| [GMW #1153] Nurturing Paradise Earth |
Tuesday 20 February 2007, Editor: Easy
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Idea Dream - Paradise Earth - Celebrating Robert's 84th Birthday 10 March
| We all want a better world and happier people, so why not think about making our planet a paradise? We might not be able to do it, but formulating the highest objectives will get us closer. This method is used by all good planners. Inventors do not consider anything impossible. Humanists, social innovators, scientists, heads of state, and leaders of world organizations can do the same. Dante predicted in The Divine Comedy that we will achieve paradise on Earth after we correct our sins and errors in Purgatory. Philosophers could compile a collection of all the visions of earthly paradise found in literature and political science. |
Good Morning World is featuring one paragraph each day from Robert's 23 paragraph 2 page monograph Paradise Earth edited by Douglas Gillies, Robert's biographer. Paradise Earth is compiled from Robert's first 6,000 Ideas and Dreams for a Better World.
The 23 pararaphs will lead to Douglas's teleseminar with Robert on Saturday March 10 at 9:00 am Pacific Time. Douglas will ask Robert questions from you and the listeners about his vision for Paradise Earth. This will hopefully be followed by a series of teleseminars on Paradise Earth with Robert and one special guest each time.
To submit a question for Robert and to sign up for this free teleseminar click here: http://www.robertmullerpeacemaker.com .
Send your ideas for Paradise Earth and birthday wishes for Robert's birthday by replying to this email or Contact Good Morning World.
4 Birthday wishes for Robert have been received so far. Send yours by Friday 9 March.
| Robert's The Miracle, Joy and Art of Living |
In our over-materialistic world, anyone who has a beautiful, lofty idea or dream for our Earth and humanity and tries to implement it, is usually labeled an unrealistic idealist or a fool. But wait for the judgment of future generations! *
One country on Earth which is judged positively and gratefully is Costa Rica, a land of dreams and numerous initiatives for a better world.
Here are the words of Mrs. Elisabeth Odio, Vice-President of Costa Rica, at a meeting of the International Governing Council of the UN University for Peace:
"Costa Rica is a country that likes to dream, to dream of harmony with nature, to dream of justice, to dream of equality of man and woman and above all to dream of dreams."
May all heads of state follow Costa Rica's example and dream of a wonderful, well-preserved Earth, a peaceful, disarmed and demilitarized humanity and above all dream of dreams!
Here is a statement by Jose Figueres, former President of Costa Rica who fulfilled his dream of demilitarizing his country.
"Have you ever stood on a mountain and watched the ocean? Have you noticed that the higher you climb, the wider the horizon? So also with humans. To the degree we conquer ourselves, we can see farther across the landscapes of our lives. Each person establishes his own horizon by his spiritual stature."
My Testament to the UN
-A Contribution to the 50th Anniversary of the United Nations, 1995, Appendix 1, Highlihgts of the United Nations
1948: The Universal Declaration of Human Rights is adopted without opposition in the Assembly, marking the first time in history that such a document is endorsed by the international community. The cold war is at its height and the Secretary-General reports that the UN is virtually the only place where East and West have regular contact. UN military observers are sent to the Middle East and south Asia. International statistical services are resumed after an interrup¬tion of almost a decade as the UN Secretariat begins to collect, analyze, and publish data from around the world about the world and human condition. *
It is not easy to find happiness in ourselves, and it is not possible to find it elsewhere.
Agnes Repplier (1855 - 1950) www.quotes.zaadz.com
Vicky Rossi's 2nd interview while in India - with Vasu from the Barefoot College - is now posted on her column page on TFF http://www.transnational.org/Columns_Rossi/barefoot.html
The interview begins: February 16, 2007
Interview with S. Srinivasan, Facilitator, Barefoot College, Tilonia, Rajasthan, India. Interviewed in Tilonia inJanuary 2007
The Barefoot College in Tilonia, Rajasthan, is located on 2 interconnecting campuses. It has 10 outreach field offices which are instrumental in the coordination of the activities it carries out in over 150 outlying villages. The Barefoot campus is entirely powered by solar energy. Barefoot shares its know-how of solar technology not only with local villagers, but also with people from other countries like Afghanistan, Bolivia and Gambia, who visit the campus for a 6 month period during which they learn how to assemble and repair the necessary solar equipment in order to bring electricity to their home villages.
In addition to this important work with solar technology, Barefoot runs night schools for children who are unable to benefit from mainstream education because of their family duty to work in the fields or to look after livestock. Fifty-seven children from these night schools are then elected as representatives to a Children’s Parliament, which meets once a month. One child from these 57 is elected as Prime Minister of the Parliament for a two and a half year period.
Barefoot is also active in rain water harvesting, weaving and clothe making as well as in the manufacture of wooden toys for children. It runs clinics providing medical services based mainly on homeopathic remedies and it addresses important social issues in the villages through the performance of puppet shows.
Vicky Rossi: When was the Barefoot College first established and what was the main motivation of its founders?
S. Srinivasan (commonly known as “Vasu”): The Barefoot College was founded in 1972 by Mr Bunker Roy and two others. It was a voluntary organisation specifically formed with the belief that in order to work with the poorest of the poor in the villages one has to base oneself in the village. Only in this way can one uncover the problems faced by the communities there, as perceived by the villagers themselves. In the initial 1-2 years, the set of objectives held by the organisation became more concretised and more specific. This led to initiatives being started with regards drinking water. Access to drinking water was a problem for the poorest of the poor in the villages and linked to that was health – access to health services was almost nil.
When the founders of Barefoot progressed further in their series of village meetings, they realised that although there were schools, children were not going to them. They discovered too that there was hardly any employment in the villages that could sustain the people there, so villagers were migrating to nearby towns and cities in search of labour. The founders of Barefoot understood the needs of the community because these needs were spelt out by the communities themselves. Barefoot College became a fora for urban educated professionals, graduates and post-graduates to work with the rural youth in the villages. That’s how it all started.
Vicky Rossi: You have already mentioned a few of the very important initiatives carried out by the Barefoot College, for example, with regard to drinking water, night schools and employment opportunities. Can you indicate some of the many other activities you are involved with?
Vasu: Well, as I just mentioned, in the beginning, we started tackling the difficulties faced by the poorest of the poor in terms of access to drinking water, education, health and livelihood; these were integrated with one another and the overall objective was to improve the quality of life in the villages. We found that with regards access to drinking water people had to go – or rather women had to go – kilometres away to fetch water. In the same way, they also had to go far to fetch fuel wood for energy.
[For the rest of the interview: http://www.transnational.org/Columns_Rossi/barefoot.html
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