Friday, June 11, 2010

Can 1 person really make a difference?

Ask Ida

Dear Ida B. Green,

I'm beyond upset about the oil spill and its devastations! I gotta think, how important is it for me to change my ways when this kind of thing can happen?



Dear Devastated,

I certainly understand your frustration. Colin Beavan (the author of "No Impact Man"), whose family tried to live without negative environmental impact for one year, said, "The most radical thing you can do is remain optimistic and believe that an individual can make a difference." I like this point of view and its timely perspective on stepping away from the status quo for positive action. Our founding fathers and mothers were radical when they believed that a few individuals could create a totally new form of government and leave a powerful nation behind.

My radical position is that if every individual who believes we must maintain a well-balanced and healthy environment were to commit to taking their present eco-actions up a notch at home and in their community, we would find ourselves with fewer environmental disasters in the coming years. Consider the possibility that deep offshore drilling would not be so necessary if each individual were to cut back on their demand for the oil that runs our less-than-efficient cars and our less-than-necessary disposable goods.

It is not useless to take action; it's just radical.

Easy to be Green,


—Elizabeth Jeffrey

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