Tuesday, 03 January 2012 17:06
By Joe Romano,
Let our New Year's resolution be this: we will be there for one another as fellow members of humanity, in the finest sense of the word.
— Goran Persson
While Webster's has as one of its definitions "to reach a firm decision about," resolve actually comes from the Latin solvere, meaning "to loosen." We often make firm proclamations at this time of year and resolve to "tighten up our acts."
But to take the word in its original meaning seems so much gentler. To loosen, to open up to new things, to loosen our sense of ourselves, and thus become more than we are, seems a fitting way to enter a new year. There are many ways to do that, and to be there for one another as fellow members of humanity, and one is to offer service.
Thursday, 01 December 2011 18:34
By Becca Harber
There's enough water for human need, but not enough for human greed.
From California to New York to distant lands, people are taking the extremely destructive effects of bottled water increasingly seriously. New York City has banned bottled water sales in its government workplaces, and San Francisco, Albuquerque, Minneapolis and Seattle have their own similar bans. In 2007, the US Conference of Mayors discussed the contradiction of buying bottled water for city employees and functions while touting municipal water quality. Privatized bottled water companies promote distrust of municipal water as a reason to buy their "purer" products, which contributes to citizens' opposition to needed water infrastructure repairs or replacement.
Bottled water companies take millions of gallons of water per day, often per locale, from public springs, aquifers and other sources, usually without paying anything and despite public opposition. What results is water depletion for the profit of very few. With clean water supplies decreasing worldwide as need skyrockets from soaring populations and climate change-driven drought, this privatization endangers numerous communities and regions, affecting millions. At corporate global water summits, CEOs acknowledge water as the next gold beyond petroleum. People in the non-modernized world are especially aware of this and have been taking action the longest.
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