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Katharine Hayhoe
How can you bring deeply religious persons to believe that not all natural phenomenons are god's will, and in particular that humans can actually act against climate change? You need one of them but who's additionally has had the education and talent to make possible the very specific guidance that such a specialized audience requires.

❝Nearly 80 percent of Americans identify as Christians. For Christians, climate change directly intersects with mandates to be responsible for creation, to love others as Christ loved us, and to care for the poor and the needy. Those nations most vulnerable to climate change are the very nations whose inhabitants already suffer from malnutrition, food shortages, water scarcity, and disease. Climate change is deepening the chasm between the “haves” and “have-nots” across the globe. Failing to care about climate change is a failure to love. What is more Christian than to love our global neighbor as ourselves?❞
Katharine Hayhoe, June 2015

And also "How to talk climate change with Evangelical Christians" (via +Murray J Brown​):

❝Hayhoe has worked at Texas Tech since 2005. She has authored more than 120 peer-reviewed publications, and wrote the book "A Climate for Change: Global Warming Facts for Faith-Based Decisions" together with her husband, Andrew Farley. She also co-authored some reports for the US Global Change Research Program, as well as some National Academy of Sciences reports, including the 3rd National Climate Assessment, released on May 6, 2014. Shortly after the report was released, Hayhoe said, "Climate change is here and now, and not in some distant time or place," adding that "The choices we're making today will have a significant impact on our future." She has also served as an expert reviewer for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change's Fourth Assessment Report.

Hayhoe, who is an evangelical Christian, is the daughter of missionaries. She has stated that admitting her life as a Christian and a scientist is "like coming out of the closet". Her father retired as the science and technology coordinator for the Toronto District School Board and is currently an associate professor of education at Tyndale University College and Seminary in Toronto. Hayhoe credits her father as an inspiration with regard to her belief that science and religion do not have to conflict with one another. She met her husband, Andrew Farley, while doing graduate studies at the University of Illinois. Farley is a linguist and the pastor of an evangelical church in Lubbock, Texas.❞
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+Jan Galkowski What a novel (for me) and great way to look at this, many thanks for your comment Jan. Cultures and religions can be so intertwined that it does take some effort to describe them apart. As Sam Harris repeadly said doing what is good and just should not be a matter of faith but reason.
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A humble and lonely little boat was patiently waiting for warmer days next to the castle
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The Oberhofen Castle in January
I was beginning to wonder how the castle was doing in the heart of the winter so I took advantage of a surge of motivation I felt this morning. I ran from Thun to Oberhofen arriving to the top of the village 30 minutes later. Of course I then enjoyed a long pause and took a few pictures, like this one where the sky met with both the lake and the mountain.
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Somewhere Far North?
Despite the title of this collection there is little natural in this view. The left side of the river is ridged with concrete, this shot was taken from a recent suspended bridge under which the river goes down an artificial 1 meter level made to keep it tamed, even those large stones were carefully placed by a construction excavator. Yet, with the cold and the snow, it appears as if nature was taking back some of the control she normally has over all Earthian things, for a few months only.
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Watching Those Curves
I don't know why they do that but I glad I could catch that fish within the two days it came closest to me. Another unexpected use of smartphones and mobile networks.
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+Ivan Petkovic Hasn't arrived yet and no feedback from the seller, maybe the fish was too big to be true :-). Will let you know when it comes, if it comes.
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A bit of this and that from a walk I did last Saturday as the sun fought hard all day long to reach the cold ground
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Under the Fog
The lucky ones up there in the sun, looking down from the nearby mountains, they would only see a large and white sea of fog and probably feel some pity about us down here. Well they shouldn't, as you may see it can be quite beautiful as well.
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Isn't nature a great artist? And here its work of art is alive.
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+Geo. Tirebiter +Ron Villejo​ was referring to the majority of what I seed in my stream, pretty colorful captures of natural landscapes ;-)
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Palmyra, Part 10 - The Theater.
Hopelessly uneducated religious fanatics have stricken again. While the world had their eyes set on Washington, these rascals have returned to a Palmyra abandoned by both the Syrian and Russian Armies to resume their devastating work, thus making sure - one more time - that history will remember them as those worthless and pitiful men who didn’t even value their own lifes. Yes, I am bitter.

Have a look at this album where, helped with Wikipedia, I have revisited the theater which I have inspected several times. These pictures are dated April 2004 and March 2005.
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I would bet a personalized air-strike is on the way....
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Usine des Forces Motrices
A peculiar name for a hydraulic power plant. The building is positioned where the River Rhône flows out of Lake Geneva. It was created between 1883 and 1892 (and subjected to subsequent improvements) to exploit the flow of the river to provide water pressure to feed the city's water supply and a hydraulic power network. Furthermore the weir of the structure was designed to regulate the level of the lake.

The structure lost its original function as a power source in 1963, but it nevertheless continued to house pumping equipment to service Geneva's drinking water supply till 1988. The weir of the power plant was used some more years till it was taken over by the Barrage du Seujet (Seujet barrage) in 1995, which is located approximately fifty meters downstream from the BFM.

Towards the end of the twentieth century the BFM was converted into an entertainment venue, reopening in 1997 as an opera house and concert hall.,
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Flying Snowflakes
From last week, I was waiting for my train while going back home and it was snowing. Something white over white is typically not easy to bring on an image but when snowflakes are lighted up against a dark background, they become alive.
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I guess we reached that age where we just tolerate things
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Like the Icing on Cakes
A typical flowers and vegetables garden in front of one of these old and traditional farmhouses. The bumps are hedges meant to separate a footpath tiled with flat stones.

Seen yesterday but it would have been exactly the same view a hundred, two hundred, three hundred and even four hundred years ago.
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Travel photography, nature and society.
Evolution, ecology and societies ​​​​​​​​​​plus everything that is related are frequent centers of interest of mine in my reading and writing, here or elsewhere. Photography is my oldest and most durable leisure time activity and I profoundly admire Nature in which I also love to walk, bike, hike and run.

Now to illustrate my values let's just look a bit back in history. Definitely no need to reinvent the wheel here.

In essence
✿ "I believe in the cosmos.  All of us are linked to the cosmos.  Look at the sun: If there is no sun, then we cannot exist.  So nature is my god.  To me, nature is sacred;  trees are my temples and forests are my cathedrals." Mikhail Gorbachev, 1990

About the lightness and heaviness of our cultures
✿ "To reform a man, you must begin with his grandmother.Victor Hugo
✿ "There is no force so powerful as an idea whose time has come.Everett Dirkson
✿ "If you look at any Muslim society and you make a scale of how developed they are, and how successful the economy is, it's a straight line. It depends on how much they emancipate their women.Christopher Hitchens
✿ "A delusion is something that people believe in despite a total lack of evidence." Richard Dawkins

Creation and innovation
✿ "Perfection is achieved, not when there is nothing more to add, but when there is nothing left to take away.Antoine de Saint-Exupery
✿ “The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes. Marcel Proust

✿ "Humans have come into being for the sake of each other, so either teach them, or learn to bear them.Marcus Aurelius
✿ "A little help at the right time is better than a lot of help at the wrong time.Teyve

Leaders and followers
✿ "Where knowledge ends, religion begins.Benjamin Disraeli
✿ "Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities.Voltaire
✿ "Insanity in individuals is something rare—but in groups, parties, nations, and epochs it is the rule.Friedrich Nietzsche

Concise, meaningful and eternal, we are all blessed to have been born after thousands of sages so that we can enjoy their valuable legacy.

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A lovely and quiet little place by the lake. Only outdoor seating so open in the warmer months of the year and closes at sunset.
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