Freedom & Justice in the Land of Our Captivity

Hebrew people, The Most High’s people thousands of years ago were commanded to teach the faith to their children and their children’s children that the remembrance of the perfect order Yah established in the Beginning, nor the expectation of an eventual RESTORATION not depart from their mouths, minds, hearts ‘henceforth forever’. Many generations knew that they would not see the King of Kings in their lifetime, but a lifetime spent commemorating and celebrating the Promise of Prophesy was a life of purpose and value and well lived. Presently, all but a faint glimmer of that remembrance has been forgotten, but, if We Are The Children of the Ancient Forefathers who understood and believed the Most High’s plan for Peace and Righteousness on Earth, then we must not forsake our obligation to pray for the return of the King of Kings, the King of Righteousness who performs that Plan. (Who shall stand when He appears?)

I don’t want Freedom or Justice as defined in the land of our captivity. I am holding out for the Peace on Earth the Most High has Promised. As for me and my Household, we will wait for the Lord in order to become renewed in Strength. Most mainstream religions say that Heaven is a place you have to die to get to, but for me, not becoming desensitized means believing that very soon a revolution will come and that revolution will be led by those who pray ‘Thy Will Be Done On Earth As It Is In Heaven”.

Patience and faith promises the victory. Salvation from this affliction will not come by the works of politicians, presidents, priests, pastors, nor political activists and the agendas they boast in.

Isaiah 35:4 Say to those who are of a fearful heart, Be strong, fear not; behold, your avenger is coming, the Saviour is coming to deliver you.

Isaiah 19:20 And it shall be for a sign and for a witness to the Lord of hosts in the land of Egypt; for they shall cry to the Lord because of the oppressors, and He shall send them a Saviour, a Judge, and He shall deliver them.

Why do the nations rage and the people imagine vain things? Realize that our hope and our very preservation at this point depends on the complete and ultimate EXPOSING of the injustice and unrighteousness of this American government and EVERY national and ultra-national government that has taken council together against The Most High and His Anointed.

Isaiah 9:6 For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the GOVERNMENT will be upon His shoulder: and His name is called Wonderful Counselor, The Mighty One, The Everlasting God, The Prince of PEACE. 7 Of the increase of His GOVERNMENT and of His PEACE there shall be no end, upon the throne of David and upon His Kingdom, to establish it and to sustain it with JUSTICE and with RIGHTEOUSNESS from henceforth even for ever. The zeal of the Lord of hosts will perform this.

Selah!

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How can two walk together unless know where they’ve been?

In my opinion, always striving to keep up with and to be apart of present and fluctuating mainstream trends makes for an extremely ungrounded people. My impression is that my people have become incredibly ungrounded and my experience has been that for too long I was an incredibly ungrounded person. I see it in young men who seem to have lost the values of the valiant, earnest men of previous generations and I see it in young women who don’t understand the importance of keeping our cultural and oral traditions of wisdom and ALIVE and growing. We all talk about having some kind of economic wealth to pass on to our children, but what about passing along the inherited sense of impotance that comes from tried & true Ideals that will sustain them like they sustained those who believed them and preserved them for us so many generation ago? Along with the collecive, collaborative ambition that is not only our life’s work, but a work so vital and emense that it needs all of us and all generations.

The wealth that I pray to be able to pass along to my children is firstly the Commonwealth of Israel. Its something thats real to me and growing more real even though it may not be not something that the world places any dollar value on. As a woman, the sence of security that I look for is knowing that the man I belong to is in touch and intrinesed in the heritage that we belong to.

None of us is alone but it becomes harder to connect on a deeper level when we forget that we do share a common past experience and that we have a hope and a future promised to us that we can move towards together.

You dont know where you’re going until you know where you’ve been. The heart of the fathers must be returned to the hearts of the children and the hearts of the children returned to that of the forefathers in order to regain the momentum that can propel us past this state of stagnation and counterproductivity.

This is not about building another fated empire, this is about restoring the greatest one there ever was.

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Faith, Understanding & Obedience

If you lack faith its because you lack understanding!

FAITH is believing there is a solution to every problem. There is an answer to every question, a means to serve every need, a resolution to all discord. Contradiction, misinterpretation, nor ignorance can negate the Truth. Because its been lost doesn’t mean there’s not a way to find it. There’s no obstacle on the path that can’t be overcome. Peace is by no means impossible but it requires that we seek the Most High for wisdom greater than that of those exalted to serve the whims of a divided, chaotic, contentious world.
Faith is believing that there is a way to overcome but that it insists that we refuse complicity with any injustice and we refuse to compromise in the pursuit of perfection. It’s impossible to love the Most High and hate perfection. It is impossible to reject the Law of the Most High and stand up against every injustice.

Every act of injustice against the weak, vulnerable, ignorant, or immature first began with a campaign to hide and deny the truth. Freedom from bondage begins with the pursuit of all the truth that has been hidden.
Trusting in the Most High means understanding that if He has not resigned to become satisfied with the ills of the world, then we shouldn’t be either. All deliberation and all diligence should be mindful of the fact that the Most High does have a plan to restore all that He created back to the initial purpose for which He created it. He has and will continue to reveal His plan to those with an aspiration to cooperate according to that plan. If He revealed it to you would you be grateful? Would you see the beauty in it? Would you agree to support it?

This is the patience and faith if the saints. This is the combined effort of many generations.

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Fear Is A Lie

Hebrew people, The Most High’s people thousands of years ago were commanded to teach the faith to their children and their children’s children that the remembrance of the perfect order Yah established in the Beginning, nor the expectation of an eventual RESTORATION not depart from their mouths, minds, hearts ‘henceforth forever’. Many generations knew that they would not see the King of Kings in their lifetime, but a lifetime spent commemorating and celebrating the Promise of Prophesy was a life of purpose and value and well lived. Presently, all but a faint glimmer of that remembrance has been forgotten, but, if We Are The Children of the Ancient Forefathers who understood and believed the Most High’s plan for Peace and Righteousness on Earth, then we must not forsake our obligation to pray for the return of the King of Kings, the King of Righteousness who performs that Plan. (Who shall stand when He appears?)

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Isaiah 57:11 And of whom have you been in such dread and fear, that you have lied against Me and have not remembered Me nor laid it to your heart? Behold, I am the Holy One of old, and you did not revere me. 12 I will declare my righteousness, your works shall not profit you. 13 When you cry out, let those who gather around you deliver you; but the wind shall carry them all away, and the whirlwind shall take them; but those who put their trust in Me shall inherit the land and shall possess my holy mountain

I don’t want Freedom or Justice as defined in the land of our captivity. I am holding out for the Peace on Earth the Most High has Promised. As for me and my Household, we will wait for the Lord in order to become renewed in Strength. Most mainstream religions say that Heaven is a place you have to die to get to, but for me, not becoming desensitized means believing that very soon a revolution will come and that revolution will be led by those who pray ‘Thy Will Be Done On Earth As It Is In Heaven”.

Patience and faith promises the victory. Salvation from this affliction will not come by the works of politicians, presidents, priests, pastors, nor political activists and the agendas they boast in.

Isaiah 35:4 Say to those who are of a fearful heart, Be strong, fear not; behold, your avenger is coming, the Saviour is coming to deliver you.

Isaiah 19:20 And it shall be for a sign and for a witness to the Lord of hosts in the land of Egypt; for they shall cry to the Lord because of the oppressors, and He shall send them a Saviour, a Judge, and He shall deliver them.

Why do the nations rage and the people imagine vain things? Realize that our hope and our very preservation at this point depends on the complete and ultimate EXPOSING of the injustice and unrighteousness of this American government and EVERY national and ultra-national government that has taken council together against The Most High and His Anointed.

Isaiah 9:6 For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the GOVERNMENT will be upon His shoulder: and His name is called Wonderful Counselor, The Mighty One, The Everlasting God, The Prince of PEACE. 7 Of the increase of His GOVERNMENT and of His PEACE there shall be no end, upon the throne of David and upon His Kingdom, to establish it and to sustain it with JUSTICE and with RIGHTEOUSNESS from henceforth even for ever. The zeal of the Lord of hosts will perform this.

 

Selah!

 

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The Gregorian Calendar was Designed to Revolve Around Pagan Worship & Jan 1st Commemorates the Persecution of Jews and Early Church Believers

Today Is Not the Beginning of the New Year. Wintertime New Year celebrations are the perpetuation of pagan worship of the Italian God of Gates & Doors, Janus, after whom January is named.

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According to Exodus 12 & Ezekiel 45:18-21 The New Year begins in the Spring, 14 days before Passover. Its Rome’s Julius Caesar and later on Pope Gregory XIII who are predominantly responsible for the manipulation of the calender ‘changing times and laws’ (Daniel 7:25-27), most often to accommodate pagan celebrations, to merge in contrived ‘Christian’ observances, or otherwise to situate annual days of honor ddicated to themselves.

For centuries before and during the height of the Roman Empire, Roman custom was to celebrate the New Year with what they considered to be reenactments of ‘the chaotic world that existed before the cosmos was ordered by the gods’ usually involving drunken orgies, and other forms of liscentious revelry. However in addition, on January 1st 46 B.C.E. Julius Caesar actually celebrated the New Year with violent, bloody acts against Jewish revolutionaries in Galilee resisting Roman occupation. On New Years Day 1578 Pope Gregory XIII gave the mandate that  Jews of Ephesus, Smyrna, Pergamos, Thyatira, Sardis, Philadelphia, and Laodiceato and thruout confiscated regions of the East were required to pay taxes to support the “House of Conversion” set up to convert Believers from the Hebraic Faith of the prophets and apostles to the Roman Catholic Church’s gruesome perversion of The Faith. Read about ‘Saint Sylvester’ after whom New Years Eve celebrations in Israel are named. Around the time of the time the Council of Nicea, he and Constantine passed viciously anti-Semitic legislation forcibly removing Jews from Jerusalem. There are many more accounts of years when January 1st was specifically chosen for particularly hateful crimes against The Faith such as New Years Day 1581 when Gregory used military force to have all apocryphal books of scriptures confiscated from the Jewish community living in Rome.

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If you’re curious or don’t know what I’m talking about I encourage you to do your research. If you don’t believe any of this is personally relevant, I encourage you check your moral compass. We who consider ourselves Believers, out of the deepest expression of brotherly love owe it to one another to ask deeper questions about the veracity of the beliefs we profess and the authenticity/origins of the traditions that bring us together.

If you want to wish me well or express goodwill… wish me a  Happy New Year in about three months. 

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The Most High Is ONE: Before the Tahweed Was The Shemah

In response to a piece by Galym Zhussipbeck on Pluralism & Diversity. Find the original write up at the following links:

http://islamicommentary.org/2015/09/islam-and-the-acceptance-of-diversity-by-galym-zhussipbek/#comment-85552

http://www.juancole.com/2015/09/acceptance-diversity-pluralism.html

The Hebrew “Shemah” (Deut 6:4 // Mark 12:28-34) is the encapsulation of all the Torah/Law and states that The Most High Yah is One… the same foundational premise of the “Tahweed” … However I would dare to claim that ALL supposed Abrahamic religions, Islam, Judaism, and Christianity, have each diverted FAR away from what was the initial (and ETERNALLY intended) faith given to our Father Abraham to pass along to his children. If the initial faith given to Abraham; the faith required to understand that the Creator is “I AM THAT I AM” i.e. ‘all that He is and nothing that He is not, in spite of man’s self-exalting misrepresentations of Him’… if that faith had been preserved, then as a people we would experience ONENESS  and peace with Him and His people as He experiences ONENESS and peace with Himself.

This is the true understanding of the Shema! The Oneness of the Creator! You have written:

“…the proper belief in Tawheed signifies the utmost humility and an acceptance of diversity and respect for human-kind.”

This is a distorted interpretation. Proper belief in the Oneness of Our Creator signifies the utmost humility and respect for Yah as He is and has always declared Himself to be from the BEGINNING.

Consider this question: Which holds primacy? Which ought we respect more greatly? The diversity, divisions, and differing orientations of mankind? Or the CONSTANT, DEFINITIVE , and ABSOLUTE nature of our Creator? Does His Will, His very identity bend … or break according to our rebellious confusion? Or are we required to be constantly and continually disciplined unto agreement with Him that we be freed from the bondage to chaos that is our schisms and sectarianism?

You have written:

“world-view centered around Oneness of God (Tawheed) necessitates the genuine acceptance of pluralism.”

I would counter by saying that a world-view centered around the Oneness of God necessitates the genuine seekitude of the enormous and supreme consciousness of Yah in order that our ignorance not blind, limit, segregate us, narrow our vantage point, or hinder our ability to see the salvation-solution as Yah has promised it.

Those of us who pray for peace according to the faith of Abraham.. the faith that was passed along to the prophets and assumed by Yeshuah who was before Abraham was, and of whom Abraham delighted to see His day, John 8:56-58 … Those of us who pray for peace according to THIS FAITH knew as Abraham knew that here must be a day of reckoning, a global day of At-ONE-ment, if you will. We understand that there will come a point when the Most High terminates the existence and supposed viability of every stronghold, orientation, and misrepresentation not in line with Yah’s Oneness with Himself. It is prophesied that the nation the will not serve as Ysrael does shall perish! (Isaiah 60:12) We certainly know better than to take this work into our own hands, or to administer wrath according to our own arrogance and ignorance, (James 1:20) however it would be unwise to forget that The Most High does not make empty threats. Each of us must depend on His ever enduring mercy.  We pray for the conversion of heart on behalf of our brothers and sisters, but in NO WAY do we disagree with Yah to sanction nonbelief. In no way are we convicted to advocate nor empathise more with those who will not be modeled after The Creator’s Oneness than with those who strive thru life until death to exalt His Oneness. Our schisms, our sectarianism and the enactment of violent, extremist, arrogantly condemning  behavior are all product of our prideful ACCEPTANCE of pluralism and audacious rebellion against the singularism of the Creator.

You see, the Most High is of course well aware of man’s ‘diversity’ however, the foremost tenant of the Abramic Promise is that adoption into the faith is extended via the Messiah to those who agree to become devoted to maintaining the sanctity of the covenant. (Isaiah  56!) Messiah as King, and Israel as a Holy Kingdom are purposed to be the Light to the Nations! (Isaiah 49:5-7) Do not forget that Abraham was named to be the Father of Many Peoples! Ancient Eastern orientation regards well the fact that a son is to be disciplined by his father, taught in all things to remain true to the integrity of the teaching! Can’t you see?? … This is the plan for peace. Not that the father’s reputation is mocked by the augments of his children, but that the teachings of the Father absolve differences and heal violence.

When will we as Believers agree to look towards our Creator for the instructions and guidelines that dictate how His creation should properly function in order to be preserved in a sanctified and pristine condition? When will we accept the fact that  global peace and our very survival is contingent upon our ability to become globally GALVANIZED after a pure and humble love for our Creator? We all inhabit this Earth together. For our own sakes and the sakes of our loved ones, It is our duty to pray that none other but the absolute decree of the Creator be allowed to preside over Creation.

Isa 45:22  Look unto me, and be ye saved, all the ends of the earth: for I am God, and there is none else.  23  I have sworn by myself, the word is gone out of my mouth in righteousness, and shall not return, That unto me every knee shall bow, every tongue shall swear.

Mat 28:18  And Messiah  came and spake unto them, saying, All POWER is given unto me in heaven and in earth.  19   Go ye therefore, and CONVERT ALL NATIONS, baptizing them –cleansing them of their former allegiances and orientations–  in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit:   20   Teaching them to observe ALL things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen.

We must seek (Malachi 3) the Righteous One, the King of Glory, the Root and Offspring of Dawid, The Bright Morning Star (2Peter 1:19, Rev 22:16) who renews strength, because every other leadership divides us! True faith is believing that there can be, must be, will be and end to all confusion.

Mankind has become pluralists but Yah is yet a Singularist!

Will mankind  convert Yah unto his many images? Or will Yah convert and (re)make man after His One image?

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Reflections on Environmental Justice following the EPA Region 6 TX EJ Community Training Workshop

 

Psalm 24:1   The Earth is the Lord’s and the fullness thereof, the world and they that live therein


Romans 8:19   All creation awaits the manifestation of the sons of God … 21   When creation itself shall be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God.


Isaiah 24:4   The earth howls and sits in mourning, the land wails and sits in mourning … 5   The earth also is defiled like its inhabitants; because they have transgressed the laws, changed the ordinance, broken the everlasting covenant. 6   Therefore the earth shall sit in mourning, and they that dwell therein are desolate …


Jeremiah 2:7 And I brought you into a land of plenty, to eat its fruit and its goodness; but when you came in you defiled my land and made my heritage an abomination


Revelations 11:17   Saying, We give thee thanks, O Lord God Almighty, who is and was and is to come; because thou hast taken to thyself thy great power and hast reigned. 18   … to reward thy servants, the prophets, and the saints and those who revere thy name, small and great; and to destroy those who destroy the Earth.

“Do you breathe air? Do you drink water? Do you eat food?” According to “The Father of Environmental Justice” Dr. Robert D. Bullard, if you answered yes to any two out of three you are, in fact, an environmentalist.

On July 29th Dr. Robert Bullard became the namesake for the Seirra Club's annual Environmental Justice Award for outstanding work in the fight against environmental injustice.

On July 29th Dr. Robert Bullard became the namesake for the Seirra Club’s annual Environmental Justice Award for outstanding work in the fight against environmental injustice.

August 6th thru the 8th in Houston, TX, Region 6 of the Environmental Protection Agency hosted the Texas Environmental Justice Community Training Workshop. EPA members came together with environmental advocacy group leaders to work on forming future initiatives to address environmental concerns in Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas, and 66 Native American Tribal Nations. Very often over the course of the three days, emotions surged as community members stood and detailed their grim experiences living near refineries, or near a Superfund site. Organization representatives such as David Lopez, CEO of the Harris County Hospital District, Russ Poppe Directer of Operations of the Harris County Flood Control District, and Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee made known their obligations and accomplishments in the pursuit of addressing environmental injustice and extended themselves as service people to those in need. The workshop served to create a forum for provocative productive communication and awareness.

 I’ll share with you some of the things I learned.

In cities such as Port Arthur, TX where oil and natural gas is processed those that live nearby become subjected to a phenomenon called gas flaring. Gas flaring occurs during the midst of production, processing, and exploration operations when there is a need to stabilize the pressure or flow of natural gas to help guard against the risk of explosion. Natural gas is mostly composed of methane which, as we all know or may have heard, is a greenhouse gas that contributes to global warming. The flares are loud and extremely hot and according to Environmentalist and Goldman Prize Winner, Mr. Hilton Kelly, are usually shot up during night time hours to attract the least amount of attention. Listen below as Mr. Kelly shares a story of his family’s degraded quality of life living in the underbelly of Port Arthur, TX.

Gas flaring is not so much the main problem as it is a symptom of a much larger problem that is our economic dependency on oil and gas for energy. One of the ways we satisfy our dependency on oil and gas is through a dangerous practice called fracking. In 2012 there was even a movie about fracking starring Matt Damon and John Krasinsky called ‘Promised Land’. Have you seen it?

Hydrolic fracturing or ‘fracking’ is the process of drilling and piping into the ground a solution of sand and chemicals to break open the shale and release the natural gas below the surface. Mercury, formaldehyde, and hydochloric acid are a few of the 600 chemicals used in the sand solutions. Over the course of this process, chemicals leach out of the piping system and into the surrounding groundwater causing contamination. Many of the chemicals are known to be carcinogens. Drinking this contaminated water has led to over 1,000 documented cases of illnesses in the form of respiratory, neurological, and nervous system damage. Hardly half of the fracking solution is every recovered from the earth, and what is recovered is left in pits to evaporate releasing harmful gasses into the air and creating acid rain. Over the US 72 trillion gallons of water and 360 billion gallons of chemical are used to recover only 300,000 barrels of natural gas.

During the course of the workshop, in a Q&A session I listened to a young man beg on the verge of tears for someone to help his mother who lives half a mile from a refinery and experiences serious health issues. He told the crowd and the panel members about the heavy metals in her liver and how they lacked the financial resources to have her see a doctor. He told us that they did not have the means to prove it, but that he was certain she was a victim of the refinery’s pollution.

The thing about environmental abuse is usually the ones who find themselves directly in harms way are those who because of their low economic status have hardly any choice but to live in the environmentally outcasted areas of town. It is a fact that the black and Latino demographic over South Central US are disproportionately affected by pollution.

As an undergraduate at the historically black university Prairie View A&M, I became aware of an initiative to build a landfill not even 5 miles from school. This landfill would create a stench in the air on campus, leak lechate into the ground and groundwater and weaken the prestige of our school. This was my first experience with environmental injustice. Our student body came together to protest and make our dissatisfaction known before the Waller County Courthouse. Even the likes of Quanell X and Minnijean Brown Trickey stepped in to offer their voices as support.  In the most recent court hearing, pleas to transfer the location of the Highway 6 Landfill were denied and the organization instrumental in resisting the landfill is facing a lawsuit.

Research Analyst, Andy Zellinger of the Louisiana Bucket Brigade also had a story of minority environmental undermining. He gave an account of mapping in such a way that camouflages low income areas of New Orleans subjected to pollution from the petrochemical industry by grouping stats by parish rather than zip code. The Brigade website offers a more accurate iWitness Pollution Map.

In an intimate ‘breakout’ session workshop participants had the opportunity to hear from a lady named Jacquelyn Young, Director of the San Jacinto River Coalition. Ms. Young told us her story of severe health complications living near the waste pits that initially collected pollutants produced by the Champion Paper Mill. Due to the neglect of the pits, dioxins and furans from the paper mill found their way into the river, the drinking water, and the food chain. Jacquelyn Young told us of her experience with emaciation, loss of hand function and other health debilitations due to subjection to the Superfund site. Many in the local area test positive for heavy metals and suffer from poor health, some even from a rare form a cancer called multiple myeloma. Seafood from the San Jacinto River are widely exported and while local residents know not to consume, the seafood is exported without any warning labels.

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Toxicologist, Latrice Babin compared the process of purging the earth beneath a Superfund site to sucking a smear of peanut butter from a jar through a straw. She says that the methods in place are often ineffective and the toxins are difficult to remove. This is the case with many Superfund sites like the San Jacinto Waste Pits; the sites may get cleaned up, but toxins are still left behind.

An intimate breakout session with Latrice Babin - Toxicoligist, David Lopez - Haris County Health District CEO,  and Arturo Blanco - HDHHS Bureau Cheif.

An intimate breakout session with Latrice Babin – Toxicologist, David Lopez – Harris County Health District CEO, and Arturo Blanco – HDHHS Bureau Cheif.

One thing became very clear to me over the course of the workshop. The Earth is suffering, and its people are suffering as a result.

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 After such an eye-opening experience, I am left with this hard-hitting question: What will it take to turn our conversations into action? What will it take to put an end not only to the individual occurrences of environmental injustice, but to end the cycles that bring us right back to the same crisis over and over? And how do we as individuals help to shoulder the responsibility of addressing a problem that is much bigger than any one of us?

Karen Savage of Bridge The Gulf shared with me her desire that those who feel a sense of obligation to stand up for environmental affairs, do so. She says that whatever level of skill you have, great or small, you must offer. She implores us to know that this is a cause the deserves to have those who will take it up.

The Savage mother and daughter duo working to Bridge The Gulf

The Savage mother and daughter duo working to Bridge The Gulf

I would say that the predicament we have gotten ourselves into is one where we’ve integrated into our lives a sort of dependency on practices that hurt the environment to the point  where it is more than a little hard to quit harmful practices because the sacrifice would be major lifestyle shifts for all of us. Not only that but due to our marring actions the Earth’s automatic mechanisms for stabilizing and self-repair seem to be disrupted.

However, no matter how great the cost of repair may seem, now more than ever, I believe that it is a cost we can come together to repay. I do believe that the first step of many is to refuse to ever give up caring.

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