In this issue we are exploring the theme of Earth Day which is coming up in April.
Earth Day is an annual event that is celebrated worldwide to demonstrate support for environmental protection. Following this theme, Brian Larkin’s feature story is about the myth of Gaia – the idea that the earth is a holistic living being – an idea that coincided with the first Earth Day in 1970, which marked the birth of the Ecology movement at a time of widespread environmental destruction and unregulated industrial pollution. Brian links this theme to the events taking place in Crimea reminding us that Climate Change is not the only problem facing the planet but that we also live with the threat of nuclear weapons being used.
Douglas Shaw’s editorial tackles the controversial topic that is Ukraine. He reminds us that big power players in the world are fighting over Ukraine and the Ukrainian people are caught in the middle of the mess.
In “If Only” Geoffrey Carnall argues that if Nelson Mandela had been involved there may have been an alternative and more positive outcome for Libya.
And Pat Bryden’s book review is again from a book in our newly reopened library: ‘Whose Crisis, Whose Future? Towards a Greener, Fairer, Richer World’ by Susan George.
May’s edition will be based on the theme of conscientious objection. Contributions welcome. Email by 22nd April to firstname.lastname@example.org .