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Somewhere toward the end of this year people should see the beginning of a change in various areas of the world. What has been seen as harmful will in the end be seen as beneficial.
Hunger and hate together might well begin to cease to dominate the pages of our newspapers.
A quieter mood will at least begin to replace the anger and tribal ferocity of the present. Be not mistaken – this is not the end of hardship. For some there lies ahead unwelcome hardship but so it must be, for they themselves have created the situations that bring it about.
However, this will not be for long. Beneficial energies of Aquarius are hastening the process of renewal and this should be seen as the keynote of the future.
People everywhere are waiting for change and change they will have, whether welcome or otherwise.
Have no fear for all is for the best.
[This article from Share International magazine, January / February 2015 , 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.]
Reprinted below is the article by Benjamin Creme’s Master ‘The requirements of the future’. First published in Share International April 2000, it continues to be as pertinent as ever as we enter a new year. The changes needed to transform our world still remain a challenge. However, as this month’s article by the Master (above) tells us, change is indeed underway.
Within a short time, men will begin to recognize that truly significant changes are taking place in human affairs. Almost without notice, far-reaching changes in how men relate to each other – communally, nationally and internationally – are already accepted as the norm. To be sure, many are the transgressions on human dignity and free will which stain and dishonour the actions of both governments and individuals, and sad it is to contemplate these cruelties.
But, imperceptibly, a new spirit of tolerance and understanding is making itself felt. At the same time, less tolerance than hitherto is shown to those who flout the rule of law, who work against the Common Good and foster violence and misrule. This bodes well for the future of the race. Tolerance of evil is not Our way.
Essentially, all men are One. The time is soon coming when men will realize this to be the case. When that day dawns, great indeed will be the joy which all men know.
Meanwhile, a new phase in man’s history begins. Step by step, men will set in motion the requirements of the future. These must respect the destiny and free will of all. The right to the essentials of life: food, shelter, healthcare and education, must condition the direction of all governments’ actions. The safeguarding of the environment – with all that that entails – must become a sacred duty which will allow men, in time, to nurse this planet back to health. So must it be if men would inherit their birthright and find, again, the path to God.
To aid men to do this, Maitreya will soon announce His presence and show His concern for all. Daunted not at all by the magnitude of the task, Maitreya will take humanity in hand and gently guide its ship into safer waters, far from the treacherous rocks on which men seem bent to founder. Maitreya will show the way back from that danger and pilot men to harbour. Thus will He ease the entry into the New Age and save men much suffering and heartache. Many there are who accept and believe that the Christ is in the world, who await impatiently His emergence into the open, yet who do no more than wait and wish, leaving the work of preparation to others. Sad it is that thus they waste the opportunity to serve uniquely at this unique time, a time like none before and none to follow.
My earnest wish for these is this: that they seize this opportunity to be of service to the Christ, and to their brothers and sisters who know not yet that He is among us. Tell them what you believe: that the Great Lord is here; that Maitreya knocks loudly upon the gate. Very little time remains to do this and prepare them for this precious experience. Seize the time and act.
Q. November 2014 Share International magazine mentioned that Maitreya is in the Middle East. Is Maitreya still in the Middle East?
Q. Is Maitreya visiting a number of countries in the region or has He remained in the same country since He first went there?
A. He has visited several countries.
Q. Is His presence having the desired effect – e.g. is it bringing about rapprochement, compromise, more tolerance?
A. It is too early to say.
Q. Is His aim in the Middle East to encourage more popular demand for human rights?
A. Not necessarily. Maitreya is there to find ways to establish peace among the various religious communities.
Q. Does Maitreya see His work there as successful so far?
A. He sees that there is still much to do. However, Maitreya is always optimistic and patient.
Q. Has Maitreya appeared on national, regional or local media since He went to the Middle East?
Q. Is the Spiritual Hierarchy democratic?
A. The Spiritual Hierarchy is not democratic. Difference in grade is always accepted and that difference provides another way of working. It is all to do with experience; some of the Masters are more evolved than others.
Q. In the groups we have been encouraged to find new ways of approaching the public, with this information. How important is it that we do not dilute the message and that we keep strictly to the information? There is a worry in the groups because some people to make the story more accessible for people are leaving Maitreya and the Hierarchy out of it.
A. If you are trying to tell the world that Maitreya is coming into the world very soon and helping humanity to change the civilization and to build a new civilization and so on and do not mention Him you are going to find it rather difficult.
Nothing lifts the spirit of humanity like knowing that it is a good, fair possibility that Maitreya or a teacher at the level of the Christ is in the world and is coming out into the world and is going to work with humanity building a new civilization. It is so inspiring, so uplifting it takes people out of their misery and they are going to get in greater misery as the Sword of Cleavage does its work. It has not started. People are suffering and many people have more suffering to do. But the work is largely done and the way is clear for the Christ to come forward and that is the important thing. That is what you have to tell the people. How you say it is up to you, but do not make it too abstract, too remote from the truth.
During the night of 1 November 2014 I woke up with terrible pain in the right leg. I had awful muscle cramp from my toes to my groin. I was rather shocked and worried since I’d just recently had surgery for two new hips. I was afraid that at the age of 83 I’d have to return to hospital. I wondered if something had happened to my right hip.
It was 4am. I sat on the edge of my bed and tried to stop the cramp. Nothing helped. It was cold so I crept back into bed. And then the pain was so awful I screamed aloud: “Maitreya, help!”
What happened then I don’t know. I woke up, looked at the clock and saw it was 5.40am. I turned over to try to get a bit more sleep. Only some time later did what had happened in the night dawn on me. I moved my leg and discovered the pain was gone.
Did Buddha Maitreya put me into a deep sleep immediately after I yelled to Him for help – so that I wouldn’t experience any more pain?
M.T.W., Epen, the Netherlands.
(Benjamin Creme’s Master confirms that Maitreya did indeed help her.)
My trip to Berlin on 15 August 2014 started with a nice experience at Frankfurt main station. As I stood on the platform waiting for the train, an elderly woman came up to me and asked quietly: “Some alms for God’s sake?” As I had already previously been asked for money, I shook my head and said no. The woman repeated the phrase softly, but I replied again with no. Then she looked into my eyes and asked in a loud voice: “Not even in the name of God?” I searched my wallet and gave her some money. She took the money and smiled, went a few steps further, turned around and called to me: “Thank you, girl.”
Was the elderly woman someone special?
(Benjamin Creme’s Master confirms that the ‘woman’ was a spokesperson for the Master Jesus.)
On 31 March 2014 Albert and Catharina were on their way to the cremation service for Rita, a member of our Transmission Meditation group. When we got off the tram it was still a ten minutes’ walk. Albert asked a sweet elderly lady the shortest way. She asked politely if we were going to the Crematorium Westgaarde. She showed us the way, through a gate across the main road, she said this twice very softly as if she wanted to strengthen us. Once in the crematorium we handed in our flowers and went to pay our last respects to Rita – we saw that the card with Maitreya’s ‘Hand’ was underneath her hands. It was a moving service including guitar music. At the end one of us had the opportunity to thank Rita for her devotion and service, and the service concluded with the Prayer for the New Age.
May we ask who the lady was who showed us the way to the crematorium?
C.N., the Netherlands.
(Benjamin Creme’s Master confirms that the ‘elderly lady’ was a spokesperson for the Master Jesus.)
Sometime in March 2014 after attending my husband following his emergency heart operation in Rouen, at the CHU hospital, I was having problems walking because of the corns on my feet.
Suddenly a middle-aged man, slightly overweight with short, cropped black hair, auburn skin, dark eyes and wearing what seemed like a blue ski-jacket with red stripes around the elbows, started attracting people’s attention to me. There was only an old lady in sight and me.
He said: “Ah, social security, social security … Look at this woman (pointing to me), nobody can do anything for her, help her, but I will, I’ll help her,” or words to that effect.
Too stricken by my own problems, it’s only recently that I’ve been wondering if this wasn’t a sign from one of the Masters maybe, to give me courage in my plight.
M.C., Hassocks, West Sussex, UK.
(Benjamin Creme’s Master confirms that the man was the Master Jesus.)
On 28 May 2014 as I was queuing in a coffee shop, the lady behind me said: “Thank you for holding the door open.” I was a bit taken aback to see this extremely radiantly smiling face. She seemed to be fizzing with vitality and good humour. I asked, “Why are you so happy?” She said, “You have to be happy. I’m happy all the time.” At that, my tears flowed.
I invited her for coffee and when we sat down she placed her hands over her heart and said, “Whatever comes from here will come back to you.”
She was a beautiful black lady, about 5 foot 5 inches, very wiry, and appeared trendy, wearing a black cap with a diamanté pattern on the side, and a close fitting black jacket. She said she was 52, but she looked about 25. Always bubbling over with good humour, she babbled on about her life, sometimes stating gems like, “You have to respect all people because everyone is equal.” We had an easy connection, so I felt able to say, teasingly, “Are you sure you’re not ‘on’ something!” At that, she doubled over with laughter, saying, “My name in Nigerian means the ‘creator of joy’, and that has been my life.”
As she was leaving, we shook hands, embraced. As she said, “God bless you,” she literally skipped out of the café!
I had been feeling very low and exhausted. Meeting this light spirit was a real tonic. Is it possible this happy person could have been one of the Masters?
(Benjamin Creme’s Master confirms that the ‘woman’ was a spokesperson for the Master Jesus.)
C.C., London, UK.
On Friday, 22 August 2014, just after 6 pm, I was travelling home from work on the New York City subway system.
My train arrived and though it was not particularly busy for that time of day all the seats were taken except one, which was next to a large African American gentleman. Subway seats are made for average-sized people so I assumed there would not be space for me to sit. I put down my bags and stood holding onto the overhead rail. At that point the man caught my eye and gestured that he was making space for me to sit. Before I could move, somebody else took the seat and I smiled at him in thanks and shrugged my shoulders. At the next stop, however, the woman who had sat next to him left the train and I sat down. I took out my book and began to read.
I became aware after a couple of minutes that he was reading over my shoulder and eventually he asked if I was a student and what was I reading. I told him “Behaving As If The God In All Life Matters”, and that I was not a student in the traditional sense but I was always studying.
He started to talk about himself and told me that he was an ex-fireman. He was living in transitional housing because he’d gotten involved with a bad crowd and lost his job. Though he didn’t appear down or depressed in any way, he spoke of the unfairness of the system because the people who got him into trouble had kept their jobs and retired with a full pension while he now had nothing. All he wanted, he said, was a small apartment to call his own. We went on to talk about the disparity between people’s incomes and he said no one person needs billions of dollars and I agreed. We then spoke about how people were disconnected from the problems of others in the world – staring into space on the subway as they travelled to and from work. He said he didn’t want to be like that.
I spoke to him for only 5 to 10 minutes, but I was aware that I was becoming increasingly emotional as our conversation progressed. I empathized with his situation as it seemed to me the vast majority of people ‘fall through the cracks’ of our system in some way or other and his story could have been any one of us.
After I said goodbye and got off the train at my stop, it was all I could do not to burst into tears. Even now, whenever I think of our conversation I am moved to tears just by the thought of the pain most people endure trying to get through life. Can you tell me, was this man someone special?
V. F, New York.
(Benjamin Creme’s Master confirms that the man was a spokesperson for the Master Jesus.)
About two years ago, when Amma visited Holland I went to see her together with a friend. The program, called Devi Bhava, celebrated the feminine aspect of God, as well as God’s unconditional love and compassion for all humanity, and it lasted all throughout the night. At the end of the ceremony a number of bhajans were sung by Amma and the musicians, and, despite their fatigue, many in the crowd were dancing and singing along. Among those dancing was a man, accompanied by a woman, who was dancing most exuberantly, like a dervish, twirling around and around. If I remember correctly people were excited by his enthusiasm. The best way I could describe his appearance is by comparing him to Captain Hook, including the moustache, hat and boots. Quite some time later I was heading towards the Share Netherlands information centre in Amsterdam for a group meeting when I saw the same man sitting in the train, dressed in a similarly extraordinary outfit. This time he was accompanied by a woman, and although I sat beside them on the train, I don’t remember what they said to one another. During a short stop to switch trains I saw the man and woman walking about and noticed again how much he really stood out of the crowd, however, other people did not seem to really notice him all that much. I did not think too much of it until recently the thought of the man, and the nature of the circumstances in which I met him, popped back in to my head.
Since then, I have run into this man two more times. The first time was in a second-hand store, called Emmaus, where I asked the manager for permission to put some of our group flyers on display. I found him there looking through the clothing racks together with the same woman who accompanied him on the train. They didn’t seem to pay much mind to the people around them. At the same time, the other shoppers did not seem to notice them much either. The second time I saw him was just recently, again on the train, right after Maitreya gave a blessing to the groups all over the world in December 2013. Right before getting off the train, he passed by me and my mother. As I stood behind him waiting for the train to enter the station I noticed again how peculiar his appearance was. He wore a long Woodstock-type coat embroidered with peace symbols, a hat with a foxtail attached, coloured glasses, yellow trousers and red boots. I really wanted to strike up a conversation with him this time but I didn’t get the chance to.
Was this man perhaps a Master?
N.B., The Netherlands
(Benjamin Creme’s Master confirms that the man was a disciple of the Master Jesus.)
I’m an Afrikaans speaking person, so I’ll try my best to communicate in English.
I want to THANK YOU and tell you that I’m very grateful. After such a long time in my life searching for the truth, I came across this wonderful website of yours one day ago after reading A Gift... From the Stars. With tears in my eyes whilst writing to you, I can say that I instantly ‘connected’ with all of this information you are providing throughout the world. Thank you for being who you are and for fulfilling your purpose.
Z.d.W., Randburg, Gauteng, South Africa.
In May 1963 I did my first communion. This is a photo taken when we are in front of the church. Only recently did I realize that I may have received a special blessing that day. Can you ask your Master if this is so please?
P.A., Kortrijk, Belgium.
(Benjamin Creme’s Master confirms that the light was a blessing from the Master Jesus.)
On 5 January 2015, my first day back in the office in the New Year, I noticed a handprint on the mirror of my office building’s elevator. I had been working in that building in Walnut Creek, California, for about a year, and had never seen a handprint before. It was still visible the next day when I returned to the office. Could you tell me if this handprint was manifested by Maitreya or one of the Masters?
M. L., San Francisco, California, USA.
(Benjamin Creme’s Master confirms that the ‘Hand’ was manifested by Maitreya.)
This photograph was taken in August 2014 in the province of Québec, Canada, by a friend, Sylvie. She was sitting with some friends when she saw an image of the Madonna in the sky and took this picture with her phone camera. Is it possible to have this photo authenticated by Benjamin Creme’s Master?
D.P., Ottowa, Ontario, Canada.
(Benjamin Creme’s Master confirms that this was a genuine miracle manifested by the Master Jesus.)
A young Dutch psychic, Robbert van den Broeke, was accorded a vision of the Madonna who materialized and gave him a message on the night of 8 January. The Madonna spoke about the need for an inclusive and empathetic response to the very recent tragic events in Paris.
During the apparition Robbert was given permission to take photographs which, when viewed later, revealed the figure of the Madonna.
The urgent message that the Madonna wished to convey is that while it is entirely unacceptable to cause chaos, commit murder, and carry out such extreme and disruptive acts as have just happened in Paris it is also unacceptable that the views and beliefs of all are not respected. The prophets and saints or revered figures of one group of people must be respected; the feelings of others must be taken into account. Mutual respect is of the utmost importance.
God wants to approach closer to humanity in our times – which will eventually break down the ‘divide’ between various religions but the rapprochement must begin with mutual respect, a sense of our essential interconnectedness. We should start with a willingness to listen to one another, which would also help decrease fundamentalism and people’s tendency to deride and criticize other religions. We all come from the same Light.
According to Robbert the Madonna also indicated that while the situation in the world may get worse for a while it will eventually lead to a great change in the way we relate to one another. It will lead to a sense of Oneness and greater understanding of our interdependence. This realization will bring about a worldwide change in our psychology. People throughout the world will feel solidarity and rise up together knowing that all are needed.
Mutual respect and understanding are the only way to bring about global change. We need to take time to ponder on the importance of loving respect for one another, of our oneness and the divine which people worship under different names. But, said the Madonna, God is the ‘un-nameable’ and when we realize that then there can be no more conflict – only awe of the mystery that remains a mystery. (Source: robbertvandenbroeke.nl)
(Benjamin Creme’s Master confirms that both the vision and the message are genuine and were manifested by the Master Who was the Madonna.)
Compilation - an extract
We present a selection of quotations on the theme of ‘Save our planet!’from Maitreya (Messages from Maitreya the Christ), Benjamin Creme’s Master (A Master Speaks), and Benjamin Creme’s writings.
Apart from war, nothing so profoundly affects the future of all men as much as pollution. Some countries have recognised this fact and have taken some steps to limit pollution and global warming. Others, sometimes the chief polluters, deny the reality of global warming despite the overwhelming evidence to the contrary. Daily, now, the climatic changes prove beyond doubt that the planet is sick and needs immediate and skilful care to re-establish equilibrium. Time is running out for men to halt the transformation which is being daily wrought on planet Earth. Every man, woman and child must play their part in the task. Time is, verily, running out. S.O.P. Save Our Planet! (Benjamin Creme’s Master, from ‘S.O.P. – Save Our Planet!’)
We must show our ability to become One with All, the whole of this planetary life: with our fellow beings; with the animal, vegetable and mineral kingdoms. We must stop exploiting the planet and misusing its resources; stop exploiting the lower kingdoms and misusing their life; show that this is One World, One Humanity, One Life. This is the destiny of mankind. (Benjamin Creme, The Reappearance of the Christ and the Masters of Wisdom)
My task will be to show you that for mankind the ways part. The signposts are set, and on your decision rests the future of this Earth. We are here together, you and I, to ensure that man chooses the correct path, the only Way which can lead him to God. (Maitreya, from Message No.19)
What is causing this problem? What is causing global warming? If it is partly caused by the destruction of trees, then we have to stop cutting down our trees, especially the ancient primal forests of the world whose trees are great storers of carbon dioxide and pour oxygen into our atmosphere in return. Our atmosphere is becoming deoxidized and the carbon dioxide has nowhere to go, and so it creates global warming. But if we were not so profligate in our use of wood, we would cut out a great source of global warming.
We do not look for the cause because we do not like causes. They are to do with laws, as in cause and effect, and we do not like it. We prefer to be beyond the discipline of the Law. The modern mechanical mind never looks for the cause because it does not want to change its technology. We may say we cannot do without wood. But what the rich countries do is preserve their own hardwood and buy what they need from poorer countries, like Brazil, countries in Africa and elsewhere. These countries are then forced to cut down, or allow to be cut down, their ancient forests, which are absolutely essential to human life.
So if we want to know what to do about anything we look for the cause. And if we find it, we seek to remedy the cause. (Benjamin Creme, The Gathering of the Forces of Light)
Humanity today stands poised for a great leap into the future, a future in which man’s essentially divine nature will demonstrate. Little though he may know this, man has passed and is passing the tests which will allow him, in full adulthood, to become the recipient of knowledge and powers with which to fashion that future.
At present, only to the inner vision of the Guides of the Race may this reality be clear, but such it is, and portends well for the coming time. Wherever men gather today, can be seen and felt a new urgency, a new sense of commitment to the well-being of the planet and its kingdoms. (Benjamin Creme’s Master, from ‘Co-operation’)
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)
Maitreya will set up pioneer corps that will go around the world implementing and administering the changes, first of all in the economic and political fields. When these changes are somewhat implemented, the restoration of the planet to health will be next. As my Master has said many times, and as Maitreya said in His messages (See Messages from Maitreya the Christ), this will be the number one priority in the world. This is the bed in which we lie. This planet Earth is the source of our being, yet we are destroying it with every day that passes. The Master says that pollution is the number one killer in the world today. The world is being made deficient in resources. We are ruining the fabric of our world in so many ways. So it will become the number one work for all people – every man, every woman, and every child – to save the planet. (Benjamin Creme, Unity in Diversity)
When the Earth is viewed as a living entity, complete in all its parts, each essential to the Whole, a new vision and a new sanity will prevail. Men will come to see themselves as stewards of a natural order, preordained to function in harmony and beauty, each kingdom related, above it and below it, according to the Plan. (Benjamin Creme’s Master, from ‘The role of man’)
Many await Me in fear, knowing not the cause of their confusion. My friends, where fear stands, trust may not. Why, then, hold to fear? My Presence is apparent all around you. Awaken to that fact. Open your eyes to the changes in your world, in your own heart, in the Light of Joy in your child’s eye. Know that I am with you in these ways, My friends, and help to save the world. (Maitreya, from Message No. 134)
We have to shift the present attitude to production from that of greed, waste and competition to that of sufficiency. Instead of saying: “How much can we produce and how fast?” we have to say: “How much do we need? How little of this commodity can we get away with using? How little of this and that will give us a rich, full life in such a way that all individuals can share that life?” (Benjamin Creme, Maitreya’s Mission Volume Two)
Man must cease his ‘toying with death’. Atomic fission is the result of the atomic bombs which destroyed Hiroshima and Nagasaki; which erupted in Chernobyl and causes, subtly, death and sickness today. It is “that which stands where it ought not” and which must be renounced by man if he would prosper further. Earth scientists are confident that they have, indeed, tamed the monster, and can keep it under control. They do not realize that their instruments are crude indeed, that they measure only the lower aspects of nuclear radiation, that stretching above these dense-physical levels are levels finer and more dangerous to the health and well-being of all. But for the tireless efforts of our Extra-planetary Brothers in assuaging this invisible peril in so far as the karmic law allows, our plight would be perilous indeed. Wake up, mankind! (Benjamin Creme’s Master, ‘Invisible peril’)
One of the major activities of the Space Brothers is to neutralize the pollution with which we are destroying our planet – caused in the main by nuclear radiation which is pouring out from the nuclear powerhouses all over the world. Every underground nuclear explosion also puts into the air dust which is totally contaminated by nuclear radiation with a half-life of thousands and thousands of years. Within karmic limits they mop up as much radiation and pollution as possible. They also go down into the oceans and neutralize waste which we have dumped there and which otherwise would kill off marine life and further poison the planet.
The planet is already polluted to a degree which is now dangerous. Pollution is the greatest killer of all diseases of humanity, and much of it is of nuclear radiation. The advice of Maitreya and the Masters will be to close down immediately all nuclear-fission power stations in the world. They could be replaced tomorrow with a safe, fusion process of nuclear power as an interim measure before the coming Technology of Light. (Benjamin Creme, The Great Approach)
It has been My intention to reveal Myself at the earliest possible moment, to brook no delay, and to come before the world as your Friend and Teacher. Much depends on My immediate discovery, for in this way can I help you to save your world. I am here to aid and teach, to show you the path to the future, and to reveal you to each other as Gods. (Maitreya, from Message No. 140)
It will soon become clear that without help men have but little time to rectify the problems, ecological, political and economic which cause chaos, danger and heartache to the majority of Earth’s people. It is a situation unique in Earth’s history. Much depends on men realizing that they have, as custodians, the responsibility to tend carefully the well-being of the planet and all its kingdoms, and to pass on a vibrant, healthy planetary home to future generations. So unhealthy has the planet become from man’s predatory action and cavalier neglect, that, were it human, grave doubts of its recovery would be in order. The home of man and the lower kingdoms must be nursed back to health to fulfil its role in the evolving Plan. (Benjamin Creme’s Master, ‘Help is needed – and offered’)
by the Master —, through Benjamin Creme, November 2007
It may be said that at last some men are beginning to take seriously the dangers posed by global warming and the consequent climate changes that this is bringing about. It is true that there is much disagreement over the reality and extent of the dangers, and of the best means of approaching the problems which are agreed to exist. However, there is no doubt that some men, at least, are recognizing that men face a formidable task in halting the progress of destruction and in stabilizing the environment. It is also true that even the most aware and concerned of men know little of the extent and complexity of the problems.
The problem of pollution is such a case. Pollution takes many forms, some obvious and easily dealt with, if the will to do so exists. Some, however, require a science and a remedy as yet unknown to man; they are so toxic and destructive that they must be given high priority to overcome. The effect of pollution on the quality of air, food, on animals, and on fish, in rivers and the oceans, is known but largely ignored. The most destructive of all, that caused by nuclear radiation, awaits discovery by Earth scientists. The upper levels of nuclear radiation are beyond the present atomic technology. They are also the most toxic and hazardous to man and the lower kingdoms. On all those levels the problems of pollution must be overcome. This can be achieved only by a complete reconstruction of the present political, economic and social structures.
Man has ravaged and polluted the Earth, and severely damaged his own environment. Now man must see it as a top priority to remedy what he has hurt and so restore to health his ailing planet. He must learn to simplify his demands on the planet and learn the beauty of simplicity and the joy of sharing.
Man has but little choice: the urgency of the task demands immediate action; few indeed realize the true scale of damage already done. The question may be asked: can planet Earth be saved and by what means?
The answer is a resounding YES! and by means which involve the transformation of the present modes of living by the majority of men.
The paramount ambition of all so-called ‘developed’ countries is to achieve an ever higher percentage of growth of their economies to become, thereby, richer; and, in an economic world based on competition, to attain dominance and power, and so enjoy a higher standard of life. This being so, the pillaging of the Earth, the cavalier waste of resources, is seen as only natural and necessary. This irresponsible action has at last brought planet Earth almost to its knees.
Maitreya, you can be sure, will not be long in addressing this urgent problem and in presenting His solutions. The first step, He will advocate, is the acceptance of the urgency which many today deny. Sharing, He will say, is the beginning of the process of change which will provide the answers to our woes and the rehabilitation of Earth.
by Jason Francis
Border Angels/Angeles De La Frontera is a non-governmental organization based in San Diego, California. The group seeks to stop the needless deaths of undocumented (“illegal”) immigrants who cross the US-Mexico border, mainly through the Imperial Valley desert and the mountain areas around San Diego.
Enrique Morones is founder and executive director of Border Angels. He is an advocate for the rights of people on both sides of the US-Mexico border and for border activists and organizations. He is co-author of The Power of One: The Story of the Border Angels (2012). Jason Francis interviewed Enrique Morones for Share International.
Enrique Morones: “I could not believe that the most powerful economy on the face of the earth had people living in this situation. I started bringing food and water to our migrant brothers and sisters there....”
(For the complete interview read Share International magazine, Jan/Feb 2015)
For more information: www.borderangels.org
Naomi Klein hardly needs an introduction. Those who have read No Logo, her critical examination of globalization, or The Shock Doctrine, her incisive exposé of disaster capitalism and the havoc it has wrought throughout the world for decades will know that she is an investigative reporter of the first order. In her new book, This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. The Climate, she delineates the reasons why the modes in which we presently live are completely incompatible with securing a habitable planet for future generations.
The most important point her book makes is this: the scientific evidence is conclusive that what is called “Decade Zero” is here. It means that we have 10 years to reverse, or stabilize to the safest levels still possible, the trend of global warming. Any claims to the contrary are completely false, and we continue on as we have at our peril.
(For the complete book review read Share International magazine, Jan/Feb 2015)
Patricia Pitchon writes: “We may be mesmerised by economic concepts which don’t stand up, by economic theories which fail an essential test of a well-founded theory beloved of philosophers of science, namely, that they should have both explanatory and predictive power. And we may also be enduring policy prescriptions which follow from them which are causing enormous suffering....”
In her sharp review of The Economics Of The 1% by John F. Weeks Pitchon picks holes in current economic theory and practice: “... it is becoming clearer that there is a serious mismatch between current neo-classical economic theory and economic reality. This mismatch is evident in specific analyzes in The Economics Of The 1% by John F. Weeks, an irreverent and acerbic book which unmasks the pretensions of the neo-liberal economic position...”
Pitchon also takes the reader through an alternative to austerity economics as proposed by Weeks.
(For the complete book review read Share International magazine, Jan/Feb 2015)
Dr Bijleveld van Lexmond, chairman of The Task Force on Systemic Pesticides has co-ordinated a four-year worldwide report, Integrated Assessment of the Impact of Systemic Pesticides on Biodiversity and Ecosystems, which came out in the summer of 2014 and involved 53 international scientists. The report was initiated after $2.6 billion had been spent on spraying systemic pesticides on crops in 2011. Scientists warned that there was lack of evidence for justifying this scale of spraying. Agri-business had given large grants to certain academics who subsequently found no ill effects from systemic pesticide spraying, but this was questioned. Worrying parallels with the 1960s were drawn when the destructive effects of DDT were initially ignored by the regulators. The independent scientists found that the pesticides sprayed routinely and repeatedly, not only target the pests, but invade and accumulate in the leaves, stems, flowers, and fruit, impact the roots and soils, and affect every organism associated with the treated plants such as invertebrates, reptiles and fish. The study has analyzed clear links between the levels of neonicotinoids, a well-known pesticide, and the collapse of the honey bee. One third of all pesticides used globally are systemic. Dr Jean Marc Bonmatin, researcher at the Centre for Molecular Biophysics laboratory at Orléans, France, has found disturbing increases in concentrations of systemic pesticides over six years in soils of consistently treated farms, and has recommended that the acceptable dose of these sprays should be zero. (Source: tfsp.info)
In a landmark agreement between the world’s two largest emitters of greenhouse gases, the United States and China promised to limit their carbon emissions over the next two decades.
Under the plan, the US agreed to cut its emissions by 26-28 per cent compared to 2005 levels by the year 2025. China pledged to reach peak carbon emissions by 2030. To reach that goal, clean energy sources such as solar and wind power would account for 20 per cent of China’s energy by that year. This marks the first time that China has committed to limiting its output of carbon dioxide.
Former US Vice President Al Gore, a leading climate change activist, called the announcement “a major step forward in the global effort to solve the climate crisis”. He said more will be needed – “including a global agreement from all nations – but these actions demonstrate a serious commitment by the top two global polluters.”
It is hoped that the agreement between the US and China will provide the impetus for a meaningful international climate agreement to be reached at the UN Climate Change Conference in Paris at the end of 2015. (Source: The New York Times, Bloomberg Businessweek, CNN, Associated Press, USA)
Ending years of emotionally charged debate, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced a statewide ban on hydraulic fracturing (commonly known as ‘fracking’), a process that injects water, sand and chemicals at high pressure to release natural gas and oil from rock formations.
Citing the significant health risks associated with fracking and the insufficient scientific evidence that would ensure its safety, Cuomo said he was deferring to the qualified experts who presented these findings in a long-awaited study.
Environmental groups hailed the decision and hoped it would put pressure on other governors to follow suit. The ban came after years of anti-fracking protests and rallies by grassroots organizations, who also staged demonstrations wherever Cuomo made public appearances. (Source: The New York Times, USA; ecowatch.com)
In the largest climate march in the history of Latin America, more than 10,000 people from throughout the region and beyond marched through the streets of Lima, Peru on 10 December 2014 calling for urgent action on climate change. The People’s Climate March in Lima coincided with the international UN Climate Change Conference that took place in the city during the first two weeks of December 2014.
Calling for ‘System Change, Not Climate Change’, marchers represented diverse groups including indigenous communities, farmers, trade unionists, students, and religious groups. Organizers said the march’s message was not only a call for action on climate change, but also for fairness, as well as protection for environmental activists, especially in Latin America, who face harassment and even death from corporate interests.
“This is no longer an issue for governments and corporations to talk about behind locked doors,” said Oxfam International’s executive director, Winnie Byanyima. “People want solutions, and they also want those solutions to include their basic rights.” In what was described as a carnival atmosphere, protesters chanted, sang and carried banners saying: “Keep the oil in the soil”, “Protect your food”, and “Defend our forests.” (Source: theguardian.com, 350.org, tcktcktck.org)