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Saturday, September 09, 2006

Chalk For Peace

People young and old from all over the world are being activated to participate in this GLOBAL Art/Peace project taking place in communities everywhere Sept 16/17thThis effort follows the success of smaller localized Chalk4Peace events in London since 2003
http://www.infinitepossibility.org/chalk and in various locations around the world notably @ The Museum of Modern ARF www.Modernarf.smugmug.com It is hoped that at least one million people will participate in this global outpouring of the heart.I

ndividuals are encouraged to act alone or to organise groups in their local community
to chalk on the pavements/sidewalks and contribute to this global tapestry up to the weekend
of September 16/17 and beyond.“Chalk4Peace represents a new direction in activism. It requires no organisation other that the communication of the idea – it is self organising, using the streets as a form of media that is fully accessible to the general public and moved by the enthusiasm of those who are touched by the concept – Chalk is readily available every where!
– It harmless, temporary, yet offers a unique way to contribute to the global conversation that shapes our culture”.

ON THE WEEKEND OF SEPTEMBER 16 & 17th Chalk4Peace! On the pavements and
sidewalks of our towns and cities You are invited to Take Action!

To Participate in this GLOBAL outpouring of public art. Where we make our personal statements for peace on the pavements and sidewalks of our cities all over our world. Chalk4Peace is happening! All around the globe, together we are decorating, dedicating and declaring, in deep sincerity our collective call for peace. Chalk4Peace is about our
empowerment.

We The People, our global culture, all people everywhere and our common desire to live in peace. The Chalk4Peace project has already transformed the experience of thousands of
people attending demonstrations for peace all over the world during the past 3 years.

Chalk4Peace is both a tool and a conduit for non violent public self expression, and participation in the growing global movement for peace. Chalk4Peace is an opportunity for all ages, especially the young, whose future is in dire jeopardy as our global village falls faster and faster into the fear breeding fear breeding fear spiral.

Our global culture teetering on the edge of extinction. No 1 person alone can turn this around, but together WE CAN! "The Structure of world peace cannot be the work of one man, one party, or one nation. It must be a peace which rests on the cooperative effort of the whole world" ... Eleanor Roosevelt

Our basic human instincts drive us to seek safety. That is what this chaos is all about. Our essential human survival instincts are acting out of context with the wider global cultural need. Everywhere the media is bombarding us with WAR TALK, distractions and negative belief patterns that encourage us to believe that thefuture of our world is out of our hands entirely.

One place we still have communal access to, is our streets. We can balance our conversation
with collective self-expression using OUR STREETS AS OUR MEDIA! Chalk4Peace is one step, a catalyst that can transform our global conversation as we the people, en masse make our statement that is our common aspiration for peace. START NOW!

Just DO IT!

Carry some chalk with you, invite a friend with you, to chalk inspirations on the pavement whenever and wherever you fancy. Chalk is harmless, cheap and washes away within a few days. Especially participate in the Sept 16 – 17th Global Chalk4Peace Action! Make it happen in your Community! Lets us turn our grey streets into a living river of colour and possibility - With poetry, hearts, peace symbols, empowering statements, also expressions of our frustrations and despair. All will be seen for several days by thousands of people, then as they are washed away by the elements we can continue to find fresh places to Chalk4Peace.

We don't need to be an artist to Chalk4Peace. Every statement, however small or large becomes part of the amazing tapestry that is our global future.This unique event conceivably, could be the largest of its kind inmodern history. It is a global effort that is happening.

We The People are spreading the word and making the effort to be a part ofthis huge creative endeavour to bring Peace back into the equation.It is our goal for at least one million or more of us to participate with thissidewalk/pavement chalk extravaganza, at thousands of locations, in as many countries, cities and towns around the world as is possible. So what can you do to help make this happen?

1. Network this email to your friends, contacts and where ever else seems appropriate

2. Join the Yahoo group http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Chalk4Peaceor send a blank email to: mailto:%20Chalk4Peace-subscribe@yahoogroups.comTo network with others around the world who will be Chalking4Peace.

3. Email: mailt:viziondanz@infinitepossibility.orgto let us know what you are doing in your community, and please send us pictures. Or to find out how you can participate in the project.

4. Arrange with you local businesses, libraries, churches, mosques, synagogues, restaurants, supermarkets etc to chalk on the pavement outside their premises on the 16th/ 17th of September and whenever else. Identify public squares such as Trafalgar Square in London and invite all your friends and your friends' friends to show up with a few boxes of chalk, or even get some from your local quarry. Take extra chalk with you to hand out to passers-by.

5. Use this Email as a press release for you local TV, Radio and Newspapers. Let them know that Chalk4Peace is happening ASAP to get the momentum going.

6. Document YOUR Chalk4peace actions with photos and video. Send them to your local media - copies for our website will be greatly appreciated - send to: mailt:viziondanz@infinitepossibility.org7. Engage co-creatively in local communal efforts, strengthen working relationships and find what it takes to stand for peace and freedom.

8. Have lots of FUN and keep on Chalking4Peace after the September event
A List of confirmed and suggested locations can be found here
How did Chalk4Peace begin?"Message in a bottle" http://www.infinitepossibility.org/chalk/message/
http://www.infinitepossibility.org/chalk
http://www.myspace.com/chalk4peace

for Chalk4Peace locations in America http://www.chalk4peace.org/Its time for us to move beyond the “No to War” position and come together "Saying Yes2Peace" http://www.infinitepossibility.org/yes1Lets skip the war bit and just get to the peace…Greet someone new today, look into their eyes, smile, say hello, shake their hand ...

LET THE PEACE BEGIN!

"There is nothing wrong with our world, we are just having a weird conversation".
"Reclaim the conversation"
"Our New World Order IS Love!"
Dedicated to the child inside each one of us, all the children and all the children to come.

http://www.infinitepossibility.org/chalk2006/

Friday, September 08, 2006

Reality Check

Human-induced climate change must be treated as an immediate threat to national security and prosperity, says John Ashton, the UK's climate change envoy. He argues that we must secure a stable climate whatever the cost, as failure to do so will cost far more.

"We need to treat climate change not as a long term threat to our environment but as an immediate threat to our security and prosperity The first priority of any government is to provide the conditions necessary for security and prosperity in return for the taxes that citizens pay.

Climate change is potentially the most serious threat there has ever been to this most fundamental of social contracts.

On 28 August 2005, New Orleans was a prosperous, stable and relatively harmonious city. By the next evening, most of its population had been driven from their homes and lacked access to electricity, food, fresh water and medical services.

Within a week, gunmen roamed the streets as law and order broke down; simmering racial and political tensions exploded as the buck for dealing with the catastrophe - as well as preventing it - was hurled about. For months, neighbouring cities and states were inundated with refugees as the political and racial stresses spilled across the country. New Orleans is unlikely ever fully to recover.

Hurricane Katrina hit a city in the world's richest nation. If anywhere should have been resilient enough to deal with the force of nature, it was the United States.

The economic and security impacts of extreme climatic events in more vulnerable regions, such as Africa and South Asia, or more strategically important regions, like the Middle East, will be more dramatic.

We can see this already in Africa. A major contributing factor to the conflict in Darfur has been a shift in rainfall that has put nomadic herders and settled pastoralists into conflict with each other.

Economic threat

You cannot use military force to make everyone else on the planet reduce their carbon emissions

Conflict always has multiple causes, but a changing climate amplifies all the other factors. Katrina and Darfur illustrate how an unstable climate will make it harder to deliver security unless we act more effectively now to neutralise the threat.

Our prosperity is also at stake. Europe's economic health increasingly depends on a thriving Chinese economy. Should China falter as we progress through this century, European pension funds would struggle to earn the returns necessary to pay our pensions. As Europe's population ages, the drag on our economies would be immense.

China's economy is one of the most vulnerable to a changing climate. China is already planning to divert water hundreds of kilometres from the south, where it is currently abundant, to the arid but populous north, in order to maintain economic stability. But that plan will fail if the Himalayan glaciers that feed China's southern rivers continue to melt at an accelerating rate because of a rising temperature.

Last week, Professor John Holdren, the newly elected president of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and a distinguished scientist not noted for sensational pronouncements, told the BBC: "We are not talking any more about what climate models say might happen in the future. We are experiencing dangerous human disruption of the global climate and we are going to experience more."

What this means is that we need to treat climate change not as a long-term threat to our environment but as an immediate threat to our security and prosperity.

We need to see a stable climate as a public good without which it will become increasingly difficult to deliver the other public goods that citizens rightly expect from those who govern them.

We need to see the pursuit of a stable climate as an imperative to be secured whatever it costs through the urgent construction of a low carbon global economy, because the cost of not securing it will be far greater.

Hard talking

Military might is not an option in the war on climate, says Mr Ashton
This poses a challenge. Governments have traditionally invested in instruments of hard power as a backstop against the consequences of political and diplomatic failure.

But there is no hard power option either for mitigating climate change or for dealing with its direct impacts. You cannot use military force to make everyone else on the planet reduce their carbon emissions. No weapon system can halt the advance of a hurricane bearing down on a city, or stem the rising sea, or stop the glaciers melting.

If we want to achieve climate security, governments will need to invest more resources in the emerging techniques of soft power. There is no backstop: the politics and diplomacy have to work.

Governments will need, as a matter of security, to build the avenues of trust and opportunity that will divert investment from high carbon to low carbon infrastructure.

They will need to negotiate the agreements that will enable us to do that cost-effectively and without divisive market distortions. They will need to design and mobilise coalitions of mutual interest across sectoral and cultural boundaries to transform the way we supply and consume energy, achieve mobility, and use land.

And they will need to do all of this very fast. It is now becoming increasingly clear that it is what we do in the next 15 years that matters most.

The technologies to avoid an even more unstable climate are already available. Deploying them rapidly is well within what we can afford. What is needed is an investment internationally of political imagination backed up by public resources on the scale that publics routinely expect for the more traditional aspects of national security.

But, as scientists like John Holdren are warning with mounting urgency, the window of opportunity is rapidly closing.

If we fail to see this threat to security very soon for what it is and make our dispositions accordingly, we will end up paying far more and experiencing more insecurity."

John Ashton is the UK foreign secretary's special representative for climate change and a visiting professor at Imperial College London. This article reflects his personal views
The Green Room is a series of opinion pieces on environmental issues running weekly on the BBC News website

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/sci/tech/5323512.stm

Monday, September 04, 2006

Go in peace Steve, We'll miss ya!

Australian environmentalist and television personality Steve Irwin has died during a diving accident.

Mr Irwin, 44, was killed by a stingray barb to the chest while he was filming an underwater documentary in Queensland's Great Barrier Reef. Paramedics from the nearby city of Cairns rushed to treat him at the scene but were unable to save him.

Mr Irwin was known for his television show The Crocodile Hunter and his work with native Australian wildlife. Police in Queensland confirmed the naturalist's death and said his family had been notified. Mr Irwin was married with two young children.

"It is believed that Mr Irwin collapsed after being stung by a stingray at Batt Reef off Port Douglas at about 11:00 am (0100 GMT)," a police statement quoted by AFP news agency said.
"His crew called for medical treatment and the Queensland medical helicopter responded, however Mr Irwin had died."

Mr Irwin had built up what was a small reptile park in Queensland into what is now Australia Zoo, a major centre for Australian wildlife.

Mr Irwin's documentaries were shown around the world. He was famous for handling dangerous creatures such as crocodiles, snakes and spiders, and his documentaries on his work with crocodiles drew a worldwide audience. But he also courted controversy with a series of stunts.
He sparked outrage across Australia after cradling his one-month-old son a metre away from the reptile during a show at Australia Zoo.

A probe was also launched to investigate whether Mr Irwin and his team interacted too closely with penguins and whales while filming in the Antarctic, but no action was taken.
Foreign Minister Alexander Downer praised Mr Irwin for his work to promote Australia.

"The minister knew him, was fond of him and was very, very appreciative of all the work he'd done to promote Australia overseas," Mr Downer's spokesman said.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/asia-pacific/5311298.stm