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You can now sign "A Pagan Community Statement on the Environment" a... 

The statement was drafted over a period of 6 months by Pagans from all over the (mostly English-speaking) world.  After a period of public comment and revisions in response to the comments, the statement was recently published in its final form on Earth Day 2015.  We are currently translating the statement into a dozen or so languages.

At ecopagan.com, you can read the statement, learn more about how the statement was drafted, help with the translations, and sign on your own behalf or on behalf of an organization you represent.

Signatories to the statement include Pagan organizations as Cherry Hill Seminary, the Pagan Federation, Circle Sanctuary, Earth Spirit Community, Ár nDríaocht Féin (ADF), Order of Bards, Ovates & Druids, Reformed Druids of Gaia, Aquarian Tabernacle Church, Feraferia, and the Fellowship of Isis; Pagan leaders like Starhawk, Selena Fox, Oberon Zell, Rev. Patrick McCollum, Andras Corban-Arthen, Philip Garr-Comm, Rev. Kirk Thomas, and David Pollard; scholars like Graham Harvey, Michael York, Sabina Magliocco, Gus DiZerega, and Adrian Harris; authors like Carol Christ, Vivianne Crowley, Glenys Livingstone, Karen Tate, and Elizabeth Cunningham; editors of Pagan periodicals like Heather Green (The Wild Hunt) and Anne Newkirk Niven (Witches & Pagans magazine); artists like Sharon Knight; and hundreds of others.

Please add your voice to those already raised by signing "A Pagan Community Statement on the Environment".

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Atom Smasher Cranks Up

During its next run, researchers will look for evidence of "new physics" and probe "supersymmetry" -- a theoretical concept informally dubbed Susy; seek explanations for enigmatic dark matter and look for signs of extra dimensions.

Wednesday's collisions of 13 teraelectonvolts (TeV) followed a muscling of the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), used in 2012 to prove the existence of the Higgs Boson -- which confers mass and is also known as the God particle.

Negligence: Pipe-line Corroded

 A section of pipeline that ruptured sending as much as 2,400 barrels of crude oil into the Santa Barbara coastline in May was severely corroded, federal regulators said on Wednesday.

Third-party inspectors estimated that corrosion of the line owned by Texas-based Plains All American Pipeline had degraded to 1/16th of an inch, said a U.S. Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) corrective action order document.

The May 19 spill dumped as much as 2,400 barrels (101,000 gallons or 382,000 liters) of crude onto a pristine stretch of the Santa Barbara coastline and into the Pacific, leaving slicks that stretched over 9 miles (14 km) along the coast and closing closed two California state beaches.

Impending Tsunami: CA

Massive undersea earthquakes off the coast of California could send a tsunami crashing into Los Angeles or San Diego, new research suggests.

As the North American and Pacific tectonic plates grind past each other, large chunks of Earth's crust wedged between them get squeezed and twisted off Southern California and Baja California in Mexico. This logjam of crust could cause catastrophic ruptures at two faults along this boundary, setting off undersea temblors of magnitude 7.9 or 8.0, according to new research published April 25 in the Journal of Geophysical Research: Earth Surface.

"We're dealing with continental collision," Mark Legg, a geologist at Legg Geophysical, a geoexploration and hazard assessment company in Huntington Beach, California, said in a statement. "That's fundamental. That's why we have this mess of a complicated logjam." [In Photos: This Millennium's Most Destructive Earthquakes]

Climate-change or Natural Variations?

Some of the most important research on climate change right now isn’t on climate change at all. Here’s what I mean: Every time an extreme weather event strikes, a debate ensues about whether manmade climate change caused the incident or if it was the result of “natural variability.”

There’s a big problem with this argument. We know a lot about climate change but very little about natural variability—the complex system that dictated all weather before humans intervened with our carbon emissions. As a result, the burden of proof falls on those arguing that climate change caused a storm or drought. If they can’t prove that human activity directly caused the event, it falls into the big black box labeled “natural variability.” No one asks for proof that natural variability caused an extreme event, and only in rare cases, such as the California drought, does such evidence exist.

A Brief History of Neo-paganism by John Halstead

About the author:

John Halstead is a former Mormon, now eclectic Neo-Pagan with an interest in ritual as an art form, ecopsychology, theopoetics, Jungian theory, and the idea of death as an act of creation.  In addition to being the Managing Editor here at HP, he is the author of the blogs, The Allergic Pagan at Patheos and Dreaming the Myth Onward at Pagan Square. He is also the administrator of the website Neo-Paganism.org.

  1. Neo-Paganism can be distinguished from reconstructionist forms of Paganism, which attempt to reconstruct the religions of ancient pagans from surviving historical sources. 
  2. Neo-Paganism draws freely from many traditions, both ancient and modern, without concern for historical authenticity, to create a spirituality to meet modern needs.
  3.  In the words of Dennis Carpenter, Neo-Paganism is a “synthesis of historical inspiration and present-day creativity”. 
  4. Neo-Paganism can also distinguished from devotional polytheistic forms of Paganism, which experience Pagan deities as literal beings with individual personalities. 
  5. Neo-Pagans are more likely to understand gods and goddesses as metaphors for parts of nature and our unconscious selves and/or as aspects of a greater divine unity.

Wouldn't it then be necessary to alter the statement to a "Neo-pagan" one?

Just Two Actions can stop runaway warming

Nations cannot solve the climate crisis and prevent serious impacts without.... Reducing CO2 will limit the overall warming the planet will experience generations from now, which will have profound impacts on limiting sea level rise and other dangerous consequences. 

Reducing warming caused by methane during our lifetime will also reduce the likelihood of extreme weather events and species extinctions — and, a slower rate also provides more time for societies and ecosystems to adapt to changes.

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