Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Climate Change Skeptic "Converts"


This kind of news should give us pause for consideration.

Every human uses resources. We should take time to be mindful of how our resource usage shapes our lives, the lives of our global neighbors, and the lives of future life. 

The "world" is a big place - and certainly any individual will not change the world.  But, together, we can be more mindful, intentional and aware of how our lives shape our future - and the future of others.

Full Article I am citing from the LA Times is here:

WASHINGTON – The verdict is in: Global warming is occurring and emissions of greenhouse gases caused by human activity are the main cause. 

This, according to Richard A. Muller, professor of physics at UC Berkeley, MacArthur Fellow and co-founder of the Berkeley Earth Surface Temperature project. Never mind that the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and hundreds of other climatologists around the world came to such conclusions years ago. The difference now is the source: Muller is a long-standing, colorful critic of prevailing climate science . . . .  

In an opinion piece in Saturday’s New York Times titled “The Conversion of a Climate-Change Skeptic,” Muller writes: “Three years ago I identified problems in previous climate studies that, in my mind, threw doubt on the very existence of global warming. Last year, following an intensive research effort involving a dozen scientists, I concluded that global warming was real and that the prior estimates of the rate of warming were correct. I’m now going a step further: Humans are almost entirely the cause.”

Toward eupan ~

~ marty alan michelson, ph.d.

Image Credit:  Carl Zoch Photography - www.carlwashere.com

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Caravan for Peace

The Caravan for Peace  - with focus on the victims of the Drug War in Mexico.

With a goal to promote peace with justice and dignity on both sides of the border!

MapainteriorIf you live in or around the Southern Border of the U.S. - with Mexico (of course!) - check out their sites and participate in your own way.  Begins August 11th, and here are city stop dates.

Toward eupan ~

~ marty alan michelson, ph.d.

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

"Dark Knight" toward a Bright Future

On the morning of July 20th, I expressed via Facebook:

Angst about Aurora. I read prayers & condolences being extended by friends on FB I love and treasure. GREAT! And yet, find myself unable to understand why *this* news about *this* violence arouses people - when this level of violence is a daily reality in all too many regions of the world & we ignore it. Why can't our willingness to work for a better world include every victim of violence, everywhere?

As is typical in our world, persons commented in both dis-agreement and agreement.

I noted later that evening of July 20th:

I wonder what the world would be like if everyday we all awoke to condemn that day's violence, intentionally engaging solidarity in action with those whose lives are shattered. I hope for and have been working toward that possibility.

This morning, July 24th, I read refreshing words in harmony with these thoughts, and I'm thankful for them.

Please click on this link and read the extended reflection by John Bear:  "Turning Towards Nonviolence and Away from 'Dark Knights'"

Rev. John Dear
Rev. John Dear is an author, activist and lecturer who teaches nonviolence in the tradition of Mahatma Gandhi, Martin Luther King, Jr., and Dorothy Day. He served for years as the director of the Fellowship of Reconciliation, the largest interfaith peace organization in the U.S. After September 11, 2001, he was a Red Cross coordinator of chaplains at the Family Assistance Center in New York, and counseled thousands of relatives and rescue workers. John has traveled the war zones of the world, been arrested some 75 times for peace, led Nobel Peace prize winners to Iraq, and given thousands of lectures on peace across the U.S. His many books include: The God of Peace; Transfiguration; Lazarus, Come Forth!; You Will Be My Witnesses; Living Peace; Seeds of Nonviolence; The Questions of Jesus; Put Down Your Sword; Our God Is Nonviolent; Jesus the Rebel; Peace Behind Bars; Disarming the Heart, and his autobiography, A Persistent Peace.

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