housing or cancer treatment instead.

You’ll look beautiful in any dress anyway.

Come on, be a real People’s Princess!

If not you? Who?

If not now? When?"

 

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