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If you have followed the journey on this web site through the science of global warming, the deadly consequences that may be awaiting us and our children, if you have examined the MIT greenhouse gamble pinwheel that shows that there is a 57% probability that our climate will warm by 5C or more, if you have learned how to tell the myths from the facts and learned how to spot a troll, if you have discovered how living mindfully can help change what is happening, you are ready to take the final big easy step. You are ready to tell others.

If you let people know what you know, if they agree that we are taking a risk we should not be taking, then the world will change.

Talk the Walk!

Many people are already living a mindful life. Many people already care deeply about the world that we are leaving to the next generations. Many people have said that they already do all the things suggested so far; they consume mindfully, they notice where their food comes from, they travel in the least destructive ways, and they always vote. These people walk the talk. But just as important as walking the talk, is talking the walk!

We need to let people know what we know.

There are people who do not want us to act. Acting to eliminate the risk we are taking threatens the perceived livelihood of vested interests, especially in the fossil fuel industries. The threat to their earnings today may be real, but ultimately the changes that are coming at us, the changes that are already upon us, will affect them and their families as well. It is in everyone's best interest that we recognize clearly what we are doing and take the necessary steps to end the gamble. We cannot allow the vested interests, the trolls and other distracting parties to divert us from what we need to do. We need to let people know what we know.

Six Degrees of Separation

There is a belief that everyone on this planet is separated from everyone else by only 6 people. You are, at most, 6 friends away from knowimg anyone and everyone. You know someone, who knows someone, ... who knows President Obama and Prime Minister Stephen Harper. You are also just 6 friends away from knowing a starving family in Darfur and an Arctic resident who has just lost their home due to permafrost melt. You are just 6 friends away from a resident of Tuvalu who may have to move her whole family to New Zealand in a few years, as rising sea level floods her country.

This 6 degrees of separation cannot only help us care about the consequences today of global warming, but it can help us get the word out to everyone. We are in this together. Through a true grassroots movement, we can ensure that we overcome the myths being spread by slick public relations firms and a few energetic trolls, and educate everyone to the risks we all face.

Start with the big easy first. Talk to your friends or family members who you know are somewhat concerned but confused. There is no need to begin with "Old Uncle Joe" who will never change his mind. Start with the people who are easy to talk to. Let them know what you know. Talk about the risks we are running. Even if they are not sure what to believe, ask them if they are 100% sure that there is not a problem. Remember, we insure our houses and our cars even though there is a very small possibility that we may lose them. We do so because the consequences are just too dire to take the risk of losing them.

We do not need to be scientists to benefit from what science is telling us. We do not have to listen to singular voices of this scientist or that spokesman. When the world's leading scientific organizations speak with one voice, we need to listen. Remember, the US National Academy of Sciences (the NAS) is the highest scientific body in the States, over 140 years old and founded by Abraham Lincoln to be the supreme court of science in the USA, and, despite many voices trying to drown them out, this prestigious body has basically said several times that:

      The climate is changing
      We are the ones causing it
      And the consequences will be bad.

The top scientific organizations in the largest economies of the world have agreed with the NAS and have made similar statements. One or two oil company or coal company spokesmen, or a few unpublished scientists, should not dissuade you. Beware of trolls and astroturf.

Live Mindfully

When your friends and family agree that we shouldn't be taking this great greenhouse gamble, share with them what we can do. Explain the 3 Mindfulness Practices. Send them to this web site or print out the one page summary and give it to them. Explain how simply changing our diet and reducing our consumption of meat will have a huge impact. Let them know that being aware of where what we buy came from can also make a big difference in the amount of carbon we emit. Suggest a no-car day once or twice a week, just to see how easy it can be. Then...

Encourage People to Vote!

Once you have explained the risk that we are taking, or directed your friends and family to the resources listed in this site, ask them to vote. Convince them to vote as if their hair was on fire. That's an old Zen saying, but it means ... this is really important!

There is always a next election. Just a few more voters can make a huge difference. In fact, just mentioning our intention to vote a certain way to pollsters and directly to the candidates can make the difference, even before an election is held. It costs you nothing to vote. This is one of the easiest of the 3 big easy things you can do. Everyone can do it. Simply vote! Vote federally or nationally, vote provincially or at the state level, and vote locally at the city level. Find out what each candidate is saying about global warming, evaluate his or her platform carefully, and then make your decision mindfully.

After talking to your friends and family, mention what you know to your coworkers. Spread the word! You do not have to be annoying and obnoxious, just talk to as many people as you can calmly, share what you know, and then ...

Get Them to Talk to Others

Pay it forward. If your friends, coworkers, family members agree that we are taking a risk that we should not be taking, if they agree that the 3 Mindfulness Practices can make the difference, then ask them to tell their friends and families. They need to talk the walk too.

If you run a blog, blog about this. If you are a writer, write about this. If you are a teacher, teach it ... make a documentary or create a web page! If you just like to talk, talk about this! Email this web site address to others. Get the word out. Let people know what you know and share what we can do.

Be Committed

While these mindfulness practices are easy and they will make a big difference, we still have to be committed to change and determined to end the gamble we are taking with our environment. We still have to do the work. Live with intention and attention. Live mindfully.

"To be mindful is to be truly alive, present and at one with those around you and with what you are doing. We bring our body and mind into harmony while we wash the dishes, drive the car or take our morning shower."
Plum Village - Art of Living Mindfully

      Aware of the damage to our planet and the suffering to come caused by silence, ignorance and apathy, I resolve to communicate what I know about the current state of our environment and to share with everyone what we can do about it.

  1. Talk to friends, relatives and co-workers
  2. Tell them about the risk we are taking
  3. Tell them about the 3 Mindfulness Practices
  4. Ask them to talk, email and communicate to others
  5. Get them to vote!

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The Mindfulness Practices

Mindful Consuming
     Mindful Eating
     Mindful Travelling
     Mindful Buying
Mindful Voting
Mindful Communicating

If you let people know what you know, if they agree that we are taking a risk that we should not be taking, then the world will change