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Blog Action Day: Noticing the World Around Us

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Blog Action Day is here! It seems like only five minutes since I was invited to join in. From the first mention I thought it was a great idea so I am so pleased the project is already a success with some fantastic blogs and backers involved.
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This Blog Action Day has been dedicated to the environment. Hopefully by the end of today you won’t be sick of all the environmental posts as it is a really important topic.

Unfortunately somehow the environment became a divisive issue? How, I am not sure, but it seems to get people hot under the collar. Just the mention that I will be writing about the environment on this day seems to have upset people. There are some much more knowledgeable and experienced environmentalist bloggers taking part I am sure so I will not write a long post trying to persuade people of the harm we are doing to the planet or debate the science. Probably best I leave that to people who have researched all sides of each argument.

Here is my single point: Bloggers can help

One thing I have heard over and over since I first mention Blog Action Day is we will make no difference. Well, if you believe you can or can’t either way you are right.

Fact is bloggers do reach a wide audience, an audience of intelligent people who can communicate with others. Memes might be associated with trivialities but they are also a mechanism where a thought can spread far and wide. A simple thought could have powerful consequences. Between us we reach an audience of thousands and thousands.

If we ask each of our readers to be more environment conscious, just for one day, and to ask people they meet to do the same, how many millions will we reach?

Here is an idea, next time you purchase something new or throw something away, take a moment to think

  • Where did it come from?
  • How was it made?
  • Where was it made and by whom?
  • What ingredients were required?
  • What processes were involved?
  • How will it be disposed of?
  • What are we taking away by supporting that products manufacture?

What are you doing to the earth and our future generations by participating in that particular product chain? Something as simple as a bottled drink could be causing problems in water tables far away. Have you ever noticed how petroleum based chemicals are so pervasive in our lives? Everything from what we eat to what we wear. What are we causing?

Fact is I am asking you to be more aware and I will do the same. I can’t ask that anyone abandon a product, or buy more expensive but more environmentally sound products, because I don’t know enough to make those points. But this realization that I don’t know is a step in the process.

That is what I want to share with you today; be a more curious consumer. Encourage others to be curious too.

I feel like I should educate myself more about my consumer habits, do you? Do you think your friends and family are aware of how their purchases influence companies and their behavior? Being more personally aware is the first step to changing our habits and hopefully contributing to a solution rather than the problem.

Writing this has made me realize I know so little on this topic, but I want to know more. If each of the blogs participating in this day make just a handful of people think they need to learn more in the same way, I consider it a success.

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  1. For the nay-sayers, I’d invite a close look at how many other sweeping changes in the world have had their roots in simple consciousness-raising.

    A journey of 1000 miles begins with a single step, right? And the idea of taking a clear-eyed look at what we *don’t* know is a fresh and practical idea for that first step.

  2. For the nay-sayers, I’d invite a close look at how many other sweeping changes in the world have had their roots in simple consciousness-raising.

    A journey of 1000 miles begins with a single step, right? And the idea of taking a clear-eyed look at what we *don’t* know is a fresh and practical idea for that first step.

  3. Thanks so much for all your support Chris, as one of the original bloggers to get behind the initiative this site is really responsible for so much of the success Blog Action Day is having!

    Three cheers for Chris!

    (Oh and I meant to tell you, I love the new design, it’s made the site much more readable! Go Redesigns!)

  4. Thanks so much for all your support Chris, as one of the original bloggers to get behind the initiative this site is really responsible for so much of the success Blog Action Day is having!

    Three cheers for Chris!

    (Oh and I meant to tell you, I love the new design, it’s made the site much more readable! Go Redesigns!)

  5. @Jen – Thanks Jen, when you think about it what we don’t know is actually more frightening than what we do!

    @Collis – Thanks for inviting me to join in 🙂

  6. @Jen – Thanks Jen, when you think about it what we don’t know is actually more frightening than what we do!

    @Collis – Thanks for inviting me to join in 🙂

  7. Chris, I think part of the reason people get hot under the collar is because they don’t like others telling them what to do. And a lot of the environmental debate has become like that, so others switch off or get defensive.

    I agree with your approach – to encourage an open attitude and frame of mind, to learn, to be curious – and then to take responsibility for whatever your decisions and actions are.

    I’ve been tooting away about this on Joyful Jubilant Learning – to try and get people to think about what they can learn as well as write today, because that I think is what will make the biggest difference. I’m going to do a round up in a day or two and will have to highlight this post as a state we could all learn to learn – being a curious consumer!

    Joanna

  8. Chris, I think part of the reason people get hot under the collar is because they don’t like others telling them what to do. And a lot of the environmental debate has become like that, so others switch off or get defensive.

    I agree with your approach – to encourage an open attitude and frame of mind, to learn, to be curious – and then to take responsibility for whatever your decisions and actions are.

    I’ve been tooting away about this on Joyful Jubilant Learning – to try and get people to think about what they can learn as well as write today, because that I think is what will make the biggest difference. I’m going to do a round up in a day or two and will have to highlight this post as a state we could all learn to learn – being a curious consumer!

    Joanna

  9. Yeah I think a lot can come across as preachy but I think that is because bloggers get passionate. I would give advice over and above asking people to be curious but I just am not qualified 🙂

  10. Yeah I think a lot can come across as preachy but I think that is because bloggers get passionate. I would give advice over and above asking people to be curious but I just am not qualified 🙂

  11. Good for you, Chris. Good for us. I believe that sometimes we get hot under the collar when something hits too close to home, and that it’s hard to look at. I know I get irritable and defensive when I’ve done something that perhaps I shouldn’t have.

    It’s hard to look at how our lifestyle is harming us and the world around us. We don’t even have to get into the debate about global warming, Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring surely told us enough about how our everyday choices are making an unlivable mess out of where we live.

    It’s evident all around us- when the food we eat has 70% less nutrition in it than just a generation ago because of industrial farming practices, when rivers catch on fire because of floating garbage, when water isn’t safe to drink without extensive treatment, when the materials with which we build our homes are saturated with deadly nerve toxins…

    This isn’t about taking sides, it’s about having the will to do what every child should learn to do: clean up after ourselves.

    I’m glad even more attention is being brought to this.

  12. Good for you, Chris. Good for us. I believe that sometimes we get hot under the collar when something hits too close to home, and that it’s hard to look at. I know I get irritable and defensive when I’ve done something that perhaps I shouldn’t have.

    It’s hard to look at how our lifestyle is harming us and the world around us. We don’t even have to get into the debate about global warming, Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring surely told us enough about how our everyday choices are making an unlivable mess out of where we live.

    It’s evident all around us- when the food we eat has 70% less nutrition in it than just a generation ago because of industrial farming practices, when rivers catch on fire because of floating garbage, when water isn’t safe to drink without extensive treatment, when the materials with which we build our homes are saturated with deadly nerve toxins…

    This isn’t about taking sides, it’s about having the will to do what every child should learn to do: clean up after ourselves.

    I’m glad even more attention is being brought to this.

  13. WTG! Great topic and here’s mine:
    http://www.butterscotchmartinigirls.com/?p=397

  14. WTG! Great topic and here’s mine:
    http://www.butterscotchmartinigirls.com/?p=397

  15. Exactly and even a child can look at the trash and filth in a river and know it is our fault.

  16. Exactly and even a child can look at the trash and filth in a river and know it is our fault.

  17. You make a couple of interesting points, Chris.

    I think that if the environment has become a divisive issue it’s because many people have become dogmatic about it. I read recently that even if all Americans switched to hybrid cars, the increased pollution coming out of China would easily negate the impact.

    We need to hear more about priorities in cleaning up our mess.

    Here was my add to the Blog Action Day Activities:

    http://jobmob.co.il/blog/the-obnoxious-guide-to-environmentally-safe-job-hunting/

  18. You make a couple of interesting points, Chris.

    I think that if the environment has become a divisive issue it’s because many people have become dogmatic about it. I read recently that even if all Americans switched to hybrid cars, the increased pollution coming out of China would easily negate the impact.

    We need to hear more about priorities in cleaning up our mess.

    Here was my add to the Blog Action Day Activities:

    http://jobmob.co.il/blog/the-obnoxious-guide-to-environmentally-safe-job-hunting/

  19. It’s nice to be able to talk about something different 🙂

    I wouldn’t call myself a “nay-sayer” but my views do seem to differ from most other people’s here. I’m going to generalise the “environment” into “global warming and CO2 emissions”.

    ‘Raising awareness’ is and will continue to start a very slow gradual shift in technology and business towards creating a greener society that may or may not counter balance the CO2 emissions of the exponentially growing population of the world and will no where near reduce over all emissions.

    Call me fatalistic, but the only way I can see global warming being solved once and for all is from natural disasters (that are not really natural) causing horrific destruction to jolt people and governments into action. Until then, I see individuals becoming greener, but barely enough to stay at a steady level, yet alone to improve things.

    This does mean that I think Blog action day is a good thing and that in the long term raising awareness with have a small effect, but it will take much more pressure on society for a solution to be found.

  20. It’s nice to be able to talk about something different 🙂

    I wouldn’t call myself a “nay-sayer” but my views do seem to differ from most other people’s here. I’m going to generalise the “environment” into “global warming and CO2 emissions”.

    ‘Raising awareness’ is and will continue to start a very slow gradual shift in technology and business towards creating a greener society that may or may not counter balance the CO2 emissions of the exponentially growing population of the world and will no where near reduce over all emissions.

    Call me fatalistic, but the only way I can see global warming being solved once and for all is from natural disasters (that are not really natural) causing horrific destruction to jolt people and governments into action. Until then, I see individuals becoming greener, but barely enough to stay at a steady level, yet alone to improve things.

    This does mean that I think Blog action day is a good thing and that in the long term raising awareness with have a small effect, but it will take much more pressure on society for a solution to be found.

  21. Interesting that a lot of people are focusing on global warming, CO2, etc. I don’t see it as just about global warming at all and I think that issue is getting enough attention.

    I think because that one issue gets so much press a lot of the rest gets under discussed such as polluted rivers, toxic waste being dumped, industrial exhaust going into the air, farming land, water supply, man-made chemicals being found right through the food chain and getting into our bodies (including our human fetuses), deforestation, floods and water scarcity, ….

  22. Interesting that a lot of people are focusing on global warming, CO2, etc. I don’t see it as just about global warming at all and I think that issue is getting enough attention.

    I think because that one issue gets so much press a lot of the rest gets under discussed such as polluted rivers, toxic waste being dumped, industrial exhaust going into the air, farming land, water supply, man-made chemicals being found right through the food chain and getting into our bodies (including our human fetuses), deforestation, floods and water scarcity, ….

  23. I kinda agree with Matt, here. I read an article (where in the heck was it… Ode magazine?… or somewhere else…) that explained the massive re-directing and re-tooling that happened when the US entered WWII. Literally in days and weeks entire industries and factories were changed over from making, for instance, women’s lingerie to making combat helmets and flak jackets- a radical difference, (although there are some who find that sort of thing sexy.)

    The kind of change we need to make is on that level. And, we can do it, the technology is here, the know-how is here… we just aren’t choosing. Recycling and hybrid cars are good things, but too incremental.

    Any ideas of how to effect this kind of change in direction?

  24. I kinda agree with Matt, here. I read an article (where in the heck was it… Ode magazine?… or somewhere else…) that explained the massive re-directing and re-tooling that happened when the US entered WWII. Literally in days and weeks entire industries and factories were changed over from making, for instance, women’s lingerie to making combat helmets and flak jackets- a radical difference, (although there are some who find that sort of thing sexy.)

    The kind of change we need to make is on that level. And, we can do it, the technology is here, the know-how is here… we just aren’t choosing. Recycling and hybrid cars are good things, but too incremental.

    Any ideas of how to effect this kind of change in direction?

  25. I think there is not much point in all this environmental buzz, since thousands do not decide anything… What can you do? Sell your car and get a bycicle?

    Very few people can actually make a change. But those few won’t change anything, because they make money while killing the planet.

    Does it mean that we should not act? Of course not. It is just that we need to realize that, what we can do is very limited. Do not expect factories to close or stop disposing waste into the seas and rivers.

    I believe that after today more people will get more environment cautious and that is good.

  26. I think there is not much point in all this environmental buzz, since thousands do not decide anything… What can you do? Sell your car and get a bycicle?

    Very few people can actually make a change. But those few won’t change anything, because they make money while killing the planet.

    Does it mean that we should not act? Of course not. It is just that we need to realize that, what we can do is very limited. Do not expect factories to close or stop disposing waste into the seas and rivers.

    I believe that after today more people will get more environment cautious and that is good.

  27. Since I am in the travel industry I have blogged about CO2 and offsetting, and provided some tips that we can all take away to make us a little more environmentally friendly.

    http://www.travel-rants.com/2007/10/15/blog-action-day-help-the-environment/

    Chris, I agree that CO2 and carbon offsetting is a subject alot of people will blog about, but that’s partly because of the amount of media attention the subject receives.

    We blame cars, airlines, etc. but pollution has been around since the cavemen were around!

  28. Since I am in the travel industry I have blogged about CO2 and offsetting, and provided some tips that we can all take away to make us a little more environmentally friendly.

    http://www.travel-rants.com/2007/10/15/blog-action-day-help-the-environment/

    Chris, I agree that CO2 and carbon offsetting is a subject alot of people will blog about, but that’s partly because of the amount of media attention the subject receives.

    We blame cars, airlines, etc. but pollution has been around since the cavemen were around!

  29. >>> What can you do? Sell your car and get a bycicle?

    Yes and Yes. Or use public transport.

    Water, we all take for advantage, we all waste it, not thinking that they are people in third world countries who are desperate for it. How many of you reading these comments offset your carbon emissions?

  30. >>> What can you do? Sell your car and get a bycicle?

    Yes and Yes. Or use public transport.

    Water, we all take for advantage, we all waste it, not thinking that they are people in third world countries who are desperate for it. How many of you reading these comments offset your carbon emissions?

  31. Hi Michael,

    I hear what you’re saying. It’s totally true that it looks really bad, and the short-term “benefits” seem to be outweighing people’s ability to choose for our long-term health and well being. People are making money killing the planet, and it’s awfully hard to let go of the wealth, even when you don’t need it.

    However, when you write “It is just that we need to realize that, what we can do is very limited.” I don’t believe that for a second. I think that’s actually a bit of a dangerous viewpoint. I think there is a danger, also, in blind optimism and cheerful, polly-annaish (?) “Let’s do GOOD!” cheering.

    However, when I read what you write, I feel sad, because I believe there is more hope and power available than you say. It’s entirely true that one outcome could be that despair and blindness continues to rule the day, and we never gather the effort to make change.

    In my spiritual lineage, the teaching is that hope is a medicine. Without hope, miracles and healing are not possible. Of course, hope without action is useless, but action without hope is worse than useless- it’s dangerous.

    I still have hope in my heart that we will make the change. I’m nervous, and unsure whether it will happen. But, I do have hope.

    When an individual stands up, others feel permission to stand up. MLK, Jr. did it. Gandhi did it. Rachel Carson did it. Mother Theresa did it. Bono is doing it. Dozens, hundreds of others are doing it. I’m doing it in my own small way.

    Caution is good. Despair is dangerous.

  32. Hi Michael,

    I hear what you’re saying. It’s totally true that it looks really bad, and the short-term “benefits” seem to be outweighing people’s ability to choose for our long-term health and well being. People are making money killing the planet, and it’s awfully hard to let go of the wealth, even when you don’t need it.

    However, when you write “It is just that we need to realize that, what we can do is very limited.” I don’t believe that for a second. I think that’s actually a bit of a dangerous viewpoint. I think there is a danger, also, in blind optimism and cheerful, polly-annaish (?) “Let’s do GOOD!” cheering.

    However, when I read what you write, I feel sad, because I believe there is more hope and power available than you say. It’s entirely true that one outcome could be that despair and blindness continues to rule the day, and we never gather the effort to make change.

    In my spiritual lineage, the teaching is that hope is a medicine. Without hope, miracles and healing are not possible. Of course, hope without action is useless, but action without hope is worse than useless- it’s dangerous.

    I still have hope in my heart that we will make the change. I’m nervous, and unsure whether it will happen. But, I do have hope.

    When an individual stands up, others feel permission to stand up. MLK, Jr. did it. Gandhi did it. Rachel Carson did it. Mother Theresa did it. Bono is doing it. Dozens, hundreds of others are doing it. I’m doing it in my own small way.

    Caution is good. Despair is dangerous.

  33. I’m one of those that gets ‘hot under the collar’ in many environmental discussions. And it’s because the vast majority of people want to solve environmental problems through government actions–through coercion and force. Libertarians like me believe that nothing should be done through coercion. If you want a change to be made, work to make that change through voluntary interactions with others. Undo the governmental restrictions that are responsible for many of the ‘tragedies of the commons’ that we see today. That’s what my Blog Action Day contribution is about.

  34. I’m one of those that gets ‘hot under the collar’ in many environmental discussions. And it’s because the vast majority of people want to solve environmental problems through government actions–through coercion and force. Libertarians like me believe that nothing should be done through coercion. If you want a change to be made, work to make that change through voluntary interactions with others. Undo the governmental restrictions that are responsible for many of the ‘tragedies of the commons’ that we see today. That’s what my Blog Action Day contribution is about.

  35. Mark, I really did not want to sound so pessimistic. I agree that there is a need of a balance.

    You know Americans view environmental problems from one point of view, we Russians have another point. You know that our drinking water is considered bad even for bathing… In Russia and former SU countries people smoke so much, that on the streets it is hard to breathe for non-smokers.

    These kind of problems are much more important to us. We do not think how to save a tiny bits of energy unplugging the chargers for cell-phones when they are not in use, or using energy-saving monitors… BTW, I really doubt that this kinds of things have any effect on Global Warming.

    People should learn to care for others. This is something I think everyone can learn, and that is something that can help the society and environment no matter where you live.

  36. Mark, I really did not want to sound so pessimistic. I agree that there is a need of a balance.

    You know Americans view environmental problems from one point of view, we Russians have another point. You know that our drinking water is considered bad even for bathing… In Russia and former SU countries people smoke so much, that on the streets it is hard to breathe for non-smokers.

    These kind of problems are much more important to us. We do not think how to save a tiny bits of energy unplugging the chargers for cell-phones when they are not in use, or using energy-saving monitors… BTW, I really doubt that this kinds of things have any effect on Global Warming.

    People should learn to care for others. This is something I think everyone can learn, and that is something that can help the society and environment no matter where you live.

  37. I’m for all the awareness/consciousness-raising we can get.

    Action matters in huge way, of course. But no one’s going to be motivated to act until they’re aware of the impact of their actions, right?

    And yes, there are many who are making money at the expense of the earth, but who’s to say that campaigns like this won’t reach them? Or, reach their kids, who will join in the enviro-movement as a part of their rebellion against their parents? 😉

  38. I’m for all the awareness/consciousness-raising we can get.

    Action matters in huge way, of course. But no one’s going to be motivated to act until they’re aware of the impact of their actions, right?

    And yes, there are many who are making money at the expense of the earth, but who’s to say that campaigns like this won’t reach them? Or, reach their kids, who will join in the enviro-movement as a part of their rebellion against their parents? 😉

  39. It is kind of controversial to say that blogging helps when the facts also reveal that the Internet itself is a huge pollution factor.
    Blog Action Day Pollutes, user-generated power coming soon

  40. It is kind of controversial to say that blogging helps when the facts also reveal that the Internet itself is a huge pollution factor.
    Blog Action Day Pollutes, user-generated power coming soon

  41. Great post Chris, you are exactly correct – the first step to take HAS to be the awakening of the issue. One can’t fight a battle they know nothing about.

    My post on the issue is titled: Vision of The Environment…

  42. Great post Chris, you are exactly correct – the first step to take HAS to be the awakening of the issue. One can’t fight a battle they know nothing about.

    My post on the issue is titled: Vision of The Environment…

  43. Ed Erickson says:

    Good post Chris. Nice approach. I have been a curious consumer for a number of years now. Not only does it help the health of the planet, but it sure has had an impact on my own health!

  44. Ed Erickson says:

    Good post Chris. Nice approach. I have been a curious consumer for a number of years now. Not only does it help the health of the planet, but it sure has had an impact on my own health!

  45. Even though climate change is the major issue we face, it’s issues like the one you raise that will help us to reduce our dependence on resources and make us think about how we make stuff. In my opinion, the best book ever written on this topic is “Cradle to Cradle – Remaking the Way We Make Things” if anyone’s interested 🙂

    Interestingly, the most viewed post I’ve ever written for my blog was about ‘plastic shopping bags’ and the alternatives available. Seems people are interested in making a good choice if the information is readily available.

  46. Even though climate change is the major issue we face, it’s issues like the one you raise that will help us to reduce our dependence on resources and make us think about how we make stuff. In my opinion, the best book ever written on this topic is “Cradle to Cradle – Remaking the Way We Make Things” if anyone’s interested 🙂

    Interestingly, the most viewed post I’ve ever written for my blog was about ‘plastic shopping bags’ and the alternatives available. Seems people are interested in making a good choice if the information is readily available.

  47. Joanna said, “Chris, I think part of the reason people get hot under the collar is because they don’t like others telling them what to do. And a lot of the environmental debate has become like that, so others switch off or get defensive.”

    I agree, many people are like this. Unfortunately, though, someone needs to tell them what to do – they won’t stop on their own or through telepathy. We have to keep being vocal and ram it down the ignorant sons-of-bitches throats until they stop or legislation stops them! Seeing as environmental friendly living is not good for the big corporations, I don’t see legislation happening, ever.

  48. Joanna said, “Chris, I think part of the reason people get hot under the collar is because they don’t like others telling them what to do. And a lot of the environmental debate has become like that, so others switch off or get defensive.”

    I agree, many people are like this. Unfortunately, though, someone needs to tell them what to do – they won’t stop on their own or through telepathy. We have to keep being vocal and ram it down the ignorant sons-of-bitches throats until they stop or legislation stops them! Seeing as environmental friendly living is not good for the big corporations, I don’t see legislation happening, ever.

  49. Joel makes a good point, and I’m hoping that legislation will be happening in the near future that stops these big corporations from their destructive ways. It is important to keep people thinking, just as you said Chris, being a conscious consumer will make you more apt to wanting to consume responsibly.

    I’m working for a coalition that is hoping to keep the demanding standards set up by the energy bill right now in the final bill. The standards would call for 15% renewable electricity standard and 35mpg fuel economy standard (both by 2020). We have a chance to call on our government to make a real change and not succumb to the auto lobbies who would like to see these standards lowered (among other self interested groups). We can all help by signing the petition available at http://www.energybill2007.org. This is another real chance to make a change!

  50. Joel makes a good point, and I’m hoping that legislation will be happening in the near future that stops these big corporations from their destructive ways. It is important to keep people thinking, just as you said Chris, being a conscious consumer will make you more apt to wanting to consume responsibly.

    I’m working for a coalition that is hoping to keep the demanding standards set up by the energy bill right now in the final bill. The standards would call for 15% renewable electricity standard and 35mpg fuel economy standard (both by 2020). We have a chance to call on our government to make a real change and not succumb to the auto lobbies who would like to see these standards lowered (among other self interested groups). We can all help by signing the petition available at http://www.energybill2007.org. This is another real chance to make a change!

  51. As a new kid on the block in the blog world, I have to say it’s a good feeling to have found this site last month. Kinda like having a blogging big brother (even though I’m the older one) to show me the ropes. I had no idea there was something called Blog Action Day. I almost thought it was too late to write a post about it late yesterday. Then I realized that if we all say it’s too late, it will be. So post I did:
    http://www.wellnesscoach.com/blog-action-day-its-never-too-late-71.html

    I guess I’m an optimist — i do believe the journey of 1000 miles begins with one step, whether it’s a blogging journey or an environmental journey. Thanks for stepping out there, Chris.

  52. As a new kid on the block in the blog world, I have to say it’s a good feeling to have found this site last month. Kinda like having a blogging big brother (even though I’m the older one) to show me the ropes. I had no idea there was something called Blog Action Day. I almost thought it was too late to write a post about it late yesterday. Then I realized that if we all say it’s too late, it will be. So post I did:
    http://www.wellnesscoach.com/blog-action-day-its-never-too-late-71.html

    I guess I’m an optimist — i do believe the journey of 1000 miles begins with one step, whether it’s a blogging journey or an environmental journey. Thanks for stepping out there, Chris.

  53. Hey Chris,

    I think another reason people get defensive and angry about the topic of the environment is because it frightens them. I know some folks like this and they deal with fear and anger by wanting to control conditions or people around them. The evidence is getting so obvious that they can’t really deny it anymore, but it’s overwhelming so they don’t want to think about it at all.

    The truth is that one person can make a difference. It can be a big one or a small one. We can create a backyard habitat for birds and animals, back positive legislation, clean up rivers and streams, recycle…it doesn’t matter. Whatever we appreciate and want to conserve, protect, and enjoy in our own neighborhood is possible. Bigger things are possible, too, but definitely in our own homes and towns.

    I’m with you, Erica — I’m an optimist, too. We can do amazing things when we decide we want to and there are so many who are already working to preserve and protect the environment, who are paving the way with environmentally friendly products, technologies, and ideas. There are so many ways established now that we can join in with to preserve and nurture our world and more coming all the time.

    Great post, Chris! Very thoughtful.

    ~Suzanne

  54. Hey Chris,

    I think another reason people get defensive and angry about the topic of the environment is because it frightens them. I know some folks like this and they deal with fear and anger by wanting to control conditions or people around them. The evidence is getting so obvious that they can’t really deny it anymore, but it’s overwhelming so they don’t want to think about it at all.

    The truth is that one person can make a difference. It can be a big one or a small one. We can create a backyard habitat for birds and animals, back positive legislation, clean up rivers and streams, recycle…it doesn’t matter. Whatever we appreciate and want to conserve, protect, and enjoy in our own neighborhood is possible. Bigger things are possible, too, but definitely in our own homes and towns.

    I’m with you, Erica — I’m an optimist, too. We can do amazing things when we decide we want to and there are so many who are already working to preserve and protect the environment, who are paving the way with environmentally friendly products, technologies, and ideas. There are so many ways established now that we can join in with to preserve and nurture our world and more coming all the time.

    Great post, Chris! Very thoughtful.

    ~Suzanne

  55. I think Suzanne got it right on why people don’t take action; and it’s certainly not helped by the leaders of the world. My country, Australia, will be the first to suffer the brunt of climate change’s effects, yet it was our prime minister who said that the economy was just as important as the ecology and drastic action would impact on that balance. Pfft.

  56. I think Suzanne got it right on why people don’t take action; and it’s certainly not helped by the leaders of the world. My country, Australia, will be the first to suffer the brunt of climate change’s effects, yet it was our prime minister who said that the economy was just as important as the ecology and drastic action would impact on that balance. Pfft.