Apr 22 2011

Earth Day. Earth Song. Planet Earth: What YOU can do. . .

This photo of the Austfonna Ice Cap melting was taken by marine photographer Micahel Nolan, the sad, sad face of mother nature is shown sobbing as the ice slowly melts away. This photo appeared on the internet the day Michael was interred at Forest Lawn, September 3, 2009

This photo of the Austfonna ice cap melting was taken by marine photographer Micahel Nolan. The sad face of mother nature is shown sobbing as the ice slowly melts away. This photo appeared on the internet the day Michael was interred at Forest Lawn, September 3, 2009. Austfonna is Norway's largest ice cap.

He was a prophet in a way you know, in his music; a modern day prophet. Like I said, he was sent by God to enlighten, much like the prophets of old times. A lot of people don’t recognize it because he’s different in that he’s an entertainer, and he was sent in that form of being an entertainer, so a lot of people overlooked the prophecy he was teaching. His teachings of love and concern; you can hear about his concern with “Earth Song,” and other songs he preached concern for the planet and people, for humanity, for one another. I think he’s a wonderful human being. I think he’s a lesson for everybody to learn and model after in that light; the light of concern and caring for one another. Sure would be a better world if everybody did.

-Jonathan ‘Sugarfoot’ Moffett (drummer from ‘This Is It’)

The earth we all share is…a living, nurturing being. She cares for us; she deserves our care in return.

I wanted to change the world, so I got up one morning and looked in the mirror. That one looking back said, “There is not much time left. The earth is wracked with pain, Children are starving. Nations remain divided by mistrust and hatred. Everywhere the air and water have been fouled almost beyond help. Do something!”

We’ve been treating Mother Earth the way some people treat a rental apartment. Just trash it and move on. But there’s no place to move on to now. We have brought our garbage and our wars and our racism to every part of the world. We must begin to clean her up, and that means cleaning up our own hearts and minds first, because they led us to poison our dear planet.

-Michael Jackson

Increasingly, the world around us looks as if we hate it.

-Alan Watts

God has cared for these trees, saved them from drought, disease, avalanches, and a thousand tempests and floods. But he cannot save them from fools.”

-John Muir

The earth we abuse and the living things we kill will, in the end, take their revenge, for in exploiting their presence we are diminishing our future.

-Marya Mannes

We call that species most successful that has made its own kind its worst enemy.”

-Garrett Hardin

The ice cap carrying an image of Mother Nature ‘crying’ has been continually shrinking by as much as 160 feet every year for several decades. Jon Ove Hagen, a member of the World Glacier Monitoring Service (WGMS) and professor in geosciences at Oslo University, Norway, has been studying the Austfonna ice shelf since 1988. He says: “The geometry of the ice cap is changing. The fronts are retreating, the lower parts are getting thinner, with a thinning rate of about three feet-per-year while the interior of the ice cap is thickening with about 1.6 feet-per-year. The ice cap is losing about 1.6 cubic miles of ice every year.

So what can we do?

The Facebook group ‘A Million Trees for Michael‘ was created in answer to Michael’s plea for everyone to do their part to help the planet. The group has shared some things we can all do to help our Earth. The group today shared the following from ‘The Daily Green‘:

1: Avoid Waste by Recycling

The Daily Green calculated that for every trash can of waste you put outside for the trash collector, about 70 trash cans of waste are used in order to create that trash. To reduce the amount of waste you produce, buy products in returnable and recyclable containers and recycle as much as you can.

2. Give Up Paper and Plastic Bags

Twelve million barrels of oil were used to make the billions of paper and plastic bags consumed in the United States last year according to The Daily Green. The Daily Green says the best option is reusable shopping bags made of cotton, nylon or durable, mesh-like plastic. Keep the reusable shopping bags handy so you have them on your next shopping trip.

3. Stop Buying Bottled Water

The Daily Green suggests using reusable water bottles instead made from materials like stainless steel or aluminum that are not likely to degrade over time. If you choose a plastic water bottle, check the number on the bottom first: Plastics numbered 3, 6 and 7 could pose a health threat to you, so look for plastics numbered 1, 2, 4 or 5.

4. Stop Receiving Unwanted Catalogs

According to The Daily Green every year billions of catalogs are mailed to consumers. Save the millions of trees and billions of gallons of water by putting a stop to unwanted mail. Go online to CatalogChoice.org for help.

5. Give Up Conventional Detergents

The Daily Green advises that many natural detergents today are made to clean clothes just as effectively in cooler water temperatures. Choose detergents and other laundry products that are plant-based, concentrated and biodegradable.

6. Give Up Hot Water in the Washer

The Daily Green says that almost 90 percent of the energy is used to heat the water, and most clothes will come clean in cold water. So switch your washing machine’s temperature setting.

7. Give Up the Clothes Dryer

The second biggest household energy user, after the refrigerator, is the clothes dryer. Overdrying your clothes can end up costing you money as well. The Daily Green says when using the dryer, clear the lint filter after each load and dry only full loads of clothes. Dry heavy fabrics separately from lighter ones, and don’t add wet clothing in the middle of the drying cycle. And remember that hanging clothing outside in the sun and air to dry is the most energy-efficient method — or use a folding indoor rack all year long.

8. Check for Leaks in Your Toilet

According to The Daily Green a leaking toilet can waste anywhere between 30 and 500 gallons of water every day, so any leak should be repaired. To see if your toilet is leaking, put a few drops of food coloring in the toilet tank. If the dye shows up in the toilet bowl after 15 minutes or so, the toilet has a leak. Leaking is usually caused by an old or poorly fitting flapper valve, which can be replaced by any amateur DIY-er!

9. Give Up Conventional Toilet Paper

If every household in the United States bought just one four-pack of 260-sheet recycled bath tissue, instead of the typical tissue made from virgin fiber, it would eliminate 60,600 pounds of chlorine pollution, preserve 356 million gallons (1.35 billion liters) of fresh water and save nearly 1 million trees The Daily Green. The best news is that a four-pack of recycled toilet paper costs about the same as a four-pack of conventional toilet paper.

10. Give Up Paper Towels

Paper towels create a lot of unnecessary waste. Instead of loading up on them The Daily Green suggests buying some reusable microfiber towels, which grip dirt and dust like a magnet, even when they get wet. When you are finished with them, toss the towels in the wash and reuse them again.

11. Run a fully loaded dishwasher

If you have dishwasher, use it. Running a fully loaded dishwasher — without prerinsing the dishes — can use a third less water than washing the dishes by hand, saving up to 10 to 20 gallons of water a day. Simply scrape
large pieces of food off your dishes and let the dishwasher handle the rest. And by using the air-dry setting (instead of heat-dry), you will consume half the amount of electricity without spending a dime.

12. Lower the temp in your fridge

As one of the biggest appliances in your kitchen, the refrigerator is also one of the most power hungry, accounting for 10 to 15 percent of the average home energy bill each month. Get your fridge running in tip-top shape. First, set the refrigerator thermostat to maintain a temperature between 38 and 42 degrees (F). This temperature will protect your food from spoiling while saving electricity. Twice a year, clean the condenser coil at the back of your fridge. Condenser coils tend to get dusty, making them less efficient.

13. Give up two degrees

Electric power plants are the country’s largest industrial source of the pollutants that cause global warming. By snuggling under a blanket on the couch on a snowy winter night instead of turning up the heat, or enjoying the breeze from a fan in the height of summer instead of turning up the air conditioning, you can save pounds of pollution, as well as some money off your utility bills. Set your thermostat in winter to 68 degrees F (20° C) or less during the daytime and 55 degrees F (13° C) before going to sleep or when you are away for the day. And during the summer, set thermostats to 78 degrees F (26° C) or more.

14. Give up dry cleaning

Until recently, almost all dry cleaners used a cancer-causing chemical called perchloroethylene, also known as Perc or TCE. Traces of this toxic chemical remain on your clothes after dry cleaning and will evaporate into the air in your car or home. If you have to use a traditional dry cleaner, take your dry cleaning out of the plastic and air it outside or near a window before hanging it in your closet. To avoid the need for dry cleaning at all, make customer care a part of your clothing purchase decisions and choose fabrics that don’t require dry cleaning at all.

15. Stop wasting gas

Increase your gas mileage by checking your tire pressure. More than a quarter of all cars and nearly one-third of all SUVs, vans and pickups have underinflated tires, according to a survey by the Department of Transportation. If every American kept his or her tires properly inflated, we could save 2.8 billion gallons (10.6 billion liters) of gasoline a year — and help curb global warming pollution — so inflate the tires on your car or truck and continue to do so once a month or as necessary.

I respect the secrets and magic of nature. That’s what makes me so angry when I see these things that are happening in our world. That every second I hear the size of a football field is torn down in the Amazon. I mean, that kind of stuff really bothers me. That’s why I write these kinds of songs. You know, to give some sense of awareness and awakening and hope to people. I love the planet. I love trees. I have this thing for trees. And the colours and the changing of leaves. I love it! And I respect those kinds of things.

I really feel that nature is trying so hard to compensate for man’s mismanagement of the planet. The planet is sick. Like a fever. If we don’t fix it now, it’s at the point of no return. This is our last chance to fix this problem that we have. Or it’s like a runaway train. And the time has come; this is it.

People are always saying, “Oh,” they think, “They’ll take care of it.” “The government’ll do…” “They’ll…” They who??  It starts with us. It’s US! Or else it’ll never be done.

-Michael Jackson, 2009

"It is our collective and individual responsibility to protect and nurture the global family, to support its weaker members and to preserve and tend to the environment in which we all live." Dalai Lama | The photo was taken in New York on August 15, 1999. Ten years later the Dalai Lama granted an interview to German jounalists while in Germany. Asked about Michael he said: "I met Michael Jackson 2 or 3 times and I liked and admired him because he really knew how to entertain people."

"It is our collective and individual responsibility to protect and nurture the global family, to support its weaker members and to preserve and tend to the environment in which we all live." -HH Dalai Lama •|• The photo was taken in New York on August 15, 1999. Ten years later the Dalai Lama granted an interview to German journalists while in Germany. Asked about Michael he said: "I met Michael Jackson 2 or 3 times and I liked and admired him because he really knew how to entertain people."

The group “Major Love Prayer” asks that we all take time out of our day today to say a loving prayer to Planet Earth. It has been shown that positive thoughts can actually change water. They no doubt can change more than just water. Take time today to say a prayer for our Earth.

Finally, what would Earth Day be without the voice of one of her biggest protectors, for whom she cried when he was laid to rest. Following are Michael’s poem ‘Planet Earth‘, and his ‘Earth Song‘ for you to revisit and enjoy as a reminder of how important caring for our planet was to Michael – and how important it is for all of us.

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Oct 28 2010

One Day in Planet Earth’s Life (Michael Jackson & the London Symphony Orchestra)

Category: MJ Quotes,Planet Earth,Poetry,VideosSeven @ 3:40 pm


This was so beautiful and so well done I just HAD to share it with you!

Says the video creator mjYanaGirl:

I fell in love again the moment I heard Michael reciting this incredibly beautiful poem. The timber of Michael’s feathery soft voice as he walks us through his thoughts soothes my soul and helps me through this impossibly long mourning period I seem to be stuck in.

Although this video was completed much faster than all my previous videos, I am most proud of this one. I tried to match imagery with each passage of the poem but as always I am working with a limited amount of resources.

Deciding on the music was the hardest part. After much trial and error trying out ambient nature sounds, instrumentals and random background music, I finally decided to simply use Michael’s music. Since there werent many official instrumentals released which would fit the theme, I settled on using the London Symphony Orchestra’s rendition of ‘One Day in Your Life’.

FOOTAGE USED
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Who Is It
Can You Feel It
Earth Song
Stranger In Moscow
You Are Not Alone
Childhood
Cry

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Mar 30 2010

Such a One

Once again our ‘Inner Michael‘ friend and Shaman, Ms. Barbara Kaufmann lays it all out about Michael Jackson: Spiritual Messenger, Hiding in Plain Sight. This is a must-read from a visionary about a visionary. Even the article comments are ecstatic. If you read this, I promise you will come away inspired once again by Michael Jackson, and by a woman who has proven she can best express what he meant to this World spiritually. This is comfort for our aching, battered souls.  What I’ve included below are only snippets. Please DO read the entire article and the comments HERE.

I’ve said so many times that this World has absolutely no idea what it’s truly lost and I still say so. Michael was Such a One as we shall never see again in any of our lifetimes.

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Michael Jackson: Spiritual Messenger

Michael Jackson: Spiritual Messenger

There are those rare visionaries who come along, maybe a few every millennia: the Bodhisattvas of the world. They are usually empaths who begin in childhood to literally feel the pain of the world and make vows to the cosmos early in life to change or improve it. They go about spreading awareness and mobilizing forces for change in order to make the world a better place. Counted among them are: Gandhi, Martin Luther King Jr., Mother Theresa, John Lennon, Lady Diana Spencer, His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Mattie Stepanek, Nelson Mandela and a little Moonwalker.

The most famous man on earth literally stopped the world and the Internet when he became immortal on June 25, 2009. Michael Jackson was such a one— a cheerleader for humanity and a force for coalescing compassion and mobilizing global forces for change, philanthropy and social reform. A global messenger, Michael’s rise to stardom afforded him visibility and a worldwide platform from which to broadcast his message. His boldness and artistry garnered attention and Michael knew how to get attention. When he pulled enough people in and had everybody’s attention—he emphatically delivered the message. It was cloaked in a form that everyone could understand—the universal language of music.

As a child, he acutely felt the pain of the world and especially the world’s children. Michael’s words in his book Dancing the Dream reveal a thread of spirituality and mysticism rare for one so young. His body of work is filled with myth, metaphor and musical and visual story that encodes a stunning spiritual message for the human race. One has to look closely and deeper for the real message: his Ghost short film holds a jaw dropping message about humanity, mirror and shadow.

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. . . Michael was the impetus behind Live Aid, Band Aidand he is responsible for starting the trend for musicians and celebrities to engage in fundraising and philanthropy.

His environmental anthem and epic music video Earth Song, was a prominent feature of his planned comeback concert This Is ItEarth Song carries the message that we must become not only custodians but stewards of the planet or risk destroying or losing it. His spiritual messages in the form of self-reflection, commitment and action boldly took on: racism, inequality, war, poverty, gangs, illicit drugs, apathy, the misuse of power, evil, at risk youth, education, family bonds and a host of contemporary social issues. Videos of Earth Song Live can be found on You Tube stunningly raw in their emotion and stark in their message.

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Michael’s international concerts featured a military tank screaming onto stage and a soldier who lays down his weapon for a child who extends an offering of peace. He organized concerts at the world’s troubled spots like the demilitarized zone between North and South Korea asking his promoters to send him where he was needed. He teamed up with Pavarotti in benefits for the Warchild organization to help children in Kosovo and Guatemala. He organized a series of benefit concerts in Germany and Korea. He recruited Slash, The Scorpions, Boyz II Men, Luther Vandross, Mariah Carey, A. R. Rahman, Prabhu Deva Sundaram, Shobana Chandrakumar, Andrea Bocelli and Luciano Pavarotti for the Michael Jackson and Friends concerts. The proceeds were donated to the Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund, the Red Cross and UNESCO.

SuchAOne911

What more can WE Give?

After the 9/11 terrorist attack in New York City, Michael Jackson helped organize the United We Stand: What More Can I Give benefit concert at RFK Stadium in Washington, D.C., which aired on October 21, 2001 and included dozens of major artists. His song What More Can I Give was written for the benefit and he donated it to the 9/11 families. He founded the Michael Jackson Burn Center at Culver City Memorial Hospital in California. Attending President Clinton’s inauguration, he asked for more funding for AIDS research after Ryan White, another child he had befriended, died from the disease. Michael Jackson is listed in the Guinness World Book of Records as supporting the most charities of any entertainer—thirty nine of them.  He met with heads of state and marched with armies round the world.  The arm band he wore every day on his sleeve was homage to children and he vowed to wear it until there were no more wars on the planet and no more hungry children. His taped fingers were to remind him and us that there were still injured and suffering children in the world.

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Most of Jackson’s work asks us to be emissaries of change and the evolution of human consciousness. The man leaves in his wake, an unparalleled humanitarian legacy, planetary midwifery and the alchemical power of the Bodhisattva used to enhance humanity and the planet. Using voice, magic, majesty, artistry, dance, mystery, sensuality, musical genius, enchantment and colossal talent to get their attention, pull people in, and marshal forces to deliver his message Michael trumpeted the message: Heal the world, make it a better place; make that change and change the world.”

If one digs underneath the hype, sensationalism and medialoid portrayal of Jackson, one finds a visionary and true humanitarian. If one looks beyond the label of “crazed” attributed to his fans, one finds mostly intelligent, thoughtful people who quite possibly are the greatest legacy he left this world.  As the world’s most famous and visible global humanitarian and cheerleader, he leaves behind a worldwide family of 250 million admirers who are taking his teachings seriously. Michael always said his fans were his legacy. Many in the media have given them a cursory dismissal because of the “fan” label. But they got the message and they mean to be the change they want to see in the world and make it a better place. They are an army of humanitarians who are being the change. They mobilize themselves and resources for causes like the earthquakes in Haiti and Chile and others. They got Michael’s message and are weaving it into their lives.

Perhaps it’s time Michael Jackson is recognized for who he really was and not for the media frenzied and tabloid portrayal that pandered to a sophomoric public drunk and fixated on the cult of celebrity. His genius is there for anyone who wants to take a closer look, who wants the truth and not the tabloid caricature version. If he were recognized for his real accomplishments we would see an unappreciated visionary and genius, a spiritual teacher among us who was hiding in plain sight and masquerading as a Moonwalking Maker of Magic. If you feel impelled at all to take a closer look you may find your mouth agape and your surprise staggering. And you might even come to understand the Force that was Michael Jackson; then the real legend continues.

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Mar 22 2010

Today is Earth Day. What About Us?

Category: Earth,Planet Earth,Quotes About MJ,VideosSeven @ 11:05 am

Happy Mother’s Day, Earth! Today is Earth Day!

SOURCE: http://www.ireport.com/docs/DOC-425000

Report —

Earthquakes, tsunamis, unprecedented seismic activity, disastrous weather patterns, and environmental pollution are all clear and visible warning signs that we have wreaked far too much havoc on Planet Earth. The evidence, unfortunately, is all around us. The most recent examples are the disastrous earthquakes this year in Haiti and now Chile. Before that, in 2005, there was Hurricane Katrina which devastated New Orleans with Category 3 and 4 intensity, and in 2004, the horrific Indian Ocean tsunami that killed over 200,000 people. We can all appreciate the devastating effect those tragedies have had on humanity.

We seem to live in a world where pollution, mass evacuations, gridlocked escape routes, declared states of emergency, rising death tolls, and emergency disaster assistance are now the norm, not the exception. Every time something like this occurs, we courageously shift into action through personal initiative, volunteerism, or by supporting the relief efforts of the International Red Cross, Red Crescent, Unicef, and other humanitarian agencies that are dispatched to alleviate the human suffering and address the physical damage affecting those communities and their citizens.

While those actions are commendable, we need to recognize that we are treating the symptom when we should also be addressing the cause. Otherwise, the vicious cycle of disasters we have witnessed in recent years will continue with increasing ferocity. It’s all well and good to sound the environmental alarm and pay lip service to our concerns about the ongoing degradation and destruction of our planet. But, we also have to take responsibility for our actions and recognize the ways in which we have contributed to the growing number of major disasters which have hit us worldwide with accelerating regularity. Most importantly, we have to take concrete action towards making a positive change. Our environmental stewardship has never been more urgently needed.

If we don’t learn to respect our planet before it’s too late, we will not have one left to enjoy even in our lifetime. Each year the evidence is increasingly apparent that our continuing irresponsible treatment of our environment is ruining the planet as we know it. Clearly, time is running out. The question is, what can we do about it? There’s an old expression that our currency in life is how we treat one another. We need to apply that same ethical standard to Planet Earth because, if we don’t, we won’t have to worry about how we treat one another in the future. We will all be extinct.

In his lifetime, Michael Jackson was always deeply concerned about the environment and what was happening to our planet and its citizens. He had great faith in us. We must honor his legacy and his confidence in humanity. It is up to all of us to think globally and recognize that we are all in this together and have a vital role to play. Together, in a spirit of cooperation and moving towards a common goal, we must take the appropriate action.

There’s nothing that can’t be done if we raise our voice as one.  -Michael Jackson.

– by ‘Insanity X‘, March 25, 2010 – Justice for Michael.

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Nov 23 2009

Will we wait until our cities are submerged and our rainforests are a desert before we ACT?

Category: Photos,Planet Earth,VideosSeven @ 5:38 pm

I remember writing Earth Song when I was in Austria, in a hotel. And I was feeling so much pain and so much suffering of the plight of the Planet Earth. And for me, this is Earth’s Song, because I think nature is trying so hard to compensate for man’s mismanagement of the Earth. And with the ecological unbalance going on, and a lot of the problems in the environment, I think earth feels the pain, and she has wounds, and it’s about some of the joys of the planet as well. But this is my chance to pretty much let people hear the voice of the planet. And this is “Earth Song”. And that’s what inspired it. And it just suddenly dropped into my lap when I was on tour in Austria.  -Michael Jackson

CLICK image to watch Michael Jackson's Earth Song on YouTube

CLICK image to watch Michael Jackson's Earth Song on YouTube

New report commissioned by WWF and Allianz assesses potential economic consequences of key “tipping points” by mid-century; warns of particularly large exposure along U.S. northeast coast

“With each new study, the alarm bells become deafeningly clear that climate change will have devastating consequences for our economy and way of life,” said David Reed, senior vice president of policy at WWF. “Time to address this issue is growing short. Recognizing the increased threats this report raises for our domestic economy, the President must go to Copenhagen in December to unite with the rest of the world and avert the worst consequences of climate change.”

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Global temperatures have already risen by at least 0.7 ° C (1.3° F) above pre-industrial levels, and because of past emissions, we are committed to at least another 0.6 ° C (1.1° F) of warming beyond that. Global warming above 2-3 ° C (3.6° -5.4° F) degrees in the second half of the century is likely, unless very aggressive efforts to reduce emissions are initiated now and unless emissions are in rapid decline by 2020. As global temperatures increase beyond 2 ° C (3.6° F), we substantially increase the likelihood that these and other tipping points will be reached, with catastrophic consequences.

Much of the debate in the U.S. over climate change has focused on the costs of actions to reduce emissions,” added Reed. “The findings of this report highlight the enormous costs of doing nothing.

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