The Need for Change
By Lynn Dubien
Most people do not live in bubbles anymore. They have surrounded
themselves, either intentionally or unknowingly, with a cell-like, semi-
permeable membrane...a protective mechanism for filtering out
information about the state of the world. Luckily, that permeability also
allows us to communicate the need for change in how we live.
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M y husband Andre and I have always been concerned with environmental is-
sues. The negative effects inflicted on the environment by our society’s on-
going pursuit for time and money saving technologies, for every facet of life, has
always been at the forefront of our concerns.
From fast growing crops to more affordable made in China merchandise, we
have been aware of the consequences of trying to “better” our lives through dubi-
ous technology or scientific advancements.
I have to admit, however, that our family is by no means the poster family for
green living. I can say that our eyes are open to the problems and issues we are fac-
ing as inhabitants of a world in danger. But more importantly, we are aware of the
solutions that can help minimize the negative impact we inflict on the environ-
ment, solutions that are as simple a switching a light bulb.
Sadly, I cannot say the same for most of our friends, family and acquaintances.
Not all of them of course, but many. Andre and I sometimes feel alone in our con-
cerns. We feel somewhat powerless when it comes to changing the way the world
thinks. And every so often, we feel an overwhelming sense of hopelessness. “My cellular membrane
We used to think that people couldn’t change because they all lived in their
own little bubble, only concerned with things that directly affect their lives. We theory gives me hope
use to try to understand their unwillingness to watch the news or read the papers.
We would try to figure out if they were aware of what was going on outside their that I can help others get
bubble. “The world is a pretty big place and we all have very busy lives.” We used ready for change.
to tell ourselves to try to justify certain choices made by our family and friends.
We tried to understand, but we couldn’t. How can one not see the trouble Embedded in a cell’s
we’re in and the dangers that lie ahead if we don’t act now! How can they not membrane are specific
know that everything we do has consequences, either positive or negative, for the
entire planet? Everything is connected. Haven’t they heard of the butterfly effect? protein receptors. Acting
Even those with children don’t seem to realize that everything we do, as insig-
nificant as it may seem, affects the future… our children’s future. Andre and I
as molecule signals, they
don’t buy local food just to be “green.” We buy it because local usually means or- allow cells to communi-
ganic, which is better for our health. Local food and better health…there’s an ob-
vious connection if ever there was one.