Bringing awareness to Climate Change.
Bringing awareness to Climate Change.
An update on the JCPOA and Iran
TRUMP CHALLENGES EUROPE
Good news from the Canadian courts.
I will be attending the Rise for the climate session in Montpellier, France on September 8, 2018.
My cousin, Barry Phipps, has sent me more of his excellent photo graphs which I post for a wider audience.
These photographs are from Alberta, where Barry lives and where I used to live. Other photographs are from Vancouver Island. All capture the nature and beauty of Western Canada.
Marsa Arbab has designed works for me that can be seen on this website.
She is a talented artist and graphic designer.
Her WordPress site:
My young cousin, Courtney, has written interesting poetry. She has shared two links with me which I now share with you. With Courtney’s work, I post a photograph taken by her uncle, Barry, the photographer whose work I have posted on several occassions.
I am proud to have a family with such creative and artistic talent.
My recent contribution to Environmental Justice – Transition Studies
A resident of the United States will win one copy of my book, Can We Save the Human Race? My christmas present to the winner.
Here is the link to follow:
WATER IS LIFE: The Creative Arts and Climate Change
The Creative Arts are providing information to people about climate change and water issues. I provide a sample of sites showing how artists, filmmakers, activists and the United Nations COP 21 and COP 22 are addressing these issues.
ALERTED BY FILM!
ALERTED BY PAINTING!
Rivers in Manila, Philippines:
ALERTED BY PEOPLE PROTECTING THE WATER!
Disputes arising from the North Dakota Pipeline have caused indigenous people to speak out in protection of their lands and water:
Water disputes in my home province and country, Alberta, Canada
WHAT METHODS ARE BEING USED FOR DISPUTE RESOLUTION?:
Government and local community planning; International Organizations; the Courts; Arbitration; Mediation; Collaboration, Activist protests or …?
I BELIEVE THE CREATIVE ARTS PLAY A VALUABLE ROLE IN BRINGING AWARENESS TO DISPUTES AND METHODS BEING USED TO RESOLVE THESE DISPUTES. THESE ARE ISSUES THAT AFFECT EACH OF US.
CLEAN WATER IS A CLIMATE CHANGE ISSUE AND IT IS OUR ISSUE.
PHOTOGRAPHS OF BARRY PHIPPS, CALGARY, ALBERTA
VIEW FROM RED ROCK ROAD, WATERTON LAKE NATIONAL PARK, AB.
SUNRISE, WATERTON LAKE NATIONAL PARK, AB
ELK, WATERTON NATIONAL PARK, AB
NORTHERN HARRIER HAWK, NEAR CAMROSE, AB.
YELLOW RUMPED WARBLER, CARBURN PARK, CALGARY
HARRIER HAWK, HUNTING, NEAR CARBON, ALBERTA
KESTREL, NEAR GULL LAKE, AB
ELEVATORS AND TOWN OF NANTON, ALBERTA
THE COP21 AGREEMENT of December 12, 2015
The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change:
Recognize that climate change represents an urgent and potentially irreversible threat to human societies and the planet and thus requires the widest possible cooperation by all countries, and their participation in an effective and appropriate international response, with a view to accelerating the reduction of global greenhouse gas emissions;
Acknowledge that climate change is a common concern of human kind, Parties should, when taking action to address climate change, respect, promote and consider their respective obligations on human rights, the right to health, the rights of indigenous peoples, local communities, migrants, children, persons with disabilities and people in vulnerable situations and the right to development, as well as gender equality, empowerment of women and intergenerational equity;
Agree to uphold and promote regional and international cooperation in order to mobilize stronger and more ambitious climate action by all parties and non-party stakeholders, including civil society, the private sector, financial institutions, cities and other sub national authorities, local communities and indigenous peoples.
Indigenous Art and Culture
It is clear that indigenous art is providing a message about Climate Change:
I have gathered information on line to show that the indigenous art community is providing an international message for climate change. I provide links to illustrate some of the projects focusing on indigenous people and their cultures.
IN MY HOME COUNTRY, CANADA, the Canadian Art journal provided:
I share work of indigenous artists and First Nations communities who have taken a special interest in sharing the teachings of indigenous people.
I share the story of First Nations artist, Duane Linklater
I share creative art in the form of Text, Film and Storytelling:
Turtle Lodge in Manitoba, Canada and The Great Binding Law
The Great Binding Law was presented by Anishinabe, Nehetho (Cree) and Dakota Knowledge Keepers from their place of strength, the Turtle Lodge, in response to the Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs’ request for them to offer guidance and leadership in response to the National Energy Board’s request for input on possible pipelines entering their territory.
STRENGTHENING THE SPIRIT OF NATIONHOOD THROUGH MIDE ANIICINABE AKIING (KIND-HEARTED PEOPLE OF THE LAND) GATHERINGS
On October 17 and 18, 2016, Elder and Youth representatives from many First Nation communities met at the Turtle Lodge to discuss how to strengthen nationhood at the Strengthening the Spirit of Nationhood Gathering. Communities came together over the issue of protecting and bringing out leadership protocols for the sacred site of Manitou Api.
They decided to build the spirit of unity and nationhood by initiating monthly gatherings to share teachings, hosted by a different community each time, around each new moon, in their local lodges and community centers.
With the help of Knowledge Holders, who shared the very old language, the communities named this process Mide Aniicinabe Akiing (pronounced Mi-day Anee-ci-na-bay A-keeng), which means “Kind-Hearted People of the Land”.
Recent advice: The Earth is Changing and So Must We.
ARE WE LISTENING TO THE MESSAGES OF COP21 AND THE VOICES OF THE INDIGENOUS COMMUNITIES?
An additional painting by Kenneth to show one of the villages he visited in Spain. Using the words from his recent post:
“When I come across pretty Spanish villages, I believe it nice to share these views by putting brush to canvass.”
Barthelemy Togue´s Recent Art Exhibition in Montpellier, France.
When I come across pretty Spanish villages, I believe it nice to share these views by putting brush to canvass.
Turtle Lodge has raised a totem to show its effort to care for the Earth and has written the Great Binding Law to help guide citizens to respect the earth.
” Aullaremos a la luna otra vez
cuando sea lo único que brille
que nos guarde y nos cuide
atacaremos al destino otra vez
para que nos junte
para que permita que nos mordamos otra vez
para que nos aloje en el centro de la constelación que habita en tus ojos
a la izquierda del faro en medio de un amanecer
mantendremos una manada de dos otra vez
cuando nuestros caminos se crucen
y tu estés ardiendo
y yo tenga ganas de incendiar el cielo
aullaremos a la luna otra vez
entre roces y contacto
entre conexiones celestiales e infiernos congelados
alimentaremos nuestros demonios otra vez
nos convertiremos en cánidos lamiendo nuestras mutuas heridas
a finales de invierno, a principio de primavera
dejaremos huella en el universo
como nunca antes lo hemos hecho
mientras le aullamos a la luna otra vez. ”