Posted by: cindydyer | February 2, 2010

Day 1: Progress Report on Brighter Planet Grant Proposal

Happy Tonics is running fourth at 8:10 p.m. in the Feb. 1 – 15 voting period for Climate Change Native Habitat and Community Garden Shell Lake grant proposal with Brighter Planet at

Let’s face it—some folks have big guns with bigger networks in larger cities with a bigger voter base. We’re in Northern Wisconsin, with a population base in Shell Lake of little over 1,300 souls. Is it any wonder we are falling behind?

Those of you who are watching the process can make a BIG DIFFERENCE. Please REGISTER and VOTE for Climate Change Native Habitat and Community Garden Shell Lake.

I feel honored when I learn who is a member of the Project Selection Team. To even think that our grant proposal is being considered makes me humble. Meet Gus Speth, Dean, Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. From 1993 to 1999, Gus Speth served as administrator of the United Nations Development Programme and chair of the UN Development Group. Prior to this, he was founder and president of the World Resources Institute; professor of law at Georgetown University; chairman of the U.S. Council on Environmental Quality; and senior attorney and co-founder, Natural Resources Defense Council.

Dean Speth’s publications include Red Sky at Morning: America and the Crisis of the Global Environment, Worlds Apart: Globalization and the Environment, and other journals and books.

To walk towards sustainability in adapting to climate change with giants such as Gus Speth makes me realize that Brighter Planet pays attention to all of us—no matter what station we hold in life.

Thank you, Brighter Planet!

Photo above, left: Butterfly weed with Monarch butterfly © Anna Martineau Merritt

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