I’ll admit this is the first year I’ve heard of and will be participating in this annual event. Every year, hundreds of millions of people around the world switch off their lights for one designated hour to demonstrate a commitment to fighting climate change.
This year, Earth Hour takes place at 8:30 p.m. local time on March 25. There’s never been a more critical moment for the world to show solidarity for and a strong commitment to fighting climate change. By going dark, local government, cities, companies, landmarks, and individuals send the message that we will remain steadfast as we deliver on the goals of the Paris Climate Agreement. All life on planet Earth is at risk. Its sucks.
Momentum is on our side. The world is looking toward a renewable future. This Earth Hour, turn up the dark and get loud about climate action. Let the world know you’re all in!
Own It! How appropriate it is on International Women’s Day to face the world as it is. Making this conscious choice to go up close, and examine our beliefs today and everyday is empowering. It takes courage to critically ask: Where did these beliefs came from? Do these beliefs now need to change in light of new understandings? This journey must be prepared for before it is begun.
Feel It! It can feel scary and unsettling to have our core beliefs challenged. Especially when those beliefs are revealed to be untrue or based on bias and mistakes. Yet, it is the honor of being human to learn, stretch and grow. Making space for our thoughts, feelings and actions to constantly develop is a sign of maturity, and a civic responsibility. Yet, it is emotionally hard to do sometimes.
Live It! These online courses are designed to prepare those who are willing to undertake this classic human hero’s journey that results in seeing life as it is. The courses are one hour each, with transcripts and audio. Completion of the courses can lead to personal and social transformation because it reveals how to live a human life that is rich with purpose, meaning, and a truer understanding of others and ourselves.
Love It! Sign up for the courses and embrace the new beginnings that await.
Whoa…well, what I need to know about climate change is that the world’s people need to do something about it NOW. Uh duh. Scientists, world leaders, activists and others have been trying to get our attention for many years now. Climate change is now at a crisis point. But, I’m feeling hopeful because there are things I can do to move national policy forward.
According to an interview in Oprah magazine, former Vice President Al Gore believes that in a crisis, people tend to pull together. He notes that during super storm Sandy, “We saw New Jersey governor Chris Christie and President Obama put partisanship aside and act in a powerful and unified way.” I believe that Congress will get the message that teamwork is required for national service. National debate and discussion will occur on this issue, options will be identified, and public policy will be enacted.
It’s not greed. Bankers and corporations do what will advance their interests. They are doing what the economic system is telling them to do. Pressure from citizens is effective when it goes to the power structure and clearly says that unless the system is changed, we all will be facing a very big problem.
OWN IT FEEL IT LIVE IT LOVE IT
I’ve come to understand that there is a lot of misinformation and confusion in the discussion about what’s happening with the climate. But after watching, reading and listening to diverse voices, I own my belief that the global will experience in the coming years major weather impacts due to changes measured in the increasing carbon in the atmosphere.
I understand the feelings about this issue: it feels frightening, confusing, and hopeless. But with action, I feel that I am working with a team of Americans who understand that it it makes no difference if the climate crisis is manmade or not. What matters is that humans must prepare for the impacts of increased climate volatility, rising oceans, food production disruptions, etc. And, if we can do things now that can slow down the climate change, let’s do it now. To be on a team with esteemed scientists, economists, and world leaders makes me feel joyous, happy, and confident.
What am I doing? I’m participating on the Bill Moyer & Company site at PBS.org following along with the discussion about this issue.
And…I’m loving it! When my family and friends ask me, “Whatcha doing?” I tell them about the books I’m reading, the DVDs and programs I have watched, the petitions I’m supporting and the discussions I’m having with people around the globe who are, like me, passionate about this issue.
Follow me on Facebook and Twitter to see who is leading the debate and discussion on global climate change. And…get involved!
On February 1, 2012, at 7:05 p.m. the U.S. House of Representatives members voted to repeal a part of the 2010 health care law, the CLASS Actthat provides long-term health care services. In October, the Obama administration said that it would not implement this portion of the law. The bill was sent to the Senate for consideration.
America is about empathy and responsibility: people caring both for themselves and for one another, and acting responsibly on that sense of care. When I hear otherwise, I wonder if the speaker really understands and wants this vision of America. There is certainly room in America for those who can afford it to purchase long-term assisted care insurance. And they are free to do so. The real question here is: What about those Americans who can not afford to purchase long-term assisted care insurance? And, we’re talking about the majority of Americans – hundreds of millions of people. American democracy has two roles: protection and empowerment for all its citizens. It’s a myth only recently created in American that people make it on their own. In fact, nobody makes it on his or her own. Yes, the individual is responsible to pursue happiness, and in doing so, meets countless individuals who have made contributions to their success. Your Exercise Own It: What are your moral values when it comes to others in our society? Whose ideas in this debate do you identify with most? Feel It: How do these values make you feel? (Review the list of emotions on this blog site) Live It: Contact your Senator(s); share your experience with long-term assisted care insurance; and let them know what you value in the life of aging adult living in America. Love It: Be happy about your contributions to the debate. Tell six other friends about this site, the CSPAN video and your hope for America.
On February 1, 2012, the U.S. House of Representatives members debated a bill to repeal a part of the 2010 health care law, the CLASS Act that provides long-term health care services. In October, the Obama administration said that it would not implement this portion of the law. You can read more at CSPAN.org. Read More
Everyone should enjoy listening to this debate. It’s an easily accessible discussion in basic philosophy. And, it is discussed by some House members from a conservative strict moral values perspective, and by other House members from a progressive affectionate care and attention moral values perspective.
As you read, listen or view the debate, see if you can pick out which moral values perspective each speaker is “Owning It.” How does it make you feel when you hear the moral value perspective? For anyone who has tried to contract for long-term care insurance, they will tell you the coverage is limited, the insurance premium costs are high, and there is no certainty that the company will be economically stable to pay benefits by the time coverage is needed.
Own It: What are your moral values when it comes to others in our society? Whose ideas in this debate do you identify with most?
Feel It: How do these values make you feel? (Review the list of emotions on this blog site)
Live It: Contact your House of Representatives member(s); share your experience with long-term assisted care insurance; and let them know what you value in the life of aging adult living in America.
Love It: Be happy about your contributions to the debate. Tell six other friends about this site, the CSPAN video and your hope for America.
What a courageous leader for the public good. Lisa Jackson is a name that needs to be known in every household in America. I don’t know about you, but I feel great knowing that someone is fighting for me to breath clean air and drink clean water. And I love it that Ms. Jackson is so passionate about protecting the environment for us.
The US Conference of Catholic Bishops is releasing a document with serious ramifications for the rights of patients across the board. End-of-life healthcare policy is a major looming issue in guarding democracy against the disturbing side effects of supercapitalism. It’s time to understand and face the social and economic consequences of our decisions.
US: Catholic Church Amps Up Its Fight Against Aid in Dying
Kirsten Gillibrand, United States Senator for New York was credited by Jon Stewart for helping pass legislation that included health benefits for the September 11, 2001 first responders. Wisdom says, “You can tell a tree by it’s fruit.” Perhaps Ms. Gillibrand is showing signs of someone who is trustworthy…
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