Sunday, March 20, 2011

UNCC Earth Club

For some years now I have read through the Bible twice every year. If you picture the Bible to be a mighty tree and every word a little branch, I have shaken every one of these branches because I wanted to know what it was and what it meant. --Martin Luther
This year I have had the awesome experience of being the president of the UNCCharlotte Earth Club.!/group.php?gid=2204725905
I just wanted to share some of the awesome events we have going on.

First off, Terracycle.  [outsmart waste]
EARTH Club is collecting writing instruments, yogurt containers, energy/granola bar wrappers and juice puches for TERRACYCLE’s upcycling program.

We are participating in /collecting:

Energy Bar Brigade

Kashi Brigade
Candy Bar Brigade

Mars Wrigley and Cadbury Wrappers

Yogurt Brigade

Drink Pouch Brigade

Spreads Brigade
Writing Utensils Brigade

We just sent another 500 energy bar wrappers to TERRACYCLE and 300 yogurt containers.
Keep bringing these collections to our meetings or give them to me!!!!

Stop throwing money in the trash and throw it at Earth Club instead.

recycled juice pouches made into a fence. :

Earth Club meets in the UNCC greenhouse every Monday @5pm.

Except for this Monday because we are doing a Creek Cleanup at Toby Creek which is our adopted spot on campus.  We are meeting at Toby Creek @5pm!!/event.php?eid=182603551784490

3/28/11  Watching the LORAX!!!
4/4/11 Earth Club Meeting @ Greenhouse
4/6/11 CAMPUS CLEANUP 10-2
4/11/11 Meeting @ Greenhouse
4/18/11 Screening for "Deep Green" @6pm
4/19/11 Deep Green and maybe Wall E... Time TBD
4/20/11 Screenings for "Deep Green"
4/20/11 Earth Day Festival
4/25/11 Last Meeting! Collect Boxes, potential Potluck, maybe Elections... : )

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Why I Love Geese.

People have a lot to learn from Geese.  They are wonderful creatures.  I personally enjoy crossing paths with them everyday on my walks to where Im going.  One of my alltime favorite teachers, Terri Matthews, shared with us some lessons people can learn from geese in our practice methods course.  I will never forget such a wonderful lesson! The author is unknown.

Fact 1: As each goose flaps its wings it creates an "uplift" for the birds that follow. By flying in a "V" formation, the whole flock adds 71% greater flying range than if each bird flew alone.
Lesson: People who share a common direction and sense of community can get where they are going quicker and easier because they are traveling on the thrust of one another.
Fact 2: When a goose falls out of formation, it suddenly feels the drag and resistance of flying alone. It quickly moves back into formation to take advantage of the lifting power of the bird immediately in front of it.
Lesson: If we have as much sense as a goose we stay in formation with those headed where we want to go. We are willing to accept their help and give our help to others.
Fact 3: When the lead goose tires, it rotates back into the formation and another goose flies to the point position.
Lesson: It pays to take turns doing the hard tasks and sharing leadership. As with geese, people are interdependent on each other's skills, capabilities and unique arrangements of gifts, talents or resources.
Fact 4: The geese flying in formation honk to encourage those up front to keep up their speed.
Lesson: We need to make sure honking is encouraging. In groups where there is encouragement the production is much greater. The power of encouragement (to stand by one's heart or core values and encourage the heart and core of others) is the quality of honking we seek.
Fact 5: When a goose gets sick, wounded, or shot down, two geese drop out of formation and follow it down to help and protect it. They stay with it until it dies or is able to fly again. Then, they launch out with another formation or catch up with the flock.
Lesson: If we have as much sense as geese, we will stand by each other in difficult times as well as when we are strong.