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Here's a little something from the ever right-on David Roberts over at Grist:


 

"The general public doesn't seem as fired up as one might like. I'm starting to think that the thing to do is pivot completely from global warming to one-earth living. Global warming creates the condition of necessity. It is background. Foreground the positive opportunities: reducing energy bills through efficiency and green building; generating clean energy on-site or purchasing it via offsets or RECs; living in vibrant, walkable communities to boost health and wellbeing; enjoying food more, knowing where it comes from, how to grow and cook it; knowing that the material things in your life are not contributing to degrading the planet; having a good idea and making a fortune doing the right thing. These are things to aspire to. They're sexy. Desires and opportunities get people going, not guilt and fear."

 

(Aspirational Green, 2 Feb 2008)


Edited by stins - Mon, 04 Feb 2008 20:27:41 GMT
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I couldn't agree more - I recently saw a guy speak on "Peak Oil" saying that our demand is so wildly out of control that we're spinning to an apocolypse that will cripple life as we know it....really inspiring.

 

The tendency to catastrophize in the media and the political arena may sell more newspapers (or lead to more website impressions as the trend seems to be), but it sure doesn't inspire. When people feel hopeless, they're more likely to think, "I guess there's nothing I can really do...hopefully someone else will bail me out." But if the incentives are positive and lead to interactivity with your community and your loved ones, the cultural awareness will happen faster.

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Originally Posted by Deej:

The tendency to catastrophize in the media and the political arena may sell more newspapers (or lead to more website impressions as the trend seems to be), but it sure doesn't inspire. When people feel hopeless, they're more likely to think, "I guess there's nothing I can really do...hopefully someone else will bail me out." 

I completely agree.  We need to get out of the place where we frame all our problems as gloom and doom with no hope.  Without a sense of hope, you end up with complete disempowerment.  And if you have no power and no hope, then what's the point of trying?  And we, as a planet, don't have time to wallow in that self-pitying "we're all screwed" mentality. 

 

That's why Grist (David Roberts, in particular) is fantastic.  They bring the humor. 

 

That's why Worldchanging is fantastic.  They bring the hope (and the focus on real, actionable solutions).

 

And that's why I'm including the following quotation from an Obama speech:

 

"I'm tired of hearing about how America is on the wrong track - I want us to come together to put it on the right track. I'm tired of hearing about red America and blue America - I want to lead a United States of America. I'm tired of talking about what we can't do, or won't do, or won't even try - I want all of us to stand up and to start reaching for what is possible."

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