July 2006 Archives

A Passage from Jared Diamond's Collapse

July 23, 2006

J. Diamond, Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed, p498:

Thus, because we are rapidly advancing along this non-sustainable course, the world's environmental problems will get resolved, in one way or another, within the lifetimes of the children and young adults alive today The only question is whether they will become resolved in pleasant ways of our own choice, or in unpleasant ways not of our choice, such as warfare, genocide, starvation, disease epidemics, and collapses of societies. While all of those grim phenomena have been endemic to humanity throughout our history, their frequency increases with environmental degradation, population pressure, and the resulting poverty and political instability.

Humanitarian Crisis in the Mid-East; Be a Peacebuilder

July 21, 2006

Originally published in URI North America: Briefings.

Members of URI Cooperation Circles around the world have been engaging in a dialogue that has been both tense and constructive with regard to how to respond to the current war and humanitarian crisis in the Middle East. All perspectives are represented — some sympathize more strongly with the Palestinian and/or Lebanese suffering, some with the Israeli's living with the daily threat of terrorists' suicide bombs and rockets. The one thing that seems to be clearly uniting us is the need to recognize the humanitarian crisis on the ground — and more importantly react to it. We must be peacebuilders on the ground, helping those directly in need.

100 Degrees in Minnesota; Wind Power; Drop in the Ocean

July 18, 2006

This past weekend it finally got hot in Minnesota. In fact, thanks to the moderate drought we're in, it even looked like Texas while out on Saturday: hot (101) with brown grass (cool but depressing map on that link — all of the plains states are in drought of some severity). I thought it felt wonderful and purposefully went out to a park to kick a soccer ball around with a friend. But it was not good for Minnesota.

InterfaithNews.Net - June 2006

July 8, 2006

Links to the long defunct InterfaithNews.Net website removed April 2012

Reacting to religious fanaticism and the challenges of advancing and sustaining a more equitable civilization, a global interfaith movement has sprung from the grassroots of religion and spirituality. InterfaithNews.Net (INN) seeks to chronicle this movement by focusing primarily on positive interfaith and religious news, events, and resources.

Dear Readers,

As always, each description is followed by a link to the full article on the InterfaithNews.Net website. Please do stop by to read stories both heartwarming and deeply saddening, stories both reflective and action-oriented. Each story has a form at the bottom through which you may leave your comments and thoughts for other readers. On the right side of the main home page screen, you will also find links to several intriguing articles that cannot be legally copied to InterfaithNews.Net.

In my April editorial, I wrote, "If we are to prevent a firestorm of religious violence, we must take the lessons of interfaith dialogue into our workplaces, into social justice, into the halls of governance, into our places of worship. And we must share the stories of our success, the means to our actions, and the inspiration for our visions — that we might advance together towards a future that is sustainable, just, and spiritually fulfilling for people the world over."

If you have a story you would like to publish about interfaith cooperation, religious news, or multifaith resources, you may send it to xxxxxx for consideration.

Peace be with you,
Stephen A. Fuqua
Editor, InterfaithNews.Net

Marketing Environmentalism

July 1, 2006

Who says a blog has to always post fresh content? Worldchanging's Green Marketing - Lessons from the Leaders was first published nearly a year ago, but is no less useful for it. Joel Makower analyzes poll data that claims nearly half of Americans are interested in purchasing environmentally-friendly products (<cough>bogus</cough>). He goes on to compare this analysis with "what works" about three products people actually buy that have some environmental (green) benefit: Electrolux appliances, Phillips compact flourescent light bulbs, and the Toyota Prius hybrid electric car.

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