Who We Can Be – July 20, 2021

Posted on: July 20th, 2021 by Kathie England | Time for Success No Comments

Conservation Champion

by Kathie England

116

116 degrees is the temperature reached in Portland, Oregon on June 28, 2021!

116 is the number of people who died in Oregon during this extreme heat wave!

At the end of that extreme heat wave I watched “A Life on Our Planet” by David Attenborough, a documentary film available on Netflix.  Attenborough refers to this documentary as “My Witness Statement and A Vision for the Future.”

I was so moved and troubled after watching the film that I took the following steps:

  • I became a monthly sponsor with The Nature Conservancy.
  • I bought the book, A Life on Our Planet at my local Powell’s Books.

I invite you to watch the trailer to “A Life on Our Planet” and hopefully it will inspire you to watch the entire documentary.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=64R2MYUt394

I also invite you to watch the short video thank-you that I received from The Nature Conservancy after my donation earned me the title Conservation Champion.

 “Thank you for becoming a Conservation Champion!
Your dedication to nature means so much. By pledging to donate $25.75 as an ongoing donation, you are joining a group of nature’s most loyal and generous supporters.”

Watch this video to see the big difference you’re already making.”
https://www.nature.org/en-us/membership-and-giving/donate-to-our-mission/other-ways-to-give/fundraising-in-your-neighborhood/f2f-thank-you-welcome-page/?src=e.auto_d&lu=8021484

Who We Can Be

If Attenborough’s film wasn’t persuasive enough for you to become a Conservation Champion, perhaps these articles I read in The New York Times on July 16, 2021 before writing this post will motivate you to take that one small step.

Hundreds Missing and Scores Dead as Raging Floods Strike Western Europe

 Drought and Heat Fuel Dozens of Wildfires

“Over 60 active fires are burning across the Western United States, displacing hundreds of people and burning over 900,000 acres, with hot, dry conditions expected to continue.”

Parts of the Amazon Go From Absorbing Carbon Dioxide to Emitting It

It Seems Odd That We Would Just Let the World Burn

By Ezra Klein

“Where is the urgency on climate change? June 2021 was the hottest June ever recorded on land. Portland, Oregon saw temperatures of 116 degrees, a sentence that doesn’t make sense to me even as I know it to be true. In Lytton, British Columbia, temperatures reached 121 degrees, and the city simply ignited. ‘You can’t even comprehend it,’ one resident told CBC Radio. ‘Our entire town is gone.’ “

I hope you are inspired and motivated to become a Conservation Champion as one small step for the future of our planet.

https://nature.org


 

Who We Can Be – June 20, 2021

Posted on: June 20th, 2021 by Kathie England | Time for Success No Comments

Persist

by Kathie England

As I began reading Elizabeth Warren’s new book Persist, I realized that what she articulates is Who We Can Be. From that perspective, I share with you Warren’s words and invite you to imagine Who We Can Be.

“I am confident that most of those who got in the fight in 2020 will stay in the fight for years.”

“Now we have a once-in-a-generation chance to build something new, to shake off who we were and decide who we want to become.”

“This remarkable moment is an opportunity for change but not a guarantee that it will happen. It is a rare chance to think hard about the policies we want to change, especially the policies that touch our lives every day and set the boundaries for much of what happens to each of us.”

“The door to change is open. Now is the moment to act. Now is our chance to make the changes our nation so desperately needs.”

Who We Can Be

“But more than anything, the toughest fights will demand that we bring our whole selves. We must bring energy and determination. We must bring clarity of purpose and a richer understanding of our common goals. We must bring a deep-down commitment that will sustain us even when the fight looks impossibly hard.”

Let us embrace Warren’s optimism “that we are in a moment when extraordinary changes are possible.”

 

Who We Can Be – May 20, 2021

Posted on: May 20th, 2021 by Kathie England | Time for Success No Comments

Support the Power of Educating Girls

by Kathie England

One of the best tools we have to limit global heating is to educate girls and young women!

 “CLIMATE IS EVERYTHING.” That’s the theme in the April 26 – May 3, 2021 issue of TIME. One of the most hopeful articles in this issue is an interview with a young climate-justice activist, Vanessa Nakate. Born in Uganda, Nakate shares the perspective of the nonprofit group Project Drawdown. “Investing in universal education and family planning in low- and middle-income countries could reduce emissions by 88.42 gigatons by 2050. That’s about a decade’s worth of China’s emissions.”

Published in 2017, Drawdown, a New York Times best-seller, explains that women with more years of education have fewer, healthier children and actively manage their reproductive health. A report from the Brookings Institution states that “the difference between a woman with no years of schooling and with 12 years of schooling is almost four to five children per woman.”

Dawdown offers even more benefits of educating girls. Educated girls have higher wages and greater upward mobility. Their rates of maternal mortality drop as do the mortality rates of their babies. They are less likely to marry as children or against their will. They have lower incidences of HIV/AIDS and malaria. Their agricultural plots are more productive and their families are better nourished. Educating girls and young women “is the most powerful lever available for breaking the cycle of intergenerational poverty, while mitigating emissions by curbing population growth.”

Nobel laureate and girls’ education activist Malala Yousafzai states, “One child, one teacher, one book and one pen, can change the world.”

We can support the work of Malala by donating to https://malala.org. The home page of Malala’s website states that “20 million more girls may never return to school once the COVID-19 crisis subsides.”

Who We Can Be

We can be people who embrace and support the value of education for girls and young women throughout the world. We can impact the climate crisis with our actions! We can impact the devastating effect of the pandemic on the lives of girls and young women. https://malala.org

 

Who We Can Be – April 20, 2021

Posted on: April 20th, 2021 by Kathie England | Time for Success No Comments

The Healing Power of Connection

by Kathie England

The Healing Power of Connection

“Create for your child, for yourself, for your family, for your organization, for your community, for this country, and for this world if you possibly can, a connected life.”

Those are the words of Edward M. Hallowell, M.D. and John Ratey, M.D. in their new book ADHD 2.0. As an ADHD coach, those words inspire me (and so have all the other perspectives in their book).

They reference the longest-running longitudinal study of adult development ever done. The main conclusion of this Harvard study which began in 1939 and is still underway is that “the single most important factor in predicting health, longevity, occupational success, income, leadership ability, and general happiness comes down to one four-letter word. Love!”

They like to refer to the power of positive connection as “the other vitamin C.”

Since the pandemic, which began more than a year ago, has challenged our ability to stayed connected, I thought it appropriate to share a few of the ideas that Hallowell and Ratey propose to stay connected.

  • Have meals with your family
  • Develop the habit of giving hellos and nods to people you don’t know
  • Keep up with at least two good friends regularly
  • Join some kind of group that holds meetings (even virtually) and attend those meetings
  • Practice forgiveness of others and yourself (forgiveness does not mean condoning what was done)
  • Go for a walk in nature
  • Never worry alone
  • Make a point of giving compliments
  • Minimize your consumption of news if it tends to upset you or rile you up
  • Take a daily inventory of gratitude

Dr. Vivek Murthy, the nineteenth Surgeon General of the United States (2014-2017), named loneliness the number one medical problem in the country. Consider reading his book, Together: The Healing Power of Connection in a Sometimes Lonely World.

Who We Can Be

We can embrace the healing power of connection.

Whether the pandemic ends soon or persists far longer than we have hoped, we need connection.

 

Who We Can Be – March 20, 2021

Posted on: March 20th, 2021 by Kathie England | Time for Success No Comments

Generous

by Kathie England

Did you know?

  • 4 billion people (primarily women) on this planet cook their meals over open fires.
  • Smoke from these open fires is the equivalent of smoking 400 cigarettes per hour (that’s three packs a day).
  • Smoke from these open fires is the number one killer of children under the age of 5.
  • 4 million people (primarily women and children) die each year from the smoke generated by cooking meals over open fires.
  • 20 hours a week are spent carrying the wood needed to cook meals over open fires (when children carry the wood that means they are not in school).
  • Wood to build these open fires for cooking has huge environmental consequences – deforestation contributes to the climate crisis on our planet.

Did you know StoveTeam International is devoted to impacting this humanitarian and climate crisis?

StoveTeam International is an incredible non-profit organization that uses culturally-appropriate solutions to empower communities to solve local problems.  Founded in 2008 it provides improved cook stoves to people in developing nations in Latin America. According to the organization, it has been responsible for the distribution of over 76,300 stoves to date.

“A gift to StoveTeam transforms a kitchen into a safe place where a family can come together for years to come. Each $50 Ecocina or $100 Justa cookstove saves an average family of 8 people from the dangers of smoke and burns. Each stove also saves 50% of fuel wood, and provides local jobs where they are needed most.”

Climate Change

Each $100 Justa cookstove prevents up to 15 tons of CO2 from entering the atmosphere, equivalent to the average American’s entire yearly carbon footprint!

Who We Can Be

We can be generous. Take a small step and donate to StoveTeam International.

https://www.stoveteam.org/