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CANARIES OF THE CLIMATE CHANGE COAL MINE, PART 2

By guest blogger, Alan Watson Featherstone. Whilst climate change is a serious and immediate challenge, it is not the most severe threat to the fabric of life on our planet. During the last million years or so, the Earth has gone through a number of alternating Ice Ages and warm interglacial periods – we are … Continue reading CANARIES OF THE CLIMATE CHANGE COAL MINE, PART 2

Canaries of the climate change coal mine, Part 1

By guest blogger, Alan Watson Featherstone. Over a hundred years ago, when coal mining in the UK was producing the fossil fuels that first drove the industrial revolution, canaries were used as early warning signals of danger. One of the hazards faced by miners then was the release of toxic gases, particularly carbon monoxide, to … Continue reading Canaries of the climate change coal mine, Part 1

Women, Cancer and Climate Change

By conference convener, Stephanie Mines. Women are more vulnerable to the effects of climate change then men, according to UN Women Watch. When biodiversity decreases along with food supplies women deteriorate faster than men. They tend to give up their food opportunities to others, particularly children. Deforestation burdens women in poor countries because they’re the ones … Continue reading Women, Cancer and Climate Change

Evolving Into Sustainable Healthcare

By conference convener, Stephanie Mines. My early childhood was a test of my will to be. During some of the most challenging periods, such as when sexual abuse was occurring, I would have preferred not to continue to live. But that option, tempting as it was, was not one I could ever thoroughly embrace although … Continue reading Evolving Into Sustainable Healthcare

THE MAKING OF AN ACTIVIST SONGSTRESS

By conference convener, Stephanie Mines. Amongst activists, climate change draws out an innate desire to engage and connect with the human spirit. It aligns us with climate justice and arouses the creativity that is the mainstay of problem solving. This is where resilience can originate; in an upsurge of commitment to future generations. With this … Continue reading THE MAKING OF AN ACTIVIST SONGSTRESS

The Miracle of the Light

By guest blogger, Pupak Haghighi, with an introduction by conference convener, Stephanie Mines. “The transition to a fair, decent, democratic and sustainable society will require transferring power to competent and thoughtful citizen agents.” ~ David Orr Shift your gaze and soften your focus; you can see between worlds. I learned to do this in the … Continue reading The Miracle of the Light

Art as Climate Change Activism

By conference convener, Stephanie Mines. “The future of mankind will, I am perfectly certain, include a return to simplicity. Art will not merely join the trend: It will actively help in bringing it about.” Swami Kriyananda, Art as a Hidden Message: A Guide to Self-Realization What is the relationship between art and consciousness and, to … Continue reading Art as Climate Change Activism

The Voice of Dark Mountain

By guest blogger, Margaret Elphinstone, with an introduction by conference convener, Stephanie Mines. Margaret Elphinstone is one of Scotland's greatest novelists. She belongs to a collective called Dark Mountain where writers explore some of the most agonizing aspects of climate change, such as species extinction. I first met Margaret at Moniach Mhor, a writing retreat … Continue reading The Voice of Dark Mountain

THE ARTISTS OF CCC19

By conference convener, Stephanie Mines. Returning the other day to the US after three months in Europe I went first to the Sandy River and the Oxbow Reserve near my home in Oregon. Gratitude inundated me as I entered the shelter of the ancient trees. My steps were soft on the cushioned layers that carpet every … Continue reading THE ARTISTS OF CCC19

ENTREPRENEUR WITH A CONSCIENCE

By conference convener, Stephanie Mines. Long before it was considered fashionable, George Goudsmit sought both extrinsic and intrinsic value from his acute business acumen. With a sharpened appreciation for innovative thinking, he balanced fiscal success with ethical products and principled professional procedures. His intense interest in new technologies and fair business tactics have created a … Continue reading ENTREPRENEUR WITH A CONSCIENCE