It’s difficult to calculate just how many people have been brutally slain throughout human history by tyrannical wars & conflicts, religious wars & conflicts, genocide, multicide, terrorism, drug & alcohol wars, corruption, sexual deviancy, racism, anti-semitism, homophobia, xenophobia, and on and on, but the number of people murdered surely must total hundreds of millions. (if you’d like to try and total it up, try these websites to help you: http://necrometrics.com/index.htm, http://necrometrics.com/warstatx.htm).
Hundreds of millions of men, women, and children, who were probably filled with the most intense fear before their precious lives, and future, were taken away from them so brutally and so prematurely. Just how could one person’s hatred be so extreme to be able to take the life of another in the blink of an eye and without any remorse whatsoever? How dare ANYONE take the life away from someone’s son, daughter, father, mother, grandfather, grandmother? How dare you.
Sagan states: “Look again at that dot. That’s here. That’s home. That’s us. On it everyone you love, everyone you know, everyone you ever heard of, every human being who ever was, lived out their lives. The aggregate of our joy and suffering, thousands of confident religions, ideologies, and economic doctrines, every hunter and forager, every hero and coward, every creator and destroyer of civilization, every king and peasant, every young couple in love, every mother and father, hopeful child, inventor and explorer, every teacher of morals, every corrupt politician, every “superstar,” every “supreme leader,” every saint and sinner in the history of our species lived there-on a mote of dust suspended in a sunbeam.”
Zoom into the pale blue dot and we see a planet of immense beauty – yes, that’s our beautiful home! But, as the human species evolved throughout the centuries on the ‘beautiful’ planet Earth, inhabiting continents and countries, and into communities, we also segregated into tribes, cultures and religions. This ‘segregation’ includes our speciesist doctrine (‘the belief of humans that all other species of animals are inferior and may therefore be used for human benefit without regard to the suffering inflicted‘} as we systematically murder over 150 BILLION land and sea animals every year just to satisfy our taste buds, to wear as ‘fashion’, and for ritual sacrifice.
It’s now the 21st century, so why can’t we learn from our murderous past that segregation of any kind is divisive and breeds hatred and murderers.
Look again at the pale blue dot. As insignificant as it looks in the vastness of outer space, that’s EVERYONE’S home. Not just yours, not just mine – EVERYONE’S! And that makes us all ‘Tellurians‘ (inhabitants of Earth) including all animals! So, if we’re all inhabitants of this insignificant pale blue dot, why can’t we just try to live as equals and integrate with each other as one big ‘Tellurian’ family?
Please do not let ANY of the hundreds of millions of men, women, and children, (and countless billions of animals) who have been murdered throughout the ages, and still are today, to have died in vain. Not a single one. Their lives were just as precious and important to them, and to their families, as our lives are precious and important to us, and to our families. They were, and are being, ‘sacrificed’ for us all and we must now raise our voices to help create a planet of peace, harmony, love, and tolerance, for all fellow Tellurians, in their memory.
Life’s too short as it is (very short indeed for the millions of people unfortunate enough to be born in areas of war and conflict), so let’s move forward with hope and positivity.
Help spread the message of The Peaceful Planet by creating a global movement based on our 5 key principles which we feel can help to build a global community of peace, harmony, love, and tolerance.
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George Clooney has said that his hi-tech attempt to prevent a resumption of civil war in Sudan is “the best use of his celebrity”.
The actor’s pressure group Not On Our Watch is funding a project which uses commercial satellites to monitor any signs of impending conflict.
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John McDougall MD, presentation at the VegSource Healthy Lifestyle Expo 2010.
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Prof. Emeritus T. Collin Campbell, nutritional sciences, attempted to dispel myths about the importance of meat and dairy proteins for a healthy diet Thursday, in a talk titled “A Convocation in Nutrition.”
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Stephanie Knox Cubbon gives some historical background and theoretical context to the Dr. Hungwa Memorial Peace Education Program, an important new initiaive to build a culture of peace through education and professional training.
A Peace Education Program Begins
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To add our contribution to the celebration of John Lennon’s 70th birthday today here is a video compilation of some of John’s interviews relating to world peace. Below are some useful links.
John Lennon Official Site
Yoko Ono’s Imagine Peace Site
Julian Lennon’s White Feather Foundation
The Global Peace Initiative
Peaceful Creativity + Peaceful Diet + Peaceful Economy + Peaceful Interaction + Peaceful Living
The Peaceful …
Alfred Thompson, academic relations manager for Microsoft and PhD student Helen Crompton discuss the effects of technology on childrens’ critical thinking capacities.
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This article has been reproduced with the kind permission of Peace Is Coming For You.
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British researchers set out the economic impact of species destruction – and their findings are changing world’s approach to global warming.
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Groundbreaking new research by …
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These are the numbers of animals killed worldwide by the meat, egg, and
dairy industries since you opened this webpage. These numbers do NOT include
the many millions of animals killed each year in vivisection laboratories.
They do NOT include the millions of dogs and cats killed in animal shelters
every year. They do NOT include the animals who died while held captive in
the animal-slavery enterprises of circuses, rodeos, zoos, and marine parks.
They do NOT include the animals killed while pressed into such blood sports
as bullfighting, cockfighting, dogfighting, and bear-baiting, nor do they
include horses and greyhounds who were exterminated after they were no
longer deemed suitable for racing.
Many thanks to Gary Yourofsky at
www.adaptt.org for the text and source code.
Facts About Hunger and Poverty
925 million people do not have enough to eat — more than the populations of USA, Canada and the European Union combined.
98% of the world's undernourished people live in developing countries.
Two-thirds of the world's hungry live in just 7 countries: Bangladesh, China, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ethiopia, India, Indonesia and Pakistan.
WHERE IS HUNGER THE WORST?
Asia and the Pacific: 578 million
Sub-Saharan Africa: 239 million
Latin America and the Caribbean: 53 million
Near East and North Africa: 37 million
Developed countries: 19 million
60 percent of the world's hungry are women.
50 percent of pregnant women in developing countries lack proper maternal care, resulting in over 300,000 maternal deaths annually from childbirth.
1 out of 6 infants are born with a low birth weight in developing countries.
Malnutrition is the key factor contributing to more than one-third of all global child deaths resulting in 2.6 million deaths per year.
A third of all childhood death in sub-Saharan Africa is caused by hunger.
Every five seconds, a child dies from hunger-related diseases.
HIV/AIDS & OTHER DISEASES
35 million people are living with HIV/AIDS.
65 percent of young people living with HIV/AIDS are women.
90 percent of all children and 60 percent of all women living with HIV are in sub-Saharan Africa.
More than 11 million children die each year from preventable health issues such as malaria, diarrhea and pneumonia.
1.4 billion people in developing countries live on $1.25 a day or less.
Rural areas account for three out of every four people living on less than $1.25 a day.
22,000 children die each day due to conditions of poverty.
75 percent of the world's poorest people — 1.4 billion women, children, and men — live in rural areas and depend on agriculture and related activities for their livelihood.
50 percent of hungry people are farming families.
1.7 billion people lack access to clean water.
2.3 billion people suffer from water-borne diseases each year.
12 percent of the world's population uses 85 percent of its water, and none of the 12 percent lives in developing countries.