Climate Change is a Crime ~ The Art of Fooling Ourselves

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“To protect our own wealth and well-being we are destroying the welfare of the world’s poorest people. When one group of people forcibly removes something from another group for their own benefit, it is…

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The Paris Agenda: Leave Fossil Fuels in the Ground, Auction Permits, Protect People

Climate campaigners have adopted a slogan for the lead up to the international climate change conference (COP-21) in Paris this December: “Leave it in the ground.” The UN’s climate chief Christiana Figueres told the fossil fuel industry, “Three-quarters of the fossil fuel reserves need to stay in the ground.” The slogan illustrates how the discourse is moving “upstream,” from controlling emissions at the smoke stack or tailpipe to limiting the production of fossil fuels at the coal mine or oil well.

Three years ago Bill McKibben laid out the “terrifying math” behind the “excess fossil fuels,” which if unearthed, would push the planet past the safe carbon budget as calculated by scientists. It starts with two degrees Celsius, the maximum level of acceptable temperature change that the world’s nations agreed to above pre-industrial levels. From there, estimates of the world’s remaining carbon budget vary depending on the level of acceptable risk. On the low end is McKibben’s relatively risk-averse estimate of 565 gigatonnes (GT) CO2. A 2013 report from Carbon Tracker put the number at 975 GT for an 80% probability of remaining below 2 degrees C. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)’s proposed a budget of 1000 billion tonnes (Gt) of CO2 starting from 2011 that would give the planet a 66% chance of avoiding 2 °C warming. But Kevin Anderson of the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research notes that between 2011 and 2014 CO2 emissions from energy production amounted to about 140 GT of CO2, and when he subtracts emissions from deforestation and cement production through the year 2100 (60 Gt and 150 GT), then at the current global rate of 35 GT per year, the remaining 650 GT would be used up in just 19 years! This puts the climate talks in Paris in perspective. There is no time for low initial national “contributions” with “ratcheting up ambition” after 5 or 10 year review periods. The entire carbon budget will be gone by 2034!


The Paris climate conference is really an economic conference, perched on the brink of a market crash in the fossil fuel sector.

 


Scientists are disputing a prominent Republican congressman’s claims that federal climate researchers rushed a study to publication in order to advance the Obama administration’s policies. And yesterday a coalition of science groups released a letter decrying the lawmaker’s efforts to force researchers to release emails and other records surrounding the study.

The moves mark the latest developments in a fight that has brewed for nearly 6 months. Representative Lamar Smith (R–TX), chairman of the House science committee, says that whistleblowers within the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) have complained that their concerns about a major study published by Science this past June were ignored in a “rush to publication.”

The study, led by NOAA researcher Thomas Karl, refuted previous findings that global warming had slowed since 1998. That “pause” has become a chief talking point of skeptics of mainstream climate science, including Smith. And the “timing of [the study’s] release raises concerns that it was expedited to fit the Administration’s aggressive climate agenda,” Smith wrote in an 18 November letter to U.S. Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker, who oversees NOAA.

Originally posted on Silvia Di Blasio:

To protect our own wealth and well-being we are destroying the welfare of the world’s poorest people. When one group of people forcibly removes something from another group for their own benefit, it is called a crime. And climate change is the greatest crime that we have ever committed because, ultimately, the people we are stealing from are our own children and the world’s most vulnerable people.” ~George Marshal – Carbon Detox

Today, the National Energy Board’s Joint Review Panel released its recommendation to approve the Enbridge Northern Gateway pipeline from Alberta to Kitimat: now it is a matter of time for the Federal government to approve this project. Early this week, Kinder Morgan submitted its application for the new Trans Mountain pipeline from Alberta to Burnaby. Earlier this month, Canada submitted a claim on to the UN Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf to get…

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religion and terrorism

Muslim Opinion Polls A “Tiny Minority of Extremists”? “Strive hard against the unbelievers and the hypocrites and be unyielding to them; and their abode is hell, and evil is their destination.” Quran 9:73   May 03 2013 Killing Civilians Is More … Continue reading

Muslim Opinion Polls

A “Tiny Minority of Extremists”?

“Strive hard against the unbelievers and the hypocrites and be
unyielding to them; and their abode is hell, and evil is their destination.”

Quran 9:73

 


May 03 2013

Killing Civilians Is More Popular Than You’d Think–Especially Among Pundits

I came across this polling from Gallup (8/2/11) while I was looking to debunk the nutty idea that Muslim Americans never criticize terrorism.

As the Gallup poll shows, of all religious groups surveyed–including nonbelievers–Muslims are the least likely to say it’s OK to kill civilians


America’s Breivik Complex: State terror and the Islamophobic right

Few political terrorists in recent history took as much care to articulate their ideological influences and political views as Anders Behring Breivik did. The right-wing Norwegian Islamophobe who murdered 76 children and adults in Oslo and at a government-run youth camp spent months, if not years, preparing his 1,500 page manifesto.

Besides its length, one of the most remarkable aspects of the manifesto is the extent to which its European author quoted from the writings of figures from the American conservative movement. Though he referred heavily to his fellow Norwegian, the blogger Fjordman, it was Robert Spencer, the American Islamophobic pseudo-academic, who received the most references from Breivik — 55 in all. Then there was Daniel Pipes, the Muslim-bashing American neoconservative who earned 18 citations from the terrorist. Other American anti-Muslim characters appear prominently in the manifesto, including the extremist blogger Pam Geller, who operates an Islamophobic organization in partnership with Spencer.

The modern Islamic fundamentalist movements have their origins in the late 19th century.[30] The Wahhabi movement, an Arabian fundamentalist movement that began in the 18th century, gained traction and spread during the 19th and 20th centuries.[31] During the Cold War following World War II, some NATO governments, particularly those of the United States and the United Kingdom, launched covert and overt campaigns to encourage and strengthen fundamentalist groups in the Middle East and southern Asia. These groups were seen as a hedge against potential expansion by the Soviet Union, and as a means to prevent the growth of nationalistic movements that were not necessarily favorable toward the interests of the Western nations.[32] By the 1970s the Islamists had become important allies in supporting governments, such as Egypt, which were friendly to U.S. interests. By the late 1970s, however, some fundamentalist groups had become militaristic leading to threats and changes to existing regimes. The overthrow of the Shah in Iran and rise of the Ayatollah Khomeini was one of the most significant signs of this shift.[33] Subsequently fundamentalist forces in Algeria caused a civil war, caused a near-civil war in Egypt, and caused the downfall of the Soviet occupation in Afghanistan.[34] In many cases the military wings of these groups were supplied with money and arms by the U.S. and U.K.

Published on Dec 10, 2015

By the Numbers is an honest and open discussion about Muslim opinions and demographics. Narrated by Raheel Raza, president of Muslims Facing Tomorrow, this short film is about the acceptance that radical Islam is a bigger problem than most politically correct governments and individuals are ready to admit. Is ISIS, the Islamic State, trying to penetrate the U.S. with the refugee influx? Are Muslims radicalized on U.S. soil? Are organizations such as CAIR, who purport to represent American Muslims accepting and liberal or radicalized with links to terror organizations?

It’s time to have your say, go to http://go.clarionproject.org/numbers-…


OUT OF PROPORTION

01.14.155:45 AM ET
“Not all Muslims are terrorists, but all terrorists are Muslims.” How many times have you heard that one? Sure, we heard Fox News’s Brian Kilmeade say it.
Want to guess what percent of the terrorist attacks there were committed by Muslims over the past five years? Wrong. That is, unless you said less than 2 percent.
Per the 2013 State Department’s report on terrorism, there were 399 acts of terror committed by Israeli settlers in what are known as “price tag” attacks. These Jewish terrorists attacked Palestinian civilians causing physical injuries to 93 of them and also vandalized scores of mosques and Christian churches.

Back in the United States, the percentage of terror attacks committed by Muslims is almost as miniscule as in Europe. An FBI study looking at terrorism committed on U.S. soil between 1980 and 2005 found that 94 percent of the terror attacks were committed by non-Muslims. In actuality, 42 percent of terror attacks were carried out by Latino-related groups, followed by 24 percent perpetrated by extreme left-wing actors.

And as a 2014 study by University of North Carolina found, since the 9/11 attacks, Muslim-linked terrorism has claimed the lives of 37 Americans. In that same time period, more than 190,000 Americans were murdered (PDF).

¿O es que nos dieron la opción del filtro con la bandera del Líbano?

El peligro de ponerse la foto de perfil con el filtro de la bandera francesa

A raíz del atentado de este viernes en París, Facebook ha impulsado un filtro opcional para todos los usuarios de la red.

La manipulación colectiva por parte de los grandes medios de comunicación es evidente. El silencio que impera o la frialdad a la hora de exponer cifras de muertos cuando se trata de un atentado que ha tenido lugar en el conocido como Mundo Árabe contrasta con el dramatismo de la exposición cuando se trata de un atentado en territorio europeo o norteamericano. Y aunque esta estrategia comunicativa es un modelo de éxito a la hora de crear ciudadanos y sociedades de primera y de segunda, cada vez son más los europeos que entienden que están siendo manipulados y que tratan de apartarse de la influencia de los grandes medios que con su acción o inacción construyen muros entre sociedades que parecen infranqueables.

El peligro de ponerse la foto de perfil con el filtro de la bandera francesa

A raíz del atentado de este viernes en París, Facebook ha impulsado un filtro opcional para todos los usuarios de la red.

La manipulación colectiva por parte de los grandes medios de comunicación es evidente. El silencio que impera o la frialdad a la hora de exponer cifras de muertos cuando se trata de un atentado que ha tenido lugar en el conocido como Mundo Árabe contrasta con el dramatismo de la exposición cuando se trata de un atentado en territorio europeo o norteamericano. Y aunque esta estrategia comunicativa es un modelo de éxito a la hora de crear ciudadanos y sociedades de primera y de segunda, cada vez son más los europeos que entienden que están siendo manipulados y que tratan de apartarse de la influencia de los grandes medios que con su acción o inacción construyen muros entre sociedades que parecen infranqueables.

feeding of xenophobic hatred by republicans

Despite the public rancor, immigrants are generally less likely to commit crimes than the native population. The current feeding of xenophobic hatred by republicans is going to end in something ugly sooner than later. The Trouble with Kate’s Law The … Continue reading

Despite the public rancor, immigrants are generally less likely to commit crimes than the native population. The current feeding of xenophobic hatred by republicans is going to end in something ugly sooner than later.

The Trouble with Kate’s Law
The legislation seeks to deter crime by undocumented immigrants, but it could end up dramatically swelling the U.S. prison population.

Michael Macor / AP

SEP 6, 2015

Christians Acting On Climate Change

The Next Step How Laudato Si’ Extends Catholic Social Teaching Anthony Annett July 7, 2015 – 3:39pm In the postwar era, the church also started to pay more attention to the stark imbalances between richer and poorer countries, not just between … Continue reading

The Next Step

How Laudato Si’ Extends Catholic Social Teaching

In the postwar era, the church also started to pay more attention to the stark imbalances between richer and poorer countries, not just between the rich and the poor in a single country. Noting that excess and overconsumption often had its counterpart in exclusion and underdevelopment, it called for greater global solidarity between north and south and for citizens of richer countries to move away from lifestyles characterized by waste and surfeit.

It is fair to say that, until now, most of Catholic social teaching has been variations on a basic theme—the need for economic relations between people and nations to be guided by justice and mutual responsibility. This theme remains very pertinent in our world of enormous inequality. A mere 1 percent of the world’s population controls half of the world’s wealth. Over 2 billion people are mired in extreme poverty, and almost a billion people suffer from hunger. Elsewhere, and not always far away, we see astounding opulence and wastefulness. Catholic social teaching signals a clear moral imperative to correct these imbalances.

Harking back to Genesis, Pope Francis teaches that “human life is grounded in three fundamental and closely intertwined relationships: with God, with our neighbor, and with the earth itself.”

The global economy is now over two hundred times larger than it was at the outset of the industrial revolution. But its rapid expansion has come at the expense of the planet and its climate. Already, the concentration of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere has jumped to a level not seen in 3 million years—and this over a mere century and a half, a blink of an eye in planetary history. The overwhelming weight of science tells us that if we continue burning fossils fuels at this rate, we can expect global temperatures to rise by 4 to 6 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels by the end of this century. This would have catastrophic implications for life as we know it. We would expect to witness more severe droughts, flooding, and extreme weather events. Crop yields would decline dramatically. Some small island nations would simply cease to exist. And those least responsible for climate change will be hit hardest by it. Pope Francis asks what kind of world we wish to leave our children. Surely not this one.

Climate change is not even the whole story. There is also the acidification of the oceans, depletion of freshwater resources, rapid deforestation, large-scale pollution caused by chemicals and fossil fuels, and a dramatic degradation of ecosystems and loss of biodiversity. It is remarkable thatLaudato si’ touches directly on many of these issues, displaying a keen awareness of the scale and complexity of the environmental crisis.

In conformity with prior teaching,Laudato si’ is deeply suspicious of the classical liberal emphasis on individual autonomy and promotion of self-interest as the prime motivating force of economic interaction. Francis understands that an ideology based on “collective selfishness” and a “deified market” cannot bring about social inclusion or environmental sustainability. It leads instead to an exaggerated focus on short-term profit, and it contributes to a throwaway culture that disdains both the earth and the excluded. One clear example of this short-sightedness can be found in the avaricious behavior of the financial sector, the force behind the global economic crisis of 2008.

Pope Blames Markets for Environment’s Ills

Pontiff condemns global warming as outgrowth of global consumerism


On Planet in Distress, a Papal Call to Action

Pope Francis has written the first papal encyclical focused solely on the environment, attempting to reframe care of the earth as a moral and spiritual concern, and not just a matter of politics, science and economics. In the document, “Laudato Si: On Care for Our Common Home,” he argues that the environment is in crisis – cities to oceans, forests to farmland. He emphasizes that the poor are most affected by damage from what he describes as economic systems that favor the wealthy, and political systems that lack the courage to look beyond short-term rewards. But the encyclical is addressed to everyone on the planet. Its 184 pages are an urgent, accessible call to action, making a case that all is interconnected, including the solutions to the grave environmental crisis.


ENCYCLICAL LETTER
LAUDATO SI’
OF THE HOLY FATHER
FRANCIS
ON CARE FOR OUR COMMON HOME

 


@GeorgeMonbiot

I see the encyclical by Pope Francis, which will be published on Thursday, as a potential turning point. He will argue that not only the physical survival of the poor, but also our spiritual welfare depends on the protection of the natural world; and in both respects he is right.

I don’t mean that a belief in God is the answer to our environmental crisis. Among Pope Francis’s opponents is the evangelical US-based Cornwall Alliance for the Stewardship of Creation, which has written to him arguing that we have a holy duty to keep burning fossil fuel, as “the heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament proclaims his handiwork”. It also insists that exercising the dominion granted to humankind in Genesis means tilling “the whole Earth”, transforming it “from wilderness to garden and ultimately to garden city”.

There are similar tendencies within the Vatican. Cardinal George Pell, its head of finance, currently immersed in a scandal involving paedophile priests in Australia, is a prominent climate change denier. His lecture to the Global Warming Policy Foundation was the usual catalogue of zombie myths (discredited claims that keep resurfacing), nonsequiturs and outright garbage championing, for example, the groundless claim that undersea volcanoes could be responsible for global warming. There are plenty of senior Catholics seeking to undermine the pope’s defence of the living world, which could explain why a draft of his encyclical was leaked. What I mean is that Pope Francis, a man with whom I disagree profoundly on matters such as equal marriage and contraception, reminds us that the living world provides not only material goods and tangible services, but is also essential to other aspects of our wellbeing. And you  don’t have to believe in God to endorse that view.


Jeb Bush joins Republican backlash against pope on climate change

Wednesday 17 June 2015  

  • ‘I don’t get economic policy from my bishops or my cardinal or my pope’
  • Coal industry lobbyist says pope should promote fossil fuels to help poor

Republican presidential contender Jeb Bush joined forces with the coal industry and climate deniers in a gathering conservative backlash against the pope, lashing out against a leaked draft of the spiritual leader’s letter on climate change.

In his first official day on the presidential campaign trail, Bush, who is Catholic, told a town hall event in New Hampshire that Pope Francis should steer clear of global affairs.

The energy industry also turned on the pope, with the lobbyist for one of America’s biggest coalmining companies sending out an email blast on Tuesday, rebuking the church leader for failing to promote fossil fuels as a solution to global poverty.

In a campaign event last week, Republican presidential frontrunner Jeb Bush exhibited Stage 2 climate denial, saying (video available here),

Look, first of all, the climate is changing. I don’t think the science is clear what percentage is man-made and what percentage is natural. It’s convoluted. And for the people to say the science is decided on, this is just really arrogant, to be honest with you. It’s this intellectual arrogance that now you can’t even have a conversation about it.

The Politics

Unfortunately, denial of human-caused global warming may be a prerequisite for any viable Republican presidential candidate. Conservative and Tea Party Republicans are the one group of American voters among whom Stage 2 climate denial is the majority position, but they’re also the group that most reliably votes in GOP primary elections.

In American politics, a candidate first has to win a primary election before reaching the national ballot. For Republicans, that means appealing to conservatives. It’s not clear that a Republican presidential candidate can accept climate science and run a viable primary campaign.


 

.- Pope Francis used Sunday’s feast of Pentecost – the descent of the Holy Spirit – as an occasion to remind Christians of their duty to care for and respect the earth.

“The Holy Spirit whom Christ sent from the Father, and the Creator Spirit who gives life to all things, are one and the same,” the Pope said.

“Respect for creation, then, is a requirement of our faith: the ‘garden’ in which we live is not entrusted to us to be exploited, but rather to be cultivated and tended with respect.”

With Pope Francis’s Encyclical on Climate Change Done, Now a Vatican Sales Push – and Pushback

Converting the Fossil-Fuel Fundamentalists

Pope Francis is redefining the ongoing transition to greener energy as a moral and spiritual obligation.

Two years into what he says will be a brief tenure, the pope’s putting climate skeptics on the defensive.

Fretting about the fate of the Earth is part of his broader condemnation of the global status quo, which Francis considers to be a “throwaway culture.” And it explains why he and some of his top aides came to call for a transition to greener energy.


Does the pope’s support for action on climate change contradict Catholic principles? Climate science deniers want you to think so — and conservative media are running with their myths. Here are the facts:

Fossil Fuel-Funded Groups Attempt To Undermine Pope’s Action On Climate Change

Vatican Held Climate Change Summit In Advance Of Papal Encyclical. On April 28, the Vatican held a climate summit between religious authorities and climate and policy experts that aimed to produce a “joint statement on the moral and religious imperative of dealing with climate change in the context of sustainable development, highlighting the intrinsic connection between respect for the environment and respect for people – especially the poor, the excluded, victims of human trafficking and modern slavery, children, and future generations.” The summit is a precursor to Pope Francis’ forthcoming encyclical — an authoritative papal teaching — on climate change, which is expected to make similar connections between climate action and helping the poor. [Climate summit program, accessed 4/28/15; The Guardian, 4/28/15]

Climate ChangeDenying Groups Attempted To Counter The Climate Summit.  In response to the Vatican’s climate summit, the Heartland Institute sent their own delegation to Rome to “inform Pope Francis of the truth about climate science: There is no global warming crisis!” The Heartland Institute, joined by members of Committee for a Constructive Tomorrow (CFACT) and the Cornwall Alliance, attempted to dissuade the Pope from lending his moral authority to the climate change crisis.

These were the many English-language media outlets that covered this preliminary meeting favourably https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1koy-wIVpgBnZ90ydz_Z03VOBdmMiZy2T5gBRH0vYLDc/edit?pli=1#gid=0.

Wait until June when many of the major religions are expected to start campaigning seriously about climate change. Even the (conservative) Economist is calling for the Pope to be ‘tough-minded’ when he releases his Encyclical dealing with climate change. http://www.economist.com/blogs/erasmus/2015/04/pope-and-climate-change

It will be interesting to see how the Catholics of the Republican party respond.  On the extremist blogs – ‘a liberal, a Marxist, a communist, an extremist, a socialist, a tree hugger and an anti-capitalist’ (nothing like a bit of name-calling, eh Ted?), but will the 30% of Republican congressmen who are Catholic follow suit?


COMPASSIONATE EATING as CARE of CREATION
[Faith Out reach]
BY
MATTHEW C. HALTEMAN


COMMON DECLARATION ON ENVIRONMENTAL ETHICS

COMMON DECLARATION OF JOHN PAUL II
AND THE ECUMENICAL PATRIARCH
HIS HOLINESS BARTHOLOMEW I

Monday, 10 June 2002

We are gathered here today in the spirit of peace for the good of all human beings and for the care of creation. At this moment in history, at the beginning of the third millennium, we are saddened to see the daily suffering of a great number of people from violence, starvation, poverty and disease. We are also concerned about the negative consequences for humanity and for all creation resulting from the degradation of some basic natural resources such as water, air and land, brought about by an economic and technological progress which does not recognize and take into account its limits.

Almighty God envisioned a world of beauty and harmony, and He created it, making every part an expression of His freedom, wisdom and love (cf. Gen 1:1-25).

At the centre of the whole of creation, He placed us, human beings, with our inalienable human dignity. Although we share many features with the rest of the living beings, Almighty God went further with us and gave us an immortal soul, the source of self-awareness and freedom, endowments that make us in His image and likeness (cf. Gen 1:26-31;2:7). Marked with that resemblance, we have been placed by God in the world in order to cooperate with Him in realizing more and more fully the divine purpose for creation.

At the beginning of history, man and woman sinned by disobeying God and rejecting His design for creation. Among the results of this first sin was the destruction of the original harmony of creation. If we examine carefully the social and environmental crisis which the world community is facing, we must conclude that we are still betraying the mandate God has given us: to be stewards called to collaborate with God in watching over creation in holiness and wisdom.

God has not abandoned the world. It is His will that His design and our hope for it will be realized through our co-operation in restoring its original harmony. In our own time we are witnessing a growth of an ecological awareness which needs to be encouraged, so that it will lead to practical programmes and initiatives. An awareness of the relationship between God and humankind brings a fuller sense of the importance of the relationship between human beings and the natural environment, which is God’s creation and which God entrusted to us to guard with wisdom and love (cf. Gen 1:28).

Respect for creation stems from respect for human life and dignity. It is on the basis of our recognition that the world is created by God that we can discern an objective moral order within which to articulate a code of environmental ethics. In this perspective, Christians and all other believers have a specific role to play in proclaiming moral values and in educating people in ecological awareness, which is none other than responsibility towards self, towards others, towards creation.

What is required is an act of repentance on our part and a renewed attempt to view ourselves, one another, and the world around us within the perspective of the divine design for creation. The problem is not simply economic and technological; it is moral and spiritual. A solution at the economic and technological level can be found only if we undergo, in the most radical way, an inner change of heart, which can lead to a change in lifestyle and of unsustainable patterns of consumption and production. A genuine conversion in Christ will enable us to change the way we think and act.

First, we must regain humility and recognize the limits of our powers, and most importantly, the limits of our knowledge and judgement. We have been making decisions, taking actions and assigning values that are leading us away from the world as it should be, away from the design of God for creation, away from all that is essential for a healthy planet and a healthy commonwealth of people. A new approach and a new culture are needed, based on the centrality of the human person within creation and inspired by environmentally ethical behavior stemming from our triple relationship to God, to self and to creation. Such an ethics fosters interdependence and stresses the principles of universal solidarity, social justice and responsibility, in order to promote a true culture of life.

Secondly, we must frankly admit that humankind is entitled to something better than what we see around us. We and, much more, our children and future generations are entitled to a better world, a world free from degradation, violence and bloodshed, a world of generosity and love.

Thirdly, aware of the value of prayer, we must implore God the Creator to enlighten people everywhere regarding the duty to respect and carefully guard creation.

We therefore invite all men and women of good will to ponder the importance of the following ethical goals:

1. To think of the world’s children when we reflect on and evaluate our options for action.

2. To be open to study the true values based on the natural law that sustain every human culture.

3. To use science and technology in a full and constructive way, while recognizing that the findings of science have always to be evaluated in the light of the centrality of the human person, of the common good and of the inner purpose of creation. Science may help us to correct the mistakes of the past, in order to enhance the spiritual and material well-being of the present and future generations. It is love for our children that will show us the path that we must follow into the future.

4. To be humble regarding the idea of ownership and to be open to the demands of solidarity. Our mortality and our weakness of judgement together warn us not to take irreversible actions with what we choose to regard as our property during our brief stay on this earth. We have not been entrusted with unlimited power over creation, we are only stewards of the common heritage.

5. To acknowledge the diversity of situations and responsibilities in the work for a better world environment. We do not expect every person and every institution to assume the same burden. Everyone has a part to play, but for the demands of justice and charity to be respected the most affluent societies must carry the greater burden, and from them is demanded a sacrifice greater than can be offered by the poor. Religions, governments and institutions are faced by many different situations; but on the basis of the principle of subsidiarity all of them can take on some tasks, some part of the shared effort.

6. To promote a peaceful approach to disagreement about how to live on this earth, about how to share it and use it, about what to change and what to leave unchanged. It is not our desire to evade controversy about the environment, for we trust in the capacity of human reason and the path of dialogue to reach agreement. We commit ourselves to respect the views of all who disagree with us, seeking solutions through open exchange, without resorting to oppression and domination.

It is not too late. God’s world has incredible healing powers. Within a single generation, we could steer the earth toward our children’s future. Let that generation start now, with God’s help and blessing.

Rome – Venice, 10 June 2002


Evangelical Climate Initiative

ECI

CLAIM 1

Human-Induced Climate Change is Real and increasing international instability, which could

lead to more security threats to our nation. Poor nations and poor individuals have fewer

resources available to cope with major challenges and threats. The consequences of global warming will therefore hit the poor the hardest, in part because those areas likely to be signi?cantly affected ?rst are in the poorest regions of the world. Millions of people could die in this century because of climate change, most of them our poorest global neighbors.

CLAIM 2

The Consequences of Climate Change Will Be Signi?cant, and Will Hit the Poor the Hardest

THE EARTH’S NATURAL SYSTEMS

are resilient but not in?nitely so, and human civilizations are remarkably dependent on ecological stability and well-being. It is easy to forget this until that stability and well-being are threatened. Even small rises in global temperatures will have such likely impacts as: sea level rise; more frequent heat waves, droughts, and extreme weather events such as torrential rains and ?oods; increased tropical diseases in now-temperate regions; and more intense hurricanes. It could lead to signi?cant reduction in agricultural output, especially in poor countries.

Low-lying regions, indeed entire islands, could ?nd themselves under water. (This is not to mention the various negative impacts climate change could have on God’s other creatures.) Each of these impacts increases the likelihood of refugees from ?ooding or famine, violent con?icts, Millions of people could die in this century because of climate change, most

of them our poorest global neighbors. Jesus said: “Love your neighbor as yourself.” —MK. 12:31

WHILE WE cannot here review the full range of relevant biblical convictions related to care of the creation, we emphasize the following points:

? Christians must care about climate change because we love God the Creator and Jesus our Lord, through whom and for whom the creation was made. This is God’s world, and any damage that we do to God’s world is an offense against God Himself (Gen. 1; Ps. 24; Col. 1:16).

? Christians must care about climate change because we are called to love our neighbors, to do unto others as we would have them do unto us, and to protect and care for the least of these as though each was Jesus Christ himself (Mt. 22:34–40; Mt. 7:12; Mt. 25:31–46).

? Christians, noting the fact that most of the climate change problem is human induced, are reminded that when God made humanity he commissioned us to exercise stewardship over the earth and its creatures. Climate change is the latest evidence of our failure to exercise proper stewardship, and constitutes a critical opportunity for us to do better (Gen. 1:26–28).

Love of God, love of neighbor, and the demands of stewardship are more than enough reason for evangelical Christians to respond to the climate change problem with moral passion and concrete action. Christians must care about climate change because we are called to love our neighbors.

CLAIM 3

Christian Moral Convictions Demand Our Response to the Climate Change Problem

THE BASIC TASK for all of the world’s inhabitants is to ?nd ways now to begin to reduce the carbon dioxide emissions from the burning of fossil fuels that are the primary cause of human-induced climate change.

There are several reasons for urgency. First, deadly impacts are being experienced now. Second, the oceans only warm slowly, creating a lag in experiencing the consequences. Much of the climate change to which we are already committed will not be realized for several decades. The consequences of the pollution we create now will be visited upon our children and grandchildren. Third, as individuals and as a society we are making long-term decisions

today that will determine how much carbon dioxide we will emit in the future, such as whether to purchase energy ef?cient vehicles and appliances that will last for 10-20 years, or whether to build more coal-burning power plants that last for 50 years rather than investing more in energy ef?ciency and renewable energy.

In the United States, the most important immediate step that can be taken at the federal level is to pass and implement national legislation requiring suf?cient economy-wide reductions in carbon dioxide emissions through cost-effective, market based mechanisms such as a cap-and-trade program.

On June 22, 2005 the Senate passed the Domenici Bingaman resolution af?rming this approach,

and a number of major energy companies now acknowledge that this method is best both for the environment and for business.

Numerous positive actions to prevent and mitigate climate change are being implemented across our society by state and local governments, churches, smaller businesses, and individuals.

CLAIM 4

The need to act now is urgent. Governments, businesses, churches, and individuals all have a role to play in addressing climate change—starting now.

We commend the Senators who have taken this stand and encourage them to ful?ll their pledge. We also applaud the steps taken by such companies as

BP, Shell, General Electric, Cinergy, Duke Energy, and DuPont, all of which have moved ahead of

the pace of government action through innovative measures implemented within their companies in the U.S. and around the world. In so doing they have offered timely leadership.

Numerous positive actions to prevent and mitigate climate change are being implemented across our society by state and local governments, churches, smaller businesses, and individuals. These commendable efforts focus on such matters as energy ef?ciency, the use of renewable energy, low CO 2 emitting technologies, and the purchase of hybrid vehicles. These efforts can easily be shown to save money, save energy, reduce global warming pollution as well as air pollution that harm human health, and eventually pay for themselves. There

is much more to be done, but these pioneers are already helping to show the way forward.

Finally, while we must reduce our global warming pollution to help mitigate the impacts of climate change, as a society and as individuals we must also help the poor adapt to the signi?cant harm that global warming will cause.

Christians Acting On Climate Change

The Next Step How Laudato Si’ Extends Catholic Social Teaching Anthony Annett July 7, 2015 – 3:39pm In the postwar era, the church also started to pay more attention to the stark imbalances between richer and poorer countries, not just between … Continue reading

The Next Step

How Laudato Si’ Extends Catholic Social Teaching

In the postwar era, the church also started to pay more attention to the stark imbalances between richer and poorer countries, not just between the rich and the poor in a single country. Noting that excess and overconsumption often had its counterpart in exclusion and underdevelopment, it called for greater global solidarity between north and south and for citizens of richer countries to move away from lifestyles characterized by waste and surfeit.

It is fair to say that, until now, most of Catholic social teaching has been variations on a basic theme—the need for economic relations between people and nations to be guided by justice and mutual responsibility. This theme remains very pertinent in our world of enormous inequality. A mere 1 percent of the world’s population controls half of the world’s wealth. Over 2 billion people are mired in extreme poverty, and almost a billion people suffer from hunger. Elsewhere, and not always far away, we see astounding opulence and wastefulness. Catholic social teaching signals a clear moral imperative to correct these imbalances.

Harking back to Genesis, Pope Francis teaches that “human life is grounded in three fundamental and closely intertwined relationships: with God, with our neighbor, and with the earth itself.”

The global economy is now over two hundred times larger than it was at the outset of the industrial revolution. But its rapid expansion has come at the expense of the planet and its climate. Already, the concentration of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere has jumped to a level not seen in 3 million years—and this over a mere century and a half, a blink of an eye in planetary history. The overwhelming weight of science tells us that if we continue burning fossils fuels at this rate, we can expect global temperatures to rise by 4 to 6 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels by the end of this century. This would have catastrophic implications for life as we know it. We would expect to witness more severe droughts, flooding, and extreme weather events. Crop yields would decline dramatically. Some small island nations would simply cease to exist. And those least responsible for climate change will be hit hardest by it. Pope Francis asks what kind of world we wish to leave our children. Surely not this one.

Climate change is not even the whole story. There is also the acidification of the oceans, depletion of freshwater resources, rapid deforestation, large-scale pollution caused by chemicals and fossil fuels, and a dramatic degradation of ecosystems and loss of biodiversity. It is remarkable thatLaudato si’ touches directly on many of these issues, displaying a keen awareness of the scale and complexity of the environmental crisis.

In conformity with prior teaching,Laudato si’ is deeply suspicious of the classical liberal emphasis on individual autonomy and promotion of self-interest as the prime motivating force of economic interaction. Francis understands that an ideology based on “collective selfishness” and a “deified market” cannot bring about social inclusion or environmental sustainability. It leads instead to an exaggerated focus on short-term profit, and it contributes to a throwaway culture that disdains both the earth and the excluded. One clear example of this short-sightedness can be found in the avaricious behavior of the financial sector, the force behind the global economic crisis of 2008.

Pope Blames Markets for Environment’s Ills

Pontiff condemns global warming as outgrowth of global consumerism


On Planet in Distress, a Papal Call to Action

Pope Francis has written the first papal encyclical focused solely on the environment, attempting to reframe care of the earth as a moral and spiritual concern, and not just a matter of politics, science and economics. In the document, “Laudato Si: On Care for Our Common Home,” he argues that the environment is in crisis – cities to oceans, forests to farmland. He emphasizes that the poor are most affected by damage from what he describes as economic systems that favor the wealthy, and political systems that lack the courage to look beyond short-term rewards. But the encyclical is addressed to everyone on the planet. Its 184 pages are an urgent, accessible call to action, making a case that all is interconnected, including the solutions to the grave environmental crisis.


ENCYCLICAL LETTER
LAUDATO SI’
OF THE HOLY FATHER
FRANCIS
ON CARE FOR OUR COMMON HOME

 


@GeorgeMonbiot

I see the encyclical by Pope Francis, which will be published on Thursday, as a potential turning point. He will argue that not only the physical survival of the poor, but also our spiritual welfare depends on the protection of the natural world; and in both respects he is right.

I don’t mean that a belief in God is the answer to our environmental crisis. Among Pope Francis’s opponents is the evangelical US-based Cornwall Alliance for the Stewardship of Creation, which has written to him arguing that we have a holy duty to keep burning fossil fuel, as “the heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament proclaims his handiwork”. It also insists that exercising the dominion granted to humankind in Genesis means tilling “the whole Earth”, transforming it “from wilderness to garden and ultimately to garden city”.

There are similar tendencies within the Vatican. Cardinal George Pell, its head of finance, currently immersed in a scandal involving paedophile priests in Australia, is a prominent climate change denier. His lecture to the Global Warming Policy Foundation was the usual catalogue of zombie myths (discredited claims that keep resurfacing), nonsequiturs and outright garbage championing, for example, the groundless claim that undersea volcanoes could be responsible for global warming. There are plenty of senior Catholics seeking to undermine the pope’s defence of the living world, which could explain why a draft of his encyclical was leaked. What I mean is that Pope Francis, a man with whom I disagree profoundly on matters such as equal marriage and contraception, reminds us that the living world provides not only material goods and tangible services, but is also essential to other aspects of our wellbeing. And you  don’t have to believe in God to endorse that view.


Jeb Bush joins Republican backlash against pope on climate change

Wednesday 17 June 2015  

  • ‘I don’t get economic policy from my bishops or my cardinal or my pope’
  • Coal industry lobbyist says pope should promote fossil fuels to help poor

Republican presidential contender Jeb Bush joined forces with the coal industry and climate deniers in a gathering conservative backlash against the pope, lashing out against a leaked draft of the spiritual leader’s letter on climate change.

In his first official day on the presidential campaign trail, Bush, who is Catholic, told a town hall event in New Hampshire that Pope Francis should steer clear of global affairs.

The energy industry also turned on the pope, with the lobbyist for one of America’s biggest coalmining companies sending out an email blast on Tuesday, rebuking the church leader for failing to promote fossil fuels as a solution to global poverty.

In a campaign event last week, Republican presidential frontrunner Jeb Bush exhibited Stage 2 climate denial, saying (video available here),

Look, first of all, the climate is changing. I don’t think the science is clear what percentage is man-made and what percentage is natural. It’s convoluted. And for the people to say the science is decided on, this is just really arrogant, to be honest with you. It’s this intellectual arrogance that now you can’t even have a conversation about it.

The Politics

Unfortunately, denial of human-caused global warming may be a prerequisite for any viable Republican presidential candidate. Conservative and Tea Party Republicans are the one group of American voters among whom Stage 2 climate denial is the majority position, but they’re also the group that most reliably votes in GOP primary elections.

In American politics, a candidate first has to win a primary election before reaching the national ballot. For Republicans, that means appealing to conservatives. It’s not clear that a Republican presidential candidate can accept climate science and run a viable primary campaign.


 

.- Pope Francis used Sunday’s feast of Pentecost – the descent of the Holy Spirit – as an occasion to remind Christians of their duty to care for and respect the earth.

“The Holy Spirit whom Christ sent from the Father, and the Creator Spirit who gives life to all things, are one and the same,” the Pope said.

“Respect for creation, then, is a requirement of our faith: the ‘garden’ in which we live is not entrusted to us to be exploited, but rather to be cultivated and tended with respect.”

With Pope Francis’s Encyclical on Climate Change Done, Now a Vatican Sales Push – and Pushback

Converting the Fossil-Fuel Fundamentalists

Pope Francis is redefining the ongoing transition to greener energy as a moral and spiritual obligation.

Two years into what he says will be a brief tenure, the pope’s putting climate skeptics on the defensive.

Fretting about the fate of the Earth is part of his broader condemnation of the global status quo, which Francis considers to be a “throwaway culture.” And it explains why he and some of his top aides came to call for a transition to greener energy.


Does the pope’s support for action on climate change contradict Catholic principles? Climate science deniers want you to think so — and conservative media are running with their myths. Here are the facts:

Fossil Fuel-Funded Groups Attempt To Undermine Pope’s Action On Climate Change

Vatican Held Climate Change Summit In Advance Of Papal Encyclical. On April 28, the Vatican held a climate summit between religious authorities and climate and policy experts that aimed to produce a “joint statement on the moral and religious imperative of dealing with climate change in the context of sustainable development, highlighting the intrinsic connection between respect for the environment and respect for people – especially the poor, the excluded, victims of human trafficking and modern slavery, children, and future generations.” The summit is a precursor to Pope Francis’ forthcoming encyclical — an authoritative papal teaching — on climate change, which is expected to make similar connections between climate action and helping the poor. [Climate summit program, accessed 4/28/15; The Guardian, 4/28/15]

Climate ChangeDenying Groups Attempted To Counter The Climate Summit.  In response to the Vatican’s climate summit, the Heartland Institute sent their own delegation to Rome to “inform Pope Francis of the truth about climate science: There is no global warming crisis!” The Heartland Institute, joined by members of Committee for a Constructive Tomorrow (CFACT) and the Cornwall Alliance, attempted to dissuade the Pope from lending his moral authority to the climate change crisis.

These were the many English-language media outlets that covered this preliminary meeting favourably https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1koy-wIVpgBnZ90ydz_Z03VOBdmMiZy2T5gBRH0vYLDc/edit?pli=1#gid=0.

Wait until June when many of the major religions are expected to start campaigning seriously about climate change. Even the (conservative) Economist is calling for the Pope to be ‘tough-minded’ when he releases his Encyclical dealing with climate change. http://www.economist.com/blogs/erasmus/2015/04/pope-and-climate-change

It will be interesting to see how the Catholics of the Republican party respond.  On the extremist blogs – ‘a liberal, a Marxist, a communist, an extremist, a socialist, a tree hugger and an anti-capitalist’ (nothing like a bit of name-calling, eh Ted?), but will the 30% of Republican congressmen who are Catholic follow suit?


COMPASSIONATE EATING as CARE of CREATION
[Faith Out reach]
BY
MATTHEW C. HALTEMAN


COMMON DECLARATION ON ENVIRONMENTAL ETHICS

COMMON DECLARATION OF JOHN PAUL II
AND THE ECUMENICAL PATRIARCH
HIS HOLINESS BARTHOLOMEW I

Monday, 10 June 2002

We are gathered here today in the spirit of peace for the good of all human beings and for the care of creation. At this moment in history, at the beginning of the third millennium, we are saddened to see the daily suffering of a great number of people from violence, starvation, poverty and disease. We are also concerned about the negative consequences for humanity and for all creation resulting from the degradation of some basic natural resources such as water, air and land, brought about by an economic and technological progress which does not recognize and take into account its limits.

Almighty God envisioned a world of beauty and harmony, and He created it, making every part an expression of His freedom, wisdom and love (cf. Gen 1:1-25).

At the centre of the whole of creation, He placed us, human beings, with our inalienable human dignity. Although we share many features with the rest of the living beings, Almighty God went further with us and gave us an immortal soul, the source of self-awareness and freedom, endowments that make us in His image and likeness (cf. Gen 1:26-31;2:7). Marked with that resemblance, we have been placed by God in the world in order to cooperate with Him in realizing more and more fully the divine purpose for creation.

At the beginning of history, man and woman sinned by disobeying God and rejecting His design for creation. Among the results of this first sin was the destruction of the original harmony of creation. If we examine carefully the social and environmental crisis which the world community is facing, we must conclude that we are still betraying the mandate God has given us: to be stewards called to collaborate with God in watching over creation in holiness and wisdom.

God has not abandoned the world. It is His will that His design and our hope for it will be realized through our co-operation in restoring its original harmony. In our own time we are witnessing a growth of an ecological awareness which needs to be encouraged, so that it will lead to practical programmes and initiatives. An awareness of the relationship between God and humankind brings a fuller sense of the importance of the relationship between human beings and the natural environment, which is God’s creation and which God entrusted to us to guard with wisdom and love (cf. Gen 1:28).

Respect for creation stems from respect for human life and dignity. It is on the basis of our recognition that the world is created by God that we can discern an objective moral order within which to articulate a code of environmental ethics. In this perspective, Christians and all other believers have a specific role to play in proclaiming moral values and in educating people in ecological awareness, which is none other than responsibility towards self, towards others, towards creation.

What is required is an act of repentance on our part and a renewed attempt to view ourselves, one another, and the world around us within the perspective of the divine design for creation. The problem is not simply economic and technological; it is moral and spiritual. A solution at the economic and technological level can be found only if we undergo, in the most radical way, an inner change of heart, which can lead to a change in lifestyle and of unsustainable patterns of consumption and production. A genuine conversion in Christ will enable us to change the way we think and act.

First, we must regain humility and recognize the limits of our powers, and most importantly, the limits of our knowledge and judgement. We have been making decisions, taking actions and assigning values that are leading us away from the world as it should be, away from the design of God for creation, away from all that is essential for a healthy planet and a healthy commonwealth of people. A new approach and a new culture are needed, based on the centrality of the human person within creation and inspired by environmentally ethical behavior stemming from our triple relationship to God, to self and to creation. Such an ethics fosters interdependence and stresses the principles of universal solidarity, social justice and responsibility, in order to promote a true culture of life.

Secondly, we must frankly admit that humankind is entitled to something better than what we see around us. We and, much more, our children and future generations are entitled to a better world, a world free from degradation, violence and bloodshed, a world of generosity and love.

Thirdly, aware of the value of prayer, we must implore God the Creator to enlighten people everywhere regarding the duty to respect and carefully guard creation.

We therefore invite all men and women of good will to ponder the importance of the following ethical goals:

1. To think of the world’s children when we reflect on and evaluate our options for action.

2. To be open to study the true values based on the natural law that sustain every human culture.

3. To use science and technology in a full and constructive way, while recognizing that the findings of science have always to be evaluated in the light of the centrality of the human person, of the common good and of the inner purpose of creation. Science may help us to correct the mistakes of the past, in order to enhance the spiritual and material well-being of the present and future generations. It is love for our children that will show us the path that we must follow into the future.

4. To be humble regarding the idea of ownership and to be open to the demands of solidarity. Our mortality and our weakness of judgement together warn us not to take irreversible actions with what we choose to regard as our property during our brief stay on this earth. We have not been entrusted with unlimited power over creation, we are only stewards of the common heritage.

5. To acknowledge the diversity of situations and responsibilities in the work for a better world environment. We do not expect every person and every institution to assume the same burden. Everyone has a part to play, but for the demands of justice and charity to be respected the most affluent societies must carry the greater burden, and from them is demanded a sacrifice greater than can be offered by the poor. Religions, governments and institutions are faced by many different situations; but on the basis of the principle of subsidiarity all of them can take on some tasks, some part of the shared effort.

6. To promote a peaceful approach to disagreement about how to live on this earth, about how to share it and use it, about what to change and what to leave unchanged. It is not our desire to evade controversy about the environment, for we trust in the capacity of human reason and the path of dialogue to reach agreement. We commit ourselves to respect the views of all who disagree with us, seeking solutions through open exchange, without resorting to oppression and domination.

It is not too late. God’s world has incredible healing powers. Within a single generation, we could steer the earth toward our children’s future. Let that generation start now, with God’s help and blessing.

Rome – Venice, 10 June 2002


Evangelical Climate Initiative

ECI

CLAIM 1

Human-Induced Climate Change is Real and increasing international instability, which could

lead to more security threats to our nation. Poor nations and poor individuals have fewer

resources available to cope with major challenges and threats. The consequences of global warming will therefore hit the poor the hardest, in part because those areas likely to be signi?cantly affected ?rst are in the poorest regions of the world. Millions of people could die in this century because of climate change, most of them our poorest global neighbors.

CLAIM 2

The Consequences of Climate Change Will Be Signi?cant, and Will Hit the Poor the Hardest

THE EARTH’S NATURAL SYSTEMS

are resilient but not in?nitely so, and human civilizations are remarkably dependent on ecological stability and well-being. It is easy to forget this until that stability and well-being are threatened. Even small rises in global temperatures will have such likely impacts as: sea level rise; more frequent heat waves, droughts, and extreme weather events such as torrential rains and ?oods; increased tropical diseases in now-temperate regions; and more intense hurricanes. It could lead to signi?cant reduction in agricultural output, especially in poor countries.

Low-lying regions, indeed entire islands, could ?nd themselves under water. (This is not to mention the various negative impacts climate change could have on God’s other creatures.) Each of these impacts increases the likelihood of refugees from ?ooding or famine, violent con?icts, Millions of people could die in this century because of climate change, most

of them our poorest global neighbors. Jesus said: “Love your neighbor as yourself.” —MK. 12:31

WHILE WE cannot here review the full range of relevant biblical convictions related to care of the creation, we emphasize the following points:

? Christians must care about climate change because we love God the Creator and Jesus our Lord, through whom and for whom the creation was made. This is God’s world, and any damage that we do to God’s world is an offense against God Himself (Gen. 1; Ps. 24; Col. 1:16).

? Christians must care about climate change because we are called to love our neighbors, to do unto others as we would have them do unto us, and to protect and care for the least of these as though each was Jesus Christ himself (Mt. 22:34–40; Mt. 7:12; Mt. 25:31–46).

? Christians, noting the fact that most of the climate change problem is human induced, are reminded that when God made humanity he commissioned us to exercise stewardship over the earth and its creatures. Climate change is the latest evidence of our failure to exercise proper stewardship, and constitutes a critical opportunity for us to do better (Gen. 1:26–28).

Love of God, love of neighbor, and the demands of stewardship are more than enough reason for evangelical Christians to respond to the climate change problem with moral passion and concrete action. Christians must care about climate change because we are called to love our neighbors.

CLAIM 3

Christian Moral Convictions Demand Our Response to the Climate Change Problem

THE BASIC TASK for all of the world’s inhabitants is to ?nd ways now to begin to reduce the carbon dioxide emissions from the burning of fossil fuels that are the primary cause of human-induced climate change.

There are several reasons for urgency. First, deadly impacts are being experienced now. Second, the oceans only warm slowly, creating a lag in experiencing the consequences. Much of the climate change to which we are already committed will not be realized for several decades. The consequences of the pollution we create now will be visited upon our children and grandchildren. Third, as individuals and as a society we are making long-term decisions

today that will determine how much carbon dioxide we will emit in the future, such as whether to purchase energy ef?cient vehicles and appliances that will last for 10-20 years, or whether to build more coal-burning power plants that last for 50 years rather than investing more in energy ef?ciency and renewable energy.

In the United States, the most important immediate step that can be taken at the federal level is to pass and implement national legislation requiring suf?cient economy-wide reductions in carbon dioxide emissions through cost-effective, market based mechanisms such as a cap-and-trade program.

On June 22, 2005 the Senate passed the Domenici Bingaman resolution af?rming this approach,

and a number of major energy companies now acknowledge that this method is best both for the environment and for business.

Numerous positive actions to prevent and mitigate climate change are being implemented across our society by state and local governments, churches, smaller businesses, and individuals.

CLAIM 4

The need to act now is urgent. Governments, businesses, churches, and individuals all have a role to play in addressing climate change—starting now.

We commend the Senators who have taken this stand and encourage them to ful?ll their pledge. We also applaud the steps taken by such companies as

BP, Shell, General Electric, Cinergy, Duke Energy, and DuPont, all of which have moved ahead of

the pace of government action through innovative measures implemented within their companies in the U.S. and around the world. In so doing they have offered timely leadership.

Numerous positive actions to prevent and mitigate climate change are being implemented across our society by state and local governments, churches, smaller businesses, and individuals. These commendable efforts focus on such matters as energy ef?ciency, the use of renewable energy, low CO 2 emitting technologies, and the purchase of hybrid vehicles. These efforts can easily be shown to save money, save energy, reduce global warming pollution as well as air pollution that harm human health, and eventually pay for themselves. There

is much more to be done, but these pioneers are already helping to show the way forward.

Finally, while we must reduce our global warming pollution to help mitigate the impacts of climate change, as a society and as individuals we must also help the poor adapt to the signi?cant harm that global warming will cause.

Guerra en Siria

Madaya:

‘Los niños están comiendo hojas de los árboles’: el nuevo infierno sirio se llama Madaya (Vice News)
https://news.vice.com/es/article/ninos-estan-comiendo-hojas-arboles-nuevo-infierno-sirio-se-llama-madaya

La cercada ciudad siria de Madaya se muere de hambre (El País)
http://internacional.elpais.com/internacional/2016/01/07/actualidad/1452195548_011239.html

Acuerdo entre régimen y oposición permite evacuar combatientes y civiles en Siria (La Información)
http://noticias.lainformacion.com/disturbios-conflictos-y-guerra/guerra/acuerdo-entre-regimen-y-oposicion-permite-evacuar-combatientes-y-civiles-en-siria_n4ym2mnFkyUQrjMEBT0FP4/

La ayuda humanitaria no llegará a Madaya al menos hasta el lunes (El Correo)
http://www.elcorreo.com/bizkaia/internacional/oriente-proximo/201601/10/ayuda-humanitaria-llegara-madaya-20160110111425-rc.html

Published on Nov 19, 2015
LA VERDAD SOBRE SIRIA Por BEATRIZ TALEGÓN, expulsada de 13TV por criticar los bombardeos en SIRIA e IRAK y cuestionar la entrada de España en la guerra de Irak. Isabel Duran ha esxpulsado a Beatriz Talegón este miércoles del programa Más Claro Agua, en 13TV, tras una sonora bronca. La directora del programa, Isabel Durán, ha decidido anunciar, en directo, que Talegón no volverá a las tertulias después de un tenso rifirrafe entre la exsocialista, la propia Durán y el resto de contertulios que asistieron atónitos al espectáculo.

La discusión comenzó cuando Durán pidió a Talegón que opinara sobre quienes equiparan el atentado de París con la respuesta de Francia al bombardear posiciones de Estado Islámico en Siria. La exsocialista contestó pidiendo “valorar el tema con el rigor y la información que se merece” y arrancó acusando a Estados Unidos y al propio Gobierno español de “colaborar” con la venta de armas y vinculando a ambos con grupos terroristas.

Exaltada y citando a Putin, Talegón habló de “financiación” occidental a grupos terroristas, citó el 11M para decir que “por la gracia” de Aznar de apoyar a Bush se cometieron los atentados y dijo, en alusión a Hollande, que se están cambiando las leyes en el mundo “para crear un estado de terror”.

Ante la deriva que estaba tomando el debate, Durán interrumpió a Talegón para censurar sus acusaciones y para detener su “mitin” en directo: “El golpe es el de los terroristas: si no estás de acuerdo no tengo nada más que hablar contigo”, le dijo tras apuntar que en su programa “no se hacen acusaciones tan graves” como la de que el gobierno español “financia a los terroristas”.

Lejos de callarse, Talegón continuó atacando al PP y al programa, del que dijo que “sólo da información de un lado”. Durán terminó invitándola a marcharse: “A mí no me das órdenes. Te has equivocado de foro. Me desagrada el espectáculo que estás montando”. Mientras se quitaba el micrófono se escuchaba, fuera de cámara, a Talegón espetándole a Durán que sería “un placer” y diciendo que la echaban por dar su “opinión”.

El espectáculo continuó después en Twitter, donde Talegón anunció a sus seguidores que le “acababan de echar de 13TV por dar mi opinión y defender la paz”.

Putin ordena derribar los aviones de EEUU que suministran armas al Estado Islámico

Por Enrique_MONTÁNCHEZ

jueves 15 de octubre del 2015, 21:23h

En apenas dos semanas de bombardeos, la fuerza aérea rusa ha destruido el 40% de las infraestructuras y puestos de mando del Estado Islámico y del Frente Al-Nusra, algo que en año y medio no había logrado Estados Unidos.

Los pilotos norteamericanos y aliados recibieron la orden de no atacar al Frente Al-Nusra

Poco a poco trasciende que, en realidad, el Pentágono ha retrasado la derrota del Estado Islámico al tiempo que difundía una versiónmanipulada de la campaña militar ocultando que apoyaba a los combatientes yihadistas para que dirigiesen sus ataques contra el ejército de Damasco y facilitar así la caída del dictador Al-Asad.


Por: Ps José Linares Cerón

https://www.facebook.com/psjoselinares.ceron

La persecución religiosa en Irak empezó hace doce años, con la caída de Saddam Hussein. Los cristianos no podían ni regalar ejemplares del Nuevo Testamento, pero cuando llegan al poder grupos islamistas cada vez más radicales, como Al Qeda, comienza una sangrienta persecución, que ahora, con el Estado Islámico, es un genocidio criminal contra la humanidad que asesina a niños

¿Qué está pasando ahora?
El Estado Islámico está crucificando, decapitando y enterrando vivos a los niños cristianos y a otras minorías. Muchas familias han sido expulsadas de sus pueblos y han tenido que refugiarse en Jordania, Líbano o el Norte de Irán. En el Kurdistán iraquí ahora hay más de 120.000 cristianos que cruzaron la frontera con lo que llevaban puesto. Además, saquean las iglesias.

También secuestran a las mujeres y piden rescates tan altos que a veces las familias no logran pagarlos. Hace poco leí en un medio de comunicación, que los islámicos le dijeron a la familia de una niña de 17 años: ‘No queremos dinero, lo único que queremos es romper tu corazón, que sufras’, y luego fue hallada muerta y con signos de múltiples violaciones”.

Es una historia entre centenares. Cada familia de Irak ya tiene un mártir. Cada familia lleva una historia de un éxodo muy doloroso, que es abandonar la casa en cinco minutos para salvar su vida, dejando negocio, escuela de los niños, iglesia.

Los yihadistas, cuando llegan a los pueblos les dan dos opciones a los cristianos: que se conviertan al Islam o que paguen 300 dólares en oro, que para ellos es imposible. Entonces la tercera opción es irse, pero a veces los matan.

La persecución
El primer objetivo del Estado Islámico y de Boko Haram, otro grupo terrorista, según dijo su portavoz oficial, es convocar la guerra santa contra los cristianos. Un clérigo de nivel muy alto de Arabia Saudí acaba de decir que tienen que quemar todas las iglesias cristianas de la Península Arábica, declaración que no apareció en los medios de comunicación internacional.

¿Por qué tanto odio?
Lo primero es que los islamistas creen que esa es su tierra, la de sus antepasados y la del islam, y quieren hacer un gran califato desde India hasta España, y crear un estado islámico puro.
Pero se equivocan porque Irak y Siria fue la tierra de los primeros profetas, de Abraham, esa es la antigua Mesopotamia, la presencia de los cristianos es bimilenaria, mientras que los musulmanes llegaron en el Siglo VII, pero con la espada han matado a muchos para conquistar esas tierras.

Detrás de esta persecución hay muchísimos intereses que no tienen nada qué ver con la religión: venta de droga, de armas, de seres humanos, influencia de poderes económicos, territoriales. Hace poco el Gobierno iraquí pidió a la ONU investigar una fosa común con centenares de cadáveres porque descubrieron que ninguno tenía órganos internos, o sea que antes de matarlos o después sacaban los órganos para el tráfico ilegal.

En Siria se vive un genocidio criminal
En Siria se habla de 250.000 víctimas mortales y de 180.000 desaparecidos, lo cierto es que en ese país había 22 millones de habitantes y ahora la mitad ya no viven en sus hogares. Se han refugiado en Europa o en otra parte de Siria, pero la gran mayoría de ellos son musulmanes, no cristianos. Se sabe que el Estado Islámico robó 3800 pasaportes en blanco y que la Policía búlgara detuvo cinco yihadistas camuflados entre los refugiados, lo que significa que esto puede ser el Caballo de Troya para Europa, porque los yihadistas amenazaron con mandar allá a medio millón de refugiados para provocar un caos e islamizar el continente.

Conclusión
La salida tiene que ser una intervención internacional. Los gobernantes tienen que tomar decisiones muy concretas. Así que esa intervención internacional es muy importante para establecer la paz en Oriente Medio. Nosotros no podemos esperar a que los políticos tomen sus decisiones mientras que la gente es perseguida, se muere de hambre y vive en centros de refugiados. Debemos orar y presionar a las autoridades diplomáticas de nuestros países. América latina cristiana debe tener presencia en centros de refugios y ayudar con los recursos que podamos dar a nuestro prójimo y hermanos en la fe.

Madaya:

‘Los niños están comiendo hojas de los árboles’: el nuevo infierno sirio se llama Madaya (Vice News)
https://news.vice.com/es/article/ninos-estan-comiendo-hojas-arboles-nuevo-infierno-sirio-se-llama-madaya

La cercada ciudad siria de Madaya se muere de hambre (El País)
http://internacional.elpais.com/internacional/2016/01/07/actualidad/1452195548_011239.html

Acuerdo entre régimen y oposición permite evacuar combatientes y civiles en Siria (La Información)
http://noticias.lainformacion.com/disturbios-conflictos-y-guerra/guerra/acuerdo-entre-regimen-y-oposicion-permite-evacuar-combatientes-y-civiles-en-siria_n4ym2mnFkyUQrjMEBT0FP4/

La ayuda humanitaria no llegará a Madaya al menos hasta el lunes (El Correo)
http://www.elcorreo.com/bizkaia/internacional/oriente-proximo/201601/10/ayuda-humanitaria-llegara-madaya-20160110111425-rc.html


Published on Nov 19, 2015
LA VERDAD SOBRE SIRIA Por BEATRIZ TALEGÓN, expulsada de 13TV por criticar los bombardeos en SIRIA e IRAK y cuestionar la entrada de España en la guerra de Irak. Isabel Duran ha esxpulsado a Beatriz Talegón este miércoles del programa Más Claro Agua, en 13TV, tras una sonora bronca. La directora del programa, Isabel Durán, ha decidido anunciar, en directo, que Talegón no volverá a las tertulias después de un tenso rifirrafe entre la exsocialista, la propia Durán y el resto de contertulios que asistieron atónitos al espectáculo.

La discusión comenzó cuando Durán pidió a Talegón que opinara sobre quienes equiparan el atentado de París con la respuesta de Francia al bombardear posiciones de Estado Islámico en Siria. La exsocialista contestó pidiendo “valorar el tema con el rigor y la información que se merece” y arrancó acusando a Estados Unidos y al propio Gobierno español de “colaborar” con la venta de armas y vinculando a ambos con grupos terroristas.

Exaltada y citando a Putin, Talegón habló de “financiación” occidental a grupos terroristas, citó el 11M para decir que “por la gracia” de Aznar de apoyar a Bush se cometieron los atentados y dijo, en alusión a Hollande, que se están cambiando las leyes en el mundo “para crear un estado de terror”.

Ante la deriva que estaba tomando el debate, Durán interrumpió a Talegón para censurar sus acusaciones y para detener su “mitin” en directo: “El golpe es el de los terroristas: si no estás de acuerdo no tengo nada más que hablar contigo”, le dijo tras apuntar que en su programa “no se hacen acusaciones tan graves” como la de que el gobierno español “financia a los terroristas”.

Lejos de callarse, Talegón continuó atacando al PP y al programa, del que dijo que “sólo da información de un lado”. Durán terminó invitándola a marcharse: “A mí no me das órdenes. Te has equivocado de foro. Me desagrada el espectáculo que estás montando”. Mientras se quitaba el micrófono se escuchaba, fuera de cámara, a Talegón espetándole a Durán que sería “un placer” y diciendo que la echaban por dar su “opinión”.

El espectáculo continuó después en Twitter, donde Talegón anunció a sus seguidores que le “acababan de echar de 13TV por dar mi opinión y defender la paz”.

Putin ordena derribar los aviones de EEUU que suministran armas al Estado Islámico

Por Enrique_MONTÁNCHEZ

jueves 15 de octubre del 2015, 21:23h

En apenas dos semanas de bombardeos, la fuerza aérea rusa ha destruido el 40% de las infraestructuras y puestos de mando del Estado Islámico y del Frente Al-Nusra, algo que en año y medio no había logrado Estados Unidos.

Los pilotos norteamericanos y aliados recibieron la orden de no atacar al Frente Al-Nusra

Poco a poco trasciende que, en realidad, el Pentágono ha retrasado la derrota del Estado Islámico al tiempo que difundía una versiónmanipulada de la campaña militar ocultando que apoyaba a los combatientes yihadistas para que dirigiesen sus ataques contra el ejército de Damasco y facilitar así la caída del dictador Al-Asad.



Por: Ps José Linares Cerón

https://www.facebook.com/psjoselinares.ceron

La persecución religiosa en Irak empezó hace doce años, con la caída de Saddam Hussein. Los cristianos no podían ni regalar ejemplares del Nuevo Testamento, pero cuando llegan al poder grupos islamistas cada vez más radicales, como Al Qeda, comienza una sangrienta persecución, que ahora, con el Estado Islámico, es un genocidio criminal contra la humanidad que asesina a niños

¿Qué está pasando ahora?
El Estado Islámico está crucificando, decapitando y enterrando vivos a los niños cristianos y a otras minorías. Muchas familias han sido expulsadas de sus pueblos y han tenido que refugiarse en Jordania, Líbano o el Norte de Irán. En el Kurdistán iraquí ahora hay más de 120.000 cristianos que cruzaron la frontera con lo que llevaban puesto. Además, saquean las iglesias.

También secuestran a las mujeres y piden rescates tan altos que a veces las familias no logran pagarlos. Hace poco leí en un medio de comunicación, que los islámicos le dijeron a la familia de una niña de 17 años: ‘No queremos dinero, lo único que queremos es romper tu corazón, que sufras’, y luego fue hallada muerta y con signos de múltiples violaciones”.

Es una historia entre centenares. Cada familia de Irak ya tiene un mártir. Cada familia lleva una historia de un éxodo muy doloroso, que es abandonar la casa en cinco minutos para salvar su vida, dejando negocio, escuela de los niños, iglesia.

Los yihadistas, cuando llegan a los pueblos les dan dos opciones a los cristianos: que se conviertan al Islam o que paguen 300 dólares en oro, que para ellos es imposible. Entonces la tercera opción es irse, pero a veces los matan.

La persecución
El primer objetivo del Estado Islámico y de Boko Haram, otro grupo terrorista, según dijo su portavoz oficial, es convocar la guerra santa contra los cristianos. Un clérigo de nivel muy alto de Arabia Saudí acaba de decir que tienen que quemar todas las iglesias cristianas de la Península Arábica, declaración que no apareció en los medios de comunicación internacional.

¿Por qué tanto odio?
Lo primero es que los islamistas creen que esa es su tierra, la de sus antepasados y la del islam, y quieren hacer un gran califato desde India hasta España, y crear un estado islámico puro.
Pero se equivocan porque Irak y Siria fue la tierra de los primeros profetas, de Abraham, esa es la antigua Mesopotamia, la presencia de los cristianos es bimilenaria, mientras que los musulmanes llegaron en el Siglo VII, pero con la espada han matado a muchos para conquistar esas tierras.

Detrás de esta persecución hay muchísimos intereses que no tienen nada qué ver con la religión: venta de droga, de armas, de seres humanos, influencia de poderes económicos, territoriales. Hace poco el Gobierno iraquí pidió a la ONU investigar una fosa común con centenares de cadáveres porque descubrieron que ninguno tenía órganos internos, o sea que antes de matarlos o después sacaban los órganos para el tráfico ilegal.

En Siria se vive un genocidio criminal
En Siria se habla de 250.000 víctimas mortales y de 180.000 desaparecidos, lo cierto es que en ese país había 22 millones de habitantes y ahora la mitad ya no viven en sus hogares. Se han refugiado en Europa o en otra parte de Siria, pero la gran mayoría de ellos son musulmanes, no cristianos. Se sabe que el Estado Islámico robó 3800 pasaportes en blanco y que la Policía búlgara detuvo cinco yihadistas camuflados entre los refugiados, lo que significa que esto puede ser el Caballo de Troya para Europa, porque los yihadistas amenazaron con mandar allá a medio millón de refugiados para provocar un caos e islamizar el continente.

Conclusión
La salida tiene que ser una intervención internacional. Los gobernantes tienen que tomar decisiones muy concretas. Así que esa intervención internacional es muy importante para establecer la paz en Oriente Medio. Nosotros no podemos esperar a que los políticos tomen sus decisiones mientras que la gente es perseguida, se muere de hambre y vive en centros de refugiados. Debemos orar y presionar a las autoridades diplomáticas de nuestros países. América latina cristiana debe tener presencia en centros de refugios y ayudar con los recursos que podamos dar a nuestro prójimo y hermanos en la fe.

Los cristianos del Medio Oriente

Hay una falla fundamental en el ser humano, que cuando se encuentra con unos billoncitos de más, lo único que se le ocurre es causar dolor y destrucción .


Ante el genocidio y a través de la campaña de la Fundación Novae Terrae en CitizenGOsúmate a la petición a Naciones Unidas, cuyo Consejo de Seguridad se reúne este mes, para que «pase de las palabras a los hechos».

La Fundación Novae Terrae considera que es el momento «de pasar de las palabras a los hechos» ante los crimines de guerra y contra la humanidad y el verdadero genocidio cristiano. Para ello ha lanzado una iniciativa mundial a través de CitizenGO secundada de momento por más de 100.000 ciudadanos de más de 50 países. En concreto piden lo siguiente:
  • Elaboren, promuevan y sostengan medidas concretas y claras para defender y proteger a las minorías religiosas en Medio Oriente. Adopte el Plan de Acción anunciado para este septiembre por el secretario general en defensa de los derechos humanos y la libertad religiosa de las minorías donde el Estado Islámico ha perpetrado verdaderas masacres y crímenes contra la humanidad.
  • Promuevan y adopten un marco legal que incluya sanciones y apelaciones a la Corte Penal Internacional
  • Aprueben medidas que frenen la ayuda financiera y el tráfico de armas a ISIS y sus grupos afiliados.

Hay que entender que los grupos que atacan a los cristianos no son solo los “Islamitas malos”  (en la retorica de Washington), sino también grupos apoyados por los Estados Unidos, al punto de   recibir salarios del gobierno de Estados Unidos. Grupos como Nusra (un trasplante de Al-Qaeda en Iraq), Frente Islámico, y ISIS, son apoyados financieramente por naciones del Golfo Pérsico como Saudí Arabia, Qatar, y Kuwait – todos aliados de Estados Unidos.

Cuando los lideres cristianos del Medio Oriente se refieren al “silencio de Occidente,” con referencia a la destrucción sistemática de iglesias, están señalando la complicidad de los gobiernos europeos y estadounidenses  en el genocidio.

Los cristianos del oriente medio representan uno de los grupos más influyentes y dedicados a un nacionalismo secular en sus países.  Definitivamente no son como se pretende una minoría irrelevante sino participantes clave de las sociedades Levantinas  (especialmente en Siria, Líbano, Iraq, Palestina).

Hay un intensión clara y manifiesta de fragmentar el Medio Oriente en débiles Estados teocraticos y negar el nacionalismo árabe secular, un movimiento fundado por cristianos ortodoxos como Constantin Zureiq  y Michel Aflaq. No hay espacio para los cristianos de oriente medio en los planes del imperio. Un mapa potencial del Medio Oriente, creado por Ralph Peters, planta un división en regiones Shia, Sunni, y Kurda, sin lugar alguno para los cristianos. En su articulo  “Blood Borders,” Peters admite que la limpieza étnica es elemento esencial del plan.

Hay una falla fundamental en el ser humano, que cuando se encuentra con unos billoncitos de más, lo único que se le ocurre es causar dolor y destrucción .


Ante el genocidio y a través de la campaña de la Fundación Novae Terrae en CitizenGOsúmate a la petición a Naciones Unidas, cuyo Consejo de Seguridad se reúne este mes, para que «pase de las palabras a los hechos».

La Fundación Novae Terrae considera que es el momento «de pasar de las palabras a los hechos» ante los crimines de guerra y contra la humanidad y el verdadero genocidio cristiano. Para ello ha lanzado una iniciativa mundial a través de CitizenGO secundada de momento por más de 100.000 ciudadanos de más de 50 países. En concreto piden lo siguiente:
  • Elaboren, promuevan y sostengan medidas concretas y claras para defender y proteger a las minorías religiosas en Medio Oriente. Adopte el Plan de Acción anunciado para este septiembre por el secretario general en defensa de los derechos humanos y la libertad religiosa de las minorías donde el Estado Islámico ha perpetrado verdaderas masacres y crímenes contra la humanidad.
  • Promuevan y adopten un marco legal que incluya sanciones y apelaciones a la Corte Penal Internacional
  • Aprueben medidas que frenen la ayuda financiera y el tráfico de armas a ISIS y sus grupos afiliados.

Hay que entender que los grupos que atacan a los cristianos no son solo los “Islamitas malos”  (en la retorica de Washington), sino también grupos apoyados por los Estados Unidos, al punto de   recibir salarios del gobierno de Estados Unidos. Grupos como Nusra (un trasplante de Al-Qaeda en Iraq), Frente Islámico, y ISIS, son apoyados financieramente por naciones del Golfo Pérsico como Saudí Arabia, Qatar, y Kuwait – todos aliados de Estados Unidos.

Cuando los lideres cristianos del Medio Oriente se refieren al “silencio de Occidente,” con referencia a la destrucción sistemática de iglesias, están señalando la complicidad de los gobiernos europeos y estadounidenses  en el genocidio.

Los cristianos del oriente medio representan uno de los grupos más influyentes y dedicados a un nacionalismo secular en sus países.  Definitivamente no son como se pretende una minoría irrelevante sino participantes clave de las sociedades Levantinas  (especialmente en Siria, Líbano, Iraq, Palestina).

Hay un intensión clara y manifiesta de fragmentar el Medio Oriente en débiles Estados teocraticos y negar el nacionalismo árabe secular, un movimiento fundado por cristianos ortodoxos como Constantin Zureiq  y Michel Aflaq. No hay espacio para los cristianos de oriente medio en los planes del imperio. Un mapa potencial del Medio Oriente, creado por Ralph Peters, planta un división en regiones Shia, Sunni, y Kurda, sin lugar alguno para los cristianos. En su articulo  “Blood Borders,” Peters admite que la limpieza étnica es elemento esencial del plan.

El mito del México mestizo

Dice Héctor Pérez Martínez (Pérez-Martinez, 2014), en su biografía de Cuauhtémoc, que La Conquista es un hecho consumado, relevante como elemento formador de México como país mestizo: tal planteamiento supone la cauterización de heridas que todavía en el tercer mileno destilan pus. Si bien es cierto que la población mexicana es mestiza, caracterizar a México como país mestizo es una simplificación que ignora la realidad de varios Méxicos distintos y contra puestos: en una perspectiva mínima, el criollo, el mestizo, y el americano. Decía Paz en El Laberinto de la soledad (Paz, 2015):

«En nuestro territorio conviven no sólo distintas razas y lenguas, sino varios niveles históricos. Hay quienes viven antes de la historia; otros, como los otomíes, desplazados por sucesivas invasiones, al margen de ella. Y sin acudir a estos extremos, varias épocas se enfrentan, se ignoran o se entre devoran sobre una misma tierra o separadas apenas por unos kilómetros. Bajo un mismo cielo, con héroes, costumbres, calendarios y nociones morales diferentes, viven “católicos de Pedro el Ermitaño y jacobinos de la Era Terciaria”. Las épocas viejas nunca desaparecen completamente y todas las heridas, aun las más antiguas, manan sangre todavía. A veces, como las pirámides precortesianas que ocultan casi siempre otras, en una sola ciudad o en una sola alma se mezclan y superponen nociones y sensibilidades enemigas o distantes.»

México es nación apenas convencionalmente, sin embargo, basta que alguien cruce la frontera para que se plante su mexicanidad por el mismo y por los otros.

En el proceso de sucesión presidencial en Estados Unidos se ha manifestado como tema central el racismo contra la población nativa, particularmente expresado en los exabruptos antimexicanos de Donald Trump. La reacción popular y de los medios de comunicación ha sido la de considerar a Trump como un loco irresponsable y no ha faltado la obligada referencia a Hitler. Tal planteamiento pasa por alto que Trump no hace más que articular el sentir de una gran parte del pueblo gringo: Los Tea-partiers. Ignora también la endeble posición moral del gobierno mexicano, que no solo propicia con su corrupción e ineficiencia el sustrato socioeconómico que provoca la situación en primer lugar, sino que también permite y propicia un verdadero infierno para los hermanos centroamericanos que entran a México ilegalmente.

Los argumentos y expresiones de Trump se pudieran utilizar verbatim en reversa, ya que las políticas y acciones de los Estados Unidos provocan la crisis que empujan a los campesinos mexicanos hacia El Norte: en plena justicia se puede exigir que los culpables paguen las consecuencias de sus actos: las asimetrías de poder dictan la realidad de que los patos no le tiran a las escopetas.

La frontera México-Estados Unidos, o México-Centroamérica, es un accidente histórico que nada tiene de natural o fijo y que no es un argumento válido moralmente para negar el libre tránsito de gente que tiene arraigo ancestral en tierras americanas.

La probada metodología de alcohólicos anónimos ha establecido la práctica de que el primer paso para solucionar un problema es reconocer su existencia. México nunca podrá superar las contradicciones fundamentales que han inhibido su desarrollo por siglos sin antes reconocerlas plenamente.

Paz, O. (2015). El laberinto de la soledad. México: Fondo de Cultura Económica.

Pérez-Martinez, H. (2014). Cuauhtémoc, vida y muerte de una cultura. México: CONACULTA.

Dice Héctor Pérez Martínez (Pérez-Martinez, 2014), en su biografía de Cuauhtémoc, que La Conquista es un hecho consumado, relevante como elemento formador de México como país mestizo: tal planteamiento supone la cauterización de heridas que todavía en el tercer mileno destilan pus. Si bien es cierto que la población mexicana es mestiza, caracterizar a México como país mestizo es una simplificación que ignora la realidad de varios Méxicos distintos y contra puestos: en una perspectiva mínima, el criollo, el mestizo, y el americano. Decía Paz en El Laberinto de la soledad (Paz, 2015):

«En nuestro territorio conviven no sólo distintas razas y lenguas, sino varios niveles históricos. Hay quienes viven antes de la historia; otros, como los otomíes, desplazados por sucesivas invasiones, al margen de ella. Y sin acudir a estos extremos, varias épocas se enfrentan, se ignoran o se entre devoran sobre una misma tierra o separadas apenas por unos kilómetros. Bajo un mismo cielo, con héroes, costumbres, calendarios y nociones morales diferentes, viven “católicos de Pedro el Ermitaño y jacobinos de la Era Terciaria”. Las épocas viejas nunca desaparecen completamente y todas las heridas, aun las más antiguas, manan sangre todavía. A veces, como las pirámides precortesianas que ocultan casi siempre otras, en una sola ciudad o en una sola alma se mezclan y superponen nociones y sensibilidades enemigas o distantes.»

México es nación apenas convencionalmente, sin embargo, basta que alguien cruce la frontera para que se plante su mexicanidad por el mismo y por los otros.

En el proceso de sucesión presidencial en Estados Unidos se ha manifestado como tema central el racismo contra la población nativa, particularmente expresado en los exabruptos antimexicanos de Donald Trump. La reacción popular y de los medios de comunicación ha sido la de considerar a Trump como un loco irresponsable y no ha faltado la obligada referencia a Hitler. Tal planteamiento pasa por alto que Trump no hace más que articular el sentir de una gran parte del pueblo gringo: Los Tea-partiers. Ignora también la endeble posición moral del gobierno mexicano, que no solo propicia con su corrupción e ineficiencia el sustrato socioeconómico que provoca la situación en primer lugar, sino que también permite y propicia un verdadero infierno para los hermanos centroamericanos que entran a México ilegalmente.

Los argumentos y expresiones de Trump se pudieran utilizar verbatim en reversa, ya que las políticas y acciones de los Estados Unidos provocan la crisis que empujan a los campesinos mexicanos hacia El Norte: en plena justicia se puede exigir que los culpables paguen las consecuencias de sus actos: las asimetrías de poder dictan la realidad de que los patos no le tiran a las escopetas.

La frontera México-Estados Unidos, o México-Centroamérica, es un accidente histórico que nada tiene de natural o fijo y que no es un argumento válido moralmente para negar el libre tránsito de gente que tiene arraigo ancestral en tierras americanas.

La probada metodología de alcohólicos anónimos ha establecido la práctica de que el primer paso para solucionar un problema es reconocer su existencia. México nunca podrá superar las contradicciones fundamentales que han inhibido su desarrollo por siglos sin antes reconocerlas plenamente.

Paz, O. (2015). El laberinto de la soledad. México: Fondo de Cultura Económica.

Pérez-Martinez, H. (2014). Cuauhtémoc, vida y muerte de una cultura. México: CONACULTA.

Tlahuiztlampa

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Tlahuiztlampa, hemisferio del Este con sus respectivos árboles, templos, patrones y símbolos adivinatorios.
Tlahuiztlampa (en náhuatl: tlahuiztlampa, ‘direccion del lugar del amanecer’tlahuizcalli, el amanecer; tlan, lugar; pa, sireccion’) en la mitología mexica es el punto cardinal del Oriente, en el oriente se recibe el consejo de los ancestros, y es a través de ellos que se conectan con Quetzalcóatl, la serpiente emplumada que aprendió a volar por medio de la sabiduría preciosa, éste guardián del Tlahuiztlampa, el oriente, se erige como el carrizo a fin de ascender toda su energía creadora hasta los mundos suprasensibles, lo representa el atecocolli (caracol), símbolo de la evolución constante, con el que se asiste para desarrollar la sabiduría que ha de guiar las vidas, su mayor manifestación es el rayo de luz primigenio, que muestra los misterios del universo y enseña la manera correcta de vivir para llegar a ser un verdadero macehualli (un hombre merecido) sobre esta tierra, sobre el tlalticpac, lugar donde la realidad es cambiante y perecedera del mundo.[2]

Page 49 of the Codex Borgia. |Source=1898 facsimile edition, online at [http://www.famsi.org/research/loubat/ FAMSI.org] |Date=Pre-Columbian |Author=unknown }}

Tlahuiztlampa, hemisferio del Este con sus respectivos árboles, templos, patrones y símbolos adivinatorios.
Tlahuiztlampa (en náhuatl: tlahuiztlampa, ‘direccion del lugar del amanecer’tlahuizcalli, el amanecer; tlan, lugar; pa, sireccion’) en la mitología mexica es el punto cardinal del Oriente, en el oriente se recibe el consejo de los ancestros, y es a través de ellos que se conectan con Quetzalcóatl, la serpiente emplumada que aprendió a volar por medio de la sabiduría preciosa, éste guardián del Tlahuiztlampa, el oriente, se erige como el carrizo a fin de ascender toda su energía creadora hasta los mundos suprasensibles, lo representa el atecocolli (caracol), símbolo de la evolución constante, con el que se asiste para desarrollar la sabiduría que ha de guiar las vidas, su mayor manifestación es el rayo de luz primigenio, que muestra los misterios del universo y enseña la manera correcta de vivir para llegar a ser un verdadero macehualli (un hombre merecido) sobre esta tierra, sobre el tlalticpac, lugar donde la realidad es cambiante y perecedera del mundo.[2]