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Put some heart into it

Dear Editor:Today we live in a society and in an economy suffering from lack of energy and imagination. When I say energy I don’t mean that which comes from oil and its fossil fuel relatives, though certainly that kind is limited, unhealthy, risky and therefore constraining. When I say energy I mean the will to create and grow and prosper; the energy of the entrepreneuring individual and of the healthy democracy. This energy propels our economy when it is formed into solutions and profitable ventures by imaginations that are able to see creative possibilities. When addressing large-scale challenges this energy and imagination is essential.Here I submit that we need a third thing which is also currently lacking: heart. For nothing truly great can be accomplished by society without it. Heart is the courage to believe that every action we single individuals take makes a difference. Heart is the compassion that causes us to feel for our neighbor and at the same time leads us to believe that we can do something to make our shared space, be it our neighborhood or our world, a better place.Addressing the challenges posed by climate change and the intertwined issues of environmental and human health, national and global security, and economic prosperity requires a lot of energy, imagination and heart. Every day there is something we can do, large or to make a difference. This Saturday (today) the city of Aspen’s Canary Initiative is pleased to work with the Hyatt to bring the Live Earth concerts to downtown Aspen via big-screen satellite feed. Come listen to music, learn more about how climate change is affecting Aspen, and receive free energy efficient light bulbs and water saving devices from 3 to 9 p.m. at the Silver Circle Ice Rink across from Rubey Park in front of the Hyatt. Bring your family and friends. Canary staff will be on hand to answer questions and take your ideas. For more information on the event, please visit http://www.liveearth.org.Calla R. OstranderCanary Initiative facilitatorCity of Aspen

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