Eruption of Hope in the midst of Sinful Ecological Degradation and Climate Crisis
Hope is the torch that shines light on the plague of darkness
A path to spiritual enlightenment and hope to heal and nurture our Mother Nature
Illustration Bereshit’ by Yoram Raanan
God planted a garden in Eden. (Genesis 2:8)
'The name “Eden” means “delight.” In the Garden of Eden “the gold of the land was good” and the earth shone with gemstones. All the waters of the world are said to have originated in the Garden of Eden. Adam and Eve were surrounded by rivers that flowed with the knowledge of God, and they could see from one end of the world to the other. It is said that the earth is one- sixtieth of the Garden of Eden.’-Yoram Raanan
The Garden of Eden has since ancient times been imbued with powerful symbolism and layers of meaning. It is both a boundary and a crossing point, a metaphor for spiritual rebirth and salvation, a shared resource and a source of holy water and life. It is the same with our GCGI spiritual values, meaning and work, waters that quench our real thirst and awaken us to the miracles available in every moment, every day, in all we do and hope for.
Yes, It is True, and You Better Believe It!
You, Me & Everyone Else: We Will, With the Power of Our Love, Kindness, Hope, Imagination and Dreams, Make the Impossible, Possible- We Will Make the World Better and kinder Again
GCGI Refuses to give up Hope. We are Holding on to our Dreams: ‘Earth Is A Mother that Never Dies’
‘In the course of history, there comes a time when humanity is called to shift to a new level of consciousness, to reach a higher moral ground. ... A time when we have to shed our fear and give hope to each other. That time is now.’- Wangari Maathai
The catastrophe we thought impossible has already happened
What the ecological crisis can teach us about hope, complicity, and hypocrisy?
Extreme weather caused by climate change has hit every corner of the world.-Photo: flipboard
Mother Nature Deserves Better. The World Deserves Better.
Let’s be Stewards and Custodians, Not Abusers and Exploiters.
'Speaking truth to power is a non-violent political tactic, employed by dissidents against the received wisdom or propaganda of governments they regard as oppressive, authoritarian or an ideocracy. The phrase originated with a pamphlet, Speak Truth to Power: a Quaker Search for an Alternative to Violence, published by the American Friends Service Committee in 1955. Speak Truth To Power is also the title of a global Human Rights initiative under the auspices of Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights…'- Read more
On this international annual World Environment Day we pledge ourselves to be truthful, hopeful and speak truth to power to change the world for better
‘The United Nations designated 5 June as World Environment Day (WED) to highlight that the protection and health of the environment is a major issue, which affects the well-being of peoples and economic development throughout the world. The celebration of this day provides us with an opportunity to broaden the basis for an enlightened opinion and responsible conduct by individuals, enterprises and communities in preserving and enhancing the environment. Moreover, WED is the biggest international day for the environment. Led by UNEP and held annually since 1973, the event has grown to be the largest global platform for environmental outreach, with millions of people from across the world engaging to protect the planet.’
‘World Environment Day can be traced back to a warm June in Stockholm, Sweden 50 years ago. That’s when the United Nations Conference on the Human Environment took place. Widely regarded as the first global environmental summit, it was here that the idea of a World Environment Day was formalised, with the first one held in 1973.
‘Since then, the annual event, which falls on 5 June, has helped both celebrate the planet and put a spotlight on the perils it is facing. Experts say it has also driven change, helping lead to landmark global treaties that cover everything from plastic pollution to food waste…
‘World Environment Day came into being during a time of growing concern about humanity’s impact on the planet. A series of environmental disasters in the 1960s –from drought and mine collapses to pollution and mass fish poisoning– raised awareness of the fragility of the environment. That fragility was illustrated by the iconic ‘Earthrise 1972’ photo of the Earth taken by the Apollo 8 mission – the first colour photo of our planet from space…’- Continue to read
World Environment Day 2023
This year the World Environment Day 2023 is hosted by Côte d'Ivoire and supported by the Netherlands and the theme will focus on solutions to plastic pollution under the campaign #BeatPlasticPollution. It is a reminder that people’s actions on plastic pollution matters. The steps governments and businesses are taking to tackle plastic pollution are the consequence of this action.- Visit the official campaign website.
Did you know?
- Some 11 million tonnes of plastic waste flow annually into the oceans. This may triple by 2040.
- More than 800 marine and coastal species are affected by this pollution through ingestion, entanglement, and other dangers.
- A shift to a circular economy can reduce the volume of plastics entering oceans by over 80 per cent by 2040; reduce virgin plastic production by 55 per cent; save governments US$70 billion by 2040; reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 25 per cent; and create 700,000 additional jobs – mainly in the global south.
- More than 400 million tonnes of plastic is produced every year worldwide, half of which is designed to be used only once. Of that, less than 10 per cent is recycled.
- An estimated 19-23 million tonnes end up in lakes, rivers and seas annually. That is approximately the weight of 2,200 Eiffel Towers all together.
- Microplastics – tiny plastic particles up to 5mm in diameter – find their way into food, water and air. It is estimated that each person on the planet consumes more than 50,000 plastic particles per year –and many more if inhalation is considered.
- Discarded or burnt single-use plastic harms human health and biodiversity and pollutes every ecosystem from mountain tops to the ocean floor.
- With available science and solutions to tackle the problem, governments, companies and other stakeholders must scale up and speed actions to solve this crisis.
- This underscores the importance of this World Environment Day in mobilising transformative action from every corner of the world. (Source: UNEP 2023)
Lest We Forget
Now let us get inspired by our wise teachers, earth elders and the philosophers of love on how to value, nurture and save our environment and our planet: A pick from our archive
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Tarn Reflection, Mt Taranaki/Egmont, Egmont National Park, NZ.-Dave Young, Creative Commons