Wednesday, 12 November 2008

Al Gore and the Purpose-Driven Web

In a recent speech in San Francisco Al Gore pointed out the elephant in the living room once more. “Now is the time to really move swiftly" he said, urging internet companies to use the web as a tool for positive change. The purpose of the internet has to be transformed for doing good:

“The purpose, I would urge all of you — as many of you as are willing to take it up — is to bring about a higher level of consciousness about our planet and the imminent danger and opportunity we face because of the radical transformation in the relationship between human beings and the Earth,” (read the New York Times Article)

He shows us how this can be done in his Taking 'An Inconvenient Truth' To Congress website and the WE can Solve It campaign.

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“If the doors of perception were cleansed every thing would appear to man as it is, Infinite. For man has closed himself up, till he sees all things thro' narrow chinks of his cavern.” 

― William Blake, The Marriage of Heaven and Hell

Wednesday, 22 October 2008

Promoting Organic Agriculture

Organic Agriculture deserving of a fresh look by governments and 'development' specialists and decision makers. - We should all help and find time to do more work linking the benefits of local and organic to other environmental causes. - Organic is being criticized because aspects of it have occasionally been taken up by large corporations with a single bottom line ethics, as a money making scheme. Granted organic CAFOs and intensive chicken factories, as well as shipping Organic foods to far away places, are also unsustainable practices and do not exactly meet with the IFOAM Principles or Organic Agriculture but they are still much, much, much better than their conventional counterparts.

The Environmental Benefits of Organic Agriculture are astounding.

Organic deserves recognition as an important way to help mitigate climate change!

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Here is a poem by W.D. Ehrhart 'The Farmer' that feels appropriate for the topic.

Each day I go into the fields
to see what is growing
and what remains to be done.
It is always the same thing: nothing
is growing, everything needs to be done.
Plow, harrow, disc, water, pray
till my bones ache and hands rub
blood-raw with honest labor—
all that grows is the slow
intransigent intensity of need.
I have sown my seed on soil
guaranteed by poverty to fail.
But I don’t complain—except
to passersby who ask me why
I work such barren earth.
They would not understand me
if I stooped to lift a rock
and hold it like a child, or laughed,
or told them it is their poverty
I labor to relieve. For them,
I complain. A farmer of dreams
knows how to pretend. A farmer of dreams
knows what it means to be patient.
Each day I go into the fields.