Monday, November 28, 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 ultimately global trade. As a start, we should promote fair trade, livable wages, and better city planning that mixes people of different incomes. Most importantly, valuing people for who they are and how they spend their time, rather than for what they wear, drive, or own, is a simple but important act, that will serve as the foundation of a more just society.

Toward eupan.

~ marty alan michelson, ph.d.

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Saturday, November 26, 2011

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, "Iran is in the initial stages of an effort to acquire nonconventional capability in general, and nuclear capability in particular. Our assessment is that Iran today has the appropriate manpower and sufficient resources to acquire nuclear arms within 10 years. Together with others in the international community, we are monitoring Iran's nuclear activity. They are not concealing the fact that the possibility that Iran will possess nuclear weapons is worrisome, and this is one of the reasons that we must take advantage of the window of opportunity and advance toward peace."
Amos Schocken's full article can be read here.

We can ask ourselves "What if we had sought peace in the 1990s?"  How would the world be different now?  But, we can not change what happened in the 1990s or the early 2000s.

Now, though, we can work for sustainable peace and harmony for the Middle East - and for the World - today!

Now is the time for peacemaking. 

War and violence need not be the master of us all.

Toward eupan.

~ marty alan michelson, ph.d.

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Wednesday, November 2, 2011

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 himself taking on a leading role in the protests.

Videos produced by:  Just Vision

Toward eupan ~

~ marty alan michelson, ph.d.

Posted via email from Eupan Global Initiative