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ONE CHANGE ENEWS :: SEPTEMBER 2009
 
Dr. Roberta Bondar Urges Ottawans to Take Action Against Climate Change at One Change/United Nations Event

If anyone can appreciate the sheer beauty of our planet, it’s someone who has seen it from outer space—looked down on it from the vast expanse of the universe, seen its rivers, forests, mountains, oceans, and jungles, and truly appreciated how delicate Earth really is. Dr. Roberta Bondar (pictured here), Canada’s first female astronaut, took the time to speak to Ottawa residents on September 9 about the importance of working together to protect our planet. “Ethically, our responsibility as a life form is to try and mitigate our impact on this planet,” says Dr. Bondar. “This is not just about being a Canadian; this is about being an earthling.”

The astronaut and avid environmentalist was a special guest speaker at Seal the Deal!, the United Nations’ global campaign that aims to encourage governments to achieve a fair, balanced, and effective climate agreement when they meet in Copenhagen for the United Nations Climate Change Conference this December. “A lot of pressure can be placed from us in society to get political change started,” says Dr. Bondar. Read more here.
 
 
SOCIAL DELTA – Movements start with…well, movement.

The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.

The Chinese philosopher, Lao-Tzu, more than 500 years before the birth of Christ, is credited with this prophetic statement. The original Chinese script has also been translated as “The journey of a thousand miles begins beneath one’s feet,” but either way, the importance of this quotation for social change remains constant:

The beginning of any social change begins from an understanding of where we are, and requires us to make a simple, purposeful action.

“Psst!”

That is the loudest headline I’ve heard in a long time. It is also the key to the newest social marketing initiative of www.Onechange.org. Read more here.
Volunteer with One Change!

One Change is always looking for new and amazing volunteers!

Whether you live in areas where upcoming or ongoing campaigns are taking place (in New Jersey and Puget Sound), or whether you’d just like to bring One Change campaigns to your community, we’d love to have you sign up. Our dream is to bring our campaigns to all parts of Canada and the U.S.—and your interest and support can help make it happen!

Visit our web site to find out more and sign up to volunteer

 
 
  Drew University Students Put Down their Books to Spread a Little Light in Madison, NJ

Schools are back in session, and Project Porchlight is making the most of it! Like hundreds of other students, we packed our bags and showed up at the Drew University campus for the first time on August 27. But unlike the students’ bags, ours were full of compact fluorescent light (CFL) bulbs.

The Project Porchlight team filed into the Drew University Gymnasium, where we greeted approximately 200 new scholars (some of whom are pictured here). Volunteer & Outreach Coordinator Quincey Xavier kicked things off by introducing the students to our campaign, and letting them know the benefits of switching to CFL bulbs. “Everyone was really enthusiastic,” says Quincey. We were a huge hit! Read more here...
 
 
 
One Change speaks on light bulb ban

CBCNewsworld Sept 1, 2009 - CBC anchor Andrew Nichols interviews the Executive Director of One Change Stuart Hickox about the about the European Union phasing out inefficient light bulbs. To watch the video click here.

Volunteer of the Month - Elizabeth DeLorenzo in Bellingham, WA

Elizabeth DeLorenzo (pictured here) discovered Project Porchlight when she strolled into the Bellingham Farmers Market on August 29. The passionate environmentalist was out shopping with her daughter, and was surprised and delighted to see our booth. When she realized that it was an environmental initiative and that partner Puget Sound Energy was involved, she came right up to our team and asked, “What can I do?”

A lot, as it happens! Elizabeth signed up to volunteer at every Project Porchlight event in Bellingham, WA. Read more here...