¡ 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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Could be that we Really do have ! Too much Stuff !

Could be that we Really do have too much Stuff!

Sure, living in the ‘free world’ is great, we have so many opportunities and endless choices.  Just participating in America’s favorite pastime, shopping, can reveal how wonderful our life of excess really is.  Or is it?  Sometimes the simplest purchases can be a little overwhelming.  For example, when you just pop over to your local grocery store to say, pick up some tooth paste.  You find yourself becoming engrossed as you’re walking along an entire isle of merely different brands of toothpaste, trying to figure out which one to buy.  You scan the various colored packaging, slogans, highlights of which good-for-you natural ingredients are within, or additives which will whiten and brighten your smile to add more sex appeal to your life – ultimately most ads for every product from dish washing liquid to purchasing a new car will point to this latter detail.

You glance down at your watch, remembering that you need to get back home … and find yourself becoming a bit agitated that simply choosing a toothpaste has become a rather formidable time-consuming undertaking.

Well consider this.  With the number of things we buy to satisfy our desire to consume, beautify, display our fancy stuff; combined with the number of houses going into foreclosure, what happens if suddenly we’ve lost our home and no longer have a place to keep all of our stuff?  Suddenly all that we’ve accumulated has become a nuisance instead of a delight, a curse rather than a blessing.

George Carlin Talks About Stuff

Multiply all the stuff that we buy with the fact that in most cases, most items – particularly technical gadgets, have a built in obsolescence.  That means that they are meant to fall apart, in order for us to have to buy a new one.

What happens to all of the old carcasses of the electronic stuff that we’ve bought, well it has to be dumped somewhere.  And more and more it’s being dumped in our less wealthy neighbors’ countries.

this article talks about extoxics.

Not to mention, that at the beginning of this whole cycle of consumption, is the production of the materials, which in itself, puts a lot of strain on our environment.  In the case of computers, toxic sites are expanding right in the vicinity of where they’ve been produced in Silicon Valley, California.

It’s a whole cycle that has been brilliantly simplified for the purpose of educational clarity by Annie Leonard who researched the topic for 10 years and took it upon herself to bring to the publics’ awareness the topic of our environment, in order to update all the outdated textbooks that haven’t acknowledged our current crisis of ‘too much stuff’.

http://storyofstuff.com/

Maybe we better start adopting new ways of living, that recognize the simple fact, that the best things in life are free.  Health, beauty and happiness truly come from just living more simply, having a healthy diet and exercise routine and recognizing that education and awareness are what lead to dignity, self esteem and enjoyment of life.  A smile is much more potent than some material accessory propped by your side.

Creation, disregarding the complex interconnectedness of all life on this planetary organism on which we live, becomes destruction, which takes just seconds.

Though I originally wrote this blog in 2009, here’s an interesting article which reiterates the same theme. Written by Graham Hill and submitted to the New York Times in March 2013, “Living With Less, A Lot Less“.

Written by Carol Keiter, an American living in Berlin, Germany.