I personally appreciate Bill McKibbin being in our world. He’s an articulate activist and doesn’t mince words when sharing his point of view. I happen to agree with a great many of them, not all, but I’ve read a few of his books and always look forward to reading his editorials in Rolling Stone Magazine. (My youngest daughter has a subscription that I take a sneak peek through when it arrives and before she gets ahold of it. How else can I keep up with the music scene of today?!?)
McKibbin’s recent piece is titled:
The Fossil Fuel Resistance; as the world burns, a new movement to reverse climate change is emerging — fiercely, loudly and right next door
The thought provoking content of his message is worth a read. I made me think about our future and what we have to look forward to. And what I’ll tell my children and grandchildren when they ask — what did you say and what did you do, mom/grandma, that makes a tangible difference in our world? Will they thank me for helping make a better place for them, to enjoy quality of life and a secure future on this beautiful planet?
Of course, they might not ask that particular question but in some way, shape or form, the question will come. It always does. As children grow and are instinctively curious about the world around them, they question everything. Don’t even think about saying one thing but doing another; they’ll see right through you, right? Actions speak louder than any words you could say.
If I believe in something, it only makes sense to me that I act on the belief of my convictions. This is what grassroots activism is all about and each one of us has many opportunities to participate on many levels — buying from a local business, helping a neighbor when in need, standing up for an injustice, subscribing to renewable energy source…..the list is endless.
I sometimes question if my one little step here and there can really make a difference; I have to believe that it does. It helps me to read the many examples McKibbin gives in this editorial that conveys how a groundswell of action is absolutely making a difference. The main focus of his editorial is fossil fuels and our inability to make the transition more quickly to renewables, and therefore slow down climate change. That such a transition to renewable energy will provide more jobs, three times more than the coal, gas and oil industry, and of course that it will more positively affect our environment.
Despite the objectors, naysayers and cynics, there is always a place for someone to fight the proverbial good fight against something we believe will cause harm. If we can put our own personal agenda aside and focus our intentions on the good of all, we will know in our hearts we’re doing it for the right reasons.
I am reminded that if you ask a child to do what you say, they may not listen. But if your actions are consistent with what you ask them to do, they’ll happily follow your lead. Actions always speak louder than words. I am committed to making my actions speak louder than any words I could ever say and would love to hear how you’re making yours count too.
— Debbie Hindman
These are serious people: You’re not a member of the Resistance just because you drive a Prius. You don’t need to go to jail, but you do need to do more than change your light bulbs. You need to try to change the system that is raising the temperature, the sea level, the extinction rate – even raising the question of how well civilization will survive this century.
Here’s the good news: We’ll at least be able to say we fought.
This time of year — springtime! — puts us in the mood to get in the garden and plant some seeds. Especially on nice days like today… and we’re not the only ones. Check out this fun infographic about Home Gardening in the US.
We even have a few posts on the art of composting from last spring that are perfect to revisit this time of year:
Happy home gardening!
Yesterday we took the opportunity for a lunch out of the office to celebrate Maggie Tandysh for her smile, dedication and 31 years of designing genius with Associates III at one of our favorite nearby restaurants, The Kitchen. We love her so!
Left to right: Angie, Jill, Rachel, Amy, Rachel, Melissa, Debbie, Maggie, Kari, Michaela, Marni and Renee — the Associates III Team
I selected this quote for Earth Day 2013, because it seemed so simple at first. However, the more I consider what it means, the more sure I am that I don’t fully understand the breadth and depth of the statement. After all, aren’t actions fraught with expectation — when I plant a seed, I expect it to grow. Seems reasonable, right? Yet planting a garden, as with most things in life, doesn’t always turn out the way you planned. But therein is the lesson — to act without expectation — that allows us to adapt to our ever-changing surroundings in the moment, instead of reacting to anticipated, predetermined outcomes.
What got me started on this tangent is that Earth Day (today, April 22) comes around each year with various expectations. For instance, that people will take a moment to notice the natural world around them just a little bit more, whether it’s by planting a seedling, noticing a tree during their commute, or, for Coloradans this year at least, preparing for another spring snow, and that they’ll take some time to appreciate good ol’ mother nature for her beauty and her bounty.
So, think a moment — what are your expectations for today? How are your actions connected to them? And what, if you could, would you change?
In regards to planting seeds, our peas are beginning to poke through and it’s a wondrous sight. Who knows what another blanket of snow might bring?
One new perception, one fresh thought, one act of surrender, one change of heart, one leap of faith, can change your life forever. —Robert Holden
In honor of Kelley Cleveland’s final day with Associates III Interior Design, I am sharing this picture and quote she selected for the blog. We will miss her presence in our office, but know that she is on to grand new adventures ahead full of exploring, dreaming and discovering her heart’s desires. We wish her the best of luck! —Associates III
Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbor, catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover. —Mark Twain
We are in the midst of a springtime snow storm in Denver, yesterday big beautiful white snowflakes fell most of the afternoon and into the evening and the forecast is for more overnight into tomorrow. A tribute from nature, as if reminding us that we are at her whim and mercy. Bringing the bus into work this morning with yesterday’s tragic events on my mind, I wasn’t quite ready to ensconce myself at my desk when I arrived. Really, I would have loved a snow day to spend telecommuting from my cozy home office — instead I settled for a snow walk with a camera to ease my mind.
Perhaps I’ve been a little preoccupied with the benefits of walks recently; I posted this article from the NY Times on the topic to my Facebook page a few weeks ago and followed a week later with this infographic. And it worked — as I walked the LoDo streets and nearby parks, snapping pictures of the snowy scenery I began to feel more connected to this haphazard and, at times, unreasonable world we live in. Probably helped that the refrain ♪♫ so much beauty it could make you cry ♫♪ from a Modest Mouse song was on repeat in my head.
In hopes of passing on some of my snowy walk’s calming influence, here are an assortment of images from me to you:
We are shaped and fashioned by what we love. —Goethe
— Amy DePierre
Prompted by a recent email blast from Jason Mraz: songwriter, musician and environmental activist, I followed a link and discovered REVERB. This organization works with music tours to help promote recycling, waste reduction, and environmental education to fans and tour crew.
On their site they say, “…being green is not all or nothing; many people doing some things will have more impact than some people doing everything. All of us can be active participants in protecting the environment and creating real, large-scale, and measurable change.” You can also check out their recent tour partners.
We can all spread the word in ways that touch us most. For some, like us, we speak and act upon our environmental consciousness professionally through our interior finish and furniture selections; for others, like REVERB, it’s through songwriting and music.
What is it for you?
Every answer to that question is important so please continue to spread the word.
— Renee Keller