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Tonight, I need to thank my good friend and fellow blogger Lynn Miller, from OrganicMania, for including La Marguerite in her recommended list of ‘Top Mommy Blogs‘, to Alltop. Lynn’s effort paid off, and starting now, La Marguerite will be featured on Alltop, along with all the other mommy blogs on Lynn’s list. 

Lynn’s Alltop announcement got me thinking. Moms need to have a bigger role in the climate discourse. We are talking about Mother Earth after all. The qualities that come to us as mothers, as in giving, protecting, nurturing, and sustaining life, are the same ones that are needed to remedy climate change. For we need to take care of our planet, the same way it has sustained us for thousands of years.  Even the climate narrative is imbued with motherly words. Think sustainability, climate protection,  Climate Security Act, Environmental Protection Agency, just to name a few. 

Sure there are the Eco-Moms, and the mommy bloggers, and a few token names in the environmental stratospheres. Frances Beinecke, at the helm of the Natural Resources Defense Council, Laurie David without whom An Inconvenient Truth would not have made it to the Oscars, . . . I can’t think of others right now. 

Looking back on the recent G8 Environment Summit, there were three women and twelve men. During this week’s Senate debate on the Lieberman-Warner Climate Security Act, 16 out of the 100 senators debating were women. When Richard Branson convened his summit, not a single woman, other than accompanying wives, was invited.  

Things are changing though. Although, I did not vote for Hillary, I did appreciate the women’s movement behind her. Women all over America are rising, and deciding that their voices need to be heard. Now I am urging these same women, and the ones behind Obama, and McCain also, to apply the same zeal to protecting the world and its children. For decades, women have gathered for book clubs and Tupperware parties, and Bible study groups. The EcoMoms idea, or something like it, needs to spread.

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All the Earth Day circus put me in no mood to celebrate. Still, last night I attended an Earth Day event, sponsored by E2 (Environmental Entrepreneurs), and NRDC (Natural Resources Defense Council), two organizations that I am very proud to support. Robert Redford was the main speaker. He was one of my idols, growing up, and I did not want to miss a chance to meet the man in person. Mr. Redford did not disappoint me. I came out of the evening with a renewed sense of commitment, and wishing that more people could have heard him live. Here is a video of a similar talk that he gave for the Apollo Project:

During his Earth Day speech, Robert Redford emphasized again the power of optimism, and of dwelling on opportunities and solutions. ‘America doesn’t do well with doom and gloom. Let’s get off how bad it is. Let’s get on with what can be done.‘ Robert Redford’s new push is on water and the need for quick solutions to the unfolding worldwide water shortage. For those of you also interested in water, click here.

Robert Redford is the perfect eco-hero, someone with the power to inspire through his example, and who has walked his talk for forty years. I can’t help but compare him with Al Gore. Although I am a big fan of Al, my response to his discourse is very different. Al Gore appeals to my intellect. Robert Redford grabs my heart and inspires my whole being to go further and to act.

The power of example.

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