Here is another reminder why we need to carry on using our resuable grocery bags, water bottles and coffee mugs!
By the way, if you are wondering why you have not heard more from me recently, it's because I have been flat out with meetings, and no sign of the pace letting up for the foreseeable future... I have been posting regularly to Twitter. If you haven't checked it out, click on the little blue "t" top right, sign up, and start "following" me! My username is Roz Savage. I "tweet" 5 or 6 times a day, reporting what I am doing, who I am meeting, what I am up to.
Thanks to all who voted for me in the recent Amex Members' Project awards. We didn't finish in the Top 5, which was where the money was, but that was not due to any lack of enthusiasm or commitment on the part of my loyal supporters. You were fantastic!
Thank you all for your votes, and for rallying others to the cause.
I choose to believe that everything happens for a reason (it makes it a lot easier to accept life's challenges!) and no doubt the reason that we didn't win this Amex award is because something even better is just around the corner....
...and in the meantime I am busy getting out there and peering around every corner I can find!!
(with all due respect to John Lennon)
Imagine a world with no songbirds, dead oceans, and air so toxic to breathe that we have to live in hermetically-sealed domes and to venture outside is instant death.
Imagine a world in which we are so overcrowded that stress levels are sky-high and unpredictable rages are commonplace.
Imagine a world in which we suffer from extended morbidity. We live longer but our decline into death is beset with sickness, prolonged, and undignified.
Imagine a world that enjoys the same biodiversity that we have today, with clean air, clean oceans, and pedestrian-friendly towns and cities.
Imagine a world in which we have the space and the leisure time to relax, breathe, and smell the roses, in which fitness, happiness and wisdom are prized over superficial beauty and material wealth.
Imagine a world in which the emphasis is on quality, not duration, of life; where death is accepted as a natural ending of a cycle, and the knowledge of that fact makes us live life with focus, purpose and a sense of urgency.
How will we decide which of these two futures becomes our reality?
We will join up the dots and see where they are leading us. We will ask ourselves: if we as a species continue as we are now, will we end up with the kind of future that will make us happy? Are we creating the kind of world that we want to live in?
We will recognize that we are creating our future through our every action and our every decision, every single day of our lives. We have damaged the earth less through nuclear disasters or wars or crises, than through a thousand million cuts inflicted by our careless habits and short-sighted ways.
But by the same token we are empowered to heal the earth and create the future that we want.
We can recognize that each of us as can make positive changes in our lives that will accumulate into a tidal wave of change for the better.
We can raise our children knowing that we are the stewards, not the owners, of this precious planet we are privileged to call home.
We can develop environmentally friendly habits and far-sighted policies that will ensure a cleaner, greener future, so that future generations will look back and thank us for being wise enough and strong enough to make tough short-term decisions for the greater good of the species.
If we pull together, we can make a world of difference.
Well, maybe I exaggerate slightly. But there are only 6 hours left to vote in the Amex awards, to help me to do my little bit to save the world...
I am delighted that National Geographic Adventure Magazine has mustered its forces to assist in our last-minute dash for the line. See their rallying cry by clicking here.
Time is short, and it might take a miracle to get me into the Top 5 against some very stiff competition from other fantastically worthy projects and some powerful mailing lists.
But miracles do happen!