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The girl who silenced the world for 5 minutes

Please stop and watch and listen to this young girl.  She speaks for a group of 12 and 13 year olds.  She speaks her truth to power by addressing the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development in 2008.

She is fighting for her future! She is fighting for all people!

Join the more than 7,000,000 people that have already heard her message and then share it with your friends.





Human health is profoundly affected by water quality in the Great Lakes.


The Great Lakes are the nation’s single most important aquatic resource and can

impact human health.

  • Largest freshwater source in the world
  • 10% of the population in the U.S.
  • Over 500 recreational beaches
  • 90% of U.S. surface drinking water
  • Provides drinking water to 40 million U.S. and Canadian citizens
  • $4 billion commercial and sport fishing business

The above information and more can be found at: http://www.glerl.noaa.gov/res/Centers/HumanHealth/

Michigan’s Environmental Council is sharing their 50 Vision – They invite your reaction

The Michigan Environmental Council (MEC) is thinking about: water, energy, transportation, sustainable communities, great cities, agriculture and natural resources in Michigan. MEC has a set of visions.  They have goals that frame a bright future for this state. Visit their web site and check out the information and the goals for each of the areas.

MEC also asks you to state your views related to these topics, if you wish.  It is not a requirement, to ‘weigh in’ on one or more of these topics; it is an opportunity you can exercise, if you want to.

These are a valuable set of visions for Michigan.  Read.  Think.  And enjoy!



I am thankful for people who choose to collaborate. I am thinking it is time for radical collaboration!!!

While reading a blog form World Changing: Change Your Thinking – I came across the concept of radical collaboration.  Here is some of their post and a video along the same line of thinking.

“There are more than 55,000 environmental nonprofit organizations registered in the U.S. today, and many more green businesses, all competing for the support of responsible consumers. At a recent event in San Francisco, a trio of green business owners suggested that this type of traditional competition may not be the most effective way to make large-scale change. They instead proposed a new model: radical collaboration.

The phrase ‘radical collaboration’ has been used to describe a variety of phenomena, from participation in Wikipedia and similar ventures to cross-disciplinary cooperation in academics. In business, it means creating alliances between a group of former competitors to solve problems together. The concept has been used by corporations. For example, when IBM was losing money on semiconductor chips in 2003, it made the decision to open its research to a network of competitors, and began a new, successful method of innovation that has now been expanded to other departments. Now some argue that the same type of innovation should be applied to the sustainability movement.”

 Read more at: http://current.com/1j3e64c


You and I can make the world a better place. That is not a throw away statement!


Sometimes it is hard to commit, to become part of the brighter future. I think we want to be sure of ourselves.  We want to avoid the messiness of any change (positive or negative) because there are no guarantees. I am thinking the time is now.  Our kids and grand kids deserve a better world to inherit. 


There are many ways to help make that “better world”. We can put our energy into developing a system of a more equitable distribution of wealth, working toward clean air and water, ensuring a safe and plentiful food supply that can feed the world, creating and supporting an array of wonderful and effective educational opportunities for each and every child, creating good jobs with meaningful work and of course, much more.  We each have something we can do today that can lead to that better tomorrow.


I think the words of Marianne Williamson, from her book Return to Love (1992) help to get at the message I am sharing today.


Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate.  Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.  It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us . . . Your playing small does not serve the world.  There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you . . . As we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same.


We all need to be players in the important work of building a better tomorrow! If you haven’t yet, get involved.