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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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There’s a good chance that if you asked someone who eats meat if they approve of conditions on factory farms, they would say “no.” In fact, a recent poll by the Sentience Institte found that 49 percent of U.S. adults support a ban on factory farming and 47 percent support a ban on slaughterhouses. No one wants to know that the products they buy in the grocery store are the result of immense suffering – not to mention massive amounts of environmental destruction and pollution. However, despite these sentiments, the reality is 99 percent of all meat in the U.S. comes from factory farms. Considering only around six percent of Americans identify as vegan and seven percent vegetarian, so how do we account for the difference in opinion and action?

In a recent episode of Eat For The Planet with Nil Zacharias, Jacy Reese, the co-founder and Research Director of Sentience Institute, a think tank dedicated to the expansion of humanity’s moral circle, talks about…

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"In 1998, wildlife enthusiast and photographer Chris Packham had a remarkable encounter with the Orang Rimba, a tribe of hunter gatherers in the rainforests of Sumatra, Indonesia. It was the first time he had ever seen people living in perfect harmony with their environment. One photograph in particular that Chris took, a picture of a young tribal girl, has since become immensely important to him as a barometer of how we are treating our planet. In this real-life detective story, with no clues as to her identity or whereabouts other than his original photograph, Chris sets off to Sumatra 20 years on to try to find her; the girl in the picture... "

What does this story tell us about the state of our planetary affairs and our culture?

Well, change is a matter of urgency, Lions! We need a new culture - NeoCulture! …

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Click here to read Leslie's blog post on the experience of living acceptance and manifestation of both male and female elements of our nature.

Braving the Wilderness in a beautifully gentle way... Hugely inspiring... 

 

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STUDENTS could hold the key to delivering an ambitious goal of making the southside of the city completely waste free by 2020.

The newly launched Zero Waste Edinburgh are confident they can make it happen after joining forces with SHRUB (Swap and Re-use Hub Cooperative) who will coordinate the group in a bid to bin the 82 tonnes of waste they say residents throw out every week.

Over the next two years they will be working with 36,000 residents, business owners and students in the area to reduce waste and prevent unnecessary landfill deposits.

Click here to read more on Edinburgh News

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A thought-provoking and inspirational conversation between two great naturalists - on history of conservation, activism, huge challenges of our times and a way forward.

Sir David Attenborough talks to Chris Packham about his experience of the changing nature of conservation as part of the Wildscreen Festival 2016. From saving charismatic single species like gorillas, to protecting complete ecosystems and to new technologies which offer innovative ways of experiencing and protecting our world, David believes the future is hopeful. Wildscreen Festival is the world's leading Festival celebrating and advancing the art of natural world storytelling. Find out more about it at:…

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There has been a lot of buzz recently about climate change because whether skeptics want to admit it or not, climate change is a reality. With drastic temperature changes, water scarcity, extreme drought and destructive storms, climate change is one of the biggest global challenges of our time. Given the importance of the issue, many are looking for ways to lower their carbon footprint to help the planet.

Unplugging electronics when they aren’t in use, turning off the faucet while brushing your teeth, biking instead of driving, and planting gardens and trees are all great ways to fight climate change. But what if there was one thing you can do TODAY that could have a greater impact than all of the above? What if you could have a positive impact on the planet simply with your food choices? Consider these stats…

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“The real war against climate is being fought on our plates, multiple times a day with every food choice we make. One of the biggest challenges facing our planet, and our species is that we are knowingly eating ourselves into extinction, and doing very little about it.”

Hence Sleeping Lions Food Platform.

But not only.

Time is running out Lions!

This single photo of a polar bear will show you why we need to stand up for the planet, and now!!!

Click here to read full article on One Green Planet

 

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