When Changing One Thing Changes Everything

Posted on October 18, 2012


Keystone XL demonstration, White House,8-23-20...

Keystone XL demonstration, White House,8-23-2011 Photo Credit: Josh Lopez (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I had planned to write about my own personal journeys with change today, but then read Julia Butterfly Hill’s blog about the Keystone XL pipeline, which made me reconsider what to share this evening.  You can read my earlier reblog to connect to her informative blog if you are so inspired.

This pipeline is a controversial subject, especially for people like me who have been involved with sustainability projects.  Most environmentalists I know are vehemently opposed to this project.  Many of them banded together to get Obama to stop the project and seemed to have succeeded.

As Julia’s blog shows, Obama then went on to reverse course and expedite the project. I have to believe he did this primarily for political reasons to get re-elected.  I understand  his choice when at least half the country is more concerned about the price of gasoline than a pipeline that they will never see. This reversal gets very little media coverage, and it makes me sad that most people don’t understand the impact of this pipeline.  If this pipeline goes through, it could be a change that causes immeasurable damage.  Yet, not everyone agrees including Paul Ryan.

As someone who cares deeply about green issues, I find myself wanting to vote for the green candidate, Jill Stein, who was not allowed or asked to participate in the presidential debates this week, and was actually taken to jail for trying to enter the debates.  You might read Democracy Now to get another perspective of current events in America.  Unlike some other countries like Germany, a green party doesn’t get much respect in America.  Unfortunately, Romney is so anti-environment that if I don’t vote for Obama I’m likely voting for an even dimmer future for America.

I had planned on writing about the concept that sometimes changing one major thing in our life can affect the entirety of our lives deeply. My move to a new home this fall has been like that for me.  It’s been a fresh start that has changed my whole way of living.

I wonder what would it take for America and the broader world to have a fresh start. Is there one thing that we could all agree upon to change in our collective life and society that would change everything for the better?

I believe increasing our support of safeguarding the ecosystems that support life on this planet is incredibly important.  I also believe we have the technology now and the capacity to make the world into an Enchanted Oasis for all life, but don’t have the collective will to do so.  Yet maybe the most important change isn’t greening the planet, maybe it’s something else.

Perhaps the most important change to make that happen would be to elevate the status of women around the world.  For if we look at those who are fighting for health, for peace, and for a more beautiful green earth, we see the importance of women like Rachel Carson to  Aung San Suu Kyi in Burma and Wangari Maathai in Africa.  Imagine if all women had greater power and respect.

What big change would you love to see happen that might change everything for the better?

Today’s Contemplation:

Is there one thing that you could change that would improve every area of your life?

Is there one thing that working with others you could affect change that might broadly improve the future for everyone?

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