I look forward to Wednesday’s and finding Small Footprints challenges in my inbox. So today it was with sadness that I read Small Footprints will be taking a break until January 20th. I will miss both you and your challenges. In reading through the current post I found Small’s final thoughts on last week’s challenge and had a brainstorm.
I’ve never understood the idea behind spreading bad news. In most cases, it makes us feel hopeless which, in turn, immobilizes our efforts. Sharing the positive, however, inspires us to try … to make an effort to succeed and make a difference. Just imagine what would happen if we turned on the nightly television news and saw report after report on wonderful, green successes achieved by people like us. Good inspires good! I encourage you to continue sharing good environmental news … it has the power to change the world.
This was all I needed to read today to know what I could post between now and January 20th to continue to inspire you, Small Footprints I hope I do you proud. Each Wednesday I will share with you a news article, or piece of good environmental news I stumbled upon for that week that gives us the motivation to continue striving towards our environmental or personal green goals.
This was timely for me as I feel one of my recent posts on the negative effects of nuclear plants was by far the most depressing thing I ever published. Sorry folks, I needed to get that off my chest.
Now for this week’s good news
Last week, UCLA announced a new goal – helping the city of Los Angeles switch to solely renewable sources of energy and local water resources by 2050.
I hear you, 2050 is a long way off but with help UCLA could meet the challenges they have set for themselves ahead of the set timetable, at least in my opinion. Why is UCLA doing this?
“Why are we launching this initiative? The short answer is, because we must,” Block said. “Failure to take constructive action is simply not an option.”
Now isn’t that the truth? We cannot afford not to take the steps to switch to renewable sources of energy. Some of the goals UCLA is striving to bring about include:
- Working to see renewable energy, such as solar, as inexpensive as coal
- Initiatives that would reduce the purchase costs of electric vehicles to match that of gas powered vehicles.
- And addressing water concerns which Los Angeles must as it gets most of it’s water from other areas including the melting mountaintops of Colorado.
Along with more than 70 professors in various disciplines and cooperation with local, state and federal government UCLA is joining forces with businesses and researchers and including students to get involved.
The UCLA Institute of the Environment and Sustainability announced Wednesday a competition for students to submit visual representations of their solutions to climate change.
Cooperation from the bottom up is what will save the planet and restore a future for our youth and future generations. I hope this sends a message to others to form groups working together to change the direction we have been going in. You can read the entire article here. Please share this and let’s see if we can’t get other universities, businesses, and communities to come together and make the changes we need.
Let’s inspire everyone. Please leave your good news in the comments this week and the weeks to follow.