Is the pen mightier than the sword?

Is the pen mightier than the sword?

Adjective: Possessing great and impressive power or strength.

The idiom ‘the pen is mightier than the sword’ means that words and communication are more powerful than wars and fighting. It was first penned by English author Edward Bulwer-Lytton in 1839 for his play Richelieu; Or the Conspiracy.

True, This! —
Beneath the rule of men entirely great,
The pen is mightier than the sword. Behold
The arch-enchanters wand! — itself a nothing! —
But taking sorcery from the master-hand
To paralyse the Cæsars, and to strike
The loud earth breathless! — Take away the sword —

States can be saved without it!

But how does this make you and I have in our possession a ‘great and impressive power or strength’?

Well, for me it’s easy. As a punk I am hot-wired to question authority, ask questions and demand answers to the things I see wrong with society and challenge the mind-set of anyone who isn’t acting in the best interests of the environment.

When I was at the Paralympics in London last week I had a conversation with some people about breaking the rules. I ended up saying with a smile that some people think the rules don’t apply to them and I know because I’m one of them. I said it in jest but totally meant it. Breaking or at least bending some of the standard set of rules is the only way to make change in the world. Most rules outside the 10 commandments are put in place to protect those in power and create a reliance on the state. Asking questions and exposing your views to power-mongers makes them very uncomfortable but it’s the only way we, the people can make changes to those things we know in our souls are wrong.

I’ve known my whole adult life I have a ‘great and impressive power or strength’ but only in the very recent past, probably the last 10 years has that knowledge led me to write and make my view in an intellectual and calm way.

Writing a letter by hand preferably and posting it Signed For means that the recipient knows you mean it. If it’s to someone overseas I’ve made sure I’ve written it in either French or whatever language they speak. I’m polite, diplomatic and offer solutions but never rude, threatening or rant over the issue in question … facebook is for that (lol).

Trust me the governments, corporations and the organised jobs-worth brigade have realised the internet is a powerful tool for collective action, they will eventually find a way to block e-petitions and anyone enlisting people-power that challenges their authority. On my Pink-lobbying page is some information on how to reach your politicians.

So learn to write letters about the things that hurt your soul, turn off the TV for one hour a week and use a pen to wield your power.

In answer to the question then is the pen mightier than the sword?

I’m not going to tell you what to think but I believe it is and wholly believe myself that when enough people write to those in power then ‘States can be saved’ and the environment protected.

Mightier than the sword

Your affinity animal

Your affinity animal

Grandpa

My Grandpa was called Fred White. He was a fireman during the second world war and told me how to deal with bullies… he basically told me if anyone hits you bang ’em back twice as hard! He explained to me the different forms of bullying I would encounter in my life and that I was to always stand up for the underdog or those who didn’t have a voice.

My Grandpa loved me, he always made me feel special and that I was his favourite, but then again talking to my siblings he made them feel like that too. I can only ever remember Grandpa being calm, kind and wise. He died when I was 13 but before he died he lived with us so I got to know him really well and Grandpa set my head straight for what life has thrown at me. He didn’t live to see me become a punk in the summer of ’77 but he would have approved. I’m sure of that.

In short, Grandpa was and is the best man I have ever met in my life.

I was adopted back in the sixties into a white family and I was from a mixed-race background. That was a bit progressive back then but my Grandpa always loved me and got me the grey elephant cuddly toy you can see in the picture below.

Ele has been with me throughout my whole life, she is 48 years old and travelled the world with me. She has never been far from my side and now resides in my bed. For my whole life I have loved elephants and been fascinated by them and their society.

Me with Ele in 1964.

First blog

My first blog was about getting prepared for a march through the streets of Manchester, UK in support of captive animals. Captive Animals Protection Society (CAPS) does incredible work to free animals in captivity. Between them and the Animal Defenders International (ADI) who investigated the Bobby Roberts Circus and found that Anne (Annie) the elephant was being severely abused and got her freed. This is now an ongoing case against Mr & Mrs Roberts who are currently in the UK judicial system facing charges for Anne’s abuse. Click here for an update.

When I first saw the footage of Annie being abused I felt my heart rip in two. Straight away I set about joining the campaign to not only free Annie but to stop the use/abuse of animals in circuses. I am very tempted to put that footage here, but I won’t out of respect for Annie so I will leave that up to you to search for it, and for my sake I never want to see that footage again or refresh the images that are scanned into my memory. Thankfully there is new film of Annie living in the safari park where she now gets the love and treatment she needs to mend the decades of abuse she endured.

Click below to see Annie in her new home.

Your affinity animal

So you see the reason I was upset over Annie is that I have an affinity with grey elephants, I dream about them a lot and I am so grateful to everyone who was involved in setting Annie free.

Anyway, I just want to say to you that whatever your ‘affinity animal’ is do something to change your affinity animal’s outcomes because as a collective we can change things. To be honest I have quite a few I share an affinity with, and I fight for them all. My Grandpa told me to always speak against what I saw was wrong in the world and for anyone who didn’t have a voice and needed my strength.

Find some organisation today that touches your heart. Trust me they will be overjoyed that you want to help them, and they need you if you have an affinity with their cause.

Thank you Grandpa for all you taught me about being strong and to fight bullies, you will never know the power of the gift you gave me and the passion to stand up for others.

Grandpa and I - 1973

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Planet Earth is a sentient being – part 4

Planet Earth is a sentient being – part 4

A Change in Ethics.

Part 1 can be found here.
Part 2 can be found here.
Part 3 can be found here.

Click here to listen to Planet Earth is a sentient being – part 4

I mentioned in part 3 that a new moral imperative is key to a paradigm shift. The shift to happen will either come from one morally sound businessperson(s) or from citizens demonstrating ‘people power’.

Peter Singer asks ‘What ought individuals to do? (Peter Singer, 2010). The obligation of humans is to apply the ‘original position’ without a ‘veil of ignorance’ (John Rawls, 1999) to ensure justice for the whole of the Biosphere including humans. Understanding the realities and all the facts surely would mean ‘knowledge is power’[1] for citizens to then mobilise their respective governments. Morally it is the responsibility of those alive now to leave a world in good shape for those who are yet to come into existence.  The polluter pays principle[2] is a nice touch but any real recompense is almost a gesture of good will. ‘After the horse has bolted’ destruction is ethically wrong, as the potential polluter shouldn’t commit environmental crimes in the first instance. Without sentient status and UN protection the Biosphere will continue to be destroyed until there is one last tree standing and people will say “Well no one told me, it isn’t my fault”.

If there was real justice both financially and morally it follows that Robert Nozick’s ‘time-slice principle’ would mean citizens could look at existing elements now and ask is it just or fair that our/my Biosphere is being treated in this way? (Robert Nozick, 1974). Robert Nozick thinks however, that obligation to assist shouldn’t be an obligation, that changing things is a voluntary matter. Perhaps he is right, but unfortunately for the Biosphere the majority of citizens are happy to exist under the veil of ignorance and the 80/20 rules’ supreme[3].

Changing things for the betterment of mankind is seen as altruism and praiseworthy, prizes are even given out for it e.g. The Nobel Peace Prize, but not helping (omission) isn’t seen as wrong.  Surely this is ethically warped as destroying the Biosphere is a definite evil (Peter Singer, 2010) and Peter Singer argues in his book Practical Ethics that it is the responsibility of citizens to challenge their governments to change systems. I completely agree with this but humans’ propensity to bury our heads in sand is what the commercial sector wants us to do so they go legally unchallenged.

Morally the corporates/governments behaviour or reasons that motivate them to exploit the Biosphere and people is both malicious and sadistic. Perhaps each one morally justifies their actions cause imperceptible harms. Collectively however humans are killing the Biosphere, which I believe, is a sentient entity worthy of rescue.

It is only a bottom-up approach from citizens that will challenge these behaviours. In the United Kingdom of Great Britain it is law that if one hundred thousand people petition the UK government with an issue then it has to be debated in parliament. Citizens therefore have the power if they were shown a moral imperative that would change systems[4]. To not lobby governments would be self-defeating as we all rely on the Biosphere and is completely contrary to pure practical reason.

In conclusion, citizens are the key to ethical/global change to bring about the recognition the Biosphere needs. We are ALL citizens of the planet regardless of ones power status.  The majority of humans have a future stake in their descendants therefore our obligation to assist is a moral must.

Racial, cultural or kinship affinities are what drives our societies.  (Peter Singer, 2010)

To create a new world where all the molecules and atoms in the Biosphere are given equal weighting, we as a species must see a new ethic imbued in our cultures, a bio-affinity. This can only happen on a local deep ecology level as micro-altruism and then disseminated as a new moral imperative that becomes global.

The polluter pays and other principles and laws are failing to make an ethical change in our behaviour towards the Biosphere and massive paradigm shifts are needed in politics, governance, philosophies and laws.  What we owe to each other then (T.M. Scanlon, 2000) is to ask our governments (via governance) to make proposals to the UN, fund research and development into new energies, reduce the livestock industries, address agricultural methods and support Bees.

To launch economic war with a ‘just cause’ is the stick, the carrot is restorative justice. We have all helped to damage the Biosphere but collectively we can restore it.

Simply put I conclude with a four-step plan to do that:

  1. Citizens need to force governances on their governments.
  2. Governments make a proposal to the UN that Planet Earth is sentient and therefore should be made a Member State.
  3. UN makes Earth a Member State.
  4. Earth then can fight back against aggressors using jus ad bellum.

Without such actions our Biosphere and humans are doomed. The stones are crying out, the whole of the Biosphere is screaming for help[5]Earth noise from space – takes you to YouTube.

Ethically speaking unless we develop a universal maxim to benefit the Biosphere first we are all committing the moral equivalent of murder.

40: But He answered and said to them,

 “I tell you that if these should keep silent, the stones would immediately cry out.

Luke 19:40

New King James Version (NKJV)

It's alright as long as we try!


[1] Religious Meditations, Of Heresies, 1597. Sir Frances Bacon was an English author, courtier and philosopher (1561-1626)

[2] Part of the Maastricht Treaty 1992 Title XVI – Environment Article 130r (2) (http://www.eurotreaties.com/maastrichtec.pdf ) Retrieved 28/12/11.

[3] Pareto principle.

[4] The Aarhus Convention 1998, which establishes a number of rights of the public (individuals and their associations) with regard to the environment. It came into force in 2002.
The three main rights the convention offers is:
1. Access to environmental information.
2. Public participation in environmental decision-making.
3. Access to justice.
For a full text of the convention see United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) http://www.unece.org/env/pp/treatytext.html

[5] Retrieved 14/01/12 sound made by the Earth http://bit.ly/xpvoYA

 

Bibliography for parts 1-4

Andrews, E. L. (2001, April 1). The New York Times. Retrieved January 04/01/12, 2012 from New York Times WORLD: http://www.nytimes.com/2001/04/01/world/bush-angers-europe-by-eroding-pact-on-warming.html?pagewanted=all&src=pm

Bak, P., Tang, C., & Wiesenfeld, K. (1988). Self-organised Criticality. Brookhaven National Laboratory, Physics. New Your, New York: Physical Review.

Higgins, P. (2012, January 11). Eradication Ecocide. Retrieved January 12, 2012 from This is Ecocide: http://www.eradicatingecocide.com/general/blog-search-for-the-next-charles-grant-takes-root/

Kant, Immanuel (1785).

Leopold, A. (1970). A Sand Country Almanac, with Essays on Conservation from Round River. In A. Leopold, A Sand Country Almanac, with Essays on Conservation from Round River. (p. 238). New York New York: New York Press.

Naess, A. (1973). The Shallow and the Deep, Long-Range Ecology Movement. Inquiry , 16, 95-100.

Nozick, R. (1974). Anarchy State and Utopia. New York, New York: Basic Books.

Scanlon, T. M. (2000). What We Owe To Each Other. USA: Harvard University Press.

Singer, P. (2010). Practical Ethics. In P. Singer, Practical Ethics (p. 235). New York New York: Cambridge University Press.

Rawls, J. (1999). A Theory of Justice.

Revkin, A. C. (2007, March 31). The New York Times. Retrieved january 04/01/12, 2012 from The New York Times AMERICA: http://www.nytimes.com/2007/03/31/world/americas/31iht-web.0331CLIMATE.5097014.html?pagewanted=all

Zizek, S. (2007, March 10). Slavoj Zizek. Ecology without Nature. Retrieved 01 05, 2012 from The European Graduate School. Graduate and Postgraduate Studies: http://www.egs.edu/faculty/slavoj-zizek/videos/ecology-without-nature/

 

Planet Earth is a sentient being – part 3

Jus ad bellum – Right to War.

Part 1 can be found here.
Part 2 can be found here.
Part 4 can be found here.

Click here to listen to Planet Earth is a sentient being – part 3

I argue then, that just because the Biosphere has a non-identity in the minds of some people, leaders and industry it is still morally wrong to carry on global destruction with insane practices and it does not mean to say that Earth isn’t sentient!

With the following thought experiment I will try and argue that if the Biosphere is being attacked as a Member State of the UN (the 626 mission), in what I see is basically World War 3 only its weapons of mass destruction are driven by corporatism… then those who would be its guardistee  (a trustee to guard the well-being of Earth ~ portmanteau word created by Candace James from ‘guardian’ and ‘trustee) could then use  Jus ad bellum, (Just Cause) to wage economic war on the those who are the aggressors.

Environmentalists don’t want violent physical war as it destroys the Biosphere as well as people, but as the Just War Theory created international laws and conventions the heavy quantum of economic warfare is the only way to create new governance that benefits all.

Economic warfare would include:

  • Freezing capital assets

  • Prohibition of investments and other capital flows

  • Expropriation

  • Embargoes

  • Blacklisting companies to withhold trading

Hypothetically then, Earth is now a Member State of the UN and those chosen to be its guartistees have to show just cause for economic warfare. In short, aggression and human rights violations are the crux of the matter.

Aggression involves physical force in violations of a communities rights to:

  • Survive

  • Be secure

  • Have enough resources to survive

  • Live in peace

  • To have choice

Some governments are complicit with industries that aggressively carry out harms to communities and the Biosphere. Imagine a company that illegally destroys virgin rainforests without the consent of its indigenous population who die because their ecosystem is taken from them or an agricultural chemical company creating genetically modified organisms that are killing the beleaguered Bee populations around the world and causing CCD, (in reality this only happens in countries that hasn’t banned GMO e.g. USA where in 2011 CCD was rife but it wasn’t happening in the UK which banned GMO).  If these GMO companies believe their actions are imperceptible and won’t make global impact then I claim they are morally wrong. If CCD has only been happening since GMO was introduced into nature, its virus-like qualities could be infecting ‘Beedom’. Bees are disappearing from the Biosphere and GMO/CCD could be viewed as a weapon of mass destruction.

If this is actually happening today, morally does this constitute as aggressive behaviour? If the answer was ‘yes’ then Just Cause says that the perpetrators would forfeit their rights and it would be legitimate to declare economic war on them.

Seventeenth-century English Philosopher John Locke said about using natural resources ‘enough and as good left in common for others’. Locke was talking about sustainability over 400 years ago but mankind’s wanton lusts for more resources are now in my opinion a terrorist attack on the Biosphere. John Rawls also argues in A Theory of Justice that more resources should be devoted to the ‘worst off’ and justice requires that happens. Given this argument ‘worst off’ could then be applied to the impacts made by humans on the Biosphere.

In self-defence and for justice, by using Just Cause we have to ask could we declare economic war for the right reasons? Those reasons could include:

  • Self-defence from external attack e.g. Fracking[1] which is believed to cause seismic activities.

  • Defence of innocents from external attack e.g. disappearing Islands caused by climate change.

  • The protection of innocents from brutal aggressors e.g. Coltan mining in the Democratic Republic of the Congo[2].

  • Resisting aggression which violates human basic rights e.g. stopping governments who flood vast regions to build dams with limited shelf lives.

The above bullet list brings to mind many atrocities against the Biosphere and some citizens of usually poor and poorly governed countries to whom it is happening right now. However, without new international laws to protect the environment, acts of aggression go unpunished.

Fracking

In June 2012 a new law is being proposed by Earth Lawyer Polly Higgins at the Earth Summit in Brazil called The Law of Ecocide[3]. This new law was also  proposed to the UN in April 2010 as the 5th Crime of Peace. This will mean for those who are involved in environmental damage that they will have to change how the doctrine of double effect (DDE) is interpreted. Knowingly causing harm will no longer be morally or legally justified even if the harm wasn’t intended.

Aggressive acts on the Biosphere

Utilitarian President George W. Bush said when discussing the Kyoto Protocol:

”We will not do anything that harms our economy, because first things first are the people who live in America,”  (reported by Edmund Andrews, 2001)

Speeches like this will be seen as the commission of an aggressive act on people outside the USA, even though the effects will eventually be felt by the USA itself. Biosphere destruction is the reverse of the DDE principle as harm to the Biosphere outweighs the luxury many people want.

Further support for the above claim is from another President whose country is ‘feeling’ those harms from Biosphere degradation is President Yoweri Museveni of Uganda. He said at the African Union Summit in Ethiopia 2007 (Andrew Revkin, 2007)

“We have a message here to tell these countries, that you are causing aggression to us by causing global warming. Alaska will probably become good for agriculture, Siberia will probably become good for agriculture, but where does that leave Africa?” 

Just cause could be implemented now if the Biosphere was represented and Earth given UN membership then President Museveni could call on the UN community to stop acts of aggression by other countries. Economic warfare to stop attacks on it could go ahead and have the legal weight to impose humanitarian intervention from the sympathetic international community as well as protecting the environment.

Slavoj Zizek suggested in his Athens 2007 lectures[4] (Slavoj Zizek, 2007) that nature should be taken out of ecology. He said:

“Nature is our very background, we are wired to nature, embedded in nature.”

Zizek is barking up the right tree as it were, but the reason he is right in my opinion is that nature should not be seen as a charity case or a disaster waiting to happen that is far too big for our tiny human brains to fathom. The Biosphere is a whole standalone entity in its own right. If corporations can be given non-personhood status then isn’t it plausible that the Earth in its entirety should also have legal standing as a non-human entity?

In my view it is rational to think it plausible and if humans change their ethical views and lose their anthropocentrism then we can start to protect the Biosphere thus protecting the human species.

Part 4 is the last part of this essay and will explore A change in Ethics.


[1] Fracking is the hydraulic method for extracting oil and natural gas. Article retrieved 05/01/12 (http://bit.ly/yv0buk). See also the film Gasland by Josh Fox (http://www.gaslandthemovie.com/whats-fracking) Retrieved 05/01/12.

[2] SECURITY COUNCIL CONDEMNS ILLEGAL EXPLOITATION OF DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO’S NATURAL RESOURCES Document retrieved 05/01/12 (http://www.un.org/News/Press/docs/2001/sc7057.doc.htm )

[3] Retrieved 04/01/12 Eradicating Ecocide http://www.thisisecocide.com/

[4] See video of Zizek’s lecutres Accessed 28/12/11 (http://www.egs.edu/faculty/slavoj-zizek/videos/ecology-without-nature/ )

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Planet Earth is a sentient being – part 2

Does Planet Earth have the right to use

jus ad bellum?

“I know not with what weapons World War III will be fought, but World War IV will be fought with sticks and stones.”  Albert Einstein.

Part 1 can be found here.
Part 3 can be found here.
Part 4 can be found here.

I’ve been an environmentalist since I was six years old and not eaten animals for most of my adult life. My aim is to fulfil my ‘626’ mission which is the number of weeks in 12 years I have given myself to see Planet Earth (Biosphere[1]) a recognized member state of the United Nations (UN). This I believe can be achieved by uniting all environmental groups (and their membership) into a single representative voice, an Earth echo. This will be the sound of millions, if not billions of people who will glue their collective moral governance to pink-lobby governments who will in turn petition the UN to give Earth non-personhood status.

My three core points are:

  1. Planet Earth is a sentient being. PART 1 & 2

  2. Jus ad bellum – Right to war,  just cause in self-defence[2]. PART 3

  3. A change in Ethics. PART 4

Deep verses Shallow Ecology

The problem with current environmental ethics is it asks the question; can an act (even one that benefits man but causes environmental degradation) be justified to the greater general population that cannot be reasonably rejected? (T. M. Scanlon, 2000). Consequently the answer is yes it can be justified within current ethics because the greater number of people benefit but in doing so causes suffering to the Biosphere.  This major flaw in shallow ecology[3] (Anes Naess, 1973) is that human agency puts itself at the centre of the moral universe (Peter Singer, 2010) and that weakens or dilutes effective deep ecology[4] from dominating environmentalism.

‘A thing is right when it tends to preserve the integrity, stability and beauty of the biotic community. It is wrong when it tends otherwise.’  (Aldo Leopold, 1970)

If deep ecology of land ethics as summed up above by Aldo Leopold is to be successful then a paradigm shift in philosophical thinking is needed to preserve nature for its own sake first and foremost thus ensuring a secure future for our descendant’s well-being. I argue that a universal maxim of basic human rights to live in harmony with nature has become so buried beneath utilitarian selfishness when clearly the categorical imperative (Immanuel Kant, 1785) ought to be treating the Biosphere with respect. We depend on it for survival and we ought to support the Biosphere’s needs because it supports ours as a matter of our life and death.

Bees

To defend this claim I shall take Bees as an example. Bees are under attack from human agency that scientists have called Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD). Bees pollenate 70% of the world’s food source but billions of these gentle productive citizens of the biotic community are dying or being killed by human activity and when they have gone from the Biosphere the question will be ‘when will the food wars start?’ To answer this, I reckon we will probably be held to ransom by agricultural biotechnology companies charging exorbitant fees for doing what nature has provided for free. Food will become a luxury item.

Bees are precious

Take this for example. In his lab at Penn, Vijay Kumar and his team build flying quadrotors, small, agile robots that swarm, sense each other, and form ad hoc teams — for construction, surveying disasters and far more. Don’t you think that that ‘far more’ could be to utilize this technology for artificial cross-pollination? Yep! doing the Bees out of a job and making us wholly reliant on technology is a possibly that shouldn’t be ignored. Another very serious possibility of food domination by corporatism came into the public domain recently in the aftermath of a whistleblower who left Monsanto and told about their research to breed a genetically modified Bee who will only pollenate Monsanto GMO crops!

This is serious and happening in the world today. It is not science fiction.

Einstein’s definition of insanity is ‘doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results’, why then are we still committing the moral equivalence of murder (Peter Singer, 2010) to both the Biosphere and humans by causing environmental destruction?

Pure practical reason (Immanuel Kant, 1785) is needed to usher in new governance structures based on goodness and wage war on those in leadership to make them cease putting profits before people or planet [5].

This is the main problem, a big one that needs a big solution.

Humans know the golden rule ‘do unto others’ but under the ‘veil of ignorance’ (Peter Rawls, 1999) the social contract to look after the environment as handed down through millennia has been silenced by the greed of modern consumerism. To make a cake however one has to break a few eggs, and those eggs are establishing Planet Earth as a sentient being, amending current international laws to give Earth member status within the UN community and then using  jus ad bellum [2] to wage war against the aggressors of the Biosphere.


[1] Part of the Earth’s surface and atmosphere that contains the entire terrestrial ecosystem, and extends from ocean depths to about six kilometers (3.7 miles) above sea level. It contains all living organisms and what supports them: soil, subsurface water, bodies of water, air and includes hydrosphere and lithosphere. Also called ecosphere. (http://bit.ly/yeEyG6) Accesses 18/12/11.

[2] Jus ad bellum is Latin for “right to war” and is part of the ethics of the Just War Theory and International Law.

[3] Preserving the Biosphere for the benefit of humankind based on traditional moral frameworks.

[4] Preserving the Biosphere for the sake of the Biosphere, everything else is a bonus. See also Anes Naess and George Sessions “Basic Principles of Deep Ecology”, Ecophilosophy, 6 (1984).

[5] See the concept of Triple Bottom Line Business Ethics Quarterly Getting to the Bottom of “Triple Bottom Line”(pp. 243-262) Wayne Norman, Chris MacDonald Stable.

United Nations Association – UK Cultural Olympiad

Lord Sebastian Coe

Uniting the Nations is encouraging young people to fulfil their potential. I am proud  that with the help of partners such as UNA-UK, we are delivering our vision to use the  power of the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games to boost participation in citizenship education.”

On 10 March 2012 over 200 students from schools across the UK will come together to discuss the Olympic Truce. Uniting the Nations takes place at the prestigious UN International Maritime Organization headquarters in London.

UN International Maritime Organisation - London

Students will step in to the footsteps of world leaders and represent UN ambassadors in simulated Security Council debates on the UN Olympic Truce resolution.

Currently students are busy preparing for their opening speeches and researching their country’s stance on the pressing issues facing the world today, as well as looking for new diplomatic opportunities for conflict resolution and peacebuilding with their fellow delegations.

The delegates can look forward to speeches by Bill Morris, the London 2012 Director of Ceremonies, and Conrad Bailey, Head of the Conflict Department at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. (Taken from UNA-UK website).

And as for me… I’ll be covering this (in role) as the Press Crew on the day wearing UN colours!

This is an amazing honour and I want to thank Phil Mulligan, Ben Donaldson and Patricia Rodgers from UNA-UK for all their help getting me down to London.

Circus becomes animal-free! VICTORY

Circus becomes animal-free! | CAPS. Well done CAPS, you inspire me as always.

This is a VICTORY and it makes the fight so worth while.

The anguish and emotional pain animal campaigners go through is staggering, our hearts are mostly broken at the cruelty our fauna brothers and sisters are exposed to and that abuse hurts us to our souls…

… so when the constant Pink-lobbying works our spirits are refreshed and our smiles run deep. Thank The Creator for Paulo’s Circus and their moral decision and seeing the light.

Captive Animals Protection Society are a Manchester, UK based charity and I support them with all my heart. If you feel moved by animals in captivity please consider financially supporting them or coming with us when we next demonstrate.

Marching with CAPS

Manifesto

Ehrmann, born in Terre Haute in 1872, made his living practicing law and business (deputy prosecuting attorney of Terre Haute at one point, credit manager for a family owned overall manufacturing firm for 10 years). But his real love was writing, especially philosophical poems and plays. He composed “Desiderata” in 1927, he wrote in his journal at the time, out of need to remind himself how he wanted to live his life. (taken from http://peterfox.com.au).

Ehrmann’s Desiderata was his manifesto I guess, and what an important body of work it turned out to be. I love this so much and have it in a book next to my bed.

 Desiderata (Latin: “desired things”)

Go placidly amid the noise and haste,
and remember what peace there may be in silence.
As far as possible without surrender
be on good terms with all persons.
Speak your truth quietly and clearly;
and listen to others,
even the dull and the ignorant;
they too have their story.

Avoid loud and aggressive persons,
they are vexations to the spirit.
If you compare yourself with others,
you may become vain and bitter;
for always there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself.
Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans.

Keep interested in your own career, however humble;
it is a real possession in the changing fortunes of time.
Exercise caution in your business affairs;
for the world is full of trickery.
But let this not blind you to what virtue there is;
many persons strive for high ideals;
and everywhere life is full of heroism.

Be yourself.
Especially, do not feign affection.
Neither be cynical about love;
for in the face of all aridity and disenchantment
it is as perennial as the grass.

Take kindly the counsel of the years,
gracefully surrendering the things of youth.
Nurture strength of spirit to shield you in sudden misfortune.
But do not distress yourself with dark imaginings.
Many fears are born of fatigue and loneliness.
Beyond a wholesome discipline,
be gentle with yourself.

You are a child of the universe,
no less than the trees and the stars;
you have a right to be here.
And whether or not it is clear to you,
no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should.

Therefore be at peace with God,
whatever you conceive Him to be,
and whatever your labors and aspirations,
in the noisy confusion of life keep peace with your soul.

With all its sham, drudgery, and broken dreams,
it is still a beautiful world.
Be cheerful.
Strive to be happy. 

Max Ehrmann 1872-1945

I love the Desiderata, especially the last four lines and it got me thinking, what would happen if I took all my ramblings, ranting, poems, notes, observations from my journal or tweets from my twitter and wrote a Manifesto?

Here’s what I care about, it was compiled in mirror.me and is what I twitter about.

Reflections =:)

Gonna write a Manifesto then, I might as well even though I am no one special or important there’s a manifesto inside of me somewhere that needs to get out into the beautiful world… watch this space.

send a love letter to Earth on 14th February

This Valentine’s day send a love letter to Earth and for the 14th February do something eco like using candles at home instead of the lights.

www.lovelettertotheearth.com

Love Earth this Valentine's day

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Earth Hour 31st March 2012

WWF Earth Hour 31st March 2012, check times and events in your area at www.earthhour.org

 

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