Friday, August 19, 2011

52 Small Steps - week 5

This week is easy ... maybe.  And it's a challenge for me, too.  This isn't a specific physical thing.  I'm going to ask you to use your minds and to change your pattern of thinking.

It is incredibly easy to get depressed about the environment.  People out there are fast to look at the negative - how quickly the ice caps are melting, how over-populated the planet is, how quickly we are running out of oil.  And it is all true.  But the fact of the matter is that a lot of really cool, intelligent people are out there doing cool things.

So my challenge for you this week is to be positive about the enviornment.  Look at the good things that are happening out there.

I spent the past 4 days out in the field on a heritage survey.  We ended up in Evansburg, Alberta for a good chunk of it (Evansburg is a small town with fewer than 1000 people).  I was astonished a thrilled to see the number of gardens people had in their back yard.  The veggies growing there made me so hopeful.  People really are carrying on with food production in a very local, intimate way.  Yay!!

And just this morning, a FB friend of mine posted this article:

http://inhabitat.com/13-year-old-makes-solar-power-breakthrough-by-harnessing-the-fibonacci-sequence/

And then there's this:

http://inhabitat.com/solar-ivy-photovoltaic-leaves-climb-to-new-heights/

And just take a look at this:

http://www.goodnewsgazette.net/Environment/Environment.html

There is some amazing progress being made in the world.  Thing is ... the good news stories don't get any press because they don't help ratings.  What kind of screwed up culture do we live in? 

So look to the positive this week.  And remember that you can make a difference.  Each of the good enviornment stories you see was started by someone.

And one more little thing ... don't use plastic straws!  They can't be recycled.  And you don't need them.

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