People’s Climate March in nYc September 21st 2014 | Flood Wall Street |

The People’s Climate March was timed with the United Nation’s Climate Summit 2014 in which dignitaries from around the world and President Obama responded to Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon’s invitation to talk about Global Warming. On the 21st of September, people from all over the world participated in climate marches in their own towns. It was the largest simultaneous Environmental March in history.

United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change

United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change

Here’s more info about the climate march. And a link to 352 more photos – highlighting and describing the specific messages of the climate marchers and ‘Flood Wall Street’ gatherers the following day.

Leonardo DiCaprio at UN

actor Leonardo DiCaprio shaking hands with the UN Secretary General, Ban Ki-Moon

Leonardo di Caprio adressed the public in this video message, timed with the March and Climate Summit: Stop Pretending Like Facts Don’t Exist.

This shot below was zooming in to capture a drone hovering above the crowd. Small and moving with speed and precision, it was easy to miss. Perhaps it was monitoring for a journalist? Though much legislation will arrive regarding the rights and privacy demands that will ensue with the operation of drones, there are already some quite positive uses. This article about drones by Caitlin Kauffman  “Flying a Fine Line: Drones could be a boon for conservation – but first, they need to overcome their stigma”  in the Sept/Oct Sierra magazine points out. “Despite their reputation, though, small civilian drones like Hugo are making their way into a variety of eco-toolkits. Drone-mounted thermal cameras alert game wardens in Namibia to poachers stalking elephants and rhinos. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration flies tiny drones into the eyes of hurricanes to collect climate data and improve storm warnings, and scientists from southeastern universities equip them with sensors to track spilled oil in the Gulf of Mexico.”

closeup shot of a drone that was executing very quick turns on all axis.

closeup shot of a drone that was executing very quick turns on all axis.

No Wars to Defend Petro Dollar

No Wars to Defend Petro Dollar

There was plenty of media coverage. Huffington Post reports on the numbers around the world that marched, around 600,000 people worldwide.

The World Wildlife fund sent this to my inbox today Oct 7th, regarding the numbers who came out to support the Climate March and the fact that this is only the B E G I N N I N G!

Climate Change Action Now, WWF, World Wildlife Fund

Climate Change Action Now | World Wildlife Fund

Cree prophecy

“Only after the last tree has been cut down. Only after the last river has been poisoned. Only after the last fish has been caught. Only then will you find that money cannot be eaten.”

I march because overpopulation and human habits have wrought havoc on our environment. As this article by Damian Carrington in the Guardian indicates, “Earth has lost half of its wildlife in the past 40 years, says WWF. “The number of wild animals on Earth has halved in the past 40 years, according to a new analysis. Creatures across land, rivers and the seas are being decimated as humans kill them for food in unsustainable numbers, while polluting or destroying their habitats, the research by scientists at WWF and the Zoological Society of London found.”

Regarding the Living Planet Index (LPI), “We have all heard of the FTSE Financial Times (London) Stock Exchange 100 index, but we have missed the ultimate indicator, the falling trend of species and ecosystems in the world,” said Professor Jonathan Baillie, ZSL’s director of conservation. “If we get [our response] right, we will have a safe and sustainable way of life for the future.”

The Living Planet Index (LPI) reflects changes in the health of the planet’s ecosystems by tracking population trends of over 2,500 vertebrate species. Much as a stock market index tracks the value of a set of shares, the LPI calculates the average annual rate of change for species populations from 1970 to 2008, the latest date for which sufficient data are available. I wrote about the Gross Domestic Project (GDP) in a different light in an earlier blog: “GDP Gross Domestic Problem – Why the Measurement of Wealth Depends on a Healthy Environment”. https://digesthis.wordpress.com/2012/04/12/gross_domestic_problem_-why-measurement-of-wealth-depends-on-a-healthy-environment/

My ribbon of hope stated “All of the species | plant | animal | fungal whose habitats are being lost.”

All of the species | plant | animal | fungal whose habitats are being lost

All of the species | plant | animal | fungal whose habitats are being lost

ribbons of peoples wishes

ribbons of peoples wishes

IMG_0121

Raging Grannies

Raging Grannies

BP $

BP $

March for the Penquins

March for the Penquins

 

facking

if you frack the water, you frack the kids

Let’s not even START to talk about the deleterious effects of the impact of fracking on groundwater. In an article written for the Rolling Stone, “The Big Fracking Bubble: The Scam Behind Aubrey McClendon’s Gas Boom“. Jeff Goodell states that “McClendon dominates America’s supply of natural gas the same way the Tea Party-financing Koch brothers control the nation’s pipelines and refineries.

The Climate March was organized by numerous global environmental organizations, of which these are a few: 350.org, Avaaz, GoFossilFree.org, the Center for Biological Diversity http://www.biologicaldiversity.org, Greenpeace.org and MoveOn.org.

World Wildlife Fund (WWF) was another of the groups demanding collective action; for people to join in the streets of New York city to demand world leaders meeting at the United Nations General Assembly, to turn-talk-into-action. WWF encourage friends and family members to watch this free online film about climate change.

Climate Change Disruption

Climate Change Disruption
the film

Climate. Change. Disruption” is a film by Kelly Nyks and Jared P. Scott. They ask you to be a part of the largest climate march in history.

There was also a lively hiphop crew with a very articulate native american speaker.

music hiphop

music and words about the environment

Hands Up

Here’s feedback from avaaz about the march.

http://peoplesclimate.org/events/

bird kites

the march with bird kites

Man carrying sign ‘Corporations are Killing the Planet, pauses as he gazes at a painted sign on the ground that says ‘Capitalism is Killing the Planet’.

Corporations are Killing the Planet Capitalism is Killing the Planet

Corporations are Killing the Planet Capitalism is Killing the Planet

the Bronx contingent

the Bronx contingent

native american spirit

native american spirit

Tax Carbon

Tax Carbon team

Tax Carbon

Tax Carbon

http://www.taxcarbon.info

Protect Appalachian Communities

Protect Appalachian Communities

submerged Brooklyn bridge

submerged Brooklyn bridge

Don't Panic Learn to Swim

Don’t Panic Learn to Swim

Reclaim the Future

Reclaim the Future


Tax Wall Street End Climate Change

Tax Wall Street End Climate Change

Financial Advisor,  Progressive Asset Management Group

Financial Advisor groups Progressive Asset Management Group

 

I met Eric at the end of the march. He was promoting his Progressive Asset Management Group ‘Divest with Us’

 

 

 

 

 

 

horse-drawn carriage NYC

driver didn’t really have to pay attention, the horse was on ‘automatic pilot’.

the horse was our 'automatic pilot'

the horse was our ‘automatic pilot’

 

 

Later when several of us were trying to get a cab to go out to dinner, we were forced by the numbers of people there, to take a horse drawn carriage instead. The driver was well versed in talking about politics.

 

 

 

 

The march the following day, on Monday the 22nd was from Battery Park to Wall Street. The theme abounded, Flood Wall Street; Stop Capitalism, End the Climate Crisis

Wall Street river

I met a German woman, Godlind, who has lived in the United States for years. She and I chatted in the morning before the Wall Street march got underway.

Climate Action Now

Godlind holding sign Climate Action Now

 

She gave me a copy of her Sierra magazine, saying that at least two articles would be of interest to me. She was absolutely right. Sierra’s motto is Explore, Enjoy and Protect the Planet. The September-October issue of the Sierra Club looks into art as education about the environment, cool green schools and much more.

Imagine, Remembering John Lennon was on one side of this postcard.

Imagine, John Lennon

Imagine Remembering John Lennon

and on the other side were photographs of the simultaneous march globally.

theglobalmovement, The global movement Revolution, Globalization,  Evolution

The global movement Revolution | Globalization | Evolution

@theglobalmovement Instagram Revolution | Globalization | Evolution

crimethinc workers collective

Artwork by Nikki McClure Poem by Hank. CrimethInc ex-Worker’s Collective

your life is your life, don’t let it be clubbed into dank submission. be on the watch. there are ways out. there is light somewhere. it may not be much light but it beats the darkness. be on the watch. the gods will offer you chances. know them, take them. you can’t beat death but you can beat death in life, sometimes. and the more often you learn to do it, the more light there will be. your life is your life. know it while you have it. you are marvelous, the gods wait to delight in you.

Another newspaper-sized flyer depicting Capitalism as a Pyramid Scheme was also distributed by CrimetheInc (an anarchist collective composed of many cells acting independently in pursuit of a freer and more joyous world). The resulting inequalities can only be maintained with escalating force.

Capitalism, Pyramid Scheme

Capitalism As a Pyramid Scheme

Global warming and recession are the first warning signs. Let’s join forces to establish another way of life.

After the People’s Climate March, the work begins. BEYOND EXTREME ENERGY – action to retire fossil fuels. A week of action – starting November 1st in Washington D.C.

Polar Bear

CO2 bubble

CO2 bubble

Scott Beiben media ripple
Bull Shit
preditor and prey

Carol Keiter Wall Street

Reclining on Wall Street banner

Naturally one learns a lot when gathering among a bunch of people, now the work begins!

Climate March New York, NY
The following day, 3,000 of the 300,000 who attended the march the previous day, met at Battery Park and walked to Wall Street. links to photos of each day.

Flood Wall Street

flooding wall street

mother earth tears

tears for mother earth and her creatures

 

I really was feeling emotional, as I held someone else’s earth globe, moved by all of the different people involved in expressing this purpose. My plastic dress had “The Great Pacific Garbage Patch” written on it, though it just as well could represent the carbon bubble.

carbon bubble,

Carbon Bubble theory

Cree prophecy

I mentioned the Cree Prophesy in an earlier blog http://carolkeiter.wordpress.com/2013/11/22/the-truth-earthlings-love-letter-to-the-earth-thich-nhat-hanh-kumi-naidoo-greenpeace-saving-the-earth-from-ourselves-only-after-cree-indians/

Naturally, I hitched to the march. hitch sign NYC

nYc hitch sign

nYc hitch sign

hitch sign Canal St. Station

Climate March and NYC hitch sign upon arriving in SoHo at the Canal St. Station

And another sign I made along the way.

En route to NY, I encountered people inside their car, as it was towed after running out of gas.

towed car

towed car

towed car with the passengers inside

towed car with the passengers inside

Arriving in New York city, I met a young man Amir whose Jewish father was born in Iraq, his Jewish mother born in Iran. He was raised by his parents in Israel, and can NOT go to either of his parents’ homelands, because of his Israeli passport. Interestingly tragic. I was getting acquainted with his snake. snake

Here are 352 more labeled photos highlighting the specific individual messages of the climate marchers and Flood Wall Street gatherers the following day.

the Polar Bear canvassing for the Center for Biological Diversity

the Polar Bear canvassing for the Center for Biological Diversity

Climate Change | Disruption the film | People’s Climate March nYc September 21st 2014

Climate Change is real.

Greenpeace

Together We Can Do So Much

Coming up on the 21st of September on the autumnal equinox, is the Climate March in New York City organized by a number of global environmental organizations; 350.org, Avaaz, GoFossilFree.org, MoveOn.org, Greenpeace.org

People's Climate March

People’s Climate March on September 21st in NYC

The U.S. government (NASA) National Aeronautics and Space Administration describe in detail on their website the indicators of climate change.

Climate Change Disruption

Climate Change Disruption
the film

Climate. Change. Disruption” is a film by Kelly Nyks and Jared P. Scott. They ask you to be a part of the largest climate march in history.

Our actions matter!

And here’s a pic of Carol Keiter, the blogger, beneath one of the creatures featured by the photographer Joel Sartore, who is capturing photos of all the species, in his series, the photo ark.

Joel Sartore, animal catalogue

Picture of primate, compliments of Joel Sartore’s photo catalogue of species and me, Carol Keiter the blogger

Something Appearing out of Nothing

Sitting with a broken left clavicle after having had a harsh collision involving my body, acceleration, gravity and terra firma – while attempting to catch a disc in the end zone in an ultimate frisbee game – I’ve had the opportunity to slow down and have my life go into a bit of a slow mindful motion…or at least that’s what appears to be gently landing into my routine. I had been actively referencing aspects of this oil spill crisis and the conflicting images of Obama and what he has and hasn’t supported…on my facebook page http://www.facebook.com/carol.keiter
and decided to cross reference some of these here, along and with some inspiring words.

Quotations “A human being is a part of the whole called by us Universe, a part limited in time and space. One experiences one’s self, our thoughts and feelings as something separated from the rest, a kind of optical illusion of our consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty.”
Albert Einstein

In a previous blog about my hitchhiking adventure, I incorporated this link.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_6ehS_94hvo

The Indians mention that these holy crystal sculls of silica are able to store gigantic amounts of knowledge – a cosmic memory – enabling us to leave our prison of limited consciousness and open us up to new dimensions in space and time. It’s another angle of the concept which Einstein was talking about in this statement.

I find the contents of this note written on their 25th Anniversary Issue, by Eric Utne who founded Utne Reader, to be really encouraging. Especially reading through to the 2nd page, of his hopes for what can happen! with hope and love,
Carol

http://www.utne.com/Media/25-Years-and-Dreaming.aspx

I’ve just gathered various wall postings on my Facebook page over the last few hours/day, to repost here!

I was once again aghast when I heard that Obama was planning to open up legislation allowing oil companies to drill for oil in various oceans around the US – for the 1st time in 20 years. (The first time I was shocked was when he mentioned Afghanistan before he was even elected.) Drilling for oil in pristine waters just didn’t seem to follow or be congruent with what I thought Obama stands for. And I have been absolutely devastated and literally crying about what is happening in terms of the amounts of oil continually gushing into the gulf. I feel complete sorrow for all of the helpless wildlife, and sure, I know what it is to struggle for work too and sympathize with the people. We can employ a lot of people if we start researching and implementing renewable energy sources on a massive scale….there are a lot of things that can blossom from these disasters, such as gaining footholds in a completely new healthy direction; introducing more transparency, more open-source type concepts, tear down the borders separating people, find the core within all of us that we share, and respectfully live in harmony with all of life – including this planet. Sometimes it takes going in the wrong direction, to discern that it is a wrong direction, before we can make steps in the right one. Let’s stop letting apathy or delusions about money get in the way of life, of humanity, of human beingness and becoming…and have integrity to say what we know is right and let our voices be heard towards > building new paths and strengthening our hearts and minds in new directions. Life and love beyond borders.

https://secure.avaaz.org/en/stop_offshore_drilling/?rc=fb

and more! an inconvenient truth about the current ‘climate bill’
…”Outrageously, and at great danger to our economy and ecosystem, this bill provides for new offshore oil drilling…To hear their arguments, you’d think the bill adds important safeguards and limits to offshore drilling. But in reality, it significantly expands offshore drilling. Given that hundreds of thousands of gallons of oil are spewing into the Gulf of Mexico each day with no end in sight, there is no excuse for increasing offshore drilling with this bill.”

http://www.credoaction.com/campaign/caa_kgl/?r=5518&id=9144-1050481-hQDHD2x

“Obama: This Is Your Crude Awakening”
https://secure.avaaz.org/act/index.php?r=act

https://secure.nrdconline.org/site/Advocacy?cmd=display&page=UserAction&id=1833

and as far as volunteering in the Gulf, these organizations have a clue, and can direct volunteers to attend intensive education and training, and then put people to work in whatever way that they can offer their services. A person needs to be trained because it’s really toxic!

http://www.audubonaction.org/site/Survey?ACTION_REQUIRED=URI_ACTION_USER_REQUESTS&SURVEY_ID=3400

or

https://www.thedatabank.com/dpg/316/personalopt1.asp?formid=oilspill

I think the CEO’s of BP and Halliburton should get the fuck out there, take off their ties and get their fingers into cleaning up this toxic liquid black gold as well, and not just for a 10 minute photo-op.

https://secure3.convio.net/ucs/site/Advocacy?cmd=display&page=UserAction&id=2519&s_src=socnet&s_subsrc=facebook

https://secure.nrdconline.org/site/Advocacy?cmd=display&page=UserAction&id=1833

Guides to Living Longer, Happier Lives – Right Here, Right Now!

I am in the midst of trying to re-organize a lot of things in my life. I have to move, again. I am also in the process of looking for work, because right at the same time I was informed that I must find a new place to live, several of my income sources also simultaneously “dried up”, like a local well suddenly becoming contaminated. Thing is, I have been aware of my need to upgrade to a deeper, larger and more vibrant watering hole before this whole process started, and now have no choice. I’ve been from the start trying to remain calm, and not let these impediments get in the way of things that I’ve wanted to participate in. And then yesterday, in the process of contemplating what I’d like to do, and of thinking about happiness in general, I went on yet another google research whirlwind to inquire among other things, ” Where in the world, people might be happier?”

One study which incorporated economic stability into the picture, according to this necessary ‘bias’ of the Western World…came up with Denmark as being the place where people are the happiest in the World. A dreary, gloomy often cloud covered place, where people enjoy a high standard of living, and also where there are more balanced socialized perspectives in terms of employment. In other words, there appears to be less of a social pecking order pyramid in terms of some jobs having more prestige, and more of an overall appreciation of life over work, and the idea that sharing and communicating optimism on a daily basis to others in one’s community is valued over the type of job one has.

http://www.financialjesus.com/how-to-get-rich/top-10-happiest-countries/

My point is not that I’m considering moving to Denmark. My search continued, and somehow in my trajectory I came upon this link, labeled the Blue Zones, which are what researchers discovered and labeled as the areas in the World which correspond to where people have the highest longevity.

http://www.bluezones.com

And in all of the material that I was reading and listening to, it became clear, that happiness is not a place that I or anyone else can find necessarily in a particular geographical place. It has to do with healthy physical and emotional habits; a balanced diet, a regular amount of physical activity and motion. It has much more to do with attitude than anything else. Having a sense of purpose in one’s life, recognizing the awe of life itself, in whatever way one chooses to approach this grand mystery, surrounding oneself with friends and family and embracing the daily changes with optimism.

In my other searches on ‘where people laugh and smile the most on earth’, since they don’t appear to do so with any high frequency here in Germany where I currently reside, I started doing searches.

It comes down to the fact that humor and laughter is universal in its health benefits, and I recall from the years of Thanksgiving dinners among extended family members, that there was a great deal of humor and laughter around the table, and physical exercise afterwards.

This link gets into a more philosophical inquiry about ‘what laughter is, and why we laugh’. One of the most stunning facts is that babies start laughing in the first months and kids laugh at least twice as much as adults. So, laughter is innate, is contagious just like yawning….and is associated with playful and light-hearted attitudes.

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/3077386/

We all just need to be more playful, and take ourselves less seriously…in order to transmit good vibes to other people that will also ripple to others; the calming, healthier signals of slowing down, enjoying life and appreciating all of the delicate morsels that it has to offer.

http://www.helpguide.org/life/humor_laughter_health.htm

Note, I had to research this stuff yesterday to be reminded, to not ‘stress’ and to be optimistic, about the task that I have before me. At least now I know, that I don’t have to make a mad dash to set up house in another city/country/continent to be happy or healthy, but merely seek out and incorporate healthy physical and emotional activities into my routine, with humor and delight – sharing with family and friends!

And don’t forget that we’re not alone on this planet ‘-)
http://www.avaaz.org/en/no_more_bloody_ivory/98.php?CLICK_TF_TRACK