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Debbie
"Do or do not... there is no try. - Yoda"
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60 years old
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Last Login: 10/1/2007

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Who is not, but should be newsworthy today?
I admire the Doctors without Borders
People on the frontline of combating poverty, human and animal rights
Those who fight for our environment ... pollution, climate change
Scientists with consciences
Politicians who are really, really making a difference
What current events or circumstances should receive more news coverage?
Positive stories about how actions have helped those in need, i.e. poverty in Africa
Climate Change and how we can adapt to the inevitable, while still trying to come up with solutions to avert the worst
Who is today's most absurd role model?
Any celebrity, who came about being famous through acting, singing, playing sport, or just being born into a family who is famous. They get paid waaaayyy too much, for doing very little. I am far more interested in hearing the stories of ordinary people who I can truly identify with, doing extraordinary things. It's easy to go and help people in Africa, when you can fly there first class, have people around you taking care of your every comfort. By the time a celebrity brings attention to a world issue, other's have been sacrificing their time/lives for years already. Those are the one's who should be spotlighted, and celebrated.

That fool who gets college girls to strip for the camera. What the heck are they thinking? So, anything that denegrates women, such as porn, is on my list.

CEO's of companies that go broke under their leadership, and they walk away stinking rich, but also stinking of something else ... maybe incompetency, criminal activity which they seem to get away with, or maybe just dumb luck, while all the workers are stuck without jobs.
What cause do you believe in enough to take action?
Our environment, but I don't believe we should be freaking out, but quietly going about the business of doing our bit one day at a time. Without a viable, healthy planet, nothing else really matters.
For what causes have you taken action in the past?
No personal action, but a lot of prayer, some money, educating myself and those around me. Oh, wait! I guess that is action.

I wanted to add that I believe in our youth (they are our future), the next generation, and I was involved somewhat with Girl Guides, and our church's youth organization. These are the people who are going to carry the burden of our (and our parents) generation's selfish greed, and stupidity. I hope they succeed! It is my own children who I have tried to instill some community and environmental awareness ... not an obsessive awareness (which can lead to tunnel vision, and I believe all things are integrated), but a logical and thoughtful awareness of our actions, and how what we do affects others. I hope it stuck! :)
What is the best book you've read about bettering the world?
Silent Spring by Rachel Carson

I read this quote somewhere, and I can't remember who said it, but I think it such a good way of looking at life: "Let me not pray to be sheltered from dangers, but to be fearless in facing them. Let me not beg for the stilling of my pain, but for the heart to conquer it."
What is a socially-conscious website that everyone should know about?
http://www.care2.com/
http://www.wwf.org/
http://www.natcap.org/
http://www.planetark.com/index.cfm
http://www.pioneerthinking.com/
http://www.happynews.com/
http://www.upbeat.net/
http://www.foecanada.org/
http://www.watercan.com/new/africavisit.shtml
http://www.cpar.ca/youcanhelp.asp?page=planttree
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