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Share International magazine January / February 2016

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Rallying call!

It has come to our notice that more and more people are receiving our information from the website alone, and thus forgoing the small cost of subscribing to Share International magazine.

Not everyone can, or does, use the internet, and it is essential to have an outer, physical expression, which can display with photographs, the events of which we speak. That means there has to be a magazine, which of course requires a lot of work from volunteers, and a lot of money to produce. There may be a notion that Hierarchy dishes out money for this work, but it is not the case. Subscriptions to Share International are an essential part of maintaining our work and reaching the public. The cost of the subscription is kept as low as possible, the magazine is not subsidised by advertisements and printing and postal charges are mounting all the time.

Surely we would all agree that all those who seriously believe in this work would want to support the magazine, whether or not they read the information on the internet.

Thank you for your support.

Welcome to the New Time

Welcome, welcome to the New Time, the New Age of Oneness. Many today are frightened by the onset of the New Age, but let them look carefully at what is happening and they will see the coming together of some of the most gifted exponents of change.

Currently there is in the world a group of wise individuals showing humanity the new situation. Among others, Pope Francis is a unique expression of the people’s ideal, and close to his people. The Dalai Lama, too, is playing a powerful role on behalf of the people he represents.

Never before has such a group of gifted representatives been gathered together at one time to show humanity that all is well, and that men everywhere have little time to wait to see the fulfilment of their dreams. They bless each day that passes and brings their love close to the hearts of men everywhere.

Love them too in return and embrace them in the name of the Coming One. Turn your fears into loving expectation and await the new time in the bliss which is yours by right. It is not long, not long until you see the wonder of His face, until you know the joy of His presence and His love for all. Then you will know why you are in incarnation at this special time.

God bless you and forever banish your fears.

[This article from Share International magazine, January / February 2016 , is by a senior member of the Hierarchy of Masters of Wisdom. His name, well-known in esoteric circles, is not yet being revealed. Benjamin Creme, a principal spokesman about the emergence of Maitreya, is in constant telepathic contact with this Master who dictated his article to him.]


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Q. Since Maitreya’s appearances on Chinese television, has He appeared on television in other countries in recent months?

A. Yes, in Japan, Indonesia, Vietnam, Malaysia and India; India being the most recent.

Q. Is Maitreya still working in the Middle East and North Africa?

A. Yes.

Q. Has the expected third incarnation of Sai Baba been born yet?

A. No.

Q. Once again there is miraculous progress in the negotiations between the US and Iran in January 2016. Sanctions are being lifted; there is a sweetening of the atmosphere and an historic shift in US-Iranian relations. (1) Could you please say whether Maitreya was involved in bringing this about? (2) Did Maitreya work through an emissary to achieve this? (3) Is Maitreya known to the negotiators on both sides – not as the World Teacher, of course, but perhaps as an insightful and brilliant diplomat or official of some kind?

A. (1) Yes. (2) Yes. (3) Yes.

Q. On Friday 23 October 2015, Hurricane Patricia was headed on a direct path to strike the Mexican cities of Puerto Vallarta and Manzanillo on Mexico’s Pacific Coast. Meteorologists called the hurricane the most ferocious storm ever in the Western Hemisphere and clocked its winds at 200 miles per hour. Villages and towns up and down the coast prepared for the worst but as the storm made landfall, its winds diminished significantly and it changed course – the “eye” miraculously passing between Puerto Vallarta and Manzanillo, thus sparing each city the significant damage that would have occurred had they been hit directly. By Saturday morning, the hurricane had all but dissipated, little more than 12 hours after touching land. In the end, Hurricane Patricia left as suddenly as it came and there were no immediate reports of any deaths or damages to major infrastructure. As the Agent of Divine Intervention, did Maitreya play a part in redirecting Hurricane Patricia’s course, diminishing its winds, and ultimately lessening its severity?

A. Yes.

Q. What exactly do you mean by economic collapse? Are we talking about such a serious situation where we won’t be able to take out any money that we may have in our bank account at all? Or just bigger amounts of money? Surely those who have a few thousand pounds will be able to take that out, or would you advise us to rather take all the money out of the bank?

A. An economic collapse usually refers to banks and other large corporations, not to private individuals.

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High encouragement

Dear Editor,
I was working at the Green Festival booth in Washington DC on 6 June 2015 when a tall African-American man approached the table. He proceeded to glance at some of the literature and as he came across Benjamin Creme’s book: The Art of Co-operation, laughed, rather incredulously. I understood why, but to start a conversation, I said: “You’re laughing…!” to which he softly replied something like: “Even families don’t co-operate”. Then added more energetically: “But I like it, I like it!”

After looking more at the brochures and various materials, he confidently said: “I like what you’re doing,” “You’re doing a great job!” And “Keep up the good work.” On hearing the second statement, my curiosity was raised. Any one of those statements alone could have seemed a bit unusual coming from someone who had not asked any questions and had hardly the chance to read anything except some of the headings and a few lines of text, but the three of them together, repeated? Then he took a few steps away, turned around, looked directly into my eyes for the first time and very deliberately said: “Have a great day!” I noticed something special in and about his eyes and am not sure if it was merely due to their unusual colour. It seemed as if he was conveying that he already knew, or perhaps that was merely my own interpretation.

And it did turn out to be a very good day. I had never had so many conversations with people who showed such genuine interest in the state of our planet and what needs to be done, which I’ve found to be rare at expos like this. The majority who came seemed very open-minded and willing to listen and engage in a discussion that was hopeful and energizing. I came away even more certain than before that there are a great number of people who are in line with the core of our message and some with a deep desire to do something about it, but just don’t know where and how to start. I’ve also thought strongly for some time about the need for all those who truly care about humanity and are concerned about the state of our world to join forces as I come across so many individuals and groups who are working along similar lines in one way or another tackling what seems to be the seismic task of transforming our world, whether it be focused toward eradicating poverty, enforcing human rights or restoring the environment. But all their efforts seem scattered somehow and their impact not as powerful as it could be if they all came together.

And only the day before, I was entertaining serious doubts about the efficacy of this venue and approach for the Reappearance work. I had also been struggling with a lot of weakness and fatigue for a number of days, but as the day progressed felt considerably better and uplifted with a new-found energy that I could not explain. Could you kindly say who this man was?

S.K., Potomac Falls, VA, USA.

(Benjamin Creme’s Master confirms that the man was a disciple of the Master Jesus.)

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Dear Editor,
Each month I very much look forward to reading the hard copy of Share International magazine – something I have been doing for some three decades! Thanks to you and to everyone connected with getting this publication to my home.

At our June 2015 Spring Festival public presentations at Solstice House in Boulder, Colorado, Share International co-worker Ron Liggett gave a talk and I did a Transmission Meditation presentation and meditation. After the meditation, I did something I had witnessed Benjamin Creme do at public lectures. I asked those present for a show of hands of who would try Transmission Meditation again. A good portion of the group raised their hands. What caught my attention were two smiling young men standing in the back of the small room we had rented. They gave me the impression their enthusiasm was just short of jubilation. They raised their hands and shook their heads up and down in a big ‘Yes’. For a split second I half expected one of them to jump up and down. They smiled broadly, and as I recall, each waved two-thumbs-up. I made sure they saw our handout with the phone numbers of group members who host Transmission Meditation in the Denver Metro area. For several weeks I looked for them to attend our group meditation. Alas, I never saw them again. Is it possible they were spokesmen for the Master Jesus?

L.L., Boulder, Colorado, USA.

(Benjamin Creme’s Master confirms that they were spokespeople of the Master Jesus.)

Spreading the news

Dear Editor,
On Tuesday 27 October 2015 Adrie and I were having a coffee in the front part of the Share Nederland Information Centre in Amsterdam. A gentleman with a slightly dark complexion opened the front door and said, “Jesus Christ is coming.” He shut the door again before we could finish our reply: “Yes, He is already here”, and we watched him through the display window continuing on his way. He was smiling the whole time and radiated inner calm and happiness. The impact of these few seconds was amazing in terms of energy; he left us with such a happy feeling.

Are we right in thinking he may have been a spokesman, for the Master Jesus?

A.v.D., M.L., Amsterdam, the Netherlands.

(Benjamin Creme’s Master confirms that the visitor was a disciple of the Master Jesus.)

Maitreya’s ‘star’

Dear Editor,
We live on an island in the Indian Ocean. On 26 December 2015, around 00.42hrs, we thought we saw Maitreya’s star. We wanted to film it but, unfortunately, my husband’s portable phone battery was flat. We were able to observe the star carefully as it was moving slowly. It was quite bright, different from the other stars. Its colour was a brilliant yellow. We made a search on Google in hope to find out what it could be, and found the articles about Maitreya. We immediately understood that this was the star we’d seen. We were surprised. We have a strong belief in Jesus Christ and are wondering why the star appeared to us.

D.and C., Baya, Mauritius Island.

(Benjamin Creme’s Master confirms that the object was Maitreya’s ‘star’.)

Useful hint

Dear Editor,
In the spring of 2015 our group put up a roadside billboard advertising a Spring Share International Expo. After the Spring expo we organized another expo for the fall and were discussing whether or not to keep the billboard up. Was it the best advertising for our funds or should we look at other advertising? Our billboard contract was due to expire in a few weeks. On Sunday in mid-June I was driving by the billboard on my way to Transmission Meditation and was thinking about this when a truck suddenly sped by. It was similar to mine with the same faulty taillight but was white in colour. On the back of the truck was a big bumper sticker that said ‘Shamballa or bust’. I felt encouraged and thought to myself “there’s the answer – go for broke.” The truck sped ahead and stopped at a light. The passenger rolled down his window and had a few words with a neighbouring driver and then they sped off again. The driver seemed to be quite husky and the passenger much smaller and wore an ivy cap. I saw the truck repeatedly on the way to meditation until it finally disappeared over a bridge. Our group ended up keeping the billboard up as well as pursuing our other advertising ventures. Would the Master be so kind as to confirm whether or not the truck driver and passenger were anyone special?

T.B., Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.

(Benjamin Creme’s Master confirms that they were spokespeople for the Master Jesus.)

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Wise words

The Pope and the Dalai Lama echo Maitreya’s priorities

Share International gives extracts below from recent speeches and writings by the Pope and the Dalai Lama.

In this month’s article, ‘Welcome to the New Time’, Benjamin Creme’s Master refers to “a group of wise individuals showing humanity the new situation”, and among them He singles out Pope Francis and the Dalai Lama. According to Benjamin Creme, they are doing the work of Maitreya and helping to sway public opinion by their tireless example.

Pope Francis

Share International January / February 2016 images, Pope Francis
Pope Francis at the UN
photo: nbcnews.com

“Thanksgiving for the past year”

Retracing the days of the past year may happen either by remembering facts and events that bring back moments of joy and sorrow, or by seeking to understand whether we have perceived the presence of God who renews and sustains all things with his help. We are called upon to ascertain whether the course of world events has been carried out according to God’s will, or whether we have primarily heeded the plans of man, often rife with private interests, an insatiable thirst for power, and gratuitous violence.

Today, however, our eyes need to be focused in a particular way on the signs that God has conveyed to us, so as to physically touch the strength of his merciful love. We cannot forget that many days have been marked by violence, death, the unspeakable suffering of many innocent people, of refugees forced to leave their homeland, by men, women and children without stable shelter, food and sustenance. Yet, many great gestures of goodness, love and solidarity have filled the days of this year, even if they did not become television news. Good things do not make headlines. These signs of love cannot and must not be obscured by the contempt of evil. Goodness always wins, even if in certain moments it seems weaker and obscure.

(Homily of His Holiness Pope Francis, Vatican Basilica, 31 December 2015. Source: vatican.va)

“Nothing is more important than to choose what pleases God most, his mercy”

Nothing is more important to choose than “what pleases God most,” namely, His mercy, His love, His tenderness, His embrace, His caresses!....

This is the objective that the Church sets for herself this Holy Year. Thus, we will reinforce in ourselves the certainty that mercy can really contribute to the building of a more human world. Especially in these our times, in which forgiveness is a rare guest in the ambits of human life, the call to mercy is more urgent, and this in every place: in society, in institutions, in work and also in the family….

But it is necessary to keep in mind that, at the root of the forgetfulness of mercy, there is also self love. In the world, this takes the form of the exclusive search of one’s interests, of pleasures and honours joined to the desire to accumulate riches, while the life of Christians is often crossed by hypocrisy and worldliness. All these things are contrary to mercy….

I hope that, in this Holy Year, each one of us will experience God’s mercy, to be witnesses of “what pleases Him most.” Is it of the naive to believe that this can change the world? Yes, humanly speaking it is of the foolish, but “the foolishness of God is wiser than men, and the weakness of God is stronger than men.” (1 Corinthians 1:25)

(Pope Francis: General Audience in St Peter’s Square, 9 December 2015. Source: zenit.org; radiovaticana.va)

The Dalai Lama

Share International January / February 2016 images, The Dalai Lama
The Dalai Lama
photo: tibetnet

“We are all brothers and sisters of one human family”

I and my colleagues belong to the 20th century. Our time has passed and our lives are nearly over. The 21st century generation on the other hand are just at the beginning. They have a realistic opportunity to change the world.

We all want happiness and to avoid suffering, and within ourselves that involves a greater sense of love and compassion. As far as the external world is concerned it will entail taking serious steps to preserve the environment and adapt to climate change. These days scientists are increasingly finding evidence that cultivating love and compassion has a positive effect on our physical health and general well-being. Humanity is made up of individuals and we will only achieve a happier more peaceful society if those individuals are happier and more peaceful within themselves. I am optimistic about this. I believe that human nature is fundamentally positive….

It is important to remember that all human beings are fundamentally the same. We are all brothers and sisters belonging to one human family. We are born the same way and we die the same way. And yet instead of appreciating what we have in common, we tend to stress those differences between us, such as faith, nationality, whether we are rich or poor, educated or illiterate, which are of secondary importance. We see each other in terms of ‘us’ and ‘them’, which in terms of the interdependent world in which we live is not only unrealistic, it’s out of date.

If we adopt a more affectionate, appreciative and concerned attitude towards each other, our lives will become more meaningful. If we can contribute to the happiness and prosperity of the whole world, it will be worth leading a long life.

(Talk by His Holiness the Dalai Lama at Tashi Lhunpo Monastery, Bylakuppe, Karnataka, India, on 1 January 2016. Source: dalailama.org)

“We have to think about the welfare of the whole of humanity”

We are all part of humanity, 7 billion of us who are fundamentally the same as human beings. Of course, there are differences among us of faith, colour of skin and colour of hair, some of us come from different countries and speak different languages, but these are secondary differences. The primary thing is that we are essentially the same. Many of the problems we face, we make for ourselves, based on our mistaken emphasis on these secondary differences between us.

Seeing each other in terms of ‘us’ and ‘them’ and being motivated by a strong sense of self-centredness are the source of violence, killing and corruption in our world. Instead we have to make an effort to promote a sense of the oneness of all human beings. We have to think about the welfare of the whole of humanity. If humanity is happy, as individuals we’ll all be happy.

(Talk by the Dalai Lama at a meeting in Bengaluru, Karnataka, India, on 2 January 2016. Source: dalailama.org)

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Marching in unity

Dear Editor,
On Sunday 29 November 2015, Share International co-workers from groups in the South of England met to join an estimated 50,000 people on the Climate Change march in London. People from all walks of life and ages were represented, with a few in marine costumes and some characters from the stage production of The Lion King. The speeches were led by songs from the Scandinavian Arctic First Nation, who also walked at the front of the demonstration.

Share International January / February 2016 images, Maitreya disguised as an Indian holy man in London 29 November 2015 during climate march

Maitreya in the guise of an Indian holy man at the London Climate Change March, 29 November 2015.

At the end, we walked back to Parliament Square outside the Palace of Westminster, where I saw a portly, white-bearded Indian holy man dressed in silver and gold ceremonial robes. He moved about the people, talking to some of them. I wondered who he was and left our little group and went towards him. I asked: “Do you have a message for us?” He replied: “Message? I don’t have any message. I am, I just am. We are all interconnected, all together in unity. We are life! We are love!” Then he turned to talk to another person. I returned to our group and a co-worker wondered if there was a possibility of taking his photograph, so together we returned and he gave his permission. She asked the holy man where he lived and he replied that he lived in everyone’s heart. She also asked him why he was wearing a necklace of 13’s. He replied that it was a symbol that appears in all sorts of guises; in the OM, the Christian Cross incorporates 13 in that the lower, longer arm is one and then three additional upper arms. It can be seen in mandalas and everywhere in Nature; it is a universal number.

Would you kindly ask your Master if he was anyone special? Is there a blessing at the bottom of the photo?

S.P., Ashurst Wood, West Sussex, UK.

Benjamin Creme’s Master confirms that the encounter was with Maitreya in the guise of an 'Indian holy man'. The light on the photograph is a blessing.

Signs in the skies

Share International January / February 2016 images, Angel in sky in Hawaii

According to a report in WND (WorldNetDaily), angels and crosses have appeared on photographs of the sky in different parts of the US. “Is God showing Himself in the sky?” asks Christian Today.

On 13 January, photographer Amy Langley in Koloa, Kauai, Hawaii stopped her car. “The sunrise was so beautiful on my way to work that I stopped on the side of the road and snapped a photo,” she said. “The shape is only in the photo. It looked like a normal giant pink sun [when taking the picture]!” she said. She believed it was a “total flare in the camera lens. It was incredibly bright, mixed with southern winds that push ‘vog’, volcanic haze from a big island volcano across Hawaii.”

Share International January / February 2016 images, Cross in sky in Michigan

Mechaele Loraff in Buchanan, Michigan, stopped her car to photograph an unusually beautiful sunrise on 13 January 2016. “I did not see [the cross] till after I took the picture,” she said. “I was focused on the sunrise and the beam of light going straight up!... I’ve never seen a light pillar before and the cloud reflecting the light from it and making it look like a cross just made it even more beautiful to me!” The next day NBC’s Nightly News covered the event.

(Benjamin Creme’s Master confirms that both images were manifested by the Master Jesus.)


Share International January / February 2016 images, Benjamin Creme’s Master confirms that the object on the NASA SOHO image was a gigantic Deva

A winged object was photographed near the sun by NASA’s Solar Heliospheric Observatory (SOHO) on Christmas Day 2015. (Source: sohowww.nascom.nasa.gov; YouTube: Streetcap1)

(Benjamin Creme’s Master confirms that the object was a gigantic Deva.)


Share International January / February 2016 images, Benjamin Creme’s Master confirms that it was a sign manifested by Maitreya

Share International January / February 2016 images, Benjamin Creme’s Master confirms that the bright white shape that appeared in the sky over Sevastopol, Crimea, Ukraine was a sign manifested by Maitreya

On 30 October 2015
a bright white shape appeared in the sky over Sevastopol, Crimea, Ukraine. Many people witnessed the event and believed it was a sign for peace, in a region which has seen much unrest. (Source: ufosightingsdaily.com)

(Benjamin Creme’s Master confirms that it was a sign manifested by Maitreya.)

Share International January / February 2016 images, Benjamin Creme’s Master confirms that the objects were spacecraft from Mars

Santiago, Chile – Two groups of UFOs with pulsating lights filmed on 15 December 2015. Left: four stationary UFOs seen together before moving out of sight, one by one. Right: a larger group of pulsating UFOs moving rapidly in relation to one another. (YouTube: Ovnis vs Ufos)

(Benjamin Creme’s Master confirms that the objects were spacecraft from Mars.)

Share International January / February 2016 images, Benjamin Creme’s Master confirms that the image shows a light blessing from the Master Jesus

This photo, taken during a praying workshop some years ago and sent by B.P., Maribor, Slovenia, shows a light blessing from the Master Jesus.

Share International January / February 2016 images, Benjamin Creme’s Master confirms that the light-shape was manifested by the Master Jesus

On 11 November 2015, a light pattern in the shape of a UFO suddenly appeared in W.A.’s kitchen in Mannheim, Germany. “It appeared at 9am, radiating pretty intensely.” (Benjamin Creme’s Master confirms that the light-shape was manifested by the Master Jesus.)


Share International January / February 2016 images, This phenomenon of light formations, seen all over the world, is manifested by the Space Brothers in collaboration with Maitreya

This phenomenon, seen all over the world, is manifested by the Space Brothers in collaboration with Maitreya. Photo taken by M.M., Tokyo, Japan, on 22 December 2015, near the Kojimachi Transmission Meditation building.


Share International January / February 2016 images, Benjamin Creme’s Master confirms that this is a miracle manifested by the Master Who was the Madonna

An image of the Madonna on a pane of glass at the Transfiguration Catholic Church in Marietta, Georgia, USA. It appeared on 12 December 2015, the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe. A parishioner was at the church when the image appeared. He wrote: “We started praying and singing songs to Our Lady of Guadalupe, and immediately felt peace and smelled the perfume of roses! Someone noticed a very bright sun ray and in front of our eyes her image appeared in the window.” (Source: cbsnews.com)

(Benjamin Creme’s Master confirms that this is a miracle manifested by the Master Who was the Madonna.)

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Compilation - an extract

We present a selection of quotations on the theme of ‘The new civilization’. The quotations are taken from Maitreya (Messages from Maitreya the Christ and Maitreya’s Teachings – The Laws of Life), Benjamin Creme’s Master (A Master Speaks and Share International), and Benjamin Creme’s writings.

A new civilization must be built on the ruins of the old. That which is precious and worth preserving will be so preserved, but all that hinders the manifestation of man’s true greatness must be discarded. A time is coming, My friends, when you will see around you cities of beauty, glowing creations of Love, and all the manifestation of man’s dreams of himself as God. Thus will it be. (Maitreya, from Message No.58)

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Maitreya will show that when men act from the heart they act according to the Plan which, did they but know it, directs all lives. When men see this, they will gladly forgo their former follies and misdirections, to set in place the new and better relations, one to another, which will characterize the coming time. Thus will it be. Thus will men, step by step, awaken to their role in fashioning the new civilization. (Benjamin Creme’s Master, from ‘A new Freedom’)

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Maitreya has said: “My coming means change. The greatest change will be in the hearts and minds of men.” This is the essence of the New Age. It is, of course, about the construction of a new civilization, about new political, economic, religious and social structures, about living together in harmony, in peace, on a world scale for the first time: no longer having millions of people starving to death in a world of plenty; no longer having countless poor in the world…. The change of consciousness which is taking place is even more profound than any outer changes in the world might suggest. (Benjamin Creme, Maitreya’s Mission Vol Two)

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Allow Me to show you the way into the New Time; to outline for you the glories, which, if you will, can be yours. Man is made to serve both God and man, and only through that correct service can the path to God be trodden. Make it your task to take upon yourselves the task of re-orientation, reconstruction and change.

Each man is a lighthouse and sheds abroad his light for his brother. Make bright your lamp and let it shine forth and show the way. All are needed, every one. No one is too small or young to take part in this Great Plan for the rescue and the rehabilitation of our world. Resolve to do this and be assured that My help will not be withheld. (Maitreya, from Message No.13)

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The outstanding attitude of the new time will be the attempt to create right relationships, to express goodwill. A massive shift in emphasis from the individual to the group will re-orientate humanity along more fruitful lines, and will reflect itself in the creation of structures more in keeping with the Plan of God. A further characteristic of the future time will be the desire to know better the nature of God and to come into closer relationship with that Divinity…. Stage by stage, century following century, man will build a civilization which will demonstrate his growing manifestation of divinity; a culture in which the beauty of the divine creation will be expressed in all its aspects, a mirror in which the Divine Idea will be reflected in all its glory. (Benjamin Creme’s Master, from ‘The new civilization’)

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As a simple Man, indeed, am I now among you, teaching My friends and brothers on the way, releasing to them My Gifts of Love, Wisdom and Joy, gathering them to Me as brothers in work. You, likewise, My dear friends, can rest in the knowledge that your work for Me and for your brothers is welcome indeed. I need you all, all who will take upon themselves the burden of service to the world, to create anew this shining world out of the chaos of the past. (Maitreya, from Message No.66)

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The political and economic transformation which will be initiated as a result of Maitreya’s and the Masters’ presence will free humanity from age-old inhibitions and limitations, and galvanize it into a great leap forward in consciousness. Conscious, meaningful living will replace the present confusion, doubt and fear. A confident, courageous willingness to explore both inner and outer worlds will supplant the present weakening cynicism and make possible the evolutionary advance I have sought to describe: the emergence of a new and better civilization and of a new and better humanity. (Benjamin Creme, The Great Approach)

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Shortly, from the blueprint of the future now descending, will precipitate the forms of the new civilization. Each nation has a part to play, bringing to the structure of the Whole its own particular voice. In this, the United Nations will play a vital role, co-ordinating the plans for reconstruction and redistribution….

Many expect Maitreya and the Masters to right all wrongs and to transform the world. That They will show the way, guide and inspire, cannot be gainsaid. That Their light and wisdom will be placed at the service of humanity is equally true. But the work of transformation must be undertaken by humanity itself, cheerfully accepting the changes and sacrifices which must ensue. Only through such willing acceptance can the changes take hold and create the conditions for a new and better life for man. To lead the way, and to build the foundations of the new-age structures, are emerging now the trained architects of the coming civilization. Recognize them by their desire to serve, their wisdom and their manifested love. (Benjamin Creme’s Master, from ‘The emergence of great servers’)

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Time is short indeed for the reconstruction of our world along lines more befitting man’s true role and purpose. My task is to show you the way, outline the possibilities only, for by man himself must the New World be forged. There are many today who admit the necessity for change, but still resist it. There are many today who see the crumbling of the old and outworn world of the past, but cling to the old forms. But there is a new voice being heard among the nations: the voice of Truth, which contains the hope, the promise, of the New Time. This voice will increasingly make its impress on the minds of men, for it is the voice of God, speaking through men. (Maitreya, from Message No.12)

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When men look back to this time they will see it as a stepping-stone to Grace. Today’s chaotic turmoil is nothing less. From this turmoil will emerge the new forms which will grace the new civilization – new and better forms which will provide for men everywhere, and gratify the hearts of everyone.

Man, himself, is undergoing such stimuli that he may well feel nervous of the future. He sees and understands little of the enormous changes which are already under way and clings vainly to the past. Soon, this fear and nervousness will be replaced by courage and commitment to the work of transformation. Under the guidance of Maitreya and His Group men will lay the cornerstones of the new and better life of which, in their various ways, all men dream. (Benjamin Creme’s Master, from ‘Man’s emerging divinity’)

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No Avatar has been so equipped for His task as [Maitreya] now is. Fusing and blending in Himself the energies of Will, Love and Wisdom, overshadowed by the Spirit of Peace and of Equilibrium, aided and supported by the Avatar of Synthesis and the Buddha, and focusing through Himself the sum total of the energies of the last 2,000 years of Pisces and of the coming potencies of Aquarius, He is a mighty Avatar, equal to His daunting task. That task is to create harmony out of chaos, to awaken humanity to its true nature and destiny, and to guide and inspire the building of the new civilization. (Benjamin Creme, Maitreya’s Mission Vol One)

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When you see Me you will know, My friends, that the New Time indeed has begun: the time of building the new signposts to the future; the time to establish among all peoples correct relationship and trust; to advance together in Harmony and Sharing, lighting a path for those who will follow. (Maitreya, from Message No.63)

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When men co-operate rather than compete, they will find a magic potion entering their lives. The ease with which long-lasting problems will be solved will astonish, the impossible will yield to the lightest touch, and, through co-operation alone, men will learn the true art of living. Thus will it be, and thus will men learn to appreciate the beauty of relationship which only co-operation can bestow. Through co-operation the new civilization will be built, the new science revealed, the new understanding manifested. (Benjamin Creme’s Master, from ‘The art of co-operation’)

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[Maitreya’s initial task] will be concerned with inspiring humanity to create the conditions in which world peace can be guaranteed. He will show that this requires, above all, the acceptance of the principle of sharing. This will insure a harmonizing of the imbalance caused today by the tremendous discrepancies in the living standards of the developed and the developing nations.

His immediate proposal will be to launch a crash programme of aid to save the starving millions in the Developing World. Then, over the next few years, the restructuring of society along more just lines will gradually form the basis for a new civilization. He will inspire humanity to create the new world. (Benjamin Creme, Maitreya’s Mission Vol One)....

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For many years now, certain Masters have trained a large group of disciples in the difficult work of implementing the plans, political and economic, of the new civilization. These trained men and women, chosen by democratic vote, will make concrete and real the plans of the more senior members of the Hierarchy. Thus will the reconstruction of the world go forward smoothly, as the people’s needs are recognized and accepted. The task of reconstruction is vast, offering men a field of service like never before. (Benjamin Creme’s Master, from ‘The new environment’)

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[The new civilization] will come as a result of the transformation in humanity of the sense of who we are: the development of the sense of interdependence, and the correct distribution of the energy of the Will – in particular of the Will to Good, which creates right human relations.

The new civilization, based on right relationship, is the next predestined, planned advance for humanity, on every level – politically, internationally, socially, scientifically, culturally, in education, and so on. Eventually, the education of the young will go forward in a very systematized way. The science of the antahkarana will be an intrinsic part of the new education which will create the culture from which the civilization stems….

When you come into incarnation [in 150 years’ time] you will find a changed world – not just changed in the outer sense, politically and economically, but in the sense that humanity will already have reached the stage where vast numbers are consciously creating the antahkarana, the bridge between the personality and the soul: this will become the ideal for every individual, so deeply will the scientific idea of connectedness go, with the Christ and the Masters in the world, teaching along these lines. All these ideas which seem so abstract today will become powerfully anchored on the physical plane. The incoming 7th-ray energy and the fact of the Christ’s presence and that of the Masters will make this so. (Benjamin Creme, Maitreya’s Mission Vol Three)

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Among humanity today is a growing number of men and women who are engaged in outlining the principles on which the new civilization will be built. They are to be found in almost every country, and they propagate the teachings which reflect the qualities of the New Age of Aquarius. They are to be found in every department of human living, and are to be recognized by their altruism and keen response to human need. These are the forerunners, sent ahead to prepare men for the experiences which will characterize the New Age. Some few of them work consciously, aware of their mission to aid a struggling world and of their connection with Hierarchy, but the majority work solely from the promptings of the heart and their desire to help.

Soon, it will be obvious to many that their ideas are being echoed across the world, that a large prepared contingent is at work, voicing aloud the desire of men for change, and the implications for society that this change will inevitably bring. (Benjamin Creme’s Master, from ‘The forerunners’)

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At the foot of the mountain, My brothers, the climb upward seems steep indeed; but when the first steps have been taken, the progress is rapid; and near the mountain top, winged feet shall you have; and from that height shall you see the glories of God. Thus shall it be, My friends and brothers. I, Maitreya, promise.

Take Me to your hearts as I have taken you to mine. Work with Me, My friends, and know Me as a Guide. Help Me to reinstate in the world the Plan of God, the destined Will of our Divine Source. Help Me to do this, My friends, and inherit your greatness. My steps resound. My Law unfolds. My words find response in the hearts of many. The time is not far off when the New World will be seen, the Country of Love approached, the City of Truth built. Take My hands, My friends, and let us together build. (Maitreya, from Message No.89)

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Priorities for a Planet in Transition:

The Space Brothers’ Case for Justice and Freedom

by Gerard Aartsen

Book review by Marc Gregory – an excerpt

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Long-time readers of Share International will have already accepted the fact of the presence in our midst of extraterrestrial visitors, the Space Brothers. Although their presence has been witnessed by hundreds of thousands of people worldwide, governmental agencies and their accomplices still go to extraordinary lengths to persuade people that they did not see and experience what they know they saw and experienced, and that such phenomena do not exist.

The new book by Dutch author and educator Gerard Aartsen, Priorities for a Planet in Transition: The Space Brothers’ Case for Justice and Freedom, serves as an authoritative guide through the deliberate misinformation that has surrounded this issue for decades. Aartsen amplifies the information presented in his previous book, Here to Help: UFOs and the Space Brothers [see review in SI January/February 2012] and conclusively establishes the following: They’re here, and they have been for decades. They have visited us for millennia. Their mission is one of benevolent service. And they do no harm. Ever.

Disinformation and consciousness

More compelling information emerges in Aartsen’s latest book: the fact that the effort to discredit the presence of the Brothers and the benevolence of their mission is methodical and orchestrated by the governments of the world, especially the government of the United States. In 1959, Howard Menger, an early contactee, stated: “Government officials in particular refuse to tell because it would upset our economy. The knowledge they [the Space Brothers] have gained depicts an entirely different way of life. It is living under God’s law rather than man’s law. Most mechanical energy sources would become obsolete” (p.4).

Chilean contactee Enrique Barrios, who was directed to render the information given to him in the form of a children’s story, Ami – Child of the Stars, writes: “The problem is not in the people, but in the systems they use. People have evolved, but systems have remained backward. Bad systems make good people suffer. These systems make people unhappy, which finally turns them bad” (p.62).

Yet the experience of people worldwide stands in direct contradiction to the misinformation that helps maintain bad systems. As Brazilian editor of Collective Evolution Arjun Walia writes: “The UFO phenomenon seems to be coinciding with this mass awakening that’s taking place. UFO sighting reports continue to increase exponentially every month as the consciousness of the human race continues to expand and grow” (p.20). As Aartsen observes, the effort to misinform would in itself seem to represent an oblique acknowledgement of the reality of their existence....

Cosmic isolation

Along with the growth in our collective consciousness inevitably goes one imperative. We will have to learn to use our free will far more intelligently and compassionately than we have so far. Our inability to do so has resulted in what the Space Brothers call “cosmic isolation”.

As pioneering contactee George Adamski was told during a visit to a Venusian mothership in the 1950s, “If man is to live without catastrophe, he must look upon his fellow being as himself, the one a reflection of the other. To have a healthy and prosperous society, that which causes the most trouble must be removed. As we all know, this stigma is poverty in the midst of plenty. It is the cause of sickness, crime and the many evils that we know” (p.48).

And it is a symptom of the belligerence humanity regularly demonstrates that so far makes it impossible to trust us with more advanced forms of technology. Enrique Barrios writes: “When the scientific level overwhelms the level of love in the world, that world self-destructs.... If a world’s level of love is low, there is collective unhappiness, hatred, violence, division, wars and a dangerously high level of destructive capacity” (p.45). Again according to the information given to Stefan Denaerde in 1965, “To supply technical information to a people like yourselves is a serious crime against the cosmic laws” (p.61).

Cosmic laws

It is probably clear to most readers that there is no discrepancy whatsoever between the teachings of the Space Brothers and the teachings of Maitreya and the Masters of Wisdom, and the Great Sages down through human history. In the third chapter of his book Aartsen delineates how adherence to these great laws has led to the creation of incontrovertibly peaceful, functional and flourishing civilizations on other planets. Critical to the creation of these civilizations has been an understanding of collective necessity: that that which is truly good is good for all. George Adamski writes: “In their community way of life, with respect toward one another and with life’s necessities provided for all, they find no need for penal institutions. Because the people on Venus, Mars and elsewhere in our system have learned to live harmoniously with one another, they have no tensions and consequently no sickness” (p.88). It seems appropriate to counterpoint these words with those of the Tibetan Master Djwhal Khul, Who writes: “The keynote to good health, esoterically speaking, is sharing or distribution, just as it is the keynote to the general well-being of humanity” (p.92).

Compassion

If the Space Brothers demonstrate limitless patience and good will toward us – and they do – it is in part because they remember times long past on their own planets when they faced some of the dilemmas and serious conflicts that beset us. And, like the older brothers that they are, they know that, through adherence to the Great Laws of Life, we can overcome our problems as they did.

But that doesn’t mean we have time to waste. We have reached a decisive point in the evolution of our planet. As contactee Truman Bethurum was told: “We have not the problems that you have because we know what is right and want to do it. The same could be true upon your Earth. God has been liberal with His blessings and there is no dearth. Your people could amalgamate and act in unison instead of constantly warring upon each other, and then you’d find your Earth worth living upon” (p.147, italics mine)....

How similar these words are to those of Maitreya: “The choice is man’s alone. If he chooses the path which I shall indicate, [his] divinity shall verily shine forth.” (Messages from Maitreya the Christ, Message No.78)

There is a great deal more fascinating information in Priorities.... than has been touched upon here, including this moving perspective about Earth shared with Stefan Denaerde: “This is the blue planet with the blinding light, the home of the graceful, long-legged human race. It is one of the most beautiful planets that we know.” (p.19).

Using an intellectually rigorous four-point method of research and verification which he calls “critical synthesis”, Aartsen manages to present his information in an authoritative manner without ever sounding strident or polemical. Backed by a broad-based knowledge, not only of his subject but also of esoteric literature, his writing is lucid and objective. As such, it serves as a welcome antidote to the lurid prose emanating from disinformation campaigns and wildly overheated imaginations. The book, and the story it tells, make for absorbing and informative reading.

Priorities for a Planet in Transition: The Space Brothers’ Case for Justice and Freedom by Gerard Aartsen. BGA Publications, 212 pages, 2015. ISBN: 978-90-815495-4-7

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Real hopes for action after Paris

Christiana Figueres, the UN Climate Change official in charge of the negotiations at the UN Climate Change Conference in Paris (COP21), and the French hosts have been praised for guiding the summit so successfully. In contrast to previous summits with traditional international treaties having clear rules with fixed obligations (which the US Republican-controlled Senate could never approve or sign up to), the Paris climate talks involved government, business leaders and campaign groups and relied on countries to come forward with plans for cutting emissions themselves.

The heads of 195 countries, responding to the growing concern and clamour from their citizens, committed to limit global temperatures to below 2 degrees C. Christiana Figueres said: “This set a new standard for complex global problems. Countries had overcome multiple fault-lines to arrive at a deal in Paris – the divide between rich and poor countries, between public and private sectors, between different regions.” She declared: “To have Paris is a huge flame of hope. We can really take some confidence from there that if we decided we want to do something, then we can.” Anne-Marie Slaughter, former US Department of State official and President of the New America Foundation, called Paris “a model for effective global governance in the 21st century…. It is a bold move toward public problem-solving on a global scale.”

At the Sixth Assembly of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), taking place from 15–22 January 2016 in Abu Dhabi, countries will take action to increase renewable energy to 36 per cent by 2030. Some 187 countries have put forward plans to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and will put pressure on heads of state who do not make good their promises. (Source: guardian.co.uk; irena.org)

Solar power in Rwanda

A new solar power plant in Rwanda is set to provide half its population with electricity by 2017. The $23.7 million project is located in Rwanda’s famed green hills, 60km east of Kigali. China has supplied 28,360 solar panels which line the hills, and tilt to track the sun from dawn to dusk, improving efficiency by 20 per cent compared to static ones. Inverters and transformers have been bought from Germany and the panels are linked to a central server in Oslo, which can be monitored remotely by the internet. The project has created 350 local jobs and increased local generation by 6 per cent, powering 15,000 homes. Rwanda’s economy is at last expanding 21 years after the genocide, and this project was declared the fastest in Africa – it went from contract signing to construction to connection in just a year. It was backed by Obama’s Power Africa initiative that seeks to bring together governments, experts and the private sector to increase access to off-grid clean energy in sub-Saharan Africa.

The plant is built on land owned by the Agahozo-Shalom Youth Village, which cares for Rwanda’s most vulnerable children. It is leased by the village and is the largest source of income, providing schooling and extracurricular activities to the 512 young people who live there. Jean-Claude Nkulikiyimfura, director of the village, said: “Renewable energy is the way to go and we’re really proud to have it here.” (Source: guardian.co.uk)

Solar industry’s fast expansion in the USA

According to a new report from the US Solar Foundation, the US solar energy workforce grew in 2015 by 20 per cent (for the third year running) and the solar industry created more jobs than the oil and gas extraction sectors and the pipeline sectors combined.

Altogether, the US solar industry added jobs roughly 12 times faster than in other parts of the country’s economy, creating 35,052 new jobs in 2015. The total solar workforce was 208,859. “It’s incredible,” stated SolarCity CEO and co-founder Lyndon Rive. “The industry employs over 200,000 people – more than the coal industry.” (Source: cleantechnica.com)

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62 super-rich own as much as half the world

The latest Oxfam report confirms that the gulf between rich and poor has soared to extremes: the 62 richest billionaires own as much wealth as the poorer half of the world’s population.

The charity’s report, timed to coincide with the gathering of many of the super-rich at the annual World Economic Forum in Davos (20-23 January 2016), calls for urgent action to deal with a trend showing that 1 per cent of people own more wealth than the other 99 per cent combined.

Oxfam said that the wealth of the poorest 50 per cent dropped by 41 per cent between 2010 and 2015, despite an increase in the global population of 400 million. In the same period, the wealth of the richest 62 people increased by $500 billion to $1.76 trillion. In 2010, the 388 richest people owned the same wealth as the poorest 50 per cent. This dropped to 80 [ie the 80 richest] in 2014 before falling again in 2015.

Mark Goldring, the Oxfam GB chief executive, said: “It is simply unacceptable that the poorest half of the world population owns no more than a small group of the global super-rich – so few, you could fit them all on a single coach.

“World leaders’ concern about the escalating inequality crisis has so far not translated into concrete action to ensure that those at the bottom get their fair share of economic growth. In a world where one in nine people go to bed hungry every night, we cannot afford to carry on giving the richest an ever bigger slice of the cake.”

Oxfam’s prediction that the richest 1 per cent would own the same wealth as the poorest 50 per cent by 2016 had come true a year earlier than expected. Leading figures from Pope Francis to Christine Lagarde, the managing director of the International Monetary Fund, have called for action to reverse the trend in inequality, but Oxfam said words had not been translated into action.

The World Economic Forum in Davos comes amid fears that the turmoil in financial markets since the turn of the year may herald the start of a new phase to the global crisis that began eight years ago – this time originating in the less-developed emerging countries.

Oxfam said a three-pronged approach was needed: a crackdown on tax dodging; higher investment in public services; and higher wages for the low paid. It said a priority should be to close down tax havens, increasingly used by rich individuals and companies to avoid paying tax and which had deprived governments of the resources needed to tackle poverty and inequality.

The charity said as much as 30 per cent of all African financial wealth was thought to be held offshore. The estimated loss of $14 billion in tax revenues would be enough to pay for healthcare for mothers and children that could save 4 million children’s lives a year and employ enough teachers to get every African child into school.

The Equality Trust, which campaigns against inequality in the UK, said Britain’s 100 richest families had increased their wealth by at least £57 billion since 2010, a period in which average incomes declined. Duncan Exley, the trust’s director, said: “Inequality, both globally but also in the UK, is now at staggering levels. We know that such a vast gap between the richest and the rest of us is bad for our economy and society. We now need our politicians to wake up and address this dangerous concentration of wealth and power in the hands of so few.” (Source: theguardian.com)

24 million children deprived of school in conflict zones

Nearly 24 million children living in crisis zones in 22 strife-torn countries are being deprived of a school education, threatening their own future and that of their societies, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) reported in January 2016.

“Children living in countries affected by conflict have lost their homes, family members, friends, safety, and routine. Now, unable to learn even the basic reading and writing skills, they are at risk of losing their futures and missing out on the opportunity to contribute to their economies and societies when they reach adulthood,” UNICEF Chief of Education Jo Bourne said.

The analysis highlights that nearly one in four of the 109.2 million children of primary and lower secondary school age – typically between six and 15 years – living in conflict areas are missing out on their education.

South Sudan, which was thrown into turmoil when conflict erupted between President Salva Kiir and his former Vice-President Riek Machar two years ago, killing thousands, displacing over 2.4 million people, and impacting the food security of 4.6 million, is home to the highest proportion of out-of-school children.

Over half (51 per cent) of primary and lower secondary age children have no access to an education. Niger is a close second with 47 per cent unable to attend school, followed by Sudan with 41 per cent and Afghanistan with 40 per cent.

In countries affected by conflict, collecting data on children is extremely difficult and therefore these figures may themselves not adequately capture the breadth and depth of the challenge, UNICEF stressed.

The agency fears that unless the provision of education in emergencies is prioritized, a generation of children living in conflict will grow up without the skills they need to contribute to their countries and economies, exacerbating the already desperate situation for millions of children and their families.

Education continues to be one of the least-funded sectors in humanitarian appeals. In Uganda, where UNICEF is providing services to South Sudanese refugees, education faces an 89 per cent funding gap.

“School equips children with the know-ledge and skills they need to rebuild their communities once the conflict is over, and in the short-term it provides them with the stability and structure required to cope with the trauma they have experienced,” Ms Bourne said.

“Schools can also protect children from the trauma and physical dangers around them. When children are not in school, they are at an increased danger of abuse, exploitation and recruitment into armed groups.”

During episodes of instability and violence, schools become more than a place of learning. UNICEF is working to create safe environments where children can learn and play to restore normalcy to their lives. Despite these efforts, security restrictions and funding shortfalls are affecting education and the distribution of learning materials in conflict situations. (Source: www.un.org)

Air pollution: public health emergency

The World Health Organization (WHO) has issued a new warning about deadly levels of pollution in many of the world’s biggest cities: poor air quality is killing millions and threatening to overwhelm health services across the globe. According to WHO, air quality is deteriorating around the world to the point where only one in eight people live in urban areas that meet recommended air pollution levels. Figures soon to be released will show air pollution has worsened since 2014 in hundreds of already blighted cities. WHO describes the situation as a global “public health emergency”.

The latest data, taken from 2,000 cities, will indicate a worsening level of toxicity in many places as populations have grown, leaving large areas under clouds of smog created by a mix of transport fumes, construction dust, poisonous gases from power generation and wood burning in homes.

The toxic haze blanketing cities could be clearly seen from the International Space Station. It was also revealed that several streets in London had exceeded their annual limits for nitrogen dioxide emissions just a few days into 2016.

The latest scientific research, published in the journal Nature, suggests that air pollution now kills more people a year than malaria and HIV combined, and in many countries accounts for roughly 10 times more deaths than road accidents.

“We have a public health emergency in many countries from pollution. It’s dramatic, one of the biggest problems we are facing globally, with horrible future costs to society,” said Maria Neira, head of public health at the WHO, which is a specialist agency of the United Nations. “Air pollution leads to chronic diseases which require hospital space. Before, we knew that pollution was responsible for diseases like pneumonia and asthma. Now we know that it leads to bloodstream, heart and cardiovascular diseases, too – even dementia. We are storing up problems. These are chronic diseases that require hospital beds. The cost will be enormous,” said Neira.

According to the UN, there are now 3.3 million premature deaths every year from air pollution, about three-quarters of which are from strokes and heart attacks. With nearly 1.4 million deaths a year, China has the most air pollution fatalities, followed by India with 645,000 and Pakistan with 110,000.

In Britain, where latest figures suggest that around 29,000 people a year die prematurely from particulate pollution and thousands more from long-term exposure to nitrogen dioxide gas, emitted largely by diesel engines, the government is being taken to court over its intention to delay addressing pollution for at least 10 years.

A new report from the EU’s European Environment Agency (EEA) says pollution is now also the single largest environmental health risk in Europe, responsible for more than 430,000 premature deaths. “It shortens people’s lifespan and contributes to serious illnesses such as heart disease, respiratory problems and cancer. It also has considerable economic impacts, increasing medical costs and reducing productivity,” said the EEA director Hans Bruyninckx.

Leading British economist Lord Stern said air pollution was an important factor in climate change. “Air pollution is of fundamental importance. We are only just learning about the scale of the toxicity of coal and diesel. We know that in China, 4,000 people a day die of air pollution. In India it is far worse. This is a deep, deep problem,” he said. (Source: WHO; theguardian.co.uk)

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