“Hope in Hell”
Earth Aware, (2021)
©Hazel Henderson 2021
This is a personal recounting of Jonathan Porritt’s decades of environmental activism directing Friends of the Earth and Greenpeace in the 1980’s to co-founding Forum of the Future in Britain, now launching in the USA. Porritt also chairs the UK Sustainable Development Commission and is President of Population Matters and The Conservation Volunteers as well as Chancellor of Keele University. Now in “Hope in Hell” (2021), Porritt reveals his deepest fears while still hoping for a change in the course of human affairs from consumerist capitalism to the needed policies to face our global climate emergency and move rapidly toward a new ethic of sustainability. Porritt lays out the devastation of our planet in all the latest, scariest science. He then reviews all the still unused opportunities available for the past 30 years and how they have been blocked by incumbent 19th and 20th century fossilized companies in energy, agriculture and all other sectors of industrial societies.
We at Ethical Markets agree with Porritt’s account of the massive denial of the truth of the ecological crises building over the past 30 years. We have tracked since 2004 on our global media platform, books, reports TV series and research all these truths ignored by most mainstream media and financial news—-largely due to their revenues from climate and science denying corporate advertising. We launched our EthicMark® Awards for Communications Uplifting the Human Spirit and Society and our decade of Award winning ad campaigns have shown how mass media can go beyond consumerist advertising and can teach sustainable behaviors and global citizen responsibility, www.ethicmark.org. We also tracked all the greener, knowledge-richer technologies, new companies and private investments from 2009-2020 on our Green Transition Scoreboard ® reports. We welcome BloombergGreen and other media now stepping up to the plate, especially the reports of Akshat Rathi on the need to re-define all the metrics and terminology still obscuring these issues and covering corporate greenwashing.
Porritt now believes only in non-violent civil disobedience following new leaders from Greta Thunberg’s Fridays for Future to Jane Fonda’s Friday Fire Drills in Washington and her book “What Can I Do?” (2021) and others. Porritt believes these movements are the best way to force political leaders still in the sway of companies and big money to action needed now to shift humanity’s trajectory in the next 10 years window of the IPCC. Porritt is correct in calling for more such widespread grassroots action, as we have, and continue to advocate on our global media platform (without advertising or outside revenues except royalties from our TV series, books and articles) and in promoting Porritt’s book.
We would add two more bright spots for Porritt’s attention: our research on expanding the current global food system further with even more plant-based diets, both for human and planetary health. We focus on the perilous reliance however, on the planet’s 3% of dwindling fresh water, while Earth : The Water Planet comprises 97% of saline water and that Nature has provided the hundreds of salt-loving ,halophyte food plants which can be grown without fertilizers or pesticides on scrub and degraded land , even beaches to expand our diets with their complete protein and mineral nutrition (see our page “Halophytes” at www.ethicalmarkets.com) and our TV show “Investing in Saltwater Agriculture :The Next Big Thing”, with NASA Chief Scientist Dennis Bushnell.
Regarding the increase in need for electricity storage and batteries and the vast new demand for lithium, cobalt, manganese, nickel and other rare earths, we draw Porritt’s attention to the more efficient methods of Vancouver-based DeepGreen, which plans to collect these natural aggregations of these mixed metals in pure form nodules from the ocean floor in the Pacific. The third-party LCA finds this method of harvesting these pure ores of nickel, cobalt, manganese and other rare earths directly, to be over 90% more efficient than any land-based mining. A moratorium on trawling large areas of the seafloor is acceptable only if land-based mining is also curtailed. The DeepGreen plan is not to trawl, but cherry-pick these nodules from a comparatively small, specific are in the Pacific Ocean off North America. Thus a broader systemic view is needed of the thermodynamic issues surrounding the global shift from fossilized energy to renewable and circular economy upcycling of all electronic wastes.
Lastly, we draw more attention to “Fixing The Money Meme” and the weaponizing of humanity’s two ancient inventions: money and markets, and relegating these to mostly local, decentralized uses
and only where they can be used appropriately for human production. For most other human transactions, which occur in the enfolding social spheres of mutual aid, sharing, cooperation, barter, markets and money are inappropriate. We now see they cause the market failures, including those we and Porritt identify in climate, energy and agriculture, as well as health. For these humans also need collective action and government policies and standards, as well as enforcement.
We highly recommend this thoughtful and important new roadmap to our uncertain human future.
Earth Day, Save for Your Future: Contribute to your IRA by May 17 to invest in climate action and fossil-free portfolios
Due to the pandemic, the IRS extended the
Personal Taxes Deadline to May 17
Some of us have been vaccinated, others are waiting to do so. We are starting to glimpse the end of quarantine and isolation. This pandemic has impacted many of us, yet we still need to plan for a more sustainable, resilient, and impactful future.
Our economy is evolving, extractive industries need to innovate or be left behind, and regenerative approaches are necessary for survival of our planet and people. This tax season consider investing in portfolios positioned for our future.
Consider contributing to your Individual Retirement Account (IRA) to reduce your taxable income and allocate to higher impact, more sustainable investment strategies and portfolios up to $7000 for IRA contributions, depending on your age.
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Why should you contribute to an IRA account?
Contributing to an IRA (Individual Retirement Account) allows an individual to save for retirement with tax-deferred growth. With HIP’s Great Place to Work strategy, or HIP’s Fossil-Fuel Free Diversified Portfolios, your investing can be allocated towards a more positive sustainable future. For IRAs, you can invest $100 and up at OpenInvest, and $1000 and up at Newday.
Saving for Your Future with an IRA
Did you contribute to your IRA previously?
Only 14% (or 1 in 7) of households contribute to an Individual Retirement Account in any given year.
Typical IRA contributors compared to non-contributors are more likely to be white, have a college education, and contribute to a 401(k) workplace retirement plan, according to a Center for Retirement Research at Boston College study
Through the OpenInvest app ($100 and up) or the Newday app ($1000 and up), it is easier for you to participate. If you can contribute, you can allocate to impact investing to potentially reduce your taxable income.
Too many American families are ill-equipped to deal with their financial needs during retirement. If younger people begin saving for retirement earlier, they can be better prepared as they approach their retirement years.
Always check with your tax expert or accountant, but here are some things to keep in mind*,
Current IRA Rules
- The annual contribution limit for Traditional IRAs for both 2020 and 2021 tax years is $6,000 (or $7,000 for those 50 and older to help catch up).
- There is an IRS penalty for withdrawals prior to age 59 1/2 with limited exceptions. Here is a link to the IRS website. (IRS)
- For example, new parents are allowed to withdraw up to $5,000 without a 10% early withdrawal penalty as long as funds are withdrawn within a year of the birth or adoption of a new child.
Invest responsibly while saving for your retirement.
- Contribute to your IRA for 2020 before May 17th, 2021, and follow up with a direct contact so you can fill out an electronic form to affirm your tax year of 2020.
- Contribute to your IRA for 2021 all year
- Open an IRA account if you don’t have one yet to invest impactfully, including HIP Strategies
- There may be additional fees if you close your IRA account.
*These are the current regulations. The IRS rules may change and you should check with your tax adviser, and learn more here. (IRS)
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WORLD PEACE EARTH DAY CELEBRATION Thursday April 22, 2021
Produced by Andrew Kaen
Hello Friends, Students, all—another Earth Day Celebration is upon us, and we’ll be celebrating, honoring, and learning together…it’s free, fun, sobering, yet uplifting….with some dynamic speakers & performers. Our second On-line, free event to honor our Mother Earth. Link below. I’ll be guiding the spaceship…hope you can join us. Mitchell
WORLD PEACE EARTH DAY CELEBRATION
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Celebrating our Planet, Healing Our Heart
Come join us for Special Event with our Conscious Community as we Gather in Unity
Honoring Mother Earth. Listen to Inspirational Talks and Experience Live Music Performances,
Celebrations & Prayers for World Peace, Planet Earth & All Inhabitants. All are Welcome!
HOST/MC Mitchell Rabin: International speaker, environmentalist, holistic coach and Host of A Better World Radio & TV ABetterWorld.tv
Rick Ulfik: Founder of We, The World, We Campaign, co-creator of 11 Days of Global Unity, WE.net
Hazel Henderson: World-Renowned Futurist, Evolutionary Economist, a Worldwide Syndicated Columnist
Dr. Leslie Field: Materials Scientist, Founder & CTO of the Arctic Ice Project
Dahr Jamail: Renowned journalist, Author of The End of Ice: Bearing Witness and Finding Meaning in the Path of Climate Disruption
Henk Rogers: Entrepreneur, Blue Planet Foundation’s Founder and Chair Emeritus
Patricia Anne Davis: Choctaw-Navajo/Chahta-Dineh Wisdom Keeper Indigenous International Speaker and Healer
Monica Willard: Charter Member of the United Religions Initiative (URI)
Intergenerational Panel on Climate with Adrian Alvarez, Brianna Rain Skildum, Grandmother Shannon Crossbear, Jim Graywolf Petruzzi and Sue Blythe
Laurelle Rethke: Bestselling Author, Spiritual Teacher and Crystal Expert
Kathryn Davis: Host of Heart of Mind Radio, Master Teacher of Qigong Form; an Energy-Vibrational Healer
Premik Russell Tubbs: Composer, Arranger, Producer and an accomplished Multi-Instrumentalist
Heidi Little: International, award-winning Singer-Songwriter, Self-Love and Empowerment Educator
Laurell Eden: High Vibration Recording Artist and Health Coach
Missy Galore: Shamanatrix of Lovelution, Galactivator of Goodness, Servant of Cosmic Love
Poems for the Solar Age by Hazel Henderson
Kosmos | Dear Hazel, everyone knows you as a futurist and as an evolutionary economist, an author and a consultant, but I don’t think many people know you as a poet.
Hazel | I knew, for my mission in this lifetime, I would have to do battle with all the alpha males who run the public and private bureaucracies in most countries, and also run most of the academic scene and the silos and the boundaries between disciplines and all the competition and so on. I knew I would have to shift to my left brain and document everything very deeply. So the poetry was when I came home after doing battle in Room 100 under the Capitol Dome for six years as a cabinet level science policy advisor. I would get home and all I wanted to do was to write poems.
Exciting Kelp Update from 2040
The Australian Marine Permaculture Project is bringing seaweed solutions to life
Marine permaculture is the practice of regenerating kelp and seaweed to reforest our oceans
and is being pioneered by Dr Brian von Herzen and his team at the Climate Foundation.
Establishing Australia’s first offshore seaweed platform
In an innovative initiative to bring the seaweed solution to life, The Intrepid Foundation partnered with ‘2040’ and the Climate Foundation to launch a public crowdfunding campaign and raised A$600,000 in 2019.
We were blown away by the outpouring of support for this exciting pilot project. And, with this support, we can now build and deploy the first marine permaculture platform in Australian waters, located off the coast of Tasmania in Storm Bay.
Progressing the project
In December 2019, Damon Gameau (Director of ‘2040’ film) had the opportunity to visit the team at the University of Tasmania with Dr Brian von Herzen to see the kelp breeding program first-hand. At the Phase 1 site at Storm Bay, test lines had been successfully populated with kelp bred in the lab. The baby kelp was grown from spores collected from ‘wild’ specimens in remnant populations.
It’s now one year since the microscopic kelps were outplanted adjacent to salmon pens and the largest of them is now a spectacular 10 metres in length! Other kelps outplanted at the same time in the same area, but further away from the salmon pens are considerably smaller (<3m), reflecting the importance of nutrient supply from the pens for kelp growth
Photographed at the end of October 2020, these kelps were0
microscopic when they were first outplanted a year ago at the
Storm Bay salmon lease as part of the collaborative project
Climate Foundation,IMAS, and Huon Aquaculture. Photo credit: Cayne Layton.
Other key project findings include identifying family lines of kelp that are tolerant of warm water. The project team has also developed a cold storage technique to enable long term storage of kelp in its microscopic stages, producing a kind of ‘seed bank’ that doesn’t require demanding husbandry.
The successes of the project so far, including finessing techniques around kelp husbandry and lifecycle management have laid the foundations to greatly expand the scope and scale of the work.
In 2021, the project team is planning to submit a collaborative research proposal with the Blue Economy Cooperative Research Centre to take the next steps towards growing kelp offshore for commercial and environmental benefit. This collaboration will involve the University of Tasmania (Institute of Marine and Antarctic Studies and Australian Maritime College), Climate Foundation, CSIRO and the Tasmanian Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water & Environment.
Like most major research projects, the project has also encountered some challenges. When trialling methods to restore kelp beds on natural reefs, initial plantings at the three restoration sites had limited success and the primary method of planting – using twine carrying kelp seedlings – resulted in poor survivorship. Encouragingly, a secondary method trialled at the same time using small 50 x 50 mm plates seeded with micro-kelp, resulted in good survivorship. In 2020, the three restoration sites were replanted with plates densely seeded with tiny kelp seedlings and, at each site, 100 plates were bolted to boulders that comprise the reef substratum.
The University of Tasmania and the Climate Foundation have been working closely on the development of methods of natural reef restoration and in the coming months, the project team will apply for the permits for upwelling water and irrigating seaweed in Australia.
Damon gets up close and personal with remnant Giant Kelp in Storm Bay, TAS
Prototype testing gets underway in the Philippines
While the Tasmanian nutrient trial demonstrated the strong response of kelp to sufficient nutrients, concurrently the Climate Foundation has been testing seaweed responses to restoring overturning circulation and irrigating seaweed forests with the upwelled water – deeper, colder water which rises to the surface.
The team have successfully irrigated red seaweeds with upwelled water at a deepwater marine permaculture platform testing site in the Philippines. Below are some images of the Philippines trial site where the Climate Foundation team built two troughs for the platform, successfully deploying the system into water over 1,000 feet deep.
While the work that Brian and his team have been doing in the Philippines hasn’t been directly funded by the Australian Marine Permaculture Project, the new findings and technological advancements being prototyped in the Philippines are now informing the Tasmanian project – ready to enable the Australian team to progress with Marine Permaculture deployment in Australia.
The Climate Foundation team deployed a prototype trough-based marine permaculture system in the Philippines. Photo credit: Sam Donohue
Prototype trough-based marine permaculture deployed in the deep sea in the Philippines. Photo credit: Sam Donohue
Red seaweeds grown in surface water (right) and in upwelled water (left) with the darker colour indicative of greater seaweed health. Photo credit: Sam Donohue
Close up comparison of the baseline seaweed (tan) with deepwater irrigated seaweed (dark) shows the robust response of this red seaweed to deepwater irrigation.
While Brian and the Climate Foundation team await the results from the trial in the Philippines, early indications show that the seaweed has benefited from the deepwater irrigation, as can be seen in the above image. While neighbouring seaweeds outside the test irrigation site have been shrinking during the summer season, the irrigated seaweeds are growing dark and healthy.
As Dr Brian von Herzen states, “from the Philippines to Australia, Marine Permaculture irrigation is proving itself to be the key to growing strong, healthy seaweed forests that provide habitat for forage fish and may be essential to regenerating life in the ocean.”
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