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2014.05: Dealing with Years of Living Dangerously

Hi all you good people who sometimes also read the texts that come with Kachana Photos of the Month.

Those of you who open the links... As we get older we tell ourselves we are time-poor… and don’t our life-styles often remind us of the fact?

None of us have the time to do everything we wish to do, and we all know that “I have not got the time to XYZ” actually means “I have things that I want to do that I think are more important than XYZ”.

So while I know that we all have things that are more urgent, and things that we think are more important, I would still request you to, sometime this week, put aside an hour to view this movie: https://www.google.com/search?q=Years+of+Living+Dangerously+Premiere+Full+Episode&ie=utf-8&oe=utf-8&aq=t&rls={moz:distributionID}:{moz:locale}:{moz:official}

Preferably together with people who are important to you; especially if they/you are young adults.

To an extent it is informative.

Some details could perhaps be worded in a manner that is scientifically more appropriate, but the message should be clear: The evidence of our role in what is taking place on this planet is building. (For many of us that role is attached to a responsibility. A responsibility that is in proportion to the privileges that we exercise.)

The movie has several threads running and it flicks from one to the other. Harrison Ford is telling what happens with forestry in south east Asia, a researcher from TTU is in another with a focus on Plainview, Texas, another is about the link between drought and civil war in Syria.

The bottom line: - it is provocative (at least I hope that it provokes thought and discussion, and effective action) - it brings us bad news (Circle of concern) - it also brings us liberating news (Circle of influence) There is a common thread to the current migrations from the land to the city, from conflict-zones to zones of lesser conflict, from sea-level to higher ground, out of Africa…

The very same thread that in 1979 led me to migrate to Australia at the age of 22; at the time as a “life-style refugee”. I was privileged, I was fortunate, but I never forgot the reasons behind the decisions to leave the land where I was born.

What we are attempting to do on Kachana will hopefully play a small part in providing solutions that respect the age-old human desire to live, to grow old and to die with dignity.

Thank you and may the season be kind to you and may we all contribute to kinder seasons!

Chris

 

Links relating to the film: The Movie: https://www.google.com/search?q=Years+of+Living+Dangerously+Premiere+Full+Episode&ie=utf-8&oe=utf-8&aq=t&rls={moz:distributionID}:{moz:locale}:{moz:official}

http://katharinehayhoe.com/

Links relating to what we can do: (Circle of influence)

Some you may have already seen, some you might wish to see again or to forward.

1. What if you could save the planet by eating better Food? – Joel Salatin answers the question… 9 minutes in The POLYFACES Trailer: http://vimeo.com/81468461 

2. Watch “Creative Farming - Inner Compass” by Calvin College: http://vimeo.com/37522444 (30 min Interview with Joel Salatin.)

3. How can I eat a better “story”?: www.chakula.com

4. Waste=Food concept: New models of urban development based on principles observed in the natural world offer a way forward to modern life-styles: http://vimeo.com/3237777

5. Allan Savory’s TED talk: http://www.ted.com/talks/allan_savory_how_to_green_the_world_s_deserts_and_reverse_climate_change

6. Majora Carter’s tale of urban renewal:

http://www.ted.com/talks/majora_carter_s_tale_of_urban_renewal

 

7. S. Jewel telling her story at the National Carbon Farming Conference 2014: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ymsdknPnLXU (15 min)

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