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For those involved with or concerned about the challenges we face in the 21st century, as a civilization on one Earth

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CLIMATE CHANGE - HOW MUCH DO OUR CHILDREN MATTER?

Started by Philip Claude Andermann Feb 15, 2011. 0 Replies

Peace Studies Journal - article by Jason Goulah

Started by Dan. Last reply by George P. Meade Jun 10, 2010. 1 Reply

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Comment by George P. Meade on February 7, 2011 at 11:26am
Thank you ,Thank you, Thank you. Your words do have power and say it better than I could. I'm really glad that somebody is seeing how urgent it is to start green now. I just got done with the book of Creating waldon by President Ikeda and Boso ,one other guy talking about Emerson,Walt Whitman, Thourough.Keep writting I'm very encouraged by your words and I hope that others feel the same.
Comment by Philip Claude Andermann on January 18, 2011 at 4:52pm
D.H. Lawrence wrote in his "Apocalypse, "What man most passionately wants is his living wholeness and his living unison, not his own isolation of his "soul"... What we want is to destroy our false, inorganic connections, especially those related to money, and reestablish the living organic connnections, with the cosmos, the sun and earth, with mankind and nation and family,  start with the sun, and the rest will slowly, slowly happen."
Comment by Philip Claude Andermann on December 3, 2010 at 10:23am
Of course there are countless environmental groups (according to eminent futurist Hazel Henderson (who co-authored "Planetary Citizenship" with President Ikeda, and I recommend her multifaceted 1996 book "Building a Win-Win World: Life beyond Global Economic Warfare," there were one milllion environmental groups in the US even in 1990).

All of the envirnmental issues are interrelated, interrelated with countless human justice, economic, etc issues, and their solutions are all interrelated. Tremendous positive paradigm shifts are required. Powerful negative and positive paradigm shifts are now occurring. Unfortunately, the positive paradigm shifts tend to be less united. Ultimately, everything starts with the individual paradigm shift, or "human revolution." As ordinary citizens, we do have to "think global, act local." In this, we can be far more effective if we are united. The unity of the SGI's example could be a nucleus-catalyst for global unity, by example and true dialogue sparking the rapid growth of the "humanitarian competition" President Ikeda has been xconstantly referring to. One example could be furthering "humanitarian competion" among the world's religions, humanizing them, which is already starting to happen. Their scriptures tend to be ambigous on ecological justice, containing self-conflicting statements. The point is to bring out the positive in these religions. All the founders of the major religions did preach of social justice, even if their teachings became distorted by many in history. Social justice can be unequivocably linked to environmental justice, intra-generational justice to inter-generational justice.

There are coutnless associated websites, some very important. I may give a longer list later on, through which you can support, hopehopefullly involving other members and your community.

However, just for now I'll just mention a very few from memory.

Note www.350.org. It has many thousansd of activities in about 200 countries. You can track down local activities through their website! Very unfortunateoly, the science proving Anthropogenic Global Warming, or human-caused climate change, has now been unequivocably proven (I could go into that with anybody has questions about it), despite the incredible flurry of influential disinformation being circulated laregely through fossil-fuel corporations. It has been verified by the authoritative studies of the UN IPCC (www.ipcc.ch), MIT, NASA, NCAR, NOAA, East Anglia CRU, countless other eminent institutes, 97% of climate scientista, scores of Nobel Science Laureates, etc. The price tag to civilization on our current trajectory could be $1240 TRILLION+
..there may be no more civilization left. According to the UNFCC, to avoid catastrophe it is critical for the world to reduce CO2 emissions relative to 1990 emounts: to peak by 2015 and reduce by 25-40% by 2020. To the contrary, despite strenuous efforts by some we are continuing to very rapidly increase CO2 emission amounts. The basic technology to solve this fairly cheaply if we act now does currently exist, though our window of opportunity does exist is very rapidly closing. We have been strenuously warned of the extent this dire danger by authoritative scientists for over 20 years, although only in the last 3 or so years was it actually proven beyond the shadow of a doubt.
Only a minority in the US has paid close attention, and refusal to act by Congress, which would influence the entire world response, has been largely influenced by humongous interest groups who have largely stifled the media news which had largely deteriorated in quality abyway. However, it stil is not too late to act. This would seem to require a massive grass-roots social movement along the lines of Mrtin Luther King and Gandhi, except much larger and worldwide, both coordinated and spontaneous, all with an utterly nonviolent positive creative positive "can-do" kind of spirit. www.350.org is a coalition of many hundreds of environmental groups and spreading fast. Please check it out.

Another informative site is www.climateprogress.org. You can also have very informative emails sent to you free daily.

You can take a look at www.ecobuddhism.org. It claims to seek participation of all Buddhist sects cnetered on the compassionate and wise teachings of Shakyamuni Buddha, Buddhism in general having had the most pacifistic track record and teacings and principles most consistent witth modern science and environmentalism, auccessfully fusing it with compassion for all life - and should consider taking a lead in environmentalism among all religions, working with them. There are 336 million Buddhists in the world, 6% of the world's population, considerably more then the 12 million members of the SGI. Perhaps the SGI, or at least the SGI-USA members, could consider the possibility of working with them in some capacity. The website also has nuerous links to other useful websites.

I also found the renowned encironmentalist Lester Brown's website www.earthpolicy.org [www.earthpolicyinstitute.org?] useful, including its downloadable book "Plan B 4,0 for Mobilizing to Save Civilization."

Also, the following is usefu:
http://www.un.org/wcm/content/site/climatechange/gateway.
Many good links out of un.org.

Many sites teach of solutions. One inspiring website/magazing is that associated with Ode Magazine, with many wxamples of great things that are being done environmentally or for mankind otherwise by individuals or smaller organizations. There are lots of positice experiences and encironmental information in the SGI Quarterly issues, with a large archive available online through www.sgi.org.

The positive power of the individual is infinite, no matter the obstacles!

There is far more, I do not have time.

Please never forget your infinite power for good. We can change every poison into medicine, no matter what!!!!!!
Comment by Philip Claude Andermann on November 29, 2010 at 8:21pm
EYES

It could be said
that humanity provides an eye
for nature, the cosmos,
to see its own beauty
for the first time.

Instead, the impending threat of nature
will provide the eye for humanity,
all uniting in response,
to see itself for the first time.
Comment by Philip Claude Andermann on November 29, 2010 at 8:16pm
CLIMATE CHANGE 1
The greatest experiment on Earth
"whirlpooling" without a control
may see no observer
of the end result
without a totally new experiment
of humanitarian competition of religion
whirlpooling
[drawing from the unobservable]
around a tiny growing center.
Comment by Philip Claude Andermann on November 29, 2010 at 5:04pm
IN THE END
Treat the (parent) Earth well.
It was not given to you by your parents.
It was loaned to your by your children.

May we repay our children
(that we gave life)
the meaning they give to our life.
Ad infinitum through the future.
We are human only if expressing this appreciation.
Surviving only if we express this appreciation.
Only appreciation survives in the end.
Comment by ALENE GRETO on October 29, 2010 at 7:14pm
Thank you. I am glad you have a group who cares about our environment.
Alene Greto
Comment by George P. Meade on October 24, 2010 at 9:51pm
You are one of the few persons that I have ever wrote this about President Ikeda. Our mission is to save everyone and the planet. I can't express how much it means to me to your poem about the earth. I was in this place last night feeling really hopeless about how people may say they want to do things to help the planet but no action to back it up.I hope that you never give up keep writting peoms about this earth. The earth I believe hears you every time you do something for it. Its sustaining our lives.6 billion and we hardly think about the planet or amimals that lived here for thousands of years before we got here so when we are born to carry out our mission and that kosen Rufu.Thank you for writting this.I really don't need to thank you because the world already has.Come over to face book or if your on please print this on it.
Comment by Philip Claude Andermann on October 24, 2010 at 4:11pm
Seriously (with regard to my poem below), I am studying all the science behind James Lovelock's Gaia Theory, which almost regards the Earth as a living entity, much of the science behind climatology and climate change, and all the massive work being done to resolve its problems interlinked with many othr crises; and how this relates to President Ikeda's vision of world peace, the SGI, and myself. I recommend that as at least one introduction to the complex issues you read renowned environmentalist Lester Brown's online book "Plan B 4.0 Mobilizing To Save Civilization" http://www.earth-policy.org/images/uploads/book_files/pb4book.pdf as well as President Ikeda's writings. I am hopelessly in love with this planet Earth, and with Humanity, and I will work with anyone to save them.
******************
HONEYMOON, WITH GAIA - Phil

In love,
together dancing on skin.
The moon dancing on sea: a thousand moons,
and for each I see an Earth,
I see a thousand possible worlds
each carrying you.
Dancing on sea a flower of life
I pluck to offer you,
to blossom wherever we soar.
Now when we ride the moon,
its seas fill live with field of stars
as I offer the gem of a BEAUTIFUL blue Earth
we'll reach and make our home,
A COSMOS OF THE HEART,
with the Jewel of COMMITMENT
I pledge to you.
Comment by Philip Claude Andermann on October 24, 2010 at 3:06pm
From the bottom of my heart, I hope we can have discussions (with suggested solutions) of the larger questions of impacts of major changes in our natural environment upon the health of the human species and the entire ecology - such as climate change, ocean acidification, continued excessive population growth in the third world, extreme projected water shortage for various reasons, associated projections of famine in the future and resulting domino effect of failing states and wars, the need to eradicate poverty and illiteracy as part of the solution, the need to heal the earth in countless ways etc etc. If handled soon in a concerted coordinated fashion, I believe these problems could be largely solved or alleviated at less cost than we spend on the military, with long-range far greater cost-effectiveness for human security and health.
Let's find the courage to challenge these problems! We emerge from the Earth to save it!
 

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