“Be the change you want to see in the world.”
We all know the Gandhi quote and never has it rung more true than the today, as we see the butterfly effect of a single action having repercussions far and wide. What better time than the present, when the internet has given lightening speed to our ideas and the greatest minds of our time can be easily accessed through a few key strokes, to use our technology for the greater good–as a participatory exchange of ideas?
While pondering this, I discovered the “Why Not?” Innovation Experience (sponsored by Care2 advertiser Toyota), in which they are asking all of us to contribute our best ideas for water conservation, air purification, land preservation, community involvement and alternative energy development. Reading through some of the entries I became inspired that maybe, from tiny seedlings of ideas like these, larger movements are born. Here are some of the submissions:
“Let’s invent an easy way to collect gray water from homes with septic tanks (i.e. clothes and dish washing, showers) into a separate holding tank for filtering and reuse in outside activities (garden/yard water, bird baths, etc.).”
“Plant more trees–they produce what we need–and it should be law that for every tree removed for any reason another should be planted close to the same area (the same kind of tree).”
“As a single father paying $188 a week for daycare, I would like to see more companies offer a daycare service or discount. That would allow for so much extra money to save for retirement, emergencies and my child’s college fund.”
“A greenhouse/solarium attached to the south side of an existing or new home can provide heat, hot water, improved air quality, and added living space. My working model in Utah provides 80 percent of the heat for my home and the next one will be even better. When building our new home–we will even use the sun to cool the space and make electricity. Solar homes are not a new idea. Some of those cliff dwellings in the South West were solar homes as were the New England salt boxes. We have to look back before going forward!”
“Create a string of gyms, where members exercise on equipment that gathers electricity from the stationary bikes and other recapturing systems. Other considerations–they could be social centers, with a trove of information about energy, healthy living, etc.”
Walt Whitman said, “The genius of the world is not best or most in its executives or legislatures, nor even in its newspapers or inventors, but always most in the common people”. My “common person” idea? An overhaul of the entire public transportation industry. By following examples of some successful countries, we can make trains and buses more readily available and also pleasant places to be. What’s yours? You can share by clicking on the video below.
By Veronica Peterson, Editor, Healthy & Green Living