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Robyn Landis

"Activist By Example"

Tucson, AZ, USA
Author and educator, consumer health information; public information professional; musician
Speaks: English
Joined Jun 4, 2004
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Changing the way America consumes could change the world
I believe that the power of our purses is the greatest--perhaps the only--power we have in such a capitalist, economically-oriented society. Money is what talks in America. And even those of us who don't have a ton of it can make a difference. We have to stop depending on government and corporations to care, to conduct themselves according to the greater good, and promote change that protects us and the earth. For the most part, they won't. It's not their charter--profit is. It's up to us to create the change we want. Most if not all of the powerful and necessary changes in our history came from the grass roots, the ground up, from revolutions of people and communities. Be extremely conscious and purposeful about what and how you consume. Walk your talk. Live with integrity--be an example. Make your spending count. Use your spending choices to reward integrity, compassion and sustainability (and companies that are truly committed to those values) and to punish or boycott those propagating greed and destruction. It's hard, it's slow, but one by one we can do it. If we don't start with our own selves, our own circles, our own communities, our own lives, nothing happens at all. Look at the food, clothes, housewares, appliances, vehicles, cosmetics you buy and use, and ask yourself--or find out--what impact they are having, what their production is doing in the world--to workers, communities, environments, families, economies, animals. Are you investing in things that have a constructive impact, or in things that are wasteful, inefficient, polluting or cruel? It's not hard to switch. We can't stop every bad thing companies and governments are doing--but we don't have to support them either. Not doing so is an act of integrity and consistency that sets an example and creates an energy in the world. And if enough of us do that, eventually it will have an economic impact on those evil-doers we have shunned which may invite--or force--change. Bottom line: If no one is buying it, they can't sell it. And because Americans consume more and destroy more--exponentially!--than anyone else on this planet, positive changes in our consumption patterns and habits touch every corner of the globe. This is what "Be the change you wish to see in the world" means to me.
~ Robyn Landis, Feb. 2006
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Groups ANONYMOUS R US, Acoustic Coffee House, Defenders of Wildlife, Dog Lovers, Jane Goodall Institute: Race for the Primates, Nature Lovers, Organic Consumers, PETA - People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, Pets in Need, Protest Songs!, Reforming Our Democracy!, Small/Medium NonProfits & Charities Co-Op, Treehuggers, Vegan more »
Hometown Vashon, WA 
Birthday Dec 09  
Languages English  
About Me I try to live as simply and lightly as i can. Though I make compromises, and I know I still live luxuriously compared to most of the world, I believe I live austerely compared to most Americans. My standard is the question: if most Americans lived like me, would the environment be better off?" and I believe I can say yes. I try to give 2-5% of my salary to causes I believe in, and in every way possible to live consistently with my own sense of integrity and to walk my talk. I make a difference not only by purchasing consciously and humanely (voting with my dollars), supporting and boycotting as a consumer, being a total vegetarian/near-vegan, buying organic, making donations, signing petitions and so on--but by being a living example. I know that by simply being in the world and living, choosing, buying, eating and acting as I do, others have learned from me. I love the natural world and want to do my part to protect it. I adore animals and especially love dogs.
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Pets Dog of 12 years died Mar. 13, 2005 :'(  
Activist Aspirations Casual
Political Leaning Very Liberal
Religions Unitarian-Universalism  
Eating Habits Vegetarian  
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What Gives Me Hope Obama, Dennis Kucinich, Michael Moore, Barbara Boxer, Whole Foods,, Hope Magazine (though now defunct), Ode Magazine, Utne reader, innocent children, people who change
If I were Mayor, I'd make the world a better place by Making all farming organic, and eliminate factory farming of meat and feedlots. Then divert the foods formerly fed to factory-farmed animals to hungry people.
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Role Models Emmylou Harris, Barbara Kingsolver, Henry David Thoreau, Patty Griffin, Sandra Steingraber, Jon Stewart, artists with honesty, any ordinary person who makes a huge dif  
Quotation "Until he extends his circle of compassion to all living things, man will not himself find peace."
- Dr. Albert Schweitzer (Nobel 1952)

"We put ourselves on the side of life withevery act of kindness. Each act of kindness is a protest against the way of the world. You can never forget the importance of each little thing."
-Matthew Scully in "Dominion"
Interests Cycling, music, animal welfare, environmental issues, nutrition, fitness, natural healing, Ayurveda, food, cooking, Art/Design, hiking, dogs, Macintosh, progressive politics, the Southwest, Native American studies/issues/history, homeschooling/u  
Music Nanci Griffith, Jackson Browne, Tom Kimmel, Darrell Scott, Antje Duvekot, Patty Griffin, Richard Shindell, Tom Waits, Julie Miller, John Hiatt, Bruce Springsteen, James Taylor, Dar Williams  
Movies Shawshank Redemption, Cinema Paradiso, Grand Canyon, Princess Bride, anything Christopher Guest, anything M Night Shyamalan, Untamed Heart, Forrest Gump, While You Were Sleeping, Schindler's List, Regarding Henry  
TV Shows Gray's Anatomy, Brothers and Sisters, My So-Called Life, Millennium, MAD TV, Providence, Relativity (most of these aren't on anym, THE DAILY SHOW WITH JON STEWART, The West Wing  
Favorite Foods Chocolate (organic/fair trade of course), potatoes, mushrooms, soy ice cream, bananas, Amy's soy mac-n-cheese, my vegan chocolate frosting  
Favorite Places The American Southwest, anyplace HOT and DRY  
Can't Live Without Good organic food (including chocolate), books, bike, guitar, friends, dogs (oops, that was six--well, dogs are friends!)  
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