How to live well

•September 24, 2010 • Leave a Comment

Risk more than others think is safe

Care more than others think is wise

Dream more than others think is practical

Expect more than others think is possible

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MDG Summit

•September 21, 2010 • Leave a Comment

World leaders have gathered in New York for a three-day UN millennium development goals summit to review ambitious anti-poverty targets adopted in 2000. If you don’t know anything about the MDGs, check out this article. You can keep up to date either by following the live feed or by following the blogs by the Guardian or Oxfam.

Several strong themes appear to emerging from the summit already, including the importance of empowering women and children, and a surprising amount of support for the Robin Hood Tax.

My favorite bit so far has got to be the speech from the prime minister of Bhutan, Jigme Thinley. He told delegates:

“Since happiness is the ultimate desire of every citizen it must be the purpose of development to create enabling conditions for happiness. As it is likely that the relevance of eight MDGs will remain beyond 2015, my delegation would like to propose that we include happiness as the ninth MDG.”

See his full speech here.

21st-Century Enlightenment

•September 16, 2010 • Leave a Comment

Love this video from the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (RSA).

Dear Teacher

•September 16, 2010 • Leave a Comment

“Dear Teacher,

I am a survivor of a concentration camp. My eyes saw what no man should witness:

Gas chambers built by learned engineers.

Children poisoned by educated physicians.

Infants killed by trained nurses.

Women and babies shot and burned by high school and college graduates.

So I am suspicious of education. My request is: Help your students become human. Your efforts must never produce learned monsters, skilled psychopaths, educated Eichmanns.

Reading, writing, arithmetic are important only if they serve to make our children more human.”

– Haim Ginot, 1972

I Have Learned So Much

•September 13, 2010 • Leave a Comment

“I
Have
Learned
So much from God
That I can no longer
Call
Myself

A Christian, a Hindu, a Muslim,
A Buddhist, A Jew.

The Truth has shared so much of Itself
With me

That I can no longer call myself
A man, a woman, an angel,
Or even pure
Soul.

Love has
Befriended Hafiz so completely
It has turned to ash
And freed
Me

Of every concept and image
My mind has even known.”

– Hafiz

International Youth statement on Biodiversity.. nice one!

•September 13, 2010 • Leave a Comment

Last month the representatives of youth from 66 countries gathered in Aichi Prefecture, Japan, to build solidarity and discuss the importance of biodiversity, vital for survival of the next generation.

Building on the youth conferences on biodiversity held in 2008 in Germany and 2009 in Aichi, Japan, the conference aimed to provide an opportunity for motivated youth from all over the world to learn more about biodiversity, discuss inputs for the upcoming meeting of the and establish a network for future actions.

On the last day, the youth group presented the statement on biodiversity, which expressed serious concern for the continuing loss of biodiversity occurring worldwide, and called the global leaders to act on reducing pressures, promote sustainable use of biodiversity and protect associated traditional cultures. The statement also underlined the importance of awareness-raising and engagement of citizens and general public.

More here.

Stop the Drilling on our East Coast

•September 13, 2010 • Leave a Comment

New Zealand’s coastline is too valuable to risk a catastrophe like the BP oil spill currently devastating the Gulf of Mexico. Yet the New Zealand Government has just permitted dangerous deep sea oil exploration directly off the East Coast of the North Island, and tagged many other areas in New Zealand’s waters for further oil exploration. Once again they’ve let us down.

Like the proposal to open our best conservation land for mining, new oil exploration is a move in the wrong direction for New Zealand. Expansion of oil and coal extraction threatens our unique environment, the climate and the clean and green reputation that underpins New Zealand’s economy. Our Government is struggling to understand the urgent need for a new economic vision. New Zealand deserves a clean energy vision from our Government.

Things you can do: