Each and every one of us MUST do what we can. Regardless of our scientific credentials. Regardless of our status, our education, our confidence (or lack of it). It is up to us - individuals - to make a difference. I am not a parent (although I have three nieces, whom I love so fiercely it actually hurts, and for whom I would throw myself in front of an oncoming train), but when I think of what kind of world we are leaving for future generations I almost despair. Almost.
We have the opportunity to make a huge paradigm shift – respecting nature, living sustainably, slowing consumerism, sharing our wealth, building communities, and learning kindness. I am embarrassed at the riches Americans squander each and every day; for example, we buy bottled water with extra shots of caffeine or vitamins or just a really pretty label, while others, by a mere accident of birth, do not even have clean water to drink.
How to Curb Global Warming, Part One
- Take responsibility - for your actions, your non-actions, your attitudes and your biases.
- Stop driving. Seriously. Just stop. (Mark Sheppard doesn't agree with me...and boy, he is really cranky!)
- Work (hard!) for change.
- Take care of everyone. Not just the pretty or the rich or the sane or the educated. Everyone.
- Be kind.
- Stop competing.
- Find work you love. Embrace a new paradigm.
- Share. The one who dies with the most toys does NOT win. He's just dead, with lots of stuff for someone else to deal with.
- Turn off your TV, and cancel your cable.
- Read books. Borrow them from the library, or use Bookmooch.
- Speaking of libraries, support them. If you don't have any cash, volunteer.
- Become frugal. Think of it as another way of conserving resources.
- Grow your own vegetables, swap with neighbors. If you don't have the space, join a community garden. Get creative!
- Compost, and be amazed at what nature can do.
- Spay and neuter your pets (9.6 million animals are euthanized - killed, put down, - annually) and encourage others to do so, too.
- Do not buy dogs from puppy mills.
- Get to know your neighbors.
- Travel, and learn that the world is made up of people a lot like us.
- Understand that valuing conspicuous consumption is, well, kind of stupid. Do we think it really matters if we have the new style of Jimmy Choo shoes?
- Don't be cranky.
Sell your soul (sole?) for Jimmy Choo's. Photo Credit CafeHangout on Flickr
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