¡ Solution ! to What Will You Do ? | Citizen Muscle Boot Camp | Be a Climate Changemaker

For those of you who hadn’t caught President Barack Obama’s “State of the Union Address” last evening, he said:

“No challenge poses a greater threat to future generations than climate change; 2014 was the planet’s warmest on record, and 14 of the last 15 years since 2000, have been the warmest in history. If the best scientists around the world are telling us our human activities are changing the planet, posing immediate risks to our national (and world) security “we should act like it”. The world needs to reach an agreement to protect the one last planet we have.

A few months ago I wrote this blog What Will You Do? https://digesthis.wordpress.com/2014/11/11/what-will-you-do-the-greatest-story-of-our-generation-dosomething-timeforchange/ containing lots of information to ponder. The title’s intent was to en courage people to participate: we all need to adapt and actively work towards a sustainable and healthy environment.

Turns out there already is a program in place ¡ a solution ! to guide us to work together and dis cover what each of us can do, to invest towards making positive changes. Annie Leonard created the short animated film The Story of Stuff, which has gone from a movie to a movement.

StoryofStuff Project, Movement

StoryofStuff Project From a Movie to a Movement

Annie Leonard’s efforts as an environmental campaigner and communicator were recognized by Greenpeace, who hired her this last year as Greenpeace USA’s new Executive Director. It is she who is orchestrating the Citizen Muscle Boot Camp.

StoryofStuff, Citizen Muscle Bootcamp Signup

StoryofStuff Citizen Muscle Bootcamp Signup

The Citizen Muscle Boot Camp link will take you on your own path – to participate in the change you want to see – and flex your muscles to work together towards a common purpose. It’s designed to guide each of us to finding what we can contribute. It’s flexible, so that you can do what you can, in the time that you can afford.

Week One is starting now, January 20th, 2015.

PURPOSE: Connecting to Your Passions and Skills

Changemakers are at their best, and most powerful, when they’re working from a personal sense of purpose. So, let’s get connected to your unique passions and skills!

Former White House Press Secretary Bill Moyers urges all of us as well, to Be a Climate Changemaker. Everyone brings different skill sets to the environmental movement: everyone needs to use their unique abilities to fight climate change, live more sustainably and protect the next generations from environmental toxins.

Moyer’s is perhaps best known for his book based on the 1988 PBS documentary, in which he interviewed Joseph Campbell and the Power of Myth. Here’s an overview of “The Power of Myth.

SmallBizConnect has a toolkit regarding making your Business Environmentally Sustainable, through making responsible decisions that will reduce your business’ negative impact on the environment.

En finale, an article to digest, submitted January 19th by DON MELNICK, MARY PEARL and JAMES WARFIELD in the Opinion section of the New York Times:“Make Forests Pay: A Carbon Offset Market for Trees”

And now, I have to get started myself to Connect my Passions and Skills

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Citizens United is anything but…what it claims

The Christian Science Monitor released an article in January “Four years ago today, the Supreme Court ushered US democracy into a new age of big money and pay-to-play politics. In Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, the court ruled in favor of unlimited independent political spending by corporations and other outside groups, which ultimately led to the creation of “super political-action committees,” or super PACs. The consequences were immediate and clear: Outside campaign spending exploded, making politicians more beholden than ever to their biggest donors, and creating an appearance of political corruption that threatens to further undermine voters’ trust in US democracy.

Although overturning the Citizens United decision would be the most direct path to undoing big donors’ newest power to secure special treatment, that is unlikely without a shift in the court’s membership.”
Public Integrity explains in an article

Public Integrity explanation of Citizens United

Public Integrity explanation of Citizens United

What's Worth Fightin For

Elizabeth Warren’s book “A Fighting Chance”

progressive political manifesto is coming out: “A Fighting Chance“. It’s one of the most important books of the year, which lays it all out there: how Wall Street continues to rip off the 99% and how corporations are using Citizens United to buy our democracy—as well as Elizabeth’s own story of how she rose from being the daughter of an Oklahoma City maintenance man to becoming a U.S. senator.
Demonstrator before Barclays Bank in central Lodon dressed as banker throwing away paper money bills.

Demonstrator before Barclays Bank in central Lodon dressed as banker throwing away paper money bills.

Annie Leonard who originally did an educational environmental awareness project explaining to the public about the waste built into a materialistic capitalistic society called http://storyofstuff.org/ As this link demonstrates, the original educational video has become a movement.

Here they embrace the same subject matter as Elizabeth Warren was moved to deal with, the hypocrisy of the United States government calling themselves a Democracy, when in fact, the high-bidders are now hiding behind a third party agency that floats political leaders, without disclosing the source of their financial backing. http://storyofstuff.org/movies/story-of-citizens-united-v-fec/

An article in the Christian Science Monitor