|RE: Frustration on environmental issues||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Rob Sandelin (floriferousmsn.com)|
|Date: Thu, 11 May 2000 08:11:47 -0600 (MDT)|
I very firmly subsribe to the belief that intentional Communities of all kinds offer great opportunities to role model and living examples of better ways to live. Each community has its own degree of lessons to teach the world. Much of my energy going into organizations like NICA is fueled by this desire to create places to example and outreach good works. Check out the vision of Cedar Village to get an idea of where I am personally headed next in terms of community www.infoteam.com/nonprofit/nica/cedar.htm Rob Sandelin On the road, currently at Pinyan Farm community, near Atlanta -----Original Message----- From: cohousing-l [at] freedom2.mtn.org [mailto:cohousing-l [at] freedom2.mtn.org]On Behalf Of Jose Marquez Sent: Monday, May 08, 2000 3:02 PM To: Multiple recipients of list Subject: Frustration Dear Fellow Cohousers, Sigh. I am feeling so very very frustrated by our future prospects on this planet. You know, I have to ignore so much just to move on with my life without being completely depressed.....then I question my choice to ignore the huge environmental issues because it is by ignoring these things that they stay as bad as they are. I also feel tremendously weak and unable to improve the world. It is just so frustrating to watch the same old mistakes being made over and over again.....the same powerful people staying in power....etc. In particular, I'm stressed right now about the Bioengineering of foods and animals! No one seems to care much in our country and they just released 4000 GE salmon (trout?) into our local lakes for fishing season! Hundreds of thousands (millions?) of acres of GE corn & soy (in particular) have been planted this year....etc. Then I hear about this particularly bad beetle which was brought into North America in the late 1860's by a scientist who wanted to breed them with another bug to produce a stronger strain of silkworms...now 100+ years later our forests are still being ravaged! When will we get it that we don't have the skills to play Mother Nature and win? It's also so upsetting to see us crowding out so many of our fellow earthlings. There is a small town in our area through which the local black bears travel every year on their way to the salmon runs. The people of that town enjoy the annual migration of the bears. This year the runs were gone....no salmon showed up. The bears began to starve (these runs are a major source of their annual feeding cycle) and many returned to the town with all of its trash cans. Although no one was hurt, they were very aggressive (starving can do that to you) and close to 20 were shot to death by local authorities. Yet, an initiative to limit trophy fishing was defeated last year....and the issue is obviously much deeper than that, but NO ONE seems willing to do without for the greater good. I, personally, decided to stop eating salmon, but what good does that do? I am only 1 out of billions! I believe that we each have to do our part....but we do ALL have to do our part and that doesn't seem to be happening! I hope that cohousing can be a force for increasing unity of purpose for our species....for without unity we will destroy our planet Earth. Any ideas out there? March Duwamish Cohousing West Seattle
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