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If Your House Was On Fire

A quiz from my new favorite person, Kathleen Dean Moore:

“If your house is on fire, what should you do?

A. Stare into the flames and say “This isn’t happening.”

B. Loudly debate whether the fire was caused by human agency (an arsonist), or by nature (i.e. natural variation in temperature of the house).

C. Write grants to study how fast the fire is advancing.

D. Appoint commissions to study how to adapt to life in the burnt-out rubble of a house that once was inexpressibly beautiful.

"Of course not. You put out the damn fire. You throw everything you’ve got to it. There are children in that house, there are billions of children in that house.

"According to a new [in 2013] letter from 500 scientists led by a team from Stanford University, by the time today’s children have grown to middle age, the life supports systems of the Earth will be irretrievably damaged unless we take concrete, immediate action.”

--from “If Your House Is On Fire

Tools for Inspiration

MY INSPIRATION “The first thing to know is that we can do this, we can.” More from Who said it? Yep, Kathleen Dean Moore.

MY FAVE RESOURCE  This book by Joanna Macy and Chris Johnstone: Active Hope: How to Face the Mess We’re In Without Going Crazy. This book has changed my outlook being inspired to act, even when we feel hopeless. Read more in my post titled Reframing Hope

AWESOME ACTION CHECKLIST Of all the resources I’ve found, this has been the most helpful to me. For everything, including the environment. This awesome checklist helps me take action and join others making a positive difference. Get it here

WOAH NO WAY  Watch Kathleen Dean Moore’s complete presentation of “If Your House is On Fire.” 45 minutes absolutely worth your time.


Last but not least…



  1. Enjoy the weekend! Ohio’s weather is supposed to be glorious. Get outside!
  2. Commit to one gallon less. One of my commitments to achieve this is to do a better job at turning off the lights when I leave a room. I’m so bad at this, ask my husband. My mother would be appalled. Find something you can do here.
  3. Make a call. Escaped methane is one of the leading causes of global warming. Soon, legislators will vote on whether to repeal standards that require oil and gas to cap methane leaks. Tell your U.S. representatives that methane is a pollutant and leaks are a waste. Learn more here.

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