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James@SanDiego
James@SanDiego  
4/24/2013 4:56:28 PM
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Re: Radicals wanted
And on top of that, the EPA reccomends that we clean up our drinking water supply:

http://news.yahoo.com/epa-probably-rid-2-6-billion-pounds-toxic-175322116.html

Nicole Ferraro
Nicole Ferraro  
4/24/2013 11:51:07 AM
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Re: Radicals wanted
It just seems that the revolutionary spirit has left us for the most part -- certainly my generation isn't living up to the examples set in the 60s and 70s. Granted, things aren't quite as off balance as they were, but we still have so much to overcome. The world is in bad shape, climate-wise, socially, and so on. 

stotheco
stotheco  
4/24/2013 9:54:10 AM
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Re: Earth Day
I agree that much needs to be done to make Earth Day relevant again. I don't think it is enough for people to just stop and think about the cause when they hear the phrase or see the day marked on their calendars. They need to go out and do something more than just think about the cause.

Susan Leach
Susan Leach  
4/24/2013 5:08:57 AM
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Re: Radicals wanted
I agree with you, Mary. It's human nature to lose interest. The early zeal of a movement eventually gets transformed into something more mainstream and quieter. Whether Earth Day can be reinvented is questionable, either way the consciousness-raising needs to continue and be ramped up in some manner.

Of course, there are hundreds of nonprofits trying to engage the public in various ways to protect the environment, so perhaps we hear so much about it these days that it gets tuned out to some degree. 

There also isn't much on the scale of Earth Day. The global aspect is impressive if nothing else. 

Mary Jander
Mary Jander  
4/23/2013 5:35:36 PM
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Re: Radicals wanted
IMO, every big shift requires continued momentum. It's easy to get a few things cone and feel that a cause has been served. It's tougher to persist when the novelty has worn off. I think it's human nature to lose interest after awhile.

That said, just because a certain edge has been taken off some important movements does not mean problems are solved. Raising consciousness is only the first step!

Mary Jander
Mary Jander  
4/23/2013 5:33:11 PM
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Re: Earth Day Annoyance!
It's sad to see Earth Day exploited for commercial gain. In the old days, Earth Day had a countercultural feel to it -- it was an idea that went against the grain and challenged people to think about how they interacted with the environment. Now, its pizzazz has been lost. Perhaps we need another kind of notable celebration to get motivated again.

CitySolver
CitySolver  
4/23/2013 1:24:15 PM
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well said!
I agree, it's about integrating good ideas into social networks and not just talking about them. It's also little changes that help. Cycling past a disabled parking bay with the word DISABLED doee not help us integrate. Maybe a coloured line would be more subtle, or priority space, anything but the dreaded word DISABLED which is so negative and engrained we hardly notice it's connotations, pike racial words that are offensive but often used out if habit by older people.

Nicole Ferraro
Nicole Ferraro  
4/23/2013 11:23:53 AM
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Re: earth day simlarities
@CitySolver: "If we are an integrated society we dont need 'black day' or 'gay pride day' or my personal gripe 'the paralympics'."

I think you hit on something important here. I always find myself feeling frustrated by how much we have to celebrate people who aren't able-bodied white males... Not because these people don't deserve to be celebrated. They do. But because it's absurd to me that we've treated people differently in the first place. But society has treated pretty much everyone else so poorly for so long, and continues to do so, and we're not anywhere near a place where that's just history. So in the meantime, until society is truly integrated, we'll continue to have separate events to celebrate those who've been treated as separate, and those who still have to fight to be equal and not have their rights taken away (ladies: I'm looking at you).

Tying this back into Earth Day, I hope that in time we won't need separate days, weeks, months to celebrate human beings, or important causes. In an ideal world, we will treat all individuals and the planet with respect, always.

Nicole Ferraro
Nicole Ferraro  
4/23/2013 10:35:00 AM
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Re: Radicals wanted
Susan: Really great points here. Why do you think it is that citizens have become disengaged? What happened to the radicalism that set movements like this one, and civil rights movements, and the like, in motion?

Nicole Ferraro
Nicole Ferraro  
4/23/2013 10:32:07 AM
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Re: Earth Day
@arv: I agree that it's certainly not a bad thing if anyone took a moment yesterday to make a different behavioral choice. That's great. But we need people to do that every day, and those actions must coincide with big changes enforced by government policies, and the like.

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