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How One Person Can Change the World

Postby Wilberforce » Fri Apr 25, 2008 12:29 am

This is three days belated, nevertheless inspirational:

Celebrate Earth Day: How One Person Can Change the World
Larry West

Today, April 22, is Earth Day, a time when millions of Americans celebrate and renew their personal
commitment to environmental stewardship.

And it has never been more important, or more urgent, for you and people everywhere to take personal
action, to adopt a greener lifestyle, and to share your concerns about the environment.

How Can One Person Change the World?
Today, the environmental problems facing the world are enormous. Earth’s finite resources are being
stretched to the limit by rapid population growth, air, water and soil pollution, and much more. Global
warming, spurred by our use of fossil fuels for energy and transportation as well as mass-scale agriculture
and other human activities, threatens to push our planet beyond its ability to sustain human life unless we
can meet the growing need for food, energy and economic opportunity within a sustainable environment.

In the face of such huge global problems, it is easy to feel overwhelmed and powerless, and to find
ourselves asking, “What difference can one person make?” The answer is that one person can make all
the difference in the world:

Rachel Carson was just one person who wrote Silent Spring, a book credited with launching the
environmental movement in the United States.

John Muir was one person who saved the Yosemite Valley, founded the Sierra Club, and inspired
generations of conservationists who continue to do life-giving work.

Wangari Maathai is one person who started planting trees and empowering women in her native
Kenya, and eventually was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for 2004 for her contribution to sustainable
development, democracy and peace.

Al Gore is just one person who traveled for years to any conference room or auditorium where
people would gather to see his slide show and hear his call to action—a slide show that became the
Academy Award winning film and best-selling book, An Inconvenient Truth

The Power of Personal Commitment
Each of us has the power through our daily decisions and lifestyle choices to make our homes and
communities more environmentally friendly, but our power doesn’t end there.

There is no question that solving many of the problems currently threatening our global environment
will require the resources and enlightened action of government and industry. Yet, because government
and industry exist to serve the needs of their citizens and customers, how you live your life, the demands
you and your neighbors make for products and services that help to sustain rather than erode the
environment, will influence those actions and, ultimately, the future of planet Earth.

Anthropologist Margaret Mead said, "Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful,
committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has."

So make some changes in the way you live your life. Use less energy and fewer resources, create less
waste, and join with others who share your beliefs to urge government representatives and business
executives to follow your lead toward a more sustainable world.

Here are a few ways you can get started:

Five Ways to Help Save the Planet in 30 Minutes or Less
Top 10 Ways You Can Reduce Global Warming
Use Public Transportation
Eat Locally Grown Food
Change a Light Bulb and Change the World
Try Reusable Shopping Bags
Get a Free Home Energy Audit
Plant a Tree
Stop Receiving Junk Mail
Pay Your Bills Online
Consider Switching to an Alternative Fuel
Explore Renewable Energy Options
Happy Earth Day.

Tuesday April 22, 2008

Thank you, Larry West, for your tireless efforts, writing on environmental issues
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