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1 don davis on Aug 22, 2008

Is the best course the continuation of standard language with terms like God?  Normally, the response would be yes.  But today the term God has become so polluted by the religious right and greed advocates that its effectiveness as a short cut to represent our world and the life existence therein may be counter productive?

2 rube cretin on Aug 22, 2008

A person my age who still has hope and is an optimist simply has not been paying attention. He has blinders on because he simply could not face the world without them.  Me… I can face the world, I have good bourbon.


3 Laura on Aug 23, 2008

Aside from the bit with God (I do not ascribe to Christianity), I feel very much the same as Peter.  I am not an optimist about the future of our world, but my hope, my desire to be proven wrong, drives me to make this Earth better.  This sometimes confuses people but I immediately found kinship in Peter’s words.

4 rube cretin on Aug 23, 2008

The road that is built in hope is more pleasant to the traveler than the road built in despair, even though they both lead to the same destination.  ~Marian Zimmer Bradley

5 Lewis of Elan on Aug 24, 2008

Peter, thankyou for your calm and uplifting text.

I was raised to view an injury to Creation as being “a sin against the Holy Spirit.”
Over a lifetime since it seems that only the term needs revising, to include alternates such as as Holy Ghost, Great Spirit, Hu, Dau, and others, if we are to unite effectively around the Earth.

Having been a campaigner on climate destabilization since the ‘80s, I still have hope, but it is only maintained via a rather dispassionate view of strategy.

It maybe needs saying that whatever energy saving I make, and whatever sustainable energy I sponsor, these do nothing whatsoever to cut the global sales of fossil fuels; society is burning all it can get.

What is more, until all nations accept binding constraints, effectively none are doing so to a significant extent.

Thus the ratification of a Treaty of the Atmospheric Commons, that is necessarily both equitable and efficient should, I suggest, be our pre-eminent goal.

To this end the London-based Global Commons Institute ( launched the global climate-policy framework of “Contraction & Convergence” back in the early ‘90s.

Briefly, it can be seen as:

of global greenhouse gas emissions to respect the Earth’s capacity,

of all nations’ emission rights to per capita parity.

Over the years the framework has gained widespread scientific, ecumenical, commercial and official endorsements, with the latter including those of the EU parliament plus France & Germany, the African nations, and India, Pakistan & Bangladesh, among others.

I hope you may find time to visit the website and to consider the merits of campaigning for this focus on the requisite global treaty.

With best wishes,


6 nodsavid on Aug 24, 2008

Population control or alternatively the discovery of a power source to lift us to other star systems is the only hope.  Energy is swiftly draining away and humankind’s niche as the recycler of hydrocarbons is well established.  There is no hope that this will change.

7 Rube Cretin on Aug 24, 2008

i agree.  There are now 6.7 billion humans on the planet which can only support an estimated 800 million on the renewable solar budget. These excess humans have been made possible by the stores of ancient sunlight found in petroleum, natural gas and coal.  Peak oil has occurred, resource wars have begun, and the four horseman are riding across the world.  Over 3 billion no longer have access to this life giving energy and many starve everyday.  it’s already happening, it just ain’t equally distributed yet.  The problem is we humans love to fornicate and just adore little children.  Most religions encourage this insanity.

8 Robert Riversong on Aug 25, 2008

Peter expresses well the true font of perseverance in the effort to sustain creation. Yet he also expresses a contradiction that activists often fall prey to.

He begins by sharing that his hope moves him to urgent action, and concludes by describing the long struggle for meaningful and lasting change.

In my many years of social activism, I’ve found that it is people of faith who know how to pace themselves for the long road and how to maintain hope in the face of apparent defeat.

What gives them that abiding perseverance is an understanding of the difference between what is urgent and what is important. The seemingly urgent (need for new technologies and legislation, etc) distracts us from what is truly important - values, connection, community, and a sense of divine purpose.

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