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Dear *|NAME|*

In this precious, chaotic, frightening and enlightening time on this planet it takes a warrior spirit to face the shadows of our civilisation and learn the unfolding lessons. Everything swept under the mat during the high days of capitalism is coming up for recognition and transformation. Indeed, the chickens are coming home to roost. Whatever doesn’t work for the planet as a whole will no longer stand up to the light of awareness. So too in our personal psyches…

It seems the era of Post Capitalism started with the 2008 financial crash and its resultant negative global growth ever since. Of course a non-sustainable system was doomed to reach its peak, then break down. Of course social injustice will have a backlash for corrective measures to emerge. All delusions are crumbling and the process is slow and painful.

Modern life had over-used the planet’s resources, draining energy sources which took billions of years to build up, wasting water on our entitled golf fields and exotic lawns, in the consumptive fashion of bring-it-on, the more I use the better my status. To a more or less degree all of us got swept along living ‘the way’ that was, and still is to the bulk, the only one. Nobody reading this was exempted, hence nobody can point fingers either.

We know that the climate is no longer going to cushion us in comfort. Survival is becoming a different game. But the emerging new share economy is also liberating a creative spirit of innovation and learn-as-you-go.  Now information is king, as we connect to like-minded folk across the planet. I would even call this a Voice Economy, as we can air our views and are heard. So if one dentist comes to Africa to shoot a beloved lion for fun resulting in a slow and cruel death… then we now know about it. Yes, the public outcry is not just about this one lion, but about cruelty and violence in general, about using Africa’s pride for pleasure – about taking advantage of a continent ravaged by poverty. Indeed, said Avice Hindmarch, it is also about saving the lion heart of humanity. What we do to the world we do to ourselves.

Whilst resources are dwindling, information is abundant – and being informed is exactly how we upgrade ourselves into the new human who thinks beyond the here and now and personal convenience. Our new driver is a more heart-based, consciousness and conscience based life in sync with nature, our supplier and our teacher. We are once again remembering our place in the cycle of life.

As ego is replaced by eco, we are in for a rough ride. That climate change is escalating is undeniable. The debate about whether it’s real is dead. It has been replaced by questions…  when, how, where should I be – and then, hopefully, what can I do? That we have to rethink entirely how we do life is now unavoidable.

Yet there is also this brilliance inside humans which emerges when there is a crisis. Suddenly all the artificial constructs fall away and the core and caring human springs into action… not always, but often enough for it to flip a transition into a higher state of being. I don’t remember who said “Human beings don’t grow when they see the light, they grow when they feel the heat.”

In this knowledge economy it is up to each of us to figure out the most harmless way forward. Personal leadership has never been more urgent. As we assess every aspect of our lives and devote it all to posterity, a new flame is ignited. And so we craft a new way in humility – sharing it always and inspiring others.

Join me in the Climate Fast, starting tomorrow. Join us on the Climate March to drive home the message of planetary pressure to perform at COP21 in Paris. Now is the time to pull out all the stops. Making a difference is an honour, no matter what the price. Please forward this newsfeed to your friends and ask them to subscribe.

With love

Elma and the team

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Demand justice for Cecil the lion in Zimbabwe


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US companies pledge $140 billion to slash carbon emissions


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Japan transforms abandoned golf courses into solar power plants


Now faced with a proposal to double the amount of renewable power sources by 2030, Japan is now looking for solutions, including their putting their many abandoned golf courses to use.

The end of capitalism has begun


Without us noticing, we are entering the post-capitalist era. At the heart of further change to come is information technology, new ways of working and the sharing economy.

Canada and Alaska struggle with steadily increasing wildfires


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Al Gore criticizes Obama for allowing ‘insane’ Arctic drilling


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Why reports about Earth’s upcoming ‘mini ice age’ are dead wrong


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Flu vaccine causes brain damage in children


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Swapping plastic bottles for essential items helps community


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Protect our oceans from seabed mining!

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Enter the 2015 Eco-Logic Awards today


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Pretoria-based entrepreneur boosts polystyrene recycling


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Shell accused of strategy risking catastrophic climate change


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Experts flay Nigeria’s dalliance with coal

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Saving the world’s seventh largest economy – the ocean


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Fossil fuel industry must ‘implode’ to avoid climate disaster


An “induced implosion” of the fossil fuel industry must take place for there to be any chance of avoiding dangerous global warming, according to one of the world’s most influential climate scientists.

Plastic is killing the planet – here’s how we can turn the tide


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Zero-waste grocery store a ray of hope for food sustainability


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Entries open for best recycled product competition


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Are captive-born predators fit for release into the wild?


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Fate of wild cats at predator park unclear


Confusion surrounds the future of a number of wild cats which were reportedly darted during an attempt to remove them from the Jugomaro Predator Park, in Limpopo.

Cycad poacher sentenced to 10 years in landmark ruling


In a ground-breaking decision, and for the first time on record in the Eastern Cape and possibly in South Africa at large, an Encephalartos cycad poacher has been sentenced to ten years direct imprisonment by the Jansenville regional court.

Temperatures soar as heatwave sweeps across Europe


The summer heat has taken hold of Europe, with temperatures set to exceed 40C in some countries.
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