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Since the inception of Share International magazine, Benjamin Creme’s Master has provided articles to be published not only at the time they were written, but also whenever appropriate according to world circumstances. Indeed, many of these articles seem more relevant now than when they were first published. In the following article the Master shows how commercialization has impacted the health of the planet and that of humanity. He issues a warning about the time we have left to restore balance. As if He were writing today, He points to the growing public awareness of the need to change in order to save the planet and the millions of dispossessed.
by the Master —, through Benjamin Creme
The world is waiting. Not with bated breath but with a growing sense that events are moving towards a crisis, the outcome of which is unclear. No one knows how things will turn. The professionals, politicians and economists alike, flounder helplessly in the cross-currents, unable to plan in the conflicting directions they are forced to take. Daily, new problems arise to test the goodwill of the most enlightened, while, behind the scenes, the ruthless greed of speculation brings nations to their knees.
Whenever such a situation arises, men grow fearful, and when in fear they strike out in anger. Thus it is today in many parts of the world. A growing intolerance, of refugees, of foreigners, discolours the democratic process, as living standards fall and security is threatened. Political extremists, waiting in the wings, seize their opportunity, and emerge to lead unthinking youth in imitation of the past.
Nothing can halt this slide towards chaos, as market forces crush the life of men in their unholy grip. Nothing can save this civilization, based as it is on competition and greed. The old order is dying; nay, it is already dead. Commercialization, another name for mammon, has usurped the law and become the state religion around the world.
Were men alone in this maelstrom, pitiful would be their plight, sad indeed would be their fate. Nowhere could they turn for succour, no one could they ask for aid. Forces quite beyond their control would drive them remorselessly to war and FINIS would be written large over man’s life on Earth.
However, man is not alone nor ever has been, but, buttressed by his Elder Brothers, he makes his journey under supervision and guidance; not alone, but in the safe company of those who have gone before and know well the way.
Into the centre of the storm this group of Elder Brothers is returning. One by one, They take Their places in your midst, ready when called upon to offer Their advice and help. For centuries have They awaited this opportunity to work directly in the world of men. Now They come, bearing gifts of wisdom and love. Under Their leader, the Lord Maitreya, They will turn men away from the brink of self-destruction and open a new chapter in the history of the race. From the ruins of the old, a new civilization will be built by human hands under the inspiration of Maitreya and His Group. Fear not, for the end is already known. Humanity will overcome this time of crisis and enter into a new and better relationship with itself, its planet and its Source. Maitreya has come to make all things new. Knowingly or not, the world is waiting for the new.
[This article from Share International magazine, September 2017, 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, was in constant telepathic contact with this Master who dictated his article to him.]
Benjamin Creme did not set himself up as arbiter of the authenticity of other groups’ activities and communications. Share International will continue to follow the same policy.
At every lecture he gave around the world, and virtually every day of his life, Benjamin Creme was asked numerous questions covering a vast range of topics. We aim to draw on this large recorded resource and publish answers provided by BC and his Master over the years, none of which have yet appeared in Share International.
Q. How can you call this a message and time of hope? (Lecture, Paris, 2007)
A. It is one of the most interesting times in human history and extraordinary events are taking place; it is a privilege to be alive, in incarnation at this time when all is being changed. Everything on Earth is undergoing a profound transformation, transfiguration. Of course, to many, this is the most terrible time they have ever known in their lives. These seem to be times of difficulty and danger, all sorts of threats: war, disasters of all kinds, even the destruction of our environment. So how come I am hopeful? Many different things happen in life at the same time; on the one hand, the world is undergoing disaster, and at the same time the world is changing for the better. Both are true, but people usually see things one-dimensionally. They tend to see the threats because it is frightening.
Q. How can one see positive things in wars or the threat of wars in many places? Surely that can’t be seen in a positive light?
A. It is true that they are real disasters and not for the benefit of humanity. But they are the last throes of a declining civilization, or a dying age. What happens when an era dies? It is not the end of all life; it is simply the end of an age, and we are living in a period of transition. The upheaval is caused by the clash of the old and the new – the new energies. This is a cosmic event and we have no control over it. The changes are essential in order to create a new, just civilization. Fortunately, the old divisions in the world are nearing their end and the new energies will produce synthesis, blending and fusing diverse people and ideas. We should aim at unity with the greatest diversity. The basic longing of all people is to find unity, fusion with others. We have that to look forward to.
Q. What impact did the attacks of 9/11 have on the work of the Spiritual Hierarchy?
A. With the attacks of 9/11 the progress and the positive changes we saw in the world up to then has been interrupted to some degree but the transformations are continuing at the same time as the destruction is happening. People tend to look at the world as if it is a flat plane and they see only wars, conflicts here and there, threat of war, and big nations who bully small nations, and so on. They see all the destructive forces at work but they do not see at the same time, the movements and waves and trends in an opposite direction. People can’t see them because they are energetic, but the Masters see the trends and They know that there is a gradual transformation of the atmosphere of the world for the better, more than we could possibly imagine.
Q. But how well is this happening?
A. The change is not total but well advanced. There are many dangers still existing but the tide has been turned. From now on (2007) the Forces of Light are in the ascendency.
Q. Could you say something about Krishnamurti? (Lecture, Paris, 2005)
A. Jiddu Krishnamurti was born in India in 1895 and died in the United States in 1986.
Q. Was he a vehicle for Maitreya?
A. He was overshadowed by Maitreya for most of his life.
Q. Why did his teaching differ so much from what you are saying, since he never mentioned the Masters?
A. Not because he did not know about the Masters. He did. He knew very well about Maitreya; he knew he was overshadowed by Maitreya. He knew about the Masters; he himself was a very advanced disciple, a fourth-degree initiate at the end of his life. A Master is a fifth-degree initiate, so he was close to being a Master. You could go through life and live a perfect life never having heard of the Masters.
The reason why Krishnamurti didn’t mention the Masters is that he was aware of all the glamours and illusions that people have about Them. People ask me all the time whether this Master will help them do this or that, whether they can get the aid of the Masters to achieve some goal. People begin to rely on the Masters as if They, the Masters, belong to them! The Masters are fantastically busy and yet you would think from the demands that I get from people who know about the Masters that They are the servants of people, at their beck and call. And it’s not true. Or it should not be true. The fact that the Masters demonstrate unconditional love does not give us the right to demand anything we want from Them.
Krishnamurti was advanced enough to know that if he talked about the Masters he would simply be feeding the glamour and illusions, the reliance that people place on the Masters rather than themselves. You would be astonished if you knew how much humanity owes to the Masters, to their never-sleeping guidance and protection that they bestow on humanity. Every second, every few moments that passes, a Master somewhere is saving someone in the world – from an accident, from drowning, from some catastrophe, from cyclonic eruptions, earthquakes – all the time. They are always there. They are always the first ones there, saving wherever possible and helping. And this happens all the time, from moment to moment.
But people personalize it; they think the Masters are for them, because they have heard of them. They think the Masters are looking for ways to help us in our personal lives. They don’t work in that personal way. They work for humanity. They work with the Plan of evolution. Their task is to put into effect the Plan of evolution through humanity. The Logos of our planet, the great Heavenly Man Who ensouls this planet, has a Plan for the evolution of everything on Earth. And the Masters know the Plan and work within it to foster the evolution of planet Earth. Not to act individually for us, although They may do that but you do not ask Them to do it.
Maitreya pours His energy into a meeting like this, just fills the room with His energy, but the questions asked are so small and small-minded, so trivial. This is the most important thing that has happened in the world for thousands and thousands of years! The Spiritual Hierarchy is returning to the everyday world for the first time in 98,000 years. It is colossal!
Share International has a very large reserve of ‘Letters to the Editor’ which have been processed over the years, confirmed to be genuine, but not yet published.
Some of the Masters, in particular Maitreya and the Master Jesus, appeared at Benjamin Creme’s lectures and Transmission Meditations. They also appear in different guises. If the experiences were authenticated by Benjamin Creme’s Master, the letters are published. These experiences are given to inspire, guide or teach, often to heal and uplift.
They also draw attention in an amusing way to some fixed intolerance to, for example, smoking or drinking. At times the Masters act as saving ‘angels’ in accidents, during wartime, earthquakes and other disasters. They use a ‘familiar’, a thoughtform, who seems totally real, and through whom the Master’s thoughts can be expressed. They can appear as a man, a woman, a child, at will. Occasionally They use the ‘blueprint’ of a real person, but in most cases the ‘familiar’ is an entirely new creation.
On 9 April 2017, I was working in a Reappearance booth at a Wellness Expo in Madison, Wisconsin, USA. A couple in their late 20s came up to the booth and we engaged in conversation.
I asked them how their peers and people of their age group are coping with the state of the world right now. I am aware that young millennials are facing great uncertainty due to the state of the economy and the environment, and the current political situation.
The young man spoke: “We observe everything that is happening. Then we know how we want to respond.” I said to them: “I must say that I feel guilty about the condition that my generation has left the world in for your generation.”
The young man immediately responded: “Your guilt is not warranted, not needed and not helpful.” He went on: “The world is the way it is not because of your generation alone. It is your generation, and the generation before that, and the generation before that, and the generation before that. The whole history of mankind has brought us to where we are today. We are all in this together and we are going to have to get through this all together. Let the weight of your guilt be lifted from your shoulders.” He also said: “We are not sorry to be in the world at this time.” His friend nodded in agreement.
This encounter was very beneficial for me and I did feel the freedom of the guilt lifting from my shoulders.
E.T., Madison, Wisconsin, USA.
In 2016 on the day after Pentecost we received a visit in the Information Centre in Amsterdam from a spokesman for Maitreya (confirmed by Benjamin Creme’s Master; see ‘Pentecost Visit’, SI July/August 2016). Since then he has graced us with his presence many times, simply popping into the Centre, saying a few cheerful encouraging words, coming in to a lecture just at the last minute and taking a seat right in front of the speaker. In such instances he has taken a lively part in discussions and has often interjected apt and always useful comments which add to the talk and are not experienced as disruptive or distracting. He nods approval and encourages speakers, and seems to confirm and agree with statements about how soon Maitreya’s full public emergence could take place. He is warm, loving and has a lovely mischievous sense of humour.
He has repeatedly visited us and only recently he was there, for instance, just as the Benjamin Creme Lithograph Exhibition opened in the Centre (in late June 2017); he gave people present a loving, warm hug and promised to be back; a week or so later he was there again just briefly as if to show solidarity, interest and care, asking if we were OK and shaking hands, giving pats on the back (!) and attention to some co-workers who were very tired. He confirms verbatim the unspoken thoughts of some of us, indicates that he knows our concerns, and gives concrete proof of knowing facts that others couldn’t know.
On 23 July Maitreya’s kind and supportive spokesman came to the Centre again; he arrived a minute after the talk had started and later joined in the discussion with useful, humorous, apt comments. When someone expressed anxiety about the state of the world, a group member said that the triumph of good, “a good, positive outcome is guaranteed”; later the spokesman spoke to that co-worker and repeated “the triumph of the good is guaranteed”. When another co-worker, who has already seen Maitreya’s friendly spokesman several times, remarked to him that it was nice to see him again and thanked him for coming, the spokesman simply pointed up towards the heavens, as if to say, “I’m simply doing what I was asked to do from above”. Another remark made by the spokesperson, relating to the lecture, was about when Maitreya would be fully recognized worldwide: “It’s all a question of timing,” he said.
On 6 August we held a lecture at the Information Centre surrounded by the Lithograph Exhibition. Maitreya’s spokesman appeared again – as always, just a minute after the talk starts. Somehow there’s always an empty chair, the last one, which he takes. As usual, he had quite a bit to say; he talked of the need for simplicity and the need to keep oneself in constant contact with the inner or higher self. He also makes a habit of talking to those present and apparently makes pertinent comments or gives advice.
At the end of the talk the speaker invited the audience to take a few minutes to sit silently in front of any one of the 18 lithographs they felt drawn to, neither expecting nor requesting or demanding anything. We sat like this in silence for about seven minutes then gradually came back together and quietly brought the afternoon to a close with a very palpable sense of blessings, energies, and gratitude.
The last word the spokesman said, which was the last word of the day, just as we all stood up to leave, was: “Together.”
Group members, Share Nederland-Share International Information Centre, Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
On 15 July 2017, the second day of the US Transmission Meditation Conference in California, a mysterious tall Indian-looking man with a large turban was spotted by three separate people in different areas of the campus within moments of each other.
At the time we were all in small discussion groups with windows to the main path through the campus along which he was walking. None of the three people knew the others had seen him but each of the three told me about it separately at lunch. Curiously they each saw a totally different color of turban.
As a dedicated documenter of the Emergence I had to do some fact checking since; also being an artist I know people often have different names for the same color. However, one had seen a turban of a deep magenta color, one had seen a clearly violet color and for the third person it was turquoise blue.
When I checked with each person about the color name they used, they definitely saw different colors. Their descriptions of what the man was wearing differed as well. For one person he was all in black and the other two were quite different. Logic might say that there were just three different men strolling by at about the same time. However, if so, why did each person only see one of them?
I know in the past Maitreya often appeared in a way that defied logic or suggested He was not an ordinary person. For me the clincher was that the first person who saw him was looking out the window with another participant, when a deer walked by followed by ‘the man’, but the other person only saw the deer.
F.O., Oakland, California, USA.
At the 2017 US Conference for Emergence co-workers, I saw a Sikh gentleman with a full dark beard walking west on the sidewalk in front of the area where we were holding our group discussion on 15 July 2017.
He was about 6 feet tall and was wearing grey trousers, a white shirt – which hung about three inches below a dark red jacket – and a turquoise blue turban. As there are trees, bushes and a building on either side of the walkway, I could only observe him for a short time.
M. H-L., Petaluma, California, USA.
On 3 July 2017 I was sitting in the train in France between Lille and Lyon. The ticket collector came in, and a similar scene took place as the one that had already happened in this same train in 2005 (see SI November 2005, Letters to the Editor).
The ticket collector started to inflate balloons and give them to the children in the compartment. He didn’t stay very long, did not take any tickets from the passengers, and did not look at me. But I had to smile inwardly, as I fully understood the friendly hint in reference to the other encounter of 12 years ago. Again, the encounter did me a lot of good. I felt encouraged and uplifted.
A friend of mine, also a co-worker, was sitting in another compartment. She saw this same ticket collector and watched him as he played magic tricks with his tie and jacket, producing flames out of them.
Perhaps it was Maitreya again that appeared to me this time.
G.J., Lyon, France.
Maitreya, in the guise of a ticket collector, making balloon animals, doing magic tricks and teaching life lessons all at the same time (June 2005).
The ticket collector in the train between Lille and Lyon, France, on 3 July 2017.
Scotland, UK – On the evening of 21 May 2017, a visitor took photographs of the giant Falkirk ‘Kelpies’, the 30-meter-high horse-head steel sculptures by Andy Scott. Named after the Scottish mythical water horses, they are the largest equine sculptures in the world. When reviewing the pictures later the photographer was surprised to see a glowing cross in the sky in one shot. Experts with the British Earth and Aerial Mysteries Society (BEAMS) who analyzed the picture could find no conventional explanation for the image. (Source: beamsinvestigations.org)
Dozens of intricate crop patterns have again appeared this year in fields around the world, particularly in the southwest of England.
On 18 July 2017, a 400-foot diameter crop formation was discovered in a wheat field near Cley Hill, Warminster, England.
The formation is an obvious representation of what is known as Metatron’s Cube, a geometric pattern in the Jewish Kabbalah (and Sacred Geometry) that represents the flow of energy into all forms of Creation. In the Kabbalah, Metatron was the name given to the biblical patriarch Enoch after his bodily “ascension” into Heaven and transformation into an Archangel. In the July/August 1998 issue of Share International, Benjamin Creme answered a question regarding the true provenance of Metatron:
Q. “…noting the similarity between the consonants (vowels are not written in Hebrew) in Metatron (MTTR) and Maitreya (MTR) as well as in the office - namely Teacher of Teachers, is Maitreya Metatron?
Benjamin Creme: Yes.
In his book The Gathering of the Forces of Light, Benjamin Creme explains about crop circles: “The Space Brothers ... make the crop circles. These are essentially centres of force, vortices. The crop circles that have appeared all over the world are focused primarily in the south of England because that is where Maitreya is. His point of focus in the world is London. Although the crop circles are not in London, they are not far from there. They appear in large numbers in wheat and other crops for a reason. It is a tangential way for the beings in the spacecraft to leave their ‘calling card’, saying: “We were here.”
The Space Brothers make incredibly intricate, beautiful, ever more elaborate patterns in the crop circles year after year. Then the crops are cut, the crop circles disappear, and they appear again the next year when they are made again. They are deliberately put in crops because the crops are seasonal.... Some of the patterns, especially the more recent ones, have meaning.”
Crop pattern in wheat field in Bydemill Copse, Cannington, Wiltshire, England, 4 August 2017.
photo: Steve Alexander, temporarytemples.co.uk
On 19 July 2017, the 40th anniversary of Maitreya’s entry into London and the modern world, a crop circle resembling the equal-armed cross of the Age of Aquarius appeared in a field in Climping Beach, West Sussex, England.
photo: Steve Alexander, temporarytemples.co.uk
We present a selection of quotations on the theme of ‘Blueprint for a new and simpler world’. 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 Volumes One and Two and Share International), and Benjamin Creme’s writings.
I am taking you into a New Country. Close your ranks around Me and allow Me to show you the glories which await you. The framework of this future time is now constructed. The blueprint of the future becomes clearer. Let Me take you with Me into that future and clothe in radiant Light that structure. My Blessings go with you all. (Maitreya, from Message No.48)
The blueprint of the future is descending, and the sensitive minds of the race are responding to the new vision. Never before, in the history of the world, has such an opportunity as now exists been presented to men. From the chaos of the past can order be created; into the darkest ignorance can new light shine. Together, for the first time as brothers, can men establish the rule of divine law, and enter into right relation with their Source. (Benjamin Creme’s Master, from ‘The future’)
Any moment now the world will see the emergence of men and women of ability and insight who have within themselves the answers to the problems which beset the world today. They also have at heart the good of all. They stand ready to engage themselves in the task of reorganization of the world’s social structure along more spiritual lines when called upon to do so. This will shortly be the case.
The Masters will train them in their specific tasks and supply the needed energetic stimulus.
Their names are known to few but their coming influence in world affairs will be great. They will set in motion the changes, which, gathering momentum, will transform the world. (Benjamin Creme, The Reappearance of the Christ and the Masters of Wisdom)
My Masters are developing, through Their groups, new forms and structures for your life. These will allow you better to express the Divine Beings which you are, and thus complete the Plan. Take part, My friends, in this great adventure of Spirit, and allow Me to show you, and lead you into, your heritage. (Maitreya, from Message No.41)
The world is poised between the old and the new; the past and the future, and people hold their breath for an indication of the outcome. The signs are there in abundance for all to see, yet many refuse to see in them the hope they crave, and diminish, thereby, their happiness and calm.
Have no fear of the future for it will be, if man so wills, greater and more beautiful than can be imagined, greater by far than man’s highest dreams. The uncertainty and anguish, the pain of loss and change, are but the birthpangs of a new and better world struggling to be born. (Benjamin Creme’s Master, from ‘Man’s birthright awaits him’)
When we have accepted the principle of sharing (which principle will be forced on the governments by world public opinion), each country will be asked to make over, in trust for the world, that which it has in excess of its needs. Every country will be invited to make an inventory of its assets and needs. Fed into computers, these statistics will provide a United Nations Agency, set up for the purpose, with the information on which a rational redistribution of the world’s resources can take place. In this way a better balance between the developed and underdeveloped world can be achieved. It has been estimated that the redistribution programme will take two to three years to implement. The plans and blueprints for the scheme, drawn up by high initiates – economists, financiers and industrialists of great achievement – have long been in existence, awaiting only the demand of humanity for their implementation. (Benjamin Creme, Maitreya’s Mission Volume One)
To make progress, man must die to the old. Thus it ever was. So, My friends, at this time of change must the old structures be renounced, and simply, in Brotherhood, must all men share. (Maitreya, from Message No.118)
The Masters of our Spiritual Hierarchy, Who are coming into the world with Maitreya, have the technology to neutralize the greenhouse effect, the pollution of the atmosphere, even the effects of nuclear radiation. We have to wind down the fission process of creating energy. What I am not advocating, or even suggesting, is returning to the old days – humanity living in pastoral conditions, and so on. We will still have a prosperous, well-balanced, modern lifestyle, with all the technology which we are capable of inventing. We shall be given the blueprints of technology which at the moment we cannot even begin to imagine. It would boggle the mind of the most advanced scientist. (Benjamin Creme, Maitreya’s Mission Volume Three)
With Maitreya and His group to guide them, men will grow to love the simplicity of the new structures, and in them find a deep satisfaction and coherence. They will feel at ease in a world shorn of competition and the tension which it brings. Working together in co-operation they will find a profound happiness and fulfilment in all that they do.
Maitreya will stint nothing of His help and advice, nor shall We, your Elder Brothers, in Our efforts to inspire the building of the new civilization. The wonders which will grace this coming edifice will delight and astonish all men. Each will have a part to play in its construction and all will give of their best in its achievement. (Benjamin Creme’s Master, from ‘The turning of the wheel’)
The real changes in the world, the real shifts in consciousness, are being made on the political and economic fronts. It is through political and economic change that the structures will be rebuilt which will allow the spirituality inherent in all peoples to be reflected. The Christ will show that the path of the spiritual life is broad and varied enough to accommodate all people. In every endeavour, in every department of human life, the awareness and knowledge of God can be sensed and expressed. All can contribute their awareness of this moment-to-moment experience to the many-coloured pattern which will grow as a result of that shared experience. (Benjamin Creme, Maitreya’s Mission Volume One)
Take Me to your hearts as I, My dear brothers and sisters, have taken you to mine, and, working together, let us remake the world. Let us change all that is corrupt and useless in your structures, all that prevents the manifestation of your divinity. Let us together show the way for the little ones and hold fast the world for them. (Maitreya, from Message No.50)
A blueprint for change has caught the imagination of many millions and soon will command the attention of the world. Men have understood that, when organized and brave, they are invincible. Nothing can halt this movement for change. It embodies the concepts of the future and of the Plan. Maitreya has given it voice, which is now the voice of the peoples of the world. (Benjamin Creme’s Master, from ‘The path to Unity’)
My Emergence proceeds. Soon your brothers in My centre will know that among them now is a simple Man of God, a Brother among brothers, a Spokesman for them: to place before the nations the needs of all men for a world at peace, for Just Sharing of resources, for laughter and Joy, for the creation of a New World built on the Pattern of God. (Maitreya, from Message No.103)
Paul Hawken, editor of the recent New York Times best-seller Drawdown, freely admits the book’s subtitle, The Most Comprehensive Plan Ever Proposed to Reverse Global Warming, is cheeky. But he says the subtitle was chosen to point out an important fact: before Drawdown was published, no detailed plan to reverse global warming had ever been proposed.
There have been proposals and agreements to slow, limit, and stop emissions, and an international commitment to keep global temperature rise from exceeding 2 degrees Celsius over pre-industrial levels. But until now, no plan that would actually reduce the concentration of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere.
The origins of the book date back to 2001, when Hawken, a highly-regarded environmentalist, entrepreneur and author, began asking experts in climate science and environmental fields a compelling question: “Do we know what we need to do in order to arrest and reverse global warming?”
Hawken continues: “I thought they could provide a shopping list. I wanted to know the most effective solutions that were already in place, and the impact they could have if scaled. I also wanted to know the price tag. My contacts replied that such an inventory did not exist, but all agreed that it would be a great checklist to have, though creating one was not within their individual expertise. After several years, I stopped asking because it was not within my expertise either.”
Then in 2012, after the publication of Bill McKibben’s article ‘Global Warming’s Terrifying New Math’, several of Hawken’s climate activist friends began saying it was already ‘game over’ for planet Earth. But Hawken thought instead it was ‘game on’, a wakeup call. So he created Project Drawdown, a nonprofit group and international coalition of “scholars, scientists, entrepreneurs, and advocates… that is mapping, measuring, modeling, and communicating about a collective array of substantive solutions to global warming, with the goal of reaching drawdown”.
The term ‘drawdown’ in this case refers to the point in time when the concentration of atmospheric greenhouse gases begins to decline on a year-to-year basis. The goal of the project was to identify the most impactful global warming solutions to determine how much could be accomplished toward achieving drawdown within the next 30 years.
An international group of researchers assembled by Hawken and the Project Drawdown team gathered lists of climate solutions and narrowed them down to those that had the greatest potential to reduce emissions or sequester carbon from the atmosphere. The solutions had to be currently available, their use on the rise around the world, and also economically viable. Analyses went through a rigorous review by outside experts, as well as an Advisory Board of prominent scientists and others who reviewed and validated the text.
The years of research, analysis and review resulted in 80 global warming solutions that met the criteria, along with 20 additional “coming attractions” that have great potential but are not quite “ready for prime time.”
Many of the book’s conclusions proved to be a surprise. For example, the solution with the most potential impact on global warming is not, as might be expected, Onshore Wind Turbines (number 2 solution), Solar Farms (number 8), or Rooftop Solar (number 10), but Refrigerant Management (number 1). Among the top 10, also perhaps surprisingly, are Reduced Food Waste (number 3), Plant-Rich Diet (number 4), Educating Girls (number 6) and Family Planning (number 7).
Explanations of each solution include the amount of greenhouse gases removed or reduced over a 30-year period (2020-2050), and the cost impact – or in most cases, the net savings – of implementation.
Writing about Reduced Food Waste, Hawken points to the tragic irony that “a third of the food raised or prepared does not make it from farm or factory to fork. That number is startling, especially when paired with this one: Hunger is a condition of life for nearly 800 million people worldwide.
“And this one. The food we waste contributes 4.4 gigatons of carbon dioxide equivalent into the atmosphere each year – roughly 8 percent of total anthropogenic greenhouse gas emissions.”
Although the reasons for food waste vary among high- and low-income countries, “the outcome is much the same,” Hawken writes. “Producing uneaten food squanders a whole host of resources – seeds, water, energy, land, fertilizer, hours of labor, financial capital – and generates greenhouse gases at every stage – including methane when organic matter lands in the global rubbish bin.”
Reducing food waste also avoids deforestation for additional farmland, preventing a huge amount of additional emissions.
Among the top solutions to reverse global warming, Educating Girls is one not generally associated with climate change. But Hawken makes the connection between the two issues quite directly.
“Girls’ education, it turns out, has a dramatic bearing on global warming,” he writes. “Women with more years of education have fewer, healthier children and actively manage their reproductive health.”
An analysis published in Science magazine, based on South Korea’s experience, found that if all girls globally attended primary and secondary school, by 2050 there would be nearly 850 million fewer people on the planet than if current enrollment rates continued.
Citing the many health and economic benefits resulting from girls’ education, Hawken concludes that educating girls “is the most powerful lever available for breaking the cycle of intergenerational poverty, while mitigating emissions by curbing population growth”.
According to UNESCO, universal education in low-and low-middle income countries could be achieved by closing an annual financing gap of $39 billion.
The book presents three possible scenarios for the future, based on how aggressively humanity scales up the solutions included in the book. In two of the scenarios, drawdown – a decrease in the concentration of atmospheric greenhouse gases year over year – is achieved by 2050.
According to the group’s website, “Project Drawdown’s role is not to implement these solutions, but rather to point to how they already are being implemented by humanity around the globe and the potential of these solutions if they are scaled over the next 30 years”.
Project Drawdown has created a broad coalition of leading climate voices who are helping to spread the group’s message, and integrate the goal of drawdown into their own work. The group already has partnerships in place with businesses, NGOs, activists, academics and individuals.
Importantly, Hawken says: “Most recently, we have been appointed by the Secretary-General of the Commonwealth of Nations, Patricia Scotland, to collaborate with the Commonwealth on future research. Secretary Scotland has committed the Commonwealth to integrating Drawdown into the economic and ecologic portfolios of the 52 countries that comprise the Commonwealth, representing a population that is just shy of one-third of humanity.”
In the book’s conclusion, Hawken acknowledges that he hopes Drawdown will not only inspire individual change, but also encourage people to join together to become a movement.
“That is why in creating Drawdown and its associated website, we sought to do more than merely perform exacting research and inform. We wanted to captivate and surprise, to present solutions to global warming in a new way with an eye towards helping draw the threads and webs of humanity into a coherent and more effective network of people that can accelerate progress towards reversing climate change.”
Hawken concludes powerfully: “Science knows that virtually all children exhibit altruistic behavior, even before they can talk. It turns out that concern for the well-being of others is bred in the bone, endemic, and hard-wired. We became human beings by working together and helping one another. That remains true today. What it takes to reverse global warming is one person after another remembering who we truly are.”
Drawdown offers a message of hope for planet Earth, based on practical solutions to global warming that are currently available and in use. But as with other hopeful messages, it will require human initiative and action to realize its potential.
by Meryl Tihanyi
The British American Security Information Council (BASIC), a UK- and US-based think tank founded in 1987, uses an inclusive, non-partisan and dialogue-based approach to promote nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation. Paul Ingram, the group’s Executive Director since 2007, has authored a number of BASIC’s reports and briefings covering a variety of nuclear and non-nuclear issues since 2002. Ingram also hosted a program on IRINN (Islamic Republic of Iran News Network) that focused on issues relevant to global security, and he taught senior civil servant leadership skills at the UK’s National School of Government. Meryl Tihanyi interviewed him for Share International.
Share International: Before we discuss BASIC’s work, could you comment on the current situation with North Korea and what could be done to help resolve the situation peacefully?
Paul Ingram: It appears that North Korea now has an emerging effective nuclear deterrent that sits alongside its existing conventional capabilities that already had the capacity to cause devastation to South Korea. Other states have to accept that there is a deterrent relationship with North Korea and for the moment pursue a plan of strategic stability.
But this also means that the US needs to abandon the strategy of intimidation and threat of war in response to North Korea’s development of military capabilities, and instead open up a dialogue with the purpose of providing some forms of assurance in both directions. The North Koreans have been looking for such a dialogue for several decades. It’s time to sit down with them on this basis and stop thinking we can intimidate them into submission.
SI: What is the main focus of BASIC’s work?
PI:BASIC is a think tank with an agenda: to achieve progress toward nuclear disarmament by working with governments and other stakeholders in trying to overcome the obstacles to nuclear disarmament.
We do this on the understanding that nuclear weapons are held for a reason: that governments feel trapped in their existing nuclear doctrines; that there is a great deal of fear that prevents them from giving up the attachment to weapons that they believe are essential to their national security; that there is a great deal of attachment, in addition to that, to the power that they bring – the status and the sense that nuclear weapons are the ultimate form of currency in the international community – the currency of power.
What we are trying to do is bring concepts such as responsibility and multi-lateral co-operation into the situation so that governments take a greater sense of agency in creating the conditions that can lead to nuclear disarmament.
We do this by bringing people together in dialogue, and by trying to better understand the complex dimensions of the traps that governments are involved in. We avoid lecturing or coming up with specific solutions, which only add to the complexity and disagreements around how we move forward. Rather we seek to work in such a way that governments build trust in our agenda and process, so that we can build on that trust to open up opportunities for progress.
SI: Who does BASIC work with in this way, and how do you approach these discussions?
PI: Working in the United Nations we establish relationships with various countries, assessing their existing positions, policies and approaches, and seeking to help them reduce the utility they attach to nuclear weapons.
We work with the UK and US, as well as Russia and other European states. We also work in the Middle East and South Asia. With the UK and US, we operate on several levels, with their Foreign Ministry and State Department, looking at their approaches to nuclear-weapons diplomacy; seeking to encourage a step-by-step arms-control approach, valuing their achievements and seeking proposals to encourage them to take their achievements further. We also work with defense officials, looking at some of the unintended consequences of deploying nuclear weapon systems, and highlighting some of the dangers associated with those deployments.
In the Middle East, we have been looking over the years at ways of overcoming the obstacles to a WMD [weapons of mass destruction]-free zone in the region. We work with Gulf State officials to try to build confidence in an international approach that looks at nuclear security and safety as a way to establish a regional dialogue with Iran. There, together with Iranian officials, we created an alternative means to challenge the system that currently is based upon developing nuclear technologies, which just spark fear and reaction, and instead choose alternative technologies and strategies.
With the Russians, we have been engaged in hosting a number of roundtables in Moscow to consider the perspectives around the use of nuclear weapons and alternative approaches to building dialogues with the West. We have also hosted roundtables throughout Europe with NATO allies to talk about how they might reduce their attachment to the deployment of tactical nuclear weapons in Europe as a means to gain assurance of US commitment to Europe and assurance that the Russians will not have the capability of threatening their national security.
And we are publishing a report on the debate in Finland over landmines, as an example of a state that gave up a defense capability that they perceived to be essential to their national security in relation to Russia, on the basis that ultimately they believed their national security was better served by a stronger, more coherent international community in which most states believe landmines play no part.
So in the nuclear weapons field we examine, country by country and region by region, ways of challenging the established assumption that nuclear weapons bring security and power. We’re working with officials to find alternative means of achieving their objectives without undermining international security or dropping into an arms race.
SI: There was an international agreement on banning nuclear weapons recently signed at the UN (Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons, 7 July 2017 – the Ban Treaty). What were its major points,and how significant do you think it is in terms of moving us toward a world free of nuclear weapons?
PI: The step agreed at the United Nations was to put forward a treaty that will be open for signature on 20 September 2017.
Each member state to the treaty commits to not develop or deploy nuclear weapons, not conduct research into them, nor engage in any activities that support the existence of nuclear weapons. That’s quite broad in its application and would make it challenging for any states to sign up to this treaty while also being engaged in alliances or groups of states that explicitly depend upon nuclear weapons for their defense doctrine.
This treaty is a step on the long road toward a world free of nuclear weapons. It will not bring it about overnight. It will not be the case that the states with nuclear weapons will throw up their hands and get rid of their nuclear weapons. But it will inevitably put some diplomatic pressure on states that are attached to nuclear deterrents, though not very strong and forceful pressure. The treaty is going to work most effectively if states see it as a symbol of frustration.
Nuclear weapons themselves are symbols of a willingness by states to engage in what are unacceptable levels of threat, which can be equated with terrorism to gain security. States with nuclear weapons are attempting to strengthen their national security by threatening other states with annihilation. And that holds a lot of contradictions.
States that engage in the treaty to ban nuclear weapons are trying to send a signal that this approach is unacceptable in the 21st century. It is an invitation to states that possess nuclear weapons to enter into processes that seek to escape that trap and to find other means to establish their security, or recognize that, at root, this attempt to establish security through mutual annihilation is internally contradictory and unsustainable.
SI: Are there examples of progress with nuclear disarmament in recent years that might offer a sense of hope or something of a model going forward?
PI: We do have examples of disarmament and international agreements:
• South Africa had a small arsenal of nuclear weapons that they dismantled and then invited the IAEA (International Atomic Energy Agency) in to verify.
• Former Soviet states had nuclear weapons on their territory, which were all sent to Russia in the years soon after the end of the Cold War. This included Ukraine.
• There are a number of states that have had nuclear weapon programs, but have given them up. They include Sweden, Switzerland, Brazil, Argentina, Taiwan and South Korea.
• Nuclear-Weapon-Free Zones span much of the globe, involving commitments not to acquire nuclear weapons and verification processes between states in order to foster confidence.
• The review conference in 2010 for the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT) [the international treaty regulating nuclear weapons] agreed unanimously on a 64-point plan to further nuclear disarmament, non-proliferation and the responsible use of nuclear energy.
We have had a number of arms control agreements in the past, the most recent being the START II [Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty] agreement that came into force in 2011 between US and Russia, limiting their strategic warheads and delivery systems, and agreeing on verification processes. Back in the Cold War it was extraordinary how in times of deep distrust the adversaries were able to agree to far-reaching arms control measures, demonstrating that trust is not essential to negotiations (though of course it helps).
SI: What are the next steps planned for efforts to ban nuclear weapons worldwide?
PI:The [anti-nuclear weapons] campaign groups will be focused on trying to get as many states as possible to sign and ratify the Ban Treaty. There will be particular attention on states that may be indirectly associated with nuclear deterrents – allies and others.
There will be some groups who will be seeking to encourage the nuclear weapon states not to sign this treaty, but to reinvigorate their efforts to engage in arms control and in changes to their nuclear posture. One example would be to look again at the possibility of states declaring that they would not use nuclear weapons first, or that they would give stronger guarantees to other states that they would not use nuclear weapons except in very extreme circumstances; or that they would engage in further arms control or a reduction in the number of nuclear weapons deployed; or abandon particular nuclear weapons systems that are unstable. There are various steps that nuclear-armed states could take.
We will be engaging with a number of nuclear states in a dialogue on what it means to be a responsible nuclear-armed state in the 21st century. There will also be initiatives to look at tensions from a regional perspective.
But as we move towards the 2020 review conference for the NPT, it’s likely that most of the attention will be on the Ban Treaty – how many states sign up, andwhat is going to happen there next.
SI: Is there anything you would like to add?
PI: I perceive nuclear weapons to be one of the dark recesses of the human condition. They come from a place of extreme fear and a desire for power and dominance. If we can work on this issue and escape the dangers that are manifested by nuclear weapons, if we can find ways around and out of this problem, we’ll have found some significant ways of co-existing. It’s important in its own right, but also important as an issue in finding ways to move to a more positive way of being.
Karl Marx famously said that in the end capitalism would consume itself, and that a greed-based system ultimately would allow no other final outcome. While he did not give a prediction as to when he thought that would occur, current financial and economic factors are leading more financial professionals to wonder if we are fast approaching a meaningful economic dislocation.
Since the global collapse of 2007-2009, the world’s financial markets have regained all-time highs or have enjoyed considerable upward movement and stability. The response to that collapse by the US Federal Reserve and Treasury to bail out the commercial paper market, and by extension the several trillion dollar money-market fund industry, plus the wildly speculating banks, hedge funds, and insurance companies who were gambling with “other people’s money”, set off an eight-year binge in many of the major global financial asset classes. Trillions of dollars were poured into the banks, insurance companies, and other financial concerns by US authorities, ostensibly to hold together the US financial system and, by extension, the global system. Former US President George W. Bush was quoted as saying: “If money doesn’t loosen up, this sucker will go down.” According to numerous sources, former Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson, backed by Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke, pushed hard for a financial bailout. Other commentators noted that the entire system was within a day or two of failing if liquidity was not provided to the commercial paper market. Failing that rescue, the hundreds of trillions of dollars in derivative bets would have brought down the remainder of the financial system.
Ever since the bailouts, for the lucky holders of capital it has been a wild, eight-year party. Personal jets, record-setting art purchases and trophy real estate properties around the world have been well advertised to demonstrate the wonders of capitalism. And it is true for the 1-percenters*. What a wonderful life they enjoy while the party lasts. Unfortunately, for the average world citizen left behind by the inexorable grind of market forces, it has been a painful time indeed. The desire of capital to maximize returns has left an angry, broken and bewildered public leaning toward populism and nationalism with poor-paying jobs, unemployed or underemployed, drowning in debt and struggling to maintain a basic lifestyle. Capitalism today is a sad, sick system, benefitting the very few at the expense of, literally, billions. So the question arises, how much longer can this continue? What might precipitate a new crisis?
In order for the world economy to achieve its “outstanding” economic growth debt levels have exploded to over 200 per cent or 300 per cent of GDP in various world economies. China has been leading the way lately, but now the Japanese government has become the largest shareholder in Japanese companies, making endless bids in their domestic bond market to hold interest rates below market rates (Japan is the developed world’s most indebted country). The European Central Bank has for several years been buying up most of the available European bonds until there is little of quality left to buy and, like Japan, is openly discussing buying stocks. All of these advanced economies have simply followed the USA’s example to bailout and sustain their economies. But this cannot last forever. These same Central Banks, concerned with reigning in various asset bubbles, are signaling tighter financial conditions ahead. As global markets run on easy money and credit, tighter monetary conditions are likely to precipitate a crisis.
But one of the most interesting reasons to expect a financial crash are the current arguments in finance that high frequency trading systems have made the entire system inherently unstable (today’s markets are run by mathematical algorithms and high speed computer programs vying for tiny percentage profits by placing massive trades measured in one or two milliseconds). In October 2014 the 10-year US Treasury bond market, one of the largest and most liquid markets in the world, lost 15 per cent of its value in six minutes for no apparent reason. Since then there have been numerous other examples of financial assets momentarily losing up to 99 per cent of their value in a flash crash. One notable recent example is the July 2017 flash crash of Amazon Inc., one of the world’s most valuable companies by market capitalization, which momentarily lost 87 per cent of its value in aftermarket trading.
Eliminating the human element in trading decisions, IT departments have become the most important aspect of Wall Street trading firms, paying millions to computer programmers to write code for trades to beat competitors by a millisecond. This is not an exaggeration. When competitive units of time are measured in millionths of a second, what’s left to exploit? Marx’s prophesied moment might be close at hand.
The concern of analysts is that these exceedingly complex high-speed computer systems are linked directly into the banking systems of all developed countries, but the underlying computer architecture and software of the banking systems is many decades old. How these two systems would function together in the event of a substantial crash or cascading series of computer failures remains to be seen. Much of the world’s wealth is ‘digital’ and after a serious crash would be found to lack reality. This ‘wealth’ is just a series of electronic digits in the cyber world, perhaps backed up by one real dollar for every hundred digital dollars (whatever the currency). Something like this happened to the Cyprus banking system in 2013, but the global system held steady and depositors ended up losing about 50 per cent of deposits. But if much of the global system fails, financial losses will be significantly greater.
For many years now Maitreya has predicted a financial crash and an end to this selfish global economy. As with the fall of the Berlin Wall, we may all wake up one day to an entirely new situation. There is no easy way to go from the system we have to a new and better one. But the loss of illusory digital wealth, especially by those who make money off money, could ease the world into a fairer economic system perhaps more gently and quickly than the painful stock-market crashes of old, and especially so with Maitreya’s guidance.
In such a scenario it would not be too difficult a task for the world’s governments to provide some basic level of liquidity to their economies, either in the form of printed currency (such as allowing all people daily ATM withdrawals) or replenishing banking liquidity to some level, such as up to the various stated government-sponsored deposit guarantees, so that money could begin once again to move through the economy. It is not money itself that is the problem but the speculation with it that causes economic dislocation and mal-investment into nonproductive uses and into a global casino-like gambling culture. A rapid digital crash as described above, where speculation was wrung out of the economy worldwide, would force governments rapidly to meet the true needs of their citizens for housing, food, healthcare, and education. Providing these necessities would become the single focused purpose of governments everywhere.
* one-percenters: the wealthiest one per cent of the population.
“As souls … we seek to give expression to the fundamental unity of our nature” – Benjamin Creme’s Master
Charles Eisenstein, whose writings have featured in Share International magazine, was recently asked to appear on the highly-regarded and popular Oprah Winfrey Super Soul Sunday show in America. His response was: “an immediate yes, accompanied by feelings of wonderment that my world was intersecting with hers. You see, Oprah occupies nearly a different universe from my own countercultural fringe. Could it be, I think with leaping heart, that the gulf between our worlds is narrowing? That the ideas I serve and the consciousness I speak to are ready to penetrate the mainstream?” In fact, it turned out that Oprah already seemed to be thinking along similar lines to Eisenstein and was very open to what he had to say.
Charles Eisenstein and Oprah Winfrey photo: charleseisenstein.net
Eisenstein was used to being on the fringe of mainstream thinking, although he hoped and believed that his message would one day resonate with the public, and even help to change minds. In the meantime he had become used to working slowly and in small ways in his writing. Following the failure of his first book, which he self-published because no one else would do so, he had had a vision of a “celestial visitor” who presented him with a “stark choice”.
“‘Charles, is it really your wish that the work you do fulfill its potential and exercise its right role in the evolution of all things?’
“‘Yes,’ I said, ‘that is my wish.’
“‘OK then,’ said the being. ‘I can make that happen, but you will have to pay a price. The price is that you will never be recognized for your role. The story you are speaking will change the world, but you will never get credit for it. You will never get wealth, fame, or prestige. Do you agree to pay that price?’
“I tried to worm my way out of it, but the being was unyielding. If it was going to be either-or, how could I live with myself knowing in my heart of hearts I’d betrayed my purpose? So I consented to its offer.”
Eisenstein came to realise that small acts of compassion and love that might never be widely recognized were as valuable as his own attempts at large, public work. “Acts of kindness strengthen the field of kindness, acts of love strengthen the field of love, acts of hate strengthen the field of hate. Nor is scaling up necessary when we trust that the tasks life sets before us are part of a larger tapestry, woven by an intelligence that puts us in exactly the right place at the right time.”
Having achieved a necessary modesty in his ambition to bring about change and to be known for it – as he said, his ideas were not his own, he was simply a ‘scribe’ – he nevertheless saw his invitation from Oprah Winfrey, whose programmes reach millions, as a sign of a changing consciousness in the world: “I sometimes see myself as a kind of receiving antenna for information that a certain segment of humanity is asking for. A use has been found for the weird kid in high school! On a much larger scale, Oprah is something akin to that as well: not just herself, she is an ‘avatar’ of the collective mind. Deeply attuned to her audience, when she brings something into their view it is probably because she knows they are ready to see it.”
Oprah’s first question to Eisenstein, and his answer, was telling: has America ‘broken open’? Not yet, was his reply: but it is on the way to realising that profound change is needed, and will be seen to be inevitable; it will happen “through collapse”. Echoing Benjamin Creme and his Master, and Eastern religious teaching in general, Eisenstein affirmed his sad belief that the world is suffering from the “underlying grief” of the “wound of separation” from all with which we are meant to be connected. This grief is expressing itself in anger and hate.
As Benjamin Creme puts it in his first book, The Reappearance of the Christ and the Masters of Wisdom, the reality, as he experienced it in meditation, is that everything is connected: “I disappeared as a separate being, yet retained full consciousness, a consciousness expanded to include everything. I saw this was the true reality, that one’s normal waking consciousness simply covers this, keeps it hidden through wrong identification with oneself as the body….”
An awareness of connectedness, as we move into the Aquarian Age of synthesis, will be indeed extraordinarily far reaching, permeating and totally changing all our lives and institutions. As Benjamin Creme’s Master puts it: “…unity is strength, the essential nature of our Being, the purpose to which all men strive and to which all men seek to give expression.” And the sense of the awakening of that awareness comes out powerfully in the Oprah interview. Charles Eisenstein said: “the next story” for humanity will be what he calls “inter-being”, the realization that “we are all one”.
In his follow-up essay he writes: “If I am right that my Oprah appearance is a marker (however small) of the unravelling of once-dominant worldviews, then it only happened because the emerging worldview I speak for is being held so strongly now by so many.… We will not be alone here much longer. I thank all who have held the field of knowledge I speak from, who believe my words even more than I do myself, and who therefore uphold me in the work that upholds you. That is how we transition from the Age of Separation to the Age of We Need Each Other.”
Charles Eisenstein, ‘The Age of We Need Each Other’, charleseisenstein.net, www.oprah.com
Benjamin Creme, The Reappearance of the Christ and the Masters of Wisdom, Tara Press, London, 1979; A Master Speaks, edited by Benjamin Creme, Share International,1985.