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Soon it will become clear to men that signs they look for are appearing. For some these signs will seem inevitable and welcome. For others they will seem like the dissolution of all that they hold dear. In truth, they will be the signs that denote the new, and are but the outer expression of profound changes that are taking place. In time, most will agree that much was wrong in the old world, now quickly passing out, and had to be sacrificed for the better expression of man’s nature and accomplishments.
Soon, therefore, the changes heralded by these signs will alert the keen-eyed of men that we are entering a new dispensation, one of which all can be proud.
[This article from Share International magazine, May 2015 , is by a senior member of the Hierarchy of Masters of Wisdom. His name, well-known in esoteric circles, is not yet being revealed. Benjamin Creme, a principal spokesman about the emergence of Maitreya, is in constant telepathic contact with this Master who dictated his article to him.]
Q. How many appearances has Maitreya given in China since this question was answered in the April issue of Share International?
A. He has given four more interviews in China, totalling 19 in China (a total of 154 interviews to date).
Q. Do some viewers who see Maitreya have an instant response of love towards Him?
Q. (1) Are there many viewers who intuit that the person they see on their television screens is a great spiritual being? (2) Do some see Him as the long-awaited Teacher? Is this happening more and more now?
A. (1) Yes. (2) Not necessarily.
Q. Will Maitreya come to Spain for a television interview as He is doing in other countries?
A. He will be seen and recognized throughout Europe and elsewhere.
Q. In His article ‘Maitreya steps forward’ published in the Jan/Feb 2007 issue of Share International your Master says: “Maitreya will speak to millions of men through television and radio. All will have the opportunity to share in His blessing which will accompany every appearance.” (1) Is this Blessing given to the audience in each appearance of Maitreya on television? (2) Can we expect that around 50 per cent of the audience will experience a kind of ‘sanctity’ in His interviews? (3) Is inspiration and hope rising from the hearts of those watching His interviews?
A. (1) Yes. (2) No, it cannot be quantified. (3) Sometimes.
Q. My sense is that the work of the groups around the world (informing the public about Maitreya’s emergence and the work of Transmission Meditation) has just entered a new phase. It feels as if we are now called on to be ‘adult’ and ‘professional’, ‘more responsible’ and to be more willing to engage with the public. We have done this in the past, I know, but it’s as if everything is being stepped up a level – in intensity and in quality. Could you comment please?
A. One would expect that to be the case.
Q. The Master Jesus and Maitreya seem lately to be making far more use of a ‘spokesperson’ when giving people experiences. (1) Is this because the Master Jesus and Maitreya’s presence and energy is required elsewhere? Or is it to train the spokespeople and prepare them for their work in the near future? Or both? (2) Are spokespersons necessarily disciples?
A. (1) Both. (2) At some level, yes.
Q. Negotiations between Iran and six other countries to limit Iran’s nuclear program in exchange for lifting international sanctions were so difficult that they almost collapsed several times in the days before a preliminary agreement was reached on 2 April 2015. When last-minute difficulties were encountered, creative solutions to the roadblocks were somehow found under a very tight deadline, negotiators later said. Did Maitreya help negotiators, either directly or indirectly, to successfully conclude this agreement?
A. Yes, both directly and indirectly.
Q. Will Easter become a major shared spiritual festival in future? Could it be that it will be a festival that can be shared by people from both the East and the West?
Around 1991 when I was small, almost a child, I had a vision in the night sky at home in Fortaleza. My mother, aunt and I were watching TV when suddenly I heard a deep voice saying to me: “Come and see”. He repeated this three times. It was raining. When I opened the door and looked at the sky, I saw a man riding on a white horse, holding a sword. He reared his horse and raised his sword as if it were a greeting, or a victory. And then he rode away on the clouds. And the Knight, the sword and the horse were a gleaming white. I still do not understand what it means.
I said to my mother and aunt: “Look! A white horse in the sky!” But they saw nothing. I insisted and insisted, but they saw nothing, just me. And then when I went out to the street to buy an ice cream, I looked up at the cloudy sky and saw a hole in the sky, illuminated in white. I do not know if the Knight was against me, or was in my favour.
Could you interpret for me what this means?
(Benjamin Creme’s Master confirms that it was a vision of Maitreya as Kalki Avatar, the Rider on the White Horse.)
Two letters from the same person:
(1) I work for a very busy convenience store in the Atlanta area. It was busy all morning but at this time it kind of slowed down a bit, when an older black man wearing a baseball hat, flannel shirt, jeans and dirty work boots came up to the counter, seemingly from nowhere. He had a small cup of coffee in his left hand and in his right hand he slapped his money on the counter so hard it startled me a bit but no one else seemed to hear it. He gave me a very serious look while making direct eye contact. He said in a very loud serious voice, “Peace! Always starts from within!! I’ll see you tomorrow! Have a nice day!” And walked out of the store with purpose.
Was this man Maitreya or one of the Masters?
(Benjamin Creme’s Master confirms that the man was Maitreya.)
(2) A couple of Christmases ago, my mom came to visit me and my family. She was down a bit and went on about how people weren’t as polite as they used to be back in the day and how people weren’t even saying hello anymore. Later on we went to the movies. We went to get in the elevator from the parking deck to the theatre. When we were getting on the elevator an older black lady dressed in an all purple outfit came on the elevator. She smiled at all of us but I noticed I was the only one who smiled back. Right then she looks at my mother and said like asking a question, “Hello?” Then my mom and family said hello and smiled. My mom said something like she loved her purple outfit but felt she was too old to wear something that purple. The woman jokingly leaned back as if surprised by the comment. She asked: “Well how old do you think I am?” My mom said 50-something. Right then the lady leaned in very close to my mom as if she was going to hug her. She whispered: “I am so much older than that.” Right then she smiled and gave me a wink. She said she was 77. Then she said to my mom age is all in your head. You are only as old as you feel. She and my mom spoke for a few more seconds. She smiled and wished us all a merry Christmas.
Was this woman Maitreya or another Master?
G.W., Smyrna, Georgia, USA.
(Benjamin Creme’s Master confirms that the ‘woman’ was a spokesperson for the Master Jesus.)
On 5 February 2015 at 3pm I was in the Zürich main station. At the meeting point there was a very excellent person in very beautiful clothes. My first thought was: is this a very rich person or a political man? My second thought was: I don’t want to go away from this person he looks very interesting. Was this a Master or maybe Lord Maitreya himself? That day was a special day because I gave Maitreya’s water, Aqua Nordenau, to my mother for the first time.
(Benjamin Creme’s Master confirms that the man was a spokesman for the Master Jesus.)
It was night time in winter and was pouring with rain. When I came around the corner there was a man walking towards me. I walked on to the Real Estate window and stopped. Suddenly this man’s voice was asking me if I was looking for a house. I got a real fright as I thought I was on my own. He had crystal clear blue eyes and proceeded to question me on my views about housing and did I have a house. Did I think everyone should have a house? Was this Archangel Michael? I have been wondering who it was since that night.
K.C., Wellington, New Zealand.
(Benjamin Creme’s Master confirms that the man was a spokesman for the Master Jesus.)
We recently changed the Amsterdam Information Centre into a ‘film studio’ in order to film a panel discussion with an interviewer and three panel members. By means of the question-and-answer exchange between all four speakers we presented the general information about Maitreya and the Masters and Their Emergence and priorities. From the films (we had two cameramen and an audio person) we hope to create short programmes, which we can offer to local and regional TV stations. We also hope to make short TV-ads using the material generated in this way. The audience was invited also to ask questions. Later there were audio recordings of brief ‘vox pop’ interviews with members of the audience. If suitable they’ll also be used for ads in some way.
Later, after people had left, some of the group were sitting in the front part of the Centre. We were sitting facing outwards towards the street when we saw a familiar young man. I recognized him from a previous visit he’d made to the Centre in 2013. He didn’t come in but stood just at the front door, taking free literature we have outside the big shop-front window and talking to himself. Then suddenly he looked straight at us and gave a big warm smile.
Just before the panel discussion was due to start I had thought of him and regretted not having invited him, since he had given us his phone number when he first visited us. And now there he was beaming at us. Was he a spokesman for the Master Jesus?
F.E., Amsterdam, Holland.
(Benjamin Creme’s Master confirms that the ‘young man’ was a spokesman for the Master Jesus.)
On 17 January 2015 I was on my way into the Walmart Market store for my Saturday grocery shopping. I noticed a homeless man sitting up against the pillar in front of the grocery store, waving and smiling at the people passing by. He was speaking to each of them, saying “Good Morning” with the biggest smile I have seen on anyone’s face in a long time. Everyone was ignoring him. So as I walked by I said, “Hi, how are you?” and smiled back at him. I went to the restroom and thought I should go back and see if I can get him something to eat. Once again I shook my head and pushed my cart over to the produce section. The nagging feeling, why not go see if he needs some food. I started towards the door and paused, once again shaking off the feeling. I got back to my cart and thought: “This is your chance to do something nice for someone, what will it hurt to ask him if I could get him something to eat.” I marched right outside and looked at him and asked him, “May I get you something to eat?” Once again, he smiled with that huge smile on his face, revealing very few teeth, but still the kindest smile. (Everyone was looking at me like I was crazy to be talking to him.) He said, “No thank you”. A man had just bought him a bar-b-que sandwich and a banana. As he reached into a book bag he pulled out the sandwich and the banana and showed how proud he was to have them.
He said, “You know, I just spent my last $5 at McDonalds and I could use some money so I can get a hotel room tonight.”
I said, “Let me see how much I have.” At the car wash the attendant had just given me 5 one dollar bills as my change. So I asked him, “Will a couple of dollars be okay?” He said, “Anything you can do is wonderful.” I handed him a couple of dollars and wished him a good day. He said, “God bless you” as I walked back into the store.
He was still sitting leaning against that pillar when I left the store. He called out to me once again and smiled and waved goodbye. I said, “Goodbye,” and smiled right back at him.
Was he just an ordinary man?
L.H., Brandon, Florida, USA.
(Benjamin Creme’s Master confirms he was a spokesperson for the Master Jesus.)
Last year my husband and I had a particularly challenging year, having to ‘dig deep’ in every way in order to support vulnerable family members whose security and well-being were at serious risk thanks to the austerity policy of our government. This took a toll on our health and made it difficult to be consistently positive about the work of reaching out to the public with our information about Maitreya.
We reached a very low point in October 2014 so I sent out a call for a sign. Then a day or two later, on 28 October, I was gazing sadly out of our window when I saw the most intensely radiant pattern of light on a neighbour’s house. It was stunning as the sunlight was brilliant that morning. It was truly uplifting for us both: just what we needed at that critical time. I have lived in this house for 45 years and have never seen this spectacle here before.
Was it a sign, a message of hope for us?
P.W., Milton Keynes, UK.
(Benjamin Creme’s Master confirms that the radiant pattern of light was manifested by Maitreya, in association with the Space Brothers. It was given as a sign of encouragement.)
On Saturday 3 January 2015 during the Sampson flat bushfires in the state of South Australia, which primarily affected the Adelaide Hills and the outer Adelaide metropolitan area, the face of Jesus appeared on the burning trunk of a gum tree.
Local resident Roxanne was fighting the fire that threatened her and her partner Michel’s Cudlee Creek home. Michel is a pilot and was flying a surveillance plane at the time, directing ‘water bombers’ over another bushfire in western Australia.
Despite the intense heat and smoke Roxanne managed to take a photograph of the face on the tree. Three weeks later, with the house saved she still thinks the face is amazing, as does everyone else who has seen it.
However, she is not religious and therefore places no significance on the face and dismisses any suggestion divine intervention played any part in her or the houses’ survival. Her partner Michel agrees. “Roxanne saved the house,” he said. “Jesus just came to watch.”
(Benjamin Creme’s Master confirms that the face of Jesus on the trunk was created by the Master Jesus.)
Vibhuti (sacred ash) and amrit (dark honey-like nectar) manifested in a house Edmonton, Canada. Photos taken by T.L.
Benjamin Creme’s Masters confirms that Sai Baba manifested these miracles.)
A cross of light appeared on a bathroom window in a building being converted into an osteopathic practice in Nelson, South Island, New Zealand. Taken by osteopath B.C. on 10 April 2015 at 1.30pm.
Benjamin Creme’s Master confirms that the cross of light was manifested by the Master Jesus.)
Light formations near Yodoyabashi, Osaka, Japan. Sent by Fumie Murakami in November 2014. Benjamin Creme’s Master confirms that they were created by Maitreya and the Space Brothers.
A video showing a bright object, rapidly changing colour and moving, was filmed over Samnanger, Norway, on 14 March 2015 at 7.45pm, by T.W., who sent these still photographs.
Benjamin Creme’s Master confirms that the bright object was Maitreya’s ‘star’.)
Lima, Peru – During the filming of a documentary on Latina TV in the Miraflores area of Lima in February 2015 a violet-coloured UFO was seen hovering overhead for two hours. The phenomenon has caught the attention of ufologists all over the world. The sighting took place at 10.30am on 10 February 2015. In addition to the film crew, many people from the neighbourhood captured the object with their mobile phone cameras. (Source: Latina TV, Peru; La Vanguardia, Spain)
Benjamin Creme’s Master confirms that the object is a spacecraft from Mars.)
Japan – Sightings of a sparkling light racing across the sky were reported in western Japan on 3 November 2014. Experts said it was probably a “fireball” meteor, but a remote controlled camera at Fukuoka airport recorded an object emitting a strong green light, while another camera at Hakata port showed a faint orange light. (Source: BBC News, UK)
Benjamin Creme’s Master confirms that it was not a meteor but a spacecraft from Venus.)
Scientists have not been able to explain intermittent bursts of radio waves coming from outer space. They follow a mathematical pattern, and have been heard since 2001. Radio waves last just a few milliseconds and erupt with the amount of energy that the sun releases in a month. Ten have been detected so far, most recently in 2014 by a telescope in Australia.
The bursts fit a pattern that does not match what is currently known about cosmic physics. To calculate how far the bursts have come, astronomers use a concept called the dispersion measure. Michael Hippke of the Institute for Data Analysis in Germany, and John Learned at the University of Hawaii, found that all 10 bursts’ dispersion measures are multiples of a single number: 187.5. They say there is a 5 in 10,000 probability that this pattern is coincidence. “If the pattern is real,” says Learned, “it is very, very hard to explain.”
If no natural explanation is found to explain the bursts, the scientists’ paper concludes: “An artificial source (human or non-human) must be considered.” If their analysis is confirmed, says Hippke, “this will either be new physics, like a new kind of pulsar, or, in the end, if we can exclude everything else, an ET.” (Source: newscientist.com)
Benjamin Creme’s Master confirms that the radio waves are coming from Space Brothers on Mars, our nearest planet.)
When Utah police officers found an overturned car in the Spanish Fork River on 8 March 2015, they heard someone inside the car saying, “Help.”
But when they flipped the vehicle onto its side they discovered there was no one inside able to speak. “The only people there were the deceased mother and the child,” said officer Bryan Dewitt. “We’re not exactly sure where that voice came from,” said another officer, Jared Warner. Police officers and local firefighters managed to rescue 18-month-old Lily Groesbeck. Her mother had been killed in the crash.
“We were down on the car and a distinct voice says, “‘Help me, help me,’” Dewitt said. Added officer Tyler Beddoes, “It wasn’t something that was just in our heads. To me it was plain as day because I remember hearing a voice. I think it was Dewitt who said, ‘We’re trying. We’re trying our best to get in there.’ How do you explain that? I don’t know,” he said, noting that the voice didn’t sound like a child. “It was a positive boost for every one of us because I think it pushed us to go harder a little longer. I don’t think that any one of us had intended on flipping a car over that day. We know there was some other help there, getting us where we needed to be.” (Source: ksl.com)
Benjamin Creme’s Master confirms that the voice was manifested by the Master Jesus.)
Compilation - an extract
We present a selection of quotations on the theme of ‘Joy’ from Maitreya (Messages from Maitreya the Christ), Benjamin Creme’s Master (A Master Speaks), and Benjamin Creme’s writings. Joy (Part 1) was published in Share International December 2007.
Watch and listen for the rising voice of the peoples of the world as hope and joy alike arise in their hearts. Then will you know that the wheel has turned. That the pain of poverty and injustice will be no more. That the blasphemy of war is renounced for ever. That the Law of Love has found its rightful place in the hearts of men and women everywhere in this, our world. (Benjamin Creme’s Master, from ‘The people awaken’)
I come once again to tell you that the path to God is simple indeed. My way, the Way of Love, plots the shortest route. The Path of Return is the Path of Joy. Know this joy and return to God. My Message is simple. Take within you That which I bestow. Release it to your brothers in joy, and find yourselves in the lap of God. (Maitreya, from Message No.139)
No one can go through what they will experience on the Day of Declaration and not be changed in some way. The changes in our sense of being will be profound, and the emotions arising from that will last for weeks. The Master said: “Humanity will walk on tiptoe for a time.”
Then reality will set in again. The problems will still be there. We will still have the pain and suffering of millions starving to death. We will still have the environment to cope with – how to rid the world of global warming and stop the destruction of the planet. The world’s problems will take form again in the minds of millions.
But millions will be recharged in their sense of themselves as being human, and feel that they count for the first time in their lives. They will have gone through an extraordinary spiritual experience, which will cleanse them. The Master said: “Each … will experience anew the grace of childhood, the purity of aspiration cleansed of self.” People will be like children again. We will see the world as children do, with a sense of grace, joy, wonder and simple acceptance, taking everything on trust. The sense of trust will grow in humanity for the first time in thousands of years. (Benjamin Creme, The Gathering of the Forces of Light)
You, My friends, have a unique opportunity to serve at this time. You are in receipt of a message of Hope, a declaration of Truth, and on your judgment rests your future. You may take the path that leads to sterile inaction – that is your right. But, My friends, why discard an opportunity to serve your brothers and Me in a most potent fashion? Make known the fact of My Presence among you and see the Light of Joy awaken in your brothers’ eyes. Let them, too, share in this manifestation of Hope and Promise for the world and take your place by My side. (Maitreya, from Message No.68)
Before long, a great change will take place in our approach to life. Out of the chaos of the present time will emerge a new understanding of the meaning underlying our existence and every effort will be made to express our awareness of that meaning in our daily lives. This will bring about a complete transformation of society: a new livingness will characterize our relationships and institutions; a new freedom and sense of joy will replace the present fear. Above all else, mankind will come to realize that living is an art, based on certain laws, requiring the function of the intuition for correct expression. (Benjamin Creme’s Master, from ‘The art of living’)
Maitreya has not come to start a new religion. He is a teacher, guide and counselor for all humanity regardless of religious affiliation. He will show us how to apply the principle of love in all our relationships whether they are in the economic, political, educational, cultural or social spheres.
He will lead us to the recognition of our own divinity and our true identity as souls. Out of this greater spiritual understanding and creative power will come a new livingness, harmony and joy. We will learn the principle of sharing and a profound understanding of the oneness of all life great and small. (Benjamin Creme, The Ageless Wisdom Teaching)
Many there are who sense that I am here, yet speak not. Why hold this knowledge to yourself when your brothers cry for light, for wisdom, and help?
Allow them, too, to share in the joy of the Promise which I bring.
Tell them, My friends, that you believe that Maitreya has come; that the Lord of Love is here; that the Son of Man walks again among His brothers. Tell them that soon My face will be seen, My words will be heard; and in the seeing and the hearing, they are tested and known. (Maitreya, from Message No.17)
With Us as guides, all is possible. All will be remade in beauty and truth. Willing hands will be there to help you and naught can delay the New Beginning. When you see Us you will know that the Brothers are men like yourselves but whose love is manifest. We will teach you the secret of love. In joy shall We take you to the farther shore and shall place you before the Keeper of the Gates.
All change is preceded by tension and tension brings fear. However, fear has no place in the heart activated by service and love. Don, then, the armour of service and envisage the future with joy. Welcome gladly the changes which must ensue and create together the Dispensation of Love. (Benjamin Creme’s Master, from ‘A time of change’)
Soon, among your brothers, My Teaching will begin and, resounding through the world, will usher in a New Age. My Promise holds: I shall take before the Throne of God all who can follow Me into the Higher Light which I bring. May you be among those who shall know this joy. (Maitreya, from Message No.35)
Humanity stands now at the threshold of an entirely new experience in which every global decision and act will be seen to be for the better, as nourishing and sanctifying their lives, and strengthening the bonds of Brotherhood which, up till then, they had ignored and all but forgotten. Gladly, men will now work together for the Common Good, the hatred and distrust of the past put firmly behind them. Thus will a new kinship emerge as Goodwill and Respect, like vitalizing yeast, saturate their awakened lives. Thus, too, in ever strengthening measure, will love and joy embrace and lighten the hearts of men and women everywhere. (Benjamin Creme’s Master, from ‘As men look back’)
My Coming portends change; likewise, grief at the loss of the old structures. But, My friends, the old bottles must be broken – the new wine deserves better. My friends, My brothers, I am near you now. I see above and around you your aspiration for Love and Joy. I know this to be widespread in mankind; this makes possible My Return. (Maitreya, from Message No.82)
People will realize for the first time [on the Day of Declaration] that, up till then, they have only played at life. They have never really touched the core of what life is really about; perhaps as children, yes, but never with that simple, direct, spontaneous experience of what is, what life actually is at this moment, in a way the child automatically, instinctively does. Everything of that full, rich, total absorption in, concentration on, the moment-to-moment experience of life as it is, is covered up by tensions, by ‘busy-nesses’, by all the worries and the problems which surround every adult human being in the world. Few can, for long, experience total enjoyment of the beauty of life, total absorption in that reality.
For that time, for that half hour, or whatever it is, the whole of humanity will experience that childhood joy of being truly alive. And of being alive, not simply a physical aliveness, a sense of well-being, of good health, but a sense of being whole, connected to the reality of life on all its different levels. That is new, and yet people will feel: “That’s it, and it is to do with everybody.” They will feel connected to one another even though they do not see one another because they will know that everyone in the world is undergoing the same experience. (Benjamin Creme, Maitreya’s Mission Vol Three)
He [Maitreya] will show that the path of life, the evolutionary journey, leads unfailingly upwards as well as for ever onwards, and that to make the journey together, as brothers and sisters, is the surest way and the way most lit by joy. Look, then, for the signs of Maitreya’s entrance, make it known, and uplift the hope of your brothers. (Benjamin Creme’s Master, from ‘The gathering of the Forces of Light’)
The time is short indeed when you will see Me. Make best use of this little time to tell your brothers of My Presence. There is naught that you could do more valuable than this. Hope rises, My friends. Hope is in your midst. A new Light dawns in the world, and mankind shall know Joy. (Maitreya, from Message No.112)
Men are about to experience a profound truth, an awareness of their essential Being. For most, it will come as an experience of rebirth to a state long lost in the distant past. Each, in his own way, will feel redeemed, made new, cleansed and purified. The joy and beauty of Brotherhood will thrill through their Being, and each will see themselves as a part of that beauty and love. (Benjamin Creme’s Master, from ‘Brotherhood’)
I am the River. Through Me flows the new stream of God-given Life, and this shall I bestow on you. Thus shall we together walk through My Garden, smell the perfume of My Flowers, and know the joy of closeness to God. My friends, these things are not dreams. All of this will be yours. My Mission will vouchsafe this to you. (Maitreya, from Message No.42)
The old and backward-looking love competition; the new embrace with joy divine co-operation. The people of the world can be divided into two kinds: those who compete, and those who co-operate. Cleanse the heart of the stain of competition; open the heart to joyful co-operation. (Benjamin Creme’s Master, from ‘Co-operation’)
If you want to become a disciple, you must become fiery with enthusiasm. You have to move in a state of joy, of commitment, of high expectation that you are following a path which will lead you to initiation. Otherwise your action will be so lukewarm it will take the next 50 incarnations to reach what you can reach in this incarnation. (Benjamin Creme, Maitreya’s Mission Vol Two)
My Presence is being felt throughout the world. My energy of Love, My Gift, creates among men a pool of happiness. Dip deeply therein, My friends, and, shining with the Light of Love, emerge into a New Day. (Maitreya, from Message No.45)
Our advice to men is this: hold not to blaming unseen forces but realize your own part in creating the transformations of our time. Be assured that out of these transformations will come an ecstatic joy. (Benjamin Creme’s Master, from ‘The justice of the Law’)
Many of you are aware that much of good takes place in the world, yet hidden from you still are profound effects of My work. Be therefore joyful and glad indeed. Spread widely the rhythm and light of Joy and awaken in all you meet response to these glad tidings. (Maitreya, from Message No.129)
The idea of a ‘circular economy’ or closed-loop system was introduced in 2010 by British yachtswoman Ellen MacArthur. During her circumnavigation voyage in 2004-5, self-sufficiency was essential during her 73-day trip. It made her compare the globe we live on with her trimaran, and she realized that there were parallels. Our planet provides everything necessary for life, yet we continue to ignore the simple fact that resource use is governed by a law of diminishing returns. Also known as ‘cradle-to-cradle’ (C2C), Ellen advocated a non-linear economy, running in loops and reusing materials. In a closed-loop system factories send nothing to landfill and reuse their products at the end of their life. This leads to other benefits such as job creation, resource savings and perpetual waste recycling.
In the car manufacturing industry, there is growing recognition that the linear ‘take, make, dispose’ model, which relies on large quantities of easily accessible raw materials and energy, has an unacceptably high ‘carbon foot-print’. So-called ‘efficiency’ is the goal, meaning reduced resources and fossil energy utilized for each unit of manufacturing output. Even so, these non-renewable resources are finite by nature and this can only delay the inevitable. A change of the entire operating system is increasingly being seen as vital.
Car companies are starting to adapt elements of the closed-loop system and implement them in their manufacturing process. C2C and Ford have unveiled a ‘Model U’ concept car, with the help of McDonough Braungart Design Chemistry [MBDC] consultants. MBDC advises companies about utilizing C2C principles in their manufacturing systems with the aim of regenerating economy, ecology, and equity. Their new hydrogen-powered vehicle includes polyester upholstery fabric made of a “technical nutrient”. Derived from chemicals chosen for their harmlessness to humans and the environment, the fabric can be recycled indefinitely. The car top is made from a new “biological nutrient”, a corn-based biopolymer that can be composted after use.
Hydrogen powered ‘fuel cell vehicles’ (FCVs) have the potential to significantly reduce dependence on oil and lower harmful emissions that contribute to climate change. FCVs run on hydrogen gas rather than oil, without harmful emissions. The cost exceeds that of normal cars, but any investment will reap substantial benefits for human and environmental health.
Toyota’s Mirai FCV (‘Future’) will be the first fuel cell vehicle on sale towards the end of 2015. Katsuhiko Hirose, Toyota’s fuel cell development chief, said: “This is not the end of development, it is just the start.”
In the UK, the government has promised an £11 million grant for 15 hydrogen filling stations. London is also part of a the HyFIVE project, involving 15 major manufacturers, which aims to put 110 fuel cell cars on the road in 2015 in six major European cities. It will be a rare car for the moment, but the company says it wants to make “tens of thousands in the 2020s”.
A conference called ‘This changes everything’ based on Naomi Klein’s ground-breaking book, took place on 28 March 2015 in central London UK and was attended by hundreds of people.
A range of speakers included Naomi Klein via a Skype link-up from Germany, and John Broderick, a climate researcher from the Tyndall Centre Manchester who gave some of the most recent information from the Inter-Governmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). Historian and author Neil Falkner spoke about the present dysfunctional economic and political global systems as being profit, carbon and war machines all wired up to a capitalist engine which has been producing a steady state capitalism for centuries, taking out more than it is putting in, requiring ever expanding growth, all driven by competition.
Many international presenters, including an activist from the Philippines, spoke about the need to build a new inclusive democracy for total system change putting power in the hands of local people and working from the bottom upwards. A Green party candidate and trade unionist proposed that all the various factions represented at the conference join together to produce mass actions.
In the afternoon, the participants were divided into ‘action workshops’ and a loose consensus was built by assessing hand signals used by global Occupy groups. Local, national and potential international actions on a rolling, month-by-month basis were put forward under the headings of: food, energy, homes, climate jobs, media, democracy and climate debt. Comedian Russell Brand spoke after the workshops. He continued with the theme of joined-up and democratic thinking and that everyone in the world is connected through spiritual consciousness. Finally, a representative from Friends of the Earth International urged all the people from the global north to link with and help those from the global south in a mass movement that could help to stabilize this massive and increasing threat from anthropogenic global warming. (Source: www.thischangeseverything.co)
On 7 March 2015, a Time to Act on Climate Change march took place in central London, UK, co-ordinated with several affiliated events around the world. More than 15,000 activists of all ages, ethnicities, religions and nationalities assembled with their friends and families at Lincoln’s Inn Fields and many began by sitting in rows and quietly meditating or praying for a good outcome. The march, organized by the Campaign against Climate Change, ended outside the Palace of Westminster in a rally where people gathered together to hear the speakers.
Speakers at the rally emphasized that there is a paradigm shift from just attending marches and demonstrations to committing to planetary, national and local direct peaceful action. Claire Jones, Campaign Co-ordinator, said: “Change doesn’t start with the politicians, it starts with us.” She was echoed by Naomi Klein, Canadian journalist and author, in a video clip: “Here we are, with just nine months ahead of those critical climate talks in Paris. We have nine months to act ourselves. Nine months to become the leaders we need. To lead from below, from the streets, from the neighbourhoods, from the smallest towns to the biggest cities.” She added: “With the anti-fracking movement winning unprecedented victories, the divestment movement spreading around the world and falling oil prices making extreme extraction vastly more costly, there has never been a better time to demand a justice-based transition away from dirty energy. Fossil fuel giants are on the defensive like never before, along with the politicians who have long done their bidding.” Vivienne Westwood, international fashion designer, also speaking by video, proposed that people internationally, take to the streets in their hundreds of thousands and even millions, so great is the threat from climate change.
A French activist told the crowd that after the UN Copenhagen Climate talks in 2009, the French seemed disinterested in any action. So she started with a few friends and managed to attract 1,000 people to a rally after many months of campaigning. They persevered and last year, near The Alps in southern France 70,000 motivated people attended from over 50 villages and towns in the area.
A green parliamentarian speaker drew attention to the unusual numbers of diverse placards carried by the participants, many of them home-made; fossil fuel divestment, solidarity groups from Bangladesh, inter-faith posters, veganism, social justice, racism, immigration, feminism, education, poverty, employment and environmental networks all coming together under one all-embracing ‘Action for Climate Change’. In the words of the Campaign organizers: “This is our time and this is our planet, and the power of the people is stronger than the people in power.”
The rally finished with a 12-year-old schoolgirl, Laurel, representing Children against Global Warming who urged everyone to sign their petition. (Source: campaigncc.org; timetoact2015.org; occupylondon.org)