Animal School – don’t let your child be a kangaroo

A five minute video with soppy music, but food for thought.  It’s ostensibly about education and raising children.  But there’s a lot more here.  It really speaks to me about the human impulse to simplify things (and people) by putting them in boxes.  And that makes progress hard because it means a lot of cool stuff gets missed.

Animal School – YouTube.

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Plastic Bottle Ban In Concord, Massachusetts Goes Into Effect

Kind of fits with Mark Bittman’s advice: patience.  One town, one small law, 3 years. But it’s a start.

“Concord, Massachusetts has become one of the first communities in the U.S. to ban the sale of single-serving plastic water bottles.

According to the Associated Press, the plastic bottle ban resulted from a three-year campaign by local activists. The activists pushed to reduce waste and fossil fuel use.”

via Plastic Bottle Ban In Concord, Massachusetts Goes Into Effect.

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The Greenie Pig’s guide to a cleaner, more sustainable 2013 | Grist

“Lead by example, not by volume. Be encouraging, not a know-it-all.”

via The Greenie Pig’s guide to a cleaner, more sustainable 2013 | Grist.

Here’s the list, although I suggest you read the whole article – great food for thought.icons

1. Keep an open mind.

2. Take it one step at a time.

3. Add — don’t subtract.

4. Don’t ban anything but bans themselves.

5. Don’t be a jerk (or, how to set a good example)

Fixing Our Food Problem – NYTimes.com

From Mark Bittman; he da’ man….

Nothing affects public health in the United States more than food. Gun violence kills tens of thousands of Americans a year. Heart disease, cancer, stroke and diabetes kill more than a million people a year — nearly half of all deaths — and diet is a root cause of many of those diseases.

via Fixing Our Food Problem – NYTimes.com.

This seems like a good day to step back a bit and suggest something that’s sometimes difficult to accept.

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