A week has come and gone and it’s time for this week’s ‘Being Green’ post. It’s going to be a short post this week; the afternoon sunshine is calling me outside!
The biggest items on the news of late is the after-effects of the earthquake and tsunami in Japan. A list of some of the relief agencies involved may be found here: Help Survivors of Japan Quake & Tsunami. There’s been so much in all of the media channels discussing what has happened and speculating about what is happening or may happen I have no wish to add to that. It does occur to me, however, that for much of the world this latest event in Japan has eclipsed the recent earthquake in New Zealand, the one in Haiti, the one in Chile, the BP oil rig fire in the Gulf of Mexico last year… people in New Orleans are still rebuilding from Hurricane Katrina for that matter, and that was nearly six years ago. The Chernobyl nuclear accident in the Ukraine was 20 years ago.
This being a blog post about ‘being green’ it would certainly be possible to use these and other global events as a platform to speak out against nuclear power, about the continued effects of global warming and the like, but I don’t want to go there. Our blog posts tend to get divided between those dealing with spiritual understandings and those dealing with more ‘practical’ issues like green building, environmental and social issues and photography and I don’t often cross those boundaries, but for me life isn’t about one or the other. Every day is a blend of both, the two becoming one. I would never suggest to anyone else that they have to follow a certain spiritual Way of being, but I think that no matter what your beliefs – whether they are from a religious tradition, grounded firmly in scientific understanding or some combination that is uniquely yours, one thing we can all agree on is that this little ball we call earth, the one that we all share, is pretty unique. We are, all of us, interconnected. In the spirit of that idea, I wanted to pass on something written by a friend of ours, Reverend Karin Wilson. Karin is with the Center for Spiritual Living in Kelowna, BC, and this piece comes from their March 2011 newsletter. If you like what she has to say, Karin also has her own blog site: One Mind One Spirit | Northern Light from a Spiritual Seeker:
Let there be Peace
As I’m writing this, my thoughts are with Japan.
It’s so hard to not get caught up in what is unmistakeably one of the most significant dramas to unfold in my living memory.
But I also know that what is taking place there – from the tsumanis to explosions – is a divine idea in the mind of Spirit, even if my human mind has difficulty seeing exactly what that divine idea might be. Whenever I try and think about what it could be, I realize, that like the Tao, I am by turns limiting that One Great Consciousness.
What I do know is that every scientific talent that has anything to offer is offering it to Japan right now. That every person working on restoring the country – from its electricity to water to transportation – is able to so do with a peaceful mind that is focused on its intention, and loving in its delivery. I know that every country opens its doors to the Japanese people with compassion, and I know too that the right people stay behind to rebuild the country in a way that serves everyone.
And yet, I know too that as I say all these things, my treatment in mind is for that and so much more.
The limitless power that we know as God is present right here and right now. As we turn away from what appears to be, we open our eyes to the infinite possibility of what is.
My thoughts are with you Japan. Your sun is rising.
Peace and blessings.
Rev. Karin Wilson
Wherever you are on this little blue marble of ours, I wish you peace.
Okay, the links for this week include:
- City of Santa Monica: Office of Sustainability and the Environment
- Women and Sustainability
- Seventh Generation Advances Sustainable Packaging With Cardboard Bottle
- Closing Gender Gap in Agriculture Makes Dollars and Sense
- New Tox21 Robot Will Test Chemical Toxicity
- Brooklyn Bridge Park Receives Solar-Powered Charging Station
- Workshop Discusses Federal Efficiency Projects
- Tough Economy Drives Meter Sales
- USGBC Collaborates to Develop LEED Demand Response Credit
- University’s Sustainability Efforts Recognized by President
- EPA Water Sense: Fix a Leak Week March 14-20, 2011
- Two Surveys Confirm: Flexible Workplaces Have Lower Voluntary Turnover
- CEOs should have crucial conversations on sustainability
- Servidyne Wins the Prestigious ENERGY STAR® Sustained Excellence Award Once Again
- 5 Best Practices in CSR
- Inviting your Organization to Join the Coalition for Green Schools
- America’s Great Outdoors Youth Chat with Sec. Vilsack and Sec. Salazar
- Pepsi Designs Plastic Bottle Made of Nothing But Plants
- We’re Taking the LEED for a Greener NYC
- USGBC and the Better Buildings Initiative: How Do We Get Started Sooner?
- States Adopt Children’s Outdoor Bills of Rights
- IBM Smarter Cities Challenge Grant Winners
- Green Writ Large: STAR Takes Sustainability Up a Notch
- ‘Fresh Test’ start-up company aims to help prevent food waste, spoilage
- Former Architect To The Stars Now Touts Green-Building Future
- Foster Wheeler Provides Engineering Services to Cynar for Conversion of Waste Plastics into Liquid Fuels in Ireland
- ‘Cool Schools’ for Oregon’s future
- Real Progress: Solving the Green Building Policy Puzzle
- Report: Canada’s Boreal Houses World’s Largest Water Source
- CRD’s EcoStar Community Environmental Awards
- EPA Announces New GHG Reporting Deadline
- A Superhero Scrubs the Air: The Mighty Houseplant
- Nordic Naturals opens doors
- This year’s Cleantech Forum: Less sexy, more efficient
- Climate Week March 21-27, 2011
- ARC: International Wildlife Crossing Infrastructure Design Competition
- What is Your Next Job as a CSR Professional?
- IFMA Launches Sustainability Certification for Facility Managers
- In Three Years, You’ll Be Breathing Cleaner Air, Says (US) Gov’t
- That’s Green to Me: Kitchen Chemistry 101
- First Australian product wins “best of the best” 2011 International Design Award
- Sustainable Tourism 201: Putting pencil to paper Webinar, March 22, 2011
- VPP: youthCONNECT
- SVN Networker
- WRI Digest: March 2011
- Greenroofs.com Database: The Department Store, Stephen Marr Hair Salon, NZ Greenwall
- Greenroofs.com “This Week in Review” video
- Building America – Resources for Energy Efficient Homes
- ed+c eNews
- Sustainable Facility eNews
- Japan and the Future of U.S. Nuclear Power
- LEEDuser News
- Green Building Advisor eLetter
- BuildingGreen Bulletin
- Living Future Unconference April 27-29, 2011, Vancouver, BC
- Nuclear Crisis, Climate Change, and Extreme Futurism
- inhabitat weekly news
- Green Building Codes 101: Follow-Up Conversation Webinar, March 30, 2011
- Planet Green
Okay, that’s it for now. Have a great week!
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