Monday Ripples

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“Each time a person stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope, and crossing each other from a million different centers of energy and daring, these ripples build a current that can sweep down the mightiest walls of oppression and resistance. ”  –Robert F. Kennedy

You woke up this morning thinking it was going to be just another day, didn’t you? Then you went to check the Scottie Saves the World blog, as you do each day, to see if lazy ass Scottie has written anything new lately…and I have a surprise for you: A new feature!

Sometimes I run across cool things that I want to share with you, but I don’t really have enough to say about them for a full blog. So now each Monday I’m going to help you get your week kicked off right by sharing links to groovy tidbits that, hopefully, will inform and inspire.

As you can see above, the name of the feature comes from a quote I have always loved by Robert F. Kennedy. Interestingly, it looks like the original quote was “man” instead of “person” and has been adapted along the way. That got my mind sidetracked – an easy thing to do – thinking about how political correctness and the pursuit of equality have changed our language. What I mean is, I think Bobby meant the term “man” to be all inclusive, but today it hits our ear in such a way that perks them up. Regardless, it’s a galvanizing quote and a statement I believe.

Farmer on the Roof
Six Stories Above Queens, a Fine Spot for a Little Farming
I love the idea of rooftop farming. To me, it is similar to early America where Native Americans would use every bit of an animal they killed, as opposed to the white guys killing buffalo for sport or maybe just their hide. We have to build buildings, but this way we’re making full use of the land.

It’s Not a Gas, Gas, Gas
Kick the Fossil Fuel Habit, 10 Clean Technologies to Save Our World
Here’s a book I’m going to get as soon as I have a little extra cash. Tom Rand’s book reportedly explains alternative energy in layman’s terms. That’s information we could all use right about now, particular considering the out-of-control oil spill travesty happening in the Gulf.

Brita Filter Redux
Preserve Recycles Brita Filters
The people who manufacture my toothbrush – made from recycled yogurt tops – also recycle Brita filters. You can mail the Brita filters to them, or you can drop them off at participating “Preserve Gimme 5” locations; in my neighborhood Whole Foods is the partner. Brendan dropped our last filter off today on his way to work.

Do-It-Your-Damn-Self Bicycle Routes
Better Bikeways: Guerrilla Improvements and DIY Signage
The community site set up by my favorite magazine of all time, Good, had this thought-massaging article about bicyclists in Los Angeles making their own bike routes out of frustration with the city’s poor planning, slow planning, and no planning. The routes come complete with DIY signs.

That’ll do it for the first installment of Monday Ripples. Now get out there, my little do-gooders, and build a current!

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