|Issue 9 : 3 April 2006|
Welcome to issue 9.
The time has come: tomorrow is Come Off It day, Tuesday 4 April.
Diana and Gaby at Clownfish Marketing have done a brilliant PODCAST featuring (the) Alistair McGowan, Lucy Siegle of The Observer, and Colin le Duc of Generation Investment Management.
MSN has helped too.
The day has been warmly, widely and diversely promoted and publicised. We nearly got Al Gore behind us too!
Carpe diem – the fourth will be with you tomorrow, enjoy it!
CARBON CONSCIOUS THINKING
The way to change the dominant paradigm is to have more fun than they are. And make damn sure that they know it! So a huge thank you to all of you who have energetically backed the day.
Thanks to Robert De Souza for sharing this quote:
"You can't fake caring. If you really understand
why leaders fail,
Thanks also to Pete Myers for sharing his poem:
As Pete says “it's about each and every one of us looking in the mirror”. Perhaps I should explain to new subscribers that the purple balloon in the poem symbolises our personal carbon footprint. A one metre balloon (that’s huge) is what one kilogram of CO2 would look like. And for many of us, our personal CO2 balloon would be one of these… EVERY HOUR!
It's time to burst that bubble and jump!
"If we listened to our intellect,
we'd never have a love affair. We'd never have a friendship. We'd never
go into business, because we'd be cynical. Well, that's nonsense. You've
got to jump off cliffs all the time and build your wings on the way down."
Now just be. Be on black alert. Be on heightened carbon awareness.
Let us now all join in calmly celebrating (and accepting) whatever tomorrow brings. If we make a tiny dint in UK power demand that’s great. If we don’t, don’t worry: we showed that we care and that we can act powerfully together.
Neil Crofts is a mentor and a hero to me. He is allowing me to share his thoughts with you via this special edition of Communiqué:
“I see care for the environment
as a key part of authenticity – we and the environment are one.
Here is what I say about this in my new book, Seven Stages of Authenticity.
“If we go up a level we can see that, as a community, homelessness, discrimination and poverty are also forms of self harm. As a community we continue to allow these things to exist. Perhaps we do this because we lack confidence as a community and seeing others worse off than we are makes us feel better?
“If we go up a further level we can see life
on earth and the biosphere we rely on as a single organism. In this organism
every one of us, every blade of grass, every insect, every fish and everything
else are cells, and any damage we do to our organism is also self harm.
When we pollute, when we destroy habitats, when we over exploit, this
too is self harm. Perhaps we do this because we lack self confidence too:
having stuff makes us feel better and travelling makes us feel more important,
covering up for the lack of confidence?"
“That’s why I encourage you to support the
very first Come Off It day tomorrow – a day to show that we care
about preventing climate change - and that we are not going to let politicians
and corporations mess up the planet through inaction.”
For more information on Neil’s event on Tuesday 11 April, or to book your place, visit the Authentic Transformation website.
Coincidentally, MSN is also hosting a unique ‘first’ on 4 April. Users have been asked to submit questions for the Prime Minister. The lucky winners will get to pose their questions to the PM live via an online chat using MSN Messenger while the rest of us can watch via a live video stream. An archived video will be available on the site after the event in case you miss it. The topics chosen: climate change and Africa!
National Grid provide a fascinating real-time plot of electricity demand – you can view this online by clicking the link below. Will the 100 watt dip (drip) that you cause tomorrow show up against the 40,000,000,000 watts UK base load (ocean)?
Remember, there’s no need to go without, tomorrow. Be bathed in the light and warmth of millions of people taking small caring actions together. We are not powerless.
As I said in the last issue, people power is one helluva turn on!
God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, courage to change the things I can, and (one day!) the wisdom to know the difference.
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