An Urgent Call-to-Action

Hi, this is Geoff,

This is the first time in ages that I’ve put together a special video bringing attention to something that needs to be actioned immediately. After you watch it, I think you’ll understand my sense of urgency. With it, we start off the Friday Five…

Paradise Threatened: The Los Cedros Biological Reserve is under serious threat. This utterly unique reserve is deeply important to me, personally, and should be important to every creature on Earth. I outline why this is the case in an impassioned 6-minute video I put together expressly for this. If after watching it you want to learn more about Los Cedros and what you can do to help, please take a look at this in-depth piece just published at our sister-site, www.PermacultureNews.org. Links to a background video about Los Cedros, an online petition, and a fundraiser are all included.

Food Rescuers: Switching tone from a paradise under threat to something decidedly positive and full of optimism – I love this project, home-grown right here in Australia: “OzHarvest is the leading food rescue organisation in Australia, collecting quality excess food from commercial outlets and delivering it direct to more than 900 charities who support people in need across Australia. It operates in in Sydney, Adelaide, Brisbane, Canberra, Gold Coast, Melbourne, Newcastle and Perth and in regional communities across the country and since 2004, has delivered over 60 million meals and saved more than 20,000 tonnes of food from ending up in landfill.” 63 MILLION MEALS – that’s incredible, and worthy of our admiration. A quick overview video here, and complete information about OzHarvest here.

Averting the Apocalypse: Don’t worry, there’s a positive end to this 🙂 But how’s that for a headline, or this for the lead-in to the story: “While apocalyptic beliefs about the end of the world have, historically, been the subject of religious speculation, they are increasingly common among some of the leading scientists today. This is a worrisome fact, given that science is based not on faith and private revelation, but on observation and empirical evidence.” Doesn’t seem to leave much room for hope, does it? However, after outlining some of the evidence-based risks and threats confronting us, the author of the piece transitions to a focus on optimism and what we can do: “To be clear, the situation is not by any means hopeless. In fact, there is hardly a threat before us — from climate change to the sixth mass extinction, from apocalyptic terrorism to a superintelligence takeover — that is inevitable. But without a concerted collective effort to avert catastrophe, the future could be as bad as any dystopian sci-fi writer has imagined.” Torres also points to a book by Peter Diamandis, Abundance: The Future Is Better Than You Think, that has been well-received by many of those same concerned scientists. The upshot: Let’s open our eyes to get a clear-eyed vision of the problems we must confront, then roll up our sleeves to get working.

Tool watch: Something practical for our readers who suffer from physical pain when doing too much garden work – this tool may be welcome news: “Prongs are designed to dig hard soils and lever out roots, rocks and other hard to remove debris in soil.  Prongs do not replace any gardening tool. However they will give the shovel and garden fork a few days off. Prongs are ground engaging tools designed to save time and back breaking digging using the very simple process of optimising leverage. There are no moving parts.” Several videos outlining how the tool is used, the science behind it, and the Prong in action can all be found here.

In case you missed it: A few pieces of interest this week from our sister site, the non-profit Permaculture Research Institute:

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That’s it for the Friday Five.

Please share your comments and thoughts on the blog-version of this Friday Five below.

Cheers, and have a great weekend

Your friend,

Geoff

PS – Again, what’s about to happen in Los Cedros right now is an absolute crime. And once committed, it will be impossible to reverse. We’re talking about extinguishing an entire ecosystem, not just a single species or two.

Please, get informed, and do what you can.

Thank you.

2017-05-13T09:02:34+00:00 Blog|5 Comments
  • Jerry McIntire

    Re: the Salon article by Phil Torres, it is remarkable how a minority in the world becomes the broad, stereotyping phrase “religious people.” It’s like saying that the few extreme “scientists” who deny climate change represent good scientific thinking. The majority of people who consider themselves religious and spiritually-minded are not looking for an apocalypse soon, and don’t have a death-wish. It’s time to lift the dead-weight of misunderstanding from the lives of strong spiritual leaders who talked and walked love, first and always, as well as forgiveness and hope and … I appreciate the strong connection between such religious ethics and permaculture.

  • john mcginnis

    Watched the Prong video and it looks like a useful tool. Here in Texas we have a tool called the ‘Texas Toothpick’. Its a solid iron bar about an inch square and six to eight feet long. Spade one end, point on the other. You use the weight to do the work. Add a length of 4×4 and it is a superior pry bar.

  • On the topic of averting the apocalypse, I highly recommend Paul Hawken’s new book “Drawdown.” http://www.drawdown.org “Project Drawdown is the most comprehensive plan ever proposed to reverse global warming. Our organization did not make or devise the plan—we found the plan because it already exists. We gathered a qualified and diverse group of researchers from around the world to identify, research, and model the 100 most substantive, existing solutions to address climate change. What was uncovered is a path forward that can roll back global warming within thirty years. It shows that humanity has the means at hand. Nothing new needs to be invented. The solutions are in place and in action. Our work is to accelerate the knowledge and growth of what is possible. We chose the name Drawdown because if we do not name the goal, we are unlikely to achieve it.”

  • Moira Gibson

    Thank your dear Geoff, for your lifetime mission of hope for humanity. I /we most appreciate your recent video for
    Los Cedros – and eye opener for what can be achieved humbly from the bottom of the mountain…..

    https://youtu.be/2N26Qc1KAUU

    I do believe in hope an humanity! it is often the few that matter :

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wW9w6eCQQkU

    with love and purpose and hope !

  • Jenny Skillen