AlieNation

This week’s Sequitur topics: Brexit and the Refugee Planet, softening of climate change denial and advances in adaptation, advances in computer-assisted urban planning and design, extreme weather report: water, coaslines, floods. Enhancements: Litany Against Fear from Frank Herbert’s Dune series, Guy McPherson’s climate change update, Alien by Here II Here. Run time: 37:55.

Alien

Who would have thought out of all of the stars in this desert sky
I would behold such a wondrous oasis of six billion I’s?

Who would have thought the so-called dominant species
Would take paradise for granted?

Love is a word humans use all the time
Though I feel that they don’t understand it.

(chorus):
I’m an alien who’s just arrived here on this planet
Of green brown and blue.
I’m an alien amazed at where my craft has landed –
Ive come in search of you.
Now let’s fall in love so I have an excuse to stay.
Let’s fall in love so I never go away.

Space is a womb and the earth is an egg to penetrate.
Many have come; love has given its seed; still we separate.

Who would have thought the so-called dominant species
Would take paradise for granted?

Love is a word religions use all the time –
War’s the proof that they don’t understand it.

(chorus repeat)

(bridge):
Living kaleidoscope forever blossoming,
Species co-dreaming a breathing philosophy.
Destined for nothing but self acceptance,
The story of earth is a possible sentence.
She keeps writing, erasing and writing, erasing.
This is where I belong.

Only one planet with multiple worlds.
Hands reach for light, fingers programmed to curl.
Octaves of light shine through mental projections.
Crystallized truths are a lie in perception.
Here is where I belong.

(spoken):
If you want to be perceived as an alien,
Just allow yourself to be more human.

(chorus repeat)

Doom Without Gloom

This week’s show takes its name from an essay co-authored by me. Run time for the show is 52:25 featuring, in addition to a reading of Doom Without Gloom (introduced at 17:30; starting at 39:20, ~5 minutes), a 20-minute interview with paleoclimatologist Paul Beckwith (starting at 18:20), Climate System Scientist, guest hosted by Mike Ferrigan, founder of the Near-Term Human Extinction Support Group on Facebook, and including the topics listed below the player.

US heat wave and wildfires; India after the drought; Brazil after the FundαΊ₯o dam collapse; storms in Indonesia, Australia, Europe; transportation infrastructure; gentrification of climate change adaptation; population overshoot, the sacred cow; habitat report: coastlines, forests, croplands; American attitudes about climate change: survey results.

Almost Solstice

Starhawk’s 65th birthday. This week’s Sequitur topics: UN WMO summary of NASA monthly report, Guy McPherson from 7 June NBL on global warming and Atlantic Ocean dynamics, risk management in Canada and India, risk reduction in Africa, effects of heat stress on outdoor events, effects of globalization on commerce in a warming world, attribution of recent floods in Houston and Paris, habitat reports – new and ancient stories. Run time: 45:50 minutes.

Responsibility

This week’s line-up: Be-holder by Zympht, atmosphere report (carbon dioxide levels, omega blocks), flooding in Australia, speaking out on climate change – or not! refugee update, flooding in Europe and Texas, heatwave in western North America, Canadian reaction to extreme weather and climate change, updates from Asia and the global south, carbon capture technology, insurance conference report, reflections on attribution.Run time: 36:11 minutes.

Be-holder

The Fact of being,
The palette of feeling,
The will to action,
Compassion, expansion,
The edifice of impenetrable logic,
The psychic realms of stars,
Bathing in fountains of infinite creation:
This is the mortal conversation.
—-
Under the everloving influence
Of ancient patterns and sounds,
The tones of bones,
The colors of the iris,
Silken threads of futile memory;
Time loses interest,
That through which we broke at conception,
Expanding toward the second membrane.
—-
It may be days away,
The dying.
It may be days away,
Awakening from this sensorial dream.
—-
It won’t be far away,
The living.
It won’t be far away,
Back to the moment’s infinite seam
—-
You always knew
What the be-holder is able to do.
You always knew
That you make the most beautiful magic.

Memorial Day

water, food, climate change, and human well-being

Memorial Day reading from Julia Ward Howe’s Mother’s Day Proclamation

Cimate Action Summit

EPA Clean Energy Plan court case update

Canada’s carbon tax

First Annual Humanitarian Summit

fossil fuel pushback

news from India

Happy Birthday, Santini – Birthday song by the Beatles

Cyclone Roanu and other news from Asia and the global south

Europe, North America, and the insurance industry

Habitat

 

official April temperature records

built environments

Alberta, Canada fire

disasters and refugees

climate activism

global extreme weather report, 20 May 2016

Earthling by Here II Here

(Verse 1):
If a Christian doesn’t ask what would Jesus do
Then I don’t know what a Christian is
And if a Buddhist doesn’t ask what would Buddha do
Then I don’t know what a Buddhist is
And if a Muslim doesn’t ask what would Mohammed do
Then I don’t know what Islam is
And if a human being doesn’t question his actions
I don’t know what a human being is

(Chorus 1):
Oh, Earthlings, Earthlings, our perception’s gone astray
We think we own the Earth and we treat Her like a slave
Oh, Earthlings, Earthlings, let’s reevaluate
Our role in this experience and choose to change our ways
Oh, Earthlings, Earthlings
Oh, Earthlings, Earthlings

(Verse 1 – repeat)

(Chorus 2):
Oh, Earthlings, Earthlings, our perception’s gone astray
We think we own the Earth and we treat Her like a slave
Oh, Earthlings, Earthlings lets reevaluate
Our role in this experience and choose to change our ways
Oh, Earthlings, Earthlings put aside your guns
And bombs and armored trucks and realize that we are one
Oh, Earthlings, Earthlings for we are here to love
Yes, la-la-la-la love in this trip around the sun
Oh, Earthlings, Earthlings
Oh, Earthlings, Earthlings

(Bridge):
Earthling to Earthling, being to being
Infinity two, infinity one
One breathe, one mind, one heart, one soul
One life, one god, one love

(Chorus 2 – repeat)