Daily Archives: April 4, 2009

“You are everything — to understand is to transform what is”

Jiddu Krishnamurti “To understand is to transform what is”

Zeitgeist: Addendum “…attempts to locate the root causes of this pervasive social corruption, while offering a solution. This solution is not based on politics, morality, laws, or any other “establishment” notions of human affairs, but rather on a modern, non-superstitious based understanding of what we are and how we align with nature, to which we are a part. The work advocates a new social system which is updated to present day knowledge, highly influenced by the life long work of Jacque Fresco and The Venus Project.”

Stolen Childhoods

From the Stolen Childhoods website:

Stolen Childhoods is the first feature documentary on global child labor ever produced. The film features stories of child laborers around the world, told in their own words. Children are shown working in dumps, quarries, brick kilns. One boy has been pressed into forced labor on a fishing platform in the Sea of Sumatra, a fifteen-year-old runaway describes being forced into prostitution on the streets of Mexico City, while a nine-year-old girl picks coffee in Kenya to help her family survive.

The film places these children’s stories in the broader context of the worldwide struggle against child labor. Stolen Childhoods provides an understanding of the causes of child labor, what it costs the global community, how it contributes to global insecurity and what it will take to eliminate it.

Shot in eight countries (Brazil, India, Pakistan, Indonesia, Kenya, Mexico, Nepal and the United States), the film includes slave and bonded labor footage never seen before. It has framing interviews with U.S. Senator Tom Harkin (the leading legislative advocate for global action to eliminate child labor) and human rights advocates for children: Bruce Harris, Pharis Harvey, Inderjit Khurana, Wangari Maathai and Kailash Satyarthi.

The film shows best practice programs that remove children from work and put them in school, so that they have a chance to develop as children and also have a chance of making a reasonable living when they grow up. Stolen Childhoods challenges the viewer to help break the cycle of poverty for the 246 million children laboring at the bottom of the global economy.

screenings of Stolen Childhoods

India: farmer suicide rate wake up call for organic agriculture

The other side of farmer suicide (2008)

The Green Remover of Obstacles
the green remover of obstaclesIf you’re in love with Mother India you need to read this amazing piece of photojournalism.

“Since 1995, India has seen an almost 50 per cent increase in the occurrences of farmer suicides. In addition, the high reportage in its media perceives farmer suicide as an unwanted, yet common everyday tragedy of rural India. Karnataka has emerged as a common place for increasing numbers of farmer suicides, along with the states of Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh.”