Wednesday, September 13, 2006

Amidst the sound of popping champagne corks (well, more like bottles of rum), The MILLION CAMPAIGN HOMEPAGE has now gone live and direct!

Conceived somewhere over the summer heatwave, the MCH was officially born on August 7th 2006. Now it is toddling around. We are honoured to have the first tiles in our cybermosaic dedicated to organisations and individuals furthering social and environmental harmony - the first one of all, rather symbolically, was a group called Leave Them Kids Alone who campaign against the hideous erosion and abolition of the rights of children in this totalitarian regime we are living in.

It is five years since the events in the USA of 11th September 2001, and it is high time for an audit of what has occured over those five years. There has been little else but an awful lot of tyranny, war, and fear. Vast accumulations of resources have been squandered on these risible and infantile squabbles. The fact of the matter is that either the whole episode is a case of direct and orchestrated collusion between both sides - the 'Reichstag burning' thesis - or, if nothing else, the seeds of al-Qaeda were sown by Western governments in the conflict in Afghanistan in an attempt to destabilise the Soviet empire. As the wonderful British singer Sarah Bear righty stresses, we reap what we sow.

Either way, it has been five years of pure failure. As a global commons we are charged with the responsibility of making a better world for future generations.

Firstly let me say an enormous thank you to a lady from the UK called Tina Louise who has been running a superb campaign called ArmsAgainstWar.

With her poetry and her activism she has kept us all positive during this dreadful era, and was the first person to express support for our Million Campaign Homepage idea.

If everybody in the UK who abhors the useless invasions we are involved in in Iraq and Afghanistan wears a white armband on October 9th, the day Parliament theoretically reconvenes, then we can make peace and bring British troops home.

I am currently reading Jared Diamond's beautiful book Collapse. It is a visionary book, ranging across time and cultures to explore what makes a society collapse and what saves a society.

Given the extent of the climate crises facing the planet, we need to get working together. This is a question of life and death - writ large. It will be solved by the principle of thinking globally and acting locally.

Another book I am looking forward to eagerly is George Monbiot's Heat: How To Stop the Planet Burning.

When there is an emergency, you rush for the paramedics and the surgeons. Whoever we are, we all have a path and a field of operation. However humble each part of the jigsaw, our actions added together forge powerful movements potent paradigm shifts.

Plan A - turbo-capitalism, consumerism, war, tyranny, deceiving politicians, plutocracies, oil gangsterism - is not working.

In the era of peak oil it is high time for Plan B!

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