Remember Beauty

It’s easy when discussing all the problems in our world to forget how beautiful and wonderful this world is.

All around us is a natural beauty that’s there, waiting for us to stumble over it at almost every turn.

As you go through your next few days, try to remember this: There is beauty all around you if you look for it. And that beauty is part of the joy of being alive — remember to look for it and find it when you can. The hard part is simply remembering to look for it.

And when your thoughts weigh you down, that beauty will remind you of the better days you’ll have up ahead.

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Global Warming and Personal Leadership: A Picture Essay

Our world is changing. The results of our consumption and over-population of the planet are being felt in many ways — and one the most dramatic and dangerous is that our world is getting warmer.

For example, one way to tell is that glaciers all over the world are melting…

The Glaciers are disappearing
While many of them have been melting as long as anyone can remember, now they’re melting much faster than they ever have…

Speaking of melting, so are our polar ice caps…

The Earth is Melting!
If this keeps up, we could find our oceans overflowing their shorelines. Cities that are now near the oceans could find themselves underwater. This could really happen.

So why don’t we all do something about it? Why do some people joke about global warming…

Some try to make light of the situation
Well, a lot of people are profiting from things as they are. They own corporations (or stock in corporations) that would lose lots of money if they were forced to confront all the issues. These people don’t want to lose money! Some of them could literally lose millions! (Or Billions!).

Since they have so much money they can influence the government and influence public opinion.

But even so, there are things you can do. There are steps you can take…

Your Bike is a Global Warming Solution!
It may not be too late to make a difference. People who read blogs like this one have to be leaders — we’ve researched the issues and we’re learning what to do. More than that, WE CARE! We Care! We care enough to make a difference.

And when we take steps to change our habits, we inspire those around us. That’s the definition of leadership — and responsibility.And if we don’t do anything….

Before it's too late
The world may change around us more than we can handle. The changes may come too far and too fast for us to handle. If the changes are too dramatic, who knows how bad things might get? No one knows.

But what’s the most important reason to change?

Because in the end, our future depends on it.
The most important reason to change is for the next and future generations. There are children in our care today that need us to act. They need us to protect them and make sure the world is safe for them.

If things get bad, and it turns out we could’ve made a difference — what will you tell them when they ask? What will you say? Will you be able to tell them you did your best?

Think about it. Then do something about it. Lead by example, and others will follow.

PHOTOSET: Locally Grown Food / Community Supported Agriculture (CSA)

This is a photoset on locally grown foods.

Eating locally grown foods has an impact far beyond the relatively little money you pay for it.

It’s an important step for the environment since it reduces the energy needed to grow the food and get it to you. It’s good for local farmers, because it helps them stay in business and thrive.

It’s also good for you spiritually. It feels good to take a step that so clearly helps both local people and the earth. It feels good knowing that your food is fresh and was brought straight from the farm to the market.

The Carbon Conscious Consumer is asking people to buy one pound of locally grown food a week this month. Here’s a banner that allows you to read more.

Carbon Conscious Consumer
We’re asking people to take part because it’s a small step that anyone can do. By taking part, people begin to think more about where their food comes from and how they can take small steps that could add up to something big if we all join in.

Share from a local organic farm in Sebastopol, CA

originally posted by brookelynn23

“kale, saladmix, cabbage, fingerlings, rainbowchard, strawberries, raspberries, artichoke, redonions, whiteonions, basic, cilantro, dandelionleaves, dill, parsley, zuchini, dill, floweringoregano, floweringthyme, sage, rosemary, nettlepesto”

This picture is of a share from a community supported farm in Sebastopol, CA. What a beautiful harvest of locally-grown, organic foods.

Locally grown organic food at a Portsmouth, NH farmer’s market

originally posted by jdickert

“Here’s Josh and Jean, the farmers from Meadow’s Mirth helping some customers. Fresh garlic, zucchini, flowers and other certified organic goodies.Taken at the Portsmouth, NH farmer’s market.”

There’s nothing like a Saturday morning trip to the farmer’s market in the Summertime. This local grower features what looks like all organic produce.

More locally grown food at the farmer’s market in Des Moines, IA

originally posted by jasoncross

Speaking of farmer’s markets, here’s a picture taken at the Downtown Des Moines Farmers Market. A great photo with beautiful colors — it looks like there’s a great supply of good food available.

Locally grown peppers in Albany, NY

originally posted by landis.

Here’s a great, colorful shot of freshly picked peppers at the Albany, NY farmers market. That produce looks great — and it probably costs less than the supermarket as well.

Organic tomatos from a local, organic farm

originally posted by joannseyes.

We’ll close with these words from Michael Pollan that were posted with the above picture of some amazing looking fresh, locally grown tomatos.

“Ripe vegetables were magic to me. Unharvested, the garden bristled with possibility. I would quicken at the sight of a ripe tomato, sounding its redness from deep amidst the undifferentiated green. To lift a bean plant’s hood of heartshaped leaves and discover a clutch of long slender pods handing underneath could make me catch my breath.”
~ Michael Pollan

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