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The time is soon coming when men will realize that the most important problem facing this generation is the ecological imbalance which threatens vast areas of Earth. As you know, men are divided as to the extent of this problem but unless their attention is squarely fixed on this ecological dilemma, the future for many is under question.
Soon many groups will realize the full import of this danger and that, year by year, little separates them from disaster. The forces unleashed by global warming are now well beyond the control devices available to men.
Hearken, therefore, while there is still a little time. For the waters rise inexorably, and men gamble, blithely, with their future.
S.O.P. – Save Our Planet.
[This article from Share International magazine, December 2014 , is by a senior member of the Hierarchy of Masters of Wisdom. His name, well-known in esoteric circles, is not yet being revealed. Benjamin Creme, a principal spokesman about the emergence of Maitreya, is in constant telepathic contact with this Master who dictated his article to him.]
Q. Has Maitreya remained in the Middle East since 10 October 2014?
Q. Has Maitreya been interviewed on television in any of the countries in the Middle East?
Q. Is Maitreya meeting and talking to activist groups – as He did in Tahrir Square during the Arab Spring?
Q. Are you at liberty to say which country or countries He is appearing in?
Q. Could it be that while the Day of Declaration may be only one and a half to two years away that we in the West – Europe, America, and so on – may see Maitreya on television far sooner than that?
A. Everything is possible.
Q. Will the Day of Declaration, and perhaps some of Maitreya’s interviews shortly before that ‘day of days’, be broadcast via internet live streaming? I ask because I noticed recently that in some of the remotest parts of the planet people have smart phones and can apparently watch programmes from far afield. In other words, perhaps people may not necessarily have to be gathered around a television set to see Maitreya on the Day of Declaration?
A. Everything is possible.
Q. Some groups and commentators are calling for a ‘revolution’ to topple the corporations, the super-rich and the economic dominance of the G8 countries. Do we really need a revolution to change the world for the better?
A. No, we do not need or want revolution. Revolution only results in more revolution. What is needed is evolution: the evolution of a system of mutual trust which can only be achieved by the sharing of the resources of the world.
Q. In the mid-term election in the United States on 4 November 2014, the Republican Party won an overwhelming victory. Was there rampant election fraud to ensure a Republican victory?
A. It didn’t need it. There was some fraud but not up to the usual level.
Q. According to an Associated Press news story published on 3 November 2014, French security officials are investigating at least 15 flights of “drone aircraft” over French nuclear power stations since early October 2014. French government officials do not know who is behind these flights. Are the so-called drones that are being cited in the news story UFOs or related to Space Brother activity?
Q. In October 2014 an Antares rocket carrying supplies to the space station exploded moments after takeoff in the US. Two days later a test spaceship from a private company called Virgin Galactic crashed, killing one pilot and seriously wounding another. Were these incidents the result of karma and, if so, may I ask for what specifically? Or were they just accidents, which happen when you are dealing with imperfect technology?
A. They were both accidents.
Q. Is our planet a noisy planet? Do we put a lot of noise out into the solar system? What’s the effect on our poor neighbours?
A. All our noise is suffered only by ourselves.
Q. Regarding the extinction, and threatened extinction, of thousands of plant and animal species around the world, what percentage is in accordance with the Plan of the Planetary Logos; or the result of humanity’s continuing despoliation of the planet?
A. It is mainly the result of man’s destructive action. The planned extinction of certain species takes place much more slowly.
On 31 August 2014 I was with friends for dinner and a late night chat.
We went outside about 11.50pm, and saw six orange lights in the sky, coming from the north east in a sort of swoop downwards, then forming an absolutely straight line, travelling upward at 45 degrees. The feeling was one of total peace, love and gentleness washing over us, they were beautiful.
As we watched enchanted with them, a seventh and then eighth, slightly smaller glowing orange lights looked like they were trying to catch up with the first six. They did so, still forming a straight line, gliding with equal spacing.
As they passed behind a huge tree on the roadside, I ran to the front of the house to see them emerge; but they had disappeared. It felt like a very special greeting. What were the orange lights?
J.W., Oldham, Lancashire, England, UK.
(Benjamin Creme’s Master confirms that the orange lights were a group of spacecraft from Mars.)
My husband and I and two daughters were on holiday from India in the UK and spent 20 May 2014 visiting Paris. On our way to catch the train back to UK our bag was stolen with some money, credit cards and return train tickets.
We were very stressed and although we all speak English we were finding it very difficult to make ourselves understood. We took a taxi back to the station as we were getting near the time of our departure and the taxi driver was most helpful to us. Luckily we still had our mobile phones and cancelled our credit cards with the help of this taxi driver. We were greatly relieved to find we still had our passports.
We were supposed to be at the station 20 minutes before our train departed but we were late and had to explain that we had no tickets. People did not understand and we were becoming very worried. A lady approached and asked if she could help and then, even without ticket and being late for the train, she guided us through without any difficulty and although the train was about to leave and I could not walk any faster she assured us the train would not leave without us. Eventually she got us onto the train and she blew the whistle and the train started. It seemed a little strange that a person from the front of the station should have the authority to blow the whistle which eventually started the train.
The kind taxi driver and this rather beautiful lady were such a wonderful help and whoever they were we are so grateful to them and thanked God for their help. I read Share International which I receive at home in India and I did wonder whether these two kind people really were sent by God to help us. If they were the Masters it would be wonderful to know but we could not be more grateful whoever they were.
U.K., Hyderabad, India.
(Benjamin Creme’s Master confirms that help was initiated by the Master Jesus using his helpers.)
Two letters from the same person:
(1) My husband and I were staying on one of the Dutch Islands for a couple of days. He had been ill and needed a rest.
In the morning in the hotel a song from the 1950s popped into my head: ‘Que sera sera, whatever will be will be, the future’s not ours to see, que sera sera.’
We went to get breakfast and at the tea machine a man came and stood next to me. He was a typical pensioner of about 70 years old. To my great surprise he very softly started to sing the same song. He immediately disappeared after that. This surely cannot be a coincidence, can it? I had not heard this song for 50 years. (1) Was he a special person? (2) This afternoon, 22 September 2014, in the eco-market there was an Italian singer and she too sang ‘Que sera sera’! Was she a special person too?
(Benjamin Creme’s Master confirms that (1) the ‘typical pensioner’ was a spokesman for the Master Jesus, and (2) the ‘singer’ was also a spokesperson for the Master Jesus.)
(2) On 25 October 2014 I was sitting on a bench when a young woman approached me. She probably came from the Antilles and had nice long dreadlocks. I moved over a bit and she said: “You don’t have to pull such a nasty face just because I’ve come to sit next to you.”
I was taken aback at how aggressive she was. I replied that she was mistaken and that I had just thought, “what a nice woman; perhaps I can talk to her”, (as I usually do to tell people about Maitreya). But she wouldn’t be persuaded. She stuck to her guns and said that I had stigmatized her.
I usually get impatient pretty quickly with unreasonable people and either hold my tongue or give them a piece of my mind, but this time I continued to engage with her hoping to calm her down. One never knows what problems other people have. We remained sitting next to each other on the bench for a bit longer and when I left we smiled at each other.
I have an idea I got quite a lesson about having more understanding for others and that I should be friendlier and more tactful – as was mentioned in the questions and answers in the November issue of Share International.
Was she someone special?
N.d.G., Amsterdam, the Netherlands.
(Benjamin Creme’s Master confirms that the woman was sent by the Master Jesus to impart a lesson.)
Two letters from the same person:
(1) On Sunday 17 July 2005, around 7pm, I was involved in a road accident near Chalon-sur-Saône, France. I was on my way back from the summer meeting of French co-workers working for the Emergence.
A young girl on a scooter front-crashed at full-speed against my camper van. I instantaneously and spontaneously shouted “My God, my God”, then parked the van on the roadside and came out very distressed. I didn’t want this poor girl to die by my fault. The accident was my responsibility, but I think the girl must have been driving very fast as she appeared so suddenly.
A few people arrived quickly and called an ambulance. The girl lay still on the road, there was some blood on the asphalt near her helmet, but not much. The scooter was a total wreck. The windscreen of the van was broken, and so was the radiator, and the engine hood. So violent was the impact that in all logic, the girl had to be either dead or very seriously injured.
The ambulance drove her away to the hospital. On the following day, the police informed me that the girl was back home, unhurt, so that there would not be any criminal charge against me.
Were I and the young girl blessed by an ‘intervention’?
(Benjamin Creme’s Master confirms that there was an ‘intervention’ by the Master Jesus.)
(2) A few years ago, I was hosting a stand for the Emergence of Maitreya at a fair in La Roche-sur-Yon when a man approached me, and after some conversation, he asked for a piece of paper and a pen.
He then started to automatically write a text that looked like Arabic, although the man was writing from left to right. I think he said it was Kufic (“the oldest calligraphic form of the various Arabic scripts” – Wikipedia)
He just handed me the paper, saying he was prompted to write that for me, but he had no clue about the meaning of what he wrote.
Could you please shed some light on this encounter? I know the man is not a Master because I have his name, address and telephone, but was he used as a messenger, and by whom?
B.C., Gironde-sur-Drot, France.
(Benjamin Creme’s Master confirms that it was a message from the Master Jesus.)
This summer, my husband, a friend and I drove over 200 miles in our old campervan to a wedding in Norfolk. Just as we arrived and were parking up the handbrake cable snapped. The AA man who attended told us it was not possible to get the parts needed for repair at short notice and so two days later, after the wedding, we made the return journey on the back of three consecutive flatbed trucks! It occurred to me during the painfully slow, 11 hour, bank holiday Monday trip home in torrential rain, passing more than one accident on the way, that perhaps we were being saved from some worse situation. Later that week, when our regular mechanic was fixing the handbrake cable he discovered a completely unrelated problem with the foot brake system – it was leaking fluid which meant the brakes could have totally failed at any moment. Was the highly fortuitous timing of the snapping of the handbrake cable just a very lucky coincidence, or had we indeed been ‘looked after’?
V.G., Frome, Somerset, England, UK.
(Benjamin Creme’s Master confirms that they had been looked after by the Master Jesus.)
On 30 October 2014 on coming back home, I saw a handprint that had appeared on my mirror. I erased it out of fear. I then went out for a few hours and when I came back, another hand was there on the mirror.
Could you tell me who manifested these handprints?
V.B., Issou, France.
(Benjamin Creme’s Master confirms that the ‘handprint’ was manifested by the Master Jesus.)
Australia – Dozens of photographs were posted on websites and social media of a huge UFO-shaped cloud with a rainbow, seen all over Australia on 3 November 2014. (Source: dailymail.co.uk; www.ufosightingsdaily.com)
(Benjamin Creme’s Master confirms that the unusual cloud formation was caused by UFOs.)
Kochi, India – A group of people in the city of Kochi witnessed coloured lights that hovered in the sky on 29 October 2014 before disappearing. (Source: indiatoday.intoday.in; ufosightingsdaily.com)
(Benjamin Creme’s Master confirms that the lights were a spaceship from Venus.)
An image of the Christ known as ‘the Divine Mercy’ at the Divine Mercy Shrine in Stockbridge, MA, USA, started weeping in 2010. The image was given to the Marian Fathers after it began to weep. The Marian Fathers have not made any public statements about it. (Source: visionsofjesuschrist.com)
(Benjamin Creme’s Master confirms that this was a miracle manifested by a senior disciple of the Master Jesus.)
For nearly one and a half years M.O. (St-Pierre-de-Chandieu, France) admired one of her plants, an Anthurium, which flowers constantly. Recently [autumn 2014], she noticed that one of the flowers was extraordinary: the first flower became heart-shaped and larger than normal. Then, on the same stem, a second flower appeared. She felt overwhelmed with joy at this magnificent flower.
(Benjamin Creme’s Master confirms that the flower is charged from time to time by a senior disciple of the Master Jesus.)
Photograph taken by P.S. from Berlin, Germany, in August 2013 on the roof of the old ice-factory, a ruined building near River Spree, in Berlin.
(Benjamin Creme’s Master confirms that the beam of light is a blessing and a reminder from a Martian spacecraft.)
A statue of baby Jesus bought in Israel in October 2010 began crying tears of blood, while it was still inside its packaging. Father Luiggi, a Franciscan priest from Salerno, Italy, bought the statue and took it to his monastery. The following morning he was woken by a voice saying: “Open up, I am choking!” He immediately unpacked the statue to discover it was crying tears of blood.
He asked his bishop who visited the monastery that day, saw the fresh tears on the statue and called for experts to examine it. Scientific analyses pronounced the blood as real human blood. A year later the statue was put on display.
(Benjamin Creme’s Master confirms this was a miracle manifested by a senior disciple of the Master Jesus.)
Opposite JR Yoyogi Station, Tokyo, Japan, 3 October 2014. Taken by R.Y.
US Transmission Meditation Conference, San Francisco, USA, August 2014, sent by M. T.
Hassloch, Germany, 21 September 2014, sent by H.M.
On a church wall in Venice, September 2013. Taken by P.C., UK.
Nordenau, Germany, September 2014, sent by W.J. and K.v.T, the Netherlands.
Freiburg, Germany, August 2014, sent by D.M.
Compilation - an extract
We present a selection of quotations on the theme of ‘Readiness for the new world’. The quotations are taken from Maitreya (Messages from Maitreya the Christ and Maitreya’s Teachings – The Laws of Life), Benjamin Creme’s Master (A Master Speaks and Share International), and Benjamin Creme’s writings.
From the Masters’ point of view humanity has never been so ready for the new world that the future will bring. It has never been so near a time of inspiration and readiness to work for the common weal. (Benjamin Creme’s Master, from ‘The sword of cleavage’)
My dear friends, it is with joy that I speak to you once more in this way and release to you some further facts of My Emergence. My progress of Emergence continues well. My plans are being fulfilled. More and yet more of your brothers and sisters hear Me and respond well to My Call. Knowingly or not they, too, await My Presence and to that fact respond. They stand ready today to receive the means of change, the outlines of the New Dispensation for this world. They stand ready to greet the dawn of that New Age which beckons all into divinity. (Maitreya, from Message No.118)
Men await a signal from a higher source. Consciously or not, they know that these are not the usual times but times of major import, maximum tension and unlimited possibilities. They turn to the old Truths, the time-worn scriptures and rituals of the past, but, dimly unsatisfied, sense, and wait for, the revelation of the New.
That New Revelation, too, awaits man’s searching heart; the simple realization of brotherhood will fill the outheld Chalice. Men, in millions, stand ready for this blessed consummation and turn their heads upwards in expectation and renewed hope.
Not in vain do men wait. Not purposeless is their hope. Maitreya has come to fulfil the pledges, to reunite man with man and men with God. He has come “to make all things new,” to fill man’s Chalice with the nectar of Love, and to lead men safely into the New and Blessed Time. (Benjamin Creme’s Master, from ‘The new and blessed time’)
[Maitreya] watches the state of the world, what we are doing for ourselves: are we ready to hear this extraordinary message which is a challenge to our humanity? It is a challenge to every individual who hears it: are we ready to be true human beings, to share, to create the conditions in which every one, without exception, has the right to develop their potential, a spiritual potential in the deepest sense of that word: to make their life better on the physical plane, on the emotional, the mental, and the spiritual planes. To live out and manifest that for which they came into incarnation in the first place. It is largely our corrupt political, economic and social structures which prevent us from doing this. That needs a change of heart – and that, I believe, is taking place, otherwise He could not be here – which will be stimulated by Maitreya when He speaks openly. (Benjamin Creme, Maitreya’s Mission Volume Three)
Shortly, new energies will enter our lives and inspire men to creative action. A new and harmonious stimulus will be given to art and the art of living. A beauty not seen before will transform the ways of men and illumine for all time the nature of God. Man stands now ready for Revelation. His heart and mind poised and turned to the future, he awaits the glory which, by readiness, he has invoked. (Benjamin Creme’s Master, from ‘The art of living’)
In each century, a few men emerge who tower over their contemporaries. Their gifts are manifest, their genius shines forth for all to see and acclaim. We know them as the great discoverers, the painters, writers, musicians and scientists whose work has led humanity forward in a growing awareness of itself and its potential.
In recent times, their emphasis has been on science and the expansion of human knowledge. This has prepared the way for an extraordinary awakening of men’s minds on a scale until now beyond hope of achievement. Man stands today on the threshold of a new enlightenment, of discoveries which will cast into the shade all previous accomplishments.
This coming time will be known as the Age of Light, and Light in all its meanings and manifestations will become the provenance of man. Already, the signs are there for the discerning that man is knocking on the door that leads to the Chamber of Light. (Benjamin Creme’s Master, from ‘The Age of Light’)
When the world is ready to receive Me, I shall speak to men everywhere as the One Who is awaited, the One they have called, the One Who comes to lead them into the New Age. My Mission is but beginning, yet, already, there are the signs of response, of recognition that My Advent is nigh. Many there are now, throughout the world, who feel My Presence, who stand open and ready for My Teaching. (Maitreya, from Message No.8)
We Who look at life beyond the outer forms and events know with certainty that this difficult period has all but run its course, that the stability and calm yearned for by so many is almost at hand, and that humanity is wakening, refreshed and renewed, from its long, dark night.
Thus is the world now ready for the reappearance of the Christ. Thus are men now ready for what He has to give. (Benjamin Creme’s Master, from ‘The end of chaos’)
Today, at last, a new light is bringing men to the realization of their future glory as co-workers and co-creators with God. Many are the trials which await men on the path to such a destiny, but never before have they been so ready and prepared to meet this challenge. Against all the odds, and in spite of all appearances to the contrary, mankind is about to emerge from its chrysalis of darkness, its impotence and fear. With growing boldness and assurance, the steps of men are set in the direction of unity and justice, co-operation and sharing, simplicity and trust. (Benjamin Creme’s Master, from ‘The need for trust’)
Now is approaching the time of regeneration. Now commences the Era of Truth. First, Maitreya. Then We shall be seen. The present is a time of crisis and promise. The New struggles to find form. The Old strives to survive amidst the destined change. Humanity is ready for the next step; the long sleep is ending; the sleepers awake. The call to freedom and joy echoes in the hearts of the peoples and stirs them to action.
Little time there is now to prepare. Soon the face of Maitreya will be seen. He alone can bridge the divisions among the nations and bring them, trusting, to each other’s aid. (Benjamin Creme’s Master, from ‘Co-workers with God’)
My dear friends, I am with you once again, and with joy do I see the light of Aspiration around you. This confirms for Me My knowledge of your readiness to work for Me. My heart gladdens at the sight of this inner truth shining from the chalice of your heart. Make way, My friends, for that Truth in your lives and open before you the door to the future. My task is to illumine the path to that glorious future for mankind; to awaken in you the principle of Love; to lead you forward in manifesting that Love, each to the other, and thus draw all men to God…. I come in time. I redress the balance of the world. I commit Myself to the task. I adore Liberty. I sense the readiness of men. I leave naught to chance. I invoke the New. I remedy past ills. I transform the Old. I touch your brow. I command a host of angels. I serve the Plan of God. I embrace My brothers. (Maitreya, from Message No.120)
The world is ready for change, and there are millions of people in the world who know this, though they may have no voice at the moment. Maitreya will become the voice of the people who see the need to change. He will galvanize world public opinion, and a properly galvanized, educated world public opinion is a force against which no nation on Earth can stand. (Benjamin Creme, The Great Approach)
The world stands ready for more light. The peoples everywhere are thirsty for new knowledge of themselves and of God. Because of this readiness, the Masters have prepared Themselves to inaugurate a new era of Light. Limitless opportunities for progress will be offered to mankind: man will marvel at the discoveries which will open the door to mastery of natural forces; he will stand amazed by the wonder and beauty thus revealed; he will know for certain the fact of God and his relation to that divinity, and will enter willingly into co-operation with the Divine Plan. (Benjamin Creme’s Master, from ‘Let there be light’)
Mankind has the possibility now of entering an entirely new spiritual age and of building a civilization greater than any known before – greater than the Atlantean or any subsequent civilization. We have the chance. Inevitably, we have to do it. But we are ready to do it. We have the capacity to do it. Under the guidance of the Masters, we shall build a civilization based on brotherhood, love, right sharing, right relationship to each other and to God. (Benjamin Creme, The Reappearance of the Christ and the Masters of Wisdom)
For five long centuries, the Masters have awaited this time, ready to add Their gifts and wisdom to the efforts of men. Knowingly or not, men have outstripped themselves and, against all expectations, men have become ready for a new revelation, ready to receive new light and knowledge, to see new meaning and purpose in their lives and to demonstrate this growing awareness in technologies, sciences and relationships altogether new.
Not for nothing has it been said: “When the pupil is ready the Master comes.” This is as true on a mass as on an individual scale. Today, humanity as pupil, as world disciple, tested and tried, is ready to enter into new life, the life of service to the race.
The shift in consciousness now taking place will reveal to men that their sense of separation is illusion, that naught exists in all creation unconnected to the Whole. This dawning awareness and readiness for change of men has invoked the Teacher and the Teachers, for such We are. (Benjamin Creme’s Master, from ‘New light, new understanding’)
Be not afraid, My friends, for all will be well. The New Light shines, the New Country beckons, and in that Country I shall show you the wonders of God. Be ready to follow Me therein and be enabled to manifest your God-given greatness. (Maitreya, from Message No.36)
Each evolutionary step made by man needs long periods of preparation, and what is happening now, and that which we are about to witness, is the result of centuries of planned activity on the part of Hierarchy. From Our work in all areas and directions is growing a new synthesis. Seen from Our viewpoint, humanity stands better prepared than ever before to inherit its birthright and to realize from within itself its full, divine potential. (Benjamin Creme’s Master, from ‘A better future for all’)
When man awakens to the knowledge of his true nature a profound transformation will take place on Earth. That event is not so far distant, as many might assume. Even now, the signs are appearing that show Us, your Elder Brothers, that many are awakening to this blessed truth. The Magnet of Evolution, God’s spiritual engine, draws forward and upward many now ready for this revelation. (Benjamin Creme’s Master, from ‘Man’s essential choice’)
The Masters see humanity as having reached a point where they have the readiness to learn. That is why the Masters are here. We have invoked Them by being ready as never before to follow the precepts of the Masters and to create harmony and justice. (Benjamin Creme, The Art of Living)
My preparations are well made. My servers are ready. My Truth kindles a new Light in men. My Aim is sure. My Spirit is blithe. My Masters work with Joy. My Guidance is yours to ask. Take My hand, My friends, and let Me lead you over the river. Let Me guide you over the narrow bridge. Let Me show you the beauty which rests on the other side. That beauty, My friends, is your true Self. Help Me, My friends, to help you, and together let us transform this world. (Maitreya, from Message No.130)
Today, the world stands ready to receive into its midst the Teacher, the Avatar, the Forerunner of the New Age. On all sides, a high expectancy is becoming manifest; on every hand, people are becoming aware, however dimly, that the destined hour has struck. Cleavages abound, but, more and more, the nations are realizing their interdependence and the need for concerted action in solving their problems. Global consciousness is growing, slowly but surely, and humanity today stands in better readiness for the Christ’s return than ever before in its history. (Benjamin Creme’s Master, from ‘The return of the Christ’)
Despite all evidence to the contrary, men are ready – indeed, longing – for change, for a restatement of the reality of Brotherhood and Justice, for the necessity of Harmony and Peace. Thus will men respond to the call of Maitreya for these ancient symbols, now translated into practice. (Benjamin Creme’s Master, from ‘The century’s end’)
The stronger trend in the world now is the progress being made under the stimulus of the Masters. It is true, the Master does this. He writes an article that is all about the dire state of the planet, the problems, but He always ends on a positive note. He always brings hope at the end of it. “Despite the exigencies of the time, despite the terror, the famine, all these inequities that abound in the world, nevertheless, the world is more ready for the Christ than it has ever been.” They were not ready for the Christ 2,000 years ago, so He could only stay three years. This time He is going to stay 2,500 years and stimulate the transformation of the world. It will be a very interesting time indeed. (Benjamin Creme, The World Teacher for all Humanity)
My friends, I am near you indeed. I see around you your aspiration and love, your hope and desire for a better world. Believe Me, My friends, all these will be fulfilled. That New World is now in the making, is formed in thought and desire, and slowly descends. (Maitreya, from Message No.100)
The peoples of the nations are ripe and ready for change. They call out for change and a more meaningful life. Maitreya will remind men of the essentials without which there is no future for man: Justice and Peace. And the only way to both is through sharing. (Benjamin Creme’s Master, from ‘Maitreya’s first interview’)
When Maitreya speaks, He will show that this is so, that the world is ready for the adoption of new and better forms, based on the true needs of the peoples everywhere. His is the task to focus and strengthen this growing realization of the oneness and unity of men, of their mutual dependence and awakening divinity. Thus will Maitreya and humanity work together for the restoration of this world. (Benjamin Creme’s Master, from ‘The restoration of the world’)
Await My Teaching with expectation and trust. Know that I am here and working for you. Tell your brothers this. Tell them that Maitreya, the Lord of Love, is among them; that the Teacher for the Age has come; that the New World descends; that the New Light beckons; that men’s hearts are open and ready for Truth. Tell them this, My friends, and prepare My way. (Maitreya, from Message No.126)
Men everywhere are at last ready for a new interpretation of the meaning and purpose of life, for sharing, justice and peace; for right relationship, brotherhood and greater happiness. They are ready, at last, for Maitreya’s call. (Benjamin Creme’s Master, from ‘The curse of commercialization’)
by Jason Francis
An interview which analyses problems and puts forward practical solutions.
Ocean Voyages Institute is a Sausalito, California-based non-profit organization founded in 1979 by a group of international sailors, educators and conservationists. The group teaches maritime arts and sciences and is dedicated to preserving the world’s oceans. Project Kaisei (“ocean planet” in Japanese), established by the Ocean Voyages Institute in 2009, focuses on “rescuing the Pacific from the plastic invasion” by cleaning up the ocean of marine debris and raising awareness of the problem. Environmentalist Mary Crowley is co-founder and president of Ocean Voyages Institute as well as co-founder of Project Kaisei and one of its project directors.
Share International: Why do you refer to the ocean as our “blue heart”?
Mary Crowley: The ocean makes up over 72 per cent of our planet and produces over half of our oxygen. It is so important that people understand that the health of the ocean has direct effects on the health of the planet and our own health. Many people don’t understand how important the ocean’s ecosystem is. It’s the blue heart of our planet. It’s what keeps our blue-green planet beautiful.
“We’ve been using the ocean as our garbage pail for centuries. We’ve certainly been putting significant amounts of plastic in the ocean for the last 60 years. Over 300 million tons of plastic are produced each year. Only about 6 to 8 per cent of that gets recycled. A lot of the plastics are single use – plates, glasses, knives, forks and bags. A tremendous amount of that ends up in the ocean. We are not targeting plastics as a material in general. Plastics for a variety of medical uses can be excellent. Plastics for long-term use such as plastic railroad ties, plastic used in different types of permanent structures can be a fine material. But throwaway plastics that are so prevalent in our society are causing terrible problems for the ocean.”
SI: What effect is marine debris, plastic in particular, having on marine wildlife?MC: It is having a significant and terrible effect on wildlife. My mentor and friend, marine biologist Sylvia Earle, estimates there are well over 300,000 marine mammals that get killed every year by ingesting marine plastic. A two-year old whale, for example, will get washed up onto a beach, and a necropsy [autopsy performed on an animal] will discover that the whale’s stomach is full of plastic and it starved to death. Ingesting plastic kills many sea turtles and sea birds, including albatross. The entire Midway Island area and the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands are great breeding grounds for albatross, and these birds are unknowingly feeding their chicks plastic.
During our expeditions, we have studied the problem of fish eating plastic. One group of fish we have studied are myctophids, also known as lanternfish. They normally eat plankton and bigger fish eat them. Besides plankton they are eating lots of small pieces of plastic. So plastic and the toxins associated with it are definitely getting into our food chain.
(For the full article please see Share International magazine, December 2014)
In the mid-1990s genetically modified (GM) crops were hailed by multinational agricultural business as the miracle food that would help to feed the starving millions of the world, and that they were totally safe because the industry was using precise, tested, transgenic technology.
However, molecular geneticists became concerned because different combinations of genes were being manipulated that would not normally arise in a plant and that the imbalance produced would cause damage to the DNA of the host plant. The result of this could give rise to new toxins and allergies and alter the nutritional value of food.
In natural breeding of crops, only closely-related species, or varieties of species, can be crossed to produce variations of plants. But with GM any gene from a virus, bacteria, unrelated plant or an animal can be isolated and incorporated into a crop plant’s DNA, thus bringing about a combination of genes that have not evolved to contribute to the correct functioning of that plant’s growth, metabolism and development.
US company Monsanto has carried out an initial short-term study on three GM maize varieties (in which the results already showed multiple organ disturbances in laboratory animals) but were approved for marketing by the regulatory agencies that are entrusted with global safety.
However, an independent study carried out by Giles Séranlini, Professor of Molecular Biology at the University of Caen, France, published in the journal Food and Chemical Toxicology in September 2012, found that toxic effects resulted from the GM maize. It also found toxic effects from the glyphosate-based popular herbicide ‘Roundup’, used to spray the GM plants. At least 80 per cent of all GM crops grown in the world today are designed to tolerate the routine spraying of glyphosate herbicides. But a year later, in November 2013, the journal was forced to retract the investigation after an unprecedented and sustained campaign of criticism and defamation by pro-GM scientists.
Now the study has been republished in June 2014 by the journal Environmental Sciences Europe, including the raw data underlying the study’s findings (unlike the raw data for the industry studies which have been kept confidential). Dr Michael Antoniou, a molecular geneticist at King’s College, London, said that modified organisms should not be released into the environment for the express purpose of replicating, reproducing and spreading, and that there are sound, proven alternatives. Professor Jack Heinemann, University of Canterbury, New Zealand, said: “The first publication of these results revealed some of the viciousness that can be unleashed on researchers presenting uncomfortable findings. I applaud Environmental Sciences Europe for submitting the work to another round of peer review.”
Another scientist, Dr Andrés Carrasco, an embryonic researcher, working in Argentina’s Ministry of Science, investigated the effects of glyphosate on the health of laboratory animals and found that it can cause defects in the brain, intestines and hearts of amphibian foetuses. Argentinian communities most affected by GM soy and therefore glyphosate herbicides (particularly in the Pampas) are demanding a thorough investigation into how much glyphosate can be safely ingested by human beings and animals. They are worried about the rise of cancers and birth deformities, sterility and miscarriages in areas where spraying is done and insist on the labelling of genetically-engineered food.
In multiple-year experiments on grazing lands in California, compost was found to have the potential to turn the vast rangeland of California and the world into a tool to fight climate change.
Research by University of California, Berkeley, US, bio-geochemist Whendee Silver found that a single application of compost to rangeland soil is a simple and effective way of removing carbon dioxide from the air and substantially increasing the storage of carbon in the soil. The carbon storage effect has persisted over six years, Silver found, and she believes that the carbon will remain stored for at least several decades. The effect is cumulative, meaning the soil keeps absorbing carbon dioxide even after just one application of compost.
Silver calculates that if compost from California’s green waste – from household food scraps to dairy manure – were applied to 25 per cent of the state’s rangeland, the soil could absorb the equivalent of three-quarters of the state’s annual greenhouse gas emissions.
Soil is a major source of carbon, “and we’ve been bleeding it into the atmosphere for many, many years through plowing, overgrazing and poor agricultural practices,” Silver said. So anything we can do to get some of that carbon back into the soil is going to be beneficial.”
Grazing is the single largest use of land worldwide, and most grazing lands are degraded, meaning they have lost their carbon. That includes California’s coastal and Sierra foothills, where invasive plant species have displaced native perennials that have much deeper roots and store much more carbon.
“Whether it’s eroded, whether it’s compacted, whether it’s salinized, nutrient depletion is a very big factor in cropland and grazing land,” said Rattan Lal, director of the Carbon Management and Sequestration Center at Ohio State University. “And the more degraded the lands are, the more the need they have of putting carbon back in the soil.”
By returning carbon to the soil in a stable form such as compost, soils can be restored. “Plants pull carbon dioxide from the air through photosynthesis and transfer a portion of the carbon to the soil through their roots,” according to an article in the San Francisco Chronicle. “Soil micro-organisms then turn the carbon into a stable form commonly known as humus. This not only sequesters the carbon but also improves the soil’s fertility, boosting plant growth and capturing more carbon while also improving the soil’s ability to absorb and retain water.”
The US Agriculture Department is currently incorporating carbon planning into its voluntary national farm conservation protocols. The department is building a carbon farming model that includes compost along with three dozen basic practices that help restore soil carbon, such as no-till farming and cover crops.
Recently, a climate change task force established by President Obama named the non-profit Marin Carbon Project in a report on how agriculture can improve climate resilience. The Marin Carbon Project has brought together a network of ranchers, government officials, scientists and non-profit organizations in an effort to take the compost concept not just across California, but across the US and the world. Discussions are currently under way with officials in Brazil and China.
“We need to reduce our fossil fuel emissions – there’s just no way around that problem,” Silver said. “But this is one of the things that we can do that certainly can make a difference. It’s inexpensive, it’s low technology, it’s good land use, it solves multiple problems.” (Source: San Francisco Chronicle)
(See also report in Share International, June 2014)
New research published in the journal Nature Geoscience indicates that the risk of severe winters in Europe and northern Asia has been doubled by global warming over the last 10 years. This phenomenon is the result of climate change which is increasing temperatures and therefore melting the Arctic ice cap. This in turn is causing new wind patterns that push freezing air and snow southwards.
Harsh winters in the last decade have been associated with those years in which the melting of Arctic sea ice was greatest. The new study, by Japanese researchers at the University of Tokyo, is the most comprehensive computer modelling study to date and indicates the extremely cold winters are being caused by climate change and not simply by natural variations in weather. Sea-ice melt in the Arctic, Barents and Kara Seas since 2004 has made more than twice as likely atmospheric circulations that suck cold Arctic air to Europe and Asia, the study reported.
“The origin of frequent Eurasian severe winters is global warming,” said Professor Masato Mori of the University of Tokyo, who led the new research. Climate change is heating the Arctic much faster than lower latitudes and the discovery that the risk of severe winters has already doubled shows that the impacts of global warming are not only a future threat. Melting Arctic ice has also been cited as contributing to recent wet summers with attendant flooding in the UK, for example.
The findings back up the view of United Nations climate scientists that a warmer average temperature for the world will make storms more severe in some places and change the character of seasons in many others. It also helps debunk the suggestion that the slower pace of global warming in the past decade may suggest the issue is less of a problem.
The new research forecasts that the increased likelihood of extreme winters will persist for the next few decades. However, global warming remains of major concern since the Arctic is expected to be ice-free in late summer within 15 years – by the 2030s. Climate change will continue to increase average temperatures. (Source: theguardian.com; businessweekly.com)