Passport application for Hope ~ Name and Birthplace

June 6, 2007 at 7:49 am | Posted in California, Christianity, Climate action, Climate change, Deutschland, Environment, Faith, G8, G8+5, Germany, Heiligendamm, Hope, Islam, Judaism, My photo, Optimism, Photography, San Francisco, Stanford University, Stewardship, UN, United Nations, Visual aids | Leave a comment

The Heiligendamm summit should be remembered by our children as the birthplace of a new multilateral global alliance for the protection of life on Earth as our generation remembers San Francisco as the birthplace of the United Nations organisation.”

Ahmed Djoghlaf, who leads the Secretariat of the U.N. biodiversity treaty

This beautiful gold-backed mosaic of the angel of HOPE on Stanford Memorial Church speaks volumes. Particularly poignant is the way HOPE is dressed in green and clutching an anchor.

Hope mosaic on Stanford Memorial Church at the University


As a citizen of any country, kids, you (or your parents) may apply to your government for a passport that authorises and requests your safe passage when travelling to, from and within another country. Today I read a story that made me think how satisfying it would be to prepare a passport for 21st Century Hope.

Stanford Memorial Church at the University

In the 20th Century, San Francisco was the birthplace of the United Nations organisation.

G8 Logo Heiligendamm

In the 21st Century, Heiligendamm has the chance to be the birthplace of a new multilateral global alliance for the protection of life on Earth.

Heiligen means Holy in German. It seems to me that is about time we disentangled ourselves from our all-consuming material attachments to our planet as an “infinite-in-my-lifetime” supply of free resources-for-me. In place of material snags, we need a more holy connection with the Earth as its stewards—even for people of no faith. Muslims, Jews and Christians have already called on world leaders to unite under the umbrella of stewardship in:

An Interfaith Declaration on the Moral Responsibility of the U.S. Government to Address Global Warming

This statement is not faith-specific and is an inclusive step forward in this regressive exclusive world of our own making.

So, where did I find the perfect quote to support my thinking? Here, in the final paragraph (which is a good example of persistence and why you should try to read to the end of an article, as it may well contain the hidden gem you have been searching for all these years):

G8: U.S. Again the Odd Man Out on Climate
Haider Rizvi

UNITED NATIONS, Jun 5 (IPS) – When leaders of the world’s most advanced economies — also known as the Group of Eight (G8) — tried to set new targets to fight climate change at their summit in Britain in 2005, the United States balked.

Two years later, despite mountains of studies warning of dangerous consequences to the future of humanity, the world’s largest polluter seems to be taking the same position at another G8 summit starting this Wednesday in the German resort town of Heiligendamm.

Apparently keen to push for rapid and effective measures against the threat of global warming, which is also the main cause of the loss of biodiversity, the Germans are due to host a major conference on biodiversity in 2008.

Considering the ongoing tensions between the U.S. and other industrial polluters, senior U.N. officials involved in global efforts to preserve biodiversity are also closely watching the G8 meeting.

“Postponing action to address the threat of climate change and loss of biodiversity is no more an economic, financial, nor an ethical option,” Ahmed Djoghlaf who leads the Secretariat of the U.N. biodiversity treaty, told IPS.

The Heiligendamm summit should be remembered by our children as the birthplace of a new multilateral global alliance for the protection of life on Earth as our generation remembers San Francisco as the birthplace of the United Nations organisation,” he said.

San Francisco Transamerica Pyramid

Read the entire U.S. Again the Odd Man Out on Climate

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