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A New Day Rises. It’s Time To Unite.

A New Day Rises

One Green Generation is a place without politics, a place to convene across the political landscape – because we must do so. The world won’t survive and thrive if we don’t come together.

At the same time I must speak my truth here, and so I will tell you that today is a special day in my heart. Today much of the world celebrates with hope. Today barriers were officially removed. Today a new voice enters the world when the world needs change so badly. Today brings tears to my eyes as I see people of all ages – who are excited, invigorated, and truly hopeful.

Barak Obama will not save the world, but there is hope deep within me that he will help us come together with compassion and sensible solutions. I have a bit more faith in humanity as I hear these words today:

That we are in the midst of crisis is now well understood. Our nation is at war against a far-reaching network of violence and hatred. Our economy is badly weakened, a consequence of greed and irresponsibility on the part of some but also our collective failure to make hard choices and prepare the nation for a new age.

Homes have been lost, jobs shed, businesses shuttered. Our health care is too costly, our schools fail too many, and each day brings further evidence that the ways we use energy strengthen our adversaries and threaten our planet.

…Today I say to you that the challenges we face are real, they are serious and they are many. They will not be met easily or in a short span of time. But know this America: They will be met….

Our workers are no less productive than when this crisis began. Our minds are no less inventive, our goods and services no less needed than they were last week or last month or last year. Our capacity remains undiminished. But our time of standing pat, of protecting narrow interests and putting off unpleasant decisions — that time has surely passed.

Starting today, we must pick ourselves up, dust ourselves off, and begin again the work of remaking America.

Whatever political ideology you have within you, I hope that we can all come together to do the work we need to do to remake the world. Re-energize! It’s time to get serious about making our world a safe and sustainable place for every generation – by building sustainable communities for our children, by preserving our planet with ever more mindful lifestyles.

There is but one life we lead. Let’s each of us make an impact. Throughout the world people are invigorated today. Let’s use this momentum to create real change in our own lives, our communities, and our planet.

As I sit here writing, I raise my mug of tea to you, to us: let’s do it now!!

Vamonos Ahorita. Let’s Do It Right Now.

Today I am going to go work on an urban gardening plan for my community – to reduce our food miles, to provide fresh and inexpensive food during an economic crisis, and to teach new people how to nurture life. And I am going to inspire you all to make changes in your own communities (!!).

What Will You Do Today?

You can leave a note here saying what you’ll do, or you can keep it with you in your heart. But either way, please start the ball rolling – let’s do something today to make a difference. It’s time.

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13 comments to A New Day Rises. It’s Time To Unite.

  • What an inspirational day indeed! I feel hopeful and sure that together we can not only fix what has broke but in the end actually make it better than it would have been had we not had these issues as a nation and as individuals. It’s a wonderful time in history and I am proud and ready to do my part.

    Today I am working on getting the buying club started. I will focus on local organics in south Florida. We have a real lack of quality organic produce generally, and very limited local produce. Fresh local food that is grown closer to home and at a more reasonable price so that more people can have this option is my passion.

    Today I am also working on my blog to share information on how to transition to a greener healthier lifestyle and simple changes we can each make.

    Today is full of hope for tomorrow. I am grateful.

  • I find inspiration between the lines in that speech. There seems to be a growing acceptance that our worldwide reliance on oil needs to change, and it’s great to see the leader of your country acknowledging that. My country (Australia) has a history of following your country’s lead, and it looks like we’ll now all be heading in the right direction.

    Today, I’ll be planting some fruit trees in my front yard with my daughters. Putting stuff in the front yard gets it noticed. Neighbours ask what you’re growing, and when you give them some fruit they can see the difference from supermarket fruit first hand. I’m hoping to encourage more of them to plant fruit and grow vegies.

    I’ll also be working on my blog, sharing information and experiences with others and hopefully encouraging them to do the same.

  • Hello Melinda. I got up at 2am to watch the inauguration and wow, was I impressed and inspired. I did my community building work yesterday, and the day before, by getting three older homeless ladies together in a share house, organising a meeting to address homelessness in our town, reorganising our emergency food relief program, writing articles for the local paper and a newsletter for my organisation, as well as many other little bits and pieces. Today I’m home again and happy to reflect on Mr Obama’s speech and direction. Like you, my hope springs eternal.

    So today, I’m writing most of the day but there is a bucket of ripe strawberries out there waiting to be made into jam, I have seeds to plant and vegetables to pick. Later tonight I hope to start knitting scarves for my son and his fiance who will soon travel to New Zealand.

    Thank you for this call to action. I hope many of your readers heed the call. I’d clink tea cups with you if we were in the same room. And now I’m off to start my work. Hope is a great motivator, isn’t it.

  • Hear, hear! I am working to raise funds for my son’s public school today so that it can continue to have a library, offer PE and a whole host of other things that we take for granted. I am part of a social media marketing group working on that effort and have been busy talking up the need to everyone I know.

    I’m also proposing that the District establish a wish list for in kind donations to keep costs down and things outside of the landfill. Finally, I’m working to meet a few of my son’s class’ needs through freecycle.

    For me, this is one of the most important parts – if not the most important part – of the speech: the call to action, the call for us all to become citizens again.

  • Joy

    I have spent the majority of the day in prayer. For our nation. For our President. For the Bush family as they transition back to Texas after 8 years away. For the Obama’s and their daughters as they transition to a place of power they’ve only dreamt of. For the Obama girls as they go to a new school – a private school – a different way of life.

    I have prayed for my children. All six of them.

    For their small private Quaker school they attend.

    For my husband and the work he must accomplish in order for me to stay home.

    For our new Hispanic Ministry at church.

    I’ve prayed for peace on Earth. Seriously.

  • Oh I dont know. Guess I will take some food to the Food bank. I vow today not to make fun of Bush or Cheney even though Cheney is making that so hard with that wheelchair. But tomorrow is mine!
    I did hear that Bush wants his library to be built in Houston. Imagine a library of comic books. (Ooops my bad)
    I am thinking of seeing about adopting a park. Or something along those lines.

  • The question remains – do we want the old world and old system back?

    What concerns me is that Obama remains a politician, and politicians serve the needs and means of the status quo – not the positive possibilities that may exist, if only we’re strong enough and sensible enough to try them.

    This is still a world that relies for most of its energy needs on fossil fuels. Will Obama challenge these lobbyists in favour of sustainables? I suspect not.

    This is also a world primarily of heavy meat eaters, and consumers (and producers) of poor quality food, laced with pesticides (also consumed and sold by powerful lobbyists). Will Obama fight the standard, ignore the lobbyists who gave his campaign money, and instead push for health and wellbeing for all? I doubt it.

    This is also a world of brain-numbing, violent entertainment, of exploitation of women and children, and the mass-marketing of cultural ignorance. Will Obama push for greater understanding among the American population of the world, its populations, politics, and peoples? A tough call for any administration – especially when US military goals have been well served by keeping the US mainstream population in the dark regarding these and similar issues.

    Don’t get me wrong – I’m not against the man, and I do believe that he will be an improvement over Bush & Co.

    But I also think that peoples hopes and expectations are high. After all, you have voted in a politician, not a messiah. Expect politics and intrigue, plus a fair few excuses and lies, not salvation. I’ve never known anything different with any politician – even the greatest ones.

    And if I’m wrong, and Obama turns out to be everything the Obamists hope and pray for, then no-one will be more pleased than me. America – and the world – needs change.

    But I do not believe that significant change will come from Obama. The only way that real change will happen is by people – all people – getting up off their rears, turning off their televisions, iPods, chat rooms and other brain distractors, and demanding change.

    Not just in a vote, which is the smallest and least significant action any real citizen should be taking, but in thought and word and deed every day in every aspect of their/our lives.

    Then you’ll see change.

  • My day was pretty much like every week day. I ate as many local foods as I could, I rode the bus to work and walked, I planned my garden (more seeds arrived today), I worked on projects that will recycle what for some people would be waste. I did start a new project-a new bag for more of my cloth bag collection.

  • Hi Melinda

    I will admit right now that it wasn’t in any way deliberate but today I made a phone call to follow up on an email exchange I initiated late last week to volunteer to help get a fledgling community resilience/education group off the ground. The convener being very much a “meetings and networking” person is just a little excited to have someone on board that can actually “teach skills”. Now I just have to do well enough to eventually make myself redundant but still ensure that practical knowledge is being fed into my local community.

    I also emailed a contact about my local LETS group as they were supposed to contact me mid Dec about what I should be doing for membership.

    Kind Regards

  • [...] Change is brewing. Yesterday was a very powerful day for many of us, as we listened to the first African-American president, full of dreams for a better world mixed with the reality of what is at hand. I am thankful that a new hope has spread across the world. I am hopeful that we will unite together and bring our world into a new, mindful era. I have written more about these thoughts here. [...]

  • I am filled with hope and I am vowing to continue to do my part in my own way and always look for opportunities to do more. I am also going to try very hard to respect other people where they are at on this journey. The truth is, we will all get to a place where we value the Earth and what it has to offer eventually, we have no choice. We are all just at different points along the way.

  • monica

    It is about time for us to have a leader that wants to at least put it in our heads that we deserve to have a better way. I am ready for change and welcome it. When he was saying the Oath, I was making my 6th blood draw on my first draw of clinicals to become a phlebotomist.

    I am proud to day that I voted for a man that struggled to get there. I see a man with a fresh outlook on the current issues that face us. Michelle was beautifully dressed–flawless again. Last night we watched our nation grow.

  • Organic Gardener

    I agree. Excellent post. This weekend I expanded my personal garden and have decided to donate some of my produce that I am growing to a local charity group. I’ve found a great website that sells organic garden products and has great gardening tips/articles if you need some help in getting started with your own garden.

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