Posted by: David McKay | January 9, 2012

Connections… My Life, My World.

I skim the news, reading what catches my eye.  The items I discover will paint a mosaic in my mind and the connections between them start to form…

From Yale Environment 360 (04 Jan, 2012) there is this opinion piece about solar power for the poor: Solar Power Off the Grid:Energy Access for World’s Poor

The Wall Street Journal (30 Dec, 2011) had this to say about US imports and exports: In a first, gas and other fuels are top US export

BBC News (09 Jan, 2012) and a fuel strike in Nigeria because of government subsidies being cut: Nigeria fuel strike brings country to a halt

BBC News (08, Jan, 2012) on the cargo ship that ran aground months ago: Stricken ship Rena breaks up off New Zealand coast

From Reuters (05 Jan, 2012) a piece on how it is possible to make a difference as a consumer: Analysis: Molly, Crackers and consumer power gone viral

And finally there is Bernie Sanders, a politician who genuinely seems to be fighting for individual Americans and the ideals of democracy: The Saving American Democracy Amendment

…we live in a world that is rapidly changing in just about every way you can imagine. And while it may be hard to think about living on a global scale, we all are.  That cargo ship stuck on that reef leaking oil and killing thousands of seabirds may have the crap made in a foreign country that we buy in the store.  If our government should ever stop being bought off by Big Oil, will we have a shutdown of our economy like what is happening in Nigeria?  Should our politicians be intimidated by Big Business, or can we get our rights restored to us by a constitutional amendment?  Why are the poorest people burning kerosene and not using solar, if only because it makes sense to those reaping the benefits, as our country exports more oil and gas than we import?  And yet, one consumer can actually make a difference…

That must feel good.

That was how I felt when I read this article in the Guardian (10 April, 2011): Bolivia enshrines natural world’s rights with equal status for Mother Earth

Indigenous philosophy resonates with me, perhaps the underpinnings of everything, tinting what I see and how I see it.

I think we just need to keep reminding ourselves to stay balanced.  Not sure this all makes sense to you — click on those links and read the articles and watch the videos — and make your own connections…

Thanks for taking the time to read this.

Responsibility is not convenient — it’s necessary.

Rethink.  Refuse.  Reduce.  Reuse.  Reimagine.







  1. One sets an example,
    Two raise eyebrows,
    Three to five are raising ire or at least attention,
    Multiple groups start a firestorm
    If enough people join in on a regular basis, well to quote Arlo Guthrie in Alice’s Restaurant song, “And friends they may think it’s a movement.”
    Next thing you know we have new traditions, new culture.

    Indigenous philosophy resonates with me also. And I also believe that reading and immersing oneself in beliefs and acting to the benefit of a global environment starting at home, have as much potential as any evolutionary change.

    One step, one piece, one vote, one voice at at time…

    Bernie Paquette

    • Hey, thanks a lot for saying that. That was really nice to read.

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