CLIMATE CHANGE provides space for lengthy pieces which elaborate IMAGINATIVE ACTION

 

JUNE 2019

Waorani children in the village of Bomeno, Ecuadorian Amazon.

 

 

Dear Readers,

We are changing the focus of this page from TALES to CLIMATE CHANGE.

Whilst important and loved as are the longer stories in Tales, the urgent priority is getting ALL our heads around NOW ACTION.

So, each month we’ll jot down examples of ‘The Imagination Acts’ belief ….that, you and me can DO something when we leap with the parachute of our IMAGINATIONS on our backs.

 

 

 

 

Here are 11 links to understandings and hence actions which could help us bed down for the long haul, in order to gain the 3.5% support from the general population, necessary to achieve radical change.

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1. COLLECTIVE PSYCHOLOGY  – Alex Evans, Founder of the Collective Psychology Project in England, UK

 

Are we able to manage our mental & emotional states at a time of extraordinary turbulence? 

 

Ref:  Open Democracy – ‘Psychology, meet politics’ –  HERE

 

 

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2. PRIMARY SCHOOL EDUCATION – Harmony Principles developed by Prince Charles 

 

Introduced into his school curriculum by Richard Dunne, Headteacher of a UK state primary school near London.

Ref: Sustainable Food Trust  – HERE

 

 

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3.  PEOPLE & PLANET is the largest student network in the UK campaigning for social & environmental justice for over 40 years

 

They aim to empower a generation of change makers.

Over half of all Universities have been persuaded to dis-invest in fossil fuel companies.

About People and Planet –  HERE

 

 

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4.  BRIGHT NOW is a campaign run by the Christian charity – Operation Noah 

It states that Christian churches must divest from fossil fuel companies, if they are to retain their INTEGRITY. The campaign started in our local Ascot church, inspired by the Rector Dr. Darrell Hannah and our small Parochial Church Council.

About Operation Noah –  HERE 

See their Twitter  – HERE 

 

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5. POSITIVE MONEY is a not for profit company based in London & Brussels that campaigns for reform to the banking & monetary system

 

‘We have an unbalanced economy and it’s breaking our society’

 

About Positive Money –  HERE

 

 

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6. EXTINCTION REBELLION HANDBOOK is inspiring a whole generation to take action on climate breakdown

 

A global activist move, enrolling ordinary people to demand action from Government

 

Ref: HERE

 

 

 

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7. ACTIVISM with LOCAL GOVERNMENT e.g. the petition demanding Berkshire’s Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead District Council declares a climate emergency in the Royal Borough, is gaining hundreds of signatures

 

Ref: – HERE

BUT NOTE : Opposition to petition by local environmentalist argues that setting carbon reduction target to 2050 is unhelpful because it denies urgency of speedy action.

Apparent “ good ideas” must be thought through.

 

 

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8. INTERNATIONAL CONFERRING at University Exeter, May 2019 – ‘So you’ve declared a Climate Emergency –  now what ?’

James Lovelock

 

Ref: Rob Hopkin’s blog – HERE

 

University of Exeter – Global Systems Institute – Centenary celebration James Lovelock GAIA hypothesis  HERE  

Earth functions as a self- regulating system – HERE

 

 

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9. BLUE DOT. Voyager 1 had completed its mission, February 4 2090, when NASA commanded it to take one last photograph of Earth, across the great expanse of space, at the request of astronomer & author Carl Sagan.

Seen from about 6 billion kilometers (3.7 billion miles), Earth appears as a tiny dot

(the blueish-white speck approximately halfway down the brown band to the right)

within the darkness of deep space.

 

<——-   Ref : HERE

 

 

 

 

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10. Gustav Holst “The Planets “ centenary concert with cosmology reflections by Professor Brian Cox, conducted by Ben Gurnon

 

Highly recommended on BBC IPLAYER for next 11 months – HERE

You Tube : HERE

Ben Gurnon – HERE

 

 

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11.  Carl Sagan : “it is said that astronomy is a humbling & character- building experience….

There is perhaps no better demonstration of the folly of human conceit than this distant image of our world.

To me, it underscores our responsibility to deal more kindly with one another and to preserve

and cherish the pale blue dot, the only home we have known”

 

Carl Sagan on the Blue Dot – HERE

 

 

 

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