It feels like it’s been a brutal week – the Boston bombings and the ensuing manhunt occupying the foreground of North American media, to the backdrop of the unrelenting violence in Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan and of course the threats of North Korea’s newest fruitcake. Then there’s the relentless attack on our ecosystem, that from which we derive our life and our sustenance, from people consumed with greed, who are supported and even cheered on by our suicidal economic & political system. Outside my window, our northern Ontario spring has turned Narnia like, where it’s always winter and never spring. To top it off, I’ve got a head cold.
So here’s what I need to hear on this Friday, maybe you do to. Here’s some good news:
And more good news (thanks to my brother Tom for sending me this link):
- Seven Spectacular Places Saved By The Environmental Movement: Introspection is healthy within limits. And yes, saving the planet is more complicated now than it seemed 40 years ago. But analysis and what-ifs shouldn’t obscure a simple point: Without an environmental movement, the United States would be a lesser country. As Hemingway wrote in For Whom the Bell Tolls, “The world is a fine place and worth the fighting for.” Many people have lived out those words by saving beautiful spots that otherwise might be paved over, polluted, or flooded today. Here are seven examples to be thankful for, all open for visits year-round and prime destinations to enjoy on Earth Day.
And in the column of bizarre but funny, this headline:
- Saudi Arabia deports ‘irresistible’ men deemed ‘too handsome’ to women: Three men were forcibly removed from an annual culture festival in Saudi Arabia and subsequently sent back to the UAE after it was deemed that women could find them irresistible.
Have a wonderful weekend everyone.