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Dec 15, 2008

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Why is there still genocide going on in Sudan/Darfur? This horrible murdering has been going on since 2003. Seven years of pain, toture, lies, all at the expence of what? Oil, amunition, money, what about human lives, families, youth, clean water, peace? What about not fueling China in their larger than life Global Warming Footprint? What about forgetting about Diamonds for the sake of shedding blood?  What about the children soldiers killing other children?

Things need to change, why must conflicts in our world be fueled by that which is harmful to all? I want to see China and the U.S change our ways of energy efficiency, Siberian permafrost not defrosting and emitting 10x the amount of carbon emmissions as the U.S., Polar bears not dieing in order to adapt to climate change, people stop fighting over one Holy land of 2 religions,claiming a country does not exist. I want to see constant protection of the planet: environment, animals, and humans; not just when its convinent to do so. I want to see a more balanced world so that families wouldn't feel the need to give up their child to prostituition rings, or to slavery in child labor factories. I want to see no more homelessness, poverty, disease. I want to see this if not before I die but while I am alive.

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Posted: Dec 15, 2008 11:31am
Dec 11, 2008

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We need to find a balance between a better life, and survival. Out in the wild, Elephants suffer at the mercy of poacher and local livestock owners. These negative forces on this animal's vast backyard, have forced a vicious cycle where Elephants have become aggressive and "attacking" locals which creates a negative image for Elephants already endangered in this world.

If they can't live on their own at peace in the wild and do not have a promising future in captivity... then it clear that we are the ones who need to change.

As citizens of the world we need to change our views of how the worlds creatures and us interact. We need to change the views of poachers to prevent such horrible circumstance for these amazing creatures. We need to inform the locals of the animals behaviors and that reactions to humans are equal to how the locals have reacted upon them. We need to edcuate children that animals as great as these deserve our attention just like a puppy or pet rabbit.

Elephants are some amazing creatures that even though they do not look like humans, their close bonds and emotions are very similar. Lets reach out to them.

"Every creature is better alive than dead, men and moose and pine trees, and he who understands it aright will rather preserve its life than destroy it." - Henry David Thoreau
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Posted: Dec 11, 2008 3:14pm
Dec 10, 2008
These past few years, I have grown and become more aware of the injustice and cruelty occurring around the world. My school I feel is  a pretty liberal school that takes to heart the messages of community and awareness, and activism. Yet on a day so special not one event occurred today, not one person I knew mentioned the importance of today. We have come so far as human beings (even while we still have a ways to go) I was disappointed today that there was not communication of Human Rights.

I take Psychology and Peace studies courses at school and even in my Difficult Dialogues course there was not even a recognition of today's meaning. Now while on one hand I understand that holidays really dont mean anything because we should remember and think about Human Rights everyday. I get that perspective. Yet the way I have come to see it  with world and its citizens moving at such a fast past, and American culture the aspect of the INDIVIDUAL, makes it "difficult" for someone to think of others everyday. Therefore having special day to Remind us all to stop and think is important. I just really wish I encountered more people that had Today in mind and how wonderful it would have been to dialogue about.

Alas its another day. And while others continue with their everyday activities, I am trying for my own choices to stop and think everyday and to be aware of all the impacts I can make. Life is all about choices and you can make a choice in seconds and that which can change your reality is powerful.

"Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could. Some blunders and absurdities no doubt crept in; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day."
- Ralph Waldo Emerson
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