Wednesday, 31 July 2013

A new vision...


Basically our war on behalf of animals is conducted on so many dimensions...

There is the moral dimension.  We can appeal to the decency of humankind, and yes there is some out there.  There is always a right way to do something... always... we see it in our everyday little lives... whenever I try to take a shortcut karma bites me in the butt, and I know there was a better way... 

We need to seed, no, it’s too late for niceties, we need to BLAST into human consciousness a WILL to live in harmony with all species.  If that willpower is there (just like the will to not drive fuel powered vehicles led to the invention of more eco-friendly vehicles) then we can manage on the economic dimension to find solutions that suit all species.  So we can live in a multi-species (hey multi-special) society.  The economic systems any way need to be dismantled. That is blatantly obvious.  There should be not ONE single starving person or animal on the planet.   We're clever enough to manage it - we just lack the will power.  Its greed and its fear of sharing - there is ENOUGH.  And if we operate from that consciousness we will attract a higher frequency down.  Instead of the terrible evil that has spread itself like a darker than black blanket across the globe.

How to influence Will....

Ok, most humans, including myself, will do something if we see a benefit to ourselves in it... People - we are happier and healthier if our planet and all it’s species are too.  It’s simple.  Please see www.ecopsychology.org These lovely people explain it all in great detail.  Otherwise take a walk in a park and look up and breathe out.  Don’t you feel better? 

I am trying to stop eating fish.  Except for some slipups when I had too much wine I don’t eat meat or chicken or pork or anything dead (and these slipups will NEVER happen again because I am now very wise as to the evils we perpetrate on factory farmed animals. And I watched Babe again.)  Except now and again I eat fish.
Now – damnit I am HUNGRY!  And I live here on the beach. And there are no shops nearby.  So, my lettuces are only half-grown, and something that looks a bit like spinach.  My carrots looked like rasta dudes with little dreadlocks – no they were REALLY weird (and I am pretty sure they were natural seeds, no GMO crap here, thankyou very much)… so yes I’m HUNGRY!  But my mind, actually my heart, is going to win over my matter.  Firstly I don’t want my matter polluted.  I see my body as a temple where my soul resides while it’s on earth. Like a little car you drive around in.   Before, you could say, I was using leaded petrol… meat, way too much alcohol (I am now looking at making honey mead from all the bees here – hint – there are loads of bees here because there are no pesticides and no GMO crops to f&ck up the environment and alter our DNA), and just general junk.  But I am much happier when I eat healthy and I know I am not causing misery to animals and nature. 
Also, I hope I will not get too much of a rough ride next life time because I am really working on my karma piggy bank (by NOT eating piggies!)  So if the pull factor of being a happy little tree hugging hippy doesn’t sway you to my cause… well then maybe the push factor of YOU WILL HAVE A REALLY REALLY BAD LIFETIME NEXT TIME AROUND will… if you are going around shooting up elephants and posing with their trunk?  Holy cow!  (no I’m not Hindu – cows are pretty cool though) I just about threw up when I saw this woman posing with an Elephant’s trunk.  What planet are these people from!  Where was I?  Oh yes, Karma!  If that doesn’t intimidate you into stopping your murder of animals…  what about all the bad wishes of all the THOUSANDS (I am confident by now it must be at least over a MILLION) people that, not to be rude, HATE you!  I can honestly say that I could not overcome my shadow self and when I saw this Bitch-with-a-murdered-elephant’s-trunk-photo I wished all the damnation of hell and all the misery of all the animals ever killed for fun on her.  Sorry, I’m only human.  Actually I’m not sorry at all. I am TIRED of being EXHAUSTED with grief and despair over people’s actions towards our non-human brethren.  I am PISSED OFF that this is still taking place – I mean really!  Have we not evolved from cave-man days… “I’m so big and strong, I kill everything in my path” kind of mentality. 
Think about it logically… first our muscles evolved so we could survive.  Then our brains developed.  And then our hearts… but what happened to some people’s hearts?  I really do believe they are less evolved.  Once your brain has evolved, you have survival pretty much nailed.  But it takes compassion to survive with grace and humility. It takes a humble person to acknowledge we are not meant to be at the top of the food chain, that life should be a glorious circle. And it takes a great person to be truly humble.  Because only once you have touched your inner greatness do you realise how very small we really are.  Look up at the stars if you can see them in your polluted skies….  I used to lie outside every night when I was small trying to call angels down…  we are so small and tiny, but we are killing this planet that we did not create.  How arrogant.

I’ve lost track.  But to summarise – if we can win people over on the moral argument, and create the WILL to image-in a different way of being here on earth (with more wine and louder music please!!) then the logistics of economics, and all that fancy stuff that smarter people know about… then that will all fall into place.  Because we will WANT it to! 

And you must realise that as sure as you are breathing there is a very evil force in the world, I don’t care what you call it.  I dreamt of it the other night.  I woke up in my dream and it was as if I had walked into a wall of pure evil.  It said to me… “I’m always here”.  Then I saw myself lighting a candle in this really black, dark, blanket covering the world.  And the light grew.  But then bits of the dark broke off and ran up my leg.  And then unfortunately I woke up.  So…. the evil is there.  We need to transmute it in ourselves.  If everybody did so, then we would have this question of will conquered.  We need to want to transmute our shadows.  If we just all take responsibility for our own inner darkness, surely we must become en-light-ened?

Monday, 29 July 2013

The Garden

A bubble-gum pink Rose is nodding to Herself
in the sunlight outside my window
having drunk Her full of early  morning tea of dewdrops and mist
She sways sleepily
dreaming
The Oak Tree
stands proudly full of birds
now and again sending an acorn thudding down to the grass
where Ants are busy, always busy
carrying a bug carcass away to their winter pantry
like a miniature Olympic relay team working hard together
The Garden is a family
of all shapes and sizes
chirping, foraging,
and croaking in the pond
some rooted
some flying
some working
some dying
but all intertwined in the Story
If only Humans played nicely and accepted their role
and their time to briefly shine
knowing there is growing
and then going
peacefully on
if only we accepted gracefully our part in the Story
instead of our arrogance in thinking we are the whole book
They closed our eyes 
you see
cut the connection to our angels and guides
leaving a chasm gaping wide
which They fill with Want and Fear
and so the little human ants scurry off to church every Sunday
the one day they try to be good and live as They tell us we should
and every other day
stuff their greedy little paws
with more and more
and MORE
forgetting just to watch
the dreaming Roses
They don’t tell us you know
that if we were to go
into the Garden at Midnight
our hearts would be healed
They don’t tell us because they cannot charge a fortune for this
it’s free
though probably soon
some greedy fool will bottle it and sell it as Therapy
I know
and the Rose knows
that soft rain on our heads
is better than my old Friend a bottle of Vodka
and the Oak Tree laughs down
and says if I could put my feet where his roots grow
I would really know
but I have to inform him
I am no fan of mud squishing between my toes
though I did try it once in the interest of healing
I laugh
and the Oak Tree laughs
and the Rose knows
                 by Christine Jordaan 2012, Mom's Garden

Sunday, 28 July 2013

There and back again...

8 hours there and 8 hours back to take my child to the doctor :o(  And not an elephant to be seen...

Machangulo Peninsula

Nest with a view

Machangulo Peninsula



Northern Zululand...





An elephant sized beer for the road (no, I was not driving)

Maputo Special Reserve

Maputo Special Reserve

Maputo Special Reserve

Machangulo Peninsula

Tuesday, 23 July 2013

How have you voted with your money today?


Every cent we spend is a vote. 

We can vote to support companies with strong social responsibility and corporate social investment programmes. 

We can vote to support  companies who use Fair Trade principles in their businesses and products.

If you really feel you have to eat meat, you can choose to eat Kind Foods, and free-range products, causing as little suffering as possible.  (please note I do NOT endorse eating meat).

We can use our spending power to say no to:

The Blood Ivory trade which is decimating African elephants and financing terrorist atrocities on communities in central Africa

The Rhino is threatened with extinction unless the insatiable appetite for their horn is halted.

Products with Palm Oil in cause the destruction of irreplaceable rainforests and threaten the survival of humankind’s closest relative, orangutans.
Read more: http://ran.org/palm-oil#ixzz2ZraPhi4M

Why is Japan still in this day and age slaughtering dolphins in Taiji and hunting whales?

Need I mention China’s evil bear bile farms, and fur industry?
And the tigers?  And they are now using lion bones in their foul medicines.

The choices we make on how we spend our money can force companies and countries to CHANGE! 

I personally will not visit China, Vietnam, Japan, or buy any of their products until they have closed down their ivory carving factories, their bear bile farms, their traditional medicines that use animal parts, and put an end to Wildlife Crimes. 
I will avoid anything to do with their businesses and if at all possible, keep them from accessing our African resources until they have earned that right.

I will use the power of how I spend my money to say NO to Wildlife Crimes.

I will support governments that stand up for wildlife and nature across the world.  

It’s the only way I can think of to make my voice count!



Saturday, 20 July 2013

Give the animals a voice...

Give the animals a voice…

I would like everybody reading this to think for a moment how they can help the animals. 

What change can we effect on the deeper level…  some of these things seem so small, but they can have a major impact.

It’s a war with two zones:  source of demand (eg China, Vietnam…)
                                            source of supply (eg Chad, Kenya, Tanzania, Mozambique…)

Teach the kids to love and respect nature…

Educational outreach programs:

Western TEFL teachers based in Asia and developing world can use English classes (conversation, drama, informal games) as a platform to promote animal rights, and conservation;
Free material is available from IFAW - International Fund for Animal Welfare(www.ifaw.org);

Find mythology, folklore, heroes that the children already relate to and respect, and also are socially acceptable to current regimes, and use these figures to link to current threats;

Any products from the west that are in demand in Asia have the perfect way in… they can include stickers, games to collect that will show the kids what is going on;

Make the kids in the countries of supply proud of their heritage, and show them how it can generate livelihoods – if they can save it, it can save them;

Let kids inspire kids - eco-pals – if a Chinese child has an African child as an eco-pal that loves lions and elephants or lives nearby a reserve (and this community has been included in the socio-economic benefits of ecotourism) –  don’t underestimate the influence this can have;


Show businesses the value of saving wildlife

How much money from tourism and tourism spin-offs will be lost if wildlife isn’t there any more;

And what about demanding all businesses have some form of corporate social/environmental responsibility

If anybody can use their business to have a positive impact on a terrible situation… wow!  Don’t do business with anybody with the slightest hint of having links to wildlife crimes.  Remember networks – the company you are dealing with may be “clean” but who are they dealing with?  Can they have any impact in their home country?  Be proactive - ask for their corporate environmental responsibility plan before you sign the contract;

The messages we need to get out there:

The Blood Ivory Trade causes immense cruelty and suffering to Africa’s noble elephants, and rhinos.

The Blood Ivory Trade funds insurgents who perpetrate horrific atrocities on communities across central Africa.  

Terror funds terror – who knows where these funds end up eventually – it could be in any country.

Elephants are beautiful in their own right and should be respected.

Elephants are a valuable natural resource – ALIVE – for ecotourism.

Elephants are a beautiful part of the human collective psyche and their extinction would be a tragic loss for the natural and human world (which by the way are one).

Share the message so the people can make informed choices on products they buy eg traditional medicines, ivory carvings – ENSURE THEY KNOW THE TRUE COST OF THESE PRODUCTS.


Monday, 15 July 2013

Visit to the school today

Cool!  An investor in the area, in partnership with a person from the UK, is interested in helping the local school.  I went there this morning to get their wishlist.  Made me sad when I saw the kids don't all have warm jerseys, and the teachers say they are late because they are hungry - they go looking for food in the bush.





The Committee



A KuduBerry

A Young Cashew tree

Bemji's restaurant - pool table under the tree



Sunday, 14 July 2013

A Sunny Sunday...

Looking north from Ponta Abril

Ponta Abril


Santa Maria Bay









Far in the background is Maputo city



Saturday, 13 July 2013