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Hope is the torch that shines light on the plague of darkness

The Garden of Eden (Bereshit’ by Yoram Raanan)

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My Message to all the brave and committed youth, the activists, the civil societies, NGOs, and all others gathered in Montreal yearning for a better world: We Must Never Lose Hope: ‘Earth Is A Mother that Never Dies.’

'When There is Hope in the Future,There is Power in the Present’-Zig Ziglar

Today must be  the Day We begin to Reimagine and Hope for a Better World

‘It is hope that can give meaning to life and which will give us the courage

to continue on our way into the future together.’

 We must remain positive. We must remain hopeful. 

And We must not Despair, but Walk On

Yes, we shall overcome, we will be able to save our beautiful world. Hope is our inspiration.

I Refuse to give up Hope: Earth Is A Mother that Never Dies
Hope and Humanity to Save Our Mother Earth and Nature, History Will Judge the Complicit

All the Best Wishes to Montreal. We are Looking Up to You for Inspiration.

Humans v nature: our long and destructive journey to the age of extinction’

The biodiversity crisis in numbers - a visual guide

‘Humanity has become a weapon of mass extinction and governments must end the “orgy of destruction.”... ‘We are out of harmony with nature. In fact, we are playing an entirely different song. Around the world, for hundreds of years, we have conducted a cacophony of chaos, played with instruments of destruction. Deforestation and desertification are creating wastelands of once-thriving ecosystems.’... ‘Our land, water and air are poisoned by chemicals and pesticides, and choked with plastics … The most important lesson we impart to children is to take responsibility for their actions. What example are we setting when we ourselves are failing this basic test?’- UN secretary general, António Guterres,  addressing the biodiversity Cop15.

“As far as biodiversity is concerned, we are at war with nature. We need to make peace with nature. Because nature is what sustains everything on Earth … the science is unequivocal.”-Inger Andersen, executive director, the UN environment programme.

‘We do not have any respect, let alone reverence, for the world of nature because we do not fundamentally have any respect, let alone reverence, for ourselves. It is because we have lost the sense of our own reality that we have lost the sense of every other reality as well.’-Philip Sherrard

Congratulations Humans, You have finally done it: From inside out You are now fully Plasticised!

Congratulations Humans, You have finally done it: You have now suffocated the world!

Congratulations Humans, You have finally done it: You have set the oceans on fire

Congratulations Humans, You have finally done it: You have set the world on fire

Therefore, the pertinent question must surely be: Do we love the world enough to look after it, to save it?

A replica of some the world’s oldest known cave paintings in Chauvet cave, France

‘A replica of cave paintings in Chauvet cave, France, created around 36,000 years ago. More than 178 species of megafauna are estimated to have been driven to extinction between 52,000 and 9,000BC.'- Photo: Patrick Aventurier/Getty Images/ via The Guardian

‘The story of the damage done to the world’s biodiversity is a tale of decline spanning thousands of years. Can the world seize its chance to change the narrative?’
Humans v nature: our long and destructive journey to the age of extinction

‘More than 10,000 scientists, government officials and activists will gather in Montreal this week for the world’s most important biodiversity conference, eager to hammer out a deal to stem habitat loss around the world and preserve sensitive ecosystems.

‘The UN Cop15 biodiversity summit opens on Tuesday (6 Dec 2022), and will see countries negotiate this decade’s targets for protecting nature after more than two years of pandemic-related delays and just over two weeks since the end of the Cop27 climate meeting in Egypt…’- Leyland Cecco, writing for the Age of extinction, The Guardian.

UN Biodiversity Conference (COP 15)

‘A million animal and plant species are perilously close to extinction.

Their fate and ours are intimately connected.’- The Guardian

‘In an essay entitled The Sense of Wonder, the American conservationist Rachel Carson suggested two questions to make us think more deeply about our natural environment. “What if I had never seen this before? What if I knew I would never see it again?”

'Published in 1955, Carson’s call to mindfulness was influential in the burgeoning postwar environmental movement. But despite the campaigners’ best efforts, the sense of jeopardy lurking within her second question is now acute. Wild animal populations are declining annually by about 2.5% as a result of habitat loss, invasive species, pollution, climate change, overfishing and overhunting. Since 1970, overall numbers are down by 69%. Livestock and the human beings who farm them now account for 96% of all the mammals on Earth. The Sumatran tiger, the Bornean orangutan and the hellbender salamander are among the million animal and plant species judged perilously close to extinction.

'In Canada this week, conservationists will attempt to persuade the world’s governments to summon up the will to address this crisis. Like the climate emergency, it is the direct consequence of human activity, but has nothing like the same high profile. The Montreal Cop15 summit – which begins on Wednesday – is part of the wider Cop process launched in 1992, when the United Nations established three separate conventions on climate change, biodiversity and desertification. But since then, despite 196 nations signing up for action, the record on biodiversity has been one of lamentable failure. Of 20 targets set at the last major summit in Japan in 2010 – ranging from tackling pollution to protecting coral reefs – none were fully met. In the recent words of Andrew Terry, the director of conservation at the Zoological Society of London, “absolutely no progress has been made” in slowing the rate of species attrition.

'There is no coming back from extinction, so Montreal is an opportunity that the planet cannot afford to miss. But a paradigm shift is required to make progress…’- Editorial, The Guardian

 N.B. The GCGI has, since its foundation in 2002, been at the forefront of the struggles to highlight, address and suggest sustainable policies to heal, nurture, protect and save our environment.  

Thus, to celebrate the works of Cop15 and to highlight the urgency of this project to heal and save our home, our mother nature and our sacred earth, I very much wish to note a selection of postings from our GCGI archive:

'Earth Is A Mother Who Never Dies’- A saying from the Diné (or Navajo) people

'Quite simply, Gaia is life. She is all, the very soul of the earth. She is a goddess who, by all accounts, inhabits the planet,

offering life and nourishment to all her children. In the ancient civilizations, she was revered as mother, nurturer and giver of life. It’s she who created and sustained us, and to whom we returned upon death.'-Greeting Goddess Gaia Image via Mystic Investigations

World in Chaos and Despair: The Healing Power of Mother Earth

'We are an integral part of Nature, which we cherish, revere and preserve in all its magnificent beauty and diversity. We strive to live in harmony with Nature locally and globally. We acknowledge the inherent value of all life, human and non-human, and treat all living beings with compassion and respect.'

'In the absence of the sacred, nothing is sacred. Everything is for sale.' - Oren R. Lyons, Faithkeeper of the Turtle clan

Imagining and Taking Action to Build a Better World

…And Being Transformed by Nature

The Wisdom of Mother Nature belongs to all Life.

Let be guided and inspired by Her and Save the Web of Life

The Tree of Wisdom, Old whimsical tree in the Wicklow forest, Ireland.- Photo by Jenny Rainbow

'Be like the sun for grace and mercy.

Be like the night to cover others’ faults.

Be like running water for generosity.

Be like death for rage and anger.

Be like the Earth for modesty.

Appear as you are.

Be as you appear.'- Rumi

First, a message to Canada, the Cop15 Host:

‘This is the world's most destructive oil operation.’: A clear example of Ecocide?

‘Tar sands: tearing the flesh from the Earth.’

A landscape created by a love of oil.- Photo: The Ecologist

‘Nature and Me’: ‘200 words to protect the planet’

Mining in Canada: No native spirituality, No children dancing, No prayers- Ottawa urged

Way before there was Canada, there was Tahltan People. We need their wisdom now more than ever before

Detroit and Windsor: The Curse of the tar sands of Alberta

 And now, more selections from our archive:

We are not the Masters, We are the Servants: Time to Reassess our Relationship with Nature

World in Chaos and Despair: The Healing Power of Nature-Based Education

On the 250th Birthday of William Wordsworth Let Nature be our Wisest Teacher

The prophetic legacy of John Ruskin: A Man ahead of his time

A Call to Parents and Grandparents to Protect and Save Mother Nature in the Interest of Their Children and Grandchildren

‘Nature and Me’: Realigning and Reconnecting with Mother Nature’s Wisdom- A Five Part Guide

Wolves, Yellowstone and Sustainability

Climate Change, Environmental Degradation and the Rise of COVID-19

Detaching Nature from Economics is ‘Burning the Library of Life’

The IPCC Report- I Refuse to give up Hope: Earth Is A Mother that Never Dies

Today is Earth Overshoot Day 2021: We have exhausted and plundered our Mother Earth

Do we love the world enough to look after it, to save it?

We need to come together to stop the plunder of the commons

Water is Life and a Global Common Good: The Privatisation and financialisation of Water is a Crime Against Humanity

Beauty Will Save the World

‘Nature and Me’: ‘Nature as a Cure for the Sickness of Modern Times’

‘Nature and Me’: ‘200 words to protect the planet’

'Nature and Me': Educating the Heart and the Soul of Children to Build a Better World

'Nature and Me': Unlocking a New Vision for a Better World

‘Nature and Me’: A Beautiful and Inspiring Path to repair our relationship with life

Embrace the Spirituality of the Autumn Equinox and Discover What it Means to be Human

Detaching Nature from Economics is ‘Burning the Library of Life’

Mother Earth is Crying: A Path to Spiritual Ecology and Sustainability

Congratulations Humans, You have finally done it: From inside out You are now fully Plasticised!

By Forgetting Mother Nature- We have Now Ended Up with This unenviable World

The future that awaits the human venture: A Story from a Wise and Loving Teacher

The healing power of ‘Dawn’ at this time of coronavirus crisis

Coronavirus and the New Tapestry of Life: The time is now to rediscover our true selves

Are you physically and emotionally drained? I know of a good and cost-free solution!

 Nature is the model to teach business how to thrive

Discovering Sustainable Education

Biomimicry: Learning from Nature

Life, Living and the Journey: The Vision that Speaks to You

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