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A VERY BAD TRIP

20090829-IMG_041420090829-IMG_041320090829-IMG_0409A trip to Houston, in the heart of Texas, USA. « The lonely star » (Texas’ motto)… As far as I saw, the lonely star is exactly how people from Texas consider themselves. They are nice, very friendly… but… they seem to feel they are the only ones leaving on this planet. First impression was the huge aspect of … everything! Huge highways, huge burgers, huge kids too! The wonderful land of big pick ups with tiny people inside! When I asked for he local actions in term of sustainable development I felt I was a Martian. Never heard about this « sust… sustai… sustainable thing ». Wawh. Waste management? None. Over consumption? Yes. Environment? Biodiversity? You can try all the key words, it is not worth it. It is amazing to see a country like the US, being so different from a state (California) to another (Texas). This means we have a lot of work to do.

I was reading the Plan of the UN about education on sustainable development (UNESCO ESD), thanks to a a presentation I went to few days ago, at the UNESCO in Paris. At the end of this presentation they showed a new TV concept : 10 episodes about 30 people who have changed the world one way or another. It is called « Architects of change » and we saw episode 2 « Between philanthropy and capitalism, an impossible marraige? ». Very interesting… The UNESCO ESD  gathers all the schools in the world that work on educational programs on SD. Guess what? There is none in the US.

2 Responses to “A VERY BAD TRIP”

  1. Street Glide dit :

    J’ai eu le plaisir de passé trois semaines aux USA (Californie, Arizona, Nevada) cet été.
    Le constat y est le même que celui que vous faites au Texas.
    C’est assez consternant / navrant …
    Si, les gens réagissent tout de même … ils s’inquiètent des hausses du prix des carburants … et puis, Michael est mort tout de même …

  2. admin dit :

    Les gens réagissent? seulement si les prix montent. La Californie me semblait un peu plus en avance sur ces sujets tout de même. Michael est mort. Si l’on ecoute certaines de ses paroles justement, il aurait pu/du éveiller quelques consciences.
    Paroles de Earth Song :
    What about sunrise  
What about rain  
What about all the things  
That you said we were to gain.. .  
What about killing fields  
Is there a time  
What about all the things  
That you said was yours and mine…  
Did you ever stop to notice  
All the blood we’ve shed before  
Did you ever stop to notice  
The crying Earth the weeping shores?  
 
Aaaaaaaaaah Aaaaaaaaaah  
 
What have we done to the world  
Look what we’ve done  
What about all the peace  
That you pledge your only son…  
What about flowering fields  
Is there a time  
What about all the dreams  
That you said was yours and mine…  
Did you ever stop to notice  
All the children dead from war  
Did you ever stop to notice  
The crying Earth the weeping shores  
 
Aaaaaaaaaaah Aaaaaaaaaaah  
 
I used to dream  
I used to glance beyond the stars  
Now I don’t know where we are  
Although I know we’ve drifted far  
 
Aaaaaaaaaaah Aaaaaaaaaaaah  
 
Hey, what about yesterday  
What about the seas  
The heavens are falling down  
I can’t even breathe   
What about the bleeding Earth   
Can’t we feel its wounds   
What about nature’s worth  
It’s our planet’s womb  
What about animals  
We’ve turned kingdoms to dust  
What about elephants    
Have we lost their trust   
What about crying whales   
We’re ravaging the seas  
What about forest trails  
Burnt despite our pleas   
What about the holy land   
Torn apart by creed    
What about the common man  
Can’t we set him free   
What about children dying  
Can’t you hear them cry    
Where did we go wrong    
Someone tell me why    
What about babies   
What about the days  
What about all their joy    
What about the man  
What about the crying man    
What about Abraham  
What about death again   
Do we give a damn…

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