Category Archives: Climate Change by Roger Doudna

Tony Blair Emerges as Authentic (?) Champion for Global Deal on Climate Change

I regularly receive updates from Aubrey Meyer (of whom I spoke last time) on his ongoing campaign to advance ‘Contraction & Convergence’ as the only coherent and equitable response to climate change. About a month ago Aubrey sent me the substance of his intent to ‘take it up a notch’ with a ‘Carbon Countdown’ initiative to be jointly sponsored by a variety of both corporate and public interest groups who share his view that climate change IS the over-riding global priority. His query to me was this: Would the Findhorn Foundation wish to endorse it? Having put this query to Foundation Management, I am very happy to report that it has done so unanimously. For details of this effort, visit: http://www.gci.org.uk/kite/Carbon_Countdown.pdf (read more…)

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Climate Change: Top Global Priority?

It’s been several months since my last posting wherein I spoke of the 7/7/07 LIVE EARTH concerts. As it happens, they coincided with my father’s 100 birthday, so my attentions were distinctly divided on the occasion. I did video 6 hours of the event and, having watched most of it, was more impressed by the promotional ads for green gismos than anything else. Though pop music is no longer really my thing, I do hope they helped reach the youth at which they were aimed. Regrettably, it barely registered in the grand old USA where it played opposite the Wimbledon Finals. But I understand several hundred folks gathered in the Universal Hall here at Findhorn to watch and celebrate the occasion. (read more…)

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Commentary on G8 Summit

By now, I suspect, you’ve all heard that the G8 Summit in June did in fact yield the rudiments of a ‘global consensus’ on the need to take inter-governmental action to respond constructively, if not pro-actively, to climate change. Tony Blair and Angela Merkel combined heroically to persuade George Bush of the need for urgent action, the net effect of which remains to be seen. Bush promised the USA would play if, and only if, China and India do likewise. There’s another big confab in Bali in December at which there is at least hope of a more substantive agreement. But there’s also the abiding fear in me that Bush will simply tread water until the end of his term, and try then simply to limit the response options of his successor. This would be ‘true to form’, and I hope I’m wrong. We’ll see. (read more…)

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Awakening

This past November the Foundation ran successive weeks of Planetary Games of Transformation, initially for guests and then for members. Both were ‘upgrades’ of the familiar, though usually more intimate, versions of the Game and they were distinctly festive occasions (kinda like community theatre, complete with costumes and assorted paraphenalia). Drawing upon the wisdom and skills of a whole angelic host of game guides from near and far, including Joy Drake (its original point of inspiration), Kathy Tyler, John Talbott, Joshua Nicolosi, Mary Inglis, Liza Hollingshead, Gay Smith and Jill Wolcott (representing a total of nearly 300 years of combined Game experience!), both events featured significant highlights. In the first one, a player landed on the ‘World Work’ card space and drew the ‘Angel of Awakening’ to assist her. She then led the whole group in a meditation that visualised Americans ‘awakening’ on the following Election Day. And lo and behold, UK news reports the next day described the election results in terms of “Americans awakening to reject the policies of the current administration, especially in Iraq”! Powerful stuff these games! And timely reminders of the role of group invocation. (read more…)

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