The Beauty of Change, the Basics for Survival, Earth Unplugged

The Earth seen from Apollo 17.

The Earth seen from Apollo 17. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The Basics for Survival, Earth Unplugged

The Beauty of Change, Essay 1, the Basic Steps…

Simple Steps for Improving Your Life:

  1. Cherish what you have. Appreciate your life, family, friends, and your blessings given by our planet and ‘Mother Nature.’  Everything comes from Nature. Every material object in your life came from our Earth, at a great cost. The planet cannot keep up with our consumption. Give back to Nature, recycle what you do not need, it is made from precious material. Watch what you throw away, are you really giving back to Nature by dumping into her earth and water what you have consumed and no longer want?
  2. Recognize that you have what you need. If you have a home, food, water, you have enough. Everything else is a want. The First World (us) has taken too much from a finite planet (the only one we have). We are stripping our planet of its resources for our pleasure, leaving little for the rest of humanity. We choose not to see what our selfishness has caused, and the suffering of the Third World, who is starving and thirsty. I know we can do better.
  3.  Simplify your life. Having less material objects creates a space that you will enjoy more. Give away or sell what you do not need, someone else can use it. Eating less and more healthy simple foods will increase your enjoyment also. Growing your own organic foods gives pleasure, knowing that you are working with, and in nature. Your body is part of Nature, give it simple good food, and it will reward you with good health. Learn to recognize what will enhance your diet, and create good health. Eat less high resource foods: meat, out of season fruits and vegetables (they have probably traveled more that you have), factory created foods (processed, and dead, also well traveled).

What Easy Improvements I Made to Enjoy My Life More:

  • I sold my large house, and downsized (2003)…AND use way less power. Easier to clean, more time to spend outside in Nature
  • I became a vegetarian (1995)…I grow my own food, and my protein is from fruits and vegetables, legumes, and eggs from my chicken, AND have great health. I eat less and enjoy it more. I don’t eat GMO corn or soy products (they are hidden in packaged food).
  • I use less energy in my new home, replace your light bulbs with more energy efficient CFL’s…Check your appliance efficiency. My heater is on a low setting, so I dress warm.
  • Gave up TV (1995)…The new flat screen TV’s use 2x to 4x the energy of the old tube ones. Again, I am outside in Nature, or reading, or painting.
  • Unplug what you are not using, standby mode uses electricity….
  • I sold my super cool Black & Silver Dodge Ram truck, and bought a small Toyota pickup, now I have downsized again, being given a free car that has great gas mileage.
  • I found something useful to do, and am getting a teaching credential, AND blogging about climate change.
  • I stopped buying what I do not need. Yes, even Christmas presents, I bought everyone socks for Christmas! I make my own beer and wine (another blog), and gave as Christmas presents).
  • I recycle everything. I have a compost pile, recycle cans, jars, plastic, etc., I have very little trash to send back into the Earth.
Starting the Garden
Starting the Garden
Growing the Garden
Growing the Garden
Eating the Garden
Eating the Garden
Mother Nature

Mother Nature (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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Change the world by changing yourself? Eating less, anti-aging!

My grandmother often said, “You are what you eat.”

Here is the science to back this up, a video by

Dr. Michael Mosley. A Junk food addict!

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“I changed my diet 18 years ago.

I love to eat,

just not meat!

I was getting that ‘chunky’ middle age body,

so I fasted! And the FAT never returned.

Also…I have not seen a doctor for ANY illness since!” 

                                                         D.A. Hartley

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I hope that you watch this video,

it just recommends a baby step, no radical diet,

but watching this could help you live a healthy life.

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Reaching the ripe old age of 50, Dr. Mosley wondered how healthy

he really was. He found that he was only slightly overweight,

BUT

pre-Diabetic,

pre-Cancerous (6 types of cancer),

pre-Heart Disease.

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THE ARTICLE…

What did cavemen really eat when they sat down to dine, morning, noon and night?

The Paleo Diet guys spun some interesting theories —

all of which turned out to be nonsense.

But the truth is, if you’re trying to isolate the “health key” to early man’s diet,

it really may hinge not so much on what he was eating.

Because one BIG health benefit early man had going:

he rarely got three squares a day.

In fact, it might have regularly been a day or two

(or four) between filling meals back in the bad old days.

So if you get a hankering to emulate cavemen, the key is probably this:

eat a fair amount less than you’re eating now.

This is the basic tenant arrived at when a leading British journalist and physican,

Michael Mosley, set out to become healthier and lose weight,

while making as few changes as possible in his life.

Dr. Mosley is considered the “Sanjay Gupta of England,”

and today we are recommending a video he recently produced on this subject.

Deepak Chopra – Social Networks & Global Brain – The Rabbit Hole

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Description: Deepak Chopra takes us to the inner workings of the global brain, molded more and more by technology and social media.* Social media and networks play a major role in global culture, through political campaigns, social movements, and personal relationships. How we choose to use it will impact the direction in which our global brain evolves.

THE RABBIT HOLE features fast-paced and mind-blowing explorations of BIG questions: What is death? Who is God? Is life an illusion? Are we alone in the universe? Using visually stunning graphics and music, we fall down the rabbit hole as Deepak Chopra provides his intriguing take on some of humanity’s eternal questions.

THE CHOPRA WELL is a new Youtube channel created to encourage people to live healthier, fuller lives and to be more aware. Deepak, Mallika and Gotham Chopra, as well as many other friends and experts…

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Bill Moyers, My Hero! ‘The Toxic Assault on Our Children’ and ‘Dance of the Honey Bee’

BILL MOYERS and Company present…

Full Show: The Toxic Assault on Our Children

April 19, 2013

Biologist, mother and activist Sandra Steingraber joins Bill to explain why she was willing to go to jail — and did — for blocking access to the construction of a storage and transportation facility involved in the controversial process of fracking. Steingraber has become internationally known for building awareness about toxins she says are threatening our children’s health by contaminating our air, water and food, and talks to Bill about how we must take action stop these “toxic trespassers.”

With government captured by the very industries it’s supposed to regulate, Steingraber has lost patience with politicians and corporations, and says we need to work together now to prevent destruction to the environment.

Also on the show, Bill presents the short documentary “Dance of the Honey Bee.” Narrated by Bill McKibben, the film takes a look at the determined, beautiful, and vital role honey bees play in preserving life, as well as the threats bees face from a rapidly changing landscape.

Bill Moyers

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Sandra Steingraber, Scientist & Author, Raisin...

Sandra Steingraber, Scientist & Author, Raising Elijah (Photo credit: SteveHarbula)

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The Language of Nature…for those who care to listen…

I BELIEVE NATURE IS A FORCE OF GOOD

A documentary by Louie Schwartzberg

The life of mycologist Paul Stamets

“The Language of Nature…”

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“Humanity needs a paradigm shift in our consciousness,

               for the survival of our planet.”

                                        Paul Stamets in, I Believe Nature is a Force of Good

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This is a very powerful concept for humanity to understand,

nature has its own language, for those who can hear.

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This video represents what I am trying to emulate on this blog,

this is our world, it is alive.

Nature speaks to us in the beautiful language of Life.

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Kaweah River grinding rock, photo: Charlie Gilbert

                                                      Kaweah River grinding rock. photo: Charlie Gilbert

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Re-blogged from Sustainability Hub: A Project of Sustainable San Mateo County, CA.

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Sustainability Hub is a proactive site that will interest

all those who care about this planet,

and offers many solutions for Climate Change.

http://sustainabilityhub.com/

http://www.sustainablesanmateo.org/

http://sustainabilityhub.net/

Sustainable San Mateo County

Sustainable San Mateo County (Photo credit: Gustavo da Cunha Pimenta)

Paul Stamets at TEDMED2011

Paul Stamets at TEDMED2011 (Photo credit: Klick Pharma)

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FORWARD ON CLIMATE

PLEASE JOIN THOSE WHO CARE ABOUT OUR PLANET

http://action.sierraclub.org/

Sunday, February 17
1:00pm
 Forward on Climate Rally in San Francisco hosted by Sierra Club California
WhenSun, February 17, 1pm – 2pm
WhereOne Market Plaza 1 Market St San Francisco, CA 94105 (map)
DescriptionWHERE One Market Plaza 1 Market St San Francisco, CA 94105 United States http://maps.google.com/maps?q=1+Market+St%2C+San+Francisco%2C+CA+94105%2C+United+States FOR MORE INFORMATION Pierre Delforge · forwardonclimatebayarea@gmail.com
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Sierra Club and 350.org   Washington D.C. February 17th.
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Nature Series…wood and gold leaf.

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Passage Way, 2002, 4′ x 6′, mixed media on wood. Private Collection.

“Moment after moment,

everyone comes out from nothingness. 

This is the true joy of life.”

                                                                                Zen Mind, Beginners’s Mind, by Shunryu Suzuki

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Mitochondria I, 2002, mixed media on wood, 4’x6′. Private Collection.

Mitochondria II, 2003, mixed media on wood, 4’x6′. Collection of Sequoia Cancer Center, Visalia, CA.

“But a great deal, perhaps everything, 

will remain incredible and incomprehensible.

One paradox, however, must be accepted and this is

that it is necessary to continually

attempt the seemingly impossible.”

                                                                                        Journey to the East, by Hermann Hesse

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Lost Canyon Falls, 2005, mixed media on wood. Collection of Kaweah Delta Hospital.

“Let me seek, then, the gift of silence,

and poverty, and solitude,

where everything I touch is turned into prayer,

the birds are my prayer,

the wind in the trees is my prayer,

for God is all in all.”

Thoughts in Solitude, by Thomas Merton

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Aspen, 2002, mixed media on wood, 4′ x 6′, Private Collection

“The universe and I exist together,

and all things and I are one.

                               Chuang Tzu

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Mountains, Clouds, and Streams, 2005, mixed media on wood, triptych, 6′ x 4′.

Exhibition, Water!, 2008, Conley Gallery, Fresno, CA.

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“In cosmic consciousness,

we find that the relationship is the most important thing in life,

everything is a confluence of relationships. We begin to see that

everything is in balance between feminine and masculine energies,

the yin and yang,

and anytime there is more of one than the other, we are out of balance.

Right now, we need to reawaken the feminine because the dominance

of the masculine has led to belligerence,

arrogance, and aggression,

the very problems we see in the world right now.”

                                         Power, Freedom, and Grace, by Deepak Chopra

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Jungle Serenade, 2005, mixed media on wood, 4′ x 6′. Private collection.

Costa Rica Garden

“The herb layer of mid-elevation rain forest on the Caribbean slope of the

Cordillera de Tilaran, showing diverse leaf shapes and a flowering Aphelandra.”

                                                              Costa Rica, by Michael and Patricia Fogden

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Lost Canyon, 2002, mixed media on wood, 4′ x 6′. Private Collection.

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“To know harmony means to be in accord with the eternal.

To be in accord with the eternal means to be enlightened.”

                                                 Lao Tzu

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Cypress and Basalt, 2005, mixed media on wood, 4′ x 6′. Private Collection.

Exhibition, Water!, 2008, Conley Gallery, Fresno, CA.

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“The individual feels the futility of human desires and aims.

Sublimity and marvelous order revel themselves

in both in nature and in the world of thought. 

Individual existence impresses him as a kind of prison 

and he wants to experience the universe as a single magnificent whole…

                                                                          Albert Einstein

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Blossom Peak, 2004, mixed media on wood, 4′ x 6′.

Collection of Sequoia Cancer Center, Visalia, CA.

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“The Greek philosophers, like the philosophers of other ancient

civilizations, generally thought of time in terms of endlessly

repeated cycles: cycles of breathing, of day and night,

of the moon, of the year, 

great astronomical cycles of years,

and great cycles of cycles.”

                                      The Presence of the Past, by Rupert Sheldrake

All those who were born to ‘Save the Planet’, maybe now is the time!

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Nobe Young Falls, Sierra Nevada Mountains, California

Protect our WILDLIFE! Protect Nature from further pollution!

I cannot to Washington D.C.!

I invite you to go if you can!

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If you cannot go: Here is a letter for President Obama from the Sierra Club:

https://secure.sierraclub.org/site/Advocacy?cmd=display&page=UserAction&id=10119

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At 12 Noon on Sunday, February 17, thousands of Americans will head to Washington, D.C. to make Forward on Climate the largest climate rally in history. Join this historic event to make your voice heard and help the president start his second term with strong climate action.

Crippling drought. Devastating wildfires. Superstorm Sandy. Climate has come home – and the American people get it.

The first step to putting our country on the path to addressing the climate crisis is for President Obama to reject the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline. His legacy as president will rest squarely on his response, resolve, and leadership in solving the climate crisis.

Details:

When: February 17th, at 12 Noon
Where: The National Mall, Washington D.C.
Who: 350.org, The Sierra Club and the Hip-Hop Caucus

Why: To tell Barack Obama it’s time to lead in the fight against climate change, beginning with the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline.

For more information about rides, housing and answers to Frequently Asked Questions, visit http://forwardonclimate.org

Just over a year ago, 15,000 people surrounded the White House — and President Obama listened, delaying the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline. This is our best chance to show the President how strong this movement has become since then — sign up today.

A project of:

    

* The Sierra Club, 350.org and the Hip Hop Caucus have no affiliation with Ridebuzz or CouchSurfing. Any and all rides or housing are personal arrangements and neither the Club, Hip Hop Caucus, nor 350.org can protect the leader or participants. While making such arrangements, leaders should remind participants that it is not an official activity and that these three organizations do not assume liability for such personal activity

 

Barack Obama

Barack Obama (Photo credit: jamesomalley)

 

 

 

 

 

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Send President Obama a Message: The Sierra Club’s link to the letter: 
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President Obama has spoken emphatically about the dangerous impacts of the climate crisis and the obligation to take action. He returned to this theme in his inaugural address, promising:
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“We will respond to the threat of climate change,
knowing that the failure to do so would
betray our children and future generations.”
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We cannot wait any longer to take action on the climate crisis. The science is proven. From the absolute devastation families are going through in the wake of Sandy to droughts, heat waves and record temperatures across the country, the dangers of climate disruption are all too real for millions of families.

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This is the time for President Obama to lead our country in the fight to Protect Nature.

https://secure.sierraclub.org/site/Advocacy?cmd=display&page=UserAction&id=10119