vendredi 29 août 2014

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Nous cherchons à agrandir notre équipe de nouvelles plumes pour faire des articles sur nos auteurs et donner des avis éclairés et sensibles sur les nouveaux manuscrits en attente
Les écrivains en devenir sont les bienvenus!

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Fwd: Be a Peace Builder: International Day of Peace

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Be a Peace Builder: International Day of Peace

Dear Reader,

To some, the idea of world peace seems cliche', an idealistic fantasy. In the mainstream media we encounter a world awash in violence, division and the threat of mutual oblivion. We see the unrest and terrible suffering.

Most of the world's 'peace work' is unreported however – in the countless NGOs working to address the underlying causes of conflict, in communities working at every scale to create more resilient peaceful lives; and in each of us who rejects violence, commits to a path of inner peace, or simply 'touches peace' regularly in the beauty of nature, the play of children, the wonder of a star-filled sky. Then there is the peace work of the earth itself, quietly transforming from one season to the next, growing, giving, regenerating. Peace is not a destination or a goal, it is the road we travel, or as the Zen Master and peace activist Thich Nhat Hanh says, 'peace is every step'.

The International Day of Peace (IDP) on September 21 is our moment to honor all these efforts and shed light on some of them for others to see. Kosmos Journal Editor, Nancy Roof participated in the initial meetings at the United Nations to establish the International Day of Peace more than 30 years ago. Along with Kosmos author, Avon Mattison, founder of Pathways to Peace, they were inspired with the global possibility of developing non-violent means to end conflicts and establish the foundations for building a culture of peace. The IDP has grown and now there are many events happening worldwide. We have listed a number of them in this newsletter.

It is sure to be an historic day with the People's Climate March coinciding in New York City. The connection between peace and sustainability are well documented. Peace has a lot to do with making sure communities everywhere have reliable sources of food, water and energy and can live free from fear.

Last September, Nancy Roof was invited to address the UN's High-Level Forum on the Culture of Peace. This year the honor belongs to our Project Director, Dot Maver. Dot's address will be featured in the Fall/Winter edition of Kosmos Journal. You can read Nancy's address here in the newsletter. We have also included an essay on the need for interfaith cooperation by Dena Merriam, essential in this climate of religious conflict.

All are invited to participate some way in this year's International Day of Peace. Just to sit in peace, light a candle – it's enough. And if you feel compelled to join an event, gather in a peaceful vigil, or roll up your sleeves and commit to peace work, we encourage you. It may not be reported on the evening news, but you are making history, or more importantly, building our future.

Deepest peace,


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We have gathered a resource list of numerous International Day of Peace events from around the world. Check the websites cited frequently for updates and changes as IDP nears.

This is an edited version of the talk Nancy Roof gave at the High-Level Forum on September 6, 2013 at the UN.

'Thank you for inviting me to speak on the topic of a culture of peace—the number one concern of all humanity. We are here because we care. We care that people around the globe are in fear, are in pain and suffering. We are motivated by our deep love of humanity and all life.'

Dena Merriam is founder of the Global Peace Initiative for Women, a former member of the board of Harvard University Center for the Study of World Religions and the International Center for Religion and Diplomacy. She is co-chair of the Millennium World Peace Summit, the first summit held at the United Nations General Assembly for more than 1,500 of the world's religious leaders.

"There is no greater need now than cultivating a global understanding of human unity. Faith communities should lead this effort as our spiritual values, such as compassion, love, and peace, are universal and can bring us together as a human community. Why then is this so problematic for many religious leaders today? Why is religious identity more important than human identity at a time when the problems we face, such as climate change and growing economic inequity, are global and can only be solved through collective efforts? "

by Eddie Bautista, for Earth Island Journal

People's Climate March in New York City aims to mobilize mass action on the climate crisis

Social justice doesn't often result from spontaneous demonstrations or an impulsive rush to the streets. It comes from long-term investments in organizing, community building, and grassroots campaigns. Activism requires a lot more meetings than marches.

But now and then, it's the right time for a march. And on the issue of climate justice, we've come to such a time. The New York City Environmental Justice Alliance (NYC-EJA), a network of community-based organizations in low-income communities of color throughout NYC, has joined together with organizations around the world to call for a People's Climate March this September 20-21 right here in NYC. So start lacing up your marching shoes and I'll explain why now is the time for action.

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Fwd: Rendez-vous les 11 et 12 septembre à Bordeaux

Rendez-vous les 11 et 12 septembre à Bordeaux
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Durant deux jours, un programme riche porté par des experts reconnus ...

Temps importants de l'Université d'été de la communication pour le développement durable, les ateliers de coproduction permettent à partir de visions d'experts et d'un travail collaboratif, d'élaborer des propositions opérationnelles, de définir des méthodes de mise en œuvre, de réunir les énergies.
Pour ces 15 ateliers simultanés, nous avons mis au point une méthodologie sur 2 heures, ce sera le jeudi 11 septembre en début d'après-midi. Pour cette édition de septembre 2014, autour du thème global Nouveaux mythes, nouveaux imaginaires, 15 thèmes ont été choisis et attendent vos contributions… Engagez la conversation sur la communication, la mobilisation, le climat, les déchets, les territoires, les agendas21, l'internet, l'art, l'énergie, la RSE, l'innovation… 

Parmi les experts actifs : André Hémard, Vice-président CSR, groupe Pernod-Ricard ; Michel Derdevet, Secrétaire général d'ERDF ; Bruno Marion, prospectiviste, auteur de « Chaos, mode d'emploi »; Sarah Schonfeld, responsable climat et développement urbain, Cités Unies ; Didier Livio, Président de Synergence ; Stépanie Savel, Présidente de la plateforme d'equity-crowdfinding WiSEED ; Michel Doucin, secrétaire général de la Plateforme nationale RSE ; Emmanuelle Latouche, Directrice adjointe en charge du Pôle Climat du CERDD (Nord Pas-de-Calais) ; Dorie Bruyas, co-Présidente Fréquence Écoles ; Naziha Mestaoui, artiste et architecte ; Frédéric Rorai, Aesia Studio, Président de Bordeaux Games ; Caroline Grand, direction du développement durable et de la participation de la CUB (Communauté Urbaine de Bordeaux), Marcel Desvergnes…

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samedi 23 août 2014

Fwd: [MICHEL SALOFF COSTE] 2014 08 23 Climate News Network : Antarctic warming could accelerate sea level rise;

Antarctic warming could accelerate sea level rise.

Warming would cause more Antarctic ice to break off and melt Image: PIK/R.Winkelmann
Rising concern: warming would cause more Antarctic ice to break off and melt
Image: PIK (R.Winkelmann)

Climate News Network

By Alex Kirby
An international study says warming is affecting not only the Arctic but also the Antarctic – and that could significantly raise global sea levels much faster than previously predicted.
LONDON, 20 August, 2014 − The effect of climate change on the world's two polar regions looks like a stark contrast: the Arctic is warming faster than most of the rest of the Earth, while most of Antarctica appears to remain reassuringly locked in a frigid embrace.
But an international scientific team says the reality is quite different. The Antarctic is warming too, it says, and the southern ice could become the main cause of global sea level rise during this century − far sooner than previously thought.
The study, led by the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK) in Germany, found that ice discharge from Antarctica could contribute up to 37 centimetres to global sea levels by 2100.

Computer simulations

The study is the first comprehensive estimate of the full range of Antarctica's potential contribution to global sea level rise based on physical computer simulations. It combines state-of-the-art climate models and observational data with various ice models.
The results of the study − published in the European Geosciences Union's journal, Earth System Dynamics − reproduce Antarctica's recent contribution to sea level rise, as observed by satellites over the last two decades.
"If greenhouse gases continue to rise as before, ice discharge from Antarctica could raise the global ocean by an additional 1 to 37 centimetres this century," says the study's lead author, Anders Levermann, PIK professor of dynamics of the climate system.

"Science needs to be clear about the uncertainty,
so that decision-makers can consider the potential implications . . ."

"This is a big range – which is exactly why we call it a risk. Science needs to be clear about the uncertainty, so that decision-makers on the coast and in coastal mega-cities like Shanghai or New York can consider the potential implications in their planning processes."
The scientists analysed how rising global average temperatures resulted in a warming of the ocean around Antarctica, influencing the melting of the Antarctic ice shelves.
Antarctica currently contributes less than 10% to global sea level rise and is a relatively minor player in comparison with the impact of the oceans' increasing thermal expansion and the melting of glaciers.
But the major contributors to future long-term sea level rise are expected to be the huge volumes of ice locked up in Greenland and the Antarctic ice sheets. The marine ice sheets in West Antarctica alone could raise sea level by several metres over a period of several centuries.
The study's computed projections for this century's sea level contribution are significantly higher than the upper end of the latest projections by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. These suggest a probable rise by 2100 of around 60cm, although other estimates put the figure almost twice as high.
Even if governments can agree and enforce strict climate policies limiting global warming below the international target level of a maximum 2°C increase, Antarctica's contribution to global sea level rise is expected still to range from 0 to 23cm this century.

Critical input

A co-author of the study, Robert Bindschadler, from the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, said: "This paper is a critical input to projections of possible future contributions of diminishing ice sheets to sea level by a rigorous consideration of uncertainty of not only the results of ice sheet models themselves but also the climate and ocean forcing driving the ice sheet models.
"Billions of dollars, euros, yuan, etc, are at stake, and wise and cost-effective decision-makers require this type of useful information from the scientific experts."
But major modeling challenges still remain. Datasets of Antarctic bedrock topography, for instance, are still inadequate, and some physical processes of interaction between ice and ocean cannot yet be sufficiently simulated.
The team also emphasises that the study's results are limited to this century, while all 19 of the comprehensive climate models used show that the impacts of atmospheric warming on Antarctic ice shelf cavities will hit with a time delay of several decades.
However, Levermann says: "Earlier research indicated that Antarctica would become important in the long term. But pulling together all the evidence, it seems that Antarctica could become the dominant cause of sea level rise much sooner." − Climate News Network


 The Climate News Network, the free, ready-to-use factual service that brings you the latest news of climate change science.
We help both scientists and journalists to overcome the difficulties they face in reporting the vital facts about climate change. Building on our contacts and experience, we offer science an unbiased window to the world, while for journalists we offer news stories about climate change where the implications are spelt out explicitly and authoritatively as context and comment.
Using trustworthy sources and straightforward language, we provide journalists with the stories they need in a ready-to-use form which they can use as it stands or adapt to their own circumstances. Our stories are typically about 600 words long. The service is entirely free of charge.
It is run by four volunteers, all veteran journalists who have covered climate change for many years for leading British newspapers and broadcasters and are now freelancing. We have set up The Climate News Network because we are convinced that:
  • climate change is one of the most serious threats to human wellbeing
  • it is caused in large part by human activities
  • the decisions we take in the next few years will decide how severe it is
  • it is not too late to act; but…
  • …we need to make very radical changes – fast.
Scientists sometimes make mistakes. That is how science advances, by testing theories to their limits and then refining or discarding them. But we are convinced that mainstream climate scientists are describing the known facts soberly and accurately, leaving us to decide how to act on what they say.
This site is designed primarily for journalists. Most of it is open to everyone, though to read the latest stories you need to register.

"Everyone is entitled to his own opinion, but not his own facts." 
The late US Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan

Envoyé par Blogger dans MICHEL SALOFF COSTE le 8/23/2014 10:57:00 AM

mardi 19 août 2014

2014 08 15 Integral Movement in Europe by Brian van der Horst

I've attended four unusual conferences in the past two months that demonstrate the wide range of sophistication, currency and effectiveness of the Integral Movement in Europe :

 - "1.618 Sustainable Luxury," which hosted the kick-off of the Cradle to Cradle community in France; 

- the "Cog Lab, a start-up tech incubator in the hot quarter of Saint Denis;" 

- the Integral European Conference (in Budapest, the Paris of Mitteleuropa); 

- and back in Paris the Society for Learning's "SOL Global Forum. "

by Brian van der Horst              Link :

Envoyé par Blogger dans MICHEL SALOFF COSTE le 8/19/2014 02:07:00 PM

Fwd: 8/15 – Luxury Ecology, Cradle to Cradle, The Cog Lab, Integral Budapest Bash, SOL rising in Paris – Spring is CONFERENCE SEASON IN EUROPE - Integral Leadership Review

Here's what I've been doing with my summer vacation.

Be sure to look at the pictures, lots of laughs.



jeudi 14 août 2014

Fwd: [Editions YVES MICHEL & Créatifs Culturels] Un grand événement à FINDHORN pour concevoir...

Yves Michel
Yves Michel 14 août 11:07
Un grand événement à FINDHORN pour concevoir notre histoire à venir, et en particulier une nouvelle économie, du 27 septembre au 3 octobre, accessible via internet: à ne pas manquer !
Imaginer une nouvelle histoire pour l'humanité: 27/9 au 3/10 à FINDHORN | Le blog des éditions...
La Fondation FINDHORN organise en Ecosse un événement d'une grande envergure fin septembre 2014: une...

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