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Bailing Out The Fossil Fuel Industry Is No Global Rescue Package

Bailing Out The Fossil Fuel Industry Is No Global Rescue Package

Doing the same thing over again and expecting different results is a definition of insanity. So have our world’s biggest economies gone insane? Doubling down on investing in environmental damage, in the illusion that this will help us “recover” from the economic effects of the coronavirus pandemic, is like using gasoline to treat a burn victim—while the fire still rages. Our whole world is at risk of being consumed. Instead, we need to put down the gas can and reach for the extinguisher.

The Guardian reports that hundreds of billions of dollars are being poured into the fossil fuel industry as an attempt to stave off a recession. This is short-sighted in the extreme. For one, fossil fuel pollution kills more people every day than the worst COVID-19 day so far. For another, scientists have already estimated that the ongoing heating and destruction of the Arctic Ocean ecosystem—which is immensely vulnerable to the fossil fuel industry—could lead to as much as $70 trillion in global damages. Further, that same ecosystem, without ice, leads to the release of pathogens and methane from the permafrost in what Dr. Boris Kershengolts of the Russian Academy of Sciences has called “a catastrophe worse than Chernobyl.”

Alarmingly, the Arctic sea ice is over a month late in re-freezing for the winter, record temperatures and forest fires have roasted Siberia, and the Atlantic hurricane season has long since run out of names for storms. Meanwhile, all of humanity remains at the mercy of a coronavirus that jumped species from a stressed animal.

At the heart of it all, we must finally realize the error of our ways: we have forgotten that we are interconnected with all life. Sacrificing Nature to reboot the economy is senseless. If we wish to recover from the effects of COVID-19 on our world and not have to repeat the experience, we must recognize the ways Nature has been sustaining us – and preserve them.

The ice of the Arctic Ocean serves as the Earth’s giant air conditioner, keeping global temperatures and weather patterns stable so we can grow the food and access the water we need to survive. Yet the sea ice is disappearing at a rate that was unimaginable a few decades ago: this year’s sea ice minimum is the second lowest on record. Even in the midst of this catastrophe for all life, some have still set their sights on exploiting this vulnerable ecosystem with oil and gas exploration, commercial shipping, seismic testing, commercial fishing, and more.

The all-volunteer Parvati Foundation has created the Marine Arctic Peace Sanctuary (MAPS) Treaty as an intervention to respond to today’s myriad global humanitarian and ecological crises resulting from our collective disconnect and the damage to the Arctic Ocean ice. The MAPS Treaty establishes the Arctic Ocean north of the Arctic Circle as the largest marine protected area in history—free from commercial fishing, natural resource exploitation, seismic testing, military activity and commercial shipping, which would only quicken the loss of ice. The Treaty was translated into the six official UN languages, and distributed to the heads of government of the 193 member nations of the UN for their formal endorsement. Two world leaders have already signed.

“What is the nature of a virus? It takes,” says award-winning Canadian musician and author Parvati, the founder and CEO of Parvati Foundation. “Now we see the deadly cost of living as takers. We are being clearly warned that to invest in further taking – from Nature, from ourselves, and from our shared future – is anti-life. When we understand this, we immediately and instinctively support MAPS.”

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As the Sufi poet Hafiz so eloquently said, “I wish I could show you, when you are lonely or in darkness, the astonishing light of your own being.” This expresses how we can get caught up in painful ideas of ourselves and need to return to positive self-esteem.
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We’re Not Just Losing Our Global Air Conditioner. We’re Actively Destroying It.

The science on the rapidly melting Arctic sea ice, our global air conditioner, was already bleak enough to warn us all to leave it alone. But as if that weren’t bad enough, ships are heading into the Arctic Ocean in increasing numbers to damage what’s left.

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How to Stop the Cycle of Judgment Permanently

In a time where there is a lot of divisiveness and anger, we have an opportunity to recognize how painful our personal and collective tendency for being judgmental can be, and choose a more peaceful way to live. A judgmental mind may come in the form of feeling critical of how another person behaves. It may also come in the form of feeling hurt or defensive when others criticize our choices. Or maybe we actually notice that we are judging ourselves because, in some way, we are not meeting our self-imposed standards. When we become judgmental, we need to pause and reconsider the way we perceive the moment, so that we can return to inner peace.
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Don’t Just Watch The Arctic Burn: Declare MAPS Now

In June, the region already set an all-time high temperature of more than 38 degrees Celsius in the Siberian town of Verkhoyansk.

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Resentment is an easy trap to fall into. It is especially relevant for those of us who have an activist leaning. We often come face to face with injustice of some sort in our agitated, divisive world. What we do about it determines our ability to remain peaceful and effective. If we build up resentment about the negative events we witness, we may feel somehow as though we are justified in righteous anger. We may even feel charged by it. Yet the truth is that doing so saps our mental strength, obscures our focus and keeps us stuck.

Many of us do not like to admit we are prone to feeling resentment. But if we are not mindful, this painful emotion can creep in and sabotage the peace we wish for ourselves and others. What is this feeling doing in our lives? What can we learn from it? And how can we heal?
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