Disney unveiled plans for a massive makeover of its Epcot theme park at Walt Disney World in Florida that will include new attractions, new themes and a new look. Some of the attractions, such as a roller coaster themed to the “Guardians of the Galaxy” films and a dark ride based on “Ratatouille,” had been previously announced. At the D23 Expo in Anaheim additional details, like attractions themed to “Mary Poppins” and “Moana” and a new plaza between Spaceship Earth and the World Showcase Lagoon were revealed.
Iceland has marked its first-ever loss of a glacier to climate change as scientists warn that hundreds of other ice sheets on the subarctic island risk the same fate.
As the world recently marked the warmest July ever on record, a bronze plaque was mounted on a bare rock in a ceremony on the barren terrain once covered by the Okjškull glacier in western Iceland. Around 100 people walked up the mountain for the ceremony, including Iceland’s prime minister, Katrín Jakobsdóttir, the former UN human rights commissioner Mary Robinson, and local researchers and colleagues from the United States who pioneered the commemoration project.
The plaque bears the inscription “A letter to the future”, and is intended to raise awareness about the decline of glaciers and the effects of climate change.
“In the next 200 years all our glaciers are expected to follow the same path. This monument is to acknowledge that we know what is happening and what needs to be done. Only you know if we did it,” the plaque reads.
Stillness is available to all of us at any time, with practice. It is a state of being still, of being quiet, calm, inactive, relaxed. It is the absence of disturbance that brings inner peace and tranquility, whatever is happening on the outside.
Honesty is telling the truth and conducting oneself with integrity. When we’re honest with ourselves and others, we experience alignment in what we say and what we do and what we believe, and that is a beautiful way to live.
Forgiveness is releasing ourselves from the hope that things could have been different. Forgiveness opens the possibility of being at peace, unlocking us from pain or bitterness. Forgiveness does not require that we continue harmful relationships; rather, it allows us to completely untether from the person who hurt us, when that is the most compassionate and self-protective action.