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Four Years. Go.

Tuesday, April 6th, 2010

FOUR YEARS. GO.

I like this. And I told a few people about it. I was told by one person that only government and power can make the change necessary to save our planet. I will disagree. This is not a black and white issue. There is no single “only way”. Yes, government and power-brokers need to make changes. But I do believe in the power of living by example and voting and shopping with your conscience. I have made significant changes this year. They’re not going to end global warming, feed the hungry or eliminate child poverty and prostitution. I grow much of my own food in the summer. I compost and recycle. I got a much smaller car and use transit almost half the time now. We buy less meat. We only buy organic free range eggs and try to buy organic meat whenever we can afford it. I’m not “living off the grid” as my esteemed colleague Robert L. Peters is doing, but I did look at wind turbines today….(OK, maybe that was going a bit too far).

My actions influence the actions of my family and friends. They see what I’m doing. Even if they “think” about it, that makes change begin to happen. When they change, those around THEM will think about it, etc. That’s what Earth Hour is about. It’s a tiny tap on the hull to start moving the ship in the right direction. With enough tiny taps, this ship WILL move. I like Four Years for this reason. It’s consciousness raising, it’s a start.

It’s a tiny tap on the hull to start moving the ship in the right direction. With enough tiny taps, this ship WILL move.

We can grouse all we like about the fact that someone else should be doing something about “it” or we can get off our holier-than-thou asses and begin to make change happen. If we are more conscious as a society and we’re doing our part, we gradually stop buying what the power-brokers are selling, both literally and figuratively. If they don’t do what a more motivated society wants, they will be voted out or put out of business. That serves as motivation for THEM to make change, too.

The end.