Nature Astounds, Go Immerse Yourself In It

Almost All The Truth Walk With Nature

There is a lot of hate, darkness, negativity in our world. It can feel as though there is a constant looming threat of environmental havoc, societal doom, or personal pain around every corner, in every headline. Sometimes we get the sense that there is too much, maybe even more than at other times in history. We are inundated with the tragic, the sensational…

I kind of bummed myself out right there.

We should always have some positivity and optimism, even in an election year. While there is no easy solution to life’s problems, there are still plenty of solutions. We just might need a little less conversation, a little more action please. A little compromise, a little sacrifice, a little social conscience.

One place we can start is the physical and psychological disconnect between ourselves and nature. There is very real evidence that shows all sorts of benefits (as well as the inverse) our connection to nature has, as long as that connection is used. And time and time again, those who feel more connected to our natural world and everything in it, the more likely they are to protect it.

Nature is our nourishment, our everything. When we think it must be tamed, subdued, controlled, we set ourselves apart. Humans are part of the natural world! We are not separate, not other. Sometimes we need a little reminder of our place and for that we need wild places, wilderness, where nature astounds on a continual basis.

So I challenge you this week to go immerse yourself in some nature, whether that is a walk in the park, a beginning of a garden or standing barefoot in sand with the roar of the ocean in front of you. Perhaps even think of something further afield for the future

Almost All The Truth - Wilderness Calls

Where will you go to connect with nature?

 

 

Right Time for Integrity and Justice!

MLK Inspires Commitment to Change, Justice

It’s been a long time since I’ve written here. That doesn’t mean I’ve stopped working to “be the change,” for environmental and social justice. I love social media as a tool for change. I love the immediate interaction of social media. I love the accessibility and short form writing combined with impactful photos, videos, and sharing of information. I love the idea of what social media can be… Even when it disappoints.

On this day, a day where we are celebrating a man who recognized the power of his voice and used it to inspire others to action. Martin Luther King, Jr. was an ultimate influencer for social justice then and continues to be now.I feel compelled to come back. 

Martin Luther King, Jr. on Integrity, Justice, Now and Always.

Martin Luther King, Jr. on Integrity, Now and Always.

Social good, environmental justice and social justice, are inextricably linked in my opinion. MLK believed so. Modern environmentalists owe a debt to MLK, even if it’s oft ignored. I will use the inspiration of his words, as an imperfect man, and find my voice again. Collectively we have such a long way to go, even as we pat ourselves on the back today for all that has been done so far…

 

I hope you will join me seize every moment to do what’s right, use the power of your voice, and amplify those who are already influencing our world for the better. Will you?

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8 Martin Luther King Jr. quotes that don’t sanitize his legacy

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“We have also come to this hallowed spot to remind America of the fierce urgency of Now. This is no time to engage in the luxury of cooling off or to take the tranquilizing drug of gradualism. Now is the time to make real the promises of democracy.”

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Mapping Global Campaigns for Environmental Justice

Environmental Justice - Almost All The Truth 

Do you have an interest in global environmental justice? Do you wonder about what communities are doing worldwide to stand up for themselves in cases of ecological conflict?

This is quite fantastic…

Mapping ecological conflicts - EJ Atlas 

Across the world communities are struggling to defend their earth, air water and resources and their livelihoods from damaging environmental impacts. Mining projects, mega dams, tree plantations, fracking, gas flaring, incinerators, etc … As resources needed to fuel our economy move through the commodity chain from extraction, processing and disposal, environmental impacts are externalized onto the most marginalized populations. But all this takes place far from the eyes of the consumers of the end-products. The EJ atlas aims to make these impacts more visible and to make the case for true corporate and state accountability for the injustices inflicted through their activities.

This Atlas collects stories from around the world of communities struggling for environmental justice. It attempts to serve as a virtual space for those working on EJ issues to get information, find other groups working on related issues, and increase the visibility of environmental conflicts.

These maps take a look at communities who are/were in the midst of an ecological conflict. These are cases of the real battles – the success, the failures, and the ongoing campaigns – against issues of pollution, water rights, land conflicts, climate change, natural resource extractions, and more. The environmental justice atlas allows us to explore color coded issues from severe mercury poisoning in Japan to hazardous waste landfills in the U.S. and a lot more in between.

You can filter the map by all sorts of criteria (category, resistance, impacts, to name a few) or explore by country, company (Shell has a lot of conflicts under their name for instance), commodity, or type. Or simply start clicking.

Certainly not every campaign is included, but this has been quite an undertaking. A collaborative process over several years, the project’s aim is to determine underlying causes of increasing ecological distribution conflicts at different scales, and how to turn such conflicts into forces for environmental sustainability.

I encourage you to go check out the Atlas of Environmental Justice and share it far and wide! Once you’ve explored a bit, come back and tell me if you learned anything interesting!

 

 

15 Years to Global Change

15 Years To Change - Almost All The Truth

15 Years…

 

15 years. A game changing set of time. What can possibly be accomplished over 15 years with the right tools, circumstances, and mindset? Global change. Bill and Melinda Gates just released their Annual Letter and have settled on a set of expectations to meet within that 15 year timeframe.

That’s where change comes from…

In 15 years… Half as many kids will die, far fewer women will die in childbirth, and people will live healthier lives because we’ll beat many of the diseases that sicken the poor.

Annual Gates Letter - Disease

Africa will be able to feed itself.

Annual Gates Letter - Agriculture

Mobile banking will help the poor radically transform their lives.

Annual Gates Letter - Banking

Better software will help all kids, no matter where they live, receive a world-class education.

Annual Gates Letter - Education

 At this point, you may have some thoughts on whether you think these key points are the top priority in development, whether they can be accomplished within the relatively short time given. The last, crucial factor is going to be creating Global Citizens. Many of you are already. 

Annual Gates Letter - Global CitizensI believe the next 15 years is going to take a whole lot of listening. Start now. Continue when you read the Annual Gates Letter. Then consider raising your voice as a Global Citizen

 

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