Tackling overconsumption

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Tackling overconsumption

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I think learning about what overconsumption of our natural resources, as a society and an individual, is essential. Not only because saving those natural resources and respecting those natural resources will ultimately lead to a healthier, cleaner planet; that's the obvious. I think we really have to look at our consumptive habits. I think we need to take two steps back to move forward. I think we need to look at our grandparents, and understand the way they looked at life. They would never disrespect the time, energy, labor, love it took to create your food, your razor, your toothbrush, your clothing, your blankets; whatever you are using on a daily basis. I don't think they ever envisioned or had the idea, that once you used those things, you would throw them away and use another one the next day. I think that they were made to last a long time. I think they were made to serve us, but not to indulge us. I think learning and understanding what consuming our natural resources is all about, it not just an environmental exercise; it's a spiritual endeavor.

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Kelly Meyer, passionate environmentalist and co-founder of the Women's Cancer Research Fund, is an active leader among several national and local environmental organizations.  She currently co-chairs the Leadership Council for the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) and sits on the Board of Southern California’s, Heal the Bay.  Kelly is proud to have been a partner in the building of the first LEED Platinum home in California, Project7ten, which continues to be used to educate people on green building practices. Meyer was instrumental in the passage of the Environmental Education Initiative (EEI), a groundbreaking piece of legislation that requires environmental education in grades K-12 in all public schools in the state of California. She also completed a solar and wind energy project at her children’s public elementary school where the community experienced first hand, the concept of thinking globally while acting locally.  Most recently, she co-founded the Teaching Garden, which strives to eliminate childhood obesity by integrating good nutrition habits and fitness into schools. Now nationwide, it has been adopted by the American Heart Association as part of their prevention campaign. She was recently appointed by Secretary Solis to The Advisory Committee on Veterans’ Employment, Training and Employer Outreach. Kelly is married to Ron Meyer, President and COO of Universal Studios. They have two children and live in Malibu, where she enjoys hiking, surfing and stand up paddling.

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