Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Earth Day 2010: Eating As If The Earth Matters



Forty years have passed since the first Earth Day, and many people now realize that, if we’re serious about saving the planet, we have to do more than just recycle, carry cloth bags, take short showers, and use energy-efficient light bulbs.  While these are all worthwhile measures, we must also work to control our population—and our appetite for flesh
There are currently 6.8 billion people in the world and experts predict that there will be at least 9 billion humans by 2050. Global meat consumption is projected to double by 2050. With meat-eaters putting such an enormous carbon footprint on the Earth already, it’s frightening to think what things will be like if global meat (and cheese) consumption doubles within 40 years. 
In fact, my head practically starts to spin when I think about all the water currently squandered on animal agriculture; all the forests that are being bulldozed to make more room for animals and the crops to feed them; all the manure that seeps into our waterways; and all the fossil fuels it takes to operate slaughterhouses and processing plants, and to transport meat from the plants to the stores.
We seem to have a knack for procreating and destroying. It’s pretty grim, and we really can’t expect to have a livable planet if we use even more resources to raise even more animals to satisfy even more people’s taste for flesh.  Ultimately, there must be fewer humans, and fewer meat-eaters.
Fortunately, we are making progress. More and more people pledge to go vegan every day. Officials in places as diverse as San Francisco; Israel; and Ghent, Belgium, are encouraging people to choose plant-based meals, at least for one day a week. Schools in the U.K.; Helsinki, Finland; and Baltimore City are observing “Meatless Mondays,” and New York City schools are considering a similar initiative.  Forward-thinking scientists are even working to grow “meat” in laboratories, so that people who don’t have the discipline to stop eating animals will have another humane, eco-friendly alternative. 
Some groups have also found clever ways to remind people that our exploding population is wreaking havoc on wildlife, as well as farmed animals. Back around Valentine’s Day, the Center for Biological Diversity distributed 100,000 free Endangered Species Condoms with packages featuring edgy messages like Wrap with care, save the polar bear,” “Cover your tweedle, save the burying beetle,” and “Hump smarter, save the snail darter.”
We just need to keep pressing on with our efforts to promote veganism and population control. It will make a difference. If people stop multiplying like crazy—and start eating their way to a smaller ecological footprint—we will eventually conserve resources, halt climate change, reduce pollution, preserve wildlife habitats, and lessen animal suffering. Someday perhaps, Earth Day will be commemorated simply as a tribute to our beautiful planet, rather than a frenzied rally to save it.   


Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Lets create positive CHANGE! Be the CHANGE you want to see....

Dear friends!



You know that One Person Can Make A Difference....

Lets make activism and civic engagement more fun, more effective, more social, and more widely embraced.

Activism that focuses on positive cooperation... what a MOST welcome and needed change!

The way our world currently works is not sustainable.

Most people are not yet bending over backwards to create a sustainable society, but in situations when it’s possible to do something in easy ways that don’t require bending over backwards, people are taking action.

social networking sites (like Facebook, Bebo, Hi5, MySpace…) have grown to include over half a billion people, and have changed the way we communicate, organize and manage our online and offline lives.

These sites have already grown large, but their potential to be used as change agents is still in its infancy.

People have always been able to organize themselves, but online social networks have now made it possible to do it quickly, cheaply and more effectively.

We’re embracing the opportunity to take small movements and use social networks to scale them up into big movements with a global reach. In short, we think of Activism as “Activism 2.0″.

People want change. Most people care about social issues and want to help make a better world, but it can be difficult to make time for social activism. Furthermore, many traditional methods of activism seem stale and ineffective at solving today... Read More’s problems.

We should encourage people and companies to BE THE CHANGE!

But how might a company produce “positive social change”? Lots of companies make things that could somehow be used by others to create good, but what about a company whose very function was to create as much good as possible? Could such a company give its employees the satisfaction of working to save the world, as well as the same robust salaries found at comparable for-profit companies?

Humanity currently faces a number of urgent problems in need of big, innovative solutions. The power of the business world is vast….what sorts of solutions can we create to harness that vast power and steer the resources of the business world towards a sustainable future?

What if activism is an emerging market? If a for-profit company did the type of work that non-profits often do, but did it more efficiently, would people trust it the same way they trust non-profits? What if everything the company did was completely transparent? What if it was open source? If we can create this kind of company, and succeed, how many other companies would follow our example? Along the way, could we change the face of the business world itself?

How do you like companies that act like NON PROFITS...but want to make BIG PROFITS?

Tell me ..... use the One person wall to tell us how you think that we can BE THE CHANGE

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Thursday, April 15, 2010

Where Is The Love (Black Eyed Peas)

People kill and people dying do you practice what you preach....where is the love...

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Be the CHANGE you want to see....

The future is in the air.....blowing with the wind of CHANGE!
One Person Can Make A Difference

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

One Person Can Make a difference

it was John F Kennedy who once said:

“One person can make a difference and every person should try.”

We can make this world a better place! Simple actions can make a difference!
We must create the change that we like to see in this world!

important improvements can begin with ONE PERSON!

It always starts with one person who has courage and who demonstrates with their life lived what change looks like. These people give courage to others. Mahatma Gandhi was such a person. Martin Luther King Jr. was such a person. Jesus of Nazareth was such a person. Albert Einstein was such a person. I am sure that you may be such a person also.

if you are truly passionate about your mission you CAN MAKE a difference.

Yes, One Person Can Make a Difference. Remind yourself of this with this poster, populated with the names of so many people who did make a difference in their lives. From Martin Luther King to Clara Barton to Gandhi to Thomas Paine to Elizabeth Blackwell to Ida Tarbell, let their names inspire you to remember their stories, to inspire you to action. You can make a difference too.

I believe the result would be a better world for everyone and everything.

Namaste

Hans Lak
Just one person....

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