Sunday, April 27, 2014
What an excellent morning we had at Malden Park today :)
The Earth Day Festival at Malden Park is becoming an annual family event here in the Renaud household. We pack a litterless lunch, and head out early so we can get a good parking spot.
There were many vendors there this year including some of our faves ShopECO, Taloola Cafe, University of Windsor Science Department, Detroit River Conservation Council (DRCC) as well as multiple others.
One of my motivators for heading to the festival is always the seedlings that are given out. Last year we planted local tomato seedlings that we brought home from the festival. This year I left with seedlings enough to not have to buy salad fixn's at all this season. Lettuce, cabbage and tomatoes will grace my containers and my garden this year. I will keep you posted on their progress!
The little Renaud-it-alls were expertly engaged by the Kids Passport that they received as soon as we arrived. There were ten items on the passport that the kids had to then go find, get a stamp from each, and then return to claim their prizes. What a great way to engage the kids!! They enjoyed the experience last year, and it was only enhanced by engaging them as active participants, encouraging them to seek, inquire and engage with experts, advocates and merchants from the local community.
We discovered, moving from vendor to vendor, that this years festival was all about water. What a great way to raise awareness about the risks to the integrity of our water supply by encouraging people to consider the cleanliness of our drinking water, how to conserve it, and how to keep it clean. Fracking and irresponsible transportation of oil are only two of many risk factors threatening our global water supply.
One notable absence was the local First Nations Community. We would love to see them come out and engage next year!
All in all, our Earth Day experience at Malden Park was a great success this year. Well done all!
See you in 2015!
Friday, April 04, 2014
Just for some fun, I am participating in something called Finish the Sentence Friday. My group comes up with the sentence starter and our job as writers is to, obviously, finish it. Here is my take this Friday morning.
I never understood what the big deal was about.... being gay. I mean, come on. The world needs more love. So what if that guy in the tight jeans and the oh so stylish brand name shoes prefers the company of other men. If he loves said other man then let it be. To be honest, I have more of a problem with people who are serial non lovers. People who are full of greed, and hate. I would prefer to have a gay couple living next to me than a greedy, power hungry banker. Truth be told though, I live in the ghetto, so I am more likely to have a single mom living next to me, or someone on disability struggling with mental illness, or an immigrant family trying to make a solid start in a new country. I have never understood the hate that gets flung at gay people just for being sexually and romantically attracted to someone from their same gender group. Did this affect the taste of your breakfast? Did it make your underwear shrink so much so that they are restricting the flow of blood to your naughty bits? Or better still, to your brain? In my mind that is the only explanation for the terror and hate that gets flung at people just for being gay. Get over it. Truly. The world will be better with more love, rather than less same sex couples. In my mind, you are more the problem than they are. If you are flinging fear, hate and judgement into the world, you are to blame for the moral decay of society, not the person who is willing to put themselves at risk of being the target of your hate, just to be with the person that they love.
Love Trumps Hate. In my mind, It really is that simple.
Tuesday, April 01, 2014
I am amazed at the number of people who simply do not know where to look or how to look at the world to galvanize change. I see and have such compassion for the hate filled struggle of so many people who have found themselves feeling powerless to stop the devastation of the world around them, both socially and environmentally. The world is being taken apart piece by piece and sold to the highest bidder without regard for the sustainability of the practice. The world cannot survive the current level of plutocracy that has been surreptitiously rolled out underneath all of our lives. The very systems that we rely upon for our continued existence are being molested, deconstructed and the only interest that is being considered is that of the rich elite. The earth, and her wellness is nowhere in this conversation. Nor is the wellbeing of the majority being considered. The collective apathy is being reinforced through the manipulation of the very free media that we rely upon to inform us and watch our government. These people are now in the pockets of the rich minority.
That being said, we live in an age of information. The internet has made the independent dissemination of information possible in a way that has not existed to date. We, as a people, have the power to educate ourselves, to inform ourselves and to raise our voices when the very government that we elected abuses its power, deconstructs our systems and sells our assets to the highest bidder. The problem is that so many people have been lulled both into complacency and political apathy that they have been disempowered. They feel powerless and so they behave in a powerless manner. Everyone has forgotten the power of one voice. When one voice is raised, others will follow. In the age of information, ignorance is a choice. We can choose to reclaim our power, to raise our voices and to move society in a direction that better cares for the needs of the people and the planet. However powerless you feel, it is your choice to remain that way. There are many justifications for choosing to remain in a powerless state of mind. The largest is that you believe that your one voice will make no difference.
EVERY VOICE MATTERS. We all need to educate ourselves, speak up and reclaim our power as a Human Family.
The people should not be afraid of their government, the government should be afraid of its people.