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Enter To Win A Signed Copy Of Long Live Earth by Meighan Morrison.

By KAT | Published: NOVEMBER 11, 2013

Enter to win a signed copy of LONG LIVE EARTH by Meigan Morrison. I was sent a advance copy of the book recently and my daughter loved the book. If your child loves nature he or she will love this book. Originally published 20 years ago by Scholastic, Long Live Earth’s brand new Anniversary edition is available for pre-order now through December 1st. Release date December 2nd. Here is your chance to win a signed copy. This book would also make a great gift and is available for preorder on Amazon.com and the authors website When you order from the authors website 10% of pre-order proceeds will be donated to 350.org, the global grassroots movement (co-founded by author/activist Bill McKibbon) working tirelessly to solve the climate crises.

This reflective tale is more timely, and more important, than ever…

Embark on a lyrical journey which begins at Earth’s very beginning, explores what people have done to our planet and charts a hopeful, united course towards the future. A must read now for budding environmentalists and anyone, young or old, who cares about the planet that we call home.

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THE WAR TO END ALL WARS. IMAGINE.

Veterans Day was formerly Armistice Day which was proclaimed by Woodrow Wilson in 1919.  It commemorated the end of World War I, “the war to end all wars”, which fell on the 11th hour of the 11th day of 11th month of 1918.

In 1938, Congress declared Armistice Day a legal holiday. It called it “a day to be dedicated to the cause of world peace and to be thereafter celebrated and known as ‘Armistice Day’.”

In 1954, Congress changed the name of Armistice Day and designated November 11 henceforth as ‘Veterans Day’.

Imagine if the war to end all wars had actually ended all wars.  Today, on this Veteran’s Day, let’s try to imagine exactly that.

Imagine there is no heaven
It’s easy if you try
No hell below us
Above us only sky

Imagine all the people
Living for today

Imagine there’s no countries
It isn’t hard to do
Nothing to kill or die for
And no religion, too

Imagine all the people
Living life in peace

You, you may say I’m a dreamer
But I’m not the only one
I hope someday you will join us
And the world will be as one

Imagine no possessions
I wonder if you can
No need for greed or hunger
A brotherhood of man

Imagine all the people
Sharing all the world

You, you may say I’m a dreamer
But I’m not the only one
I hope someday you will join us
And the world will live as one

– John Lennon, 1940 -1980

CLIMATE CHANGE – “IF NOT US, WHO? IF NOT NOW, WHEN? IF NOT HERE, WHERE?”

TYPHOON HAIYAN:  WHAT REALLY ALARMS FILIPINOS IS THE RICH WORLD IGNORING CLIMATE CHANGE
 
As Haiyan batters the Phillipines, the political elites at the UN climate talks will again leave poor countries to go it alone

The Guardian – Friday 8 November 2013 09.31 EST

 
Philippines Haiyan
Super-typhoon Haiyan, an equivalent category 5 hurricane, hits the coastal area of Laguna de Bay. Photograph: Herman Lumanog/ Herman Lumanog/Demotix/Corbis

Friday 8 November 2013 09.31 EST

 I met Naderev Saño last year in Doha, when the world’s governments were meeting for the annual UN climate talks. The chief negotiator of the Filipino delegation was distraught. Typhoon Bopha, a category five “super-typhoon” with 175mph winds (282km/h) had just ripped through the island of Mindanao. It was the 16th major storm of the year, hundreds of thousands of people had lost their homes and more than 1,000 had died. Saño and his team knew well the places where it had hit the hardest.

“Each destructive typhoon season costs us 2% of our GDP, and the reconstruction costs a further 2%, which means we lose nearly 5% of our economy every year to storms. We have received no climate finance to adapt or to prepare ourselves for typhoons and other extreme weather we are now experiencing. We have not seen any money from the rich countries to help us to adapt … We cannot go on like this. It cannot be a way of life that we end up running always from storms,” he said. He later told the assembly: “Climate change negotiations cannot be based on the way we currently measure progress. It is a clear sign of planetary and economic and environmental dysfunction … The whole world, especially developing countries struggling to address poverty and achieve social and human development, confronts these same realities.

“I speak on behalf of 100 million Filipinos, not as a leader of my delegation, but as a Filipino …” At this point he broke down.

Saño was uncontactable today, because phone lines to Manila were down, but he was thought to be on his way to Warsaw for the UN talks, which resume on Monday. This time, with uncanny timing, his country has been battered by the even stronger super-typhoon Haiyan, one of the most powerful ever recorded anywhere – 25 miles (40km) wide and reaching astonishing speeds of possibly 200mph (322km/h).

We don’t yet know the death toll or damage done, but we do know that the strength of tropical storms such as Haiyan or Bopha is linked to sea temperature. As the oceans warm with climate change, there is extra energy in the system. Storms may not be increasing in frequency but Pacific ocean waters are warming faster than expected, and there is a broad scientific consensus that typhoons are now increasing in strength.

Typhoon Haiyan, like Bopha, will be seen widely in developing countries as a taste of what is to come, along with rising sea levels and water shortages. But what alarms the governments of vulnerable countries the most is that they believe rich countries have lost the political will to address climate change at the speed needed to avoid catastrophic change in years to come.

From being top of the global political agenda just four years ago, climate change is now barely mentioned by the political elites in London or Washington, Tokyo or Paris. Australia is not even sending a junior minister to Warsaw. The host, Poland, will be using the meeting to celebrate its coal industry. The pitifully small pledges of money made by rich countries to help countries such as the Philippines or Bangladesh to adapt to climate change have barely materialised. Meanwhile, fossil fuel subsidies are running at more than $500bn (£311bn) a year, and vested commercial interests are increasingly influencing the talks.

As the magnitude of the adverse impacts of human-induced climate change becomes apparent, the most vulnerable countries say they have no option but to go it alone. The good news is that places such as Bangladesh, Nepal, the small island states of the Pacific and Caribbean, and many African nations, are all starting to adapt their farming, fishing and cities.

But coping with major storms, as well as sea level rise and water shortages, is expected to cost poor countriues trillions of dollars, which they do not have. “Time is running out,” Saño told the world last year. “Please, let this year be remembered as the year the world found the courage to take responsibility for the future we want. I ask of all of us here, if not us, then who? If not now, then when?  If not here, then where?”

Just saying… thank you.

Most of the give-away winners have received their copies of Long Live Earth (yeah!) but some are still waiting (boo!).  A sincere apology to those still waiting… you have not been forgotten and I sincerely thank you for your continued patience.

Also, a big thank you to give-away winner JC for his hat’s off to the stitched illustrations and to fellow Goodreads author Kat Ward for her thoughtful review of Long Live Earth:

Kat Ward  Amy's Own

Long Live Earth not only has a most pertinent message, but the artistic work in the quilts made by the author are impressive. Her rhyming is sweet, funny, silly, and potent, yet easy enough for toddlers and young kids to understand. It should be in every elementary school library and classroom and on every home bookshelf. It’s a feel good book encouraging kids to care and take action without being preachy. Its bright colors and wonderful quilt pictures made it a must read for my girl when she was young (and now she’s a committed environmentalist at 15 years old; just saying).”
Thanks, Kat!  If you haven’t got a copy of Kat’s book Amy’s Own yet, I hope you’ll join me and grab one.

BIG HISTORY – IT’S HUGE

Have you heard about the Big History project?  Bill Gates was so inspired by the work of Australian academic, David Christian, that he proposed a partnership to expand the teaching of Big History into classrooms around the world.   Here’s  a link with a little background.

And here’s a little Big History video called “A Story For Everyone” which catapults you backwards through time and space  – a whole new perspective in moments.   And don’t forget to scroll down the page a bit to the second video called “What a Difference Humans Make”.

Get the kids.  Call the schools.  This isn’t Big History.  This is HUGE.

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PERFECT DAY by Lou Reed, 1942 – 2013

Lou was a prince and a fighter and I know his songs of the pain and beauty in the world will fill many people with the incredible joy he felt for life. Long live the beauty that comes down and through and onto all of us.

— from an open letter by Laurie Anderson, his loving wife and eternal friend

Lou Reed

“Perfect Day”
– Lou Reed

Just a perfect day
Drink sangria in the park
And then later, when it gets dark
We go homeJust a perfect day
Feed animals in the zoo
Then later a movie, too
And then homeOh, it’s such a perfect day
I’m glad I spent it with you
Oh, such a perfect day
You just keep me hanging on
You just keep me hanging onJust a perfect day
Problems all left alone
Weekenders on our own
It’s such fun

Just a perfect day
You made me forget myself
I thought I was someone else
Someone good

Oh, it’s such a perfect day
I’m glad I spent it with you
Oh, such a perfect day
You just keep me hanging on
You just keep me hanging on

You’re going to reap just what you sow
You’re going to reap just what you sow
You’re going to reap just what you sow
You’re going to reap just what you sow

LONG LIVE EARTH ON PAPER ORANGES BLOG

My dear old friend Susanna featured Long Live Earth on her nifty blog.  Lots of great pics and products for young and old to be found at Susanna’s Paper Oranges.  Click her big Sourpuss to get from here to there.  Thanks Susanna!

She hasn't changed a bit.

She hasn’t changed a bit.