Today is a tough day for half the country. The other half is ecstatic. For those of us in the sustainability community, regardless of who you voted for we do have something to celebrate. Why? Because the whats, the amendments, all passed that we shared on Monday. People voted for transparent solar in Florida. People voted for nature protected by the state in Alabama and in Atlanta there will be more alternative transit.
Here are updates on the amendments:
- Mayor Kasim Reed Statement on the Approval of the TSPLOST and MARTA Expansion Referenda
- Amendment 2 passes, Alabama voters protect state parks
- Sunshine State Voters Reject Anti-Solar Amendment 1
I always try to find the silver lining ;0)
I know there are larger issues. What happens to the Clean Power Plan? What happens to the Paris Agreement? Can President-Elect Trump resurrect the coal industry single-handedly? I don't know, but here's what I do know. I have met and made so many wonderful colleagues doing the tough work of sustainability. We have made great strides that can't be undone. No one is going to plow over a solar farm or rip out the LEDs in their parking lot. No one can turn the tide on the knowledge of what chemicals are doing to our environment and food.
I woke up today resolved to do more. Educate, share and lift and support more.
If you remember in the movie Schindler's List, one of the last scenes is where Oscar Schindler, played by Liam Neeson, is wracked with guilt, "I could have of done more. I could have saved one more if only I had sold or done that." Ben Kingsley, who played the role of the Jewish leader of the saved people said, "Oscar you did enough. You saved all of us."
I want to get to the end of this journey and say I did all that I could. I did enough. Join me.