A Pagan Community Statement on the Environment – please sign!

The Pagan Community statement was published last year on Earth Day ( 22April2015). It requires 10,000 signatures to make a mark.  It already has 7500 signatures.  Please read it (copy below ) and sign the petition at http://www.EcoPagan.com   Thank you .  -Mani

Please sign the petition by visiting  http://www.EcoPagan.com

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Who we are

Paganism is a family of spiritual paths rooted in ancestral religions throughout the world and predating recorded history. As explained by the Pagan Federation, Paganism includes polytheistic and pantheistic nature-worshipping religions, and often includes deities of all genders, ancestor veneration, and celebrations in tune with our Earth. A full discussion of the many varieties of Paganism is beyond the scope of this statement, but we, the signatories, value life and the natural world as sacred. Thus, Pagan thought leads us to live in harmony with the rhythms of our great Earth.

Nature is sacred

We receive, acknowledge and embrace the sacred in and as nature, though our individual relationships with the natural world are diverse. We recognize that nature encompasses humanity and the planet, and that we are neither above nor separate from the rest of nature. We recognize the ancient wisdom that closeness to nature brings closeness among humanity and all living beings; and when we live as if we are separate from nature, we diminish our compassion for ourselves and for others. Therefore, we affirm the necessity of living sustainably as part of nature.

We are part of the web of life

In recent decades, many contemporary Pagan religious traditions have stressed humanity’s interconnectivity with the rest of the natural world. Many of our ancestors realized what has now been supported by the scientific method and our expanding knowledge of the universe — that Earth’s biosphere may be understood as a single ecosystem and that all life on Earth is interconnected.

The very atoms of which we are composed connect us to the entire universe. Our hydrogen was produced in the Big Bang, and the other atoms essential for life were forged in the scorching furnaces of ancient stars. Beyond atoms, the molecules of life connect us to Earth, showing that we don’t live “on Earth” like some alien visitor, but rather that we are part of Earth, just as a volcano or river is part of Earth and its cycles.

We are earth, with carbon, nitrogen and phosphorus making up our bodies one day, and incorporated into mountains the next. We are air, giving food to the trees and grasses when we exhale, and breathing in their gift of free oxygen with each breath. We are fire, burning the energy of the Sun, captured and given to us by plants. We are water, with the oceans flowing in our veins and the same water that nourished the dinosaurs within our cells.

We are connected to our families, through links of love, to their relatives, and so on to the entire human species. Our family tree goes back further than the rise of humans, including all mammals, all animals, and all life on Earth. The entire Earth is our immense and joyous family reunion.

We feel these connections in a spiritual way. The web of life includes strands that tug on our hearts, thread through our essential nature, and weave us into a spiritual whole. As part of the body of life on Earth, we care about the health of all parts of the body. Many human activities destroy parts of the body, and we recoil at them. Cutting down a rainforest is no different from cutting off a healthy leg or arm. In fact, these are even more vital than our arms and legs, because these forests are part of our planetary lungs. Similarly, we care about our waters, our land, our air, and our diverse biosphere. We do so out of respect for our ancestors, out of care for all life today, and out of love for future generations. Anything that harms the body of life on Earth, including global warming, pollution and extinction, is thus a spiritual and moral issue.

We are part of Earth, and Earth is part of us.

How we are damaging the ecosystem

Humanity’s actions are radically altering the web of life of which we are a component, threatening the lives of many species, Homo sapiens included. This harm takes many forms. Habitat loss continues as consumption increases. Deforestation alone destroys some 150 thousand square kilometers each year, the size of Japan — equivalent to 24 football fields every minute.

Global warming caused by our emission of greenhouse gases has already contributed to sea level rise, ocean acidification, and increased floods and droughts, with more severe effects expected within this century. Additional damage can be seen from ozone depletion. Our actions also have resulted in an ongoing and unsustainable depletion of resources, including minerals, food sources and usable water, generating increasing amounts of pollution. Other harm in addition to these is likely to be found in the future as we continue to learn about the impact of human activities on our world.

What we can do

Since Earth is able to heal itself, we need to stop doing harm, and let the healing begin. However, this is not as simple as it sounds. Our global systems of exploitation are not easily dismantled.

There are certain actions we can take now. It is important for each individual, community, and nation to take stock of what that means for the betterment of the whole. Technical solutions can never move forward without political will, and the necessary political will requires a shift in our most deeply held values, in our very definitions of what it means to be human, and in how humanity relates to the world. We recognize this shift as a spiritual imperative.

It is a collective challenge, and individual actions are necessary but not sufficient. Therefore we must build a culture of true sustainability. This does not mean trying to find ways to “sustain” our current levels of consumption or trying to “sustain” economic and political systems which have failed us. Rather, building a truly sustainable culture means transforming the systems of domination and exploitation that threaten our future into systems of symbiotic partnership that support our ecosystem. We must be clear about our agenda, which includes promoting sustainable, local economies, reforming our food systems, distributing resources in a more just and humane fashion, and ensuring that our human populations are below the carrying capacity of our planet through access to voluntary birth control, and equal access to education and work for women.

Any economic or political system which encourages the exploitation of Earth and people must be dismantled or substantially reformed. This includes any system based on endless growth. We should be operating in a closed loop system, not a linear one. This means moving away from disposable development and culture, and moving toward renewable development and culture wherein all products are intended for longevity, repairability, and easy recycling or composting at the end of their use. The sustainable economy of the future will be one with the shortest distances between production, consumption and recycling of byproducts.

In addition, there is a deeper and more profound change that is needed. Fundamentally, we believe that a change in spirit is required, one that fosters a new relationship between humanity and other species and Earth as a whole. As Pagans, we believe we are well situated to help imagine and create a future in which humanity lives in greater harmony with the rest of our planet. We strive in our worship, work, play, and daily lives to connect to this greater harmony. We believe that recognizing our connection as part of Earth itself is a unique facet of what defines us. Pagans can aid in the repair of our environment by teaching how we are part of life on Earth, sharing rituals and ceremonies that foster bonds between ourselves and the rest of the web of life, and instilling a sense of responsibility for how we interact with the ecosystem — all this creating cultures that can sustain our human society today and for generations to come.

As signatories, we commit to use our abilities and resources to promote policies and practices that foster the changes that our world so urgently needs. We will continue to educate members of our community to foster intelligent and focused sustainable living, and help the world recognize that everyone, whether Pagan or not, is part of our precious Earth. We hold that living a fulfilling and meaningful life, and allowing the same for future generations, is only possible if the entire Earth is healthy. We will therefore strive as individuals, as groups, and as members of a global society to promote the current and future health of our entire Earth, including the water, air, land, and the web of life.

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Please sign the petition by visiting http://www.EcoPagan.com

 

Eco: Time to Act – National Climate March – London (7th March 2015)

This is the 2nd big event of this type in London.  The first one took place on 21st September 2014 (last year), which I joined with a number of friends..(and met ever more numbers of other friends along the way).

People's climate march  - Sept 2014.    photo (c) Mani Navasothy 2014

People’s climate march – Sept 2014. photo (c) Mani Navasothy 2014

  This year (2015), it’s taking place on saturday 7th March’15, and gathering in London from 12.30pm.  Here’s the details – taken from the facebook page for this event.

-Mani Navasothy

Event: Time to act National Climate March (London)

Date: Saturday 7th March 2015

Time:  Gather by 12.30pm

Gathering venue:  Lincoln’s Inn Fields, WC2A 3 London, United Kingdom

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The People’s Climate March last September was huge. With around 40,000 people marching in London, 400,000 in New York and many thousands more taking part across the world, together we made history.

2015 needs to be even bigger. The climate talks in Paris this December are crucial if we’re going to protect all that we love. Our movement is growing, and we’re more diverse and determined than ever before.

Across the UK people are already building change – from divestment of funds which prop up the fossil fuel industry, to front-line communities fighting unsustainable energy extraction and fracking, through to those paving the way for a transition towards a 100% renewable energy future which would bring about an estimated one million new climate jobs in the UK alone.

As with the People’s Climate March, individuals and groups have set up ‘blocs’ on the march – a chance to join with others who are passionate about particular issues related to climate change. See below for a list of blocs (not exhaustive!)

And visit www.timetoact2015.org to find out more about how you can get involved, including details about coaches from around the countryhttp://bit.ly/18YKYU6

Join us on March 7 to bring a message of urgency which cannot be ignored.

And together let’s continue to power up and celebrate our movement – locally, nationally and internationally – throughout 2015, and beyond.

************** Blocs update ********************

Join with others to walk together in solidarity on the day. Two weeks before the march we’ll pop up a bloc map.

Fossil Free/Divestment – on.fb.me/1JG9j1j
No war, no warming bloc – on.fb.me/1xRcybj\
Kids, parents, families bloc – on.fb.me/1vyCBJf
Frack-free UK bloc – on.fb.me/1v52RoE
Elders for Future Generations bloc: on.fb.me/1A1p7Hz
Multi-faith bloc – on.fb.me/1zfF6KZ
Anti-austerity/pro-climate jobs: on.fb.me/1zoiNaV
Art Not Oil bloc: on.fb.me/1Ky7qyO
Student bloc: on.fb.me/1D5oE68
Climate & human rights bloc: on.fb.me/1yQA74J
Energy Justice / Stop TTIP bloc: on.fb.me/1ELSYos
Flooding bloc: on.fb.me/1IhAgrw
Food Justice bloc: on.fb.me/1akXiOY
Women’s rights bloc: on.fb.me/1zFMu6d
Time To Cycle bloc: on.fb.me/1v51KVS
Transitions Towns bloc: on.fb.me/1KCpQhS
Nature and Conservation bloc: on.fb.me/1AIuyLg
LGBTQ for the climate: http://on.fb.me/17jjFCI
Solar bloc: on.fb.me/1LUEnJm
Transport bloc (including No New Runways): http://bit.ly/1LkNW37

Earth Hour 2015 – Eco Ceremony & Candle-lit Social in London (28th March’15)

Our annual eco-event in  London to observe Earth Hour! The idea is to switch off all non-essential electric appliances, lights..  So what better than to get to the park…some green space..and be in candle-light…with like-minded friends? !!

Earth Hour 2015 – Eco-Ceremony & Candle-lit social in Central London (28March2015)

 

In the past we have facilitated a Candle-lit walk along the river Thames. This time, we are planning to gather in a local park – and have a circle of Candles around us, as we observe Earth Hour.

So come and join me and my Eco-friends ..from about 7.3pm onwards.. for meeting & greeting..and socialising. And around 8.30pm, when the actual Earth Hour begins.. we will gently go into a small meditation, followed by an Eco-Ceremony (may last abut 20-3omins). Then we shall continue with socials, an outdoor Picnic and merriment..

Venue: St.James Royal Park  (open to public till 12 midnight!)

Transport: see park info : https://www.royalparks.org.uk/parks/st-jamess-park/visitor-information/opening-times-and-getting-here

Meeting point:   `Inn the Park’ (outside this Restaurant in St.James Park).

Meeting time:   Please be outside the `Inn the Park’ by 7.30pm, so we can gather walk up to a suitable spot in the park and do the eco-ceremony at 8.30pm.   After that we can socialise (candle-lit picnic!!)

Earth Hour Shield( - created in 2014 for rituals (c) Mani Navasothy 2014

It is important, that while so many of us care about the Earth and eco-causes, and fight ever day to resolve make the problems of our World, we also must create time for being Happy, to connect with like-minded humans, strengthen our ties, power up one another’s motivations and spread hope – that the World will get better!!

Those will be the focus of the Ceremony. So people of any and all religions & faiths welcome.

There are no protests, no campaigns…no slogans.. Only a few evening hours of total positivity & peace.

All I ask is that those who come do so with an open & tolerant mind, and with peace & harmony in their hearts.

This is a family-friendly event. So do bring your small children .(wrap up warm though! It gets cold by the open spaces of the river Thames).

Do bring picnic food & drinks to share ..:-)

-Mani Navasothy

 

Links

Gaian Times Eco-Spiritual Magazine (free online)

London Woodland Witches Druids Eco-Magicians & Outdoor Pagans (Meetup group)

Defining terms: Nature, Natural & Artificial

DSCF5637I was having a discussion with some friends on a matter of `Saving the planet for the sake of our (future) children’ ..  (Her’s was a well-written long post..but I can’t copy it here without permission..)

But here are some of my resulting thoughts…(thoughts in progress) 🙂   Note: Sections A, B & C are the 3 reply posts I made..  but of course there were interspaced with other people’s response too… Without those, this may seem a bit jumpy..  but these are all my thoughts…so these should flow..without too much jarring..  🙂

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A. So many thoughts come to mind… here are a few in no order..

1) To me, concrete & plastic are nature too.. all the components for them as well as the creatures who created them all came from Earth..

2) Mars, Venus, meteors and all the other planets…yeah… nature too..!!

3) People feel they need to justify reasons for wanting to `save’ the planet/ animals etc.. My view is `i want to save them…because I feel it’s important.. my inner self or intuition or something inside is telling me it;s important..and that’s good enough’ – But if this needs to be reduced to some logical argument….well, then I say, I am a product of nature..I want to save nature…because that;s just nature wanting to save itself.. Or put another way, my hands go forward to protect my head when I fall..

4) Ofcourse this same sword cuts both ways.. ie.. If a person says, `i want all the resources for myself.. I am nature…so nature decrees that just one part of it wants it all’ – In such a case, we need a new card/ control on the table.. For example.. `altruism’ ..ie good of all… for the good of the future…etc.. ..In this sort of manner…we become like dogs chasing their own tails…sadly..

5) Everything that’s happening on planet earth is 100% fine.. because it’s all part of the Earth,,all part of nature.. even the crazy matter of , `humans are part of nature…humans want to destroy trees/ hunt elephants down. ie.. nature wants to destroy itself..

6) Ultimate point- when we talk of nature, we are going to have to define a boundary..ie `just the planet earth’, just americas, just the solar system..etc. We are also going to have to define a particular set of boundary conditions…ie time frame… species.. …Its all just messy..messy messy..

7) There are 2 ways out of this logical loops/mess (that;s my scientific term )

7a) Mankind must consider itself to be superior to all else …as an end point to evolution (?) and so take some sort of `dictatorship/ right to use/ right to abuse all else’ position over all else.. or

7b) Mankind must assume that it has some divine advise/connection/ right…and thus can assume that superiority to own/ use/abuse all else..

B.  I wrangle with these on and on for years… and the final two points 7a) and 7b) are more of a despair…than any sort of inspiration There must be another idea/ thought/ point that must surely explain why we as part of the web of life should feel we want to save things…without necessary having to go down the track of ..it’s because humans is the ultimate.. I actually don’t believe we humans are.. It’s why I often refer to us humans as `the human animal’ to remind myself and others..that there is so much of the beast in us.. no matter what shinny suits we wear and what great skyscrapers we build to keep going up.

C.  To be honest, we have to go down the route of Einstein.. and define terms before we can go further.. as any discussion/ debate. argument can only be valid or meaningful within the context of a particular situation/ circumstance/ boundary.. So here goes my attempt.. Bear with me..

I have to start defining nature...and say that anything that exists naturally on planet Earth. But I run into the problem.. of now having to define what is mean by `naturally existing’ .. People tend to go for the idea that `anything that has not been tampered by humans’ is seen as `natural’ . But I have to argue against that.. If in a caveman situation, a caveman found a cave..picked up a stone nearby.. started hammering and carved out the cave a bit more clearly.. found fallen sticks..and put a front wall of sticks.. and made a home of it.. is that artificial or natural? That’s no different to the Beaver that builds a damn using sticks..

This leads me to key thoughts that we need to incorporate.. And that is one of `transformation’ ...`reversibility‘ and even `biodegradability’ ..

A substance that occurs and only changes state/shape/ configuration by elemental forces ..can then be called `natural’ . ie by winds, water, fire and earth. But if any living creature tampers with those substances ..and changes/ transforms the shape/state of the said substance..then it has to be considered `artificial’ .. This means the beaver’s dam and the modified cave of caveman are both artificial.. Now that is not satisfactory…we will agree (am sure)…but note that both can be reversed to some level.. Twigs can be dispersed.. Cave front can accumulate soil and dirt and solidify over time.. (reversibility).

So ..(big breath) we need something else.. and that brings me to tools.. & technology..

A stone or bone tied by sinew or vine to a twig becomes a low-tech axe. It’s a tool that can be reversed.. ie broken up back into component pieces..and then allowed for `nature’ to take its course..gradual degradation.. (this is where biodegradability comes in).  If a living creature uses an object that is not part of its living body at the time.. then it’s using a tool…and it’s using technology.. And the low tech tools are reversible in themselves..as well as the transformation they affect onto other substances…But hi-tech tools.. reversible or not.. can effect transformation of natural substances that can not revert back to original natural states.. NOW THAT is what I will call artificial

(These Definitions and related explanations are written on the cuff ..might have some gaps …but the core idea is here). As I said, `thoughts in Progress’

-Mani Navasothy

Noise Pollution: Looking for Peace and Quiet in the Woods (and failing!)

Mani Navasothy present a brief rambling in the woods – about Pollution and state of the World!

I went looking for some peace & quiet in the woods near my home- to do some training videos…and was so perturbed by the constant noise ..even in the woods…that I started recording my frustrations in a video!

I talk about noise pollution, light pollution, Electro-magnetic pollution and more (like all those thousands of pieces of machine/rocket debris that mankind left to orbit the Earth.. !). I also wonder about the state of the Earth, why not many of us are looking into the way spirituality might evolve..

And I invite you to write thought-provoking feature articles, essays, news items, eco-campaigns,or submit visionary art, poetry and more.. to GAIAN  TIMES eco-spiritual Magazine (free online).. As you know I started it 3 years ago (and registered as not-for-profit company)..

Gaian Times is about educating the people of today..for tomorrow’s worlds!
So be part of creating and sharing that Education!

http://www.GaianTimes.com
http://www.ManiNavasothy.com

Best Wishes
-Mani Navasothy

 

**Mani Navasothy is a published Esoteric Author, Astrologer, Artist and Online Business-person in the Esoteric & Holistic industry

Eco-Guardians vs Warriors of the Rainbow? Some evolutionary thoughts

Rainbow Warrior - art- Mani N2013

Rainbow Warrior – art- Mani N2013

Few days ago, a friend wrote the following in her facebook profile:

“There will come a time when the Earth grows sick, and when it does, a tribe will gather from all the cultures of the World, who believe in deeds and not words. They will work to heal it…they will be known as the Warriors of the Rainbow.      Mission.. Mother Earth..”

My thoughts were spurred on by this, and here was my response:

It’s not so much that the Earth grows sick.. but people are pissing in their own tents!!  What the Earth needs is a bunch of intergalactic bulldozer-space ships to come down and flatten all the fowled up `human tents’ (people and their `products’) and push the whole damn lot over the cliff edge (that would be jettison the whole trace of humanity into the nearest nuclear furnace ..like the Sun). Then the skin of the Earth can heal itself.. !! We humans ..even the wonderful eco-warriors – have gotten that inner-arrogance, where we think we are going to be the grand-saviors of the Earth…  Earth doesn’t need us..and it can exist in many different extreme states…and it will make no difference to it.. But it’s us people who need the ground …soil..water and warmth.. from the Earth!

I was writing it in a sort of tongue in cheek fashion, but trying to express my frustration and despair  at a) how one strand of humanity fowls up the Earth & environment..   and b) another strand thinks it is the savior!   (In all honesty, I would chalk myself closer to the second category!)

I would add the following remarks (seeing I get more space to do so in the blog than in a facebook reply

  • Already a whole bunch of people exist (the tribe) who believe in deed -and- words  ..and they do work to improve matters    [they do things, as well as write about such things to promote/ educate/ increase awareness]..
  • Healing a wound – is not all that simple a concept (or clear cut, rather).  If  a living creature suffers a physical harm or damage, the body will try to repair itself ..But bacteria and other microbes get in and start to make the would worse..  Those microbes are just trying to get on with  their own living!   So with Earth!   If humans have caused  the previous `norm’ to be thrown off balance.. ir more carbon, dirty chemically polluted seas etc..   then some other life forms (other than humans) will take advantage of the `new environment’..  As far as Earth as a whole is concerned, it’s just reached a new balance.. !  Some life forms die, others thrive!   In such scenario, `Healing’ is not required.
  • In some ways, we humans are a natural product of the Earth and evolution. And if we are polluting the planet…then sadly that’s also a result of the evolution (in a round about way).  What’s to say where evolution will go?  Perhaps out of those chemically polluted seas and grounds will emerge a new resilient species or two or hundred?!
  • Finally, I hate to call anything that has a peaceful or altruistic purpose by linking it to war…and warriors! Warriors of the Rainbow  just implies a bunch of multicoloured body-painted warriors going to war!   Let’s call  them something else shall we?    I prefer the name `Earth or Eco-Guardians’   (you can start analysing the word `Guardian’) 🙂

So.. what do you think?

-Mani Navasothy

Song for this Land (Earth Day 2012) – it will make you tearful!

This one made my sister & my wife both tearful! Yes, it was quite emotive – the song, coupled with the landscape pictures of trees, water..industry, and fallen trees!

The song used here was recorded at Occupy London Camp on 13th Nov’11, and pulls at the heart-strings of anyone even remotely concerned about the state of the Earth and eco-disasters we are facing!

Photos (mostly of UK) are merely an accompaniment for you to experience the Song!
Ps. If you know the lady who guided us all to sing this song on that Remembrance Sunday night outside St.Paul’s Cathedral, please let me know, or let her know – that many of us cherish that night and her contribution. We’d love to have an interview with her on our next issue of Gaian Times. contact via  editor@gaiantimes.com  Thanks. And enjoy Earth Day (22nd April’12).

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-Mani