Clean Water Rule; Celebrations and Concerns

 

The beautiful Virginia wetlands who are threatened by pollution if the Clean Water Rule is changed again

Our Beautiful Wetlands source of our clean water

Our visit to JFK library was a great success, a good outing for the group giving us time to socialize and get to know one another’ families as well. The library is impressive and extremely interesting, I particular liked the Presidential Getaway exhibit about Cape Cod and the Kennedy home there and the exhibit about Jackie Kennedy. We had an amazing time and had lots to chat about on our way home, definitely recommended for a visit.

As a group we had a visitor this week, we invited a member of Environment Virginia to come and talk with us. This ecological group is a citizen-based environmental advocacy organization and a project of Environment America. I was expecting a talk about Virginia’s carbon footprint but instead we had a very interesting presentation on clean water and specifically in Virginia. As the rest of the population I was aware that there were concerns over our streams and rivers but not fully cognizant of what was happening. Unfortunately a claim too many of us make when considering our environment. Thank goodness for organizations such as Environment Virginia.

The chemical spill in January 2014 in West Virginia highlighted the terrible consequences of not taking care of our rivers and wetlands. Loop holes in the law on clean water have inhibited environmentalists with keeping the water clean. Those loopholes have now been partially resolved with Obama’s support. Over 28,000 of Virginia streams will come under Federal Protection, 57% of the waterways! The measure signed end of May 2015, ensures that Clean Water Act safeguards are now in place to protect them. Of great concern has been out wetlands which are one of the protections we have against flooding this act will further protect. Whist this is a magnificent victory for all the hardworking people fighting to change this loophole that allows companies to pollute our streams, there is still concern that this change for the better could be challenged in the Senate. Already a key subcommittee has adopted a measure to thwart the clean water rule. This summer will be critical for the fight to protect our water.

The presentation initiated a lot of discussion and questions, as a group we have decided to further pursue this and see how we can assist. Let us know your feelings and suggestions.

 

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Becoming a more cohesive group.

My last post talked a little about how personal feelings can affect our judgements and how that in turn affects the group and the work we are trying to do.  The decision to look for mentors was well received when it was first discussed but not as easy to implement as we thought.  Questions have been raised on the integrity of the group, if issues are discussed with third parties, issues of trust and confidentiality also were raised.  Obviously this needs some consideration, as a group we have decided to hold off on the idea of individual mentors. A substantial discussion took place around this issue and we felt a consensus that we did actually deal with issues within the group itself and that process was maybe not fully recognised. Obviously the matter of faith and its conflict needs to be decided at a personal level, by whatever means that person deems fit. As representatives of our individual communities it is again a personal responsibility to keep our fingers on the pulse of the said community. It was felt we already have good connections with our religious and community leaders, as that is how the group evolved in the first place, we just have to ensure this continues.

 

JFK Challenge launched by the JFK Presidential Library

This whole exercise was a learning experience in how we run the group, and certainly we expect to have to deal with contentious  items that may cause disagreement but we are now more than ever positive we can work together to achieve a consensus. We have decided as with any other group the more we do together the more cohesive we will become. To that end, next week as a group we will be visiting the JFK Presidential Library, in February 2015 the JFK challenge was initiated by the library to encourage our children to learn more about American History and asks them by playing via an app, to become trainees in the Peace Corp or NASA,  being prepared to “Fly to the moon or help people around the world.”  I for one will be very interested in learning more about this challenge and how it is progressing and what if any part religious aspects are addressed. This video explains a little more about the challenge.

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Working together on conflicting issues

Working together on conflicting issues

 

Untangling your thoughts with the aid of a mentor

Mentorship

We had a very interesting meeting this month that threw us a few curve balls in how this group works and how we need to be aware of each others responsibilities not just to the group but to the communities we represent. All sounds very intense but really it was a thought provoking and productive meeting that ending with us feeling even more motivated. So to go to the beginning, an informal discussion came about regarding the laws being considered in Florida, Kentucky and Texas in relation to transgender issues and how we would react if our state decided to consider the same sort of actions.  The resulting discussion was highly interesting in that while most felt it would not be a consideration here and would not support it on an individual basis; as representatives of our religious communities there might be conflict between our  individual thoughts and those of the people we represent.

The discussion moved onto how to resolve this form of conflict; no definitive answers were reached but the importance of interaction by ourselves with other representatives of our own religious and social groups was emphasized.  All agreed it could be too easy for a individual to forget who or what he is representing when in conflict with our own personal viewpoints. The outcome to this was that we decided each individual would pursue a mentor that was not part of our group. The role of the mentor to balance the needs of the community and personal issues in regards to how we as individuals respond to the issues we are facing. All members are to consider who they would take as a mentor and bring it back to the group at our next meeting, from the group a formal letter will be sent to the persons being considered requesting their assistance in a mentorship role.  This is an exciting development for our group any thoughts or considerations please contact us below.

As always, if you have an issue you want to be discussed please comment below.

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Why a combined approach?

Why a combined approach?

‘good thing at all’ = http://tonymorganlive.com/2009/01/16/consensus-sucks/

‘concensus‘ = http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:What_is_consensus%3F

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Religion to one Patricia side for the moment, to achieve any positive result today you need to Platinum-Sports! make a team effort and present as itprofessional strong a front as possible.  Our Street group is a team of mixed individuls irrespective of our cheap jerseys religious beliefs and as such we need to learn to work with each other.  This team building video reflects something of the model we are working towards. Our goal is to communicate to the policy makers how we feel on certain subjects and offer constructive input. To achieve that goal, at its simplist, to ensure religious beliefs are considered when policies are being decided, we are stronger for speaking in one voice.  That is not to say that the group agree on all things. We do agree to listen to one another with respect but the views of one might not be views of all. That is where the group will have to grow and develop. For the moment we are looking to establish ourselves as a group, identify topics in which we feel we need to add our voice to and for this we cheap jerseys China need you, the people of Virginia to let us know what you want to say.

The group is aware that we will have to reach concensus  on some subjects and that is difficult in itself. Some argue if it is a good thing at all, knowing we start with different backgrounds we are looking for areas in which we can be a positive influence for our communities and cheap jerseys our promise is we will listen to all.   We are not a panacea for all the misunderstanding of religions  but hope to show by example that we can work together and make positive changes wholesale jerseys China to make lives better for all our communities. In doing so we can explore the misconceptions of each other and look for ways of changing. We are a micro system of the community as a whole and as such carry a degree of responsibility to ensure the group functions as a working productive team. This blog is just one of the ways we want to identify what is important to the community and where we can be most effective, but we need you to communicate to us. Use the comment section below to have you say about what is important to you.

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