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Assume, Resume – better late than never

Thursday, August 6th, 2009

by Tao Oliveto, Carrboro, NC

It’s been pointed out that I’ve been focusing mostly on the little things involved in moving towards a sustainable and more just life for ourselves. It’s true, the first bumper sticker I put on my car 18 years ago was, “Think Globally, Act Locally” and later, the motto for my yoga studio in Raleigh was, “Think Globally, Stretch Locally”. I still believe that we have to “stretch” our ability to change ourselves inside and out in our own “small” lives in our own “small” communities before we can change the world.

So, I’m guilty as charged. I write and think a lot about alternatives to consumptive lifestyles and buying habits. I talk about not using napkins, straws, paper or plastic. I like to think we can buy local food, products and services, drive less, spend time in nature, have less children, live in smaller houses and that it will make us more aware, more healthy and more capable of changing the big things.

The problem is, I didn’t think that part would take this long. I assumed that once we realized what we were doing and where it was leading (overpopulation, pollution, resource depletion, dis-ease, etc.), that most of us – at least those of us with means – would take a stand over our own lives and then the trickle down would guide leaders of the political and the economic worlds to step up to the challenges of change and then we could make things better for all of us. I really thought that was just around the corner…

So, I realize there are next steps and that they are bigger, more difficult and much more important. But I also believe that we have the tools, the technology and the spirit to pull it off. The question will be whether we waiting too long, not whether we can do it.

Work inside and outside yourself. Talk to others. Talk to local and national government. Join networks where you can “push the iceberg” towards the change we need, both small and large.

Look, Listen, Love and Live your potential.

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