Thursday, November 28, 2013
Thursday, November 21, 2013
Saturday, November 16, 2013
Day the world's nations agreed to protect the oceans and their creatures from pollution and over-harvest (1994); Text of Convention] For more information on the Convention, see U.N. Division for Ocean Affairs and Law of the Sea website. See also Wikipedia article on U.N. Convention on the Law of the Sea Citizens for Global Solutions website. For information on ocean pollution and fisheries conservation, see Greenpeace website; EarthJustice website; Natural Resources Defense Counsel (N.R.D.C.) website. Fish stocks have collapsed in almost one-third of all ocean fisheries. The rate of decline is accelerating and total loss of fisheries could occur by mid-century. Fishery decline is caused by over-fishing the stock, the loss of marine biodiversity associated with the stock, pollution, and climate change. Establishing core protected areas for each surviving stock and preventing the stock from being fished above the maximum sustainable yield are crucial for its survival. For information about the collapse of fishery stocks, see U.N. Environment Program report "In Dead Water" National Center for Policy Analysis article Wikipedia article on Over-fishing.]
Birthday of Orello Cone (1835), Orello Cone
Tolerance Day(AKA International Day of Tolerance) --Day to promote harmony in diversity through mutual respect and understanding of all, regardless of gender, sexual orientation, ethnicity, religion, culture, language, nationality, or economic status. Despite international and domestic laws providing for equal rights, freedoms, and protections, members of minority groups are still harassed and discriminated against because of societal intolerance arising from fear and ignorance. Intolerance often results from projection of "collective guilt": it is immoral to blame an entire group for the acts of a member unless the entire group empowered the member who acted or endorsed the acts. See U.N. website on International Day for Tolerance Wikipedia article on Declaration of Principles on Tolerance
Friday, November 15, 2013
America Recycles Day-- America Recycles Day website. And see Natural Resources Defense Counsel (N.R.D.C.) website.
Tuesday, November 12, 2013
11/12 to 11/15: Tewa Buffalo Dance--focused on healing. Tewa rites honor Mother Earth, Father Sky, and the four directions and elements of life - air of the North, earth of the East, fire of the South, and waters of the West. http://youtu.be/nMxOVeCuPjU
Birthday of Sr. Juana Ines de la Cruz (1651), Catholic nun and feminist poet. [Death day 4/17/1695] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Juana_In%C3%A9s_de_la_Cruz
Monday, November 11, 2013
Saturday, November 9, 2013
Krystallnacht-- Night of the Nazi attacks on Jewish homes, synagogues, and shops in Germany, beginning the persecution that would end with the deaths of six million Jews (1938) Tonight is a night for meditating on the evil of all religion-based hatred. Try to come up with solutions for eradicating this type of evil from our world. We should never allow such horror to ever happen again.
Birthday of Fr. Thomas Berry (1914), Thomas Berry's website. And see Thomas Berry's Earth Spirituality and the "Great Work" and Thomas Berry and a New Creation Story. [Death day 6/1/2009]