Moshe-Mordechai van Zuiden
Moshe-Mordechai van Zuiden
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Climate dressage 2021?

The subject is close to my heart as this encyclopedic blog post shows.

The 2021 attempt to tame the climate havoc our abuse of nature caused didn’t go as well as hoped for. We have about 9 years to rescue humanity from the brink of extinction in about half a century. In other words: in ten years we’ll reach a point of no return if we didn’t clean up our act.

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There was a unanimous agreement at the end of the Glasgow [Glasgo] summit. Unfortunately, it was not as radical as was deemed needed. Rather, nationalistic short-term financial reasons compelled watering down the treaty. So, do we need to come away disillusioned? No. Why?

1. “No setback ever proves that now all is lost.” Harvey Jackins

2. I feared that the politicians would not stand up for curtailing the climate because they always seem to beat the drum of Big Money. And, many of the super-rich didn’t seem so moved by us all going to die.

However, many leading politicians spoke passionately about the need for climate control. This is crucial.

Before the conference, I feared that the world’s populations needed to go to the streets in huge masses to force politicians to take this seriously.

Instead, it seems that the world’s populations need to take to the streets in huge masses to support politicians to not back down, but speed it up.

This is huge. From an uphill battle, this became a home game in the West.

Even if (some of) the politicians were just lying and pretending to gain public sympathy, activists now have their words to hold them to.

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The next step is to get all the big polluters on board.

To take an example from an unrelated issue. Afrika got far less help against COVID-19. The result: a radically different coronavirus coming from there, now threatening the whole world. There are no ‘unimportant nations.’ Like there also are no unimportant people or Peoples. If the story of Noach can teach us anything then it should be that we’re all in the same boat.

The rich Free World must force the large dictator blocks to really join in the effort, China and Russia for starters. They must coerce them to curve climate change radically, and assist them if needed.

And the nations of the world in unison must seek to compensate countries suffering tremendously from cutting down coal and oil dramatically.

But, the West also must corner China and Russia in their attempt to divide up the globe between them. Unitedly, they must show them that starting WW III is only their demise. Even their win would mean territorial gain and power but humanity going extinct. Whose win is that?

And, we must urge the rich countries to stop exporting polluting industries only to blame the poor countries for the exported filth. The rich countries, with the huge overconsumption of meat, must compensate and assist the countries that saw their rainforests decimated for grasslands for grazing.

Being nice and permissive to bad (a Western flaw) would do us all in.

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Glasgow shows saving humanity is no done deal yet. But still, it also shows that we have a chance. That’s all (would-be) activists need to know.

For those who want the Jewish angle on this: Thank G^d!

About the Author
MM is a prolific and creative writer and thinker, previously a daily blog contributor to the TOI. He often makes his readers laugh, mad, or assume he's nuts—close to perfect blogging. As a frontier thinker, he sees things many don't yet. He's half a prophet. Half. Let's not exaggerate. He doesn't believe that people observe and think in a vacuum. He, therefore, wanted a broad bio that readers interested can track a bit what (lack of) backgrounds, experiences, and educations contribute to his visions. * This year, he will prioritize getting his unpublished books published rather than just blog posts. Next year, he hopes to focus on activism against human extinction. To find less-recent posts on a subject XXX among his over 1400 archived ones, go to the right-top corner of a Times of Israel page, click on the search icon and search "zuiden, XXX". One can find a second, wilder blog, to which one may subscribe, here: https://mmvanzuiden.wordpress.com/ or by clicking on the globe icon next to his picture on top. * Like most of his readers, he believes in being friendly, respectful, and loyal. However, if you think those are his absolute top priorities, you might end up disappointed. His first loyalty is to the truth. He will try to stay within the limits of democratic and Jewish law, but he won't lie to support opinions or people when don't deserve that. (Yet, we all make honest mistakes, which is just fine and does not justify losing support.) He admits that he sometimes exaggerates to make a point, which could have him come across as nasty, while in actuality, he's quite a lovely person to interact with. He holds - how Dutch - that a strong opinion doesn't imply intolerance of other views. * Sometimes he's misunderstood because his wide and diverse field of vision seldomly fits any specialist's box. But that's exactly what some love about him. He has written a lot about Psychology (including Sexuality and Abuse), Medicine (including physical immortality), Science (including basic statistics), Politics (Israel, the US, and the Netherlands, Activism - more than leftwing or rightwing, he hopes to highlight reality), Oppression and Liberation (intersectionally, for young people, the elderly, non-Whites, women, workers, Jews, LGBTQIA+, foreigners and anyone else who's dehumanized or exploited), Integrity, Philosophy, Jews (Judaism, Zionism, Holocaust and Jewish Liberation), the Climate Crisis, Ecology and Veganism, Affairs from the news, or the Torah Portion of the Week, or new insights that suddenly befell him. * Chronologically, his most influential teachers are his parents, Nico (natan) van Zuiden and Betty (beisye) Nieweg, Wim Kan, Mozart, Harvey Jackins, Marshal Rosenberg, Reb Shlomo Carlebach, and, lehavdil bein chayim lechayim, Rabbi Dr. Natan Lopes Cardozo, Rav Zev Leff, and Rav Meir Lubin. This short list doesn't mean to disrespect others who taught him a lot or a little. * He hopes that his words will inspire and inform, and disturb the comfortable and comfort the disturbed. He aims to bring a fresh perspective rather than harp on the obvious and familiar. When he can, he loves to write encyclopedic overviews. He doesn't expect his readers to agree. Rather, original minds should be disputed. In short, his main political positions are among others: anti-Trumpism, for Zionism, Intersectionality, non-violence, anti those who abuse democratic liberties, anti the fake ME peace process, for original-Orthodoxy, pro-Science, pro-Free Will, anti-blaming-the-victim, and for down-to-earth, classical optimism, and happiness. Read his blog on how he attempts to bridge any tensions between those ideas or fields. * He is a fetal survivor of the pharmaceutical industry (https://diethylstilbestrol.co.uk/studies/des-and-psychological-health/), born in 1953 to his parents who were Dutch-Jewish Holocaust survivors who met in the largest concentration camp in the Netherlands, Westerbork. He grew up a humble listener. It took him decades to become a speaker too, and decades more to admit to being a genius. But his humility was his to keep. And so was his honesty. Bullies and con artists almost instantaneously envy and hate him. He hopes to bring new things and not just preach to the choir. * He holds a BA in medicine (University of Amsterdam) – is half a doctor. He practices Re-evaluation Co-counseling since 1977, is not an official teacher anymore, and became a friendly, powerful therapist. He became a social activist, became religious, made Aliyah, and raised three wonderful kids. Previously, for decades, he was known to the Jerusalem Post readers as a frequent letter writer. For a couple of years, he was active in hasbara to the Dutch-speaking public. He wrote an unpublished tome about Jewish Free Will. He's a strict vegan since 2008. He's an Orthodox Jew but not a rabbi. * His writing has been made possible by an allowance for second-generation Holocaust survivors from the Netherlands. It has been his dream since he was 38 to try to make a difference by teaching through writing. He had three times 9-out-of-10 for Dutch at his high school finals but is spending his days communicating in English and Hebrew - how ironic. G-d must have a fine sense of humor. In case you wonder - yes, he is a bit dyslectic. If you're a native English speaker and wonder why you should read from people whose English is only their second language, consider the advantage of having an original peek outside of your cultural bubble. * To send any personal reaction to him, scroll to the top of the blog post and click Contact Me.
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