“This is such a great idea, and I was in fact pondering the idea of developing an online swap shop myself when I came across this website. I'm so fed up of buying my children new clothes all the time, when they grow so quickly and many of their clothes are left practically unworn. I started thinking about all the parents out there in the same position and thought it was crazy that we're all buying brand new clothing for our kids, and then discarding them for more new stuff. Of course we should all be swapping. It's so obvious I'm surprised it's taken this long to happen.
1. They want an end to an intolerable system that works for the benefit of just a few, ignores the will of the vast majority and the human and environmental price we all have to pay.
2. They are defying the idea of mass apathy and proving that people are willing to do more than just join a Facebook group to stand up and defend what they believe in.
3. They want a more equitable financial system where bankers do not get away with ruining our economy and then get paid for it (by us).
4. They want energy programmes that will save the planet, not ones that make the big oil and coal companies rich in the short term.
5. They want corporation money out of politics.
6. They are letting politicians, and the financial elites they serve, know it is up to us, the people, to decide our future.
7. They are inspiring people from across the world, from all walks of life, to stand up and challenge the status quo.
8. They’re angry but they’re showing that we can direct our anger constructively, creatively and peacefully.
9. They need more and more of us to wake up and then together we may just succeed in changing global politics, and therefore the world.
10. They are trying to change the world for the better.
MfromS on Oct 17, 2011 at 22:40:03
“The reality is that you aren't going to change a damn thing, deal with it and get back to your miserable life....”
mtnhike1 on Oct 17, 2011 at 22:34:49
“Who are the "they" you speak of? You would get a different "top 10" list from any 10 people you approach in the crowd. I'm sure the union organizers in the crowd have a different list compared to the green faction.”
lemealone on Oct 17, 2011 at 22:08:13
“Cute, and fictitious...”
rwolsen on Oct 17, 2011 at 19:26:40
“alert the media!”
ricklexus on Oct 17, 2011 at 19:12:35
“And the Martians will land next week to staighten everything out.”
“Today we can all see that unfettered greed has trashed our world economy, that we are trashing the natural world, polluting our water, overfishing our oceans and exhausting our natural resources. The task of our time is to turn this round. We need as many innovations as possible right now to tackle this enormous challenge. These innovative examples are great, but I would just love to see an article exploring exactly what green global innovations are actually working today and are already helping to change the world.
Maybe I'll blog about it myself. I've been building an eco house (in France) over the past year, and have been blogging about it at http://www.100daystochangetheworld.com .The green concrete would be very useful..
HLL on Oct 29, 2011 at 13:09:23
“F & F ~ Way to go, Susan, with your eco friendly house. And well said. "The task of our time is to turn this around." Exactly ☮”
“I agree and that's why we all need to stop waiting for someone else to sort it all out. The problem we face is huge, the finance behind the problem is enormous, but I believe it's in our power to get up and do something about it.
gallon on Oct 8, 2011 at 16:57:51
“ThisAmerican: "Yes, go to NYC right now and join the filth that is occupying a park near Wall Street."
You just want to go straight to Facsism without anyone squawking about it. Sorry if protests about Wall Street are inconvenient for you. As of the moment, we still have free speech in the USA, although guys like you would just love to eliminate it.”
This American on Oct 8, 2011 at 13:09:51
“Yes, go to NYC right now and join the filth that is occupying a park near Wall Street.”
“After reading this article and all these comments a quote from author and scientist David Suzuki springs to my mind:"We're all in a giant car heading towards a brick wall and we're all still arguing over where we're going to sit."
People still see climate change as distant, abstract and politically contested. Very few see it as a real threat to themselves or their families.
What will make people take it seriously?
I've been asking myself this question for some time, and I decided to start my own blog (http://www.100daystochangetheworld.com) as a way of tackling it. I wanted to help our planet, but felt overwhelmed by all the problems we seem to be facing. I decided that using the language of fear and doom as a way to motivate us to change the way we live just isn't working. I believe that if we all do small things with a big heart we can change the world.
As Mother Teresa once said:
“I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the waters to create many ripples.”
Isn't it time we all woke up and stopped waiting for someone else to make everything better?
Craig Bovia on Oct 7, 2011 at 13:02:49
“Yes it is, my Dear. I am with you
gallon on Oct 7, 2011 at 11:41:17
“The threat is very real. The sector that is the root of the problem, Big Energy, is expending huge amounts of cash to deflect our attention away from the problem.”
“the biggest reason why consumers shouldn't have free choice to buy bottled water is because of the impact on the planet of consuming that bottle: consider where that plastic bottle ends up (ie in landfill or polluting our oceans) and then you'll see it's a choice that affects us all.
goodmandown on Oct 7, 2011 at 17:05:21
“It's a fair point and I agree, though this is not the point of Mr. Gleick's blog. We'll see if 21st century Americans decide to curb consumption of plastics other potentially toxic and non-biodegradable goods. If they're forward looking, the companies who produce and sell bottled water (there are now too many to list) will figure out more environmentally friendly ways to part consumers from their dollars. If not, well they had a good run.
As an aside, where I grew up in Northern California the water out of the garden spout appeared and tasted fresh from the spring. Conversely my Southern California water is not only awful to the taste but very hard, and leaves a thick mineral crust on my counters, glassware and tile. This probably has to do with MCL's which seem to vary greatly by region. I'd love to see states adopt uniform standards for taste, odor and appearance of public water but this is surely a pipe dream. Our once great state is not only broke but inept, as are much of our public service departments these days.”
“Thanks for the link to this amazing film. I have just watched it, and I now intend to put it into my own blog http://100daystochangetheworld.com
It's a deeply discomforting fact that a billion people don't have access to clean drinking water in the year 2011. It's immoral, and it's depressing. But what gets me up in the morning is that I never doubt that we all have it within our power to change the world. If we all wait for the corporations and the governments to change, we'll all die while waiting. It's up to us to make the changes in our lives that can help us live in a healthier, happier world. Susan”
“I live in the UK and back in 2004 new rules for GM labelling came into force in all European Union member states. In the EU, if a food contains or consists of GMOs, or contains ingredients produced from GMOs, this must be indicated on the label. These rules theoretically give consumers and farmers the right to avoid GM products.However, there are no official GM free labels, and GM crops tend to form animal feeds or staple foods where consumers either have no choice or no awareness.
Rather than caving in to industry lobbying, all governments should listen to the public and ensure that all meat and dairy from animals fed on GM feed is clearly labelled. If meat and dairy from animals reared on GM feed is not labelled we allow crops without safety approvals to enter the food chain.
There is every justification why we should be cautious: concerns about the impact of GM on the environment and our health, and the risk of placing farmers in the hands of monopoly suppliers of GM seeds.
So, although the situation is still by no means satisfactory in the UK it still shocks me that the US has much further to go until all US citizens have the freedom to choose what they want to eat and what they don't want to eat. Susan http://www.100daystochangetheworld.com”