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  • The Truth of Interdependence.

    Fev 7 2009, 18h06



    The Truth of Interdependence
    Connection

    Picking a leaf off the ground and contemplating it as an object in and of itself is very inspiring. Its shape and color, the way it feels in your hand, its delicate veins and the stem that once held it fast to the branch of a tree—all of these qualities reveal a leaf to be a miniature work of natural art. As we contemplate this small object more deeply and consider where it came from and what purpose it has served, we find that the leaf is one small but essential part of a system that harnesses the energy of the sun, plumbs the depths of the earth, and in the process brings into being the oxygen many living things rely on to live.

    A leaf transforms the elements of its environment—sunlight, carbon dioxide, rain—into nourishment for its tree. This beautiful, nearly weightless, ephemeral piece of nature is a vital conduit to the branch that is a conduit to the trunk that is a conduit to the roots of the tree. The roots, in turn, draw nourishment from the earth to feed the trunk, the branches, and the leaves. The living beings that inhale the oxygen that comes from this process exhale the carbon dioxide that feeds the leaves through which the tree is fed. It is difficult to know where one cycle ends and another one begins.

    One of the many gifts that nature offers us is a clear demonstration of the interdependence between all living things. The person who exhales the carbon dioxide, the clouds that produce the rain, the sun that gives light, the leaf that transforms all these things into sustenance for a tree—not one of these could survive without being part of this cycle.

    Each living being is dependent upon other living things for its survival. When we look at the world, we see that this is not a place where different beings survive independently of one another. Earth is home to a web of living things that are connected to each other through a spinning kaleidoscope of relationships. We need each other to survive and thrive.

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  • TheStoryOfStuff.com

    Abr 9 2008, 20h44

    Where does all this stuff come from? Where does it go? Why?

    Watch this video. Click the link. :)
    http://storyofstuff.com
  • I'm supporting Earth Hour, a Global Event - 60 Minutes to Save Energy

    Mar 29 2008, 15h51

    At 8 PM tonight (March 29th), turn off your electricity for at least one hour. Every single person, every single switch counts! EarthHour.org

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    Please join me and all the millions of others who have signed up for Earth Hour 2008. Follow the link here: http://www.earthhour.org/user/6qdd to view my Earth Hour user page and click the Sign Up Now button.

    In doing so you will be committing to participating in turning off all the lights/electricity in your home for at least 60 minutes at 8 PM on March 29th, 2008.

    You will also receive tools and tips on how to conserve more energy on a daily basis, and you'll have your own Earth Hour page to share with your friends.

    Thank you. :)
    -- Alyx
  • Michael Jackson is keeping Neverland... but for how long?

    Mar 14 2008, 21h23

    For anyone who might be interested in the latest news on Michael and Neverland. It's a bit of a sad story, fair warning. I'm glad he's keeping the ranch, but I feel bad that he still no longer seems to want to live there.

    This is just one news story I got from Yahoo news alerts.
    http://www.startribune.com/entertainment/music/16673151.html