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Saturday, January 08, 2005


On Receiving Harvard Medical School's Global Environment Citizen Award

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...reminded us recently of how James Watt told the U.S. Congress that protecting natural resources was unimportant in light of the imminent return of Jesus Christ. In public testimony he said, 'after the last tree is felled, Christ will come back.' ...
Published on Monday, December 6, 2004 by
On Receiving Harvard Medical School's Global Environment Citizen Award
by Bill Moyers

On Wednesday, December 1, 2004, the Center for Health and the Global Environment at Harvard Medical School presented its fourth annual Global Environment Citizen Award to Bill Moyers. In presenting the award, Meryl Streep, a member of the Center board, said, "Through resourceful, intrepid reportage and perceptive voices from the forward edge of the debate, Moyers has examined an environment under siege with the aim of engaging citizens." Here is the text of his response to Ms. Streep's presentation of the award:
I accept this award on behalf of all the people behind the camera whom you never see. And for all those scientists, advocates, activists, and just plain citizens whose stories we have covered in reporting on how environmental change affects our daily lives. We journalists are simply beachcombers on the shores of other people's knowledge, other people's experience, and other people's wisdom. We tell their stories.
The journalist who truly deserves this award is my friend, Bill McKibben. He enjoys the most conspicuous place in my own pantheon of journalistic heroes for his pioneer work in writing about the environment. His bestseller The End of Nature carried on where Rachel Carson's Silent Spring left off.
Writing in Mother Jones recently, Bill described how the problems we journalists routinely cover - conventional, manageable programs like budget shortfalls and pollution - may be about to convert to chaotic, unpredictable, unmanageable situations. The most unmanageable of all, he writes, could be the accelerating deterioration of the environment, creating perils with huge momentum like the greenhouse effect that is causing the melt of the arctic to release so much freshwater into the North Atlantic that even the Pentagon is growing alarmed that a weakening gulf stream could yield abrupt and overwhelming changes, the kind of changes that could radically alter civilizations.
That's one challenge we journalists face - how to tell such a story without coming across as Cassandras, without turning off the people we most want to understand what's happening, who must act on what they read and hear.
As difficult as it is, however, for journalists to fashion a readable narrative for complex issues without depressing our readers and viewers, there is an even harder challenge - to pierce the ideology that governs official policy today. One of the biggest changes in politics in my lifetime is that the delusional is no longer marginal. It has come in from the fringe, to sit in the seat of power in the oval office and in Congress. For the first time in our history, ideology and theology hold a monopoly of power in Washington. Theology asserts propositions that cannot be proven true; ideologues hold stoutly to a world view despite being contradicted by what is generally accepted as reality. When ideology and theology couple, their offspring are not always bad but they are always blind. And there is the danger: voters and politicians alike, oblivious to the facts.
Remember James Watt, President Reagan's first Secretary of the Interior? My favorite online environmental journal, the ever engaging Grist, reminded us recently of how James Watt told the U.S. Congress that protecting natural resources was unimportant in light of the imminent return of Jesus Christ. In public testimony he said, 'after the last tree is felled, Christ will come back.'
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Just what the Hell is this about?
I was sent it by a friend who got it from a friend who got it from:
Senator Ken Gordon
Questions: Ask Senator Ken Gordon
I mean this is absurd!
I can only image the image from the movie ICE AGE where the DODO birds are doing 'doom on you ... doom on you' and they only have 3 mellons. God is not a sentient being sitting at a game board going 'ok, cut all the trees and then I will hit the 'redux' botton and everyone who does the hooky pooky will be saved and anyone who does not follow will perish. WHAT? Gimme a break!
GOD is a word that refers to the cumulitive power of good actions over bad actions will give us a happy place, if we do bad actions we will have a sad place.
GOD is a concept for us fools to focus on to line up and all think positive thoughts at the same time and to assist in moral and ethical behaviour decisions if we all are thinking 'let us do happy things for the greator good of all'
If we allow the dessicration of our home, the environment, our planet, our source of life... we are screwed and the next phase of life on earth will be the cockroach and ant creatures.
The lives of our childrens children depend on us working at peace and balance of all living things.
If we are proactive to finding a balance of sustainability and support our fellow man and seak Peace... maybe our 7th generation of humanity will stand a chance.

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