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March 11th 2016

Hello SCI family and welcome to our Climte for Peace friday newsletter!

This week we look at different causes of climate change. And see that really a system change along with self responsibility for the world we want to see is the key to a more peaceful world. To heal the unconscious parts of ourselves is important to look at with so many of the actions regarding climate injustice a result of short sighted mindless decisions with profit and control being the order of the day.

What creates this tendency and how can we heal ourselves collectively and navigate from this course we are on. Here we share some of our favourite articles of the week. We hope you fully enjoy reading them and feel free to share or discuss with your friends and family. You can find out lots more info on sci.ngo and our workcamp page...Enjoy!

What does climate change means for the worlds poor?
Brazilian environmental disaster caused by mining companies
Environmental Consumerism: Could capitalism be destroying the planet
To a trail less travelled: Zen and the art of nelipot
GAIA Microgrants Programme
Can we justify killing animals for food?

What does climate change mean for the worlds poor?

Climate change has been linked to increased frequency and intensity of destructive weather events, such as floods and hurricanes. But the effects of a warming planet on crops may pose an even greater danger, especially for the world’s poor, according to the World Bank.“Agriculture is one of the most important economic sectors in many poor countries,” says a report from the institution. “Unfortunately, it is also one of the most sensitive to climate change given its dependence on weather conditions, both directly and through climate-dependent stressors (pests, epidemics, and sea level rise).” Read here 

Brazilian environmental disaster caused by mining companies

The worst environmental disaster in Brazil's history in November of last year has seen another tragic twist by the collapse of a dam holding 62 million cubic metres of mining waste, which belongs to Samarco, a joint venture of Vale and BHP Billiton. Over sixteen days, it left traces of destruction along 663 kilometres of river. Starting at the city of Mariana, in Minas Gerais state, it covered entire districts in earth, killed seventeen people, displaced thousands, and disrupted the river’s ecosystem.Read here 

Environmental Consumerism: Could capitalism be destroying the planet?

We are in the middle of the first great mass extinction since the end of the age of the dinosaurs.That's the conclusion of a shocking new study published Friday in a journal called Science Advances.The study, which was conducted by a group of scientists from some of the United States' leading universities, found that over the past century-plus, vertebrate species have gone extinct at a rate almost 114 times faster than average.Read here

To a trail less travelled: Zen and the art of nelipot

There is some thing's you will never be able to control. However we can become more responsible for our own world, our thoughts our emotions and our actions. Our self concept. When we ingage in the radical action of medititation we are becoming conscious of parts of our intentions and behaviour. Living grounded in the present moment replaces fear and brings peace. How much of our actions are based on oneness and compassion? Read here a buddhist perspective on climate change and the environment. Also a meditation study in Washington which lowered crime.

GAIA Microgrants Programme


A source of funding for SCI branches and local groups for activities focussed on sustainable living and climate justice. If you are planning a weekend work camp at a local organic farm to improve access to local and seasonal food in your area you will plant mangroves to prevent seasonal erosion. If you want to install a drip irrigation system at a community garden in your area or if you want to raise awareness of climate change impacts and necessary counteraction in your community then GAIA Microgrants is for you.Read here

Can we justify killing animals for food?

Given that the meat industry is so resource intensive, that the global average to produce one pound of beef requires 1,799 gallons of water plus the needless violence we usually do not take part in when we go to the supermarket is it then right to kill animals for food? And if it's wrong how wrong is it? Could and should western society ever change it's views? Four philosophers share their views with BBC Radio 4's Analyse programme...Peter Singer "Our future selves will consider meat eating to be barbaric" Elizabeth Harman "meat eating is a moral mistake but not morally wrong" ... Jeff Mcahon "Cows have a moral interest in continuing to live"...Gary Comstock "Evidence seems to be building that the shoe's on the other foot now; that those who want to kill animals and eat them ought to justify their view. It shouldn't be the other way round." Read here

 

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