The Concept . . .

The only reason for beginning this make-a-(green)plan blog is to give me a perch to shout out my resolution to live in a way that I am proud to write about, excited to explore changes and motivated to share with others. In fairness, I need to admit that I started reading blogs as part of my political frustration with the corporate media and another (2004) election theft by the NRP for Bu$h & Co. Hurricane Katrina showed the conscious people in this country the venal nature of those in power. My rage and frustration was partially assuaged by finding a progressive community within the internet who shared my views, my goals. But in 2007 I suffered from indignation fatigue and a deep personal fugue. Congress critters in the Democratic Party openly showed their reluctance to buck the administration or represent the people of this country
Bruce Levine, in his brilliant new book SURVIVING AMERICA’S DEPRESSION EPIDEMIC writes:

Depression is highly associated with the experience of hopelessness and helplessness, and politics is all about power. In genuine democracy, people don’t merely get to vote but instead they have a real sense that they actually have an impact on their society. When you are voting, year after year, for the lesser-of-two-evils, neither of whom you support and both of whom are in the pocket of corporations and wealthy individuals, you don’t experience any real political power. Politics is all about power, and depression is largely about powerlessness.

Feeling powerless and drained, I read No Impact Man last summer. As he stated,
The way I see it, waiting for the senators and the CEOs to change the way we treat the world is taking too long. Polar bears are already drowning because the polar ice is melting. In fact, research shows it’s worse: they are so hungry, they are actually starting to eat each other.
I can’t stand my so-called liberal self sitting around not doing anything about it anymore. The question is: what would it be like if I took the situation (or at least my tiny part of it) into my own hands? I’m finding out.

For one year, my wife, my 2-year-old daughter, my dog and I, while living in the middle of New York City, are attempting to live without making any net impact on the environment. In other words, no trash, no carbon emissions, no toxins in the water, no elevators, no subway, no products in packaging, no plastics, no air conditioning, no TV, no toilets…

What would it be like to try to live a no impact lifestyle? Is it possible? Could it catch on? Is living this way more fun or less fun? More satisfying or less satisfying? Harder or easier? Is it worthwhile or senseless? Are we all doomed or is there hope? These are the questions at the heart of this whole crazy-assed endeavor.

You might be thinking, Colin Beavan is cracked--no one can cause literally NO impact on the planet, right? Well, what I’m talking about is no NET impact. If you don’t get it, or you want to know more about how we’re proceeding?

Well, there you go. I had to face the fact that I needed to switch my focus towards my own sphere, to things I can control. In addition my make-a-(green) plan blog is for this political junkie to feel like I am in control of something. It is for the teacher in me to share what I know. It is for the writer in me to express. It is for the artist in me to create. It is for the woman in me to love and nurture - to lead.

To make-a-(green) plan I will begin with accessing where I am at right now with lists, photos, documentation & receipts. It is about a small carbon footprint, low impact, frugality and living more simply. Kate: start logs now! Daily logs of electrical, water, food, money, etc. - in order to have baselines.

Oh, and I am starting this challenge off right. Today is the last day of the year and I am going to walk along the beach. Activity and Activism in a new form for the new year ahead.Update: This is the last sunset of 2007, taken a couple of hours ago. Happy New Year.


Hot Damn - the 60th ! This is a significant one. I woke late to a sunny, but chilly day in Southern California. I have been sick for days. I am not complaining as I haven't been sick much at all in years. So, I am just lying around, wrapped in blankets and eating when hungry. Life is good.

Democracy versus Despotism

I am days away from starting my new year. In the meantime, an interesting video.

(h/t driftglass)


This is lifted from Shakesville - Wolfrum hits it perfectly.

Bush Administration Checklist:

1) Blow through budget surplus - check

2) Start unprovoked war with Iraq to steal their oil - check

3) Take steaming crap on U.S. Constitution - check

4) Make torture a national policy - check

5) Burn down the White House - check

6) Move to Paraguay - [Pending]

Almost done.


Intergenerational Terrorism

I am a little surprised at myself for the last couple of videos. I am proud to place the information they bring to a holding place on this blog. I only wish it wasn't seemingly requisite to hear yet again from old white men. I am so sick and tired of old white men. These two are perfect examples of individuals who defy the general. The GOP campaign, the Corporate News, the Bu$h Administration and the Xtian fanatics all make me sick of old white men.

Forget that, this guy has something interesting to say about business.

Polar Ice Caps Melting

From earthfamilyalpha:

Even as the United States delegation continues its assault on the world as it continues to stonewall a global agreement to actually deal with climate change, scientists continue to be amazed just how strong the signs are, while others are perplexed as to just how deaf and blind US leadership has become.

Of course, they are not really blind or deaf.

They are evil villains who should and will be excoriated for their corrupt policies favoring the oily pals that elected them. And I'm trying to be nice. They are actually worse than War Criminals, for they are enabling a human catastrophe of epic scale. History will revile them as butchers who would have led the world to slaughter, had they not been removed from power.

Here is another story about the Arctic melt down from AP that shows just how concerned climate scientists have become:

"Scientists fear global warming has passed an ominous tipping point after new Nasa satellite data showed the already relentless melting of the Arctic increased greatly during the Northern Hemisphere's hot summer months."[snip]

"The Arctic is screaming," said Mark Serreze, senior scientist at the government's snow and ice data centre in Colorado."

These are dire times, despite the meaningless blather that substitutes for our media coverage in the US. And meanwhile our congress critters pile on a piece of poop legislation about yea rah xtianity. I am disgusted.

Comic Genius

I am so grateful for Digby and Tristero at Hullabaloo for providing a memory trigger of a really talented comic pair, Sid Ceasar and Nanette Fabray from the Show of Shows of the 1950's.