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Some Impact Man #12: Twenty years of warning wasted

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Blog entry by daltxguy posted 05-09-2012 06:05 AM 610 reads 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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The world was alerted to global warming several decades ago by a document signed by 1700 of the world’s leading scientists and the majority of all nobel laureates in science at the time.
1992 World Scientists' Warning to Humanity

It stated in simple terms that human activities, if unchecked were dooming the ability of humans to live on this planet and gave many tangible actions to take to avert the disaster – giving us about 1 or 2 decades before it was too late.

Uh oh! The two decades are up!

It was not reported on and it was ignored by the media, the politicians and an entire generation.

Why our relationship to nature is the most important thing above anything and why our ability to imagine the future and avert perilous paths is so critical but which has failed us in this time of greatest need to react is the subject of an excellent lecture by Dr. David Suzuki, a biologist, author,environmental activitist, professor and science and documentary television personality. You can watch a low tech video of this lecture from 2008 recorded at Concordia University in Montreal.

I encourage everyone to watch it and to aid and encourage the youth of today to reconnect with nature and realize the vital importance to all things in our relationship to the life forces of the planet.

We may have failed the next generations by being asleep but while there is still time, we have a duty to prepare the next generation for the mess we’ve left behind and to ensure that the next generation takes the action necessary which world leaders are not likely to do without grassroots action.

The first few minutes are of some speeches of local action at concordia. David Suzuki starts about 1/3 of the way in.

http://news.concordia.ca/video/suzuki-2008.html

-- Disobedience is the true foundation of liberty. The obedient must be slaves. - Thoreau



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posted 05-09-2012 10:32 AM

I’ve been making little e-mags for early childhood educators. The next issue is going to be on this topic. Good idea. THanks :)

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posted 05-09-2012 06:36 PM

Most definitely MsDeb. Kids are naturally curious, so this is an ideal age to get them outdoors.

David Suzuki spends a few minutes discussing about the basic things which today’s generation has little awareness of, such as where food comes from (no, not the supermarket and yes, it does grow in the ground!), where the water in the tap comes from, where the electricity comes from, what happens to water we flush down the toilet and the trash we put on the curb.

Incidentally, I should think that even some adults don’t know the answers to some of these questions!

-- Disobedience is the true foundation of liberty. The obedient must be slaves. - Thoreau

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posted 05-09-2012 06:52 PM

on the news this morning they were talking about a plowing ceremony in some part of the world. The ceremony has been taking place for hundreds of years,—from times when farming was… oh I wish I could remember the word used.. essential ?? something like that.
Um.. farming is and always will be essential!! Hello…..

-- - Debbie, SW Ontario Canada (USDA Hardiness Zone: 5a)

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posted 12-21-2012 10:19 PM

The cousins who had the small family farm I’ve talked about, moved back up to my home town and started their farm when I was about 10. Before that, they lived in Southern California, Orange County I believe. One time they had visitors up from California, city folk I’m guessing. When they saw them bring a pail of milk up from the barn, one of the children supposedly exclaimed, “Eww! You get your milk from a cow? We get ours from a carton.”

This child got a chance to learn – hope others do too.

-- "We are stardust. We are golden. And we've got to get ourselves back to the garden." Joni Mitchell

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posted 12-21-2012 10:32 PM

and chocolate milk comes from the brown cows.

-- - Debbie, SW Ontario Canada (USDA Hardiness Zone: 5a)

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posted 12-22-2012 11:08 PM

I was wondering about that, thank you for clearing it up! :-)

-- "We are stardust. We are golden. And we've got to get ourselves back to the garden." Joni Mitchell

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posted 12-23-2012 10:13 AM

:)

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