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Earth Day 2010!

April 22nd, 2010

Picture-153April 22nd marks the 40th anniversary of Earth Day. Forty years after the first Earth Day, the world is in greater peril than ever. While climate change is the greatest challenge of our time, it also presents the greatest opportunity – an unprecedented opportunity to build a healthy, prosperous, clean energy economy now and for the future. Consumption patterns also pose a threat. Today’s consumption is undermining the environmental resource base and exacerbating inequalities.

Daniel LeBlanc, OMI – now in Bolivia for the Alternative Climate Summit sent the following for our contemplation and action on Earth Day:

Resources:

“The Story of Stuff”

Season for the Earth Resources

Earth Day 2010 Climate Declaration

A PRAYER FOR SANITY IN THE NUCLEAR AGE

Loving Creator –

We mourn and remember.

We remember the tragedy, the loss, and the pain of our actions.

We remember those dark clouds we created that took the breath of life.

You have provided us with abilities to create;

Yet we have used them to undo.

We have fashioned swords of mass destruction and fallen upon them.

We have used our collective abilities for suicide…

Help us not just to remember, but to recognize.

To take responsibility.

To be responsible for the precious yet delicate gift of life you have given us.

Help us to be responsible with our abilities:

To use them for life and the flourishing of life.

Help us to continue to call out: “We will study war no more.”

And help us to twist the swords of destruction into pruning hooks and plowshares.

Help us that we might turn the tide of loss, tragedy, and pain toward your will for life and love.

In your many wonderful names.

Amen

Prepared for use at the Interfaith Convocation of the NPT Review Conference, Rally, March and Festival May 2nd, 2010, by Preston Davis, Union Theological Seminary and Fellowship of Reconciliation.

See also the Litany for Sanity in the Nuclear Age (below).

Haiti & Kenya: A Unique Global South Partnership

Since 2007 the Green Belt Movement of Kenya has partnered with the Lambi Fund of Haiti to address economic and environmental challenges at the grassroots level. Now this unique long-term partnership is adapting to the effects of the devastating earthquake in January. Read more…

MDG Summit:

Only five years remain to achieve the MDGs, and despite some progress we are falling short. Now improvements in the lives of the poorest are being further eroded by the onset of global economic, food and climate crises. UN Member States will come together this September for an MDG Summit. To keep civil society stakeholders informed on the latest developments related to the summit process, the UN Millennium Campaign and the UN Non-Governmental Liaison Service (UN-NGLS) have launched a new website http://www.un-ngls.org/spip.php?page=mdg2010 . You can also find information on the General Assembly Interactive Session on the MDGs (4-13-10) see below.

POST COPENHAGEN:

More than three months have gone by since the Copenhagen Accord was adopted at the UN Climate Change Conference (COP-15) in Denmark last December, where differing opinions abounded as to whether the Conference had been a success or an outright failure. In the wake of Copenhagen, there has been frustration and confusion over how governments will be able to move forward on reaching a legally binding treaty to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Follow this story and more through the UN’s NGLS Civil Society Observer at: http://www.un-ngls.org/spip.php?article2237

WORLD PEOPLE’S CONFERENCE ON CLIMATE CHANGE AND THE RIGHTS OF MOTHER EARTH

– Cochabamba, Bolivia – April 19th to 22nd 2010

More than 20,000 people of civil society from 142 countries are participating actively in this effort to bring concrete proposals to all countries who will once again try to negotiate a serious agreement in regards to climate change in Mexico in December of this year. There are also official representatives of 47 countries participating. In two more days the results of this conference and work on the part of civil society will be available, as is a great deal of information, at the following (in Spanish and English) – http://pwccc.wordpress.com/

Litany for Sanity in the Nuclear Age

May we remember and mourn

Those who died in Hiroshima and Nagasaki

Those who use their gifts to create weapons of mass destruction

Those who have died of cancer and disease from exposure to nuclear tests

Those who today suffer from these diseases and those not yet born who will

Those islands that were destroyed in nuclear weapons tests

Those who would sow fear by threatening to use nuclear weapons

Those who fund new generations of weaponry

Those who profit from the manufacture of nuclear weapons.

WE REMEMBER AND MOURN

WE LIFT UP OUR VOICES IN LAMENTATION

WE CRY OUT FOR FORGIVENESS ANE REDEMPTION

We who are silent in the face of madness

When nuclear weapons are developed and deployed around the world

When monies are allocated to the development of new weapons

When world leaders threaten to use nuclear weapons in war

When our investments, our pension funds, are used to build weapons

When we still our consciences rather than speak out

When we hear hateful speech and do not object

When voices of belligerence escalate and put us all at odds with one another

When our children and grandchildren to the 7th generation are put at risk

Of damnation and extinction

WE REMEMBER AND MOURN

WE LIFT UP OUR VOICES IN RESISTANCE AND APPEAL

WE SING OUT FOR WISDOM AND DELIVERANCE

I call to mind that which I cannot bear to imagine life without, lost forever

The sweet fruit and grains of the earth and daily sustenance

The music of children laughing in play

The warm embrace of family and friends

The earth as seen from the moon, green and blue

The world as seen through the eyes of peace without borders

The dew of dawn and the soft breeze of sunset

The sunlight beams on clover leaf and pine

The awe of creation and echoes of the creator spirit

WE REMEMBER AND MOURN

WE OPEN OUR IMAGINATIONS AND HEARTS TO MEMORIES YET TO BE MADE

WE CALL OUT FOR LEADERSHIP AND RESOLVE

Hear me as I commit to myself and to you, neighbor, friend, fellow living being

My heart, I will soften and open to my brothers and sisters around the world

My neighbor, I will love as myself.

My nation, I will call to account for bringing peace and justice to the world

My species and all living things, I will cherish, protect and celebrate.

WE REMEMBER AND WE MOURN

BUT WE DO NOT DESPAIR

WE DO NOT ACCEPT

WE FEAR NOT

WE LIVE

AND

WE LOVE

Prepared for use as part of the Interfaith Convocation of the NPT Review Conference, Rally, March and Festival May 2nd, 2010

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