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Chief Seattle’s famous 1852 speech

The Native people of Mother Earth lived in harmony and peace. As the white man started to travel and impose their ways on these kind people, one person who wrote about the effect of this infestation was Native American Chief Seattle in the 1850’s. The version has been re-written since it’s original presentation, but the essence is still clear and haunting given the state of the planet at the present time:

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“The President in Washington sends word that he wishes to buy our land. But how can you buy or sell the sky? the land? The idea is strange to us. If we do not own the freshness of the air and the sparkle of the water, how can you buy them? Every part of the earth is sacred to my people. Every shining pine needle, every sandy shore, every mist in the dark woods, every meadow, every humming insect. All are holy in the memory and experience of my people.

We know the sap which courses through the trees as we know the blood that courses through our veins. We are part of the earth and it is part of us. The perfumed flowers are our sisters. The bear, the deer, the great eagle, these are our brothers. The rocky crests, the dew in the meadow, the body heat of the pony, and man all belong to the same family.The shining water that moves in the streams and rivers is not just water, but the blood of our ancestors. If we sell you our land, you must remember that it is sacred. Each glossy reflection in the clear waters of the lakes tells of events and memories in the life of my people. The water’s murmur is the voice of my father’s father.

The rivers are our brothers. They quench our thirst. They carry our canoes and feed our children. So you must give the rivers the kindness that you would give any brother. If we sell you our land, remember that the air is precious to us, that the air shares its spirit with all the life that it supports. The wind that gave our grandfather his first breath also received his last sigh. The wind also gives our children the spirit of life. So if we sell our land, you must keep it apart and sacred, as a place where man can go to taste the wind that is sweetened by the meadow flowers.

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Will you teach your children what we have taught our children? That the earth is our mother? What befalls the earth befalls all the sons of the earth. This we know: the earth does not belong to man, man belongs to the earth. All things are connected like the blood that unites us all. Man did not weave the web of life, he is merely a strand in it. Whatever he does to the web, he does to himself. One thing we know: our God is also your God. The earth is precious to him and to harm the earth is to heap contempt on its creator.

Your destiny is a mystery to us. What will happen when the buffalo are all slaughtered? The wild horses tamed? What will happen when the secret corners of the forest are heavy with the scent of many men and the view of the ripe hills is blotted with talking wires? Where will the thicket be? Gone! Where will the eagle be? Gone! And what is to say goodbye to the swift pony and then hunt? The end of living and the beginning of survival.

When the last red man has vanished with this wilderness, and his memory is only the shadow of a cloud moving across the prairie, will these shores and forests still be here? Will there be any of the spirit of my people left? We love this earth as a newborn loves its mother’s heartbeat. So, if we sell you our land, love it as we have loved it. Care for it, as we have cared for it. Hold in your mind the memory of the land as it is when you receive it. Preserve the land for all children, and love it, as God loves us.

As we are part of the land, you too are part of the land. This earth is precious to us. It is also precious to you. One thing we know – there is only one God. No man, be he Red man or White man, can be apart. We ARE all brothers after all.”

Cowspiracy: The Sustainability Secret

If you had to sit down and watch any factual documentary about the environmental crisis facing the world today Cowspiracy is a top choice. Backed by Executive Producer and Oscar winner Leonardo DiCaprio, this educational video will showcase all the reasons you should adopt a more natural vegetable based diet ASAP.

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Basically animal agriculture is taking up too much forest space to grow crops to feed all the cows/animals we humans eat. Since humans can get all the protein they need from plant based foods, and the whole ‘eat meat for protein’ marketing-hoax has been exposed – there is nothing stopping you from adopting more vegetables, crops, roots, fruits, legumes, seeds, soy, rice, whey (the list goes on) into your diet right now in order to do your part to save the environment. Not to mention that eating a animal based SAD diet will give you cancer and heart disease pronto.

On the plus side, vegetarians are more lean, vegetarian bodybuilders and athletes are quicker to recover from injury, and eating vegan maximizes performance.

“Vegetarians tend to be leaner than meat eaters, even those who skin their chicken and trim the fat off their steak; and, in general, leaner persons tend to be healthier. Being lean does not mean being skinny. It means having a low percentage of body fat.” 

For those of you who like to run here is a list of vegetarian things to eat to maximize your run, and to see even more vegan success stories check out this link from Forks Over Knives!

Happy Learning! 

got some milk from a cow?

Its been long established that consuming milk from an animal is not good for humans. Weak bones, cancer, weight gain and bad skin is just some of the reasons to ease up on the amount of milk and cheese you consume per day.

The mecca of all things not milk is the site NOTMILK.COM.

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And when you think about it, why would big industry want us to feed this stuff to our little kids if there is so much evidence it can cause their developing bodies and brains – harm? As you can see below, it’s common that all these cows bleed from their udders. Then we ‘clean’ it up, throw it in a container and drink it?

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John A. McDougall, M.D has this excellent video on the dangerous side effects consuming cow milk will have on your health.

So, what’s the alternative? Glad you asked, as the list is long!

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Happy milking! 

hardest working girl with a banana

I recall the first time I came across Freelee The Banana lady. Off course, she is beautiful and a strong athlete, but her intelligent message of living a compassionate life for the sake of the planet and the animals certainly stood out to me as something to aspire to.

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I learned a lot from her and continue to watch her YouTube channel for inspiration on tips on how to eat more fruit and vegetables.

Learning how to live a good life of compassion for your community and environment is a journey, and not all solutions work for everyone. Freelee has certainly helped not just average folks gain a more healthy lifestyle, but she also speaks about how eating a more natural diet has helped her overcome an eating disorder and serves as a role model in this way.

Her message of natural health and regular exercise is a great example for a lot of young girls who otherwise would turn to pills and extreme measures to handle their health issues. For more information on their community check out their Facebook page.

Happy Learning!