To interrupt my long stasis from blog updates (been a busy month with visiting my new born nephew, and all sorts of other stuff), I would like to bring you this exciting news. New Zealand has just set a new precedent for how a nation should think about nature and its animal brethren.
For a long time many people have believed in foolish things about animals, such as the idea that animals “don’t feel pain.”
There’s this idea of “sentience” that certain animals have a more valuable existence than others, because their thought process is more complex.
However, New Zealand just said ‘to hell with that,’ and has now announced that ALL animals have feelings. This has set the precedent for the Animal Welfare Amendment Bill, last month, to prosecute people involved in animal abuse/cruelty, as well as to ban animal testing and research. Much of the testing of products on animals can be done via other means. For example, many cosmetic companies will put their products in an animal’s eye to see if it causes them pain.I’m sure there’s a better way to conduct that kind of research.
Hopefully other countries will begin to follow New Zealand’s example in the protection of animals from abuse and cruelty.
Our lives are no more valuable than theirs. The first step towards living on this planet in a sane manner is to start seeing our furry friends as relatives, not as lifeless tools.
Once our days were timeless. Now they are scheduled. We give our entire lives – and planet – to money. But what’s left over after the money? Once there was clean air, yet now it’s polluted. The soil was once pure and now it is toxic. One fifth of the world’s people are starving, even though there is enough food for all. The corporation’s main resource is us. As long we are money driven slaves, we’ll fight their wars, work in their factories and spend most of our lives trying to make a wage before we die.
But there is another way. We need to carve it out for ourselves. We need to think for ourselves. We need to have the courage to build a new and better world. We are a majority. The wealthy elite are a minority. Let’s not let them destroy our future.
Definitely a video that everyone should see. Very brilliant and thought provoking.
HOME: WATCH DOCUMENTARY HERE (Embedding is disabled)
“We are living in exceptional times. Scientists tell us that we have 10 years to change the way we live, avert the depletion of natural resources and the catastrophic evolution of the Earth’s climate.
The stakes are high for us and our children. Everyone should take part in the effort, and HOME has been conceived to take a message of mobilization out to every human being.
For this purpose, HOME needs to be free. A patron, the PPR Group, made this possible. EuropaCorp, the distributor, also pledged not to make any profit because Home is a non-profit film.
HOME has been made for you : share it! And act for the planet.”
HOME official website
PPR is proud to support HOME
HOME is a carbon offset movie
More information about the Planet
Nature is an eternal life force, a force that human beings depend upon to live.
Yet our current world order is destroying this vital life force.
Will there really be enough for all by the middle of the century, if human beings continue on this path?
Watch the video above for a vision of the future if reform does not come.
We have an economy that is bigger than our planet.
Our planet is full, full of us and our stuff.
Infinite growth on a finite planet is not working.
We cannot see the issues of our planet as individual issues.
They are complex and interconnected.
Reconnecting ourselves with the Earth is the first step to fixing the problem.
That, and admitting that we have a problem and that this system isn’t working.
In the past there were 5 major extinctions that destroyed most life on the planet. Today, Humans are bringing the 6th major extinction.
Oil that causes wars around the globe? Let’s do it!
Fracking that poisons the local drinking water and ruins the aquifers, why not?
Fill the air with smog with coal – hell to the yeah!
Wind power? Solar?
NOT IN MY BACKYARD…
Speaking of which…Check out this great George Carlin skit.