Saturday, November 24, 2007

The Power of One

People often question their own ability to affect change in the world. We believe that we are like little ants with no power. Nothing could be further from the truth. One ant doesn't seem like much, but a colony of millions has an impact on everything around it.

Humans have the capacity to drastically influence their environment by their sheer numbers. You only have to look at the avalanche of information about our current environmental crises to understand that we are currently dealing with the consequences of previous human actions.

That being said, every individual has the power to change things for the good of our world and every living thing in it. Here are a few ways:

  • Educate yourself, and your children, on ways to reduce CO2 emissions, recycle, reduce use and waste. Share what you learn with others and assist them in being part of the solution.

  • Use the power of your pocketbook! Support companies who have developed legitimate strategies for reducing their own negative impact on the environment and social inequality.
  • Join organizations committed to repairing existing environmental damage.

  • Work with local government and community organizations to implement green practices and policies that benefit the people of your community.

Today I signed a letter for Co-op America. Instead of promoting ethanol, automobile manufacturers need to improve the fuel efficiency of their vehicles to 40 mpg by 2012 and 55 mpg by 2020, and increase their production of hybrid and plug-in vehicles.

The price of "green" automobiles is directly influenced by DEMAND. The more people that demand these vehicles and demonstrate the desire with their money, then more of these vehicles will be produced and the costs will become affordable.

In her book The Art of Conscious Creation, Jackie Lapin states: "Each of us has the power to begin making our visions a reality by stepping into the realm of action." Become an "actionary" and get involved.

Until next time....become the change you imagine.