February 12, 2001

Miscellaneous Subjects #62: Yet More Wonderful Feedbacks + Greenpeace ActionAlerts: Great Bear Rainforest, Arctic Wildlife Refuge, etc + Vaccines Can Harm Kids And Should Be Voluntary + 2015: The CIA Report + The Number One Issue Facing Humanity: RAINFORESTS BIODIVERSITY SCALE OF DESTRUCTION + Hawai'i Cannabis Ministry + Mad Cow-like Chronic Wasting Disease in North American Deer and Elk + Woman dies from Mad Cow Disease In USA + Earth Movement and the Earth Summit 2002

Hello everyone

Last week has been extraordinarily intense with all the feedbacks that came in, many of which are included in this and the next compilation also ready to be emailed. I feel truly blessed to be able to provide this networking service and really appreciate the time and loving energy so many of you dedicate to participating into this worldwide New Consciousness forum. Despite all the terrible odds apparently stacked against our long term survival, I have the growing feeling there is definitely a bright future ahead of us, no question about it!

More to come very soon!

Jean Hudon
Earth Rainbow Network Coordinator

Date: Thu, 8 Feb 2001
From: Melia Shell <melialou@yahoo.com>
Subject: Blase? NO!! Busy!

Bonjour Jean

Your compilations are kindly sent to me by a friend in Denmark, usually along with 6 or 7 other articles per day! CLIP

Yes to e-mail overload. It is not as if we all WANT to use every waking moment in front of the computer screen. Some of the e-mails, at my specific request, are inspirational, uplifting spiritually and a great aid to daily living and wonderful to share with certain other friends. However, yours I do not share with many because of this "What can I do about it" feeling that comes after having read them and I know that some friends will be even more saddened/angered than me and affected negatively...it isn't indifference because if it WAS that the tears wouldn't come. But an emotional response is not what makes the kind of change that you and others seem to require. I personally have no frame of reference for some of the information that you outline...I don't plug into the media news blitz and barely am able to handle your compilations. I am working on peace and service and sharing healing and prayers and trying to stay "clean" through it all... Of COURSE shock, anger, sadness and indignation is felt in response to many of the topics of the compilations and I shake my head in disbelief that they take place at all. Since I am not as politically astute and informed as some, having lived outside the U.S. for 13 years recently, I am in more of a live-and-act-locally/grass-roots type of mode. Helping and listening to and affecting the lives of those in the nearby vicinity...

Not all of us can do what you do and many thanks for doing it!! But when you are doing your job, remember that we are all busy doing ours. And it's winter!

I'm interested in hearing what you think we SHOULD be doing as a reaction to these latest posts...what do you suggest to DO with the Bush mafia? With the possibility that pesticides cause MCDisease... To me, it looks like glaring proof that a more vegetable/bean/grain based diet is obviously preferable to industrial beefing it up...unfortunately, the cows are sacrificed in order to make this point.

Also, the United States is just plain too big, too huge land-wise, too many people. It was much better living in a very small country with the government having less tentacles in every possible aspect of life.

Thanks for listening. And for writing....
Blessings of Light on your path...

Melia Shell


I perfectly understand your dilemma about the "What can be done about it" reaction to so many information you/we get.

Let's just say that by making others aware - and being made aware myself by others (as most of what I network comes from others) - it may both stimulate us/me towards contributing by our/my own individual choices to the possible solutions and foster the kind of global movement for change that may - and I believe will - incrementally bring about the needed changes of priorities worldwide that will gradually lift our world out of this insane rush towards self-oblivion we are still trapped in.

As a gardener I identify with the following analogy: the world is a vast lush wild garden and our behaviours/actions/choices within it can be either detrimental to its overall health and balance or contribute to protect/favor all life forms and make our planetary vessel even more beautiful and spiritually fulfilling - I know this is a long shot away right now but the potential is really there and will come to be fully manifested one day. So we just have to recognize which of our behaviours/actions/choices impinge on the overall wellbeing of the world and others and which ones should therefore be patiently and persistently weeded out as we expand/favor those behaviours/actions/choices that seem to be having a positive overall effect - as best as we can tell.

And as we go - over many lifetimes - we gradually learn to learn, serve and love - the 3 key positive behaviours that can best foster harmony, peace and spiritual fulfillment.

That's how I see/feel it.

From: Health9Net@aol.com
Date: Thu, 8 Feb 2001
Subject: Fwd: Greenpeace ActionAlert: Great Bear Rainforest, Arctic Wildlife Refuge, etc

Cher Jean,

Greenpeace makes it EASIER than easy to take part in its calls for action
(Action Alert). Using the URL below, everything's already done FOR YOU, the
letter writing, the pertinent data, the people to whom letters/faxes must be
sent. All one need do is to go to the site and fill in name, address, email
-- it takes 5 seconds.

Don't forget to SIGN UP individually to be on the Action Alert List wherewith
Greenpeace sends out a call for action on immediate and vital issues as and
when they appear.

This mailing has several items including the above as well as forest
destruction in CANADA.

thankyou thankyou thankyou
with all best,

Take Action Immediately on ALL of the following!

Demand That Interfor and West Fraser Stop Destroying
The Great Bear Rainforest

The Great Bear Rainforest, home to some of the oldest,
largest and most magnificent trees on earth as well as an
abundance of wildlife including bears, wolves, eagles and
salmon, is being critically endangered by the clearcutting
that is routinely done by International Forest Products
(Interfor) and West Fraser Timber.

Tell Wickes & Lanoga: Stop Buying Forest Destruction!

Canada is home to one of the rarest and most endangered types
of ancient forest in the world - coastal temperate rainforests.
The majority of the key rainforest areas still have no protection
from the chainsaws of Interfor and West Fraser. Until there is
no market for wood aggressively and thoughtlessly harvested by
companies such as Interfor and West Fraser, they will continue in
their destruction of one of North America's most sensitive and
beautiful ecosystems.

EPA: Put Consumer Health First: Don't Approve StarLink Corn

You may have taken action on this issue before but now that
President Bush has placed a new EPA Administrator, Christy
Whitman, and Whitman has announced that she will
appoint a former Vice President of Monsanto as her second
in command it is vital that we renew our efforts to get
the EPA to ban StarLink Corn.

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is considering approving
StarLink Corn. StarLink is the unapproved corn that has contaminated
at least 300 recalled products. Its maker, Aventis, is asking the
agency to ignore warnings about potential human health effects and
approve for human consumption the StarLink corn that has already
been grown.

Tell the EPA to put consumer health before industry
convenience -- don't approve StarLink corn!

Protect the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge

President Bush publicly stated that oil exploration in
the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge is a cornerstone of his energy
policy. Such exploration will only increase our dependence on
fossil fuels, as well as further the destruction of the biological
heart of the last unspoiled Arctic ecosystem in North America.

Urge Bush to protect the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, work to
stop global warming and make a positive contribution to our environment
and the future that awaits our children.

Tell the Minerals Management Service: Hands Off The Coast!

Offshore exploration and development would cause pollution, aircraft and
vessel noise and related industrial activity, and oil spills, and continued
exploration and drilling off the coast of Alaska will exacerbate global
warming, which has already caused the Arctic ice pack to thin by 40
percent in the last 40 years. It is vital that the Minerals Management
Service consider both the short and long term impact of increased oil and
gas exploration and cancel the proposed 5-year outer continental shelf oil
and gas leasing program for 2002-2007.

Learn More:

Date: Wed, 7 Feb 2001
From: Kalama Hawkrider <kalama52@yahoo.com>
Subject: Re: Lots of Wonderful Feedbacks

Dear Jean,

In response,
at times the totality of this information is quite
overwhelming personally and, I imagine, to lots of us...
in addition to our own work life, helping others meet
their needs, and our own challenges living lives with
as much integrity as possible.

At times, it is a question of ... so what can we do,
individually and collectively to accomplish enough of
a shift in action and consciousness to be truly
effective at change? True, we can manage our own lives
on all levels. True, we can continue to hold strong an
inner vision and dream of a peaceful harmonious planet
with respect for all and all needs met. As in Matthew
Webbs meditations and the Global focus meditations and
Twyman's Prayers for peace... all of it helps.

But the totality of what is occuring, the corrupt
insidiousness of it, the sense that children are
playing with fire and everything will probably shift
and evolve in some unknown and most unwanted way
...this is beyond petitions, or writing to congressmen
who do not want to hear. Perhaps this is what the
Dalai Lama felt like at the invasion of Tibet, or
those of Jewish faith at the rise of Hitler.

What could possibly be a higher purpose in this? To
allow our lives, our health, our planet to be overrun by
irresponsible but financially powerful corporate
greed, which is comprised of which individuals?
To acknowledge this is an illusion which we have all
agreed for some educational reason to experience?
To hope this blatant destruction will facilitate some
future new age which can arise from the rubble of the
chaos to come?

Perhaps like myself, others have too many questions
without answers and are awaiting the clarity of inner
guidance before making judgements, decisions or taking
action. Perhaps the new paradigms we need can only
come forth from the extreme paradoxes we see at this
time. Perhaps a revolution is in order?

Thanks for continuing to reveal the truth despite our
reluctance to acknowledge its presence in our lives.




"I think you wonderfully summarized our common dilemma and pointed to the right place from where our possible contribution to the solutions will - and *do* - come: from within."

Date: Wed, 07 Feb 2001
From: Troika Celeste Germain <Troika@Germain.com>
Subject: Re: Gore wins Florida

Dear Jean,

The fact that Gore actually won Florida is no surprise. Most of us knew it way
before all the votes were counted. My question is "What can we do about it?" As far
as I know, since the thief was sworn into office, there is nothing we can do for
now. If I am wrong and we do have recourse, any one with knowledge of constructive
action, please come forth and tell us!

Meanwhile, I pray that we are allowed to vote the thief out of office in 4 years. I
say "allowed" because of the fact that he got into office through illegal methods
once, he can probably do it twice. I also pray he be kept from creating too much

Troika Celeste Germain

Date: Wed, 07 Feb 2001
From: Jamara Gruber <jamara@gmx.net>
Subject: Mad Cow Disease

Hi Jean,

I only read about the horror of how heavily our society is probably
already infected with Mad Cow Disease yesterday. It is indeed

At the moment I am going through a clearing of heavy metal poisoning,
(this process of healing from heavy metals began nearly 20 yrs. ago,
when I began to have my amalgam fillings removed, one by one, as I could
afford it.) also one of the factors that causes Alzheimer's Disease.
When I heard the latest news about BSE, I kind of felt like, what's the

Later in the day I relaxed about it, meditated, and felt that only by
being connected to the source, by connecting to each other and all there
is, in love, is there any hope for healing ourselves and the planet. So,
I continue to be as optimistic as possible, hear what is going on in our
world, and in spite of it all, remain as balanced as I can. It seems to
me that there is a danger in getting too bogged down by the "facts," by
the news. What is reality anyway? Isn't it possible that this IS really
all a dream, as the Australian aborigines claim, and that the dreamtime
is what is important. What we focus on is where our energy is/goes.

Blessings and peace to you,

Jamara Gruber

From: Mbblackforest@aol.com
Date: Thu, 8 Feb 2001
Subject: Re: Lots of Wonderful Feedbacks

HI Jean thanks so much for the info about mad cow disease. My husband's
ex-wife died from it in England about 4 years ago. I forward your info to
everybody I know. I will take your article to the local Health Food Store. We
all need to spread the word. When I visited U.G. Krishnamurti, he told us that
mankind will destroy himself and the other species. We really blew it - that is
not very positive. love and light


Date: Thu, 08 Feb 2001
From: Mirage <mirage@PObox.com>

Vaccines Can Harm Kids And Should Be Voluntary

Friday, February 2, 2001

LOS ANGELES - According to recent medical findings, many parents believe that childhood vaccines are unsafe and seek exemptions from school mandates. Because unvaccinated children put themselves and others at greater risk of highly contagious diseases that can be prevented by vaccines, it is worth exploring the possible origins of these beliefs and whether they are scientifically justified.

If vaccines cause harm to some children, and if we cannot accurately predict which kids will programs, by necessity, protect the public's health at their expense. Should the risks and benefits to the child and the public of receiving or not receiving each vaccine be disclosed by a physician in a way that the parent understands the inherent uncertainty of risk and voluntarily makes a decision to accept or refuse the vaccinations? In the United States, vaccine safety has historically taken a back seat to development and rapid deployment. Remarkably, even today, we lack procedures for the systematic collection of valid long-term safety data. Documented cases of abuse of power, unethical studies and vaccine-induced injury and death may contribute to parents' conceptions.

Evidence of conflicts of interest involving U.S. Food and Drug Administration advisory panel members, the withdrawal of the recently approved vaccine for rotavirus (responsible for severe diarrhea), changes in the hepatitis B vaccine schedule because of possible harm from a mercury-containing preservative and reports from the Institute of Medicine are also likely reasons for concern. The institute concluded that (a) the measles-mumps-rubella and hepatitis B vaccines may cause anaphylaxis, a life-threatening allergic reaction, and (b) the causes of many other adverse outcomes could not be determined because of insufficient data.

Moreover, a recent study suggests that the most widely used current vaccines for whooping cough may be linked with anaphylaxis, while surveillance of the chickenpox vaccine revealed anaphylaxis, encephalopathy (a disorder affecting the brain) and other reactions. Links of the measles-mumps-rubella vaccine and other immunizations with autism have been neither proved nor disproved because of inadequate data.

Similarly, little is known about the potential long-term consequences of multiple and combination vaccines typically administered to U.S. children. Findings from both animal and human studies suggest that vaccinations are one of many genetic and environmental factors that contribute to the increase in allergic disease. Thus, because of how vaccines are tested and marketed, without large, long-term safety studies before widespread public school use, lack of confidence in vaccine safety may not be a misconception, but a scientifically justifiable concern.

In fact, written informed consent may be warranted because there are insufficient data to accurately estimate the risks; current investigatory systems are not designed to assess the risks of rare events or adverse outcomes with long latent periods; and post-marketing surveillance is arguably still research. Because mandatory immunization policies preclude voluntary informed consent, there is in many cases a lack of trust and shared decision-making between parents and their child's physician.

Any potential unintended consequences of current and future vaccinations need to be acknowledged and adequately addressed through the sharing of data, resources and expertise by government agencies, vaccine manufacturers and researchers. Until we can predict which children are at risk from current and future vaccines, voluntary, written informed consent rather than coercion may help to restore parents' trust and maintain the public's health.

The writer is an assistant professor at the School of Public Health, Department of Epidemiology, at the University of California, Los Angeles. He contributed this comment to the Los Angeles Times.

From: VisionQuestCo@aol.com
Date: Wed, 7 Feb 2001
Subject: Fwd: ASTONISHING program on ABC's Nightline re world's future and resources - 2015: The CIA

This is received from Naia One Heart <oneheart@crestonebaca.com>


This is it, everyone. The major media is finally publicizing what a lot of
us have known for a long time. And it is under the heading: 2015: The CIA
Report. I guess the world is finally waking up.

It was by chance that I saw the Nightline program yesterday, and I was
astounded to find Ted Koppel discussing the fact that by 2015 there will be
a SERIOUS WATER SHORTAGE. And that this no doubt would lead to WAR. The
report was based on a CIA report. The show covered population growth and
the earth's limited resources, over which we are all going to be fighting
very soon. And actually, it covered so much more! I was just amazed to
see this reach a major news outlet!

Here are the links to the primetime site so you can read the transcript, if
you are interested to hear what these CIA analysts had to say:


I wish I had taped this program!


Living Energy Organization, England

Subject: Eco Echoes: The Number One Issue Facing Humanity RAINFORESTS BIODIVERSITY SCALE OF DESTRUCTION
Date: Thu, 8 Feb 2001
From: Larry Morningstar <mana7@aloha.net>

New scientific report confirms
our findings on Rainforests.net



The Number One Issue Facing Humanity

by Mark Elsis
and the staff of LOVEARTH®.net

At Our Current Rate
Of Mass Species Extinctions
Due To Rainforests Destruction
Omega Point For Homo Sapiens
 Will Occur Between 2012 - 2016

Dear Citizen of Earth             November 1, 1999

The most important piece of Rainforests Destruction information to
understand is this:

If no action is taken, between 2012 and 2016 the land area of virgin
Rainforests will go below the critical built-in natural safeguard
threshold providence of 10% virgin Rainforests area with its 50% species

This issue of Rainforests destruction and mass species extinctions is the
# 1 issue facing humanity. We may have as little as 5 years to create the
awareness to completely stop Rainforests destruction before this momentum
brings us through our Omega Point.

LOVEARTH was formed 11 years ago with the intent to bring awareness to
the devastating effects which humanity is inflicting on our beautiful
planet. The 6 billion people now living on Earth are already far beyond
its carrying capacity.

Our reckless expansion into wilderness areas is causing countless
atrocities to all life sustaining ecosystems. The virgin Rainforests are
home to 61.8% of all the biological diversity on Earth. In this, the
richest environment for life, we are destroying a land area which is
equivalent to the size of the city of Tokyo Japan ( 240 square miles )
every day. This equals 6417 acres per hour, 107 acres per minute or 1.78
acres per second.

This destruction of virgin Rainforests land area causes somewhere between
93 and 1609 Rainforests species extinctions per day. The wide disparity
of these species extinction numbers is because of 4 variables the best
scientific consensus has yet to agree upon.

We believe, based on the Fibonacci series of numbers which are found
throughout nature, that there are approximately 560 Rainforests species
extinctions per day. This equals one Rainforests species extinction every
2 minutes and 33 seconds.

We are but a strand in the fabric of life, all intricately interdependent
on one another. And yet here we are, in the mere geological blink of an
eye, eroding the very foundation of our own existence with mass species
extinctions. This 6th great mass extinction period on Earth that we are
insanely causing by the suicidal annihilation of the Web of Life, will
very soon bring about our own extinction.

In 1992 some 1,700 of the world's leading scientists, including the
majority of the most intellectually elite people on Earth, the living
Nobel Laureates in the Sciences, signed the document World Scientists'
Warning To Humanity. It states, "Human beings and the natural world are
on a collision course. Human activities inflict harsh and often
irreversible damage on the environment and on critical resources... and
may so alter the living world that it will be unable to sustain life in
the manner that we know."

The Omega Point is the point in time, when all of the devastation we have
inflicted over the years to our life support ecosystems finally becomes
too much and they irreversibly fail, no longer able to sustain Homo
Sapiens. What this translates into for our future generations is an ever
increasingly nightmarish slippery slope to extinction.

If we are going to survive, it is imperative that we change our ways
completely and change them right now. As Albert Einstein said, "We shall
require a substantially new manner of thinking if mankind is to survive."

Researchers at Oregon State University and other agencies have published
a new report in the journal Science outlining the risks facing the
Brazilian Amazon Rainforests during the next 20 years.

Larry Morningstar

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Date: Wed, 07 Feb 2001
From: Roger Christie <pakaloha@gte.net>
Subject: Hawai'i Cannabis Ministry

Dear Jean,

Aloha from Hilo on the big, smoking volcano...Hawai'i island. I am a brand new
subscriber to your amazing newsletter. Mahalo (thank you) for this enlightening
service! High-tech, heart and mind-opening, conspiracy-informing and theorizing...
all in one. And I get to participate, too? Super!

As for my work, I believe I have helped to crack the riddle of how to enjoy the
benefits of cannabis hemp in the United States...legally. I am the first person I
know of specifically licensed as a "cannabis sacrament" minister in the nation. The
State of Hawaii Department of Health licensed me to marry people last June 2000.
Since then I have created The Hawai'i Cannabis Ministry, "We use cannabis
religiously". It is mandatory in my Ministry to grow and use cannabis hemp
sacrament, and to eat hemp seeds, and/or hempseed oil.

I have over 13,000 people now with my Ministry paperwork identified as 'religious
practitioners of cannabis'. As far as I know, the paperwork has been 100%
successful in keeping us from being convicted of any so-called marijuana crime. I
have only heard of the paperwork succeeding, and I have personally witnessed
handcuffs come-off when it was presented. Joyous!

In my opinion, cannabis hemp is the premier, sustainable, natural resource on the
planet. And it's the only one that can provide so many of our necessities AND help
to raise our consciousness, too.

The book of Revelations 22:2 says something like...

...'the tree of life grows easily on both sides of the river. It has twelve manner
of fruit, and its leaves shall be for the healing of the nations'.

Cannabis hemp gets my vote as the 'tree of life'. What, if anything, gets your

All the very best to you and yours,


Rev. Roger Christie
The Hawai'i Cannabis Ministry
"We use cannabis religiously."

Mad Cow-like Chronic Wasting Disease in North American Deer and Elk

© 2001 by Linda Moulton Howe

February 4, 2001 Denver, Colorado - This past week, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) warned countries around the world to be concerned about the risk of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) known as mad cow disease. In a formal statement, FAO said: "All countries which have imported cattle or meat and bone meal from Western Europe, especially Britain, during and since the 1980s can be considered at risk from the disease."

The disease is not caused by a virus or bacteria. It's caused by a normal protein prion found in all mammals. But when that prion protein changes shape, it produces Mad Cow Disease in cattle and a new variant of Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease in humans which is 100% fatal. It's a fact that the destructive prions found in sick cattle in England, Ireland, and France match exactly the destructive prions found in about 90 people who have contracted and died from variant-CJD in Europe. In both cattle and people, prions make sponge-like holes in brain and nerve tissue. The time between onset of first disorientation symptoms and death is about six months to a year. But it's thought that people can carry the destructive prion for several years before full blown symptoms erupt. So if a person ate contaminated British beef in 1986, for example, he or she might not get sick for ten or fifteen years, or longer. That's why health officials wonder if we're seeing the tip of an iceberg of cases yet to emerge. And why the American Red Cross has banned blood donations from people who lived and traveled in Britain, France, Portugal or Ireland for six months or more between 1980 and 1996.

Until 1996, medical researchers did not think prion disease could cross from one species to another. The very rare Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease first discovered in Germany in 1920 was thought to affect only people past fifty. So alarm bells went off in 1996 when dozens of young people in England under age 30 were confirmed to have a new variant CJD disease that matched exactly the prions in sick and dying cattle.

Since 1996 in the United States, three young people under age 30 have also contracted CJD disease and died. However, the destructive prions in those American victims did NOT match the variant CJD prions in European victims. That is one of the many confusing mysteries that now challenge prion researchers around the globe.

If destructive prions can move from infected cattle to humans in Europe, why not in North America, South America and everywhere? That exact concern prompted Canada and the U. S. this week to announce a ban on several more beef imports from Brazil even though, to date, no cases of Mad Cow Disease in Brazilian cattle have been confirmed.

And no Mad Cow Disease has been confirmed in North American cattle. The U. S. and Canada acted quickly back in 1986 to ban British meat and animal feed imports when mad cow disease first emerged in Great Britain. But there are animals in North America that are suffering a very similar brain and nerve disease also caused by misshapen prions that wildlife specialists call "Chronic Wasting Disease," or CWD. Fifteen percent of wild deer and some elk in a hot spot between Ft. Collins, Colorado and the Wyoming border have the disease. Other cases have been reported in Nebraska and at breeding farms from New England to Canada. Researchers wonder: Can CWD cross species from deer and elk to humans as mad cow did from cows to people in Europe? So far there is no laboratory evidence that eating venison has caused a variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease in humans. But no one yet knows how chronic wasting disease is even transmitted among deer and elk.

More Info at

From: "Alberto H. F. Machado" <amachado@ism.com.br>
Subject: Woman dies from Mad Cow Disease In USA
Date: Thu, 8 Feb 2001

From: http://www.InsideTheWeb.com/messageboard/mbs.cgi?acct=mb1075995


Just this last sunday we here in MN saw a death notice of a woman who too died from mad cow disease and she had NOT been to Europe in fact has not been out of the country at all. I heard this morning that in Germany people are going into grocery stores with empty meat counters as well as a lot less on the shelves it's gotten so bad there the country is in a panic.

This is a lot more wide spread than the government lets on. I also believe it was intentional as a way to meet UN mandates to cut population...it's working. Add this to the ariel spraying, the poisonous vaccines...


The Official Mad Cow Disease Home Page


From: Gaia-Liz Hosken <liz@gaianet.org>
Date: Thu, 1 Feb 2001
Subject: Earth Movement - Your comments please

Dear Friends,

Greetings and Happy 2001 from Liz and all the Gaia team!

We have been asked by friends in South Africa to test out this idea in Europe and elsewhere, for an "Earth Movement" in preparation for the Earth Summit to be held in Johannesburg mid 2002. This is the very first draft of the idea, proposed initially by Cormac Cullinan, a friend and lawyer in Cape
Town. Questions they are asking are:

1. Although this is the first draft, the basis of the idea is there -
Is it worth developing?

2. If you think it is, would you/others think it an idea to
form/join a forum from which to stimulate these ideas in all sectors
of your country? To form a kind of coalition around core principles,
and expressing justice within the human community; between human and
other earth species; for future generations of all life?

The aim would be to celebrate resistance/challenging movements and to
highlight good practice in a build up to a week's simultaneous
celebration around the world of a kind of "People's Movement for the
Earth" and justice for people and all species in which
individuals/groups/sectors make their own commitments for the next

An essential principle is to build on what people are already doing,
rather than doing something new - and to use the Earth Summit as a
rallying point to aim for.

3. The idea is currently being discussed in South Africa and amongst
other African countries and there are meetings this week with
different groups.

Many thanks, we look forward to your feedback.

With best wishes Liz and Charly