Everyone has heard great quotes about the ability of one person to make a difference, such as Nkosi Johnson’s “Do all you can with what you have, in the time you have, in the place that you are” or Margaret Mead’s “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.”  As romantic as these sayings may be, I still find them inspiring and affirming, as I generally have more faith in grassroots level action than wide-spread government/corporate change. At the end of last month, Triple Pundit posted a great story about the impact of a woman in California who started the “Take Back the Filter Campaign” in an effort to address the un-recyleability of Brita water filters.  This is one of the reasons I love NWEI’s discussion courses–they provide a supportive network that brings people together and helps them take steps to make change: personal and lifestyle behavior changes and also community and larger changes.  

The first month that I worked with NWEI, I was tabling at our local Muddy Boot Organic Festival, and a man walked up to the table and told me about the discussion group he had participated in a few years ago.  What struck me most was that he said one of his group members decided to buy a smaller house after taking the course–how incredible!  This is one of many examples of powerful action people have taken after participating in a discussion course.  Other participants have made a career change, organized a community garden program, or reduced their trash production to just one small can a year.  We are always looking for inspiring stories about the actions that NWEI course participants take.  So please send us your stories by submitting a comment. You could end up being a guest blogger!  And hopefully these stories will be a good Earth Day reminder that all of us can make a positive impact on the Earth.

Happy Earth Day!