When we think of animal agriculture, we often focus on the animals who are tortured, killed, and then eaten. However, animal agriculture affects a lot more animals outside of the ones that are farmed for consumption.
Meat-based diets have a significant impact on water and land, which means that the land animals and fish living in these habitats are gravely affected as well. For example, in 2010, 53% of fisheries were completely used up, and it’s only gotten worse, partially because factory fishers inadvertently kill and discard 200 million pounds of non-target fish daily (otherwise known as bycatch). Bycatch is rarely consumed. Instead, these fish typically just get injured or die and then get thrown back into the water.
Although an overwhelming number of animals die as a result of animal agriculture, it’s not just the animals that are living on these farms who are affected. It’s the ones whose habitats are being destroyed for animal agriculture or feed crops, and the ones who die as a result of the growing demand for animal protein and dairy. To be exact, an astonishing 60% of global biodiversity loss is caused by our meat-based diets.
WWF Report “Appetite For Destruction” Finds That Animal Agriculture Is Causing Significant Biodiversity Loss
The classic Western diet consists of high meat and dairy consumption. Many of us grew up thinking that this was a well-balanced diet, but now we’re learning that this mentality was really just a marketing gimmick meant to convince us to purchase more animal products.
Not only is consuming conventional meat and dairy unhealthy for the body, it also has a grave impact on the environment. The crops grown as “feed” for livestock produce more than enough food to adequately feed the global population, and these crops have a significant impact on the environment, as they’re largely genetically modified, meaning that harsh herbicides and pesticides are used on them, including Monsanto’s Roundup (these crops include soy, corn, etc.).
Plus, the vast amount of land and water required to satisfy the average factory farm is resulting in the overconsumption of natural resources. For example, animal agriculture consumes a whopping 34-76 trillion gallons of water annually.
Let’s put this into perspective: Adults typically drink two litres of water per day, which translates to roughly half a gallon. The water used in average households is approximately 98 gallons per day. The amount of water required to make one apple is about 18 gallons. The water used to make one burger is 660 gallons.
Likewise, 1 pound of beef uses 1,799 gallons of water. This calculation includes irrigation of the grains and grasses used to feed the animal in addition to the water used for drinking and when processing. It’s not just beef, it’s all animal products. 1 pound of chicken uses 468 gallons of water, 1 pound of pork uses 576 gallons, 1 gallon of milk uses 880 gallons, and 1 pound of cheese uses 600 gallons.
How does that compare with plant-based products? 1 pound of corn uses 108 gallons of water, 1 pound of soybeans uses 216 gallons of water, 1 pound of potatoes uses 119 gallons, and 1 orange uses 13 gallons.
All of this strain imposed on natural resources affects the plants and animals inhabiting these areas. The demand for meat and dairy products in the UK alone has been tied to the extinction of 33 species both at home and abroad, the WWF reports.
Why? Part of the reason lies in the amount of land required for animal agriculture and their food crops. In 2010, the British animal agriculture industry used an area equal to the size of all of Yorkshire in order to simply grow the amount of soy required to feed these animals. Keep in mind that this is in addition to the excessive amount of resources needed for the animal farms themselves.
Plus, a lot of feed crops are grown in high-risk areas that don’t enforce many conservation efforts, if any. Some of the more vulnerable areas where feed crops are grown include the Amazon, Congo Basin, and Himalayas. To give you a better picture of how many animals live in these areas, the Eastern Himalayas alone are home to more than 10,000 plant species, 900 bird species, and 300 mammal species.
The WWF reported: “If everyone reduced the amount of animal products that they ate to meet their nutritional requirements, the total agricultural land required would decline by 13%. That means nearly 650 million hectares – or an area 1.5 times the size of the European Union – would be saved from agricultural production.”
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This means that even just cutting back on the amount of meat and dairy you consume could impact the environment tremendously. Just reducing your intake by only consuming the recommended amount to “meet nutritional requirements” would make a huge difference, and you don’t even need to stop eating it entirely!
To learn more about how animal agriculture affects the environment, check out the following CE article:
We say the following phrase very often here at CE, and I’ll say it again: You vote with your dollar. If you’d like to stop empowering an industry that is systematically destroying the environment, then all you have to do is reduce the amount of money you spend on animal products. It’s that simple.
It’s all about business to these large factory farmers. So, as long as there’s a growing demand for these products, then they will continue to satisfy it, regardless of the environment and biodiversity it’s destroying as a result.
If you want to send a message to these giant companies, all you have to do is stop consuming their food. Eat fewer animal products and purchase less meat and dairy. As demand lowers, these companies will start to produce less. Although your voice is an excellent source of power, and it’s important to educate others on this subject, it’s equally as important to live it. Actions often speak louder than words, and that is certainly the case here.
To learn more about adopting a more plant-based diet, check out the following articles:
In this new film called Prosperity, you can learn the ways in which companies are changing the game in order to change our world. CE’s founder Joe Martino is in this film talking about CE’s business practices.
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Sunday, October 8 marked the twentieth anniversary of the United States’ official designation of Hizballah as a Foreign Terrorist Organization. Hizballah, originally formed as a violent union of Iranian-backed extremists in Lebanon, has terrorized the Middle East and the world since its inception thirty-five years ago.
Hizballah remains a threat to the United States and to the security of nations across the Middle East and beyond. It is time for more nations around the world to join the United States in exposing this murderous organization for what it is, in confronting its networks and its sponsors, and in mobilizing a global response to counter the threat it poses to the civilized world.
Hizballah kidnaps soldiers and civilians, fires rockets on Israeli families and children, and plans terrorist attacks around the world. Hizballah’s 1983 and 1984 bombings of the U.S. Embassy in Lebanon, and its 1983 attacks on the U.S. and French barracks in Beirut, killed hundreds of American, Lebanese, and French citizens.
In recent years, law enforcement has thwarted attempted Hizballah terrorist attacks on nearly every continent—in countries such as Thailand, Cyprus, Kuwait, Peru, and Nigeria. In 2012, Hizballah operatives conducted a successful suicide bombing attack in Bulgaria. We also believe that Hizballah has been operating inside the United States. The FBI recently arrested two U.S. persons for allegedly operating on behalf of Hizballah’s international terrorism unit.
For decades, this terrorist organization has tried to disguise its murderous intentions under the guise of political legitimacy. Hizballah first competed in Lebanese national elections in 1992. Today, Hizballah and its political allies hold half of the seats in Lebanon’s Cabinet and nearly half of the seats in its National Assembly.
Hizballah’s political cover cannot mask its true intentions. The same Hizballah officials responsible for its political apparatus oversee its terrorist planning. Hizballah has built its political power at the expense of its victims, including former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafiq Hariri and dozens of other Lebanese officials. The Lebanese people can never be truly free to express their political will under the constant threat of Hizballah’s violence and coercion.
There is no difference between Hizballah’s terrorist wing and its supposed political wing. Hizballah is one organization—a global terrorist organization.
That is why the United States will continue to recognize the entire group as a Foreign Terrorist Organization, and the Trump Administration will aggressively target its terrorism infrastructure and financial support networks. None of this, of course, will affect our ongoing support for Lebanon’s legitimate state institutions.
We are encouraged that nations around the world are increasingly joining the United States in recognizing Hizballah’s true terrorist nature. In August, the United Nations Security Council reached agreement on a series of reforms to the UN Interim Force in Lebanon. These will improve its visibility into what is happening on the ground and its capacity to identify and report on Hizballah’s illegal activity. Additionally, the Gulf Cooperation Council, Arab League, Canada, and the Netherlands have each joined the United States in designating the entirety of Hizballah as a terrorist organization, and in 2013, the European Union sanctioned its “military wing.”
Still, more action is needed. The United Nations and countries across Europe, South America, Africa, and Southeast Asia—all areas where the organization continues to operate—have not yet sanctioned the entirety of Hizballah. This complacency about an organization whose purpose is to terrorize and kill around the world must end.
The Trump Administration will also continue to lead the effort to isolate Hizballah’s benefactor—Iran. The Iranian regime does not respect the sovereignty of its neighbors or the dignity of its people. Iran takes oil profits—resources that should benefit the Iranian people—and uses them to fund Hizballah and other terrorist organizations. The regime employs Hizballah as a surrogate to violate the sovereignty of nations across the greater Middle East. The United States condemns Iran’s destabilizing actions and calls on all nations to stand against this murderous dictatorship in Tehran and its junior partner Hizballah.
The international community must send an unequivocal and united message that Hizballah is not a legitimate political party. The safety and security of the American people and of people all around the world depends on our cooperation in confronting this threat.
Today, we renew our unwavering commitment to standing against Hizballah’s terrorist actions in the Middle East and around the world. We urge our partners to join our efforts to hold Hizballah accountable. Together, we can prevent this malicious terrorist organization from threatening the peace and security of the world.
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CW’s Supergirl has now had almost five extra months to come to terms with the Trump Presidency. At this point, the show could either move on like the rest of the country or double down in disgrace. Unfortunately, the October 9 premiere “Girl of Steel” doubled down and doesn’t show any signs of letting up its liberal, anti-Trump slant.
Let’s start with the moderate stuff and work our way up the ladder. Since the lackluster season two finale, Cat Grant (Calista Flockhart) became Press Secretary to female President Olivia Marsdin (Lynda Carter), which is sadly not the most unbelievable thing we have to take in this episode. Right off the bat, she answers a question about whether the president believes in climate change.
Cat: Okay, Carl.
Carl: Does President Marsdin believe climate change is real?
Cat: Uh, yes. Yes, Carl. As a matter of fact, she does. She also believes that two plus two equals four and the Earth is round because the President is not a moron. Any third grader knows that global warming is the biggest threat of our time. And I’m happy to report that the intellectual capacity of our President is not inferior to that of an eight-year-old. Next question.
If I didn’t know any better, I’d say they wanted to appear on Newsbusters this week. And what does this remark on climate change have to do with the plot? Absolutely nothing. It’s just yet another excuse for the show to remind us how enlightened they are when it comes to “science.” Forgive me for thinking that people who call those who have the slightest doubt about the religion of climatology names are the actual eight-year-olds.
However, that’s nothing compared to the actual plot of the episode which features its own Trump-like villain. Here we meet Morgan Edge (Adrian Pasdar), originally a media mogul in the DC comics, who is now a…real estate mogul. Not just any real estate mogul, mind you, but one that seems to play golf, have sexist behaviors, and make pointed remarks about the media.
Let’s take this scene, for example, after he purchases the magazine company CatCo and is confronted by fellow business owner Lena Luthor (Katie McGrath).
Morgan: Lena, twice in my office in as many days. [Sing-song voice]People are gonna start talking.
Lena: Morgan, you have all the charisma of a Michael Douglas movie from the ’90s.
Morgan: You didn’t come all this way just to flatter me, did you?
Lena: I came because I have a proposition.
Morgan: Ooh, good. I do like propositions.
Lena: Now, you know I don’t agree with your waterfront development. But you are still the best developer in National City.
Morgan: Let me get you a drink before that compliment leaves a bad taste in your mouth.
Lena: Your work is why I have invested in your portfolio and why I intend to invest more.
Morgan: Let me guess… You want me to stay away from Catco?
Lena: Oh, come on, Morgan. Catco isn’t good business for you and you know it. There’s a city out there that needs to be rebuilt. That’s what you’re good at. Focus on that.
Morgan: You know you can take the Luthor logo off your name, but people still aren’t gonna trust you. And that’s a really easy sentiment to reinforce once I have Catco’s editorial under my control. People love to believe what they read.
Lena: Using Catco to defame your enemies and promote your own agenda. That’s despicable.
Morgan: Oh, no. That’s good business.
Lena: I’ll see myself out.
If that’s not enough for the show, the episode later reveals him to be personally behind an attack on the city just to boost his new development. I know from experience that Supergirl has been far from subtle when it comes to their social justice issues, but this guy might already be clinching the top liberal bias instance of the third season. The other moments we could have just accepted them and move on, but now we have an evil, capitalist, Trump-like punching bag for several more episodes.
I’m sure the writers feel smug about portraying a Trump figure as the bad guy, but the downside is that real life doesn’t work that way. The moment the episode is done Trump will still be president, and he will be president for long after this season ends. With propaganda like this, you can count on it.
If only Nikola Tesla (inventor of AC or alternating current that is used world-wide, the fluorescent tube that we use to this day ) were alive to see this now; a group of Russian physicists are picking up from where he had left off, using his patents and ideas to finally create the masterpiece that had been long suppressed: wireless electricity transmission. Their work has been largely forgotten, and just like Tesla himself they have not reached their funding goals, but they still seem to be publishing updates regardless.
In 1891, Nikola Tesla gave a lecture for the members of the American Institute of Electrical Engineers in New York City, where he made a striking demonstration. In each hand he held a gas discharge tube, an early version of the modern fluorescent bulb. The tubes were not connected to any wires, but nonetheless they glowed brightly during his demonstration.
Wireless electricity transmission solves a number of problems: it allows people to receive electricity without large-scale infrastructure costs, transmission to remote locations becomes feasible, and terrain is no longer a restriction. This ONE invention could well grant billions of people access to life-empowering electricity… Assuming they succeed that is.
The basis for the project involves using the Earth as a wire, rather than a physical wire. Anybody who understands electric circuits realizes that most devices come with three wires: Live, Neutral and Earth. Normal transmission of electricity starts at a power plant, and is sent through the live wire. It returns via the neutral wire.
There a reason for having an Earth wire though: The Earth is described as the destination of lowest “potential difference”, a potential difference being analogous to gravity… but for electricity. The Earth is also in a sense, for the purpose of electrical transmission, fairly conductive.
Colossal bolts of electricity arced hundreds of feet from the tower’s top to lick the landscape. A curious blue corona soon enveloped the crackling equipment. Millions of volts charged the atmosphere for several moments, but the awesome display ended abruptly when the power suddenly failed…. Tesla confirmed that the Earth itself could be used as an electrical conductor
In the event of a short-circuit, electric current often builds up in the device …. until an object touches it and completes a circuit leading down to the Earth. That object is often an unwary person, who would soon get a shockingly informative lesson on physics.
The Earth wire is designed to take the charge straight into the Earth, in the place of the unfortunate victim. Hence its name. Anyway, long story short, Tesla hoped to use the reverse process to transmit electricity directly; no need for Live or Neutral wires, when the Earth is sufficient. The Earth itself would be “charged” up like a giant battery via a Tesla Tower, causing an opposite charge to be created in the ionosphere. This massive potential difference would allow transmission of electricity to anywhere where a receiver is equipped with an antenna and an Earth wire.
Imagine watching TV via the power of lightning.
There are other aspects of Tesla’s work that are not being addressed by the scientists at this point, one of which being electricity generation rather than mere transmission. By using the Earth as a dynamo, or by making use of the existing potential difference between the ionosphere and the Earth, Tesla had hoped to be able to generate electric charge which would then be dissipated around the world. The man was ambitious.
Tesla’s ambitions were thwarted by money; the first real Tesla tower, the Wardenclyffe Tower, was near completion and showed “encouraging signs”. The project would be abandoned when Tesla himself spent all his savings on the project.
“It is not a dream, it is a simple feat of scientific electrical engineering, only expensive — blind, faint-hearted, doubting world! […] Humanity is not yet sufficiently advanced to be willingly led by the discoverer’s keen searching sense. But who knows? Perhaps it is better in this present world of ours that a revolutionary idea or invention instead of being helped and patted, be hampered and ill-treated in its adolescence — by want of means, by selfish interest, pedantry, stupidity and ignorance; that it be attacked and stifled; that it pass through bitter trials and tribulations, through the strife of commercial existence. So do we get our light. So all that was great in the past was ridiculed, condemned, combatted, suppressed —
only to emerge all the more powerfully, all the more triumphantly from the struggle.”
Disclaimer: the website was written by Russian scientists (duh), and the English used within was at times difficult to understand. I apologize in advance for any misinterpretation of their work. It should be noted that several potential problems regarding Tesla’s idea exist: wireless energy transmission on its own might be very inefficient, as the stored charge in the ionosphere/ Earth might randomly discharge as lightning. This problem might be mitigated if we were to use the existing charge in the ionosphere as a means of electricity generation though. Other problems probably exist that reduce the efficiency of this method, but it remains a field worth exploring.
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Sara Menker quit a career in commodities trading to figure out how the global value chain of agriculture works. Her discoveries have led to some startling predictions: “We could have a tipping point in global food and agriculture if surging demand surpasses the agricultural system’s structural capacity to produce food,” she says. “People could starve and governments may fall.” Menker’s models predict that this scenario could happen in a decade — that the world could be short 214 trillion calories per year by 2027. She offers a vision of this impossible world as well as some steps we can take today to avoid it.
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By now, most people are aware that many common bacteria have become resistant to the antibiotic medications commonly prescribed to defeat them. When antibiotics lose their ability to control common and potentially deadly diseases, it is referred to as antibiotic resistance. These pathogens are commonly known as “superbugs.” Over the past few years, an increasing number of once easily treatable diseases have become life-threatening once more, as pathogens have become resistant to all known chemical antibiotic treatments.
These diseases, which include drug-resistant tuberculosis (TB) and malaria, already kill around 700,000 people globally each year, however, the problem is set to become far worse. The world is teetering on the brink of a time where no existing antibiotic medications are effective anymore.
The World Health Organization (WHO) is urgently warning that the problem of antibiotic resistance could “seriously jeopardize” the progress made in medical treatment in the past 100 years, and that if something is not done about the issue, mankind could be left facing a problem more devastating than cancer. (Related: Discover the most important healthcare issues of our time at Medicine.news)
Too few new drugs in the pipeline
A new report by the health watchdog found that there are way too few new antibiotic drugs being developed to deal with the problem. In addition to too few treatments being developed for killer diseases like TB and malaria, there are also an insufficient number of drugs in the pipeline for the treatment of gram-negative pathogens like Klebsiella and E.coli. As noted by the Daily Mail, these pathogens “can cause deadly infections and pose a particular threat in hospitals and nursing homes.”
While there are currently 51 new antibiotic treatments in development, the WHO found that only eight of these are “innovative” treatments – the rest are basically just modifications of existing drugs.
Rather than looking to natural antibiotic treatments which have been used successfully for thousands of years to treat infection, the WHO is trying to force pharmaceutical companies to create new antibiotic treatments. The organization proposes that pharma companies be given a choice: “Play or pay.” Either they urgently join the search for innovative antibiotic treatments, or they pay a fine. Those companies which come up with new treatments would be rewarded financially.
While this approach will probably work, given Big Pharma’s greed and keen appreciation for the bottom line, there are natural remedies which require no handsome rewards (blackmail payments), are readily available and accessible, don’t cost a fortune, and are free of side effects.
Natural antibiotics that work as well as or better than chemical treatments
Colloidal silver: Not only is colloidal silver as good as chemical antibiotics – it’s better! Commonly prescribed by doctors to treat infection before antibiotics became commonplace, studies have confirmed that colloidal silver is an effective treatment against “several hundred pathogenic organisms.”
Garlic: Used around the world for thousands of years to treat and prevent infection, garlic treats even superbug infections like Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA). Garlic kills bacteria and free radicals, and is even effective against viruses – which antibiotics have never been able to treat.
Echinacea: Though most of us are only familiar with echinacea as a way to prevent and treat colds and flu, in reality it is a potent antibiotic, which like garlic, can treat antibiotic-resistant bacteria like MRSA.
Pau D’Arco: A less well known, but no less effective natural antibiotic, Pau D’Arco is a South American herb that treats bacteria, viruses, funguses and even has cancer-fighting properties.
Manuka honey: This powerful natural antibiotic is native to Australia and New Zealand, and when applied topically can destroy pathogens for which no chemical medicine exists, like flesh-eating bacteria and MRSA.
In addition to being natural and having no side effects, nature’s antibiotics are superior because pathogens have been unable to build up resistance to them. As always turns out to be the case, nature has had the answer to the problem all along.
Among ongoing outrageous actions and in defiance of international law, Israel’s Habayit Hayehudi party has just approved a plan for annexing the remaining occupied Palestinian territory “while either facilitating the exit of Palestinian residents or allowing them to remain but without voting rights.” This is by no means a surprise, nor is it simply a reflection of so-called right-wing or extremist factions in the Israeli government. It is an explicit articulation of the unconscionable Zionist ideology upon which the state of Israel is founded.
Israel is now in control of all of historical Palestine; it is armed to the teeth, including nuclear weapons; and the only way that it can exist as a self-declared Jewish state is by continuing to dispossess, oppress and discriminate against the Palestinians. Members of the indigenous population who are still managing to hold on to their property are being pushed into smaller and smaller enclaves or displaced within Israel; six million refugees and exiles, meanwhile, are kept out while Jews from around the world are encouraged to “settle” — a euphemism for “colonise” — the land of Palestine.
Public debate about Israel today is finally opening up to issues that go to the heart of the state’s perceived legitimacy, its Zionist ideology and its constitution as a “Jewish state”; by extension, these are issues that are central to Palestine’s liberation. Moreover, there is a whole body of international law meant to check and regulate criminal activity by nation states such as that in which Israel is involved; its violations of such laws make a long list. And yet, when it comes to Israel, the US and its allies continue to find it impossible to hold it to account on the basis of the laws that they themselves have enacted and, generally speaking, abide by.
Not many people know that enforcing international humanitarian law is enshrined in section 126.96.36.199 of the US Department of Defence Law of War Manual. It is called the “golden rule” principle: Do unto others as you would have done to you. “It is not necessarily relevant who violates the law (friend or foe) or what specific provision is violated,” writes Tripp Zanetis. “Any violation undermines international adherence to the law and this directly impacts the safety and wellbeing of our military forces.”
The United Nations was formed after World War Two as an inter-governmental organisation to resolve international conflicts, “to save succeeding generations from the scourge of war… to reaffirm faith in fundamental human rights… to practice tolerance and live together in peace with one another as good neighbours… [and] to ensure, by the acceptance of principles and the institution of methods, that armed force shall not be used, save in the common interest.”
Unfortunately, though, under the banner of peace, the UN has had a hand in creating injustice and conflict, because essentially it is run as a political organisation. A case in point is Israel. The common representation of Israel’s birth is that the UN created the state; that the world was in favour of this move; and that the US administration supported it. All of these assumptions are demonstrably incorrect. In reality, while the UN General Assembly recommended the creation of a Jewish state in part of Palestine, that recommendation was non-binding and never implemented by the Security Council. Furthermore, the General Assembly passed that recommendation only after Israel proponents threatened and bribed numerous countries in order to gain a required two-thirds of the votes.
Post-WWII, when more and more countries were decolonised (the Jewish colonisation of Palestine is the only active colonial project remaining in the world today), 80 former colonies joined the UN (see The United Nations and Decolonisation), reshaping the organisation. However, the power structure in the UN works against democratisation. As permanent members of the Security Council, China, France, the Russian Federation, the United Kingdom and the United States use their individual veto power to maintain their foreign policy interests, either singly or collectively, and they control the international order.
Here is a brief outline of how the United States has used its veto power:
- The United States did not exercise its first UN Security Council veto until 1970, on a resolution regarding Southern Rhodesia, which is present-day Zimbabwe.
- Since then, it has used its veto 79 times, with more than 40 related to issues in the Middle East.
- The majority of these have been resolutions that have criticised the Israeli government or failed to condemn armed Palestinian factions in the same language as that being used for Israel.
- It used its last veto to block a resolution that would term Israeli settlement activity in Palestinian territory “illegal” and demand a halt to all such actions.
The five major powers were granted permanent membership in the UN Security Council after WWII because they were “major powers among victorious allies and predominant actors in international relations. They were active in the negotiations that led to the adoption of the UN Charter which established the organization.” (See On what basis was Security Council permanent membership granted?) Since that time, it has been business as usual — to the victors belong the spoils — despite the resounding words of the UN Charter.
These countries also contribute significantly in monetary terms to the UN system, with the US, as the only superpower, leading the way. To reform this system, you need nothing less than a revolution. Or you can try to join it, as Japan aspires to do. Unlike China, Japan is not a permanent member of the UN Security Council and has long resented paying much more for the organisation’s upkeep than China and Russia, despite the fact that the latter two states enjoy far more influence as a result of their permanent member status and accompanying veto power. The sting in the tail for Japan is the fact that Beijing has been the single biggest opponent of a permanent Security Council seat for its regional rival.
In the meantime, China’s proposed 2017 four-point plan on Palestine/Israel with a focus on the economic is “undermining Palestinian efforts to change the status quo.” It is not clear yet, though, whether this is a major departure along a new track that challenges US hegemony and European passivity. “Or is China simply pursuing its own economic interests in the guise of peacemaker?”
It is true that what the UN and its subsidiary agencies (UNDP, UNESCO, UNICEF, UNRWA and UNSCOP, to name but a few) have “resolved” and published on Israel/Palestine since the UN General Assembly Resolution on the Partition of Palestine (1947) — the Conciliation, Status of Jerusalem and Right to Return (1948); the Permanent International Regime for Jerusalem (1949); the Security Council resolutions on principles of a just and lasting peace in the Middle East (1967, 1973); etc. — fills volumes. However, these are all currently worthless.
Witness, for example, the fate of the report commissioned by the Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA). It concluded that Israel practices an apartheid regime that oppresses and dominates the Palestinian people as a whole. The decision by the UN Secretary General to remove this report “points to the criminalisation of the United Nations.”
It is long overdue for the UN to take a lead from the global grassroots Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement against Israel’s breaches of international laws and conventions. In doing so, it must enforce the implementation of its own resolutions and reports by employing sanctions against Israel and its government, and those companies and individuals who benefit from the occupation of Palestine.
The idea has been brought forward by United Earth, a collaborative which was founded to unify humanity and tackle some of the problems we are facing as a species. The proposal is based on a 12 point wheel of creation which includes environmental factors, education and spiritual development.
You can read the proposal below which was written by United Earth team member Yan Golding.
~ An Open Invitation for Experimentation & Co~creation ~
We have the knowledge and technology to provide for all and to reduce our impacts on the environment. The emergence of a global civil society is creating new opportunities to build a democratic and humane world. Our environmental, economic, political, social, and spiritual challenges are interconnected, and together we can forge inclusive solutions.
Recognising what we already have, implementing what we already know
Humanity is on the verge of self-extinction while we already have everything we need to thrive. In practical terms this means that we now have the collective choice and capacity to pragmatically accelerate a global shift into a world that:
- Is life-affirming and regenerative for the biosphere
- Ensures the basic rights and needs of all people
- Restores the Sacred Balance between Feminine and Masculine
- Promotes the sovereign freedom and creativity of all individuals
- Works for everyone and in which everyone has a role to play
- Supports the evolution of humanity
- Energizes and drives collaborations built on compassion into meaningful impact and right-livelihood
Though the world´s problems are becoming increasingly complex,
the solutions remain embarrassingly simple.
~ Bill Mollison (Co-originator of Permaculture Design)
What we already have within our Human Family:
- An abundant wealth of knowledge, solutions, skills, innovations, resources, and technologies for us to design and co~create a whole-systems, voluntary and seamless planetary transition into a global culture of social and ecological regeneration. Yes, our Global Renaissance invites and is accessible to every human being.
- We have a plethora of living examples and models of how we can re-design all our social systems in ways that truthfully and equally serve our highest welfare and that of our living planetary home.
- We have economic transition strategies like Unconditional Basic Income that could swiftly and effectively unshackle our entire species from financial enslavement and the scarcity paradigm while providing the space for us to reconnect with our true interests, creativity and personal relationships, and for us to voluntarily transition into a circular / resource-based / gift economy.
- We have political strategies like Direct Democracy and Stades Citoyensthat could completely phase out all political corruption and mismanagement while empowering all people with local, participatory and transparent self-governance.
- We have urban transition models like Transition Towns, Transition Citoyennes and Ubuntu’s One Small Town that are integrating and innovating a variety of ways for us to re-build-by-design vibrant and resilient neighbourhoods, towns and communities with localising economies, livelihoods, food production, energy generation and next culture celebrations.
- We have environmental regeneration methods like Permaculture Design, Ecosystem Restoration Camps, Agroecology and water-retention landscapes that allow us to re-green deserts, neutralise pollution and contamination, and to grow diverse urban and rural ecosystems that are abundant with food, medicine, building materials and clean water.
- We have numerous Renewable Energy sources to provide every household with clean energy.
- We have countless tools, techniques and practices for:
- Reconnecting with our Authentic Self
- Cultivating present-moment-awareness, self-healing and wellbeing
- Developing compassion, understanding, empathy and unconditional love
- Re-aligning with our true interests, gifts and passions
- Learning about compassionate and transparent communication
- Learning how to live, work and play in harmony with each other and our natural environment
- We have the Internet, where all this inspiration — and so much more — is readily available with tutorials, videos, blueprints and a vast array of free and paid online courses in all areas of conscious living, as well as information on workshops, events and action groups happening locally and globally. Ultimately the Internet is our collective digital vehicle for activating, coordinating, mobilising and navigating our Global Renaissance.
- We have existing and emerging computing platforms and applications like Ethereum that is a decentralized blockchain-based platform for running incorruptible programs; Awakening Sovereignty Collective who are writing open source software to allow for cooperative governance of land, resources, and information; Memetic Activation Platform (MAP) that enables the emergence of evolutionary & planetary enterprises; Noomapthat is designed to facilitate synergistic co~creation at the global and local scale; and Internet 3.0 technologies like Ceptr, H4OME and IPFS.
- We have mass communication and education strategies like The Planetary Positive News Education Campaign ~a globally coordinated, independent and ongoing media blitz that will highlight our abundant wealth of ecological solutions, social & technological tools & innovations, alternative governance, economic and financial systems, indigenous knowledge & wisdom and more.
- We have peace-building strategies like World Peace Disclosure that offers “a scientifically irrefutable push button formula for world peace”. You are invited to peer review this claim.
- We have tools like The Global Unity Counter that will make visible to the world at large the magnitude and message of The Global Transformation Movement.
- We have 1000+ “high profile” evolutionary scientific, business, academic, indigenous and spiritual leaders, 600+ million cultural creatives, 370+ million indigenous people and 200+ million peasant farmers in our global networks who are ready to unite around a coherent and everyone-inclusive vision for our Global Renaissance.
- We have hundreds of transformational philanthropists, businesses, celebrities, institutions and foundations who are looking for opportunities to invest in facilitating and implementing a whole-systems design strategy for our Global Renaissance that is universally accessible and applicable.
- We have a unified international collective of widely respected, connected and trusted change-makers who are ready, committed and capable of designing and implementing the social and financial infrastructures that will transparently flow philanthropic funding and investment to those people and projects that will have the greatest impact for planetary social and ecological regeneration.
- We have a massive awakening of consciousness within the “mainstream” as millions of people are now starting to recognise the failure of our current social, political and economic systems and are opening for honest and intelligent cultural reform.
- And we have numerous ideas, tools, exercises, practices and both physical and virtual games that are designed to adapt to each person’s unique psychology, awareness, needs, interests and aspirations with the intention to guide and support a voluntary and personalised learning journey towards personal development, worldview expansion, lifestyle harmonisation and re-aligning with our highest potential.
What is missing:
- Widespread mainstream awareness of the solutions, innovations and immediately implementable transition models that we already have. It is only through promoting solutions-awareness to the point at which it becomes mainstream that we can inspire and gain the support of the general public that is essential for navigating our collective Global Renaissance.
- A globally publicised, universal invitation to all humanity for an everyone-inclusive systemic transformation that is backed by hundreds of millions of people who are already living and being the change we want to see in the world.
- Collaboration with the corporate media to share this vital information and invitation with the general public — let’s NOT hold our breath for that one, however, we are completely open to collaborating with all servants of the old system on our terms.
- To effectively connect the transformational philanthropists with the people and the projects who are pioneering a unifying and co~creative Global Renaissance so that we can operate and co~create at our full potential, free from financial and material limitations.
On the front-lines of social science, conscious awakening and regenerative design we can clearly see how humanity is now at the turning point in our collective evolution. We now have all the separate puzzle pieces for our Global Renaissance on the table. Some pieces may still require a little more development or refinement, but we essentially have everything we need to catalyse and steward a Global Renaissance on the basis of unprecedented unified action, mass-scale solutions-awareness education, planetary synergistic co~creation, whole-systems re-design, localised self-determination, and personal, political and economic sovereignty.
Therefore, as a unified and growing collective of evolutionary change-agents, we are sending out an Open Invitation to All Transformational Philanthropists, Businesses, Celebrities, Institutions and Foundations Looking to Invest in Our Impending Global Renaissance that will enable us to come together in person — in multiple locations around the world — to coherently fit the pieces together by mapping, connecting, synthesizing and synergizing the new social architectures, the blueprints, the technologies, the cultural education & transition strategies and the golden innovations for a whole-systems transformation of human society.
Inspiring a unification that celebrates our diversity, upholds our sovereignty and activates our collective potential
We are not going to be able to operate our Spaceship Earth successfully nor for much longer unless we see it as a whole spaceship and our fate as common. It has to be everybody or nobody.
~ R. Buckminster Fuller
This proposal is both a universal invitation and a practical design for all humanity to intentionally come together around the purpose of a whole-systems transformation of human society — which essentially means re-inventing our social systems and our cultural behaviour patterns in ways that actually serve and promote harmony among all people and with our natural environment. It is founded on the understanding that “to change everything, it takes everyone”, and accordingly provides a coherent strategy for how we, who are passionate about co~creating the More Beautiful World Our Hearts Know Is Possible, can catalyse a global snowball effect of solutions-awareness education, collaboration, unity and systemic transformation that is appealing and accessible to every peace-loving human being on the planet.
Feel welcome to share your ideas for enhancing this proposal here.
Part II — Spontaneous Update: The Global Resonance Movement is Happening NOW!
Part III — Critical Mass Alignment Experimentations, An Accelerated Timeline for Inclusive Planetary Activation, and Anticipating the Challenges
Part IV —Moving through each sector to explore the various strategies for transition. This will be co-created through a facebook posting on each sector.
Another world is not only possible, she is on her way.
On a quiet day, I can hear her breathing.
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I am Luke Miller the author of this article, and creator of Potential For Change. I like to blend psychology and spirituality to help you create more happiness in your life.Grab a copy of my free 33 Page Illustrated eBook- Psychology Meets Spirituality- Secrets To A Supercharged Life You Control Here