Frances Moore Lappe

She is the woman who years ago wrote Diet for a Small Planet. Her new book is EcoMind: Changing the Way We Think, to Create the World We Want.I’m listening to her speak live right now at the Green Festival in New York. (They’re streaming it online.) Very interesting. Makes me want to read her new book. Talking about tons of interesting things. Her deal is how we change our thinking, and she is giving examples of good things happening in the world–parts of Africa where they’re now planting trees with crops, and the trees protect the crops from the heat of the sun, and millions of acres have been regreened.
I love it because it is hopeful and rooted in reality. She is also about moving past fear, and there is nothing close to outrage in her tone or topics. Jim, you’re right that outrage kills discussion and understanding. Lappe knows the better way to go. I’m inspired. I was familiar with her before, and hadn’t heard her speak or read her books. Now I feel hooked. She is closing her talk with praise for Wangari Maathai, who died last year. She was the Nobel Prize winning leader of the green belt movement in Africa. She was one of my heroes.
The talk is a reminder that we need to remember and focus much more on the good that is happening in the world and not be distracted by the noise and outrage machine, which only distracts us from adding to the good.

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About JP

We're two guys who met in college, in 1980. We've stayed in touch, and like to talk politics, current events, music and religion. JP is nore liberal than Sid, but not in every way. We figure that dialogue stimulates ideas, moderates perspective, and is in general friendly. These are things we need badly in these dangerous times. The blog name is taken from a song by Bruce Cockburn.
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