Pale Blue Dot

Please do see below for the short video clip by Carl Sagan for which this post in named.

~draft script for our commercial


Hi, I’m Daryn Caister

I’m the director of a volunteer; weekly environmental news radio show; in Toronto, Canada. Since 2006; The Green Majority has produced a weekly radio and podcast show; Canada’s environmental news hour.

Our mandate has always been to bring information on environmental issues to anyone who wants to listen; for free. We now can be heard on more than 20 community stations in Canada and the US. We also have web resources and podcasts; and we want to continue to expand; to help bring you more interesting and important stories that affect your health, your happiness and your job.

The best way for us to do this, is to be able to bring this power of information to more young people; which in 2013; means we need to go video. The corporate media is broken; so it’s up to us; all of us; to inform ourselves, so we can help ourselves.

The Green Majority wants to grow into a weekly… and eventually daily environmental information resource about politics, science, technology and daily news coverage but with the environmental angle. To help you stay informed without the bias of ideologies, other than one where facts matter and that everyone on this planet deserves ecological and economic stability.

Politicians spend far more time listening to lobbyists than the people, multinational corporations are taking over everything, and most people don’t vote. We are told self-interest will help everyone, by those who already have all the cards, and that we should be grateful for what trickles down to us.

I say this is all of our planet; and we should all have a say in what happens to it.

I say that for Canadians more than most economies should see their environment’s as their economies and protect it for everyone’s benefit, financial included.

I say that personal responsibility and understanding the ethical impacts of your choices is critical… but insufficient to deal with our most severe global challenges. Challenges that threaten lives and economies alike; Run-away climate change, the strip mining and acidification of the oceans as well as the problem of sustaining ten billion and beyond humans on our very lucky, but quickly shrinking, pale blue dot.

I say my voice matters… because I’m one of the Green Majority.

“Look again at that dot. That’s here. That’s home. That’s us. On it everyone you love, everyone you know, everyone you ever heard of, every human being who ever was, lived out their lives. The aggregate of our joy and suffering, thousands of confident religions, ideologies, and economic doctrines, every hunter and forager, every hero and coward, every creator and destroyer of civilization, every king and peasant, every young couple in love, every mother and father, hopeful child, inventor and explorer, every teacher of morals, every corrupt politician, every “superstar,” every “supreme leader,” every saint and sinner in the history of our species lived there–on a mote of dust suspended in a sunbeam.

The Earth is a very small stage in a vast cosmic arena. Think of the rivers of blood spilled by all those generals and emperors so that, in glory and triumph, they could become the momentary masters of a fraction of a dot. Think of the endless cruelties visited by the inhabitants of one corner of this pixel on the scarcely distinguishable inhabitants of some other corner, how frequent their misunderstandings, how eager they are to kill one another, how fervent their hatreds.

Our posturing, our imagined self-importance, the delusion that we have some privileged position in the Universe, are challenged by this point of pale light. Our planet is a lonely speck in the great enveloping cosmic dark. In our obscurity, in all this vastness, there is no hint that help will come from elsewhere to save us from ourselves.

The Earth is the only world known so far to harbor life. There is nowhere else, at least in the near future, to which our species could migrate. Visit, yes. Settle, not yet. Like it or not, for the moment the Earth is where we make our stand.

It has been said that astronomy is a humbling and character-building experience. There is perhaps no better demonstration of the folly of human conceits than this distant image of our tiny world. To me, it underscores our responsibility to deal more kindly with one another, and to preserve and cherish the pale blue dot, the only home we’ve ever known.”

~ Carl Sagan (1934-1996)


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