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.
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.”
“Lead by example, not by volume. Be encouraging, not a know-it-all.”
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)
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.
This seems like a good day to step back a bit and suggest something that’s sometimes difficult to accept.