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So there are things you can do quickly and easily to improve your community and our world, and then there are things that require a little more commitment or investment.  Here are a few of them (feel free to suggest more).

Yes, these are not things everyone can do.  The greywater system for example is for property owners (ie. people who own residential, retail, or commercial property).  Wind energy is typically for people who live in a wide open space such as an agriculture homestead, although there are residential turbines now if you’re interested.  And not everyone can pick up and move into the urban core (that’s what I mean by “Embrace density”).

But you know what?  Some of us can, but we’re too afraid to break out of that structure that’s been imposed on us.  Some of us worry that moving out of the gated community or putting solar panels on our roof doesn’t comply with the established model of how things are done in this country.

And that’s what’s really gotta stop.  When you choose not to do what is right because it doesn’t resemble your previous understanding of how things work, that’s a problem.  When you choose not to take steps to make a community and world where your baby will have clean air to breath and water to drink, that’s a problem.  When you deny that there are things you can do to invest in a future where your grandchildren won’t be oppressed socially and financially by corporate interests, that’s a problem.

Yes, some of the things that can make our communities and world better don’t apply to everyone and aren’t possible for some people, but there is a population out there who can, and the biggest hurdle is getting them to understand that taking those steps is a beautiful thing.

I want to get into that idea of excepting beauty and happiness over hatred, partly because it’s so important and partly because I’ve got a hell of a lot to learn on that front myself.  But before that—in the next post—I’m going to write about the final level of solutions:  Restoring Our Communities.