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The pain in my neck is still there. I try to go about my business, but it’s becoming harder and harder to ignore. Last week’s massage seemed to have done miracles. The pain just came back, proving me wrong. I need to make some changes in my life, I know. Nature won’t quit, until it is made right.

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Definition of ‘inertia’: a descriptive term for that property of a body which resists change in its motion. I feel trapped in my physical body, weighed down by the force of inertia. And you are asking me to change? The law of physics, states that there needs to be a greater external force, in order for me to oppose inertia.

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One of Camphor’s comments made me curious. His point was, start with small acts, and big changes will happen. I wanted to believe him, and I also wanted more supporting evidence. Had there been some studies? Could history teach us? For all the other skeptics, I thought I would share the results of my investigation. I did not find any study, but two stories instead. The first one is well known. It is the story of Rosa Park, whose simple act of defiance initiated sweeping social changes in the American racial landscape. The second story is about Muhammad Yunus, last year Nobel Peace prize winner. The founder of Grameen Bank, he pioneered the idea of micro loans in third world countries. Of greatest interest to me was to learn how he got started. In 1974, while working as a professor at the University of Chittagong, in his native country of Bengladesh, Muhammad was moved by widespread famine to loan $27 dollars of his own money to a group of 43 families so they could create small items for sale without having to depend on predatory lending institutions. The quick repayment of the loan and the success of the families inspired him to develop a test project that he called the Grameen Bank, meaning the bank of the villages. Loaning to small groups, rather than individuals, the bank’s success was astonishing and quickly spread throughout the country. In both cases, they followed their heart. No grandiose plan, no will to make big changes. Simply, what was called for in the moment.

Small acts, big changes? You bet.

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We are all doomed
‘Dont’ bother with trying to save the world, we are all doomed’. Prad called from Honolulu. He had just been talking to his friend Stefan. Stefan Moisyadi, a gene therapy researcher and molecular biologist at University of Hawaii is one of those awesome minds, who truly understand the world of microbs. According to him, ‘the ball has already started rolling down the hill, and cannot be stopped’. I missed half of Prad’s explanation, as I was trying to navigate my cart through the busy aisles at Whole Foods. Still, it sounded alarmist enough, that I started imagining the worst.

What is the tipping point?
Next, I went into crisis resolution mode. Suppose Stefan was right, and we were in a state of immediate world emergency, would I do anything different? A more interesting scenario is, to imagine if we only had a year left to reverse the catastrophic trend. Or two years, three years? The fear would be so great that I would have no choice but act, really do it. I wonder what is the tipping point, the window, at which point, we start forgetting, and living as if we still have the luxury of time? Clearly, that tipping point needs to be brought closer, for global change to truly take place.

The need for clarity
A big issue is our lack of knowledge. We know we are in for trouble, but we do not know yet for sure how soon, and to what extent. There has been a lot of discussions lately about the mathematic models that are being used to predict the outcome. My main take away is all of them fail to take into account factors yet unknown to us. The scientists are constantly discovering new parameters, new catalysts, and new interactions with the potential of altering predictions dramatically. Global warming is still too vague of a threat, both in terms of distance, and time. I need more clarity and definite answers.

The power of No Impact Man
If I we were wiser, we would all behave according to the worst case scenario, just in case. Instead we have chosen to hang on to the tiny thread of possibility that our collective doom is still far away. And we want to believe that small steps, if at all, are all that’s needed at the moment. Intellectually, I know this to be the wrong path. From looking at me, and how I live my life, you would not know that I know. I still take airplanes, I still drive my car, I still shop, I still consume quite a bit of electricity, I still generate more garbage than I really need, . . . There lies the power of No Impact Man.

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‘The key for me in this project was the recognition that what was really changing was my consciousness. And that is huge’. My friend Cass wrote this to me, last week, about her green blog project (http://seacat.wordpress.com). I have to agree with her. The simple act of reflecting and writing about one’s daily actions has tremendous transforming powers. I did not see any change at first. I kept on writing, and behaving as if I did not know any better. Until a few weeks ago. I could not help but notice, there was a new voice inside, moving me to not just pay attention, but to also act. I started to remember to take the green bags with me, and to bring them into the store. I could no longer leave my computer on. I turn the water off when I brush my teeth, instead of letting it run. Small acts.

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