- The forecast worldwide is that that owning a house is the prerequisite of the wealthy
- In London 1,137 people sleep rough on average, every night
- Sleeping rough shortens lives to average 47 as opposed to the national norm of 77 years.
- Every year, year on year, failure to tackle the supply system ratchets up the pressure on English housing. Many more families will suffer from over- crowding, more families will struggle with rising rents and larger mortgages, fewer young people under 30 will be able to leave the parental home. Shelter.
- Truth about property developers: how they are exploiting the planning process and ruining our cities – HERE
- ‘No (Mrs May) -the housing crisis will not be solved by building more houses.The Crisis is the result of banking failure’ – HERE
- Grenfell Tower – HERE
- Global figures: likely be 1.3 billion without Houses. UN Sustainable Development goals at best over- ambitious, at worst DELUSIONAL.
- Medellin, Colombia: remaking the world’s most dangerous city. The remarkable example of change happening because of radical leadership – HERE
- AND AT THE FRONT OF OUR MINDS..MIGRANT data – dead / missing crossing the Mediterranean 2016: 5,143. 2017: 3,139. 2018: 2,297.
- AND INSECT loss, internationally …up to 85% . Primarily because of destruction of their habitat by the human species
In the struggle to oppose hate, and to replace it with fierce love and compassion, it’s necessary ─ though often or usually stressful ─ to remain awake, watchful, hopeful.
One way to remain awake and hopeful is through the arts. Below there are links to six pieces of artistic creativity. All contain music, and all contain elements of drama and theatrical performance.
The countries of origin include France, Germany, Ireland, United Kingdom and United States.
An illustrated talk (about 20 minutes) about the power of music to transform lives, yours, mine, everyone’s – HERE
Light in dark times
A sermon in December 2018 beginning and ending with affirmations of Bono’s song There is a Light, written after the Manchester Arena bombing in 2017 – HERE
Happiness – and watch out !
Animated film (about four minutes) that takes a wry look at doomed searches for well-being, fulfilment and bliss somewhere apart from where we actually live – HERE
TV celebration of inclusive choreography, everyone but everyone special, November 2018 – HERE
Joy in the public square
That famous dream of shared humanity and world community, adopted as the anthem of the European Union – HERE
I didn’t die, says he
‘What they forgot to kill went on to organise’, the unending a luta continua onwards and upwards to justice , and to positive peace – HERE
If there is a light
We can’t always see
If there is a world
We can’t always be
If there is a dark
Now we shouldn’t doubt
And there is a light
Don’t let it go out
Hold on, Hold on.
The size of the THIRD SECTOR globally and its relationship with UK GOVERNMENT –
- Global Civil Society has mushroomed into global workforce of 350 million professionals and volunteers. If this workforce were a country, it would be the third most populous …. following China & India.
- World Economic Forum :- ”Closing space for civil society reduces the chances that these challenges will be effectively addressed’’ – HERE
- World Economic Forum – “5 challenges for Civil Society in the 4th Industrial Revolution “ – HERE
- UK HMG Department of Digital, Culture, Media and Sport published first Civil Society Strategy for fifteen years. Proposes Third Sector be increasingly involved in design of public services: view NOT supported by general public – HERE
- Charities Aid Foundation notes the SPACE between Government and the charitable sector is being shrunk, with implications for the latter’s reduced critical and championing role. The Third Sector role is predominantly “speaking ON BEHALF of the disadvantaged’’ – HERE
- UN special Rapporteur MAINA KIANI ( 2011- 2017), UN Human Rights Council visited UK 2013 and 2016. Noted that businesses received markedly more favourable responses from HMG than the Third Sector, particularly application procedures.
Wake up each day to the benefits of KINDNESS …which will empower you to offer random acts of kindness to people unknown and known to yourself, as you go about your daily life.
The Random Acts of Kindness Foundation. We believe that kindness starts with one: One compliment, one smile, one kind act, one person.
Mac Macartney, international speaker, leader, and founder of the community at Embercombe. We were enormously privileged to have him speak at Festival of the Dark, and moved by how he – a secular speaker reflecting on Darkness – was welcomed in to St James Roman Catholic church by Father John. All Father John needed as reassurance was that it was a positive invocation to live mindfully, with care for our Earth. That then put it in line with Pope Francis’ encyclical on the environment; the Pope had asked parish priests and parishes to spread the message of care, and so we were welcomed in. And thus Mac was able to weave his stories of love for the Earth, and our responsibility as spiritual beings to live with care for ourselves, within care for our community, within care for all of our connected environment.
Head of Compassion in World Farming, Philip Lymbery states :
“There is a desperate need for joined-up action on Industrial Farming if we are to avoid a catastrophic impact on Earth” – READ HIS ARTICLE HERE
IN ORDER FOR HUMANS TO BE ABLE TO BUY LOW COST MEAT – Interrelated conditions exist :-
- In UK there are 1,674 intensive factory farms. Average space per. chicken 25cm x 25 cm. 94% chickens raised for meat in these conditions.
- About 1/2 European antibiotics are given to livestock to combat infection & to enhance rapid animal growth. Infection spreads rapidly in factory farms.
- Dutch scientists estimate 1/3 to 1/2 of antibiotic resistance in humans is due to infections originating in agriculture.
- Poor working conditions for Farm Workers in factory farms: bacterial infections, cross contamination, excessive lines’ speed, exploitation, low wages
- 5 privately owned firms control the new MEGA FARMS:- Faccenda, Moy Park, Cargill, 2 Sisters, Banham Poultry .They supply cheap meat to Tesco, Sainsbury, Morrison, Asda, Macdonalds, Nando,
- Tracey Worcester – Farms not Factories. HERE
- Compassion in World Farming – HERE
- The Bureau of Investigative Journalism – HERE
- Andrew Wasley Guardian -Sustainable Business 22.12.15 – READ ALL ANDREW’S ARTICLES HERE
- TED TALKS . San Antonio. Dr Karl Klose. Rise of the Super bug – SEE THE TED TALK HERE
- Dr Danielle van Daler – ANTIBIOTIC RESISTANCE
- 10 Alarming facts about factory farms
- The Rise of the Mega Farm
( and loadsa other concerns !)
Organisations who hold power ARE responding to the pollution crisis :- e.g.
- Plastic indispensable part of daily life; not an environment problem..an opportunity to maintain the circular economy . UK Plastics Pact : Aim,together create a sustainable system for plastics at the forefront of the circular economy.
- “ EU declared war on plastic waste” Plan includes 350 mill. euros funding research to modernise plastic production and collection…..Each piece of packaging on the continent to be reusable /recyclable by 2030.
- EU “Priority to clamp down on single-use plastic: 5 seconds to produce,5 minutes to use, 50 year’s to break- down”.
- George Monbiot:” Oil companies will invest £130bn.globally in new plastic facilities in next 7 years…..UK Government’s praiseworthy “clean growth” policy, in practice entails more growth, more resources, more consumption.
- Encouraging : proliferation in mass- circulation newspapers of articles photographs & campaigns plus social media petitions calling for government, commerce & consumer action to control useage & wastage & pollution.
AND it all RASPS AGAINST FACTS… AND THE FACT that the present crisis has been known and “hidden”, for decades..MYOPIA : near- sightedness.
- 8 mill.tonnes of Plastic reach the sea every year.
- By 2050 there will be more Plastic in oceans than fish.
- 99% of seabirds will have eaten plastic.
- average sea-food eater will have ingested 11,000 pieces of micro plastic,yearly.
- Orb media reports billions of people in 12 countries drinking water contaminated by Plastic particles.
- Plastic debris in oceans a growing hazard as toxins climb the food chain.
- See list references at end of TALES SECTION of this website
- I’m Mad As Hell Speech From Network (1976)
- WATCH YOU TUBE
WAKE UP trumpets Self Employment whilst unearthing limitations within the sector requiring serious UK Government overhaul action.
Self employed 4.6 million, represent 15% UK workforce. Increase of 800,000 since 2008.
Self Employed at lower end of market – take home pay considerably less than Employed.
1/3 families have no savings: issue of nil pension provision
Government policy / practice intervention urgently required e.g. cut Red Tape, incentivise savings, taxation administration clarified/ simplified, flexible systems in general, legal definition of Self Employment.
Accessible ongoing support plus education for young people to better prepare them for Self Employment
Who are the Self Employed ? -New Policy Institute (npi) SEE HERE
Self Employment Review – an independent report by Julie Deane OBE .
“The labour market has changed, and continues to change. The opportunities have never been greater” SEE HERE
Enterprise for All – Review 2010-15 by Lord Young of Graffam SEE HERE
Make it Work – Gingerbread SEE HERE
Japanese Puffer fish – to attract the best fish in the sea, male pufferfish, just twelve cm long when un-puffed, spend at least seven 24-hour days completing an intricate mating ritual that involves swimming their bodies into and through the seafloor to form ridges and trenches in the sand. If they pause too early, the entire ordeal gets washed away by currents. SEE HERE
‘Opera !’ – a collaborative Art Project between Royal Opera House, Victoria and Albert Museum and Kings College, London SEE HERE
DAVOS 2017 – LEADERSHIP REPORT – Rising nationalism, international tensions, runaway climate change. It’s tempting to despair of humanity at the start of 2017. Instead of giving up, though, people are working to improve the world around them, whether through entrepreneurship, art, innovation or acts of personal courage.
INSPIRING people’s stories are here and include Tom Szaky and Yusra Mardini – HERE
Tom Szaky (photo above) – This man wants you to recycle everything. I mean everything: cigarette butts, diapers, toothbrushes. He’s the founder and CEO of Terracycle, a social enterprise that uses new technology to “up-cycle” waste into products, turning foil drink pouches into slouch bags, among other feats. His work has galvanized nearly 64 million people around the world into recycling action and offers an alternative business model at a time when research suggests there will be more plastic than fish in the sea by 2050.
Yusra Mardini – “Yes, I’m the girl who swam for her life, then swam at the Olympics. Now I want to tell you another story. It’s about my other name, my other identity. You see, my name is refugee. At least, that’s what they call me. Me and those 21 million others forced to flee persecution, war and violence.” Now living in Berlin and speaking up for the world’s displaced, Yusra tells her story HERE.
Refugee Statistics from UNHCR (2016) HERE (United Nations High Commission for Refugees)
- We are now witnessing the highest levels of displacement on record.
- An unprecedented 6 million people around the world have been forced from home.
- Among them are nearly 5 million refugees, over half of whom are under the age of 18. Of these – 17.2m UNHCR and 5.3m Palestinians UNRWA
- There are also 10 million stateless people who have been denied a nationality and access to basic rights such as education, healthcare, employment and freedom of movement.
- Refugees resettled in 2016 – 189,300
- Where are the world’s displaced people being hosted – 30% Africa, 26% Middle East and North Africa, 17% Europe, 16% Americas, 11% Asia and Pacific
- 55% of refugees worldwide came from 3 countries – South Sudan 1.4m, Afghanistan 2.5m and Syria 5.5m
- Top Hosting countries – Turkey 2.9m, Pakistan 1.4m, Islamic Republic of Iran 979k, Uganda 941k, Ethiopia 792k