Last week I launched a Facebook page dedicated to individual actions and their collective impact on our ability to protect and preserve our environment. Each week I will post a challenge, an individual action, to remind us just how easy it can be to make a small difference. At the end of the week I will tally our contributions to show just how easy it is to make a bigger difference. More details about the page are below, but I invite you to follow this page, take the challenge and post your contributions.
ONE WORLD ONE ACTION
This page is intended to raise awareness of the importance of individual action in protecting our environment. As individuals we still have a role to play!
"That you are here—that life exists and identity, That the powerful play goes on, and you may contribute a verse."
-Walt Whitman (O me! O Life!)
The purpose of this page is to challenge us to take small steps toward improving our relationship with the natural world. I will post a simple challenge each week that hopefully will remind us that we can do something. One simple action won't change t...he course that humanity is on, but one simple action will remind us that there is more to do, more that we can do and hopefully by meeting these challenges we find that we are better versed to challenge others to do the same.
The worst thing we can do is accept defeat - that is to say, that the worst thing we can do for our environment is resolve ourselves to do nothing because we fear that is the best we can do.
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