January Hope

“I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The great point is to bring them the real facts, and beer.”
― Abraham Lincoln

“Our democracy isn’t about any individual, even a president—it’s about you”  Barack Obama

Special days in January: It is a historic month for the United States, giving us all hope! Let’s start by telling the truth, being kind, and working for justice.

January 5, Senate elections in Georgia

January 6, Congress meets to certify votes for the new U. S. president

January 7, 1789, The first U.S. election for president was held

January 8, Clean off your desk day!

January 14, Bald Eagle Day

Bald Eagle
Symbol of the United States

January 15, Martin Luther King’s Birthday

January 18, MLK Holiday

January 20, Inauguration Day, Joe Biden and Kamala Harris are sworn in as president and vice president of the United States.

From the Actions for Happiness group ideas for January 2021:

How can we be happier in 2021? Things have been really tough over the last year and we’re still in difficult and uncertain times. This January, we’re encouraging everyone to focus on small daily actions to create more happiness for ourselves and others. We can’t change the situation, but we can choose to show kindness and respond positively whenever possible.

 

What an Enormous Waste!

How many people have to die before responsible gun owners are convinced that our right to life outweighs their right to own a gun?

This is Day 4 of #31daysoflesswaste
I never thought I would post the following for my 31 day series.
Is there a more enormous waste than children, college students or anyone being killed in the prime of their lives? The United States has lost all good sense when it comes to violence. We aren’t safe in our schools, churches, holiday parties, public buildings or on the street.
It seems hopeless, but there are things you can you do???
1. Lock up: If you have gun in your home make sure it is locked up.
2. Don’t reinforce violence by watching violent TV shows, movies or video games.
3. Vote! Vote only for candidates that support background checks on all gun sales, support an assault weapon ban, and support purchase of only one gun a month.

4. Speak out: Contact your elected officials and tell them how you feel. Write letters to the editor.

Is This Working?
Is This Working?

 

What American Cities are the Most Vulnerable to Climate Change?

Climate Change is expensive for us all, and big changes lie ahead!970832_10153091136195497_1060532036_n

A few weeks ago while riding the bus in Chicago I struck up a conversation with my seatmate.  She worked for AIG Insurance of New York City, and related how concerned the insurance industry is with the expense of climate change.  AIG Insurance had just paid out 2 billion dollars for Super Storm Sandy, and they were nervous how they were going to manage these mega storms in the future.   Some insurance companies in Florida are pulling out of the state because it is becoming too expensive to insure some homes. Read the link below and you will see why!

This week the Huffington Post named the 14 American cities that could be underwater in this century because of rising sea levels due to our warming climate, warming of the oceans, and the melting of Arctic ice.  What fourteen U.S. cities are the most vulnerable?

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/08/26/global-warming-flooding_n_3799019.html

Can we do something?  Yes we can!!  We can put a tax on carbon emissions, we can each drive less, use less electricity, and support renewable energy initiatives.   Contact your members of Congress and ask them to put a tax on those that our polluting our air with carbon emissions.  The sooner we act the better!

Find contacts for the U.S. Congress:

NOAA Projected Arctic changes.
NOAA Projected Arctic changes. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

www.house.gov        and    www.senate.gov