It’s meatless Monday!
Women are the heart of the earth, they get the big picture, and many see the need for community, and compassion for our Earth. If our planet is to survive, it is to the women we must turn. The past year has been an incredible year for women, and I hope many more women will feel empowered to move us to a better future. A future of community, communication and understanding beyond just power and profits! Get in your groove, and go girl go!
Worth a read: womenarebetterfortheplanet
“Every aspect of our lives is, in a sense, a vote for the kind of world we want to live in.” Francis Moore Lappe
What better week than Valentine’s week to show love for our earth. Take the 10 for 10 challenge. Can you score a perfect 10 by completing these initiatives? Maybe you already do these things? Take a breath, slow down and think how you can positively make a difference. It’s easy, and I hope you learn something. Let me know how you do. Good luck!
Day 1 Go meatless, extra points if you also go vegan!
Day 2 Go plastic-free, no straws, plastic utensils, water bottles or containers, unless of course they are reusable.
Day 3, Reuse Day. Bring your lunch in a reusable containers, and remember your
reusable water bottle.
Day 4, Leave your car parked day. Walk, bike, car-pool or use public transit.
Day 5, Take a walk day. Enjoy the outside as you walk, listen for birds, the wind, water? What nature sounds do you hear?
Day 6, Water-Use Day. Become aware every time you use water. Is there a way you can reduce your water use?
Day 8, Chemical-Free Day. Use vinegar and baking soda for cleaning, and shop for organic produce. Read about chemicals and air pollution here.
Day 10, Gratitude. Be thankful for our beautiful planet. What was the best thing about the past week? Could you complete 10 for 10?
February, the perfect month to think about kindness and love, and to apply that kindness to the people around you, and to all the people you meet. Here is the new February calendar. Happiness Calendar
Wishing you new friendships, and happiness this February!
Smile Listen Be positive
“We the women and girls are fed up with this compulsory hijab. We want to manage our clothes and what to wear” Women in Iran protesting the hijab
In November I was a tourist in Iran wearing a scarf covering my hair. No, I was not thrilled at the idea, but the chance to spend 8 days in Iran over-ruled my freedom. Wearing a head covering created a solidarity with Iranian girls and women. We were all following the rules of the Iranian Shiite government that were implemented in 1979 after the Iranian revolution. Maybe in the winter it would be comfortable to wear a hijab, but even in November, some days were too hot to keep my head, arms and legs covered,. There was no doubt that a woman’s identity and personality are lost wearing a head scarf and long loose-fitting clothes
Male dominated governments can be unfair to women. They need scapegoats for their problems and women can become their target!
The people of Iran are very friendly, the friendliest place I have ever traveled. They practice citizen diplomacy to welcome their visitors. Many wanted to know what we liked about their country, and they felt a strong connection to Americans. Their message was clear, ,”We both have bad governments, but we the people, we are friends!”
Read the whole story about the hijab protests here.
** McDonald’s has announced a new commitment to sustainability. The fast-food chain will launch recycling in all of its restaurants and by 2025, 100% of its packaging will be sustainable. I am assuming this means compostable or recyclable? Also Boston will ban plastic bags, and Iceland and Denmark are doing research to create biodegradable plastic bottles.
** Recent victories for our oceans.
** 52% of Norway’s new cars are electric
** Clean energy investments throughout the world reach 333.5 billion in 2017.
** France will shutter all coals plants by 2021. Read at France and Macron
** Reasons to be hopeful for our earth! From EcoWatch
** And from Climate Reality local climate action reasons to be hopeful.
** Unique gym class in suburban high school is what we need during divisive times. Read at diversity
Other Good News:
We are friends!
In November I was fortunate to become one of the few Americans to travel to Iran this past year. We were there for 8 days. After hearing what an awful country Iran is for the past 40 years, I was thrilled to find a vibrant, friendly people. Their friendliness was amazing It was difficult to go for a walk or get anywhere because they stopped us to give us candy, find out where we were from, and they would ask: “Where are you from?” “How do you like the food” How do you like our country?” I think some of it was they are so isolated and we were a window to the world, but they are genuinely a friendly people. One couple came up to me at the historic site Persepolis and told me they loved me because I was so kind. We heard over and over,”We both have bad governments, but we the people, we are friends!”
An interesting article from the Washington Post, five myths people believe about Iran. myths of Iran
This article blames the recent protests on water issues, and they do have a serious drought problem. Read about climate change and a lack of water in Iran at Climate