Wangari Maathai–Days Of The Week

  • Wednesday
    In the wake of Fukishima, Chernoybyl, and Three Mile Island and with the threat of climate change looming, there are two, opposing camps about the future of nuclear technology:

    • and those against–as we see in this video (thanks to PD)

    If we continue with nuclear power, there is much, much work to be done (see Monday).
    image from wikipedia.

  • Thursday
    Put Your Hand in the Hand‘ was voted greatest East Coast pop song of all time. This video by The All-Star Choir is amazing, though the accompanying CBC post fails to mention arguably the most famous version, by Ocean, perhaps because they were from Toronto, whereas the original singer, Anne Murray, and the song’s composer, Gene MacLellan, are from down East (Nova Scotia and P.E.I., respectively).
    image from wikipedia.
  • Friday–International Women’s Day
    Of course, every day is International Women’s Day, or actually no day is. Or is that changing? Some day, perhaps. Kenyan Dr Wangari Maathai ‘founded the Green Belt Movement, an environmental non-governmental organization focused on the planting of trees, environmental conservation, and women’s rights. In 1986, she was awarded the Right Livelihood Award, and in 2004, she became the first African woman to receive the Nobel Peace Prize for “her contribution to sustainable development, democracy and peace.” Maathai was an elected member of Parliament and served as assistant minister for Environment and Natural Resources in the government of President Mwai Kibaki between January 2003 and November 2005.’
    image from wikipedia.
  • Saturday Serious Stuff
    • Elizabeth_May-by-Karen FoxThe seemingly tireless Elizabeth May warns us that our ‘economy needs greater innovation’ (for example, May reports that ‘investments in the U.S. have been outpacing Canada–U.S. President Barack Obama’s new tone of resolve in addressing the climate crisis suggests that their previous level of support will be ramping up’) and writes that ‘our commitment to reduce greenhouse gases needs a burgeoning clean-tech sector. These goals, environment and economy, are mutually supportive’.
      image by karen fox.
    • Jose Mujica-from-dsfDavid Suzuki writes of Uruguay’s ‘poor’ president, the fascinating Jose Mujica, who’s declared worth is $1800.
      Mujica says, ‘This is a matter of freedom. If you don’t have many possessions then you don’t need to work all your life like a slave to sustain them, and therefore you have more time for yourself. I may appear to be an eccentric old man…. But this is a free choice.’
      image from the david suzuki foundation.
  • DilbertSunday Funnies

    image by scott adams.

  • Monday
    Today marks the second anniversary of the Fukushima nuclear disaster in Japan. ‘This ongoing tragedy for the victims of the nuclear disaster is the fault of a system that is supposed to provide fair compensation when there is a nuclear disaster, but doesn’t. This system essentially protects the nuclear industry, not people.’ As The Guardian points out, ‘the Fukushima nuclear disaster forces a re-think not just of the kind of energy we use, but how much.’ We may think CANDU reactors are safer (they certainly are cheaper), but they use a lot of water, untreated, and make it radioactive. Gord Downie, lead singer for the Tragically Hip and Waterkeeper, points out that water in the Great Lakes glows.
    image from the guardian.
  • Perfect_octave_on_C-from-wpTuesday
    Miracles are everywhere. Brian Swimme says, ‘Walking on water, impressive. But not as impressive as lava becomes a red monkey,’ and he stresses, ‘We are living in a miracle.’ You are a miracle. You can sing a miracle:  ‘The octave relationship is a natural phenomenon that has been referred to as the “basic miracle of music”.’
    image from wikipedia.
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One Response to Wangari Maathai–Days Of The Week

  1. shelleyshell says:

    Enjoyed reading this, thanks for sharing Peter.

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