The WHAT and WHY:
Two weeks ago I asked you to send me your TOP TEN sustainability practitioners and here is the list we’ve compiled from your responses.
Your practice for this week is to “adopt”* one of them.
* adopt: Take up or start to use or follow (an idea, method, or course of action).
We suggest the following TOP FIVE ways to learn more about them and/or support their sustainable efforts:
- Follow them on a digital landscape where you can engage them by commenting, sharing or asking questions (Twitter, FB, Google+, LinkedIn, etc.)
- Write them a letter or email of thanks or support for their sustainable efforts.
- Write a blog, news article or paper on your favorite practitioner.
- Find a way to meet them** at a speaking engagement, book signing, meet-up or twitter-up group.
- Once you have adopted them, plan a course of action to support their efforts in your own family, community or workplace.
**If still living.
The TOP TEN Sustainability Practitioners (local and/or global as compiled from my followers and in random order):
- Umesh Bhuju, owner of the Ipswich coffeehouse/café/community hub, Zumi’s. For being a great sustainability practitioner in his workplace, family and community, see him profiled here.
- Donella Meadows, American environmental scientist, sustainable author, systems thinker, writer, founder of the Sustainability Institute, and Cobb Hill.
- Amory Lovins and Hunter Lovins for founding the Rocky Mountain Institute and promoting sustainable development.
- Bill McKibben for founding 350.org, and authoring over a dozen books on climate change, sustainability and the environment.
- Al Gore , Nobel Laureate, former Vice President, for bringing the issues of global warming to the mainstream in An Inconvenient Truth and founding the Climate Reality Project.
- His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama , Tenzin, Gyatso, for his teachings of non-violence “Be the Change”.
- E.F. Schumaker, green economist who rewrote the rules by questioning whether the objectives of western economics were desirable in Small is Beautiful.
- Richard Branson for starting and co-founding Earth Challenge, Virgin Unite, Flick Off, Ocean Elders, the Gigaton Awards, and the Carbon War Room, to mention a few.
- Mike Lin and Brian Warshawsky for world’s new inexpensive ReadySet Solar Kit charger for iPhone, iPad, and much more.
- Rachel Carson, writer, ecologist, for writing Silent Spring and starting the environmental movement in the 1960’s.
The Deep Dive:
And this is fun for everyone…Thoughts on my Bike (Sustainable) 4 min. You Tube video – amazing, fun artsy poem by Andrea Dorfman