New Beginnings | a workaway in Heuchlingen, Germany | December 2017

New Beginnings – I had to decide what I was going to do, upon returning from my 1.5 hours in India. So I sat in an office building alone in Darmstadt, 40 minutes driving from Frankfurt, Germany. This was complements of a guy whose office space it was, whom I met with his friends in Frankfurt right before Christmas. If I wouldn’t have been able to double bolt the lock

 

Heuchlingen, Germany Deutschland

from inside, I wouldn’t have taken him up on the offer.

 

Heuchlingen, Deutschland, photography, scene

Heuchlingen Deutschland scene

I went to the drawing board – not a person present in this office building (accommodating dozens of businesses and hundreds of employees) – where I sat alone – internet, lights, heat – sort of helping myself to use the communal kitchen. And via the internet I dreamed up and

calculated my next moves. Hitching to a workaway not far from Stuttgart. That’s when it occurred to me that my ex beau whom I knew in Berlin was not very far from my destination, so I had the chance to visit him as well.

hitching, Darmstadt, Frankfurt, Mössingen, Heuchlingen

hitching Darmstadt (outside of Frankfurt) to Mössingen to Heuchlingen

Loads of Photos of my New Direction > hitching from Darmstadt, outside of Frankfurt where I stayed some days in someone’s office space during the Christmas holidays (where none of the hundreds of employees were present) then to Mössingen to visit an ex beau for New Year’s eve, then on hitching on to my first workaway in Heuchlingen, Germany.

1stLots of photographs of my workway in Germany in Heuchlingen was grande. Had great rides, met nice people there include Sara from Syria who was my roommate, with whom I exchanged a lot of conversation and learned a lot.

1st workaway in Heuchlingen, Germany



several hundred year old tree

 

hitching route

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Tears of Delight PM of New Zealand Jacinda Ardern’s Well-Being Budget & Maori Guardianship | Friendship Bench

I am in tears of delight as I listen to the statements of the Prime Minister of New Zealand and leader of the Labour Party, Jacinda Ardern, speaking of well-being as the measuring stick at the Davos, Switzerland World Economic Forum. She speaks honestly and earnestly – brilliantly revealing to the other diplomats a lens through which to look that is not measuring the quantity of profits through the GDP, but the quality of life and well-being of the people.

Jacinda Ardern, New Zealand, politics of kindness, empathy, well-being

New Zealand politics of kindness, empathy and well-being

Among the leaders of the prohibitively expensive and exclusive Davos World Economic Forum, here is yet another example of a leader stepping outside of the dictates of the norm, to instead be a spokesperson for the quality of life. She states that numbers mean nothing, if people are homeless, if the teen suicide rate is high, if people are emotionally and physically ill. It’s another great step for humanity to have an excellent female leader with the bravery to speak the truth. She’s naturally a tremendous advocate for making changes to avert climate catastrophe.

We all know what disasters continue to strike due to industrial practices that are bent on wielding the highest profits, at the cost of health and life of human and species loss and environmental degradation.

Instead of complete lies, such as what comes from the USA present reality-show-muppet-leader, everything that she says speaks truth, conviction and dignity, from the content of her words to her tone and mannerisms. She speaks honestly, as do a number of recently elected female congresswomen in the US. Hurray for the people who are electing these women leaders throughout the world. It is great news.

Not unprecedented in her ideas, the government of Bhutan conceived of the model of Gross National Happiness as a more real measuring stick than the GDP. You can have a high GDP with great numbers, sales and profits that are off the charts…and as you focus the lens in close, you see that the Amazons and Walmarts that are employing high numbers of stressed people, have paved all of the pristine land; expanded their enterprises along with their parking lots stinking of tar and asphalt and wiped out swaths of land that are habitat to creatures who share the planet.

Bhutan’s Gross National Happiness Index

The construction of the GNH Index includes nine domains

Psychological wellbeing
Health
Education
Time use
Cultural diversity and resilience
Good governance
Community vitality
Ecological diversity and resilience
Living standards

We no longer need an economy bent on profit, so that the computer that I’m using has to be replaced every x amount of years, because of it being built to become obsolete in that short amount of time, as the Superfund sites where the minerals are harvested or skeletons of older models of trash accumulate, to litter and poison water and air. There is absolutely a different paradigm waiting for us around the corner.

Jacinda Ardern aims to to bring the New Zealand Maori philosophy of ‘guardianship’ of the environment into politics.

nothing to fear jacinda ardern urges world leaders

nothing to fear jacinda ardern urges world leaders

weforum Prince William aka HRH Duke of Cambridge, Prime Minister of New Zealand and Labor Party leader Jacinda Ardern, Dr. Dixon Chibanda of Zimbabwe discuss mental health and friendship bench

weforum Prince William aka HRH Duke of Cambridge, Prime Minister of New Zealand and Labor Party leader
Jacinda Ardern, Dr. Dixon Chibanda of Zimbabwe discuss mental health and friendship bench

One of the panelists was Dr. Dixon Chibanda of Zimbabwe. He is one of a total of 12 psychiatrists in the country of Zimbabwe, to serve a population of more than 16 million. He conceived of the idea of training grandmothers to essentially – listen – and the program has been wildly successful. HE created and implemented the ‘practice’ called a Friendship Bench. He talks of the Friendship Bench in this TED talk. Grandmothers in Zimbabwe are trained in cognitive behavioral evidence based talk-therapy; empowering them with the skills to listen, show empathy and provide emotional support.

The grandmothers have actually been more effective than doctors, in treating depression, anxiety, addictions and for patients’ overall success rates.

Grandmother Jack in Zimbabwe helped to pioneer the Friendship Bench program

Grandmother Jack in Zimbabwe helped to pioneer the Friendship Bench program

Grandmother Jack was one of the first grandmothers in Zimbabwe, empowered to provide evidence-based talk therapy. She saw 256 clients whose lives were improved dramatically. She is now deceased.

The Friendship Bench has since been adopted worldwide.

It has morphed to not be simply Grandmothers, but for peers to sit with each other to listen and show their support.  Certainly it helps dramatically the people who are suffering from physical or mental illness, or addiction and emotional trauma. And most brilliantly it also empowers the person who is trained as the listener, who can provide emotional support and empathy.

The Friendship Bench looks to get peers talking to each other about depression, suicide and mental health

The Friendship Bench looks to get peers talking to each other about depression, suicide and mental health

mental illness, friendship bench london for peers to talk to each other about depression

friendship bench london for peers to talk to each other openly

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bicycle before sunflowers

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Care for the Natural World – Treat it with Respect and Reverence | The Duke of Cambridge interviews Sir David | WEForum

Sir David Attenborough interviewed by Prince William aka the Duke of Cambridge, at the World Economic Forum, in Davos – the 22nd to 25th of January. Prince William has very thoughtful and prescient questions. It’s evident that Princess Diana’s son is very in touch with what is essential, and is bringing these points out in his interview to the esteemed Sir David Attenborough, who has a great deal of wisdom to share (working 70 years bringing the natural world to people’s homes through television and documentaries).

Sir David Attenborough interviewed by Prince William, HRH Duke of Cambridge

Sir David Attenborough interviewed by Prince William, HRH Duke of Cambridge

I think this should be required listening, required in schools and by world leaders, especially the bimbo in the Whitehouse and any Republican climate science deniers. Sir David Attenborough says,”presently we’re living in the paradox, in which there have never been so many people out of touch with the natural world (more than half of the worlds population live in metropolitan areas), and yet every breath of air and every mouthful of food that we take comes from the natural world. if we damage it, we damage ourselves. The essential part of human life is a healthy planet. We are in danger of wrecking that.”

Asking what he wishes to communicate to the audience of global leaders, Sir David Attenborough responded.

“Care for the natural world. Treat it with respect and reverence. The natural world is the source of all wonder. The future of the natural world is in our hands. We have never been more powerful or populated. We can wreck it with ease, and without even realizing that we’re doing it.

We wreck it, we wreck ourselves. DO NOT WASTE THE RICHES OF THE NATURAL WORLD ON WHICH WE DEPEND. Do not throw food away, do not use energy wastefully. THIS DISASTER OVERTAKING THE WORLD STARTED IN BRITAIN IN THE 18TH CENTURY, THE INDUSTRIAL REVOLUTION. > THE AIM WAS TO CONQUER THE NATURAL WORLD, SHOW OUR MASTERY, WHICH WAS TO DESTROY IT. We know better now. It is time to act.

True Leaders Discuss Climate Change Solutions | Invest Your Time in this Critical Town Hall Discussion

I have not been writing any blogs because I am diving into completing my book. However I found this discovery of a town hall meeting that took place December 3rd, to be critical to share.

Town Hall Discussion on Climate Change

Town Hall Discussion on Climate Change

U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) hosted a national town hall on Monday, Dec. 3, aimed at addressing the global threat of climate change and exploring solutions that can protect the planet from devastation and create tens of millions of good-paying jobs.

Sanders was joined by 350.org founder and author Bill McKibben; actress, activist and Our Revolution board member Shailene Woodley; CNN host and author Van Jones; Earth Guardians Youth Director Xiuhtezcatl Martinez; Congresswoman-Elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez; Union of Concerned Scientists Director of Climate Science Dr. Brenda Ekwurzel; Dr. Camilla Bausch, President of Ecologic Institute; and Dale Ross, mayor of Georgetown, Texas

To Joan with Love | Animals Watering Hole Africa

Here’s a new Faber Castell watercolor painting I did today for my sister Joan. I reveal the progression of the painting through taking photos at various periods of time. From a composite of 4 photographs, I did an initial small sketch, then replicated it on the sketch pad.

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to_Joan_Wateringhole_Africa_12_19_18

beginning sketch composite of several photographs

beginning sketch composite of several photographs

To Joan with Love Animals Watering Hole Africa

To Joan with Love Animals Watering Hole Africa

 

 

 

 

1_giraffe bird baobab

sources of painting
1_giraffe bird baobab

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to_Joan_Wateringhole_Africa_12_19_18

 

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E.O. Wilson Half-Earth Project to Protect Global Biodiversity | Largest River in the Sky | Norway Bans Palm Oil Biofuel to Protect Rainforest

Unless Humanity Learns about Global Biodiverity, We Will Lose Most Species - E.O. Wilson

Unless Humanity Learns about Global Biodiverity, We Will Lose Most Species – E.O. Wilson

In the Malaysian state of Sabah there are no Sumatran rhinos left in the wild, the Environment Minister says.

Sumatran Rhino is Extinct, Lifegate

Another Giant Has Left Sumatran Rhino is Extinct Lifegate

A new report by Greenpeace has found that Mondelēz International (chocolate producers) have destroyed over 25,000 hectares of Orangutan habitat in Indonesia.

Orangutan habitat destoryed by Chocolate makers Mondelez, Cadbury

Orangutan habitat destoryed by Chocolate makers Mondelez, Cadbury

 

This is not about an allegiance to a particular place, political or religious affiliation or identification with a country. It is about realizing that the vast beauty and fantastic life forms of this planet are what make life on earth so utterly fantastic and magical. There is nothing that could replace it. Nothing on a screen or virtual reality could possibly replace a lifeless world. The life on this planet of which humans are a part, are part of this earth’s heritage. Human habits have been choking out life. This is about recognizing the very fragile state that we have left to the rest of the life forms of the world, when we blinked and realized that we’ve been expiring their habitat through the many actions of humans. The life which makes up this planet is so unbelievably beautiful, enchanting and scintillating. This is about honoring this life and doing all that we can to protect it, as if it is your child.

Joel Sartore, Photo Ark, photographing, documenting species

Joel Sartore’s ‘Photo Ark’ photographing and documenting species before they disappear, to get people to care while there’s still time.

Which is why I bring you visually, Joel Sartore’s work, to comprehend what I’m speaking of. Joel is the founder of the Photo Ark, a groundbreaking effort to document species before they disappear—and to get people to care while there’s still time.”

Joel Sartore, Photo Ark, photographing, documenting species

Joel Sartore’s ‘Photo Ark’ photographing and documenting species before they disappear, to get people to care while there’s still time.

The BBC wrote an article Joel Sartore: The man who takes studio photos of endangered species

Sartore wishes to show us the splendor and personality of all of the delightful creatures. Edward O Wilson is designing an interactive means for all of us around the planet to participate in protecting the flora and fauna of our globe.

E.O. Wilson, Half-Earth Project, Caring, Common Humanity

Edward O Wilson proposes the Half-Earth project
Devote Half the Surface of the Earth to Nature

Let’s help him!

Half-Earth Edward O Wilson Devote Half Surface of Earth to Nature

Edward O Wilson Devote Half Surface of Earth to Nature

We can all do this together! Half-Earth is a call to protect half the land and sea in order to manage sufficient habitat to safeguard the bulk of biodiversity.

 

Half-Earth Project Maps

Half-Earth Project Maps

Take the Half-Earth Pledge, Learn, Care, Act

Take the Half-Earth Pledge Learn Care Act

 

 

 

 

 

US cities, counties, states already committed, 100% Renewable Energy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sierra Club Cities Committed to 100% Renewable Energy!
The Sierra Club announces that across the USA, over 90 cities, more than ten counties and two states have already adopted ambitious 100% clean energy goals. These goals bring tremendous hope for creatures since they share our planet. Climate catastrophe; pollution by chemicals, plastics and particulates and the heating of the globe certainly affects habitats on land and sea.

 

Norway is the first country to ban all Palm Oil based Biofuel to protect the rainforest

“Norway’s biofuel industry will have until 2020 to phase out the oil. But palm oil isn’t just found in biofuel; it is also used in a range of food and personal care items from pastries and peanut butter spreads to shampoos and soaps. Those items will still be permitted. The EU is also working toward a 2030 deadline to phase out products using palm oil. And other countries are expected to follow Norway’s lead on palm oil.”

Norway, ban Palm Oil based Biofuel, protect the rainforest

Norway is the first country to ban all Palm Oil based Biofuel to protect the rainforest

The rain forest is not only the ONLY HABITAT for some of the most wondrous creatures, the rain forest is also a magnificent organ of the earth. The Rain Forest is the lungs and the water of life.

PBS The Largest River on Earth is In the Sky - Above the Amazon

PBS The Largest River on Earth is In the Sky – Above the Amazon

There are individuals and groups and whole towns working together.

We can do this. We will do it with attention and love, because life would be very dull without it.

Joel Sartore, photo ark, blogger, Carol Keiter

Joel Sartore photo ark picture and the blogger, Carol Keiter

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Swedish girl Strikes School to Break Silence on Climate Change | Greta’s Powerful Speech

I think this girl will change the way the entire world responds to the realities that we have been carefully avoiding. Through a ripple effect, more and more people will confront this issue, it will blossom into an entire wave of action and keep building on itself. Greta’s speech is so honest and articulate. Powerful because she is stating the truth. People will come together. She has inspired Australian school students to do the same in their country. She will inspire people all over the world. One spark of inspiration. Australian school students are organizing a school walk-out, which numerous schools will participate. They are inspired by the 15 year old Swedish Greta Thunberg, who opted to strike school, sitting before the Swedish Parliament. She mentions that if this is an emergency, why are legislators, journalists and everyone else silent. Why are they not talking about it constantly?

https://thebrag.com/aussie-school-students-are-going-on-strike-to-protest-climate-change-on-november-30th/

Greta Thunberg, speech Swedish Parliament, Swedish Schoolstrike

Greta’s powerful speech to Swedish people before the Parliament

I’m profoundly moved. In this speech in Swedish with English subtitles, Greta states, “To all of you who choose to look the other way every day because you seem more frightened of the changes that can prevent catastrophic climate change than the catastrophic climate change itself. Your silence is almost worst of all. The future of all the coming generations rests on your shoulder. Every single person counts. Just like every single emission counts. Every single kilo. Everything counts.”

Greta gave an impressive speech in English, in London for the launch of Extinction Rebellion.

Greta's speech Swedish more frightened to make changes to prevent climate catastrophy

Greta’s speech Swedish more frightened to make changes to prevent climate catastrophy

Greta's speech Swedish your Silence Worst of All

Greta’s speech Swedish your Silence Worst of All

Greta's speech Swedish Everything counts

Greta’s speech Swedish Everything counts

The Extinction Rebellion movement to DO SOMETHING, coincided with the IPCC report – Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change

Here are 37 things you need to know about this new IPCC report.

37 things you need to know about the new IPCC report – Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change

37 things you need to know about the new IPCC report – Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change

Rebel Against Extinction | Rise Up | Just Do It

94 signatures, Humans cannot continue to violate the fundamental laws of nature or science with impunity

the Guardian Ecological Crisis incontrovertible

Facts about our ecological crisis are incontrovertible. We must take action
Humans cannot continue to violate the fundamental laws of nature or science with impunity, say 94 signatories.

Humanity is ‘cutting down the tree of life’, warn scientists, written by the Environment editor Damian Carrington.

“More than 300 mammal species have been eradicated by human activities, say researchers.”

It is 12 years since former US vice president Al Gore made his presentation about the threat of global warming. His presentation An Inconvenient Truth appears to have raised awareness, yet without any coordinated trans-government, international response.

Fracking booms on public lands under Trump is stressed by the energy news writer Dan Haugen.

“OIL & GAS: The Trump administration auctions off millions of public lands for oil and gas development, with leased acreage reaching its highest point since the 2012 fracking boom. (New York Times)”

I currently reside in the USA. One of my favorite authors is George Monbiot, because of his thoroughness and honesty. Monbiot recently wrote Rebelling Against Extinction published in the Guardian October 17th, 2018″, in which he mentions he will speak at the launch of Extinction Rebellion in Parliament Square On October 31st.

Rising Up dot org Extinction Rebellion

Dr. Gail Bradbrook, PhD in Molecular Biophysics speaks about the concerns we face and how to interpret the news.

Dr. Gail Bradbrook, PhD, Molecular Biophysics, education

Dr. Gail Bradbrook PhD Molecular Biophysics speaks about educating oneself

Heading for Extinction and What to do About it

Heading for Extinction and What to do About it

Ecological crisis, climate chaos

Part 1 The Ecological crisis, climate chaos and beyond

What to do, Emotional responses, Practical Responses

Part2 What to do. Emotional and Practical Responses

Why are they talking about this? Because with the exception of the non-action or denial from many government leaders, scientists worldwide have been issuing a warning.

When governments abandon us, we must step up.

 

 

Rowan Williams backs the call for mass civil disobedience ‘to bypass the government’s inaction and defend life itself

Facts about our ecological crisis are incontrovertible. We must take action!

Ecological Crisis

the Guardian Ecological Crisis
Facts about our ecological crisis are incontrovertible. We must take action

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blogger Carol Keiter July 2018

author Carol Keiter July 2018

The Cost of Inaction on Climate Change | Global Warming to 1.5º C

Report Details Brutal Cost of Climate Inaction

San Ardo Oil Field, Monterey County, California, Center for Biological Diversity

San Ardo Oil Field, Monterey County, California Center for Biological Diversity

Shaye Wolf, Climate Science Director of Center for Biological Diversity‘s Oakland office.”To reverse course and keep global warming below 1.5 degrees, we must take swift action to keep fossil fuels in the ground. Failure to stem both fossil fuel production and consumption will cause untold human suffering and condemn polar bears, coral and other species to extinction.”

Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, IPCC, Summary for Policymakers

Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change

Wolf states that “Ramping down fossil fuel extraction has been made more difficult with a climate denier in charge of the U.S., currently the second largest annual carbon emitter in the world. From moving to expand drilling on public lands and in our oceans to trying to dismantle the Clean Power Plan and clean car rules, Trump is pushing the world closer and closer to the edge of catastrophe.

But equally problematic is that even some leaders at the forefront of the fight against climate change aren’t doing enough. In fact, many are setting the bar for climate leadership dangerously low. For example, California’s governor Jerry Brown has continued to support fossil fuel development in his own state.

Behind its green image, California is one of the nation’s top oil-producing states, extracting some of the dirtiest crude in the world. Three-quarters of the oil produced in California is at least as climate-damaging as Canada’s tar sands crude. Yet Brown’s regulators have issued more than 20,000 permits for new oil and gas wells since the governor took office in 2011.”

I’m just frankly depressed at the moment. I don’t know what to do?

Rise for Climate | September 8th | Speak Out Walkabout

Rise for Climate, global action, September 8th, 2019

Rise for Climate global action September 8th, 2019

Rise for Climate, Jobs, and Justice: USA Highlight Photos
350.org writes:
“On September 8, 2018, more than 30,000 people rose up for climate action, jobs, and justice in San Francisco — alongside more than 250,000 people in more than 90 countries around the world. We rose to demand our elected officials at all levels of government, everywhere step up and join us in building the just, bold climate solutions people and the planet need. And it was incredible. Check out some of the best photos from Rise actions in San Francisco and across the US here. (Photo credits: Survival Media Agency, unless otherwise noted.) Check out even more of the best photos from all over the world.

Why? Because we share this planet.

Go out into the streets and participate.

All of this is preceding the Global Climate Action Summit

Global Climate Action Summit Sept 12-14, 2018, San Francisco, CA

Global Climate Action Summit Sept 12-14, 2018 San Francisco, CA

We humans produce noise pollution constantly: beeping cars to lock them, revving motors, sitting in cars with engines idling contributing to rising CO2 levels.

Unaware, uneducated, uninformed, peoples habits collectively are damaging the planet and affecting other animals’ habitats.

I will be dead in 50 years, but your children and their children will not.

What exactly do you want them to inherit? A completely deforested, paved planet with only a hint of other life forms other than humans? The lack of humans to realize how their independent actions contribute collectively to the destruction of the earth and the habitats of other creatures is beyond nearsighted. It is reprehensible. I have said everything I have wanted to say in previous blogs. I have pointed to other writers such as George Monbiot Incompetence By Design, who tells the truth.

Charles Eisenstein, Interbeings

Charles Eisenstein We are Interbeings Anything happening in the world happens to us

We are not here on this planet to buy and build. There’s something way more delightful: creating, art, music, storytelling and community.

We opted in to this life style, we can opt out and demonstrate a better way.

Helen Keller quote security is a superstition

Helen Keller quote security is a superstition

Helen Keller Life is a daring adventure or nothing

Small back pack and messenger bag.

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