meet gaia !


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what a book !
stops everything and makes it go again
where have i been ?

right here on the planet of course
under the stars
engaging, much as every bacterium

lovelace started it – whoever else w/ that label
tho he’d be last to take credit for life itself
well it took stephan harding his student – and how !

i’ll be a scientist
til that early day in the woods
minusculy recording when eyes opened wide

the big picture !
GAIA’s alive !
and so am i

ipad’s animate earth now so heavily underlined
i want to pass so much along
best take a look at his pages yourself, dear reader

so where to start for now ?
stephan’s close m/c does it best
foreword of eminent gaia scholar, lynn margulis . . .

I am reminded of the deep thinking of James Baldwin . . . himself disillusioned by the entrenched delusions and intolerant power structure . . . ‘ It’s hard to think of America as a culture . . . what it imagines itself to be is a collection of pragmatic, pious businessmen . . . nothing could be more sterile . . . sterile culture . . . contradiction in terms.’ It is ( that ) ‘stubborn, manic refusal to accept ‘ worldwide natural history that has promulgated the need, on a global scale, for the antidote of Harding’s Animate Earth . . . ( it ) should be translated into all the major languages of the world . . . Harding faces immense odds . . . in this realm of ‘ manic refusal ‘, this reductionist, mercantile world. I salute his valiant and mostly successful attempt to ‘ keep things whole ‘. At the end of this delightful narrative about the trials and tribulations on the Earth’s surface, you the reader will understand Gaia . . . ( she ) continues to smile: homo sapiens, she shrugs, soon will either change its wayward ways or, like other plagues species, will terminate with a whimper in the current scourge.

have a look at stephan’s final chapter thoughts . . .

. . . we come to realise that Gaia is beyond our control – that it is impossible for us to ever be the masters or stewards of the Earth . . . also, it is hubris to think that we are the only sentient creatures inhabiting Gaia’s ancient crumpled surface . . . slowly we realise that we owe our very existence to the complex planetary intelligence that has run our world without our input for the last 3,500 million years . . . Whether you like it or not, you are utterly part of Gaia, biologically, psychologically and spiritually. Our very bodies, our dreams, our creativity, our imagination all come from her, and in the end the matter that we are made of will return to her when our lives are done. Once you allow yourself to feel this deep belonging to Gaia, there is no question that what we are doing to her now is wrong, and that we have to do something about it . . . Let Gaia take you over – let yourself be Gaia’ed over and over again.

take a look at these short clips from the author
then be gaia’ed yourself in stephan’s pages

ma’s scientists put it to us again

Impacts of global warming to be severe, pervasive, irreversible

READ BBC’S REPORT OF UN’S LATEST IPCC STUDY RELEASED TODAY

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ma brings it home

. . . Where race is on to stay above water

take a look at this . . .

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map of fort lauderdale FL under 4-ft sea level rise ( flooded in blue )

katherine bagley’s thursday article INSIDE CLIMATE NEWS

florida scheduled first to go under
as still we squabble who runs fastest in circles aground

check your bills

. . . And see just how much big oil’s costing us
bill moyers interviews bill mckibben on state dept’s move, keystone XL

time’s up, mr prez

up to you at last to make that stand for mother earth

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ma, numbers of us in north america came together last night
to remind him of those so very fluent promises for your needs & ours
numbers of your loyal folk discovered one another here in orlando

all of us called to draw the line on filthy tar sands oil
its shattering impact on air-land-water, threatening movement across our land
past everything disastrous we’ve come to learn from life based on fossil fuel

time at last to move forward with saving mother planet
we need to get together at last, find a new way to live here
thanks to joining hands example & hard work set by these family members

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read CANADIAN MACLEAN’S NEWS MAGAZINE’S TERRIFIC IN-DEPTH 1/27/14 ARTICLE by Luiza Savage – The Untold Story of Keystone

ma’s merry xmas – fierce light

What true beauty lit up our christmas screen !
as if thru paul hawken’s own dual lens

down-to-earth moving + transcendent uplifting
in-your-face activism + true spirituality

all about reality connecting in peace & joy
have a look – and let’s do keep in touch – all of us

fierce light – another movie must-see

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Time to speak something closer as outcome looms
( click on poem to enlarge )

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losing our fighting color ?

Restore it with FIERCE GREEN FIRE

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best recap of american care for our mother
from john muir on up to climate change
SEE THE TRAILER

my time to jiggle

Got to be honest, friend-readers . . .
i’ve been keeping paul hawken’s BLESSED UNREST to myself
second time thru, taking my time, relishing page by page
putting off telling you so til i reached the end
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well, it dawns on me
ma herself don’t work that way
things spread as they’re revealed
so here goes, sharing as i underline

trusting paul speaks to you as he does me
here’s what hit me yesterday in doc’s office . . .

Whether or not the earth itself is an organism, as some scientists believe, it is one system, and within that system all life as we know it coexists. If the erosion of indigenous ways of life represented only a cultural clash, it would qualify as a human rights issue, certainly, but one without much legal impetus, because nowhere is there a law that a culture has a right to survive. But it is now recognized as a salient issue for the whole of the globe, and it will only grow stronger as corporations face people who believe that the life of the earth, the mother of all nourishment in Mayan culture, is even more valuable than their individual lives. As resource values rise and living systems decline, the conflict will grow more pronounced, unless we change our understanding of what we value. If we want greater amounts of gas and gold, they will come at severe cost to ourselves and all who follow.

( chapter 6 – indigene, pp 124-125/390 – nook, BLESSED UNREST – HOW THE LARGEST MOVEMENT IN THE WORLD CAME INTO BEING AND WHY NO ONE SAW IT COMING BY PAUL HAWKEN )

who cares about climate change ?

Ed Markey does.

( email just received from my top-dog rep in congress.
guy who stands up, says it like it is, with spark to boot
so clearly about time i make a mark for this markey )

Dear Jim:

Who cares about climate change? Ed Markey does.
Ed Markey served as the one and only Chair of the U.S. House Select Committee on Energy Independence and Global Warming, during its four years of existence. Let me explain to you what an utterly thankless job that is. If you are the Chair of a committee on global warming, you’ve got Big Oil against you. You’ve got the electrical utilities against you. You’ve got the auto manufacturers against you. You’ve got the pipeline and tanker and drilling companies against you. What kind of person would want all of those headaches, just for a shot at saving Planet Earth?

Ed Markey. That kind of person.

After the Democrats took over the House in 2007, Speaker Nancy Pelosi wanted action on climate change, so she chartered a new House Committee, and put Ed Markey in charge of it. The Republicans named Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner (R-WI) as their Ranking Member. Sensenbrenner has said that the science of climate change is a “global conspiracy.” Sensenbrenner has said that labeling carbon dioxide as a pollutant is “propaganda.” Mocking concerns over climate change, Sensenbrenner once suggested that we “put catalytic converters on all our noses.” Ignoring the havoc that climate change and extreme weather have wrought, Sensenbrenner suggested that climate change might help “crop yields go up.” When Nobel Prizewinner Paul Krugman called climate denial “treason against the planet,” Sensenbrenner boasted, “I plead guilty as charged.”

For almost four years, Markey and Sensenbrenner battled it out, through 80 committee hearings and briefings. Markey gamely publicized clean energy technology, and the risks caused by climate change. Markey pushed forward legislation like H.R. 2454, the American Clean Energy and Security Act (which passed the House, and then Republicans filibustered it to death in the Senate). Markey’s Committee educated the nation about global warming facts both horrifying (according to the World Health Organization, climate change already causes 150,000 deaths each year) and ironic (by 2030, there will be no glaciers in Glacier National Park). Markey faced down Big Oil, and ignored the steady drumbeat of nonsense and distraction from the see-no-evil, hear-no-evil, speak-evil Republican tools and zealots on the Committee.

With enemies like that, Ed Markey needs friends.  And deserves them.

When the Republicans took over the House of Representatives after the 2010 election, they shut down Ed Markey’s Committee. But Ed Markey remains the leading environmentalist in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Who speaks for the trees? Ed Markey does.

Ed Markey is the Democratic nominee for the open U.S. Senate seat in Massachusetts. He is my colleague and my friend. The U.S. Senate desperately needs someone like Ed Markey. As does America. As does Planet Earth.

Please show your support for Ed Markey today. Or at least tomorrow. Definitely before Wednesday — that will be too late.

Courage,

Alan Grayson

Paid for and Authorized by the Committee to Elect Alan Grayson, 8419 Oak Park Road, Orlando, FL 32819