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By Betsey Downing PhD –  Awakening Wisdom Yoga & Meditation

   Yogis rising to the historical challenge of our time. “It really boils down to this: that all life is interrelated. We are all caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied into a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly. We are made to live together because of the interrelated structure of reality.”  

As a yoga and meditation teacher since 1973, I am getting many questions about why I’m talking about climate change and civic engagement these days instead of yoga poses and philosophy. To my mind addressing climate and being involved in our collective life is yoga! It’s taking yoga off the mat and into the world, seeing The One in The Many, which is the heart of the non-dual philosophy I’ve studied and taught. This perspective goes to the crux of the crises we are facing: thinking that we are separate beings rather different manifestations of One Spirit. We are in the midst of a tremendous shift in consciousness on the planet ~ from the love of power to the power of love. As Martin Luther King, Jr. says it so eloquently,

“It really boils down to this: that all life is interrelated. We are all caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied into a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly. We are made to live together because of the interrelated structure of reality.” 
I have loved yoga, and taught classes, workshops, and trainings for decades, and am now expanding to speak about one of the most urgent and serious issues of our time: climate change and how close we are to irreversible tipping points. I fully believe that yoga practitioners and all spiritual practitioners have immense gifts to offer this unfolding emergency: to honor the Earth, to show compassion for all creatures, especially those weakened by climate stress, and to be courageous in living the deep values of our One Humanity.
So, that said, here’s the latest on climate science …
A recently published study states that the world must set greenhouse gas emissions on a downward path by 2020, or risk not being able to contain the temperature rise within what is considered the safe limits of 1.5-2.0 degrees Celsius, according to the Paris Agreement.
To get a clearer idea of how much warming we’re talking about, convert the temperature in Celsius to Fahrenheit by multiplying the Celsius temperature by 1.8. So that 1.5-2.0 C becomes 2.7-3.6 F. That’s quite a bit warmer that many people may have realized.
One helpful way to get a handle on our climate situation is to consider our ‘carbon budget’, as reported in the Nature article noted above:
“The magnitude of the challenge can be grasped by computing a budget for CO2 emissions – the maximum amount of the gas that can be released before the temperature limit is breached. After subtracting past emissions, humanity is left with a ‘carbon credit’ of around 600 Gigatons (Gt).”
Clearly we cannot continue to burn fossil fuels at the current rate until we spend the 600 Gt budget and then stop on a dime. We must begin as soon as possible to lower our global carbon footprint in order to reach net zero emissions when our budget runs out. See the graph below:

 

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Clearly we are in a climate emergency of mammoth proportions and this should be an “all hands on deck” moment,
            … but it isn’t.  
This could be a time when the entire country comes together to address an enormous problem, that left unattended will ruin the lives of your children and grandchildren (and my niece and nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews and my new grandnephew born less than a week ago),
… but it isn’t.
Many scientists and researchers point out that we have the tools and the technology to shift from fossil fuels to renewables in time to avoid the worst damage of climate change. Mark Jacobson at Stanford University has a detailed plan for our country to get to net zero emissions that we could be following,
            … be we aren’t. 
This could be a moment that the entire country goes on high alert to address a major risk to the continuation of our civilization as we know it,
… but it isn’t.  

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Household Chemical Exposures and the Risk of Canine Malignant Lymphoma, a Model for Human Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma

Biki B. Takashima-Uebelhoer,1 Lisa G. Barber,2 Sofija E. Zagarins,3 Elizabeth Procter-Gray,4 Audra L. Gollenberg,5Antony S. Moore,2,6 and Elizabeth R. Bertone-Johnson1,2

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3267855/

Epidemiologic studies of companion animals offer an important opportunity to identify risk factors for cancers in animals and humans. Canine malignant lymphoma (CML) has been established as a model for non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma (NHL). Previous studies have suggested that exposure to environmental chemicals may relate to development of CML..

Conclusions. In summary, findings of this study suggest that exposure to certain types of lawn care chemicals may increase the risk of malignant lymphoma in dogs. Additional studies are needed to further evaluate the effects of specific chemical components of lawn care products on risk of canine malignant lymphoma, and may potentially contribute to human NHL as well.

Results suggest that use of some lawn care chemicals may increase the risk of CML. Additional analyses are needed to evaluate whether specific chemicals in these products may be related to risk of CML, and perhaps to human NHL as well.

Keywords: Lymphoma, Non-Hodgkin, Dogs, Epidemiology, Case-Control Studies, Specialty Uses of Chemicals

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In a recent interview the CEO of Daimler Benz (Mercedes Benz) said their competitors are no longer other car companies but Tesla (obvious), Google, Apple, Amazon ‘et al’ are……  There have always been the 3 constants …    Death, Taxes and CHANGE!
Software may disrupt most traditional industries in the next 5-10 years.
Uber is just a software tool, they don’t own any cars, and are now the biggest taxi company in the world
Airbnb is now the biggest hotel company in the world, although they don’t own any properties.
Artificial Intelligence: Computers become exponentially better in understanding the world. This year, a computer beat the best Go player in the world,  10 years earlier than expected. (more…)

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What Killed Jack McCall?
A California Farmer Dies and a Case Against Monsanto Takes Root

California farmer Jack McCall, used Monsanto Roundup [glyphosate] on his 20-acre fruit and vegetable farm for nearly 30 years. When he stopped using Roundup after learning of glyphosate’s link to cancer, McCall had already developed cancer symptoms.

On December 26, 2015, Jack McCall passed away after suffering a massive stroke due to complications from a rare version of non-Hodgkin lymphoma. His widow, Teri McCall has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Monsanto, claiming exposure to Roundup caused her late husband to develop cancer. The lawsuit further alleges that Monsanto purposely downplayed the cancer risk associated with Roundup exposure.

So far, more than 900 people across the United States, who have been diagnosed with non-Hodgkin lymphoma, have sued Monsanto. Thousands more have hired attorneys and their lawsuits will be filed in due time.

Monsanto Roundup Lawsuit  https://www.baumhedlundlaw.com/toxic-tort-law/monsanto-roundup-lawsuit/

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By Valerie Singer, Project Manager Casa Geração for Modafusion, Founder Golight Consulting
About Valerie Singer –Valerie Singer has extensive work experience in the Fashion Retail Buying and Merchandising industry for over 13 years in Canada and the UK with such brands as Aldo, Top Shop and ASOS. Currently Valerie lives in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil where she manages a social fashion educational project and consults with small sustainable  brands such as MOVIN. 
The Clothes You Wear
If you’re an environmentally conscious person and make an effort to consume products that respect the planet and have a lighter carbon footprint, this should extend far beyond just the food you eat. Have you given any thought to the clothes you buy? What you wear? Global fashion/apparel is a huge three trillion dollar industry and is the second largest polluting industry on earth (after oil). The impact on the environment throughout the extensive supply chain are devastating and in my view, not discussed enough .

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By Valerie Singer, Project Manager Casa Geração for Modafusion, Founder Golight Consulting
About Valerie Singer –Valerie Singer has extensive work experience in the Fashion Retail Buying and Merchandising industry for over 13 years in Canada and the UK with such brands as Aldo, Top Shop and ASOS. Currently Valerie lives in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil where she manages a social fashion educational project and consults with small sustainable  brands such as MOVIN. 
The Clothes You Wear
If you’re an environmentally conscious person and make an effort to consume products that respect the planet and have a lighter carbon footprint, this should extend far beyond just the food you eat. Have you given any thought to the clothes you buy? What you wear? Global fashion/apparel is a huge three trillion dollar industry and is the second largest polluting industry on earth (after oil). The impact on the environment throughout the extensive supply chain are devastating and in my view, not discussed enough .

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The FUTURE is approaching fast.

http://emerginggrowth.com/the-future-is-approaching-faster-than-one-can-handle/

http://www.rightsandwrongs.co.uk/quick-links/145-lifestyle/28533-the-future-is-approaching-faster-than-one-can-handle
In 1998, Kodak had 170,000 employees and sold 85% of all photo paper worldwide.
Within just a few years, their business model disappeared and they went bankrupt.What happened to Kodak will happen in a lot of industries in the next 10 years and, most people won’t see it coming.
Did you think in 1998 that 3 years later you would never take pictures on film again?
Yet digital cameras were invented in 1975. The first ones only had 10,000 pixels, but followed Moore’s law. So as with all exponential technologies, it was a disappointment for a time, before it became way superior and became mainstream in only a few short years. It will now happen again with Artificial Intelligence, health, autonomous and electric cars, education, 3Dprinting, agriculture and jobs. Welcome to the 4th Industrial Revolution. Welcome to the Exponential Age . (more…)

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