Let everybody know

WAR IS OVER

PARADISE IS THERE

AS MOTHER EARTH

IS EVERYWHERE

AND LOVE IS JUST

WHAT WE ALL CARE

Everybody Knows – Leonard Cohen

Everybody knows that the dice are loaded
Everybody rolls with their fingers crossed
Everybody knows that the war is over
Everybody knows the good guys lost
Everybody knows the fight was fixed
The poor stay poor, the rich get rich
That’s how it goes
Everybody knows

Everybody knows that the boat is leaking
Everybody knows that the captain lied
Everybody got this broken feeling
Like their father or their dog just died

Everybody talking to their pockets
Everybody wants a box of chocolates
And a long stem rose
Everybody knows

Everybody knows that you love me baby
Everybody knows that you really do
Everybody knows that you’ve been faithful
Ah give or take a night or two
Everybody knows you’ve been discreet
But there were so many people you just had to meet
Without your clothes
And everybody knows

Everybody knows, everybody knows
That’s how it goes
Everybody knows

Everybody knows, everybody knows
That’s how it goes
Everybody knows

And everybody knows that it’s now or never
Everybody knows that it’s me or you
And everybody knows that you live forever
Ah when you’ve done a line or two
Everybody knows the deal is rotten
Old Black Joe’s still pickin’ cotton
For your ribbons and bows
And everybody knows

And everybody knows that the Plague is coming
Everybody knows that it’s moving fast
Everybody knows that the naked man and woman
Are just a shining artifact of the past
Everybody knows the scene is dead
But there’s gonna be a meter on your bed
That will disclose
What everybody knows

And everybody knows that you’re in trouble
Everybody knows what you’ve been through
From the bloody cross on top of Calvary
To the beach of Malibu
Everybody knows it’s coming apart
Take one last look at this Sacred Heart
Before it blows
And everybody knows

Everybody knows, everybody knows
That’s how it goes
Everybody knows

Oh everybody knows, everybody knows
That’s how it goes
Everybody knows

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WHAT SENSE OF

DYING IN WAR?

LET’S CELEBRATE

LIGHT NOT DARKNESS

LIFE NOT DEATH

CREATION NOT DESTRUCTION

MUSIC NOT SHELLS

HEAVEN NOT HELL

LOVE NOT HATE

PEACE NOT WAR

If in HEAVEN, why

ARE WE DESTROYING IT?

STOP WAR! STOP HATE!

LOVE MOTHER EARTH!

Tears In Heaven – Eric Clapton

Would you know my name?
If I saw you in heaven
Would it be the same?
If I saw you in heaven

I must be strong
And carry on
‘Cause I know I don’t belong
Here in heaven

Would you hold my hand?
If I saw you in heaven
Would you help me stand?
If I saw you in heaven

I’ll find my way
Through night and day
‘Cause I know I just can’t stay
Here in heaven

Time can bring you down
Time can bend your knees
Time can break your heart
Have you begging please
Begging please

Beyond the door
There’s peace, I’m sure
And I know there’ll be no more
Tears in heaven

Would you know my name?
If I saw you in heaven
Would you be the same?
If I saw you in heaven

I must be strong
And carry on
‘Cause I know I don’t belong
Here in heaven

Sam played it in 1942

As Time Goes By

You must remember this, a kiss is still a kiss.
A sigh is just a sigh;

The fundamental things apply,
As time goes by.

And when two lovers woo, they still say I love you,
On that you can rely;

No matter what the future brings
As time goes by

Moonlight and love songs never out of date,
Hearts full of passion jealousy and hate,

Woman needs man, and man must have his mate,
That no one can deny.
It’s still the same old story, a fight for love and glory,
A case of do or die,
The world will always welcome lovers
As time goes by.

Dooley Wilson

Billi Holiday

Frank Sinatra

Harry Nilsson

Sammy Davis Jr

Bryan Ferry

Osaka Jazz Channel

Kirk Whalum and Kandace Springs

Gilles Blandin

Manhattan Jazz Orchestra

Casablanca

Un respiro para el PLANETA – Un regalo para las PERSONAS

Frente al Black Friday de la escasez, un Día sin Compras con abundancia de alternativas

Un año más Ecologistas en Acción se suma al Día sin Compras, una jornada de huelga simbólica de consumidoras y consumidores que se organiza, desde 1992, en todo el mundo en contraposición al Viernes Negro (Black Friday) y el Ciberlunes (Cyber Monday).

Procedente de Estados Unidos, el Viernes Negro, prolongado al Ciberlunes de rebajas en la compra por Internet, se ha convertido en una de las jornadas más consumistas del año a nivel global, impulsada por el lanzamiento de ofertas para incentivar las compras y comenzar la campaña navideña. Por el contrario, el Día sin Compras se propone como un día para reflexionar y cuestionar el actual modelo de producción y consumo que muestra claros síntomas de agotamiento, a la vez que resulta incompatible con el contexto de crisis climática.

Este año, tanto la campaña del Black Friday como la posterior de navidad se van a desarrollar en un contexto de escasez material sin precedentes cercanos, por problemas de suministros que muestran la falta de resiliencia del sistema de producción y consumo que no es capaz de responder a una situación de dificultad.

Los problemas de suministro están ocasionados por diversas causas, como cierta reactivación de la demanda tras la pandemia a la que las cadenas de producción aún no se han adaptado, pues además éstas cuentan con una gran especialización territorial y están diseñadas para distribuir inmediatamente lo producido y minimizar el almacenaje. Pero el discurso oficial esconde otro factor, y es que muchos estudios científicos muestran que estamos llegando a los límites de disponibilidad, tanto de distintos materiales, como de diversas fuentes energéticas.

Sin embargo, este es el factor de mayor importancia, pues aunque la corrección del resto puede contribuir a estabilizar la situación, la escasez a la que nos vamos a enfrentar, tanto de petróleo como de diversos materiales empleados en las cadenas de producción, hacen vislumbrar un futuro en el que estas situaciones se repetirán mostrando que el modelo de consumo continuo e ilimitado es incompatible con un planeta que es finito.

En cualquier caso, se trata de un sistema insostenible ambientalmente por su dependencia de los combustibles fósiles y su incidencia sobre el clima, el impacto de la extracción de materias primas o la generación de residuos. Pero también es insostenible socialmente, pues se basa en la reducción máxima de los costes laborales, con su incidencia sobre las trabajadoras y los trabajadores, y que contribuye a la concentración de la riqueza al quedar controlado por gigantes como Amazon, expulsando a miles de pequeñas/os productoras/es y comerciantes.

El éxito de modelos como el de Amazon se asienta en alentar un consumo compulsivo, de productos procedentes de cualquier parte del mundo, con un solo clic que, obviando los impactos, permite poder disponer del bien en unas pocas horas y a bajos precios.

Este modelo necesita fechas como el Black Friday y el Cyber Monday, donde el consumo se vuelve aún más voraz e innecesario, impulsado por grandes ofertas e importantes campañas publicitarias con mensajes que asocian la compra de productos a añorados momentos de felicidad. Sin embargo, ese efímero momento de satisfacción que genera la compra no contribuye a ninguno de los aspectos de nuestra vida vinculados a la felicidad. Estudios como los de Grant y Terman concluyen que la calidad de las relaciones sociales es el principal ingrediente para lograrla, por lo que se mantiene una constante espiral de insatisfacción.

Por todo ello,hay que ser consciente de que con las pautas de consumo se contribuye a configurar la sociedad actual, por lo que se debe elegir si se quiere seguir alimentando un modelo, representado por la codiciosa sonrisa de Amazon, que acentúa la crisis climática, a la vez que, en un contexto de escasez, concentra aún más la riqueza en unas pocas manos.

Ecologistas en Acción trata de que el Día sin Compras sirva como toma de conciencia sobre la necesidad de dar un giro radical a un sistema que debe crecer continuamente para generar riqueza, que se manifiesta en un modelo de consumo compulsivo, y que ignora los límites físicos del planeta. De acuerdo a ello, se propone una reflexión sobre las verdaderas necesidades y la forma de satisfacerlas, poniendo en valor aquellas formas de consumo que contribuyan a hacerlo de una forma más justa y sostenible.

En consecuencia, desde Ecologistas en Acción se propone lo siguiente:

  1. Combate la compra compulsiva, la única opción para enfrentar la grave situaciín actual es reducir los niveles de consumo, buscando satisfacer las verdaderas necesidades materiales e ignorando y combatiendo los estímulos al consumo que se reciben continuamente. De esta manera, además, se puede contribuir a satisfacer otras necesidades no materiales, dedicando parte del tiempo que ocupa el consumo a estar con los seres queridos.
  2. Cubrir las necesidades básicas sin comprar. Es la solución más sostenible: reparar, intercambiar, compartir, crear… Existen diversas alternativas colectivas como talleres de reparación, tiendas gratis, mercadillos o cooperativas de trueque, pero también hay otras formas de actuar a menor escala, como intercambiar ropa con una amiga o un amigo, juguetes con los que no juega la niña/o con una de sus amigas/os…
  3. Si se necesita comprar un producto, apoyar la producción local y al pequeño comercio y de proximidad. De esta manera se reduce el impacto producido por el transporte de larga distancia, pero también se apoya a pequeñas/os productoras/es y comerciantes, contribuyendo a un mejor reparto de la riqueza.
  4. Aplicar criterios de compra sostenible y justa. Los productos ecológicos tienen menor impacto ambiental y los de comercio justo mejor repercusión social, aunque para que estos no se vean minorados es importante recurrir a canales de distribución cortos y justos, como grupos de consumo, tiendas de comercio justo, mercadillos de productores o supermercados cooperativos. También se puede participar en los mercados sociales existentes en distintos territorios, que forman red de producción, distribución y consumo que funciona con criterios éticos, democráticos, ecológicos y solidarios.

Fuente: https://www.ecologistasenaccion.org/184273/frente-al-black-friday-de-la-escasez-un-dia-sin-compras-con-abundancia-de-alternativas/

RAINBOW FRIDAY

Black Friday: Breathe, take a break – the planet can’t handle it anymore

Black Friday and Cyber Monday are expected to generate billions of dollars in sales for clothing and other products this year. But this shopping bonanza also generates greater volumes of waste than ever. That is bad news for the environment.

Instead of chasing prey in the jungle like our ancestors did, we chase bargain clothing that seems like a good deal. Just look at the scenes that take place every year in American shopping malls on the fourth Friday of November, when people try to secure a favourable position in the queue outside shops in the early hours of the morning. One could say “Black Friday” deserves its name: Every year dozens of people are crushed, even to death, as has happened in the past.

Black Friday, followed by Cybermonday, are intended to mark the beginning of the big shopping season, when some people start buying gifts for Christmas. Both days use heavy price discounting and special offers to trigger a sense of urgency and “exceptional opportunity” to consumers, triggering low cost, high volume impulse buying and – as a result –  overconsumption of unnecessary goods. Because it is so cheap, fast fashion is one of the highest selling product categories on Black Friday, with many major fashion brands and retail giants jumping on the bandwagon. While it is hard to resist the allure of the next must-have outfit, consumption research shows that the act of shopping only gives us a short burst of excitement, but no lasting reward. However, the environmental impact lingers and is all too real.

Greenpeace has shown that fashion production uses lots of precious fresh water and pollutes rivers and seas with toxic chemicals, long before it hits the shelves. We are also consuming and trashing clothing at a far higher rate than our planet can handle. Fashion retailers have been speeding up the turnaround of fashion trends since the 1980’s, increasing the rate that we use and throw away clothes – the life cycle of consumer goods shortened by 50 percent between 1992 and 2002. A recent report shows that Hong Kongers throw out the equivalent of 1400 t-shirts a minute. Today’s trends are tomorrow’s trash.

We are told that clothes can be recycled, but second hand markets are already overloaded with our unwanted clothes. Greenpeace research found that up to date and comprehensive figures on clothes waste are not easily available. However, we do know that in the EU 1.5 to 2 million tonnes of used clothing is generated annually, with only 10 to 12 percent of the best quality clothes re-sold locally and much of the rest likely to be exported to countries in the Global south. Some countries in East Africa, which currently import used clothing from Europe and the US, are considering restrictions to protect their local markets.

Due to rising volumes of cheap, low-quality fast fashion, the second hand clothing system is on the brink of collapse. Technical solutions such as closed-loop recycling – which would make new fibres from old clothes – is nowhere near possible. Although there is currently much interest from fashion brands and designers and a lot of promising research, none of the technologies are commercially viable at this point. This means that, as the situation stands today, every garment we buy will eventually end up as waste, to be burned in incinerators or dumped in a landfill.

The only solution is to reduce our levels of consumption. It could be as simple as taking a break from shopping on Black Friday to participate in global “Buy Nothing Day”. This symbolic day invites people to stop shopping for a day and reflect on what they really need. Greenpeace supports the message of “Buy Nothing Day” and is calling for “Time out for Fast Fashion”.

It’s time to trash the throwaway-mentality and re-think what we really need in our wardrobes, instead of queueing up for the next cheap outfit. We can wear our clothes for longer, look after them, repair them, restyle and re-invent them, swap them with friends and pass them on. It’s time for fashion brands to re-invent themselves and design clothes that we really need and enjoy wearing – designed for better quality, longevity and for re-use.

Source: https://www.greenpeace.org/international/story/6855/black-friday-breathe-take-a-break-the-planet-cant-handle-it-anymore/

What a Wonderful World – Louis Armstrong

I see trees of green
Red roses too
I see them bloom
For me and you
And I think to myself
What a wonderful world

I see skies of blue
And clouds of white
The bright blessed day
The dark sacred night
And I think to myself
What a wonderful world

The colors of the rainbow
So pretty in the sky
Are also on the faces
Of people going by
I see friends shaking hands
Saying how do you do
They’re really saying
I love you

I hear babies cry
I watch them grow
They’ll learn much more
Than I’ll ever know
And I think to myself
What a wonderful world
Yes, I think to myself
What a wonderful world
Ooh, yes

Talking about football WHILE

HUMAN RIGHTS

ARE JUST A WHISPER

Talkin’ Bout a Revolution – Tracy Chapman

Don’t you know
They’re talking about a revolution?
It sounds like a whisper
Don’t you know
Talking about a revolution?
It sounds like a whisper

While they’re standing in the welfare lines
Crying at the doorsteps of those armies of salvation
Wasting time in the unemployment lines
Sitting around waiting for a promotion

Don’t you know
Talking about a revolution?
It sounds like a whisper

Poor people gonna rise up
And get their share
Poor people gonna rise up
And take what’s theirs

Don’t you know you better run, run, run, run, run, run
Run, run, run, run, run, run
Oh, I said you better run, run, run, run, run, run
Run, run, run, run, run, run

‘Cause finally the tables are starting to turn
Talkin’ ‘bout a revolution
‘Cause finally the tables are starting to turn
Talkin’ ‘bout a revolution, oh no
Talkin’ ‘bout a revolution, oh

I’ve been standing in the welfare lines
Crying at the doorsteps of those armies of salvation
Wasting time in the unemployment lines
Sitting around waiting for a promotion

Don’t you know
Talking about a revolution?
It sounds like a whisper

And finally the tables are starting to turn
Talkin’ ‘bout a revolution
Yes, finally the tables are starting to turn
Talkin’ ‘bout a revolution, oh, no
Talkin’ ‘bout a revolution, oh, no
Talkin’ ‘bout a revolution, oh, no

Flying back to Earth

TRAVELLING AWAY

WHEN HERE

WE GET ALL WE NEED

WATER, FOOD, AIR

BEAUTY

LOVE FIRST

MOTHER EARTH

FIRST LOVE

Hello Earth – Kate Bush

Hello earth
Hello earth

With just one hand held up high
I can blot you out
Out of sight

Peek-a-boo,
Peek-a-boo, little earth
With just my heart and my mind
I can be driving
Driving home
And you asleep
On the seat

I get out of my car
Step into the night
And look up at the sky
And there’s something bright
Traveling fast
Look at it go
Look at it go

Hello earth
Hello earth

Watching storms
Start to form
Over America
Can’t do anything
Just watch them swing
With the wind out to sea

All you sailors
(Get out of the waves, get out of the water)
All life-savers,
(Get out of the waves, get out of the water)
All you cruisers,
(Get out of the waves, get out of the water)
All you fishermen
Head for home

Go to sleep, little earth
I was there at the birth
Out of the cloudburst
The head of the tempest
Murderer
Murder of calm
Why did I go?
Why did I go?

Tiefer, tiefer
Irgendwo in der tiefe
Gibt es ein licht

Go to sleep little earth