Earlier this year our organization, the Rockefeller Family Fund (RFF), announced that it would divest its holdings in fossil fuel companies. We mean to do this gradually, but in a public statement we singled out ExxonMobil for immediate divestment because of its “morally reprehensible conduct.” (NY Review of Books, p.31)
While living in Ossining, NY during the 1960’s, I listened to my friend Jim Beach from Tarrytown, NY give honest political reports about events each evening on Radio WHUD (Tarrytown is a city on the Hudson River 25 miles north of New York City). One day Jim received a phone call from a man in Cleveland who said “Your political comments would no longer be needed.” Jim and I were somewhat shocked to discover his astute progressive political observations would be replaced by a corporate takeover.
Fr. Rohr concludes, “We are all in school!” For the first time in nearly eighty years this December, I learned of professional midwifes who are called “Doulas.” The Chinese word for birth is “to come out to the world.” Was there a Doula present with Mary and Joseph at the moment Jesus entered our world?
In 2014 a Gallup poll was taken among 60,000 people in sixty countries. Results were not well received by public opinion researchers from the USA. Respondents believed the United States and Israel were the two most dangerous threats to peace. Compared to origins of human history in Mesopotamia over 4000 years ago, the United States [...]
The Kyoto protocol was an early effort to confront our global reality of planetary warming accompanied by the steady rising of ocean levels. Even rural people without University degrees who struggle to survive in developing nations know without doubt Earth is heating up.
Since 1945, Editors of The Bulletin Of Atomic Scientists have been warning us that another war in which nuclear weapons are used could end an historical drama on our precious planet Earth. The clock stands at 11:57 - three minutes till midnight.
November 2016 brought a blanket of global fear for people of color, environmentalists (don’t we all want pure air, water, food?), political progressives and maturing youths born in the 1970’s. Never in the history of our immigrant nation have researchers noted two more unpopular leading candidates.
Following consultation with the Pentagon about global warming as a threat to all of us, Mr. Trump might invite Professor Hal Wanless from the University of Florida to explain how much of Florida will be inundated by a rising ocean.
It is certain that Pope Benedict made Vatican City “carbon neutral” by placing solar panels on buildings there. Vatican City is the first city-state/nation to achieve that status. 195 countries will eventually follow into the solar age.
Global network against weapons & nuclear power in space (www.uspeacecouncil.org) provides a “chokehold” map depicting how NATO and the USA are encircling Russia and China with military bases and trident submarines lurking in the Atlantic and pacific.