Note to Self:

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Take The Pledge (we really need it)

This site/campaign has been all over Facebook this past week. It is overtly suggested towards people in the U.S., the biggest gas guzzlers on the planet, but I'm sure it wouldn't hurt if others took this pledge as well...we may live in separate countries--and indeed have distinct languages and cultures--but we are all connected and part of the same human race.

I recently played the "car passenger game" while riding my bike, meaning I looked at cars as they passed to see how many had more than the driver in them. I only rode about a mile or so, and it was during rush hour so there were a lot of cars, but I kid-you-not that during the entire mile of pedaling I only saw 3 or 4 cars with more than the driver in them...one person each in those enormous metal shells. If everyone feels the need to be propelled (alone) by a gas-fed vehicle maybe we should all ride Vespas...it would be more efficient and way more fun on a hot summer's day.

Anyhow, I also have to mention (confess) something during this blog post. Here I am babbling on about a Weekend Without Oil and I actually drove my truck today (alone; the only person in it)...only 4 times in the last 6 weeks, but felt like I had to mention this as I sat on my high horse talking about Vespas and bikes.

To take the pledge, click here. What I find interesting is that the items/actions they suggest (the criteria for the pledge) are not that difficult, sort of common sense in many respects...and if you are a regular reader of this blog something tells me that this will not be that difficult of a pledge to take. Maybe we should collectively take this pledge once a month...just imagine.

I've really been feeling lately how it is truly up to us (the people alive on this planet right now) to do something, however big or small...even the smallest steps will make a difference. This is our legacy...this is what we are leaving for our future generations. To put it a different way, imagine what it would be like if we knew that our grandparents or great grandparents knew back then what we know now--that our actions can have a direct impact on the planet and generations to come--and they did nothing about it. I personally do not want to be that ancestor. I hope that everyone reading this takes the pledge (or as much of it as they are able), we need it more than ever.

I'd be interested to hear what others thought about this site and their suggested pledge.

1 comment:

DanT said...

I'm in. My replacement motorcycle battery won't arrive until Monday and I'll leave my Civic in the driveway - a good weekend for the Mundo.