Climate Disruption: Thought of the Week

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Show the love this Valentine’s Day

Beautiful things are possible. We can protect this life we love from climate change, if enough of us show we care… The changes needed to protect our world have begun. We can have 100% clean energy within a generation – but it needs us to show our love to make it happen.
~ Author Michael Morpurgo and actors Jeremy Irons and Maxine Peake in a short film, I wish for you… from fortheloveof.org.uk

High Suicide Rate among Young Indo-Guyanese: Political Pessimism?

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Suicide by Poison - Guyana

Poison preferred method of suicide in Guyana
Photo Credit: Guyana Chronicle

In his article, “Guyana’s breakdown is connected to our high suicide rate,” published in Kaieteur News on February 6, 2016, Freddie Kissoon posits that an underlying cause of Guyana’s alarming suicide rate is “the political pessimism that has dogged this country since Independence.” Bear in mind that the controversial columnist, a former social science university lecturer, has been highly critical of the former ruling East Indian left-wing political party (1992-2015).

A small developing Caribbean nation with a declining population of less than 750,000 people (Census 2012), Guyana topped the chart of the World Health Organization’s 2014 report on suicide worldwide, based on data for the year 2012. With a suicide rate of 44.2 per 100,000 persons, Guyana beat South Korea (28.9) and Sri Lanka (28.8). At the time, Guyana’s health authority claimed a much lower rate of 34.7. The nation’s record represented almost four times the global average of 11.4 and over seven times the average of 6.1 for Latin American and the Caribbean. By gender, Guyanese men are much more prone to taking their lives than women with rates of 70.8 and 22.1, respectively. Continue reading

Using Clean Power To Get Off The Grid 

We can change to cleaner energy. It’s already available. We just have to take the leap.

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Source: Using Clean Power To Get Off The Grid | The Energy Collective |

Clean energy is now more of a reality than ever before and there are so many options out there for people looking to go green. So, we thought we’d create some great green alternative energy tips for you to use to make your home a more eco-friendly one.

1.  Begin by switching over to green power

To switch over to green energy, the easiest way is to usually contact your current provider to see if they have an alternative to offer you.  More and more companies are offering them these days, by harnessing renewable sources such as solar and wind power to offer their markets with electric service.  For the consumer it costs more, since you will be paying a premium in order to offset the costs that are involved in offering an alternative source of…

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“The Pedagogy of Steel” by Brazilian Poet Pedro Tierra

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Memorial of Massacre of Eldorado dos Carajas - 17 April 1996

Memorial of Massacre of Eldorado dos Carajás – Pará – Brazil
Photo Credit: Globo (Glauco Araújo)
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My Poetry Corner February 2016 features the poem “The Pedagogy of Steel” (A Pedagogia dos Aços) by Brazilian poet Pedro Tierra, pen name of Hamilton Pereira da Silva, a politician and Secretary of Culture in the Federal District.

Born in 1948 in Porto Nacional (Tocantins), Pedro Tierra abandoned his studies to join the resistance movement to overthrow the military dictatorship (1964-1985). In 1972, he was arrested and tortured for his subversive activities. During the five years he spent in prison, he lost several of his companions.

To survive and maintain his sanity, he began writing poetry. Adapting a Spanish pen name deterred exposure. He smuggled his poems to friends outside the prison, keeping them informed of life in captivity. Continue reading

Climate Disruption: Thought of the Week

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Zika Virus: Our Dystopian Climate Future

I’ve spent much of my life chronicling the ongoing tragedies stemming from global warming: the floods and droughts and storms, the failed harvests and forced migrations. But no single item on the list seems any more horrible than the emerging news from South America about the newly prominent Zika disease.
~ Bill McKibben, “The Zika virus foreshadows our dystopian climate future,” The Guardian, January 25, 2016

 

Henry Giroux on America’s Nightmare of Violence

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Gun owners at gun-rights rally - Washington State - 15 January 2015

Gun owners at gun-rights rally
Capital, State of Washington – January 15, 2015
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[See The White House Press Release, January 4, 2016, for
New Executive Actions to Reduce Gun Violence]

Violence sells. Violence wins book and movie awards. When Jamaican author, Marlon James, won the Man Booker Prize for Fiction 2015 for his novel A Brief History of Seven Killings, I was elated. I had to read it. Set in Jamaica and New York (1976-1991), it’s a literary masterpiece on the nature of human violence and the forces that fuel it. It’s not reading for the faint of heart.

In his article, “Gun Culture and the American Nightmare of Violence,” Henry A. Giroux notes: “Popular culture not only trades in violence as entertainment, but also it delivers violence to a society addicted to a pleasure principle steeped in graphic and extreme images of human suffering, mayhem and torture.” The inculcation of such make-believe violence as a normal part of real-life, especially among our youth, concerns him. Addressing the roots of America’s culture of violence becomes more difficult. Continue reading

Climate Disruption: Thought of the Week

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Infrared view of natural gas leak – Aliso Canyon Storage Facility
Southern California Gas Company – January 6, 2016

California’s 1,200 Tons Methane a Day Leak

California is facing the largest natural gas leak ever recorded. The leak has displaced over 2,000 families in Porter Ranch, a neighborhood about 25 miles northwest of downtown Los Angeles. It’s caused evacuations and forced two schools to close. And it’s been going on for two months.
~ Learn more about the leak at Environmental Defense Fund

Brazil’s woes to persist in 2016

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Brazil President Dilma Rousseff - Planalto Palace - Brasilia - September 2015

Brazil President Dilma Rousseff
Planalto Palace – Brasilia – September 2015
Photo Credit: Reuters/Ueslei Marcelino

Since Brazil lost the 2014 FIFA World Cup, the country has endured even more woes that now threaten the upcoming Rio 2016 Olympics.

Fallout from ongoing investigations into the Petrobras graft scandal aggravated an already sputtering economy, partly due to a weak global commodity market. The government’s efforts to cut public spending hit workers hard, sending them into the streets in protest. Riding on the wave of public discontent, the right-wing opposition party called for the impeachment of President Dilma Rousseff. This has further increased the country’s political instability. Continue reading

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