WHO IS THIS TIME OF YEAR FOR?

The holiday season is somewhat of a bitter-sweet time of year for me.  For me, this time of year represents a time of camaraderie, sharing, joy, laughter, love and family.  I don’t really participate in the anxiety filled ‘corporate driven’ side of the holidays because I really don’t believe that the ‘holiday spirit’ is about purchasing needless items that only bring you temporary joy and happiness.  The holiday season should be about teaching those who are fortunate to help those who are not as fortunate.  Instead of buying endless toys, trinkets, electronics and so many other items that will end up in landfills and polluting our earth, why not feed the homeless, provide clothing to women’s shelters, saving a pet from a shelter, donating to organizations that protect our planet, food, water and forests?  Isn’t that what the holiday spirit is all about?

More and more – this time of year becomes about all the wrong things, buying, buying, buying and more buying.  Companies step up their marketing game to endlessly promote their products with no regard to earth’s natural resources – Imagine the deforestation that takes place to ensure flyers are distributed to all those potential consumers?  Consumers go into overdrive (and debt) to ensure they purchase the latest fashions, electronics, toys and all the other things that make them feel loved, needed, wanted and important but never think about the working conditions of the individuals that made those products or the impact to the environment these products will have in the future.

I don’t know when I have denounced my attachment to materialistic goods at this time of year – but I do know that I am much happier that I don’t support corporate greed and the unneccessary destruction of our planet.  Don’t get me wrong, I am not perfect and I am certainly not saying that I am better than everyone else because of my beliefs of the holiday season.  One year – I handed out Christmas cards to various strangers on the street…I wrote a positive inscription in the card, basically wishing health and happiness to whomever took the card…..for me, the joy of brightening someone else’s day gave me much more gratification than buying a present for a family member.  I love my materialistic detachment to this time of year and find myself committing more and more to giving joy to strangers or donating to those who fight for the future of our planet, animals and humanity.

I hope that whomever reads this finds compassion in their hearts and gives back to those who are less fortunate, or saves an animal from certain death, be it by reducing their meat intake or visiting a local shelter or by donating money to organizations that really make a difference in the world by fighting for humanity’s survival.

I wish you all much love, health and happiness and hope that this year brings you much positive energy.

Together, we can make the world a more positive one!

 

GAY IS NORMAL…AS NORMAL AS STRAIGHT.

We all know that there are many religious ‘wing nuts’ that vilify homosexuality by saying that “it’s a choice” and that “if God didn’t want homosexuals, he wouldn’t create them.”  Well – I can tell you (as a homosexual man), I did not make the choice to be gay, I have always known I was attracted to the same-sex and (if there is a God), I am proof that He did want homosexuals because I exist.

Let’s take a look at some quotes made by those who hide their bigotry and hate against gays behind their religion:

“We will see a breakdown of the family and family values if we decide to approve same-sex marriage, and if we decide to establish homosexuality as an acceptable alternative lifestyle with all the benefits that go with equating it with the heterosexual lifestyle.” – Jerry Falwell
 
“Homosexuality is against nature.  Sexual expression is permitted only within marriage, between man and woman, male and female.  Anything else is an abnormality and is against nature.” – Pope Shenouda III
 
“I just think my children and your children would be much better off and much more successful getting married and raising a family, and I don’t want them brainwashed into thinking that homosexuality is an equally valid and successful option – it isn’t.” – Carl Paladino
 
“But the Bible speaks against it, and because the Bible speaks against it, we allow rampant sin including homosexuality and lying, and to me lying is just as bad as homosexuality, and we’ve allowed this sin to run rampant in our nation.” – Reggie White
 
“You know, those who are homosexual will die out because they don’t reproduce. You know, you have to have heterosexual sex to reproduce. Same thing with that church, it’s doomed, it’s going to die out because it’s the most nonsensical thing I’ve heard in a long time.” – Pat Robertson

“In fact, it’s the greatest threat to liberty of all kinds, whether it is freedom of religion, whether it is freedom of speech, whether it is freedom of the press, whether it is freedom of association, all of the rights that are enshrined in the First Amendment are threatened by the active, aggressive homosexual lobby and the homosexual agenda.” – Bryan Fischer

Now, let’s take a look a some quotes that are not exclusive, biased and filled with hate and fear.  These are sensible (and sometimes funny) and intellectual quotes regarding homosexuality:

“Like a majority of Americans in recent years, I came to understand that fear of homosexuality was leading our governments – including the one I ran as Governor of Mississippi – to deny the equal rights to an entire segment of our population that are afforded all of us under the Constitution.” – Ronnie Musgrove
 
“I think people feel threatened by homosexuality.  The problem isn’t about gay people, the problem is about the attitude towards gay people.  People think that all gays are Hannibal Lecters.  But gay people are sons and daughters, politicians and doctors, American heroes and daughters of American heroes.” – Hollis Stacy
 
“I don’t think homosexuality is a choice.  Society forces you to think it’s a choice, but in fact, it’s in one’s nature.  The choice is whether one expresses one’s nature truthfully or spends the rest of one’s life lying about it.” – Marlo Thomas
 
“Jesus never said a word about homosexuality.  In all of his teachings about multiple things – he never said that gay people should be condemned.  I personally think it is very fine for gay people to be married.” – Jimmy Carter
 
“Homosexuality in Russia is a crime and the punishment is seven years in prison, locked up with the other men.  There is a three-year waiting list.” – Yakov Smirnoff
 
“What do you mean you don’t believe in homosexuality?  It’s not like the Easter Bunny, your belief isn’t necessary.” – Lea DeLaria
 
“Homosexuality is like the weather.  It just is.” – Andrew Sullivan
 
“I have no problem with it (homosexuality).  I don’t look on homosexuality as an aberration.  It’s just the way they’re born, and how could any relationship between two people in a committed relationship be wrong, regardless of gender?” – Andrea Thompson
 
“Heterosexuality is not normal, it’s just common.” – Dorothy Parker
 
“If religion is against homosexuality, then it is against the will and happiness of people.” – M. F. Moonzajer
 
That last quote is very profound because it suggests that many who believe the religious assertion about homosexuality is against their happiness as they were created that way in the eyes of God.  How can you condemn someone from birth?  You can’t judge someone based on their genetic make-up – it would be like condemning someone for being born with blue eyes, darker skin or without eyesight.  People need to stop interpreting religious doctrine to serve their own hateful and judgemental purposes.  They also need to stop trying to divide people based on their unique differences and accept people for those differences.
 

Together, we can make the world a more positive one!

 
 

SEARCH FOR THE HERO….INSIDE YOURSELF!

It is sometimes difficult to look at others for inspiration – especially in a world where corporate media focuses on enivornmental catastrophe’s/climate change, corporate greed, political scandals, death, war, declining economies, income inequality, police militarization and so many other negative and fear mongering stories, making it difficult to stay positive.  So, how do can we continue to have a positive disposition when, it seems, the world around us is so negative and filled with hate?  All we have to do is look within – find the inspiration and the hero within and let that motivation carry you and inspire others.  If you woke up today and continue to breathe – isn’t that enough inspiration to motivate you?

For me – I find inspiration in many people but I also find it with nature and our environment.  What more motivation do you need to feel alive than witnessing the beauty of our natural environment?  I also find inspiration in various arts, especially music.  There is such brilliance and talent in writer’s and musicians – especially when their music and lyrics can evoke such emotions in all of us.  Music can bring us to tears with joy, laughter and sadness but it can also inspire us to become better people and find inspiration within ourselves to create a more positive and caring world.  An example of such motivation and inspiration is a song performed by a group called MPeople and the song is called, “Search For The Hero” – here are the lyrics and video:

SEARCH FOR THE HERO

Sometimes the river flows but nothing breathes
A train arrives but never leaves, it’s a shame
Oh, life like love that’s walked out of the door
Of being rich or being poor, such a shame

But it’s then, then that faith arrives
To make your feelings alive
And that’s why, you should keep on aiming high
Just seek yourself and you will shine

You’ve got to search for the hero inside yourself
Search for the secrets you hide
Search for the hero inside yourself
Until you find the key to your life

In this life, long and hard though it may seem
Live it as you’d live a dream, aim so high
Just keep the flame of truth burning bright
The missing treasure you must find

Because you and only you alone
Can build a bridge across the stream
Weave your spell in life’s rich tapestry
Your passport to a feeling supreme

You’ve got to search for the hero inside yourself
Search for the secrets you hide
Search for the hero inside yourself
Until you find the key to your life

You’ve got to search, inside yourself
Deep, deep down inside yourself, yeah
You’ve got to search, inside yourself

You’ve got to search for the hero inside yourself
Search for the secrets you hide
Search for the hero inside yourself
Until you find the key to your life

Search for the hero inside yourself
Search for the secrets you hide
Search for the hero inside yourself
Until you find the key to your life

You’ve got to search inside yourself
You’ve got to search

 
 
MPeople was formed by Mike Pickering (MP – his initials) and consisted of Heather Small (lead vocalist), Mike Pickering, Paul Heard and Shovell (born – Andrew Lovell).  The single “Search For The Hero” can be found on their 1994 album, Bizarre Fruit.  You can purchase all of MPeople’s music via iTunes.
 
Find the HERO inside yourself and create positive change in the world!
 

Together, we can make the world a more positive one!

 

MY RELIGION

I am not a very religious person.  Does this make me a bad person?  I don’t think so.  I was raised Catholic but had no real idea of what that meant.  I only knew that Heaven was good and Hell was bad – if you were good you would go to Heaven and if you were bad, you would go to Hell.  There were various degrees of goodness and various degrees of being bad.  My parents really didn’t enforce going to church or praying – we didn’t really do anything religious until we became practicing Jehovah’s Witnesses. 

My parents decided to practice the teachings of the Jehovah’s Witness faith and things briefly changed in our house for a few years.  I really can’t remember the extent of that change but do know that we began at home bible study groups and were all of a sudden going to church every week.  Being a teenager at the time, I was not happy about these study groups or going to church regularly.  I can’t remember how strict our family was in terms of birthday/holiday celebrations – as Jehovah’s Witnesses, we were not allowed to partake in these festivities.  This phase lasted a few years and as we become older we were given the opportunity to continue these studies or not, most of us didn’t.

So, to recap….I grew up knowing little about the religious denomination my parents instilled onto their children – which was Catholic.  We then began practicing the teachings of Jehovah’s Witnesses – during this time, I attended a school that had a huge Jewish student body.  In any event – religion didn’t really become something I took seriously.  I came to the conclusion that religion was the cause of much bloodshed and was invented to keep society under tight control.  Do I believe the same thing today?

Today – religious ideologies have reinforced my beliefs that religion is a means of control.  Much of the negative news stories on television or in the news revolve around wars, death and destruction based on different religious views.  In North America, many people vote based on the religious beliefs of their members of parliament, which in turn can dictate policy based on those religious beliefs.  I believe that religious beliefs should not intervene with government/political policies.  I also believe that religion isn’t all bad – the only time I have a problem with religion is when it is used to incite hate and persecute those who don’t fit to the specifications of the various religious denominations.  Religion has enforced that we are all sinners but that some sins are much more serious than others.  To me, ostracizing women for wanting to preach the word of God is not really inclusive.  Eating shellfish shouldn’t be grounds for putting someone to death (even though I don’t support eating any meat what-so-ever).  The rules in the bible don’t give any clear definition as to why those rules exist – in my mind, they were written by men who wanted to have complete control of those who may have thought differently.

How can I function without any faith in a higher power?  I truly don’t know.  Whenever I think of giving myself a label in reference to whether or not I believe in God, I can only think of Agnostic.  I don’t really believe that there has been substantial evidence the supports the existence of God – the stories were fantastic and inspiring but very sensationalistic and meant to instill fear in people.  In the same breath – I am uncomfortable in saying that a God-like energy doesn’t exist.  There is much that is unexplained that leads me to believe that there is definitely something much bigger than all of us.  Call it God, call it Allah, call it Jehovah, the Divine, Energy, Ra, Universe, etc., whatever it is, it is all-loving, supportive, non-judgemental, compassion, kind and caring which is definitely not what most of today’s modern preacher’s are telling their parishioner’s.

My religion is based out of the simple teaching that we should treat others how we want to be treated, with LOVE.  LOVE is my religion and with love, we can definitely become beacons of positive change.

Together, we can make the world a more positive one! 

WHERE ARE ALL THE GOOD STATISTICS?

http://www.worldometers.info/

What can you find on this site?  Here are some examples (numbers reflected are real-time and will have changed by the time you finish reading this):

SOCIAL MEDIA

  • 75 billion emails have been sent
  • 1.4 billion blogs have been written
  • 251 million tweets have been sent
  • 1.4 billion Google searches have been made

WORLD POPULATION

  • 7.2 billion is the current world population (and growing – SCARY)
  • 130 million births have occurred this year
  • 138,000+ births have occurred today

ENERGY

  • 14, 239 days left to the end of oil (under 39 years)
  • 27 million MWh used from renewable energy sources
  • 116 million MWh used from non-renewable energy sources

The statistics from this site paint a portrait of a world in dire need of help.  We only have one planet and we are depleting its resources at an alarming rate.  There is only 39 years left before the earth is depleted of oil….so why are oil companies still searching for new areas to drill in?  If we know that ‘dirty oil’ is a contributing factor in climate change, why risk drilling in areas of the world that would ensure a much more serious future in terms of devastating climate.   The Arctic should be off-limits to big oil corporations and should be protected as the Antarctica is.  (Thanks Greenpeace).

We need to make changes in our lives, in our homes, in our towns, cities and countries that will ensure we create positive change for our environment and our planet.  Really think about what you buy, who you buy and where you buy your products from.  Is your food locally grown and supporting local farmers?  Are the companies you are supporting giving back to the environment – and are environmentally safe?  Are the companies you buy from supporting deforestation, killing/displacing endangered species?  If we don’t start changing our habits and our need to consume anything and everything – our future will be much different from it is today.  

Let’s help create a future where our children will have clean water and clean air.  Let’s ask governments and corporations to make the environment the number one priority – tax corporations for polluting.  Let’s protect forests and lakes and highly sensitive eco-systems from corporation greed.  

Is it possible to curb these statistics to ensure a positive future for humanity?  Yes we can, however, we can’t change things without action and without a major shift in how we live our daily lives.  What are you willing to do to ensure a brighter future?

Together, we can make the world a more positive one!

WE ARE ALL ONE!

There is nothing complicated about ending discrimination in the workplace!  Whether the discrimination is against people of colour, gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation or religious beliefs – there is no place for it in the workplace.  So why are American companies finding it so difficult to end discrimination against the LGBTQ community in the workplace?  Could it be because many people still consider homosexuality a deviant behaviour and a choice people make?  Or is it simply because of peoples religious beliefs?

Writing as a human being who happens to be a homosexual, I don’t believe that I woke up one day and said, “I think I will try to have intercourse with a man today.”  I also didn’t ask for the constant bullying and verbal assaults by being called ‘faggot’, ‘gaylord’, ‘cocksucker’, ‘poof’, just to name a few.  I didn’t instigate it when a group of guys drove by and whipped bottles at me from their car just because I was walking in the ‘gay village’.  I would want to ensure this type of behaviour did not transfer into my work environment, why would I not be allowed this type of protection.

As a human being – I do my best to treat people as how I want to be treated; with respect, dignity and kindness, that isn’t too much to ask.  I give the same treatment that is given to me.  I can’t believe that so many people are still biased and show so much hate towards people who are no different than they are.  We may have different appearances but we are all derived from the same divine entity.  Religion is not the authority and should not dictate how a person should be treated.  You can’t ostracize women, people of colour, those who practice different religions or have different spiritual practices, homosexuals or anyone else who challenges religious ideologies – we should embrace this.  Engage in dialogue and come to a resolution that we are essentially the same and want to create positive change everywhere.  Those who feel different may have issues they need to resolve within themselves – racism, anger, fear, homophobia, etc.

The civil rights movement began because people of colour were being mistreated, disrespected and killed just because of the colour of their skin.  Rosa Parks didn’t sit at the front of the bus because her legs were tired – she sat at the front because she was tired of being treated as a lesser human than everyone else who wasn’t of colour.  Martin Luther King Jr., Mohammed Gandhi, Representative John Lewis, Nelson Mandela, Bishop Desmond Tutu, Harriett Tubman and so many others were activists for peace, equality, justice and positive change.

Just like the civil rights movement, there have been many individuals who are directly and indirectly responsible in demanding equality for the LGBTQ community.  People like Barney Frank, Dan Savage, Michelangelo Signorile, Tennessee Williams, Oscar Wilde, Roseanne Barr, Madonna, Cher, Harvey Milk, Tony Reis, Rosie O’Donnell, Bob Brown, Sven Robinson, Li Yinhe, Rama Yade, Magnus Hirschfeld, Shaleen Rakesh, Arsham Parsi, Patria Jiménez, Nikolay Alexeyev, David Kato, Jeremy Bentham – these individuals, and so many more, have given so much (even their lives) to ensure that gays, lesbians, trans-gendered, bisexual and queer people are treated with equality, dignity and respect.

Try not to look at people based on their colour, gender, what they believe or who they love.  Judge them based on their actions and how they treat others.  Do they show compassion, are they respectful and non-judgmental and are they caring?  LOVE, COMPASSION and CARING are attributes that create positive change in the world so let’s start a REVOLUTION OF LOVE!

Together, we can make the world a more postive one!

IS THERE REALLY ANOTHER WAY?

What are you taking notice of today?  Are you waiting to see the next Hollywood blockbuster movie, are you sucked in to the lives of celebrities or are you eagerly awaiting the next best piece of technology.  Take a moment and release yourself from all that ‘faux’ happiness and thing about what is going on in the world and how YOU can help create positive change.

Corporate media is filling our heads with endless stories of the militarization of police departments across the globe.  They are making peaceful protests look like war zones.  Governments, in collaboration with the big oil conglomerates and police, are putting environmental activists behind bars and freeing the ones who are destroying and polluting the earth.  Wars are being fought in the best interests of those who would benefit most and not for the greater good of the people in those regions.  Poverty and famine are devastating many parts of the world while those who have no financial worry hunt endangered species with no regard.  

I know, you are wondering, “I thought this blog site was Coalition of Positive Energy”, so why all this negative talk?  Without knowing what is happening in our world – we can’t effectively create positive change.  So what can we do about it?  Is there an alternative to this status quo?  Well, we can do a lot and yes, there is an alternative to what governments are doing now.  Remember – we put them there and we can certainly remove them. 

We can’t rely on corporate media as they are manipulating and controlling everything we do – from the products we buy to the food that we eat.  You don’t see commercials for healthier lifestyle choices or foods that promote good health.  You don’t see news reports on what pharmaceutical drugs are doing to people and their health.  Instead, television promotes these drugs like they are miracles of health.  Burger King, McDonald’s, Wendy’s, KFC, Arby’s and all those other unhealthy fast food chains bombard us with how cheap their food is but they fail to tell us how unhealthy it is.  Oil companies are making commercials about how great and clean their resources are but they fail to show the economical and environment devastation oil spills cost us and our environment.  We must hold governments and corporations accountable for their lack of respect for the environment and for the people who are peacefully protesting for income equality, safe food, clean water, clean air and a peaceful planet. 

What is the alternative for people who are tired of governments creating legislation that does not reflect the views of the majority.  We are tired of wars, lack of environmental protection, governments bailing out corporations and letting ordinary citizens struggle and die for standing up for what is right.  We are tired of the ‘old ways’ – times HAVE changed and we need leaders to reflect that change for the greater good of the people and not the greater good of lining their pockets with money from corrupt corporations.  I will say and keep on saying that we NEED A REVOLUTION – of peace, of love, of positive change.

“You can feel purposeful every single day by taking a moment to cheer up a disgruntled employee, make a child laugh, or even pick up a piece of litter and place it in a trash can.”  – Dr. Wayne W. Dyer

I appreciate Dr. Wayne W. Dyers sentiment but imagine how purposeful you would feel by thinking much bigger by helping create legislation that would protect animals from suffering, people from suffering and the environment from suffering.  It’s not out of reach, we can do it – all we have to do is keep mobilizing and putting pressure on our governments and stop buying the crap that becomes meaningless in a year and ends up in landfills.  The moment is now.  Change is needed now.

Together, we can make the world a more positive one!

 

PEOPLE YOU NEED TO KNOW…

I have so many people I respect and look up to, people like; Louise L. Hay, Roseanne Barr (the writer, actress and more importantly – politician), Jesse Ventura, Al Gore, Leonardo DiCaprio, Marianne Williamson, and Eckhart Tolle just to name a few.  Here are other individuals in the public eye that I admire and why I admire them:

Ingrid Newkirk

You may know her as the animal rights activist and PETA president but what you may not have known is that Ingrid has a passion for Formula One racing and sumo-wrestling.  Ingrid wasn’t always a vegetarian and did enjoy meat until she began her work in the ethical treatment of animals.  Ingrid’s mother volunteered for Mother Teresa in a leper colony.    You can see the Matthew Galkin directed movie called, ‘I Am Animal’, which is about Ingrid’s life.  Ingrid Newkirk is the president and co-founder of PETA (Peta for the Ethical Treatment of Animals).

To make donations or to further educate yourself on what PETA accomplishes, please visit: www.peta.org

David Suzuki

David Suzuki is recognized as a world leader in sustainable ecology.  He is an award-winning scientist, environmentalist, broadcaster and author.  Host of the CBC television program, The Nature of Things.  He has written more thank 52 books, 19 of them for children.   David Suzuki’s daughter, Severn Cullis-Suzuki, In 1992, at age 12, raised money with members of the Environmental Children’s Organization (ECO )to attend the Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro.  Along with group members Michelle Quigg, Vanessa Suttie, and Morgan Geisler, Cullis-Suzuki presented environmental issues from a youth perspective at the summit, where she was applauded for a speech to the delegates.  The video has since become a viral hit, popularly known as “The Girl Who Silenced the World for 5 Minutes” on YouTube.

For more information about David Suzuki and the David Suzuki Foundation, please visit:  www.davidsuzuki.org

Bob Geldof

Much more than lead singer of the Boomtown Rats, Bob Geldof is a humanitarian.  In 1984, he organized Band Aid with Midge Ure, lead singer of Ultravox.  The single “Do They Know It’s Christmas”, became the fastest selling single in U.K. history and raised over £8 million worldwide in funds for emergency aid to Ethiopia.  In 1985, and building on the momentum of Band Aid, the dual Live Aid concerts in London and Philadelphia were held on July 13.  Over a billion and a half people worldwide watched the 16 hour event on television, in which over 60 of the biggest stars in rock music performed, and over £100 million was raised for African famine relief.  Musical and political history was made. 

July 2005, Bob Geldof organized Live 8 to coincide with the 20th anniversary of Live Aid – the show was to help pressure world leaders to drop the debt of the world’s poorest nations, increase and improve aid and negotiate fairer trade rules in interest of poorer countries.

Band Aid Thirty’s and the new version of “Do They Know It’s Christmas” purpose as pointed out by Bob Geldof was and is to maximize pressure on politicians, raise awareness and raise money to fight Ebola in Africa.

For more information about Bob Geldof, Band Aid, Live Aid and Band Aid Thirty, please visit the following sites:  www.bobgeldof.com and www.bandaid30.com

Jane Goodall

At the age of 26, Jane travelled from England to Tanzania  and began her amazing work and research on chimpanzees.  She was equipped with nothing more than a notebook and a pair of binoculars.  Today, Jane Goodall continues to inspire action on behalf of chimpanzees, and to encourage people to do their part in making our world a better place for people, animals and the environment.  The Jane Goodall Institute works to protect the famous chimpanzees of Gombe National Park in Tanzania.

To donate to the Jane Goodall Institute or for further information about Jane Goodall and the Jane Goodall Institute, please visit:  www.janegoodall.org

Ellie Laks

Animals provide so much  for so many people – comfort, unconditional love and a means to relieve stress in a very hostile and aggressive world.  For Ellie Laks, her love for animals became her passion.  She founded the Gentle Barn in Tarzana in 1999 to help teach children kindness, compassion and empathy for all living beings.  The Gentle Barn has rescued over 170 animals and their ultimate goal is to open Gentle Barn’s across the country so that every animal and child can have a place of healing and safety and where they can be seen for the perfect beings that they are.

To donate to the gentle barn and to read their further successes, please visit:  www.gentlebarn.org

Lizzie Velasquez

Imagine how difficult a life we would have if we didn’t have the same facial features as the majority.  We are bullied, harassed and made fun of….that was the case for beautiful Lizzie Velasquez.  Lizzie was born with a very rare condition (only 2 other known people have).  Despite her condition and being called ‘World’s Ugliest Woman’, Lizzie rose above and became an amazing motivation speaker and author.  Lizzie provides inspiration to so many through unconditional love, perseverance and determination.

You can find out more about Lizze at:  www.aboutlizzie.com

Elizabeth Warren

We have all dreamed of politicians who hold big corporations and banks accountable for their lack of action to help the consumer and the working class.  That has changed in US politics with Elizabeth Warren.  Elected in 2012 as the first-ever female senator from Massachusetts defeating incumbent Scott Brown.  She taught law at Rutgers School of Law, the Universities of Michigan, Texas, Pennsylvania and Harvard Law School.  She introduced the ‘Bank on Student Loans Fairness Act’, which would allow students to take out government education loans at the same rate that banks such as Goldman Sachs and J.P. Morgan Chase pay to borrow from the federal government.  Suggesting that students should get “the same great deal that banks get”, Warren proposed that new student borrowers be able to take out a federally subsidized loan at 0.75%, the rate paid by banks, compared with the current 3.4% student loan rate.

Follow Elizabeth Warren via:  www.warren.senate.gov

David Miller

David Miller was elected the 63rd mayor of Canada’s largest city (Toronto, Ontario) in 2003 for a three-year term and re-elected in 2006 for a four-year term.  He became the 2nd mayor of the newly amalgamated Greater Toronto Area.  In 2013, he was appointed as president and CEO of WWF Canada, the Canadian division of the international World Wildlife Fund.

For more information about WWF Canada or to donate, please visit:  www.wwf.ca

Think about those who inspire you and share their stories with your friends, family or anyone who you feel would like to create positive change in our world.  Let your role models inspire you to create positive change no matter how big or small.  It only takes one story to make a significant difference in the world.  What is your story?

Together we can make the world a more positive one!