PATRIOT ACT(S)


World War II posters

Recently during a Saturday hike in the mountains, while enjoying lively conversation with one of our friend (Allan of Eco-Now), someone brought up how saving fuel/energy, growing food and living sustainably is patriotic. It is the best symbolic and most active support we can give our troops who are fighting in the Mid-East. 

Our grandparents answered the urgent call to action during WWII.   Each American was encouraged to “supported the troops”  by religiously conserving, recycling and sacrificing for a “just cause. ”  Many Americans participated, both young and old in this higher call to action.   

The following catchy slogans influenced and called on citizens to do their duty: “Make Yours a Victory Home”; “Don’t Be a Drip – Save Water”; “War Against Waste ” ;  “Plant A Victory Garden – Our Food is Fighting!” ; “Use Spades, Not Ships – Grow Your Own Food “;  “Fuel Fights! Save Your Share.”   Sadly, this administration’s War Dept has no catchy posters, slogans or calls to action for American citizens. 

My question to all of us today: Will we do our part, have we done our part?   There’s more to do than just putting up yellow ribbons. I know we, here at PTF, can/should do more.  

What have we/you challenged our/yourself to accomplish this week, today? A fellowblogger has challenged others to install energy efficient bulbs (thanks to Pasadena’s rebate program a few years back, we have already switched to energy efficient light bulbs); however, it’s good to keep challenging ourselves, continue looking for improvements to reduce our impact on the planet.

We encourage people to do what they can with what they have. Any steps (no matter how small or “insignificant”) to lighten our footprint are better than waiting around for “the perfect situation” or “someone else to fix it.” These steps and efforts combined are giant steps towards a sustainable present and future.

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  1. Wildside says:

    Hear,hear!!!

  2. gerry medland says:

    Hi All,
    an interesting article.Here on this side of the pond we have suffered so many cut backs in the strength of our armed forces that serious questions are now emerging as to the UK state of readiness in an emergency.It is nothing to be ashamed of to be patriotic,as a former serving soldier I hold Patriotism to the highest value!We can all make do and mend,we can all use our imagination to solve a problem rather than buy new or use precious resources without thought or regard!

  3. baloghblog says:

    Thanks for the link, and I completely agree with you on the patriotic issue.

    I posted on just the same thing recently, though not as eloquently. I also had a pic of a WWII poster. Why don’t they bring those back, or at least a form of it? Someone should be jumping on that and start tapping into the energy of the masses. There are many out there who would love to contribute, and just don’t know how. Maybe the posters will have to start at the grass roots level, considering this administration wouldn’t do anything that would possibly slow down consumption in this country, it’s (sadly) all we have left.

    I guess that your comments don’t allow linking.

    FYI, here’s is my second weekly challenge:
    http://baloghblog.blogspot.com/2005/06/i-cant-drive-55.html

    and my patriotic slant:
    http://baloghblog.blogspot.com/2005/06/idea-that-i-forgot-to-mention.html

  4. Anais says:

    Thanks Gerry and Baloghblog for your great comments.

    Agreed – it’s now up to US to bring about change.

    Thanks for doing your part.

  5. Mimi says:

    I love the whole WWII era. It has been portrayed in much the romantic and bravery light. BUt I think there is something to being mindful of waste (maybe not romantic but…) I think there is something satisfying and comforting about it. When the world is very wild and unpredictable, working feels good and reliable. Thanks for the posters and the reminders.

  6. JBB says:

    While browsing in the used cookbook store (Washington & Hill), I came across a book Home Canning for Victory: http://www.cookbkjj.com/bookhtml/018896.html