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4 Ways To Counterbalance Japan’s Catastrophe

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4 Ways To Counterbalance Japan’s Catastrophe

By Monica Wilcox

Iím beyond fear, beyond anger, Iím downright seething.

Itís not that quick, knock-the-bowl-off-the-counter kind — but the slow, drawn out, meltdown kind of livid. I want to know who was cocky enough to build nuclear power plants ON the Ring of Fire (there are a few beauties in California too). Iím angry that Iím supposed to feel reassured that this radioactive disaster is not in my backyard. We are in a locked biological system! Despite no immediate health threats on our home turf, Japanís nuclear mess is our mess. As I watch the deterioration of multiple nuclear reactors from the comfort of my 70 degree, well-lit home, Iím curious: how long do Americans plan to continue on with the environmental status quo?

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Iím irate because I know the answer to that question: when it becomes good and damn unprofitable.

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The truth is most people donít want to be held personally responsible for our environment. I grew up with a man who considered himself a conversationalist, but was, truly, one of those early environmentalists. I watched my father dedicate his adult life to protecting Wyomingís land and water. I played at the back of town hall meetings as he argued with farmers who were over-irrigating the Colorado River, and meetings with coal mining companies who were carving huge pock marks out of the land. His cause, the protection of our natural resources, was extremely unpopular through all of the ’70s, ’80s and into the ’90s. He was ďthe Tree-Hugger,Ē ďthe Granola,Ē the ďSierra Club Kook.”

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11:36PM PDT on Apr 12, 2011


11:02AM PDT on Apr 7, 2011

Thank you Susanne for your kind words and for sharing the post. Obviously, not only can we create change in our own energy consumption but by getting our friends and family to do the same.

Here's to embracing our planet!!

6:03PM PDT on Apr 6, 2011

WOW!!! This was, truly, one of the best articles I've read in a long time! I'm sure I'm not alone in finding that it gives voice to my thoughts and frustrations - even those that were just half-formed - beautifully! It also offers clear, simple, balanced perspective.... WOW!!! Thank You so much for sharing your beautiful mind and heart all of us! I'll be forwarding this article to EVERYONE, and will watch for your name in the future!

4:00PM PDT on Mar 29, 2011

WOW! The members here at Care2 are really OWNING the energy boat. Nothing is more fulfilling for a writer than to see their work resonating in the hearts of others. Thank you for all your comments!

1,000's of people have now read this post on the multiple sites that have ran it. That's 1,000's of people who could start making little (and big) choices in their energy demands TODAY. In the two weeks since I wrote this, I've realized how much more I can do in my personal life and have already made some impressive changes. How about you?

If you've read this post and it rang right down to your bones, but you don't make a single change in the way you demand energy and stuff, maybe it's time to ask yourself what it will take. Or maybe I need to write more compelling work. :)

Once again, thank you for joining in on this vital discussion.

7:56AM PDT on Mar 29, 2011

Beautiful, someone has finally put into words the rage and desperation I've been feeling for years.

7:24AM PDT on Mar 29, 2011

I love this post, lets put the results square in the lap of where it belongs. If you don't buy it, they will stop making it.

4:59AM PDT on Mar 29, 2011

Thank you for putting voice to my own thoughts!

4:15AM PDT on Mar 29, 2011

Why is common sense so uncommon when money is involved?

1:10PM PDT on Mar 28, 2011

Hear, hear! Brilliantly said!

8:37AM PDT on Mar 28, 2011

Well said, Monica! I was cheering all the way.
The solution lies in each one of us . . . leading by example.

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