Come together to be the clue

February 20th, 2017

In this era of fake news, mass migration, political instability, and climate crisis, people need a clue more than ever. As a country, we face threats to democracy, freedom, and the environment. People are taking to the streets and fields challenging powerful interests against steep odds. On the front lines, Native Americans have come together, along with veterans, climate activists, and other allies, to obstruct those who would jeopardize their land and water with an oil pipeline. Water belongs to all. Water is Life!

Recently, more than three million men and women marched in cities around the globe in an historic demonstration on behalf of human rights. In aerial images, humanity looks like one organism, a higher collective consciousness yearning for justice, truth, and harmony. Here in America we are engaged in a global social experiment, a melting pot and multi-colored tapestry of cultures and religions, founded on the ideals of liberty and equality. We are the Dream for the rest of the world. If we can find harmony here, the whole world can find harmony. When we come together as one, we experience the power of collective consciousness.

On Earth Day, April 22nd, scientists and their supporters all over the country will hold a March for Science. As a universal language, science is an established consensus of many, a global agreement about the facts, and a skeptical methodology that tests for truth and accuracy. In the 2015 Paris agreement, the countries of the world agreed to mitigate global warming by pledging to reduce emissions. The whole world got a clue by using scientific methods, peer-reviewed evidence, and consensus according to academic standards. Here in the U.S., scientific perspectives are being removed from federal websites, and scientists are concerned that their data may be next. Casting doubt on science rules the day. We must move forward in accordance with our best understanding of who we are. We must look to science, our collective understanding, to provide the best possible perspective. We are one people on one planet, our only home.

We must continue to act to bring about a more harmonious world. We need to come together face-to-face, meeting regularly in small groups, in circle. Not just to dance, eat, and enjoy each others company, but to gather our collective energy and to focus it on our vision and values. Our vision is that of a world in harmony, a world At-One. Our values are those of truth, equality, respect and love for all life, our planet, our Universe. By joining together with others, you can empower the resistance and help bring about a new paradigm of Truth, Love, and Science.

To strengthen your grip on sanity and hope, find people with a clue and meet weekly over food, and take some time to celebrate your human rites of music, art, dance, drum, song, and story. Revel in a direct experience of At-Onement. Build a supportive network and shared infrastructure that helps sustain you all physically, emotionally, and spiritually. Explore creatively effective ways to support action on behalf of the Earth, Life, and Consciousness. Learn to prioritize better choices for Air, Water, Food, and Energy. Grow your Consciousness in the wisdom and power of the circle.

To really make a difference,, use the religious freedom granted by the first Amendment of the Bill of Rights to turn your circle into a legal church with its own school, garden, childcare, and whatever community development, social services, or businesses it wants, mostly tax-exempt and free from government interference. You have more power than you realize.

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The whole world gets a clue

December 23rd, 2015

After historic negotiations held by the Conference of Parties (COP) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change held in Paris, all 196 countries in the world have agreed to the first climate deal that commits all countries to cutting emissions of greenhouse gasses that contribute to global warming.
BBC World News reports that the COP 2015 agreement calls for all countries:

• To peak greenhouse gas emissions as soon as possible and achieve a balance between sources and sinks of greenhouse gases in the second half of this century
• To keep global temperature increase “well below” 2C (3.6F) and to pursue efforts to limit it to 1.5C
• To review progress every five years
• $100 billion a year in climate finance for developing countries by 2020, with a commitment to further finance in the future.

The whole world just got a clue about climate change! This global agreement, part voluntary, part legally-binding, could be a lot stronger, but it does give us hope for the future. Climate activists in Paris used their creativity to show that there are red lines that must not be crossed, that only a 1.5 degrees Celsius limit offers a chance of saving many coastal lands and island nations, and that wealthy countries must aid the most vulnerable.

Though much more remains to be done, our shared climate crisis is a planetary opportunity for humanity to work together towards a vision of an equitable, peaceful, and sustainable world. People with a clue would stop global warming and global warring, right? Research shows it is possible to go 100 percent renewable energy without wrecking the economy. What innovations we would see! We can do this.

Our choices create our spirit. It’s up to us.

To Change Everything, We Need Everyone

September 29th, 2014

Over 400,000 people participated in the People’s Climate March (September 2014) in New York City, along with over 2500 solidarity events around the world, representing all of us who care about the future. Take a moment to reflect on these messages from the different marching blocs:
It takes everyone to change everything;
The debate is over;
We know who is responsible;
We have solutions;
We can build the future;
Honor those on the front lines of crisis, the forefront of change.

Participants paused in silence to reflect for a few minutes on the consequences of climate chaos to those on the frontlines, including indigenous communities and farmers, coastal and island people, desert to forest dwellers, and all those who suffer environmental injustice. A most inspiring and unifying message was demonstrated so beautifully that it now defines our global climate movement: To change everything, we need everyone.

Together, we are the clue!

Our New Normal

September 19th, 2014

Climate change is upon us. Winter without snow? We know what that feels like now. The hottest August ever recorded? Just happened. Wildfires are bigger than ever, and in California, fire season lasts all year. Droughts, dust, fire, and deluge are becoming part of our new normal.

Scientists have studied the effect of increased carbon in the air for over 100 years. It’s a matter of physics and chemistry. The amount of carbon recorded in the atmosphere every month now exceeds 400 parts per million. Scientists tell us that any amount over 350 ppm is not conducive to life and civilization as we know it. We already see more extreme weather events, ocean warming and acidification, and record-breaking temperatures. To prevent climate chaos, we must promote low-carbon economies with renewable energies like solar, wind, water, geothermal, and others.

At the UN Climate Summit 2014 in NYC, over 125 world leaders met to discuss a more coordinated response to this global crisis. The World Meterological Organization (WMO) displayed imaginary Weather Reports for the Future, depicting likely local impacts of global climate change. According to the WMO, average global temperatures in the year 2050 could rise more than 4°C (7.2°F) if greenhouse gas emissions are not stemmed. Are you ready for a new normal of unbearable heat waves, mega-droughts, massive flooding, super storms, dying coral reefs, less diverse marine life, and the drowning of coasts and islands due to rising sea-levels?

Climate change is a disturbing subject, but it should not be a controversial one. The science is in. We may disagree about how to transition from a fossil fuel economy or which solutions to prioritize, but we must heed scientific warnings about dangerous tipping points. We can and should make changes in our personal lives, choosing sustainable practices such as reducing, reusing, and recycling and making voluntary simplicity a way of life. We must also support social, economic, and political changes to address the costs of climate chaos now and in the future. People with a clue need to promote and protect our Big Four values: clean air and water, healthy food, and renewable energy. For a more livable future, we must reduce carbon emissions now! Make climate action part of your new normal. Be the clue!

We have the power

May 9th, 2014

The National Climate Assessment shows us that climate change is already happening, primarily due to human-caused global warming. This means that we have the power to change our world, to reduce carbon emissions, and to lessen global warming. We can save ourselves from the worst effects of climate change, but we have to act quickly to shift not only our own lifestyles but our entire economy.

Our country runs on an economy powered by fossil fuels with huge profits for the energy companies, with all the costs passed on to taxpayers as we struggle to recover from one climate disaster after another. If the energy companies had to pay the cost of these climate disasters, it would not take long to slow global warming and mitigate climate change. As consumers and investors in fossil fuels through retirement plans and other investments, we are all implicated in global warming. It is time to divest from fossil fuels in whatever ways you can.

The CLEU is here to help you mobilize and support your spiritual community in this effort. Let’s work together on behalf of our planet home.
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Getting a Clue about Climate Change

July 24th, 2013

Climate change is happening. Despite the efforts of think tanks funded by the fossil fuel industry to debunk climate science, there is clear scientific consensus that the increase of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere is caused primarily by human activities such as the burning of fossil fuels and deforestation. Our atmosphere contained about 275 parts per million of carbon dioxide from the beginning of human civilization up to about 200 years ago. With the Industrial Revolution of the 18th century, the CO2 levels began to rise. The carbon dioxide in our atmosphere has now hit 400ppm with CO2 increasing about 2ppm per year. The world’s leading climate scientists warn that exceeding the level of 350ppm of CO2 puts human civilization itself at risk. The organization 350.org, founded by Bill McKibben, promotes 350 events around the world to raise awareness in the struggle to fight fossil fuels and find a new way forward with renewable energy. McKibben calls 350 “the most important number on the planet.”

Global warming makes heat waves, droughts, floods, and superstorms more likely, making all extreme weather events more intense and less predictable. Climate change affects all of our Big Four values: Air, Water, Food, and Energy. Carbon emissions pollute the Air we breathe while adding to the greenhouse effect that causes global warming. Fresh Water supplies are threatened by higher average temperatures and extreme drought conditions while melting ice caps and glaciers lead to sea-level rise, warming and acidifying oceans with dying coral reefs, and storms cause more devastating floods and deluges. Our Food supplies are at risk due to the increased likelihood of more extreme droughts, flooding, and spreading desertification. The Energy we choose for warmth, manufacturing, transportation, productivity, and communication, should be contributing to our sustainable future, not to the collapse of civilization.

What should people with a clue do? Whatever path you choose, take a stand on the right side of history. Take part in climate actions to protect the Air, Water, Food, and Energy where you live. Nonviolent protests raise Consciousness about the devastating consequences inflicted by multinational energy corporations on local communities and the entire world. Global warming affects everyone. Resistance is not futile! Be an engaged citizen. Develop your spiritual community so that you can support each other. Promote respect for science and common sense. There is no arguing with faith, but we must stand against fossil-fuel-funded propaganda that discounts physics and chemistry.

We need to stop taking carbon out of the ground and putting it in the Air. We need to preserve our forests and grasslands so that they can help sequester carbon from the atmosphere. We should support the research and development of renewable energy sources that use sun, wind, and water (including ocean power and geothermal). We must quit coal, stop fracking and tarsands oil production, and abandon nuclear power with its horrific dangers. We must say NO to coal exports. Do your best to wake up the people around you to the amazing potential of renewable energy to revitalize our economy and slow down global warming before we break the planet. Divest from fossil fuels. Be the clue!