Archive for April, 2010

40th Anniversary of Earth Day Tomorrow

April 22, 2010

If I had a glass of wine in my hand, I would raise it to the earth… that is I would toast to the earth.  It is still kickin’ it after another year.

On April 22nd, 2010 we celebrate a movement that began 40 years ago in America.  Millions of environmentalists organized on college campuses and community centers.  Their work galvanized legislative action, including the passage of the Clean Water Act, the Clean Air Act and the creation of the Environmental Protection Agency.

April 22nd is really a day to acknowledge that we stand on the shoulders of giants.  It is a day we recognize that we still have much work to do.  The United States needs to pass climate change legislation as a first step towards leading the world to a healthier and safer future.

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This I believe

April 18, 2010

Whether we live in Astoria, New York, Houston Texas, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, or Paris, France, we are all part of a community.  Our actions, what we do in our community matters, not just to us, but also to the people who share our community. On the most basic level we have a moral obligation to not create violence, steal or inflict on someone else’s freedom.  Beyond that we have a legal obligation to follow the laws set down by government.  In order to have a government that is responsive, just and accountable to the people – a government of, by and for the people – we must participate in our democracy and community.  It is important even if at a minimum that means voting once a year, helping at a soup kitchen, tutoring a struggling youth, or supporting your favourite charity.  I hope people see that their engagement in their community, their public service, is what helps shape the quality of life for everyone.