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Good words, well written, better the world. Good literature betters the world immeasurably.

Ash Ra – New Age Of Earth


Ash Ra – New Age Of Earth

malcolmdbmunro
Sunday 21` April, 2019

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Remembering Dr. Luigi Luca Cavalli-Sforza, a pioneer in population genetics


Remembering Dr. Luigi Luca Cavalli-Sforza, a pioneer in population genetics

When Cavalli-Sforza began his work he was highly controversial, scoffed and scorned by the Academe, those involved in the field of Paleoanthropology.

Now, what was once regarded as the activity of a charlatan, is pursued with vigour by an army of scientists all over the globe.

Pioneers are seldom celebrated in their lifetime.

Malcolm D B Munro
Sunday 27 January, 2019

 

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Concept: We Can Conserve International.org


Concept

we conserve international.org – WCCI

“Let’s ensure, for our great-grandchildren, our great-great-grandchildren, and those far beyond them, a planet on which life is possible.”

The organization must not be a US oriented one. The organization must not be exclusionary but secular and above and beyond the petty rivalry of nation states. The mission must have the means to be universal and appeal to all who have the will and commitment to support it’s aims.

It needs to be said from the outset that any organization is doomed to fail at launch, or soon after, should that organization not have clear aims and goals. Every baby is born through care and attention.

The aim is simple: We can, as individuals world wide, significantly help reduce global warming. We cannot devolve to others, our would be leaders, what is ultimately our responsibility. We are not talking of using paper instead of plastic, laudable though such efforts are. No, we are talking of individual efforts initiated at a community level where people take charge of our future on the planet in their own way and within their own ability, reduce impact of the perils we face. The pyramids were built by thousands, albeit by slaves. Ants build vast structures.

The answer is simple: There are millions, billions, of people upon the planet. The combined effort of even a fraction of those can have an enormous impact. Far more than any corporation or collection of them, or of any government. The lack effort of these latter, in some cases, borders on the criminal were the means to prosecute implemented.

The means are simple: To reduce the waste in our lifestyles. We need not be frugal nor penurious, but modest and practical in the means that we adopt to lead a less profligate and careless lifestyle. For example, in the number of vehicles we own, and even a modest reduction in their use will, multiplied across the globe, have a significant cumulative effect. The small will be made great through sheer numbers.

The name of the organization is, at this stage, a working name. The International means that the organization is the platform for daughter organizations which are organized on a regional, country and local level which collectively combine to pursue the aims and objectives of the parent organization.

The governance of the organization will be developed as the concept, the project, moves forward. To do this, best practices will be adopted from elsewhere. We are not going to reinvent the wheel.

The organization’s mission is to be supported by the wealthy of the world. By wealthy is meant relative to the poor, hungry, disenfranchised and dispossessed of the world.

There is no reason on this earth why such latter individuals should not join in the efforts spoken of here. But simply that their contribution will be different in kind. After all, the organization seeks to act to preserve their interests, as well as others, in what surely lies ahead in terms of global warming. It is you who are worst affected by the prospects of results of global warming. But the organization will gain value should any of you choose to participate. Minds and action are equal, hungry or not.

To those reading this, I say: Should you own your own home or rent it, have a job and have some sense of security, you are wealthy in these terms. You have the power and ability to conserve which  is what the organization is all about, guiding and harvesting those efforts.

The organization recognizes, and wishes to respond to, the call for action in an effort to halt and, perhaps, even reverse current trends which indicate the destruction and and annihilation of our home, this earth. This language might seem to be hyperbolic but it is not. The present prediction of ”… by 2030 such and such will happen,” or “… by 2050 the world will be …” lie too far into the future and, given the universal habit of procrastination, “… oh, we have plenty of time ,,,”, we will not act. More immediate dates and targets, more realistic ones, need to be adopted, at least by this organization.

The concept of  We Can Conserve International.org imagines a nonprofit organization which acts as a magnet to draw to it those citizens, wherever they live on the planet, who wish to contribute, as citizens. to the reduction of global warming. Such citizens understand, and are rightly alarmed at, the prospect of our total self-destruction.

We Can Conserve International,org serves as a platform to provide information and guidance – and harvesting the results and effects of such efforts – as to how citizens, as individuals or locally organized groups, can make a significant difference in reducing, and even reversing, the trends we are currently witnessing in the destruction of fellow species, ice melting, and sea and ocean temperature rises, and the desertification of some parts of the world. Such citizens who are drawn to We Can Conserve International org are informed and alarmed at the prospect of what the data trends we are told of by scientists and concerned organizations, terms of the data, the scientific evidence which shows with absolute charity the perils we face., who are wish and are willing to lead or help lead the organization into the real world.

Global worming is not a matter of belief. The facts are too numerous and multifaceted to not be true. Hard scientific evidence is not theological. And the studies have been carried out over a large span of time. How much evidence do you need to know that we are the guilty party. Of course, were this not true, we would not have been, and largely still are, in denial.

Should we continue on our present course (see the references below) without effort to reverse it, we face a dire world which at some point, sooner than we presently predict, will result in the total destruction of all life on our planet.

We, those of us who wish to, can make a difference, a significant, if not profound, difference. Should individual and community groups act, then the possibility exists of billions of people all over the planet achieving what corporations and governments can never achieve. We can conserve without being frugal, without greatly affecting our present lifestyle however and whatever that is, with notable exceptions; the powerless, the hungry, the disposed and displaced, we can recognize that we are profligate, create vast amounts of waste without thought. Citizens, filling the recycle bins is not enough. Doing good with good intentions is futile. What is required is a change of heart, a fundamental recognition that, in the end, we are all species, we are inseparably part of all life forms. We are not superior. We suffer from hubris and are alone among our fellow species in our wanton self destruction. No other species acts as we do. We are out of kilter, possibly even, out of control.

­This is a launch document in preliminary draft form. The intent is to draw others who wish to have a hand in the formation of the organization so that its realization is not the result of a single person.

Those interested may contact the author through comment on his blog, Towards Better Democracy, malcolmdbmunrodotorg

Copyright the Author. Protected under the Copyright Laws of the United States. Unauthorized use constitutes theft.

Malcolm D B Munro
Tuesday 22 January, 2019

A few references

  1.  We have 12 years to limit climate change catastrophe, warns UN\
  2.  Climate Change
  3. Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5ºC / Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change  Date: 2018

 

 

 

 

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Summer Homes – Nocturnes


Summer Homes – Nocturnes

Malcolm D B Munro
Thursday 6 December, 2018

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Marin Marais: Le Labyrinthe (the Labyrinth); Cassandra Luckhardt, viola da gamba


Marin Marais: Le Labyrinthe (the Labyrinth); Cassandra Luckhardt, viola da gamba

Malcolm D B Munro
Sunday 18 November, 2018

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50% off or more – Autumn Sale of Fine Art Work


SALE
Saatchi Art

Malcolm D B Munro
Wednesday 10 August, 2018

Should you be interested in purchasing more than one work, please contact the art through the Comments column of this blog.

 

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Ana Popovic – Ana’s Shuffle


Ana Popovic – Ana’s Shuffle

Malcolm D B Munro
Saturday 29 September, 2018

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The Byzantine Project – Church of Saint Euphemianos, Lysi


Traditional interior Greek Orthodox Church

The Byzantine Project – Church of Saint Euphemianos, Lysi

The Greek Orthodox Chapel in Cyprus where the fresco that Dominique De Menil rescued and restored belongs.

Malcolm D B Munro
Tuesday 28 August, 2018

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The Immensee


Kaspar , Kasper, Kasper Hauser,
As you walked the Immensee
Did not get very  far
Stopped, halted
Having met a Water Flea.

Malcolm D B Munro
Friday 24 August, 2018

Readers who are alert will know there are three
German stories contained within this ditty. Untold millions
To those who can answer. Millions of blessings, of course.

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Eurydice


Eurydice
Was not rich
She often ate a peach
But you, I admire
Your story, oft’ told
Moves me
Great.

Malcolm D B Munro
Friday 24 August, 2018

 

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