sons plenty praising her, coast-to-coast

doc reeves, doc suzuki, and us

friends john & georgia just back from canada
happily telling me of their visit to montreal’s botanical garden
email about SPACE FOR LIFE via one beautiful video
do have a look . . .

 

( CLICK IT HERE, re-click on Vimeo’s site, come back to review )

 

wonderful !
so here’s some of it, staying from hearing it all . . .

David Suzuki, Vancouver –, geneticist, science communicator, environmentalist

. . . for 99% of the time we’ve been here on earth, we knew we were a part of nature
dependent on nature, so everyone worshiped nature, called the earth our mother

all of these green things on earth that are doing this exchange for us, all of that possible because life captures the energy of the sun and gives that to us

Hubert Reeves, Montreal – , astrophysicist, science communicator

. . . we once thought of humans separate from animals, now coming to realize
yes, we’re all in the same boat

so vital of us to protect nature, not seeing to dominate it

an example is our fish: today’s fishing techniques are so difficult ( for them )
we’re taking 2x as many fish out of the water as are reproducing naturally
the question of what we’ll be eating in 30 years is a serious one

Suzuki –

. . . our move to the sixties was the fundamental break
there, our highest work is our job, to make money, to buy the things we want
economy become our highest priority
meantime, the very economy is built on the biosphere not connected to money
we forget that we here are still part of the natural world

Reeves –

. . . coming into history 100,000 years ago, people were coming out of africa
where things got harder for people protecting themselves from wild brands
no weapons, no big teeth, no fast running

except for their intelligence humans poorly equipped for life in prehistoric era
now their intelligence is working against them
once helping them survive, poor management of their intelligence
threatens human survival today

our intelligence is both blessing & curse

100,000 years ago it allowed us to survive
today it threatens us & our children

Suzuki –

. . . the most critical element: we will only save what we love
today we grow children who spend the least time outside
if “i don’t have to go outside for weeks!” how can we fish ?
or even protest for earth or ocean when we do not care !

when i go i was not able to save the world, but i want to tell my children & grandkids
i tried my best; that’s all you can do

we act today as if money & things are the most important things and they are not
it’s the relationships with other people and the things we do together

let’s stop celebrating dead people
let’s celebrate nature, stop celebrating ourselves

for my grandchildren it is a very uncertain world
that really makes me angry !

the party’s over
now we have to start

so if you care about nature
don’t worry about the planet
follow your heart !

environmentalism isn’t a specialty
it’s a way of seeing the world

fall in love with nature
get outside !
get out of your car !

beauty & disobedience

. . . much less than one month apart
for sure – ma does need us bigtime

one of the best action movies of our time
do take a look

ma can win, numbers of ways

beautiful !
thank you, image folk
name like this, truly spiritual, earthbound
around a fine story, finely told
connecting love, action in melting arctic

here’s posting it does just that

this changes everything capitalism vs the climate by naomi klein

THIS CHANGES EVERYTHING
Capitalism vs The Climate
by Naomi Klein

Gotta apologize, friends of Ma, outta here this long. Can’t let it go any longer. Much of these days for wifeling, helping her recover from deep surgery. Deeper than ever we saw coming.

No, can’t leave my readers alone, having just finished Naomi’s latest –One Great Work– page by page since Sept’s Peoples Climate March, ideally released just then. Powerful, humanly – scientifically – masterly gathered. How ’bout you ? Read it by now yourself, shemovesme friend ? Hope so. If not, do get right to it. You’ll soon know why.

Wifeling hears me go on & on about the book, concluding author must be something like another Rachel Carson. Clearly Rachel herself would be cheering. Naomi’s husband Avi Lewis is making TCE into a movie. Bravo, does it ever deserve it ! But please, reader, don’t wait for it.

No, no other words for it -for what we’re facing on this beautiful planet: TCE adds up to my most basic + my most advanced education for our Ma. Last few days I’m mulling just how to write it up . . . where to start, my pages & pages of underscoring nearly as many as Naomi’s originals. Seems I’m not alone at such a pen juncture. Rob Nixon started out with a similar baffle – here’s his own NY TIMES REVIEW 11/6/14

While we’re at it, if you’re looking for more reading clues, click here for another fine interview – bk review – auth review – pub excerpt at YES MAGAZINETHE GUARDIANTHE NATIONSIMON & SCHUSTER

And speaking of the Times, here’s TCE’s top 20 non-fiction rating story -just #12 in its 3rd wk, #17 4th wk following release. And that’s it; since then gone. Please Ma buddies – let’s go get it !

OK back to those pages, perhaps now far enuf away to begin hearing what sticks ( as if this aging memory of mine has anything like a last word ! )

First off, Naomi, it’s your sharp, energetic, forceful approach, creatively aligned for the best of reader engagement. I’m right with you from page one. You do get right to it, those first pages blatantly topside vs. easing your way up any ladder of speel for our planet.

We need a Marshall Plan for the Earth
– p 12

This well known target ( of world climate meetings ) has more to do with minimizing economic disruption than with protecting the greatest number of people.
– p 20

Before long, it’s so evident – what a journalist ! Your research – your energy – such non-stop probing, all taking us to the very source of Ma’s debacle – unfettered corporate ideology of the market. Oh my gosh, our turn to lose what we thought we’d won in that long, cool thrash of communism so-called vs democracy so-called.

Climate change detonates the ideological scaffolding on which contemporary conservatism rests. A belief system that vilifies collective action and declares war on all corporate regulation and all things public simply cannot be reconciled with a problem that demands collective action on an unprecedented scale and a dramatic reigning in of the market forces that are largely responsible for creating and deepening the crisis.
– p 48

Talk about those corp deniers. You go right to it – to them, starting your book in person at their very conference. Then to the very ones -who doesn’t think so- right with us, the biggest of our environmental friends, their size attributable -wow- to those same fossil giants.

The Nature Conservancy has been in the oil and gas business ( itself ) for a decade and a half. That this could happen in the age of climate change points to a painful reality behind the environmental movement’s catastrophic failure to effectively battle the economic interests behind our soaring emissions: large parts of the movement aren’t actually fighting those interests -they have merged with them.
– p 208

But nowhere is it about anything like hate, as my own lens knows so well, this most authentic movement for our mother. It comes from the most natural love of her beauty, you two remind us . . .

I believe that the more clearly we can focus our attention on the wonders and realities of the universe about us, the less taste we shall have for destruction.
– quoting Rachel Carson herself ( 1954 ); TCE p 355

And speaking of our mother and what’s most authentic, the one time you seem to abandon a journalistic stand-off here you are connecting our planet’s fertility mission to your very own !

Finally what sticks is who you tab as earth’s best activists, known in your land as America’s first-nation folk, not only for their most natural affinity to our mother, but -admittedly most surprisingly- for such very real leadership from taking on their own land debacles to exiting courtrooms the winners. No wonder they were the very ones leading the rest of us down Broadway.

These victories add up: they have kept unaccountable millions of tons of carbon and other greenhouse gases out of the atmosphere. Whether or not climate change has been a primary motivator, the local movements behind them deserve to be recognized as unsung carbon keepers, who, by protecting their beloved forests, mountains, rivers, and coastlines, are helping to protect all of us.
– p 371

Naomi, I have to say in these final days of mine, presence at last is taking over. Here maine-coon Abby nestles beside me, dawn by smiling dawn, life itself so brightly in place, past any clouded yesterday. So it needs be.

I’ve always looked to Canada as America’s grounded northern conscience. Now, even as tarsands pulls your country down our lowest of corp undertakings, here you bring us home

to what’s happening, gifted planetwise;
to what’s so needed for our here & now.

naomi-beach6W72

time’s up, mr prez

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

mr-pres2F

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

oh canada . . .

How could you?

and to think numbers of us have been looking to you

CANADA FIRST NATION TO PULL OUT OF KYOTO PROTOCOL

principal locus of immediate global warming
home of arctic peoples, flora, fauna made to suffer our denials

nation whose very national character, pace, symbol
long centered the continent on sustaining life values

tar sands renews environment debate

TAR SANDS PIPELINE PLAN RENEWS ENERGY VS. ENVIRONMENT DEBATE
PBS NEWSHOUR, AUG 29, 2011 / PBS

in so many words, there you have it: thanks bill!
that jail time is the better part of this argument . . .