Showing posts from November, 2011

Stuff, Consumption, Offsetting

20 minutes is not too much time to invest in this excellent "movie" about The Story of Stuff !!  Hopefully it will inspire and encourage you to think differently about how you use resources and how you spend and consume personally - so that you can make influence the scope of the world.  (Several additional supplemental videos are also available under the links to "movies" at the site!   Good stuff to think about effecting the Good for the All!) Some quick reminders on how to:  Refuse, Reduce, Reuse, Repair, Recycle, Relocalise - then Offset And, the principles and ideas imbedded in this article from The Sierra Club on Why Consumption Matters - provides keen insight to rethink patterns of life that effect the Good for the All!  The article concludes with these words: The solutions to questions of justice and equity that pertain to our consumption patterns will require a reexamination of our values, the products we buy, the layout of our communities, and ulti

Iran and Nuclear Weapons: What if we had sought peace in the 1990s?

The rhetoric of Israel and America with respect to Iran with respect to Nuclear weapons is intriguing in many ways.  There is ample availability to read many perspectives on the situation .  It is not too late to seek better communication, that leads to more healthy perception and works toward peace!  In fact, the time for peacemaking is now! The time was ripe, too, in the early 1990s.  At that time, peace accords set in the context of the Middle East began to set trajectories for new forms of harmony and mutual inter-dependence - leading to key diplomats in the region jointly winning the Nobel Prize for Peace . Acccording to a the owner and publisher of Israel's oldest newspaper, Haaretz ("the land") - Yitzhak Rabin addressed in 1993, the "threat" of "Iran" having nuclear weapons - but with a very different kind of appeal compared to what has recently been in the news. Speaking in the Knesset in January 1993, Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin said, &

Compelling Portraits - Hoping for Peace

There are many stories that nuance the complexity of conflict.  Peace can only come for all persons when we take time to know multiple stories. Here are four stories that might help us better understand the complexities of conflict - in order that we might better promote peace. A Palestinian teenager whose family is forced to give up part of their home and live under the same roof as a family of settlers. He comes of age in the face of unrelenting tension with his neighbors and unexpected cooperation with Israeli allies in his backyard. An American-born Israeli mother who to her own surprise becomes involved in the demonstrations after her children are arrested for protesting. A Palestinian community organizer from Sheikh Jarrah who spearheads the involvement of local women in the movement while facing the risk of losing her own home to the settlers. A former Israeli soldier from a religious background who only several years after his combat service in the West Bank finds him