Dalai Lama and Thousands Endorse Pope’s Encyclical

by Duane Nichols on July 5, 2015

The Time is Now to Stop Climate Change

Dalai Lama Endorses Pope Francis’s Encyclical on Climate Change

From an Article by Cole Mellino, EcoWatch.com, June 29, 2015

The Dalai Lama endorsed the Pope’s encyclical on climate change yesterday while speaking at Glastonbury festival, a massive five-day festival that takes place in Somerset, England. The Buddhist leader spoke at a panel on climate change, praising the encyclical and saying it was the duty of everyone to “say more. We have to make more of an effort, including demonstrations.”

Several Republican politicians have criticized the Pope for speaking out about environmental and economic issues, including Jeb Bush, Rick Santorum and James Inhofe. But at the Glastonbury panel on climate change, the Dalai Lama said Pope Francis was “very right,” and he appreciated him releasing the papal document. The Dalai Lama called on fellow religious leaders to “speak out about current affairs which affect the future of mankind.” He also called for increased pressure on governments around the world to stop burning fossil fuels, end deforestation and transition to renewable energy sources, reports The Guardian.

He also emphasized that words alone are not enough top stop climate change. “It is not sufficient to just express views, we must set a timetable for change in the next two to four years.”

The Tibetan spiritual leader also spoke about the need to end war, calling the concept of war “outdated.” The Dalai Lama said we need to shift our focus to launch a global effort to tackle climate change. “Countries think about their own national interest rather than global interests and that needs to change because the environment is a global issue.”

He also stressed that everyone needs to take action even on an individual level to reduce their impact. To end the holy leader’s visit, Singer Patti Smith presented the Dalai Lama, who turns 80 today, with a birthday cake and led the crowd in singing happy birthday to him.

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Thousands March in Rome to Celebrate Pope Francis’s Call for Urgent Climate Action


Thousands March in Rome to Celebrate Pope Francis’s Call for Urgent Climate Action

From an Article of  www.350.org, June 28, 2015

People of faith, civil society groups and communities impacted by climate change marched together in Rome today to express gratitude to Pope Francis for the release of his encyclical on the environment, Laudato Si’, and call for bolder climate action by world leaders.

Thousands marched in Rome today to express gratitude to Pope Francis for the release of his encyclical on the environment.

Under the banner of “One Earth One Family,” the march brought together Catholics and other Christians, followers of non-Christian faiths, environmentalists and people of goodwill. The march ended in St. Peter’s Square in time for the Pope’s weekly Angelus.

The celebratory march was animated by a musical band, a climate choir and colorful public artwork designed by artists from Italy and other countries, whose work played a major role in the People’s Climate March in New York City last September. Among the artwork was a 75-meter sign in the shape of a green leaf, with verses from Scripture which speak to God’s care for creation and for the poor.

“The truth of the matter is that all of humanity needs to stand united in addressing the crisis of our times.”

“As we stand at this critical juncture in addressing the climate crisis we are particularly grateful to the Pope for releasing this encyclical as an awakening for the world to understand how climate change impacts people across all regions,” said Arianne Kassman, a climate activist from Papua New Guinea who was in attendance at the march to speak on the realities of climate change in her region of the Pacific.

“The truth of the matter is that all of humanity needs to stand united in addressing the crisis of our times. Climate change is an issue for everyone with a moral conscience,” she added.


Photos of People of Faith Blockade at Seneca Lake in South Central New York State, June 30, 2015

People Of Faith at Seneca Lake – June 30, 2015

We are Seneca Lake.  Drive to Watkins Glen and you are there, just north of Elmira, NY, and north of Williamsport, PA.  The old unstable salt caverns under Seneca Lake will create an extra ordinarily dangerous domain being used as a storage field for natural gas or natural gas liquids.  There were 17 protestors arrested there this past week.


America is "For Sale"

Flagging the lies of Big Oil’s frackers on the 4th of July

Commentary by Jim Hightower, July 3, 2015

Big Oil’s frigging frackers are wrapping their shameless profiteering in our flag.

In shale fields across the country, you’ll see fracking rigs festooned with Old Glory, and they even paint some of their rigs red, white, and blue. This ostentatious patriotic pose is part and parcel of the industry’s cynical PR campaign to convince you and me that its assault on our health, water, air, and economic future should be mindlessly saluted, rather than questioned. ENERGY INDEPENDENCE! is their deafening cry – this shale gas boom, they exclaim, will free America from dependence on foreign producers.

“Oh say can you see [through the frackers' big lie?]” One who has peeked behind their star spangled curtain is investigative digger Joel Dyer, editor of the Boulder, Colorado Weekly. What he uncovered is “one of the biggest scams ever perpetrated on America.”

Far from independence, we’re going to get the pollution and other problems, but foreigners will get the energy, for the gas extracted from our fractured land is destined for the export market. How do we know that? First, because the industry and its government enablers admit it in their internal communications. But, secondly, guess who’s paying for the fracking of America? Dyer cites reports by Bloomberg news that China has pumped over five billion dollars into the US drilling “boom” – not only so it can export the energy back to their people, but especially so the Chinese can “redeploy the best US practices and technologies” back to China.

Other foreign owners fracking us are Japan ($5 billion invested so far), India ($3.5 billion), France ($4.5 billion), as well as multi-billions more from Korea, England, and even Norway.

Norway? Come on, America – don’t let the profiteers wrap you up in our own flag. It’s the 4th of July – let’s rebel!

>>> “Hiding behind the flag,” www.npaper-wehaa.com, May 23, 2013.

>>> “Energy Department Authorizes Second Proposed Facility to Export Liquefied Natural Gas,” www.energy.gov, May 17, 2013.

>>> “China Joining U.S. Shale Renaissance With $40 Billion,” www.bloomberg.com, March 6, 2013.

>>> “China Plans Shale-Gas Investment Floor to Tap Largest Reserves,” www.bloomberg.com, April 23, 2013.

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Radioactivity Risk from Oil & Gas Activity in Marcellus Region

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Environmental Science Involves a Comprehensive View of Fossil Fuels

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New PA-DEP Database Needed for Frack Chemical Records

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WHO Cares About Your Health — Local, National, World-Wide

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Natural Gas Leaks, Vents & Flares Show Significant Concerns, Says ICF Report

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