Our Planet is in Peril

I know that that the health of the earth does not fall under psychology, spirituality or mental health, but I wanted to do this one post because I believe our world is at stake.

I (probably like you) have been watching the changes in weather patterns (the floods, fires, hurricanes, melting glaciers, rising sea levels…) for a couple of decades now and they seem to be increasing in number and strength. (I don’t think that it’s just that the media is covering it more, as some have argued.) It’s not going away.

This summer has brought droughts that are threatening our food supply….

In Canada: Drought in Central, Eastern Canada Baking Crops

In the U.S.: Drought Covers One -Third of U.S. Counties, The Largest Agriculture Disaster Area Ever Declared

Please read this article, which really spells it out: Global Warning’s Terrifying New Math

Here’s an excerpt:

“June broke or tied 3,215 high-temperature records across the United States. That followed the warmest May on record for the Northern Hemisphere – the 327th consecutive month in which the temperature of the entire globe exceeded the 20th-century average, the odds of which occurring by simple chance were 3.7 x 10-99, a number considerably larger than the number of stars in the universe.

Meteorologists reported that this spring was the warmest ever recorded for our nation – in fact, it crushed the old record by so much that it represented the “largest temperature departure from average of any season on record.” The same week, Saudi authorities reported that it had rained in Mecca despite a temperature of 109 degrees, the hottest downpour in the planet’s history.”

If you are interested, have a peek at “The Reunion – How We Can Heal Our Connection to the Earth” by Ellen Gunter and Ted Carter.The book covers all aspects of our current environmental challenge.

And, finally, a beautiful movie about earth and what we’re doing to it: The Blue Planet

At this point, it may be good to offer a solution. I am no wiser than anyone else. So, I will suggest some of the same things that environmentalists have been fighting for, for years:

  • use alternate and mass transportation (bikes, hybrid cars…)
  • use alternate heating (solar…)
  • reduce energy use
  • buy less stuff
  • any other ideas?

And write to whoever holds political power wherever you are. Tell them your concerns. They will want your vote during next election. If enough people use their voice, they will listen. Let’s use the power of the internet!

Our planet is dying. We have nowhere else to go.

Big Babies

Do North Americans equate being child-like with being incompetent? Do we keep extending the definition of “childhood” and allow young adults (incl. teens) to be dependent and irresponsible while restricting what they can do and what’s expected of them?

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Believe the Impossible

“There is no use in trying”, said Alice.”One can’t believe impossible things.”

“I dare say you haven’t had much practice”, said the Queen. “When I was your age, I always did it for half an hour a day. Why, sometimes I’ve believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast.”

– Lewis Carroll

Disney’s Alice in Wonderland

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Pinocchio

Understanding Compulsive Liars, Top 10 Secrets of Effective Liars, How to Tell If Someone is Lying, How to Spot a Liar, Lie to Me – Reading Emotions and Deceit Through Facial Expressions, TED Talk – How to Spot a LiarThe Torment of a Liar, Why People Lie

Disney’s Pinocchio

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