Around camp dinner, my friend David talked about climate change. What he said was perfect:
“To save the planet, you have to change yourself first.”
That’s it, diamond-like precise.
A bonus: As we grow into a cleaner lifestyle, we automatically get an education. And a second bonus: we automatically set a leadership example for all around us, including our children.
One action, three benefits: “Change yourself first” is an efficient way for Busy People to start this journey…
My favorite source for a fast start at cleaning up one’s lifestyle is “Cooler, Smarter: Practical Steps for Low-Carbon Living.” A team of authors from the Union of Concerned Scientists provided a powerful one-page summary of key tips with their book (if you’re busy , want to skip the chase, and cut to the crash).
Next, we suggest you check out our Change-Yourself-First-Toolbox.
Finally, a tremendously fun and validating experience is to see what happens when you start to Do a Green Good Turn Daily. Go where it leads you, and don’t be surprised if you uncover even more talents and superpowers!
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Not sure how to start saving the planet (civilization, really)? Start by always remembering that “Hope is a renewable resource.”
Then, our practical answer becomes “Deeply know the personal Superpowers” all humans bring to the game of life:
3) To save the planet, USE OUR VOICES and take advocacy seriously! Never miss a vote and never, ever stop influencing your government and all businesses locally, at the state level, and at the national level. As well, set a solid example for all around you to see. Jawbone to others about what we need to do, and influence them as peers. Finally, have an annual cash donations program. All of these are ways we can use our voices.
Stay focussed: Lead the way with substantive global warming solutions. (Far from being a bummer, this is actually a fun trend for each of us to be part of… get energized!) Our kids and their kids will be proud of us.
And in all cases and at all times, cast aside the learned-helplessness that infects so much of modern life… the time is now for climate change solutions. Never give up.
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