Perspective of 2009 - The challenges of waking up the community

Interviewed by Tim LynchDecember 11, 2008
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The GreenPlanet radio program has been broadcasting from Auckland's sky tower for 4 years now and this has been a very stimulating and information rich
time for me as a presenter and I trust for you as listeners.

It is now also streamed from the web on or this takes us to a global audience, which I trust inspires individuals, families and communities where-ever
they may be on our marvelous planet, to consciously work in peace to an ecologically sustainable and better world of tomorrow.

And how things have changed, especially over the last year where we have come to a realisation that the monetary ways of man has been eaten away by
the tapeworm economy, which lacking any virtue has been built like a house of cards.

This house is now having its foundations eroded away from it, and we need to be very astute in reading behind the headlines, and accessing our information
from alternative news sources. We need to be proactive in researching both the challenges and the solutions to our current dilemma.

And though the economic essentials are currently overriding the dogged headway we have made in environmental awareness - over the last few years,
it is crucial that we bring balance to both these two imperatives as we move towards sustainability.

The urgency can only be understood from the knowledge of deep ecology in that the air we breathe, the water we drink, and the food we eat comes from the
environment. Its source springs from a healthy living planet. And it is vital that we connect the dots by thinking things through to make the connection.

Mysteriously enough it is worth noting, that the words ecology and economy share the same root – from the ancient Greek word Ecos,
which translates to meaning house or habitat. Economy refers to how to manage our house and Ecology how to know or understand it.  The challenge
is to realise that our house is a home and our home is our planet Mother earth. Hence it is time to take care of it. 

They are two sides of the same coin, and one day soon I trust we will have politicians and business people, embrace this knowledge and take appropriate
and urgent action to bring about a new understanding of our relationship to this living planet that loans us bodies in which to live.

Last year I said that:

"We are at a juncture in the earths evolution where solutions are urgently required to find ways to avert the consequences of not being truly conscious of our inter-relationship with ecological concerns, and all biota ... and especially that we be mindful of the billions of children that across the face of our planet are in need of love and leadership as they look forward to their yet un realised future."

So what has quickly emerged in the last year across New Zealand has been the term Transition Towns - transition towns now number 43 across the country
and are gathering momentum, very much like the Nuclear free zones that sprang up across New Zealand back in the mid 1980s to counter the lunacy of
the nuclear arms race that was escalating at that time. is an initiative for our times, where community at grass
roots levels is springing forth a leaderless movement to respond to the twin challenges of climate change and peak oil, but can now be seen as an instrument
to peacefully react to the global economic fall-out that is regrettably gathering impetus … as well as act, as a back-up civil response in the
case of an earthquake or tsunami if such unfortunate occurrences happen.

These transition town groups are popping up in towns, suburbs, islands, communities and regions and the aim is to relocalise communities making them
vibrant, resilient and truly sustainable.

And what pulls them together are permaculture organic gardens for producing food and "living economies" where localised currencies such as green dollars
and time banking, can assist the community to remain cohesive and peaceful during times of transition and hardship.

Google Transition towns and check for yourself.

So I encourage you to research and seed the idea of a transitional town in your locality. It's such a positive affirmation of what conscious people
can achieve. And very necessary in times ahead.

And let us think and discuss innovative ways to promote solutions for our individual and collective future with both our friends and neighbours.

Where we move forward as a nation modelling the virtues of sustainability and regeneration.

At this time I wish to thank the many people, who supported this Green Planet programme ... first the PlanetFM staff at Unitec, (where our station
sits among trees and grass) who have year after year given me superb back up … and to the following who have donated money, energy and time.

Namely; Delaine Jones, Michael Fleck, Elaine Dyer, Hersh & Lynn Lorkin, Kapil Arne, Ruth Tai, Roger Mockton, Lisa Er, Susie Vincent, Ian Cambourne,
John Coombs, Ocean Numan, Paul Hobin, Vivienne Wright, Teresa Gibson and Marshal Lefferts, plus ... Ella Linwood in Maleny and Pam Mariko in Caloundra,

Without your assistance and goodwill this program would quite possibly have never made it. I thank you. I also thank you many listeners who phoned
into the radio station to let the station manager know that this program is doing its job. This feed -back was significant.

At present I am working with to give you more information about the people interviewed, a blog that offers insights that are
in many ways intuited.

With direct streaming and free ipod downloads I encourage you to access (Click English)

Next year is coming a feast of information, that I trust will proclaim 2009 the year when planet earth finally comes of age, where its citizens come
together to realise that we are all one family within the biosphere and that we deliver solutions and innovation by cooperatively activating them into
love in action.

Let us continuously realise the sacredness of life and be thankful to be alive at this time especially to to realise our latent virtues, "as energy
bundles of exponential potential."

This is Tim Lynch in the spirit of goodwill, wishing you a Pohutukawa Christmas, a special time of grace where past difficulties and animosities are
forgiven as we work together towards a planet of unity, peace and humanity.

Haeri Ra

POST SCRIPT Mid May 2016

Well I do not doubt my optimism - actually gets away in front of me. Gee ... have we a way to go. 

At present most of humanity are on the back foot as the military media industrial complex consolidate their full spectrum clamp-like-grip on humanity and
increase it year by year slowly and methodically. What NZers don't get, is that so many people overseas are suffering hugely, however because we have
had a country that has been called 'Gods Own' of 'Godzone' we have been spoilt as we live in a country of milk and honey. We have for such a long time
been fortunate to have a welfare system that takes such good care of us. Also, that a large number over the years have abused this welfare and at many
levels we seem to always want to take.

I do not know where out future is heading. Yes, there are some superb community initiatives happening across the nation, however if the basic kiwi joker
and mate, does not start questioning everything - then we are in for a fall. Don't expect the Government to come to your assistance. It is up to us
and the grass roots to be innovative and creative and continue to find a way forward and upward.

"We are not god's of limitation - we are in fact the opposite!"

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Tim Lynch

Tim Lynch, is a New Zealander, who is fortunate in that he has whakapapa, or a bloodline that connects him to the Aotearoan Maori. He has been involved as an activist for over 40 years - within the ecological, educational, holistic, metaphysical, spiritual & nuclear free movements. He sees the urgency of the full spectrum challenges that are coming to meet us, and is putting his whole life into being an advocate for todays and tomorrows children. 'To Mobilise Consciousness.'

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