When Dolores Huerta rallied the crowd at the Dalai Lama’s 80th Birthday party to proclaim, “Who’s got the power? We’ve got the power!” Noble Peace Prize winner Jody Williams claimed she wanted to “wash her feet with her hair, like Mary Magdalene.” The Dalai Lama beamed, as he took Dolores’ hand and squeezed it.
The power to clean up our world lies more in our hands than most of us admit. (That’s not to say that legislation isn’t necessary, too.) Every day in every corner of the world, there are leaders and everyday folks living more sustainable lives, and leading by example.
Yo Esbensen, the founder of Rogue Status, made commuting by bike cool in Venice Beach, California back in 2003 — before there were designated bike lanes. Now there are bike centers everywhere along the beach, and designated lanes with bright green lines that can’t be missed. He didn’t lobby the City Council. He just got on a bike and rode around with his friends. Everywhere. He believes that BMX bikes should be allowed in skate parks or offered equal facilities.
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Yo Esbensen, the Founder of Rogue Status, Biking in Venice California
Natalie Pace is the co-creator of the Earth Gratitude Project and the author of The ABCs of Money, The ABCs of Money for College, The Gratitude Game and Put Your Money Where Your Heart Is. She blogs on Huffington Post and Medium, and is a frequent guest contributor to national news shows and magazines. She has been ranked the No. 1 stock picker, above over 830 A-list pundits, by an independent tracking agency, and has been saving homes and nest eggs since 1999.