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(occasional green & peaceful thoughts)

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first thought

A first thought  – perhaps a motto – for this blog:

Today we are faced with a challenge that calls for a shift in our thinking, so that humanity stops threatening its life-support system.  We are called to assist the Earth to heal her wounds and in the process heal our own – indeed, to embrace the whole creation in all its diversity, beauty and wonder.  This will happen if we see the need to revive our sense of belonging to a larger family of life, with which we have shared our evolutionary process.

In the course of history, there comes a time when humanity is called to shift to a new level of consciousness, to reach a higher moral ground.  A time when we have to shed our fear and give hope to each other.

That time is now.

The Norwegian Nobel Committee has challenged the world to broaden the understanding of peace:  there can be no peace without equitable development; and there can be no development without sustainable management of the environment in a democratic and peaceful space.  This shift is an idea whose time has come.

The late Wangari Maathai of Kenya, from her 2004 Nobel Peace Prize lecture.   She founded the Green Belt Movement — and her country’s Mazingira Green Party.