I recently happened to see “The Great Dictator,” a brilliant film Charlie Chaplin created in 1940. His ending speech really sat me back, and seemed as relevant now as it was then. So … here’s a variation of my usual blog. I’ll post excerpts from his speech, then two articles about current events that exemplify the excerpts. If you wish to see the segment from the film … https://www.charliechaplin.com/en/articles/29-the-final-speech-from-the-great-dictator-
Afterwards, I’ll add comments about how that might apply to each of us, in terms of greater sustainability.… Keep reading
Leaders provide a model that others can copy and improve upon. Finally, one nation has formally passed a zero-carbon bill that will, by law, move its population into a sustainable lifestyle. Here’s an article reporting about that law and some of its spin-offs. If you’ve visited New Zealand, you know that it’s beautiful, and that their people value the beauty and richness of their environment. They live with Earth, yet sacrifice nothing in terms of their lifestyle.
Then … I’ll add suggestions about what we can do if our country has no such “official legislation.”
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Ardern says New Zealand on ‘right side of history’ as MPs pass zero-carbon bill
Centre-right opposition National party throws support behind the legislation that has been applauded around the globe
Jacinda Ardern’s landmark climate legislation has passed in New Zealand parliament, with historic cross-party support, committing the nation to reduce its carbon emissions to zero by 2050 and meet its commitments under the Paris climate accords.… Keep reading
Amid the rolling hills and woodland pastures of south-east Scotland, a wind of change is blowing through communities where low wages and casual work sit uneasily alongside the popular image of timeless market towns and pretty coastal villages.… Keep reading
In recent times, several instances have emerged leaning essentially towards secession from our current U.S. system. Some describe seceding regions, such as New England or the Pacific Northwest or much of the South. Here’s one effort that’s become formalized.
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Colorado Community Rights Network
Files Constitutional Amendment
To Secure the Right to
Free from State Preemption
Date: Tuesday, January 21, 2014
Contact: Ben Price, Projects Director
Looking again at the transition that’s happening and that underlies what “Sustainable Living” is all about, our (roughly) 12,500 year cycle is now ending … and a new cycle is beginning.
Looking way back, civilization was led by women … as in “The Queen of Sheba.” Collaboration between human groups was high; war was almost non-existent.
Then – about 12,500 years ago (though long-term transitions don’t occur in an instant – such as at 2:47 p.m., Wednesday, September 15th … or December 21st, 2012 – civilization shifted to male-dominated leadership. … Keep reading