Thursday, June 14, 2007

Sustainability Project - BlogHer Acts

We take a brief pause from the video upload in progress to take a nod toward a higher purpose.

If you had the power to effect a change in our world what would it be? BlogHer asked the question and I feel compelled to respond. I would want the various communities of the world to have sustainability projects so that there would be consistent employment, a livable community and a love and respect for planet Earth.

Sustainability is not a white thing or an elitist thing or even a green thing. If one community has too much and the other not enough there will be trouble. There is trouble. I would also toss in ethics but I have to keep it to one topic. Wait, I got it, ethical sustainability.

If the fuel depletion projections are accurate then there will be lack. Where there is lack there is exploitation, war and violence against women and children. The men folk don't do so well either.

So, I think this is the time where we have to look to create a community - real world in real time folks - that starts with respect for the planet and the people that are on it.

We can create food sources in our immediate areas. We can recycle and recreate our waste products. We can employ the members of our society that we have walled off. There are whole cities that have no industry to speak of except the prison industry. We have the tools and the technology. We can do better.

We must. So in the spirit of BlogHer Acts I would like to propose a focus on equal opportunity ethical sustainability projects. Go Green and all colors in-between but let's cut the crap and get to work.

What The Heck Is This About?

BlogHer is a grand gathering of women folks and some men folks who are gathered together in an electronic community of bloggers.

From the Website:

BlogHers Act will take on two things --

1. Making a difference on a single global cause

2. Identifying the top four issues that women online want the U.S. Presidential candidates to address in order to win our votes in the ‘08 Election.

Imagine the opportunity that’s in all of our hands right now.

All of us know the positive, productive, monumental ACTION of bloggers, especially women bloggers, when rallying around a problem, an issue or an event. Since we started blogging a few years back, we’ve witnessed - and been so lucky to be a part of - countless moments, big and small, when bloggers worked together to make a difference.

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  1. Thanks for interesting info.

  2. Two dogs,

    Brisk paced
    Passed my place.

    I had to squint. The sun was in my face.

    The dogs' heads held high
    Scarcely slowed barely bowowed
    As their tales swept by.

    Two dogs out in the sun a daily run.

    I began to scribble this to catch the sight
    Just right.
    They ran on were gone.

    Quickly now black & tan and tan
    Were they male&female I couldn't tell?
    Uh oh, there they go ...

    Two dogs . . .

    In the back of two trucks
    Out in front of the laundromat
    Put there for safety
    And to see that no one fucks
    With their owner's stuff,
    Bark like crazy, loud at ear height,
    Reminding me of
    Bar bouncers
    Out for fun and
    A good fight.

    Bristling and jostling, they shiver the sky
    Until closer inspection reveals that they are just barking goodbye.

    Two dogs . . .

    Some Low level of rage runs through my thoughts like black&tan rotweilers barking and snapping and thirsting for blood.

    I know I can’t let them loose. It won’t do me no good.

    Still, they run,
    They rage,
    Seek solace on a page.

    Act out, . . .No doubt, . . . I’ll end up in a cage.

    But just once wouldn’t it be worth it
    To let them all the way out.

    Get blood up the snout.

    I have to find a punching bag, a tackling dummy, a blocking machine;
    A way to vent my spleen.

    Just picture it: A meal on wheels made of corporate heads, millionaires’ homesteads, stars and starlets fresh from their magazine spreads.

    The growl snarls up and through me
    My chest vibrating . . .
    My voice gone vibrato,

    My jaws unclench, saliva flows.

    God, just to be raving pack of two dogs
    Finally let go.

  3. I completely agree with your Sustainability stand. Products conforming to a sustainable standard can cure many social ills at once, i.e. global warming, water pollution, air pollution, toxic waste, human rights...

    The only thing lacking to push sustainable standards into place is consumer demand. If women demand sustainable standards like SMART(c), then market pressure will cause companies to comply. The standard becomes the law of the free market. Bloghers Acting could be the tipping point. The power of the purse and the post can change the world.

    If you'd like to know what SMART covers, go to The non-profit MTS created the standard which took five years of balanced, consensus voting before it was approved.

    Mary Hunt