Seedlings

Each month we will publish a letter which we call a seedling. A seedling, by definition, is a young plant that has all that it needs to blossom: root, shoot and leaves. It just needs to break through the surface to reach the light. I am hopeful that with your work, care, wisdom, and inspiration the seedling will break through any resistance, reach the light of day and spread like wildflowers.

The letter will include an idea, a theory, a thought to pique your curiosity, to inspire you to delve deeper, to think in new ways, maybe even to imagine a new way of living. As I was exploring various fields I felt myself waking up, paying attention, and being more mindful. It was a though the light had shifted and what was in shadow was clear as day.

The letters may also include a poem, a Bible verse, or other reading. I am hopeful there will be words to inspire, enlighten, and renew and that you will share your insight that you may become a leader and a teacher in a quest to save our planet from ourselves, and for all of its inhabitants.

But we cannot forget action, for action can speak louder than words. Each letter will include a practical action we can take, some larger than others. And those actions can becomes habits, and they can teach others, inspire others to do likewise. And maybe most importantly, they can teach our children and grandchildren mindful and hope-filled ways of living on this beautiful planet for generations and generations to come.

Appreciation

Appreciation

Dear Partners in Green, This week we had a hint of Spring; the appearance of a Robin, the tiny blue flower of the Vinca appearing beneath my maple tree. And the springing forward of our clocks just adds to my gratitude that winter may be behind us, and spring is...

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Choices

Choices

Dear Partners in Green, During the last few weeks, I have been thinking about the word choice and its relationship to the Climate Crisis. It seems so simple, so obvious, but I also find it to be thought-provoking, profound, and chilling. Choice is, by definition, an...

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Common Ground

Common Ground

Dear Partners in Green, Communicating your concern for the environment can be tricky and can feel somewhat like a dance. You want to make a point, but you don’t want the other person to feel as though you are stepping on their toes. And today, in this country, our...

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Vote!

Vote!

Dear Partners in Green, I want to begin by wishing you a happy and healthy New Year, and as green a holiday as possible. I am hopeful that many of your New Year’s resolutions take into account the fragility of our natural world and that 2024 will be our greenest year...

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A Little Good News

A Little Good News

When it comes to the state of our natural world: global warming, air pollution, waste built up, ozone layer degradation, species extinction, it appears there is little good news, little cause for celebration. But still, there are a few bright lights on the...

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There Will Be No “New Normal”

There Will Be No “New Normal”

I warn you, this may be a bit of a “downer.”  The term “new normal” keeps coming up. We keep hearing that this is a “new normal” we are dealing with regarding Climate Change, but where did that term even originate, and what does it really mean, and most important,...

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Our Uphill Battle

Our Uphill Battle

Dear Partners in Green, We try to be good stewards of the Earth, to conserve, reduce, reuse, recycle, and live responsibly, but it is an uphill battle. As much as we do for the betterment of our world, there is a force that is working against us. And that force is the...

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Beef

Beef

Dear Partners in Green, I’m going to get right to the point. There are so many ways we can mitigate Climate Change, that is, reduce its effects by changes in our lifestyles: reduce use of plastics, limit our shopping, flying and driving, conserve water, plant a tree,...

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Time

Time

Dear Partners in Green, It was in 2007 that Al Gore warned us in his book, An Inconvenient Truth: The Crisis of Global Warming, that the Earth was in peril and that we were running out of time.  Action was needed immediately. And he certainly was not the first....

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The Greatest Threat to Our Planet

The Greatest Threat to Our Planet

Dear Partners in Green, In 2006, Bill McKibben, a distinguished scholar at Middlebury College and leader of the climate campaign 350.org (whom I have mentioned in previous posts), wrote the book The End of Nature, one of the earliest warnings about global warming,...

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What Will Be Our Response?

What Will Be Our Response?

It seems from day one, from the beginning of our awareness of the negative effects of what has been deemed to be progress, one looming concern with unmitigated climate degradation was immigration.   Today, as was predicted, more and more areas of the globe are unable...

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We Are Still In the Game

We Are Still In the Game

Dear Partners in Green This morning, as I was sitting down to write another Seedling, baseball came to mind. I was thinking about the clubhouse and dugout, where a team gathers, goes over the plays, reviews strategies, cheers each other on, and ultimately runs out...

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