Category Archives: Planetary Consciousness

OKABASHI – Sooooo comfy shoes that are a contribution to the Planet

I purchased my first pair of Okabashi recycled and recyclable flip flops form Whole Foods last week for $12. Currently living in South Florida and loving to be outside, at the beach or in my garden, my shoes really get ruined quickly from the rain, sea water, dirt etc. These have to be some of the most comfortable shoes I have worn in a long time….and they are kind to the Planet. Visiting their website I found that they have a full range of affordable styles to choose from. Please check them out.

How Happy Was Your Meal? How Temple Grandin labled ‘autistic’ has changed the face of cattle rearing in the USA

How Happy Was Your Meal?

By Madeline Ostrander
Dr. Temple Grandin says she knows the mind of a cow.

It’s not a fuzzy assertion—Grandin, an animal scientist at Colorado State University, is one of the hardest-nosed researchers you’ll ever meet. She is autistic and claims that she literally thinks like an animal—in pictures. She notices details that most people tune out—such as a hat dangling on a fence or a shiny reflection that could spook cattle…
…Grandin brought sweeping change to the meat industry 10 years ago, when McDonald’s and Wendy’s—under pressure from animal rights activists—hired her to improve how their beef suppliers treat animals. Now half of U.S. cattle end up in slaughterhouses designed by Grandin. Even PETA founder Ingrid Newkirk has blogged about her admiration for Grandin’s work. Time Magazine named her one of the 100 most influential people of 2010. And the HBO movie about her early life won five Emmys last August… click here to read whole article


The Whale…says ‘Thank You’


This was sent to my Facebook Page yesterday and it is too lovely to not share with as many people as possible.

If you read a recent front page story of the San Francisco  Chronicle, you would have read about a female humpback whale who had become entangled in a spider web of crab traps and lines. She was  weighted down by hundreds of pounds of traps that caused her to  struggle to stay afloat. She also had hundreds of yards of line rope wrapped around her body, her tail, her torso, a line tugging in her mouth. A fisherman spotted her just east of the Farallon Islands  (outside the Golden Gate) and radioed an environmental group for  help.

Within a few hours, the rescue team arrived and determined  that she was so bad off, the only way to save her was to dive in and untangle her. They worked for hours with curved knives and  eventually freed her. When she was free, the divers say she swam in  what seemed like joyous circles. She then came back to each and every diver, one at a time, and nudged them, pushed them gently around as she was thanking them.

Some said it was the most  incredibly beautiful experience of their lives. The guy who cut the  rope out of her mouth said her eyes were following him the whole time, and he will never be the same.

May you, and all those you love, be so blessed and fortunate to be surrounded by people who will help you get untangled from the things that are binding you.  And, may you always know the joy of giving and receiving gratitude.

I pass this on to you, my friends, in the same spirit.          Gina Rene

Valedictorian Seeking Change in the School System

Change Comes From Within…

From within ourselves to within a system…the beauty of this speech is that Erica is not hostile, she is not going into the ‘wrongness’ of everything, she is asking for change and that the change required needs to come from within. That each and every person has something to offer. That each person is no less or no more than the other. What do you have to offer to the world? What are your capacities? What do you know that no one else knows that will contribute to and create change on this planet?

The following speech was given by top of the class student Erica Goldson during the graduation ceremony at Coxsackie-Athens High School on June 25, 2010

Inviting Change in the Gulf of Mexico

What Else is Possible in the Gulf of Mexico?

On Monday July 19th 2010 Gary Douglas, Founder of Access Consciousness asked for Access Facilitators and anyone else to contribute their energy to change of the ecological destruction that has been done in the Gulf of Mexico at 10am Eastern Standard Time.

Gary said that we can not guarantee what will change, but he knows that change is possible there right now.

I was in a class in Fort Lauderdale Florida with Gary and 20 or so other people. Dain Heer called in from Europe at 10am and joined with everyone else around the World for this event.

To be here at this time and to feel the presence of so many others was electrifying. We have no idea of what will change…only that change  is possible.

What Energy, Space and Consciousness Can You Be?

The question asked was this:-

“What energy space and consciousness can my body and I be, that will allow us to contribute dynamically to Earth healing the Gulf of Mexico?”

How Aware Are You of Your Thoughts, Feelings and Emotions?

What are you thinking today?

What energies are you sending out?

What if our thoughts, feelings and emotions are more toxic than all the garbage we generate?

What if by being kinder to ourselves and our bodies, by being more aware of our thoughts, feelings and emotions we could create changes on this planet far greater than we have  ever imagined?

What would that look like?


…”We have discovered that when you are willing to simply contribute the energy you be, then it is difficult to have an… expectation or point-of-view about what may happen. Without expectation, magic can happen. We would like you to contribute what you can, that will allow Earth to begin to change the Gulf of Mexico.

This job is too big for BP and too big for the government. It is Earth that can begin the change required and, “What can we all be and contribute to Earth that will add-to that?”

Jackie O’Neal is currently available in the Fort Lauderdale, Florida area and can be contacted at :- (954) 202-3471

How ‘Stuffed’ Are You?

Are you bloated under the weight of your own consumption?

View Annie Leonard’s ‘The Story of Stuff’

This is a story about the World’s obsession with stuff and how we are all affected by it.

Effects of Excess Plastic in our Society

An Island of Plastic in the Pacific

350px-North_Pacific_Gyre_World_MapMy attention was drawn to the issue of an Island of Plastic in the Pacific a few weeks ago. I have to admit that I was not aware of the immensity of this problem before this.  Have I been this blind?

‘The Great Pacific Garbage Patch, also described as the Eastern Garbage Patch or the Pacific Trash Vortex, is a gyre of marine litter in the central North Pacific Ocean located roughly between 135° to 155°W and 35° to 42°N and estimated to be twice the size of Texas.’ Wikipedia

Being a lover of any coastline and having  spent a lot of time on various beaches around the world why should I be so surprized by this. My attention has long been drawn to the rubbish that is washed up on the shores of our beaches but to think there might actually be an Island floating in the ocean had not entered into my consciousness. To say I was amazed was indeed an understatement.

Riding on the London Underground yesterday I was reminded of the ‘floating Island’ from an article written in one of the free London newspapers – The Metro, November 25th 2009, article by Lindsey Hoshaw. The ‘gyre’ is an area of heavy currents and slack winds that keep the rubbish trapped in an enormous whirlpool. Now try not to imagine an Island with boundries that you can walk on, after all the ocean is a fluid medium and apparantly most pieces are not much bigger than a grain of rice although shoe soles, plastic buckets, patio chairs etc. are also visible. It seems that most items have been washed out to sea from storm drains, while the rest is made up from fishing gear abandoned in the ocean.

180px-Albatross_chick_plasticThe  toxins leached out of  the plastic are being ingested by fish and birds and of course we are further down the food chain also then absorbing these toxins indirectly.

The gyre was discovered by US sea captain Charles Moore in 1997. The problem was largely ignored until now as the Island has doubled in size.

Moore and his Algalita Foundation have dedicated their time and resources to understanding and looking for solutions to this problem. He is quite certain there are more patches out there.

1255628127The problem is indeed a huge one in the scheme of things. The wild life that thrives on the plankton in the area is ingesting the plastic and contaminating the stomach space that should be used for food for chicks. Turtles are choking on plastic bags.  Sea Turtles are amazingly beautiful creatures and I wasn’t aware, until I read the Metro article, that they are responsible for helping to keep tropical beaches free of deadly box jellyfish which are toxic to humans but the Turtles are unaffected by their sting.

So for those of us who love to visit tropical beaches and swim in the warm ocean currents please think of this the next time you go to the grocery store and forget your reusable non-plastic bag.

Everything we do is significant no matter how small or large it may seem.


Grow Your Own Fresh Air Using Household Plants

Common Household Plants to Grow Your Own Fresh Air

Listen to Kamal Meattle’s talk on using plants to clean the air in buildings

Kamal Meattle

Kamal Meattle has a vision to reshape commercial building in India using principles of green architecture and sustainable upkeep (including an air-cleaning system that involves massive banks of plants instead of massive banks of HVAC equipment).

Meattle has long been a environmental activist in India. In the 1980s he helped India’s apple industry develop less-wasteful packaging to help save acres of trees. He then began a campaign to help India’s millions of scooter drivers use less oil…

Read his profile here.

Paharpur Business Centre & Software Technology Incubator Park New Delhi

Common Household Plants Used To Clean the Air