Archive for September 2014
Standing Up for the Planet by Bob Purdy
“Children are flames that need to be kindled, not vessels that need to be filled”!
Take a minute to process those words, they are fairly powerful! They are not my words, and unfortunately I don’t know whose they are, I would like to give credit for them.
“Children are flames that need to be kindled, not vessels that need to be filled”.
How different would our World be if children were treated as flames that need to be kindled? Completely! Completely different!
“Children are flames that need to be kindled, not vessels that need to be filled”.
What would happen if we treated all people, children, the broken, the wealthy, the poor, the healthy, the homeless, the sickly, the elderly, the young, the men, the women as flames that need to be kindled? The more I think about it, the more I think we could transform the challenges of the day and create a completely different World!
“People are flames that need to be kindled, not vessels that need to be filled”!…
Standing Up for the Planet with Leslie Kolovich
What is the big secret that our county commissioner and TDC Executive Director is keeping?
Walton County BCC has scheduled another public hearing for the Topsail Hill Preserve State Park proposed new beach access, September 29th, 2014 at 5pm central time, at the Walton County Annex off of highway 331 in South Walton County.
Joining me today with an update on this very important issue is Celeste Cobena. Once again Topsail Hill continues to be a hot topic, and apparently commissioner Cindy Meadows and Executive Director of the Walton County Tourist Development Council, Jim Bagby have new information that they are not sharing publicly at this time.
Celeste gives us her take on what is happening with this proposal and with credible information believes they are trying to push through another idea for placement of the access. Her message is this, we do not need a second access through the Preserve. Residents should utilize the access and facilities that already exist at Topsail Hill. Celeste gives us information about the management plan, the history of the Preserve, and tells us why it is so important not to destroy “the last” piece of natural coastal scrub, and how even a bridge or a boardwalk is harmful to the delicate eco-systems of the area.
I believe it is important to stand up for our state Preserves and Parks, because once they are gone they are gone. Ask yourself, “why do I love this area so much?” Is it because of the beautiful white beaches with dunes, our beautiful emerald colored water, or our forests, or our amazing bird habitats and wildlife, or the jewels of our area, our coastal dune lakes? If you answered yes to any of these, (which I am sure all of you did) then you really need to come to the meeting and tell the commissioners and TDC you do not want another access through Topsail Hill Preserve State Park.
“We will keep talking about this until we get in writing that this is not going to happen”~ Celeste Cobena
For more information Celeste is available by phone or email: 850-267-2227 or firstname.lastname@example.org
What would happen if we all consciously took a few breaths of air in right after we wake up and thanked the Creator for providing the air that gives us all life?
What would happen if, when we get out of bed, we were to consciously go and get a couple of sips of water, then thank the Creator for providing the water that gives us all life?
What would happen if we all took a bit of conscious time to savour the first few bites of food we take in the day and thanked the Creator giving us “Mother Earth”, host to all life here?
What would happen if we took a few seconds a day to appreciate the role that Sun plays in our “Web of Life” and thanked the Creator for giving us “Fire”?
During “World Paddle for the Planet Day” this year I was fortunate to meet several Tla-o-qui-aht First Nations People, in particular, respected Elder, Levi Martin. Levi asked me these very questions, and explained that in his culture, these are the four elements that support all life on the Planet, Air, Water, Earth and Sun. He also explained that all four elements are required together in order to support life. For example life could not exist if there were no Air. Take Water away and the same problem exists. Fairly obvious, and yet we are messing with this formula in a big way.
Levi also mentioned that it is important to express “humbility”. Air is humble, it asks for nothing in return for breathing life into our bodies. Water does not send us a bill for the rain. As far as I know photosynthesis is free. As incredible and necessary as these elements are, they ask for nothing in return. They don’t brag.
The most frequent question I get as I move through “Paddle for the Planet” is, “What can I do to change anything, I am only one person”? There are so many things, depending on where one is at in life. Getting started is the first step, do something. Here is a suggestion for a place to start! Life is a precious gift. All life is sacred. “Mother Earth” plays host to all life on the Planet. Recognizing that Air, Water, Land, and Sun are necessary for all life on the Planet seems like it would be a good first step!…
We are just a few days out from this year’s “World Paddle for the Planet Day” and I have just returned from the “Great Bear Rainforest”! These are both big events in my life, one just a few days away, and the other one in the books so to speak!
I don’t get a lot of time to reflect these days, so when I do I take full advantage! This will be the third “WPFTPDay”, and previous to the last two I spent quite a bit of time reflecting on what this event means, to me, and to the World. This year is no different, and on reflection I find myself conflicted. On the one hand so many of the things I have worked hard to change remain the same. We still have people who leave their cars idling, throw garbage in places where garbage doesn’t belong, consume single use products like we have infinite resources, and in general feel a sense of entitlement to everything on the Planet. We still have wars, greed and corruption, homelessness, and abuse of all kinds. These things cause me great sadness and anger. These things represent the worst of what it is to be human to me.
On the other hand there are a handful of people who are genuinely working to live in a different and sustainable Way. We have people whose compassion knows no bounds. We have warriors who are standing up and working to end wars, greed and corruption. We are seeing some areas of the Planet return to health and vibrancy because of the efforts of the few and the many. These things cause me great joy and encouragement. We all have the potential of so much more and this represents the best of what is to be human to me.
Like I said, I am conflicted. We humans are geared for success, and I am no different. How does one measure success? How does one measure the success of “Paddle for the Planet” and “World Paddle for the Planet Day”? I have been successful at paddling consecutive days, and that is something I can easily quantify and reflect on. I can recall the memories of every paddle, enjoy the sense of accomplishment that comes with completing what I set out to do, and I can do that on a daily basis. The purpose of all this daily paddling, “Changing the Way we live on the Planet” is a bit more difficult to quantify. Does a small amount of success really qualify as a success? Shark Finning is still going on in the World, although through the efforts of concerned people, the practice is diminishing. Does that qualify as a success? Many people still drink bottled water, although I know some who have stopped this practice. Does that qualify as a success? We still have decision makers without concern for “Mother Earth” or the very people they have been elected to represent, yet there are more who are speaking out against damaging practices. Does a small amount of forward movement qualify as success?
I have always considered myself well connected to Nature and the web of life. On reflection after my return from “Great Bear”, I discovered I am not even close to understanding the connection of all things to all things. “Great Bear” showed me in a big Way that all life is intimately connected on this Planet. Remove or harm one species from the web, and the rest of the web is affected. Life is a precious gift. All life is sacred. “Mother Earth” plays host to all life on the Planet, and it is our responsibility to ensure the health of everything here. On reflection, I am of the opinion that we are not yet doing a very good job of taking care of “Mother Earth”. When we take, take, take we affect “Mother Earth’s” ability to support life on the Planet.
Many years ago I made a promise to send a healthy and vibrant Planet into the future. Personally, I feel like I have failed miserably so far. “Paddle for the Planet” “World Paddle for the Planet”, “The Paddler Movie”, speaking engagements, interviews and events are just some of the efforts I am making to fulfill my promise to future generations. My biggest fear in life is handing off a lemon to my yet unborn Great, Great, Great, Great, Great, Great, Great Grandchildren. One thing I know for sure is I will continue to do everything I am capable of to turn the tide, and make sure places like the “Great Bear Rainforest” survive intact! It is important to me that the People of the future have the same opportunity to experience the beauty and wonderment that I have been able to experience in my lifetime.
After reflecting on “World Paddle for the Planet Day” I wonder if I am doing enough to send a “Wave of Change” around the World. After reflecting on the “Great Bear Rainforest” I am concerned that our actions today will spoil this area like we have spoiled so many places on the Planet. I find myself wondering what else I can do to send a healthy and vibrant Planet into the future!…
Next stop, “World Paddle for the Planet Day” or bust!…