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Verde Laguna: Time to work together for environment

November 04, 2010|By Gustavo Grad

No matter how you cast your vote on Tuesday, now we have to work together. As Jon Stewart said at the "Rally to Restore Sanity" last weekend, "We hear every damn day about how fragile our country is — on the brink of catastrophe — torn by polarizing hate and how it's a shame that we can't work together to get things done, but the truth is we do."

It's worthwhile to think seriously about these positive words, because this is a journey we are all on, whether we like it or not, whether we are conscious about it or not, whether things unfolds according to plan or not.

We should be aware that there are differences among us, but at the same time we have to know that we can work together. The last City Council actually did it when with compassion they worked out a solution for the homeless.

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As mentioned in the U.S. Mayor's Climate Protection Agreement: "Local governments have the power to affect the main sources of pollution directly linked to climate change: energy use, transportation and waste. Cities control the day to day activities that determine the amount of energy used and waste generated by the community." They have a unique position to influence citizen behavior.

I believe that usually there are no absolutes, and that most of the time we must judge according to the circumstances. The give and take is continuously shaping our lives, and always changing, and in this scenario we can either be passively carried along or we can engage in our lives by walking up and participating fully.

If we walk this path we are going to find less and less separation between you and me. The challenge for us is to display ideas and somehow find ways to implement them. Now I'll allow myself to put a few out for consideration, which are coming from many sources, organizations and the candidate's forums before the elections. Ideas for a better Laguna.

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