As a visionary, activist, advocate and artist, Nassiri has been recognized locally, regionally, nationally and internationally for his work spreading the message of peace. Now he's calling on you to design your own original symbol for peace and incorporate it into a poster along with Nassiri's Love Sees No Color logo and the World Peace logo. Be a part of keeping culture alive in today's world and spread the message of peace. Campaign ends October 13, 2008.
To encourage even greater awareness of this important Day, the United Nations is encouraging people around the world to send text messages for peace on or before 21 September. Send a text a message about Peace to world leaders. Your messages will be shared at the opening of the United Nations General Assembly on 23 September 2008.
By now the news that Al Gore and the IPCC won the 2007 Nobel Peace prize is slightly more than a week old, but I would feel remiss in not mentioning it on this site. The recipients are recognized "for their efforts to build up and disseminate greater knowledge about man-made climate change, and to lay the foundations for the measures that are needed to counteract such change " In an October 12, 2007 email to recipients registered on Al Gore's website, he reminds us once again that, "The climate crisis is not a political issue, it is a moral and spiritual challenge to all of humanity. It is also our greatest opportunity to lift global consciousness to a higher level." See the IPCC response to the award.
The IPCC predicts that there will be an averagetemperature increase of 2 degrees (C) or 3.6 degrees (F) over the next century. However, it is important to understand that during a 30 year span from 1976-2006 the Northern Polar regions already increased temperature by this amount (see map). Thus, the change in these regions could very likely be higher than those numbers. At a 4 degree Celsius increase (7.2 F), more than 40% of species face extinction.
Roots & Shoots Day of Peace is celebrated in support of the United Nations International Day of Peace. The Roots and Shoots celebrations are taking place on Sunday September 23rd representing a global effort to spread the spirit of peace. Dr. Jane Goodall and Roots & Shoots members all over the world will take action to show that peace is possible. You can take action too! Fly a Giant Peace Dove , get involved in a peace event or create your own peace-oriented project. Don’t forget, your actions matter—so let the doves fly!
Dr. Jane Goodall was recently re-appointed as a U.N. Messenger of Peace, and along with other Messengers Michael Douglas and Elie Wiesel, she will ring the peace bell at the U.N. headquarters in New York City on the U.N. International Day of Peace.
As someone interested in making the world a better place, I believe change first starts from within. Or to use the words of Ghandi, "Be the change you want to see in the world."
Author and life coach Brad Swift describes in the early part of his new book Life on Purpose: Six Passages to an Inspired Life, how when he sees the negative events around the world highlighted in the media it exemplifies a world without vision, and people without purpose. I absolutely share his desire for the number of headlines focused on the creation of lasting peace in the Middle East, the end of hunger within a decade, or celebration of the largest spiritual gathering of interfaith leaders Jerusalem to outweigh those that dominate the news today.
A significant portion of the book is dedicated to assisting readers in creating their life purpose. Some points worth noting:
Your life purpose isn't about what you do, it is about who you are
Your life purpose is meant to nourish and nurture you and others
The basic elements of an enpowering life purpose are Vision, Values and Being
To discover these basic elements, Brad suggests examining your answers to the following questions:
What are the core values that you would give your life to uphold?
Who are you and what can we count on from you?
What context or vessel could shape the rest of your life and all that you do?
Brad explains how a life purpose is based in love. It inspires what you do. This contrasts from one's inherited pupose or default mechanism (important distinction), which is based on fear. Once you have done the internal work to understand both your inherited purpose and life purpose, you can take steps to build your Life on Purpose. Something Brad highlights is the importantance of your life purpose not only being in your consciousness, but also in the consciousness of others. Valuable tools to achieve this are offered such as identifying purpose partners who know and relate to you as your create life purpose, participating in a purpose pod or a group of like minded people who are supportive in your living true to your life purpose, and creating a purpose project that kick starts your process of living a life on purpose.
Since I will soon be beginning an Integral Studies Masters program, an area of personal interest to me was touched upon with the reference in the book to Ken Wilber's 2001 Theory of Everything. Refinements in Ken's four quadrants can be explored further in the 2005 Integral Operating System 1.0, which may help readers understand how the theory relates to Brad's topic of Life Purpose. Wilber's four quadrants are identified as the "I" representing the interior individual (intentional), the "it" being the exterior individual (behaviorial), the "we" the interior collective (cultural), and the "its" the physical exterior collective (social and environmental). All four of the quadrants have stages of development. So, for example the "we" progresses from egocentric, to ethnocentric, and then to worldcentric consciousness. As more individuals and societies evolve toward universal consciousness the potential for planetary peace and wellbeing increases exponentially. Living a Life on Purpose is a step in that direction.
While working on my Masters in Environmental Security and Peace, a large portion of my research was focused on the devastating environmental and health impacts of the oil drilling in the Ecuadorian Amazon over the past quarter century. The biodiversity in the country has significant value to the world. An article this week from the United Nationa Inter Press Service reported of an announcement made by Ecuadorian officials at an international meeting that their government would ban exploitation of huge oil reserves if it was compensated for its effort to save the natural habitat of the Amazon region. This is HUGE! Now is the time for the international community to rally, and make this a reality.
Several months ago I was contacted by James Lawson about a project proposal to make Ecuador an important "circuit for exposting information on global development." His vision is to establish in Ecuador, a country that includes 28 of the world's 30 basic bioclimatic zones, a working model for understanding the technologies and techniques necessary to regenerate the Earth and develop sustatiable development strategies that can be transferred to other regions of the globe. He is seeking funding and support for this project.
The timing could be perfect for this idea to push this forward, given the political climate in the country.
Students from three University of California campuses began a hunger strike this week in a peaceful protest of the University's involvement in managing the nation's nuclear weapons research laboratories. More information about the strike is available on the No More Nukes in Our Name blog. One of these facilities, the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory is located within 15 miles from where I live and work.
The Department of Energy plans to double the plutonium limit at Livermore Lab to 3,080 pounds - enough plutonium for more than 300 nuclear bombs. Having this much plutonium in Livermore presents enormous, unstudied risks - such as making the lab a terrorist target, leaving the San Francisco Bay area vulnerable to environmental releases from accidents or routine operations, and provoking other countries to follow suit and increase their stockpiles of nuclear materials. Tri-Valley CARES made an alternative proposal to manage Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and remove the highly enriched uranium and plutonium from the site within 4 years. Instead of continuing the history of nuclear weapons research, they developed a plan to conduct research exclusively on non-weapons programs that would be designed to help health and the environment. Their bid was rejected.
Nuclear weapons research continues in full force in the United States. For now. But in the long-term peace will prevail.
Mother Teresa said that she would never join the fight against war, but she would support the campaign for peace. We need to shift the direction of our national focus from the war on terrorism, to instead leverage the law of attraction to build a nation and global community that stands for peace. Join Michael Bernard Beckwith, Denise Brown, Deepak Chopra, Jan Hartke, Rep. Dennis Kucinich, Marianne Williamson and more to Wage for Peace. Connect with hundreds of U.S. citizens from across the country to lobby for a U.S. Department of Peace.
Actor-producer LeVar Burton is working on a PBS television special entitled The Science of Peace. The series will include episodes on peace in the body, in water, on the land, peace consciousness, in the brain, peace institutions, and peace education. The project is looking for financial donors. Read more about how to support the project.
The December 2006-February 2007 issue of Shift at the Frontiers of Consciousness is titled "Toward a Science of Peace." In an article from James O Dea's titled, Peace: a New Center of Human Becoming, he writes that, "The transformation of our world requires a new story, one that deals with the deepest underlying causes of war and violence and that offers us the inescapable lure and promise of peace. It must be a story in which our desire to settle differences is more exciting than the willingness to die for the rightness of our cause...It must offer such a compelling vista into the universe that our sense of awe and wonder gives a new perspective on the beauty of human diversity and the need to heal the great wound in nature." Learn about Shift in Action.