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May 07, 2008

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Robin

Hi Simon - that project is really interesting - thanks!

Mark

Thanks for this great news. I do believe that the earth given enough time will always reclaim it self.

Liara Covert

It makes sense to raise awareness of positive initiatives. When negative images take over the media, they often influence energy and moods of people and convince them they aren't in a position to "make a difference." Persaonally, I believe each of us can make a big difference, a positive impact on the world in our own way, one step at a time. Empowering thoughts lead to life transforming endavours. Each one starts with us.

Marion

A good, positive post, Simon. I signed the petition in the previous post.

I have watched Mother Earth reclaim devastated land many times...with help from humans, there is no limit to what she can do.

If the baser emotions such as greed and envy regarding land can be kept at bay, it will be awesome in watching the difference on Mother Earth.

Thank you, Simon!

Sue Ann Edwards

The idea of a video just keeps getting better and better...and here our weatherman has said there is clear, sunny and warm weather on its way.

I guess what most people don't know about me is that I live in a rain forest. It was for the pleasure and enjoyment of living in the rain forest, that made living without a lot of creature comforts possible for me.

My husband and I have been Stewards of over 16 acres of rain forest over the past 8 years. That's how long it has taken for us to clean it up as far as we have. And one of the key elements of our success has been getting along with the local community. We didn't just buy, rent and then leave...

We actually experienced the same conditions everyone else here lives with everyday. We understood the local perspective.

There is a very nice lady and friend that comes to visit me every Monday. She's own acres down the road and has been at odds with local government for over 3 years, as building permits are denied. She drives over 2 hours every Monday, to attend Council meetings. Like a puffy bulldog, never allowing her petition to rest.

She comes 'armed' citing bills, codes, amendments and sees herself as campaigning to right a wrong. Actually ending up helping the local community in the long run.

I asked her last week as she told me how much her health was breaking down in fighting this battle every week over so many years, what was more of value to her? Being "right"? or being "loving"?

Because AS a member of this community, I find the attitude of not accepting local authorities elected and selected by the local community, ARE acting upon the desires of their community, to be rather disrespectful, as if she wants to FORCE her views upon everyone *here*, without regard nor understanding, for the people's needs and views that actually live here.

So while she has fought, we have succeeded. Literally 100's of truckloads of trash have been hauled away. One pile alone was 20 feet wide, 30 feet long and 15 feet high. Junk, like car batteries leaking acid, was buried 4 feet below ground level.

Sorting and bagging this pile for recyclables is part of what I did for my physical therapy coming back from my strokes. Everything that could be recycled, was. And this area is now blooming with 1000's of native buttercups.

Would anyone like to see a video of my "backyard"? And see how unspoiled it remains? Part of the ONLY rain forest in the World, btw, that is not in a tropical zone.

Simon

Hi Robin, Mark, Liara, Marion and Sue Ann - Many thanks for your positive comments! And yes, Sue Ann, I'd love to see the video!

AngelBaby

It is so true that the earth is ready and willing to repair itself if only we will help it along. I loved this positive and uplifting post. Thank you for sharing it.

Love and Blessings,
AngelBaby

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