Long Beach, California – Whale watching.
We the people of the USA consume per capita 4 times the World average consumption, and 2 times the #2 consumer EU (European Union)! [One bright note, USA is the ONLY top consumer to reduce recently!] We can do better, by conserving. How? Drive more efficient cars and drive less (or public transport/bike/walk), make our homes more efficient (insulation, shading) and use HVAC heating/cooling wisely (dress appropriately for climate), line-dry clothing instead of machine, use shower water volume control to take ‘Navy Shower’, grow a garden and buy local/regional, and many more. Conservation is fun, and good for our country and planet.
The recent events in North Africa and the Middle East, the attack of the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya on September 11, the mass riots, the burning of USA flags, are very disturbing. Certainly, the USA government/military is partially to blame. As Jason Nellis points out at http://libertarianreview.us/2012/09/13/how-to-prevent-embassy-attacks-and-terror-gary-johnsons-statement/ “We saw how we bred anti-American terrorists with our decades of intervention from Iran-Contra to the Iran-Iraq war (when we helped Iraq), to the Mujahideen and the Taliban (when we helped the Afghans against the Russians) to Al Qaeda, which we’ve all trained and provoked via the CIA, to selling arms to Saddam Hussein and training Osama bin Laden, to Somalia and Lebanon, to the recent revolutions in which we funded and sold arms to “rebel” (Al Qaeda, even acknowledged on FOX) terrorists from Egypt to Libya to… “. The USA should not be interfering with other countries so much, it usually comes back to bite us. A small percentage of people (some in government/military/intelligence(spys)/rich elite/media) are instigators of instability, for their own greedy purposes of power and control. This does not represent the wills of the USA people, who mostly want to live in peace with the world.
On the other hand, the Mideast Arabs/Muslims are very quick to anger, violence, and riots in the streets. They get angry about an obscure anti-Islam video, produced by an ex-con, in obscurity. Most in USA probably have not seen it. I agree that people should not slander or ridicule Religions, but USA is a very free & liberal society, which has its pros, and also its cons. There are many global media attacks on other religions (Christianity, Judaism, Buddhism), but does this cause people to violence? Look at the popular book and film “Da Vinci Code”, with the theory that the Merovingian kings of France were descendants from the bloodline of Jesus Christ and Mary Magdalene.
What’s the main problem? Divisiveness, groups, and gangs. People divided by their religions, it’s ridiculous! The purpose of all religions should only be to bring world happiness & peace, anything else is corruption. If your religion is preaching violence, there’s a problem. Other bad gangs: sexism (man vs woman), racism (white vs black), politics (liberal vs conservative), etc. The list is long! Stop the madness!
What’s the solution? Unity, peace and love! The vast majority of people want peace and harmony. Try to make decisions based not upon ‘what’s profitable for me’, but ‘what’s good for all’. Thanks for reading, let’s do & pray for a beneficial future of our world.
Happy Earth Day, April 22, 2012, everybody! Please pledge to be a better steward of our wonderful planet, Gaia, Mother Earth.
The first Earth Day on April 22, 1970, activated 20 million Americans from all walks of life and is widely credited with launching the modern environmental movement. The passage of the landmark Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, Endangered Species Act and many other groundbreaking environmental laws soon followed. Growing out of the first Earth Day, Earth Day Network (EDN) works with over 22,000 partners in 192 countries to broaden, diversify and mobilize the environmental movement. More than 1 billion people now participate in Earth Day activities each year, making it the largest civic observance in the world.