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Six Degrees by Mark Lynas

From Wikipedia   Six Degrees: Our Future on a Hotter Planet is a non-fiction book by author Mark Lynas about global warming. The book looks and attempts to summarize results from scientific papers on climate change. The first chapter describes the expected effects of climate change with one degree (°C) increase in average global temperature since pre-industrial times. The second chapter describes the effects of two degrees average temperature and so forth until Chapter 6 which shows the expected effects of six degrees (°) average global temperature. The effects are also compare to paleoclimatic studies, with six degrees of warming...
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A Poison Tree - a poem from “Songs of Innocence and of Experience” by William Blake

  I was angry with my friend; I told my wrath, my wrath did end. I was angry with my foe: I told it not, my wrath did grow.  And I water'd it in fears, Night and morning with my tears: And I sunned it with smiles, And with soft deceitful wiles.  And it grew both day and night. Till it bore an apple bright. And my foe beheld it shine, And he knew that it was mine.  And into my garden stole, When the night had veil'd the pole; In the morning glad I see; My foe outstretched beneath...
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A poem by Pablo Neruda

I'm Explaining a Few Things. You are going to ask: and where are the lilacs? and the poppy-petalled metaphysics? and the rain repeatedly spattering its words and drilling them full of apertures and birds? I'll tell you all the news. I lived in a suburb, a suburb of Madrid, with bells, and clocks, and trees. >From there you could look out over Castille's dry face: a leather ocean. My house was called the house of flowers, because in every cranny geraniums burst: it was a good-looking house with its dogs and children. Remember, Raul? Eh, Rafel? Federico, do you remember...
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The City that Ended Hunger

A city in Brazil recruited local farmers to help do something U.S. cities have yet to do: end hunger. By Frances Moore Lappé , posted Feb 13, 2009 in Yes!Magazine “To search for solutions to hunger means to act within the principle that the status of a citizen surpasses that of a mere consumer.” CITY OF BELO HORIZONTE, BRAZIL In writing Diet for a Small Planet, I learned one simple truth: Hunger is not caused by a scarcity of food but a scarcity of democracy. But that realization was only the beginning, for then I had to ask: What does...
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Human rights destroyed by globalisation?

Example from India - one farmer every 30 minutes commits suicide.... During the 1990-s, the World Bank and IMF encouraged the Indian governements to adopt new economic policies such as "structural adjustment" and privatisation. Indias markets were opened to global trade and multinational corporations. The Indian government removed government support for farmers, and promoted heavily the change from subsistence farming to to cash crops, especially cotton. These changes made the Indian farmers very vulnerable - to international competition, to price falls...and without the safety net of government support. The rights of the farmers to a decent life, where they could...
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Small articles on big issues 2

W ho will teach? The programmes at CICD demand out-of-the ordinary teachers. The school’s teachers have a wide range of experiences and knowledge from travelling and working in many different countries. They are a diverse bunch, of different ages and nationalities. The teachers at CICD have as their biggest passion to create a life changing and high quality programme, teaching and training adults to make a difference in the world. You will find the teachers living at the college and engaged in every aspect of the school and the programme. You will find them active in their teaching and leadership...
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Small articles on big issues 1

O n teaching and learning The school’s learning and teaching is a rare bird and definite¬ly out of the ordinary. It has each student and the student body in the middle of everything and playing the leading part. This is deepened through a collectively based organisation of the school’s programme. The content and methods used within teach¬ing and learning demand that all, students and teachers alike, act together both theoretically and practically within the programme topics and their elements of life and learning, as well as within all matters of running the school and its everyday. A sprightly programme and...
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Listen to the song The times they are a'changin'

A few weeks ago this very encouraging little greeting from Michael Moore arrived with his newsletter                                                                                       - and hear! He is not only a award-winning film-maker but also a talented singer! Michael Moore writes: "Friends, Here's a free song for you: http://soundcloud.com/occupy-this-album/01-michael-moore-the-times It's my contribution to "Occupy This Album", a compilation CD (99 songs!) featuring David Crosby & Graham Nash, Steve Earle, Tom Morello, Willie Nelson, Ani DiFranco, Third Eye Blind, Immortal Technique and Jackson Browne to be released Tuesday, May 15th. All proceeds from this album will go to fund the Occupy Wall Street movement (all the musicians...
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Nordahl Grieg: Til Ungdommen

Til Ungdommen  by Nordahl Grieg   Norwegian: Til ungdommen[a] Kringsatt av fiender, gå inn i din tid! Under en blodig storm – vi deg til strid! Kanskje du spør i angst, udekket, åpen: hva skal jeg kjempe med, hva er mitt våpen? Her er ditt vern mot vold, her er ditt sverd: troen på livet vårt, menneskets verd. For all vår fremtids skyld, søk det og dyrk det, dø om du må – men: øk det og styrk det! Stilt går granatenes glidende bånd. Stans deres drift mot død, stans dem med ånd! Krig er forakt for liv. Fred er...
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Tvindkraft Windmill

Some history... The Tvind windmill, "Tvindkraft" was created during the years 1975-78, at the initiative of and financed by the teacher group of the schools at Tvind. The time was the time of the oil crisis, and the debate was for or against nuclear power - for or against wind power - nuclear power or wind power. The price of energy had multiplied, and something had to be done. The Danish industry was pressing on to introduce nuclear power as a cheap alternative to the expensive oil. A majority in the Danish Parliament was building up. At Tvind people were...
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Article about the Sea of Hands

The Sea of Hands - for the rights of Australian Indigenous people The Sea of Hands is an Australian (physical) and world-wide (via the web) action to support the rights of the Indigenous Australian population. It is organised by The National organisation, Australians for Native Title & Reconciliation (ANTaR) and started in 1997. On the 12th of October 1997, the Sea of Hands paved its way into Australian history books as 70,000 members of culturally diverse communities in Australia protested outside Parliament House in Canberra. The Sea of Hands was a protest in opposition to the Howard Government’s proposed amendments...
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Quotes by Paulo Coelho

Be brave. Take risks. Nothing can substitute experience. Beauty is the greatest seducer of man. Every blessing ignored becomes a curse. Everything that happens once can never happen again. But everything that happens twice will surely happen a third time.   If you start by promising what you don't even have yet, you'll lose your desire to work towards getting it. Life was always a matter of waiting for the right moment to act.   Love can consign us to hell or to paradise, but it always takes us somewhere. Love is a trap. When it appears, we see only...
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Ghandi quotations

“Be the change that you wish to see in the world.” “Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.” “An eye for an eye will only make the whole world blind.” “Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.” “First they ignore you, then they ridicule you, then they fight you, and then you win.” “When I despair, I remember that all through history the way of truth and love have always won. There have been tyrants and murderers, and for a time, they...
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Nelson Mandela quotations

“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” “I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear.” “I am fundamentally an optimist. Whether that comes from nature or nurture, I cannot say. Part of being optimistic is keeping one's head pointed toward the sun, one's feet moving forward. There were many dark moments when my faith in humanity was sorely tested, but I would not and could not give myself up...
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Yarrow: Light one candle

Light One Candle by Peter Jarrow   Light one candle for the Maccabee children With thanks that their light didn't die Light one candle for the pain they endured When their right to exist was denied Light one candle for the terrible sacrifice Justice and freedom demand But light one candle for the wisdom to know When the peacemaker's time is at hand [Chorus:] Don't let the light go out! It's lasted for so many years! Don't let the light go out! Let it shine through our love and our tears. Light one candle for the strength that we need...
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Sainte-Marie: The Universal Soldier

The Universal Soldier by Buffy Sainte-Marie   He's five foot-two, and he's six feet-four, He fights with missiles and with spears. He's all of thirty-one, and he's only seventeen, He's been a soldier for a thousand years. He'a a Catholic, a Hindu, an Atheist, a Jain, A Buddhist and a Baptist and a Jew. And he knows he shouldn't kill, And he knows he always will, Kill you for me my friend and me for you. And he's fighting for Canada, He's fighting for France, He's fighting for the USA, And he's fighting for the Russians, And he's fighting for...
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Vian: Le Deserteur

Le Déserteur English translation copyright © 1983 James Prescott   Your Majesty the King, I'm writing you a letter, Though you might hear me better, if you could hear me sing. There just came through my door, my army papers warning, We leave on Monday morning, we march away to war. Well, I don't fit your plan, I must refuse the shilling, For I'm no longer willing, to kill my fellow man. Your Majesty, I say, with due consideration, It's my determination, I will desert today. I've seen my father die, I've seen my sisters grieving, My older brothers leaving,...
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Shira: I don’t know how to write a love poem

I DON’T KNOW HOW TO WRITE A LOVE POEM                                                                 by Shira, Development Instructor,   IICD Massachussetts     I don`t know how to write a love poem But I can tell you what it is like to hear Third world children screaming my name and running towards me with open arms I can tell you what it is like to have lived in Mozambique For only half a year And to return With familiar faces as I embrace The memories they have kept alive of me Calling out my name as if I have been here all along I don't know...
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Whitman: Salut au monde

Salut au Monde! By Walt Whitman 1819-1892 1 O take my hand Walt Whitman! Such gliding wonders! such sights and sounds! Such join'd unended links, each hook'd to the next, Each answering all, each sharing the earth with all. What widens within you Walt Whitman? What waves and soils exuding? What climes? what persons and cities are here? Who are the infants, some playing, some slumbering? Who are the girls? who are the married women? Who are the groups of old men going slowly with their arms about each other's necks? What rivers are these? what forests and fruits are...
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Coelho: Manual for climbing mountains

Manual for Climbing Mountains --by Paulo Coelho, Original Story, Dec 20, 2011  A] Choose the mountain you want to climb: don’t pay attention to what other people say, such as “that one’s more beautiful” or “this one’s easier”. You’ll be spending lots of energy and enthusiasm to reach your objective, so you’re the only one responsible and you should be sure of what you’re doing. B] Know how to get close to it: mountains are often seen from far off – beautiful, interesting, full of challenges. But what happens when we try to draw closer? Roads run all around them,...
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