Sailing Around the World, Part 2

Robert Weir (Kalamazoo, MI), author and environmental journalist. “Tall ships, racing yachts, flash floods in India and other adventures.”

Robert Weir was on the show again to continue his February 28, 2011, description of his sailing trip across the Atlantic and to India.

This was right after the Japanese tsunami and earthquake and since Mr. Weir is an environmental journalist, Sharon Kleyne asked him about it.

Weir noted that the wave moved as far as three miles inland but that with warning, the Japanese are able to evacuate some coastal areas in 14 minutes. Japan is a clean and beautiful country that is very environmentally aware. Most of their cities lie near the ocean because that’s where people prefer to live. Like the Oregon Coast, there is a tsunami warning system in place.

Weir and Sharon Kleyne also discussed the upcoming Earth Day. The original Earth Day, founded by John McConnell in 1968, was intended as a global celebration of Earth, not an environmental protest. It was to be held on the spring equinox each year (March 20 or 21). The original observance was held at the Peace Bell at the Rose Garden at the United Nations in New York City in 1968. The idea was to ring the bell at the exact moment of equinox.

Weir then talked about his boat trips, particularly the tall ships regatta in the Aegean, off the coast of Greece. He later took a cargo freighter from Germany to St. Petersburg, Russia.

After Russia, Weir traveled to India to write about the aftermath of recent flooding on the Indus River. In India, he noted, people who can afford to drink bottled water because the general water supply is unsafe. Bottled water is inexpensive – 30 to 40 cents a bottle.

Website: www.Robertmweir.com

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Measurable Body Frequencies to Restore Health

Eric Pearl, D.C. (Los Angeles, CA) Chiropractor, healer, author, speaker. “Reconnective and Energy Healing.”

Pearl, E, DC, The Reconnection – Heal Others, Heal Yourself, Hay House, 2003.

Dr. Eric Pearl is a Doctor of Chiropractic Medicine who works with “body energy channels.” He claims to have had an epiphany in 1993. He was in bed and a light suddenly came on and he sensed that there was somebody else in the room. Seven of his patients later reported similar experiences on the same day. Those patients reported a heightened ability to “feel his hands before he touched them.”

This did not relate to anything he’d studied as a Chiropractor but appeared to have many beneficial applications. He believes the key is to transcend his ego and not employ this as a “technique.”

Dr. Pearl no longer practices Chiropractic and devotes his time solely to teaching this healing touch application to others. He uses his hands to facilitate healing in himself and others with no surgery or chemicals. He will use it in conjunction with standard medical practice because he feels it enhances and does not negate. The objective is total healing and the satisfaction of helping others.

During the three day seminars he teaches, participants will see physical responses to their hands and experience a heightened “state of knowingness.” He claims the art is not difficult to learn and that you become super-aware without intense teaching or visualization.

Dr. Pearl has not done follow-up studies on the long-term effectiveness of his therapies. The cure is usually instantaneous and applicable to people in all countries and all age groups.

Go to http://www.thereconnection.com to speak to a practitioner or ask questions.

More from the American Meteorological Society

L. DeWayne Cecil, PhD (Idaho Falls, ID), Western Region Climate Services Director NOAA-NCDC. “Live from the American Meteorological Society Conference, Seattle. ”

Much of the AMS meeting talked about water, which Dr. Cecil notes is sacred and spiritual to Native Americans and many other groups.

Dr. Cecil discussed the work of NOAA, for whom he works (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration). They are working on trans-boundary water issues with Canada and on trans-cultural water issues.

We are living on Earth and the planet does its own thing in its own way. The Western lifestyle is currently the model but it doesn’t necessarily have to be. Estimates are that the planet can sustain another billion people in this lifestyle. Conservation of water will enlarge the number but we need to change some aspects of our lifestyle.

Dr. Cecil is an advocate of teamwork. Be active in your community and region. Live comfortably but try to reduce your ecological impact and conspicuous consumption.

Original article: http://www.sharonkleynehour.com/Archive2011/American_Meteorological_Society.php

Publicizing the Global Water Crisis

Amy Hart (New York, NY) filmmaker and water advocate. Amy discusses her film, “Water First: Reaching the Millennium Development Goals.”

Sharon pointed out that water in Africa is a critical issue. While water is abundant, there is little infrastructure for purification or delivery. Most remote villages drink from waterholes or rivers and there is an epidemic of water borne diseases causing death and blindness. Drowning is very common as is lack of education caused by the need to spend all day every day carrying water. A community well can make a huge difference.

Amy Hart is a documentary film maker who produced a film called, “Water First: Reaching the Millennium Development Goals.” The 45 minute film follows the odyssey of Charles Banda and his quest to build wells in rural villages in Malawi. In many instances, Amy later used her own money to help the people she filmed.

1.6 billion of the world’s 6.7 billion people lack access to good water. The simple acts of flushing the toilet and washing your hands could save many lives.

During her filming, Amy could not even find pit toilets in many parts of Africa. There is no water for hand washing or flushing. She believes there is no excuse for this and that the solutions are: (1) education and (2) more rural wells.

In her project in Malawi, the drill broke and many projects were shut down as a result. Sharon talked to her about tube wells (narrow bore) and the possibility of borrowing equipment from oil drillers. A minimum depth is required for the water to be pure.

Clean water and a good water management infrastructure are basic to agriculture, reforestation and economic development. $6,000 can purchase a well, educate a community, set up a local water council and save many lives. Water must be a global priority. All basic necessities relate to water.

Websites: http://www.waterfirstfilm.org and http://www.freshwatermalawi.org

Sailing Around the World

Robert Weir (Kalamazoo, MI), author and environmental journalist. “Tall ships, racing yachts and other adventures.”

Robert Weir is a journalist, writer, lecturer and biographer of Earth Day founder John McConnell. He recently returned from a four-month, around the world sailing trip involving three ships.

Weir sailed across the Atlantic on a tall ship that carried passengers who also work on the ship. He also sailed in a racing regatta on the Aegean Sea (Greece), with Bulgarian cadets. And he rode aboard a freighter from Germany to Russia.

He likes sailing because it forces you to “go with the flow” of the environment (in this case, wind and water) and learn to read it. It is also extremely challenging and there is a thrill in reading it correctly.

Mr. Weir believes that “peace is not the absence of war but constructive coexistence with other people, the ecosystem and the planet.”

Mr. Weir also sails on Lake Michigan, which he considers excellent physical, intellectual and spiritual exercise. He always sleeps well on the water.

The trans-oceanic ship had a doctor, the regatta ship did not. Drinking water was carried in a large water tank.

Weir also attended a wedding in India, noting that not only is the water often unsafe in India, but you should also be careful about eating raw foods there.

There was some discussion about the move of the original Earth Day in the 1970’s, by Senator Gaylord Nelson, from the spring equinox to two weeks later.

Website: http://www.robertmweir.com

The Latest in Hydroponics

Ted Blossom (Wilson, Connecticut), hydroponics gardener. “Hydroponics: Clean, above-ground and pesticide-free.”

Ted Blossom is a commercial hydroponics gardener who lives near Hartford, Connecticut. He owns a 13,000 square foot greenhouse. He is also a promoter of “suitcase gardening,” which enables people to grow their own vegetables indoors in a small area. Gardens are beneficial to indoor air quality and humidity.

Sharon noted that every move we make and every breath we take ultimately goes back to plants (which put oxygen in the air and feed the meat we eat). She says that soil is alive and that we should live with the Earth and not against the Earth.

Regarding produce, Mr. Blossom noted that sweetness indicates health and ripeness and that vegetables are tastiest and most nutritious when young and rapidly growing, with a high water content. He sells produce to restaurants and groceries and donates to a soup kitchen.

Sharon noted that Walmart is attempting to buy produce closer to the stores.

Ted Blossom grows baby greens, including Bibb lettuce with the roots still on. The Bibb plants are still alive and may be eaten or replanted. He also grows baby arugula, which has a nutty slightly spicy flavor. You can get several baby cuttings from each plant.

His suitcase gardening kits cost $150. They’re like a tub with two trays and arches for lighting. They can be placed near a window or not. Fluorescent lighting is excellent for this. Blossom noted that every state has indigenous produce and Sharon talked a little about dry land farming in arid areas.

Hydroponics is basically above-ground gardening with recirculated, nutrient enriched water. There are many different systems. It requires 1/8 the water of conventional agriculture and produces extremely nutritious food. It is also very clean, with no rat droppings, insects or harmful bacteria.

In addition to Bibb lettuce, Mr. Blossom grows very large leeks, watercress and various types of mung bean and alfalfa sprouts.

He mentioned that ladybugs are extremely beneficial and usually do not carry disease.

Ted drinks 8 to 10 glasses of water a day. His lifestyle recommendations include fresh air, water, good food and work.

Mr. Blossom’s operation does not have a website but it is a tourist attraction. His email address is solartoad@hotmail.com.