The Academy For Future Science
asks for a moment of Silent
Celebration on September 21st, 2011
for the International Day of Peace.
Let us put the words:
“Blessed are the Peacemakers”
A time of change has come for everyone to realize that peace starts with you here and now!
Start by sending through prayer and meditation that inner peace. throughout the world so that we can all share that love of peace.
Let us target not just countries but individuals who are seeking a peaceful solution to their challenges taking place in their lives.
As we participated in the International Day of Peace at the United Nations, all the participants shared the view that although there are many challenges before us,
peace has to be first and foremost.
Whether it is peace through disarmament as put forth by the UN Peace Messenger and famous actor Michael Douglas, peace established by the care of mother earth and all her creatures as put forth through the UN Peace Messenger and famous chimpanzee spokesperson, Jane Goodall,
or peace for all those with disabilities as represented through the UN Peace Messenger, the famous musician Stevie Wonder.
You can hear a short clip of Steve’s message of peace here.
Remember that Peace starts
with you from your heart
linked with the hearts of humanity
and all living creatures on Earth!
— Drs. JJ and Desiree Hurtak
Academy For Future Science
Earth Day 2009
We at the Academy invite our friends to celebrate this special day known as "Earth Day" (April 22). We want to raise our consciousness not only in relation to
the earth, but also all four elements of life from the water to the sky and the fire. We also want to recognize the news from European astronomers who recently reported on one of the smallest exoplanets ever
discovered, called Gliese 581 e which is just 1.9 times larger than our planet and a bit too close to the sun. Its neighboring planet, discovered earlier (2007) called Gliese 581 d, has just now been recognized as
existing in the prime "habitable zone" for potential life. Both Gliese 581 d and 581 e orbit a solar system a mere 20 1/2 light years away from Earth. It is considered a "habitable zone" because its climate would allow
Water, the "life blood" of our planet, needs to be honored on this special day of appreciation. In all of this, we can appreciate the importance of our
planet's natural environment as a jewel within a vast and awesome universe. In this we realize how special we are to have this near-perfect climate for life as we know it. Let us understand also the reasons
why environmental conservation in our backyard of Mother Earth needs to be a high priority to maintain, as best as we can, this perfect jewel we call "space-ship" Earth.
All the elements are critically in need of
our attention, but water is key, because despite the fact that 75 percent of the Earth's surface is covered by water, only 2.5 percent of it is fresh water, the rest is salt water. Of the fresh water, 3/4 of
it is in glaciers and permanent snow cover which are rapidly melting and becoming part of our salt water oceans. With over 6 billion people living here, all of whom require fresh drinking water to survive, we need
to understand the serious steps required to preserve our water resources and stop water pollution with greater countermeasures.
Let us dedicate ourselves, until the next Earth Day, to help inspire people at our
local levels to volunteer their time and services in working for better water futures, a "clean air" environment, and finding solutions to go beyond the "combustion fires" of many earth elements that are not only
non-renewable, but also build up green-house gases in our atmosphere! Let us work to preserve the life-giving environment we have been gifted with on Schoolhouse Earth!
Harness Your Hard Work and Vision in using the Water of Life.
Drs. J.J. and Desiree Hurtak
The Academy for Future Science
THE FUTURE IS IN OUR HANDS
Only a few newscasts gave major coverage to it, but on September 24 a special
high-level conference at the United Nations entitled THE FUTURE IS IN OUR HANDS on Global Climate Change took place in New York. It was an event requested by the new Secretary General of the United Nations, Ban Ki-moon.
It was the first of its kind at the United Nations where heads of state themselves, from all over the globe, and not just ambassadors, came together to discuss environmental changes taking place on the planet and what
could be done. It was the first of a series of conferences that will continue the discussion.
In the official sessions, dignitaries such as German Chancellor (Mme. Angela Merkel), Prince Albert of Monaco, President
of Finland (Mme. Tarja Halonen), Prime Minister of Turkey (Erdogan), the Chancellor of Austria (Alfred Gusenbauer), the President of Lebanon (Emile Lahoud), the President of Ecuador (Correa), the Head of the
European Commission (Jose Manuel Barroso), the Prime Minister of Sweden (Reinfeld) and the President of Portugal (Socrates) who is also the current head of the European Council of Ministers, the President of
Indonesia (Bambang Yudhoyono), and the President of Guyana (Jagdeo) to name just a few, addressed each other and NGOs who were present in small sessions discussing the critical issues.
Each of the heads of states wanted to emphasize that this is not to be seen as a political issue, but a global issue and the consensus was that if we do not act now – whatever it costs to make the change will
only increase in the future! Expectations are that temperatures could rise by as much as 2-4 degrees centigrade (3.2 - 7 degrees F) by the year 2100 which is expected to cause major extinctions around the
globe. Doing something now would reduce that to 1-2 degrees centigrade (2-3 degrees F.).
According to the Environmental Minister of Ireland (John Gormley) we have only 10 years to curb the problem of
the greenhouse gases or humankind would be effectively diminished by the vast climate change. Continued greenhouse emissions at or above current rates are inducing larger climatic changes than those observed in
the 20th century and according to some scientists are expected to cause massive damage to the environment as well as trigger the rise of sea levels of the oceans by as much as one meter before the end of the 21st century.
Most leaders were calling for a 20-30% reduction of CO2 from 1990s levels by the year 2020.
More specifically, the Environmental Minister of Haiti mentioned to everyone that his country had been a victim
of 7 hurricanes since 2004 which cost the country 7% of their GDP.
The President of Guyana mentioned how he had set aside 1 million forested acres in his country as a preserve for biodiversity, but for this he has
received no compensation and it is very difficult to stop people who need fire wood for cooking from cutting down trees. He said if you say to a mother and her child, "You cannot cut down the tree to cook your
meal because the planet needs the trees" she simply would not understand. However, he is well aware that 23% of greenhouse gas emissions in his region come directly from deforestation (the burning of trees).
Denmark's Prime Minister Rasmussen was proud of his country's achievements where more than 25% of their electricity production stems from renewable sources - in particular from wind and biomass. Of their "total energy
consumption" 15% stems from renewable sources, and by 2025, his stated goal is to double the share to at least 30%.
The President of Ecuador mentioned "Climate Change does not have borders ... In the last years, the
climate disasters have cost the lives of more than 3 million people in the world, 800 million [were made] victims and immediate damages surpass 23,000 million dollars. Of these damages, 90% have happened in the
developing countries." He went on to say how the government of Ecuador has agreed to not exploit crude oil that is underground in the Yasuni-ITT region in order to preserve the area, forgoing the possibilities of 90
million petroleum barrels per year. He points out that this will be an economic loss to his country on the order of 720 million dollars per year (at the current 80 dollars a barrel). He was wondering if the
world community could supply him with a mere 5 dollars a barrel for not removing the oil as an example of world-wide collective action to reduce the global warming in benefit of the entire planet.
Finally, we were
impressed with the way Mr. Lahoud, the President of Lebanon, ended his speech: "It is time to reclaim...sustainable environmental peace. The United Nations should not only be a global political peacemaker, it is bound
to become the guarantor of a sustainable environment.…Nature is not the enemy; it is the mother's womb, yet in God's revelation in the Old Testament, the fifth Commandment said, 'Honor your father and your mother.'"
Then he added: "I find no better way to end but by quoting the Lebanese poet philosopher Khalil Gibran: 'Advance and never halt, for advancing is perfection. Advance and do not fear the thorns in the path...'"
We all know that positive changes can be made on this planet to help to bring about a better future if we turn to both new technologies as well as a more global consciousness way of thinking.
For those who are interested in more of these issues, please see our upcoming Future History journal for Winter 2007 as well as the links at the bottom of this message, and keep working and praying together to make real change!