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What's your holiday light? What gives you hope?
Alex Steffen, 21 Dec 07

Tomorrow is Winter Solstice in the Northern Hemisphere, a time marked by many traditions as the changing of the old year for the new, of gift-giving and the making of resolutions... and, above all, as it is the darkest day of the year, by the lighting of lights.

In a great many ways, these are dark days for our planet as a whole. Yet, there are some real reasons for optimism and hope. There are lights in that darkness.

For me, working on Worldchanging offers almost daily reasons for hopefulness (as well as plenty of time spent looking into the gloom -- I've joked that we're in the business of lighting candles and cursing the damn darkness anyway). Perhaps the brightest light, for me, is simply the sense I get that a movement towards planetary sanity is in fact beginning to cohere. The people I meet who are working to make that movement a reality, especially the younger people -- the ones who will have to live in the future we're choosing now -- are exceptional folks, smart and committed and creative and funny. Knowing that so many great folks are out there bucks up my courage, and knowing that so many of you read Worldchanging inspires my work. I'd bet my teammates would say the same.

But what about you? What light cheers you on in this dark time? What about your life or work or the example of others or the world at large makes you merry and full of hope?

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What's currently making my candle glow is the amount of information surfacing about all the companies currently engaged in producing answers to our energy problems.

When we see non-energy related, major corporations such as Walmart and Google (at least the founders/owners thereof) taking significant financial positions in thin-film solar and major corporations such as Toshiba announcing breakthroughs in battery technology I get a nice warm feeling.

This is no longer a small startup undertaking in which the dream might be pushing the product beyond feasibility, but something that is passing the sniff test for the accountants.

Add in a few more names - Honda (thin film), Exxon (battery technology, GM (Volt)) - and one gets the feeling that we're really past the stage of a few of us "hippies" living off the grid and trying to cobble a system or run our VW with golf cart batteries.

I see the first decade of this new century shaping up as the beginning of our transition to the post-petroleum future.

And I'm liking what I see.



Posted by: Bob Wallace on 22 Dec 07

We are still here; that is hope. Despite war; despite disease; despite the machinations of evil men; despite the degradation of the Earth we have hope. We have days of despair and many live in misery; there is far to go to improve the condition of all. Yet, what other good goal can we have?

We know what joy should be; though it is masqueraded as something we can purchase or lamented as something lost to past times, there is joy written free in every heart. If only we can find a way to universally summon this; if only we can bring out the common good rather than anger and hate...what more powerful energy can we tap? (And if only "we" becomes not the few of us who are vocal on these things now but the greater "we" of the Earth.)

We (humankind and all of life on Earth) face the shadows and that is a fearful thing. It is dark outside (and sometimes within); but when better to shine the light than on our darkest day?


Posted by: Jason Nicholas on 23 Dec 07

We are still here; that is hope. Despite war; despite disease; despite the machinations of evil men; despite the degradation of the Earth we have hope. We have days of despair and many live in misery; there is far to go to improve the condition of all. Yet, what other good goal can we have?

We know what joy should be; though it is masqueraded as something we can purchase or lamented as something lost to past times, there is joy written free in every heart. If only we can find a way to universally summon this; if only we can bring out the common good rather than anger and hate...what more powerful energy can we tap? (And if only "we" becomes not the few of us who are vocal on these things now but the greater "we" of the Earth.)

We (humankind and all of life on Earth) face the shadows and that is a fearful thing. It is dark outside (and sometimes within); but when better to shine the light than on our darkest day?


Posted by: Jason Nicholas on 23 Dec 07



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