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If you're like me, the last two months
have been a bit of a rollercoaster. The
seasonal good cheer and lazy summer
days were very welcome, but not enough
to take away the deep disappointment of
Concerned people here and everywhere
invested so much in something that we
now realise with head-shaking hindsight
was always doomed to fail. When Robert
Mugabe was given the floor we should have
seen the writing on the wall. I recall being
stunned at the time.
But with that futile and immensely
profligate exercise behind, now is the
time to see clearly. We cannot rely on
international forums and partisan groups
of all sorts to make our decisions for us.
"Climate-lite" Copenhagen was the gravy
train that derailed such naivety for all time.
The decisions that will affect our world
in the next year, the next decade, the next
century start at home with each of us.
We might think we're helpless in
determining the future for ourselves and
our children, in influencing the way our
governments act. But are we? Don't we have
a choice in every decision we make?
Do we have to buy that 4WD, sorry
SUV (with hints of Hollywood glamour), to
ferry the kids around the suburbs? Do we
have to run our airconditioning all day at
full bore? Isn't it time we shopped local and
seasonal and natural, even better organic,
and supported our fabulous local suppliers
rather than buy processed food of dubious
nutritional value that may have travelled
halfway around the world and kid ourselves
it's cheaper? Can we really expect to pay
almost nothing for an airfare? What about
the carbon cost, if nothing else?
I could go on, but I think you get the
picture. And I, like you, fall far, far short
of where my heart tells me I need to aim.
We all need to be inspired by others,
so here's a true story. Over the summer break
I was watching a series called Rivers and
Life, a classy and informative dvd from
the ABC. It's all about how the world's
major rivers, the Amazon, the Yangtze, the
Mississippi among them, are coping with
the onslaught of population and pollution.
It could have been despairing because all
of these river systems so fundamental to
human life are under immense threat.
While overall it was sobering, there were
some moments of real joy. In India, the
Ganges is revered as the embodiment of the
goddess Ganga, the source and sustenance
of all life. Unfortunately, she's also becoming
a threat to the health of millions who bathe
in her every day -- and nowhere more so than
at Allahabad, the site of the world's largest
religious festival, the Kumbh Mela.
Here, the holiest of men, the ash-covered
sadhus whose blessing ceremony attracts
70 million people, went on strike to force
the local authorities to clean up their act. It
worked, and the Ganges at Allahabad was
Somehow, the act of these most austere
and solitary of men to enter the world of local
politics, and make a stand, moved me deeply.
Just imagine what you and I can do with heart
and determination. It's time for wise choices.
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6 FREEDOM OF CHOICE
We can design our lives if we choose to,
says Dr Charmaine Saunder s.
8 CHOOSING KINDNESS
Charlotte Francis finds that an Ayur vedic retreat is
anything but a boot camp.
10 THE CASE FOR 'NO'
Ever yone needs to say 'no' at least sometimes,
says Eric Harrison.
14 OUR KIDS - FEED THE SPIRIT
Do our kids need religion, asks Nabila Cowasjee.
16 WHO ARE YOU?
Helen Patrice enters the cyber world of possibilities.
18 EAT TO LIVE WELL
We can stay vital and healthy or age quickly. It comes
down to what we eat, says Dr Peter Dingle PhD.
20 A HEALTHY LUNCHBOX
Get your kids off to a great star t this school year with
these Jude Blereau recipes.
29 A BALANCING ACT
Naturopath Jeremy Hill sees value in a Stone Age diet.
5 ROARING TIGER
Juliana Abram's Feng Shui predictions for the Year of the
22 RETURNING TO WHOLENESS
Jeremy Ball looks to 2013 and beyond.
23 THE PATH FROM COPENHAGEN
A sense of oneness is cr ucial, says environmental
writer Adrian Glamorgan
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