Heart to Heart 93

“Tomorrow”

I went to see the above named movie tonight at the Inspiration of Sedona meeting hosted by Marty Landa and Pash Galbavy.  If you want to get involved go to inspirationofsedona.org Their organization has been doing wonderful things for our community and the planet.

The movie is about how we can collectively create a better Earth by getting involved personally.

Tomorrow  is a 2015 French documentary film directed by Cyril Dion and Mélanie Laurent. Faced with a future that scientists say is a great cause for concern, the film has the distinction of not giving in to catastrophism. Optimistically, it identifies initiatives that have proven themselves in ten countries around the world: concrete examples of solutions to environmental and social challenges of the twenty-first century, be it agriculture, energy, economy, education and governance.

The French produced film is arranged in five chapters: food, energy, economy, democracy and education.  It is a full length documentary and is worth watching every minute. The movie depicts how there are so many people around the globe doing wonderful things for planet Earth and all it’s inhabitants. One aspect is a group of food co-ops that now numbers 1200 around the world.

The Incredible Edible project is an urban gardening project which was started in 2008 by Pamela Warhurst, Mary Clear and a group of like minded people in TodmordenWest Yorkshire, England. The project aims to bring people together through actions around local food, helping to change behavior towards the environment and to build a kinder and more resilient world. In some cases, it also envisions to have the groups become self-sufficient in food production, hence having all food being produced locally.

There are ways for all of us to get involved to make life better. Here are ten things you can do every day.

  1. Unplug ‘vampire’ electronics that sap electricity while not being used. You can save $50 yearly per laptop by shutting down at night and using power saving modes during the day.
  2. Run your dishwasher only with a full load to save 100 pounds of carbon dioxide and $40 per year.
  3. Keep tires adequately inflated to improve gas mileage by 3 per cent, as well as save 250 pounds of CO2 and $840 annually.
  4. Pay bills online.  If everyone in the US did this, the estimated yearly savings would be 2.2 billion tons of greenhouse gases, 1,7 billion pounds of solid waste and 18.5 million trees.
  5. Adjust your thermostat 2 degrees down in winter and 2 degrees up in summer; it will save 2000 pounds of CO2  and $98 annually.
  6. Recycle newspapers, 69% of the 63 million newspapers printed daily in the US will be thrown away.  More than a half million trees would be saved weekly if just the Sunday papers were recycled.
  7. Turn off the water faucet when you brush your teeth.  Daily savings in the US could be up to 1.5 billion gallons.
  8. Stop using plastic bags, which are not biodegradable. 500 billion are use yearly worldwide.
  9. When you eat out tell your server not to give you a plastic straw.  More than 500 million are used daily.
  10. Use cruise control.  It can improve gas mileage by up to 15%.
  11. Take a shorter shower.  Every two minutes saves about ten gallons of water.

It is totally up to us.  We cannot wait for governments to do this for us.  And it is vital that we all get involved now.  Let us not leave a world to our children and grandchildren that is less than the best we could make it be.  This list is a simple way for everyone to get involved.  Copy and place it on your fridge or somewhere that everyday will help us all do our part and make a difference!  From my heart to yours, Thomas

Comments

  1. Great ideas that we can all do! Mahalo for these reminders!

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