a letter from chief Seattle …


CHIEF SEATTLE’S LETTER to All Americans

 “The President in Washington sends word that he wishes to buy our land. But how can you buy or sell the sky? the land? The idea is strange to us. If we do not own the freshness of the air and the sparkle of the water, how can you buy them?

 Every part of the earth is sacred to my people. Every shining pine needle, every sandy shore, every mist in the dark woods, every meadow, every humming insect. All are Holy in the memory and experience of my people.

 We know the sap which courses through the trees as we know the blood that courses through our veins. We are part of the earth and it is part of us. The perfumed flowers are our sisters. The bear, the deer, the great eagle, these are our brothers. The rocky crests, the dew in the meadow, the body heat of the pony, and man all belong to the same family.

The shining water that moves in the streams and rivers is not just water, but the blood of our ancestors. If we sell you our land, you must remember that it is sacred. Each glossy reflection in the clear waters of the lakes tells of events and memories in the life of my people. The water’s murmur is the voice of my father’s father.

The rivers are our brothers. They quench our thirst. They carry our canoes and feed our children. So you must give the rivers the kindness that you would give any brother.

If we sell you our land, remember that the air is precious to us, that the air shares its spirit with all the life that it supports. The wind that gave our grandfather his first breath also received his last sigh. The wind also gives our children the spirit of life. So if we sell our land, you must keep it apart and sacred, as a place where man can go to taste the wind that is sweetened by the meadow flowers.

Will you teach your children what we have taught our children? That the earth is our mother? What befalls the earth befalls all the sons of the earth.

This we know: the earth does not belong to man, man belongs to the earth. All things are connected like the blood that unites us all. Man did not weave the web of life, he is merely a strand in it. Whatever he does to the web, he does to himself.

One thing we know: our God is also your God. The earth is precious to him and to harm the earth is to heap contempt on its creator.

Your destiny is a mystery to us. What will happen when the buffalo are all slaughtered? The wild horses tamed? What will happen when the secret corners of the forest are heavy with the scent of many men and the view of the ripe hills is blotted with talking wires? Where will the thicket be? Gone! Where will the eagle be? Gone! And what is to say goodbye to the swift pony and then hunt? The end of living and the beginning of survival.

When the last red man has vanished with this wilderness, and his memory is only the shadow of a cloud moving across the prairie, will these shores and forests still be here? Will there be any of the spirit of my people left?

We love this earth as a newborn loves its mother’s heartbeat. So, if we sell you our land, love it as we have loved it. Care for it, as we have cared for it. Hold in your mind the memory of the land as it is when you receive it. Preserve the land for all children, and love it, as God loves us.

As we are part of the land, you too are part of the land. This earth is precious to us. It is also precious to you.

One thing we know – there is only one God. No man, be he Red man or White man, can be apart. We ARE all brothers after all.”

So, tell me you and yours or countries closing their borders do not relate


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Wildlife …gone? 12 vaquitas left


 

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There’s only 12 vaquitas left, down from 30 last year! But it’s not just the vaquitas we’re losing — we’re seeing a sixth mass extinction, and it’s human-made. Top scientists are backing an ambitious plan to put half of the earth under protection so species can recover but we urgently need governments to get on board. A massive nature summit is happening RIGHT NOW — sign the global campaign for nature and Avaaz will deliver our call straight to the meeting!

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Dear friends,

We just found out that vaquitas — the super-cute “mini-dolphins” that live off the coast of Mexico — probably won’t survive. We’ve been fighting for them, but there are now only 12 left, down from 30 last year!

It’s not just vaquitas being driven into oblivion. A sixth mass extinction is underway and humans are almost entirely to blame. Almost two-thirds of wild animals have disappeared in the last 50 years!

Scientists say the solution is to protect half the planet, letting nature recover and restore itself — but our governments are dragging their feet because this crisis, and its solution, isn’t at the top of headlines!

But we have a small window to change that: a key nature summit is happening RIGHT NOW in Montreal, where our governments will discuss the course of protection for the next 30 years! Sign the global campaign for nature — Avaaz will take our message to the summit and tell the story we need our leaders to hear:

Click to stop the extinction crisis

Overfishing, deadly pesticides, deforestation, poaching — you name it. Humans are putting every animal and plant in the world in danger. Including ourselves. A UN-backed panel of 550 scientists just confirmed that this massive loss of biodiversity can disrupt our global food system, our oceans, the air we breathe, and even our economies.

But it doesn’t have to be this way — if we can kick start a plan to live in harmony with nature, setting aside half the land and sea, and sustainably managing the other half, we can stop this slide to oblivion.

We need to start paying attention to this crisis now — Avaaz has already met with world leaders and each time they say “we need to see that people care, it’s not in the news!” But they said the same thing about climate change, until we rallied millions across the world and campaigned massively to make it the top of the headlines. The result was the historic Paris Climate Agreement.

Now we need to do the same for nature — let’s sound the alarm for our governments and make sure protection is at the top of their list. Add your name now for our plants and animals:

Click to stop the extinction crisis

Our movement has been at the front lines of environmental defense globally — just recently, 1.8 million Avaaz members pushed Brazil to protect a swath of the Amazon the size of Denmark, FOUR times we’ve helped create a new standard for the largest marine reserve on the planet to save our oceans, and much more. It’s time to unite again, to protect our fellow animals and plants who share this planet with all of us.

With hope and determination,

Diego, Marigona, Danny, Alice, Patri and the rest of the Avaaz team.

SOURCES:

Scientists call for a Paris-style agreement to save life on Earth (The Guardian)
https://www.theguardian.com/environment/radical-conservation/2018/jun/28/scientists-call-for-a-paris-style-agreement-to-save-life-on-earth

Only 12 vaquita porpoises remain, watchdog group reports (MongaBay)
https://news.mongabay.com/2018/03/only-12-vaquita-porpoises-remain-watchdog-groups-report/

Life on Earth Is Under Assault—But There’s Still Hope (National Geographic)
https://news.nationalgeographic.com/2018/03/ipbes-biodiversity-report-conservation-climate-change-spd/

Last male northern white rhino’s death highlights ‘huge extinction crisis’ (the Guardian):
https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2018/mar/20/last-male-northern-white-rhinos-death-highlights…

Sixth mass extinction: The era of ‘biological annihilation’ (CNN)
https://www.cnn.com/2017/07/11/world/sutter-mass-extinction-ceballos-study/index.html

Could we set aside half the Earth for nature? (The Guardian):
https://www.theguardian.com/environment/radical-conservation/2016/jun/15/could-we-set-aside-half-the-earth-for-nature

who you calling lazy paul ryan? 2014 …


A reminder we all need to take in

so, as we were all trying to live our best lives, most of us read heard about how speaker ryan lived by the ayn rand dogma, but a video from  2014 should have been a red alert to all who voted for a public servant who says he believes in more transparency but seems to be a totally different guy than the one who ran for VP in my opinion A member of Congress who is that powerful living a double life can only make life worse for those he is supposed to be helping    …

The video is very telling and i guess it explains how things are going currently in this era of trump !

so, we talk about the far right but what flag is this guy flying and who else in Congress at this very moment is on the same side because they don’t belong in the US Congress imo!

~ Nativegrl77