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Ben, Steve, Andre and I, all Hearts & Minds volunteers, met last night. We talked about where we’re going with our new Global Survival CampaignSM and how best to get there.
We’re adding to the platform of global changes we want to see. Our first question is:
How much should we ask for?
- A little fine-tuning to help stop a few terrorists, even as terrorist ideologies gain millions of new sympathizers and recruits?
- Programs to help a few more hungry people, when over 850 million lack the most basic food?
- A 10% reduction of global greenhouse gas emissions from some electric power plants in New York, New Jersey and a few other local states by… 2020…?!! You can’t make this stuff up! These really are the kinds of arrangements slowly being worked out by the powers that be. While largely ignoring much greater emissions from tens of millions cars in the region. About half are inefficient, gas guzzling SUVs. Total, global greenhouse emissions keep growing dramatically, threatening massive, worldwide catastrophes that will make Hurricane Katrina seem a minor, local inconvenience…
If we the people are modest in our requests, we’ll still likely end up with a fraction of what we ask for. When it’s business as usual, politicians funded by special interests will compromise with the nearsighted short-term selfishness of their biggest campaign contributors.
Hmmm, there’s gotta be a better way. But how can we achieve it? Let’s consider what we’re working with, the way we humans tend to work:
Some major rules in human affairs:
- You rarely get more than you ask for.
- You often have to settle for a fraction of your requests.
- An ambitiously constructive goal can inspire many – even more so when some leaders say it’s impossible. We just need to show it’s really in everyone’s best interests and we have the resources and technology to make it happen. All true.
Not as simple as it may sound, we know. But as Margaret Mead said, “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.”
With thoughts like this, we’ll set ambitious goals to help change the world.
Yes, that’s a challenge!
No one says this will happen automatically. But here at Hearts & Minds, we gladly accept this challenge. We embrace this challenge.
As we already feel, and many more can soon find out, it’s fun to accept a challenge with such an awesome upside!
Our platform is still in formation, but here’s some ideas we’re working with:
More effective ways to get to the roots of terrorism. This will include a major public relations campaign with the most knowledgeable, best speakers appearing early and often in Muslim mass media, exposing how Islamofascists bring great shame on Islam and also threaten Muslims worldwide.
Serious, all party talks starting as soon as possible to end the Palestinian-Israeli conflict. This must include ending racist, hateful Islamofascist propaganda.
End poverty worldwide. Plenty of available resources and success-proven methods make this readily achievable.
Reduce total, global greenhouse gas emissions 50% by 2010 while creating sustainable economic development.
All this is attainable. Only the political will is missing.
More than possible
“Totally impossible!” some say.
“Actually, it’s not,” we answer. We’ll show how it can be done, creating a global campaign to inspire, educate and empower millions of people to make it happen.
A safer, more just and sustainable world is possible.
Stay tuned, the best is yet to come. Better yet, here’s Easy, effective actions you can do right now!