EARTH DAY, EVERY DAY: Making a Difference – Pick Your Project for Climate Change

Thursday, September 26th, 2019


I just finished listening to Swedish teenager Greta Thunberg speak about climate justice on You Tube from a talk she gave some time ago. She came to the U.S. recently and spoke at the UN. I will listen to that speech as well.

In the mid-1990s I was a briefing leader for The Hunger Project, an incredible organization that taught me that hunger exists; it doesn’t need to; and each person can make a difference.

Greta is one of the young persons who IS making a difference with her commitment to REPAIR our world to make it safely inhabitable for our children, grandchildren, and all future generations. Like Malala, who survived being shot while on her way to school, and spoke up about education for women, she was one person making a huge difference for women’s education.

What I suggest is that each of you picks one thing* that you think is important for reversing or reducing climate change. For me, it is being a vegetarian and eating lower on the food chain. And because I eat lots of fruits and veggies, I have lots of compost. I deposit my compost at Whole Foods or Mom’s Organic, even if it means putting the compost wrapped in a biodegradable bag in the freezer until I make it back to the store.

When I visited Nova Scotia last week, I found something quite interesting regarding compost. There were recycling bins in several places, but instead of only the three groupings of paper, plastic, and non-food garbage, there was a fourth bin for compost (called organic). Just think, if I lived in Nova Scotia, I could deposit my compost in lots of places that have these four bins and not worry about putting it in the freezer! I plan to go to Borough Hall tomorrow to find out how we can get composting bins added to the other recycling bins in public places.


Note: The fourth bin on the right says organics, which mean you can throw in banana peels, apple cores, etc. that will be composted and returned to Mother Earth.


* At my weekly Full Circle meeting at the local senior center, one of the participants is adamant about the “flagrant” use of plastic straws, so this could be his one way to make a difference, that is, reminding friends and even strangers that plastic straws add up to garbage in the environment. Someone else may emphasize using stainless steel water bottles, or tackle replanting more trees, or walking instead of driving to a close by destination.

Choose your “making a difference project” and email me at or in the comment box so I know what difference you are making towards a safer planet. Thanx! ellensue

The Gift of a Book: I am Malala

Saturday, December 20th, 2014

Someone gave me a book bag with a great quote by Abraham Lincoln: My best friend is a person who gives me a book I have not read.


In the light of the horrific attack on a school in Pakistan that killed more than 100 children, the story of Malala Yousafzai (with Patricia McCormick) is even more important for our children and grandchildren to read.  This book, based on the New York Times bestseller, provides us with the background that helps us understand Malala’s courage to continue her education and to keep fighting for young girls to have the right to go to school.

Having won the Nobel Prize for Peace, among other honors, you know this is no ordinary child. Brought up by a father who started the school she attended and a mother who supports her education, Malala draws strength from her family. We learn about her everyday life with her two younger brothers and how the Taliban began restricting the way of life where she grew up in Pakistan.

The day she was shot while going home with her friends on the school truck was totally unexpected. Her father thought he would be the target, but instead, it was his beloved daughter.Amazingly, Malala survived and did not disappear into the background. The family now lives in England where Malala continues to campaign for girls’ education.

This would be a great gift to someone young person in your family to serve as inspiration and to point out the importance of following your heart. If you choose to read it yourself, you will find the book moves quickly because it is written very straight forward for young readers.