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Is it over? Has The Separation Generation finished dividing U. S. Quakers? Yes and no. Yes, in a publishing sense: Book Three, the last of The Separation Generation series, is now done and available: Shattered By the Light; or The Ruins and the Green. In Shattered by the Light, parallel conflicts over sexuality, the Bible…

Is This The End of the Separation Generation? — A Friendly Letter

07.04.2021 – Toronto, Canada – Pressenza New York

New Nanos Poll Finds Strong Nuclear Weapons Concerns
American Bomarc missile ready for launch at the North Bay RCAF station. The issue of nuclear weapons and American control on Canadian soil, began on this date, The missile would launch with liquid fuel rockets and once at altitude ramjet engines would take over ( DND-pcn 3608)

The threat posed by nuclear weapons is of major concern to Canadians according to a new poll released today by Nanos Research. The poll results show that Canadians are very positive about key solutions the disarmament movement has been advocating and that Canadians are action oriented in responding to the nuclear threat.

80% of Canadians polled stated that the world should work to eliminate nuclear weapons while just 9% thought it acceptable for countries to have nuclear weapons for protection.

74% of Canadians support (55%) or somewhat support (19%) Canada signing and ratifying the United Nations Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons that became international law in January of 2021. The same percentage agreed (51%) or somewhat agreed (23%) that Canada should join the UN Treaty even if, as a member of NATO, it came under pressure from the United States not to do so.

76% of Canadians agreed (46%) or somewhat agreed (30%) that the House of Commons should have committee hearings and debate Canada’s position on nuclear disarmament.

85% of respondents stated that Canada was not prepared (60%) or somewhat not prepared (25%) to deal with the emergency if nuclear weapons were detonated somewhere in the world. 86% of Canadians agreed (58%) or somewhat agreed (28%) that no government, health system or aid organization could respond to the devastation caused by nuclear weapons and that they therefore should be eliminated.

71% of respondents agreed (49%) or somewhat agreed (22%) that they would withdraw money from any investment or financial institution if they learned it was investing funds in anything related to the development, manufacturing or deployment of nuclear weapons.

50% of Canadians indicated that they would be more likely (21%) or somewhat more likely (29%) to support a political party that advocated Canada signing and ratifying the UN Treaty for the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons. 10% of respondents stated they would be less likely (7%) or somewhat less likely (3%) to support such a political party and 30% said this would not impact their vote.

The Nanos Research poll was commissioned by the Hiroshima Nagasaki Day Coalition in Toronto, The Simons Foundation Canada in Vancouver, and the Collectif Échec à la guerre in Montreal. Nanos conducted an RDD dual frame (land- and cell-lines) hybrid random telephone and online survey of 1,007 Canadians, 18 years of age or older, between March 27th to 30th, 2021 as part of an omnibus survey. The margin of error for a random survey of 1,007 Canadians is ±3.1 percentage points, 19 times out of 20.

The full Nanos national survey report can be accessed at https://nanos.co/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/2021-1830-Nuclear-Arms-Populated-Report-with-Tabs-FINAL.pdf

“This is profoundly gratifying to me that Canadian public awareness has been raised so significantly,” stated Setsuko Thurlow, a member of the Hiroshima Nagasaki Day Coalition. “I want to testify before a Parliamentary committee about what I witnessed as a Hiroshima survivor and to have our Members of Parliament debate what role Canada can play in the abolition of nuclear weapons.” Thurlow co-accepted the Nobel Peace Prize awarded to the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons in 2017.

07.04.2021 – Navdanya International

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Gates: the Interests Behind the Fake Solutions to Climate Change

In Bill Gates’ vision, technology seems fated to fix every single damage that has been inflicted on our planet and climate change has recently been added to the list. But this is the same mentality that has taken us to the devastating stage we currently find ourselves in, while the only thing improving exponentially is the profits of the corporations taking advantage by selling these very technologies. It is necessary to step out of this technofix hysteria in order to reclaim a holistic vision based on real farmers, healthy and nutritious food, and on an agroecological model that does not impact on climate but, instead, helps to mitigate it. No fake burger can do that. The latest report from Navdanya International, “Bill Gates & his Fake Solutions to Climate Change“, details the reasons behind Bill and Melinda Gates’ attempts to focus the debate on miraculous technologies and the real interests behind its propaganda.

While Gates’ many investments are all seemingly justified by a noble humanitarian and environmental cause, the report shows that they actually allow him to impose his techno-solutionist strategy through direct influence over all types of global development protagonists.

But this game of billionaire profit-making and corporate partnerships is even clearer in one of Gates’ most prominent personal investment funds: Breakthrough Energy Ventures. The companies funded by Breakthrough are riddled with ex DuPont, Monsanto, PepsiCo, and Microsoft executives, revealing how the same corporations which precipitated our health and ecological crisis are now selling us back equally risky solutions to the problems they created in the first place.

The report highlights one of these so-called technical ‘solutions’ through the example of synthetic food, which aims to replace animal products with highly processed ingredients, usually through synthetic biology. Billionaires are heavily investing in this growing market: Gates alone has spent 50 million dollars in leading company Impossible Foods and actively finances several others. Fake food is advertised as a solution to climate change and environmental degradation, but in reality, fake food has a carbon footprint seven times larger than less-processed plant proteins. Cell-based meat also emits more GHG than some animal products and recent research even suggests that over the long-term, its environmental impact could be higher than that of livestock. Far from ending climate change or world hunger, fake food still relies on an industrial agricultural model, based on monocultures, toxic pesticides and GMOs, that is destroying our ecosystems and threatening our health. The report also shows how the patenting of these artificial food growing techniques has become an instrument for corporate and billionaire profit-making, shifting power away from farmers and toward biotech companies, while completely ignoring the solutions offered by the regenerative agriculture movement.

These technological innovations, offered as the only solutions to the world’s problems, ensure the further concentration of failed industrial models, diverting attention away from the deep systemic changes that are needed to address the crises we are facing today. We do not need to go further down the path that is already destroying our health and biodiversity. Instead, we have the opportunity to truly foster an ecological approach to food and agriculture which can provide a  long-lasting solution to climate change, and ensure food sovereignty. Diverse local communities are already transitioning to this ecological and democratic path, reclaiming seed, food, and knowledge as commons while taking into deep account the web of biodiversity to protect Earth and human health. The report calls for supporting this transition and for dismissing the fake alternatives proposed by the philanthrocapitalists and their private company partners.

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