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What’s with Climate Change … Really?

May 15th, 2014

By Troy Rampy, Editor, The Wellness Blog™

“Men argue. Nature acts.”   — Voltaire

Most of us enjoy the fact that we are relatively self reliant. As much as possible, we like being in control of our life. We like knowing that, if we do the right things often enough, there is a greater likelihood that our life will be more enjoyable, more satisfying, more meaningful.

But there is one area where we are vulnerable, where what impacts our life is seemly beyond our control and where others pull the levers in order to further their own interests. I’m talking, of course, about the environment.

The environment — our air, water, soils, plant and animal life – comprises the key element that maintains our overall well-being and quality of life. How could it not? It’s what surrounds and supports us. It’s what ultimately nurtures us. We could do all the “right things” but, if our environment grows more toxic, those other things won’t matter. We will suffer substantially. And, taken to the full extent of its natural consequence, the human race could possibly perish as a result. Based on current scientific projections, the previous sentence is not an exaggeration.

The pretense regarding climate change is long over. There are few, if any, CEOs, credible politicians or scientists who still cling to the fairytales that climate change is not happening and that much of it is not man-made. Hurricanes Katrina and Sandy, the more than 70,000 people who died during the 2003 European heat wave, the irreversible loss of our polar ice caps, the estimated 150 to 200 species that go extinct every day(!) — these things are not coincidences. They are showing us the pattern of what is to come.

This issue is way beyond everyday politics. It has nothing to do with being progressive or conservative. This is truly a bi-partisan issue. If you are in the middle or upper-middle or even the upper socioeconomic class and think you are immune, think again. We are all in a sinking boat, together.

In truth, civilization never has seen anything like this before. Not on this global scale. Science as well as our own common sense tells us, if we continue on our current trajectory, our weather patterns will just keep getting more erratic and intense. Polar ice will keep melting. Sea levels will rise. Environmental catastrophes and both social and economic chaos will likely ensue.

You think this is science fiction? You think this is way off in the future somewhere? Guess again. It’s already here. It’s already happening. Our current California drought and its effect on this recent rash of wildfires in Southern California? That’s nothing compared to what could be coming. We have a long, hot, dry summer ahead. And that’s just California. There are a whole list of climate change-related issues in process, right now, in almost every part of the world.

Some individuals say it’s already too late to reverse the damage we’ve done via excessive carbon dioxide emissions released into our atmosphere. That there was a window of time during which we could have reversed this entire juggernaut, but we missed it. Others say perhaps not, maybe we still have a shot at this. One thing is certain: if we do nothing, or too little, too late, we will all pay an incredibly high price. Way too high.

What can we do, now? There’s actually a lot each of us can do on a regular basis like recycling, replacing energy-wasting light bulbs, appliances and cars, eating locally raised produce, etc. We can go online or read Al Gore’s book An Inconvenient Truth for more ideas. And, for an overview on where we are currently in regard to climate change, we can watch this informative, 20-minute interview with the noted host of The Nature of Things, David Suzuki: https://www.facebook.com/friends/requests/?fcref=ffi#!/.

But that’s not enough.

On a larger scale, we absolutely need to invest our time and money in supporting local, state, federal and global environmental policies as well as organizations that are truly making a difference like Fossil Free and Our Children’s Trust. There are other organizations as well including journalist and presenter Bill Moyers’ recommended list of five (see http://billmoyers.com/2014/02/07/five-groups-leading-the-charge-to-halt-climate-change/).

We especially need to hold our politicians accountable for stopping the madness and enacting laws that gets big money out of politics and puts our environment first. In the short and long-term, our environment is what will determine the quality of life for ourselves, our children and our children’s children. A healthier environment is the most important legacy we can leave.

Please don’t sit back on this one. Do something today.

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Eight Tips for Financial Peace of Mind

July 17th, 2013

By Troy Rampy, Editor, The Wellness Blog™

 

“Capital as such is not evil; it is its wrong use that is evil.”
— Mohandas K. Gandhi

boomers 17Recent studies show that money is one of the main causes of stress for many people. But then, most of us don’t need researchers to tell us that! Especially, not now.

Today, Federal Reserve chairman Ben Bernanke told Congress in his bi-annual report that there are ongoing indications the economy is slowly recovering. However, most of us are still painfully aware of  just how fragile our economy is and how painfully not in control we are. So in reality, what can we do?

Remember the play The Music Man? A slight paraphrase of the lead song might go something like this: Trouble, oh we got trouble, right here on Main Street! “Trouble”, with a capital ‘T’ that rhymes with ‘P’ and that stands for Pool.

Yes, much like the song and Professor Hill who sings it in the play, there’s a bit of flim-flam about the whole topic of money. There’s always that sense of fear that we can easily fall into regarding money. Oh we got trouble. We worry about it. We stress about it. Right here on Main Street. But all too often we don’t take the proven steps that can lead toward financial peace of mind. With a capital “T” that rhymes with “P” and that stands for … Peace of Mind! (more…)

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Finding the Right Exercise for You

February 23rd, 2013

By Troy Rampy, Editor, The Wellness Blog™

 

exercise 10You‘ve heard it all before, exercise is very important for overall health and is great for reducing stress. And it‘s true! According to longstanding research, exercise:

• Reduces cholesterol levels, blood pressure, and risk of disease.

• Strengthens your cardiovascular and respiratory systems.

• Improves your circulation, digestion, and immune functioning.

• Stimulates body chemicals called endorphins, which affect your moods and emotions.

• Enhances self-esteem and self-image.

• Increases alertness and decreases fatigue.

Here are three basic tips for creating the right exercise program for you: (more…)

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Dealing with Loss and Grief

December 6th, 2012

By Troy Rampy, Editor, The Wellness Blog™

 

“Words are like nets – we hope they’ll cover what we mean, but we know they can’t possibly hold that much joy, or grief, or wonder.”  – Jodi Picoult, “Change of Heart” 

As I write this post, it’s barely a month since the U.S. presidential election. But already there’s talk in the media about Mitt Romney’s apparent post-election “seclusion”, “malaise” and “boredom” as if these actions constitute some great sin. They are portraying him as the ultimate loser as he retreats to lick his wounds and re-assess his goals and his life.

Now, I’m no fan of Mitt Romney and I didn’t vote for him. But I can appreciate his pain and support him in taking adequate time to grieve his loss. He spent the past seven to ten years planning and positioning himself to make this run for the presidency, maybe longer. And reportedly he felt, right up until the final minutes of election night, that victory was within his grasp. So it was likely a huge shock to him and to those close to him that he lost. (more…)

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