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Lesson #1

Tuesday, April 17, 2007

To be inspired to be the change you want the world to be, you need a strong source of inspiration. Here is mine. Let him inspire you too...and let us all be judged as those who acted, not those who watched and waited.
Blackcrag gave me some homework. He asked me to inform you all of some of the things you might do to address environmental problems and climate change. I know that you all know many of the things that can be done, but I thought that I would take his challenge and put it in the form of the things that I am personally doing. I make sure that I do something every day. Some days are more ambitious than others. Today I am making postcards to mail to Canada's Environment Minister and Prime Minister. This is part of an initiative of the Climate Action Network and "Voters Take Action on Climate Change". Feel free to make copies and send them in. If you are not Canadian, find out what is going on in your state or nation and make sure to let your politicians know how you feel about the environment.
I trust that you are about to complete Lesson #1, and Lesson #2 is soon to follow....

  1. Blogger Devil Mood said:

    Alright!!! :)
    I must say, I don't know Blackcrag but I like the way he's been giving tasks to everyone ;)

  1. Blogger Rositta said:

    Today, as I was looking out my Mom's hospital room window, I saw a humungous white limo pull up outside. Fascinated, I watched as a hospital management type shake hands effusively with the four persons who exited and walk them into the hospital. This limo could easily have held 10 people, and the 4 people could easily have taken a smaller vehicle. The Government in this province is all talk and no action.Who is paying for it, we are, who is polluting the environment, the government.I went to the front desk and voiced my displeasure. Our hospitals are decrepit and I can't get physio therapy for my Mom due to budget cuts, but gosh darn (stronger in my mind), they can take blinking limos...ciao

  1. Blogger Cathy said:

    This is the first assignment I hvae done for him; I don't know if he's a hard marker...I'll have to wait and see.

    Now you're my kind of gal! How did they respond to your concern? With glazed eyes?...

  1. Blogger Chloe said:

    Crag asked me to write 10 things i like about Greece. One thing i certainly don't like is that it is made so difficult for people to recycle things. We have been complaining with M and he even formed a kind of association at work to be able to recycle the massive amounts of paper they throw away. Guess what his co-workers said: That he makes money out of it!!!
    So we drive 20 minutes every week to do the recycling. Which is not the environmental thing to do.

  1. Blogger [eric] said:

    I'm not diminishing your post at all, but maybe it would more effective to write to smaller, local government, where ordinary citizens have more pull and a bigger voice. For instance, the state gov. in CT makes recycling law, and many cities have implemented on their own the Kyoto Protocol.

    At least until a better, more earth-friendly administration, who will actually listen and give a damn, gets in office.

  1. Blogger Cathy said:

    You should start a push to get Athens to have a recycling program; Halifax has a very aggressive recycling and composting program.

    Oh, you are absolutely right; I write to them as well; there is a strong initiative targeted at the Prime Minister and Environment Minister right now, though, because a new "Clean Air and Climate Change Act" is sitting on their desks to be signed. And word is it isn't going to happen....

  1. Anonymous Anonymous said:

    oh the innocence of a child.

  1. Blogger Marel Lecone said:

    Thanks for sharing--also loving the picture. He is so grown up and cute. :)

  1. Anonymous Anonymous said:

    That is just the sweetest picture. I would definitely print that one up and plan on looking at it when I felt the least bit wrong.
    So very happy.

    Take care,

  1. Blogger Vani said:

    what a great inspiration and motivations- i'm ready for more lessons!

  1. Blogger Tee said:

    Very cute pic :)

    And I'm honored to know you - someone who is taking action when they see wrong in this world. I'm trying to become one of those people, too.

  1. Blogger nikinpos said:

    Where I live there are some very ignorant people who believe that the way to dispose of unwanted items such as old fridges, washing machines and general rubbish is to throw them over the cliffs into the valley below where they live. There is a man who lives in that valley who battled for years to make it WWF protected. He won, but the locals still offload their trash into the valley. It makes me so angry that they don't care, but they really do not understand what they are doing wrong.

  1. Blogger Heidi said:

    Your son makes me smile! What a great photo.

  1. Blogger Berlinbound said:

    That picture is adorable!

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