Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Count up to 22; 78 to go

Two new signees are listed on the list in the left column - check it out!

Can anyone help invite new signees so that we can reach the magic ONE HUNDRED by April 22?

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Too busy to participate?

I got an email from Paul in Texas, explaining why he was too busy to check the blog as I requested in an email:

       Too many of the following--R/r/recycling meeting, Earth Day survey, Grow Local Festival, Southern Plain soils conference, community garden projects--on the plate right now.

As far as I'm concerned, that's as good as reporting in to 10StepCAP. Certainly fulfills steps 7, 8 and 9. Thanks, Paul.

Exciting news! Last night I got a phone call from Jim in Wilkes Barre. He'd received a copy of the Invitation to sign on to 10StepCAP and he found it inspiring, giving him a boost in his flagging efforts to lower his own carbon footprint. He wants to start up an effort to get 100 signees in Wilkes Barre, and I'm encouraging him to consider launching the program there at the same time it is officially launched here, on Earth Day. Jim's call was a huge boost for me! Thanks, Jim.

Monday, March 15, 2010

10 Steps for Children

I want to thank Christina, a fifth grader from the Boston area, who added her comment to the last post on this blog. She followed my Climate Walk last year and often left comments on the Children's Blog. On her own blog she described a dream of hers where the Climate Crisis had been successfully resolved and President Obama was giving out awards to those who helped save the planet. In her dream I received an award for my Climate Walk. How inspiring!

I asked Christina if she thought we should start a 10 Step Program for children and she was enthusiastic. So I've drawn up a first draft and would love to have some of you help me get this going. I can imagine getting it ready to be launched along with our 10StepCAP on Earth Day next month. Please email me if you would like to help.

Also, please notice the two additional pieces that are now posted in the left column: a list of all the signees, and instructions for signing on. I also added the extra words to Step #2.

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

The first article about 10StepCAP

One of our participants, Jeff from Bethlehem, wrote an excellent article about 10StepCAP for the Lepoco monthly newsletter. For those of you who don't live here, Lepoco is our wonderful peace center, that has been in existence since 1965, one of the oldest non-stop peace organizations in the country. To see the article, go to www.lepoco.org, and click on current newsletter (or March 2010), and scroll down to page 4, The Struggle Shared, where our 10-StepCAP shares the page with Howard Zinn!

I've received three responses to my questions in the last post: there is some disagreement as to whether to change the wording of Step #2 or leave it as is, or was. I hope to hear from a few more people. Changes can easily be made before Earth Day, but after that I would be reluctant to keep changing the basic pledge. So if you can spend a bit of time in the next three weeks or so thinking about the pledge and the explanation sheet I would be grateful.

Thanks, Greta

Sunday, March 7, 2010

New names plus 2 questions

Our latest additions - bringing us up to 20:

Sylvia - Texas
Paul - Texas
JR - Pennsylvania
Cathy- Pennsylvania
Adrian - Pennsylvania

Yesterday I met one veteran Green Party activist who remonstrated against the language of the 10 steps. I want to request your opinion on two questions regarding step 2, which formerly read: I understand that carbon emissions are a threat to life on Earth.
In response to the criticism I've added the word "excessive" before emissions. Is this a good change?
Should we qualify "life" in that statement, eg. "present life," "life as we know it," "current species"? Or is it unnecessary to spell it out? My original idea was to keep the steps short, and spell things out on a separate sheet.

While we're at it, are there any other comments, suggestions, criticisms of the language in the "Steps?" My hope is to have this material as clear and concise as possible by Earth Day.


Saturday, March 6, 2010

Things are getting cool

We have several new signees, and I hope to report more every day! We need an average of 2 new members every day between now and Earth Day to attain the 100 people that represents the critical mass to go public.

I will be on top of this now and will add the new names in my next entry. But I'm looking forward to your entries - comments. You can use the anonymous line for your comment and use your name in the text of the message if you don't want to go through the process of creating a google account to log in. Let's hear what you're doing, what you're thinking, what you'd like to see in this blog.

Love, Greta