Help Wanted – Earth

If you care about the environment keep reading, if not STOP right now!

Now that that is established, if you would like to network with other like minded people I would like to invite you to join Global Force, a new FREE online Green Social Network.  Global Force aims to help preserve our planet with a safe online community where we can exchange ideas and together find solutions to escalating environmental issues.

They give you simple tips and tools (including a weekly newsletter) for your own green living that you can share with everyone you know and actually BE a part of the solution.

I invite you to join Global Force with me whether you are curious and just starting to understand “green” or if you are an Eco-Warrior already practicing a low carbon footprint.

It’s easy… just visit the GlobalForce website. Use the free carbon calculators to measure your personal environmental impact and learn how you can actually become carbon neutral.

An opportunity like this has been a dream of mine for many years.  Officially launching on Earth Day 2010 I am very happy to also invite you to join Eco Mart. Eco Mart connects YOU the individual, to the pipeline of billions of dollars that, over the coming years, will be spent on eco-friendly, socially responsible and sustainable products as the world goes green… and Eco Mart pays you for helping expand the community and reduce our environmental impact!

I am seeking to work with like minded people who care about the environment and want to make a difference.  If that is you, join now and let’s work together to create a more environmentally friendly society. If you know others who care about the environment get them to join too. This is a grass roots job, it’s in OUR power and this company gives people like you and me the incentive to go green and help others go green.

Go to my Eco Mart web site now, and contact me, lets get to know each other and work together to help save our planet.

Sincerely,

David Mitchell Blood
941-586-9959

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Just say NO to Bottled Water

Bottled water is a problem on many levels, the waste/pollution, chemicals leaching into the water, and quality of the water.  Watch The Story of Bottled Water

and Click through this slide show to see why you don’t want to buy bottled water.

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Is MLM in conflict with idealists and green activists?


This is a very valid question, I think anyone who is driven by more than money, who wants to work for a higher purpose with integrity should question this.

For years I’ve had a love hate relationship with MLM. As an idealist and someone who sees how greed has damaged our world I hate the get rich, materialistic, self-centered hype that most Network Marketing companies use to attract and motivate people.

While I desire a good income, the over the top materialistic focus so common in MLM is not only not me, I find it offensive. You may feel the same.

Marketing approaches such as “Automatically Make up to $1,000 to $5,000 a Week” focus only on greed and promote expectations that very, very few will ever achieve. That is not something that I could ever be proud to be associated with.

Yes, MLM is often abused. However, if you were to avoid an industry because of abuse, you could not do law, education, construction, politics, non-profits, real-estate, religion, or any business or profession. There is abuse everywhere, look for what you want to do, what you are passionate about, do your research on it, then if you like what you find do it, and do it right.

On the positive side as an idealist I love the life changing products and services that many MLM companies have. Network Marketing companies have in fact been years ahead of the market leading with environmentally friendly products, health and skin care products that are truly good for you. In fact one very well respected MLM company became the very first certified climate neutral corporation on the planet.

Network marketing companies often lead with nutritional products and unique services that buck the establishment. They also market the type of products and services that need person to person recommendations, they wouldn’t do well sitting on a store shelf next to cheaper bargain products. They need passionate activists who believe in their value to promote them.

I love that Network Marketing is a low cost business that people can start with very little money and not only build residual incomes for themselves, but help others do the same. I love that people can start and succeed regardless of education, background, race, religion, etc.

Network marketing at it’s best is about working together co-operatively to help each other succeed, and that is extremely idealist. Network Marketing / MLM when treated as a business has also rescued many people from financial disaster in tough times.

Like many people best selling author Robert Kiyosaki was against Multi-Level Marketing for many years, but after opening his mind he saw advantages to it that few other businesses offer. He says: “Long-term success is a reflection of your education, life experience, and personal character. Many Network-marketing companies provide training in those key areas.”

To make change in society idealists and activists have to overcome self-doubt, fear of rejection, shyness, many times dealing with nay sayers even out right opposition, and learn to keep going after failing. Network Marketing /direct sales can provide excellent experience in these areas.

Further a Network Marketing business is something that can be started part-time. Lets say that you’re not working in the area that you desire to work in, you’ve got a job that helps pay the bills but it’s not your passion. If you find a MLM company that is aligned with your passion, you can start part time there. You can build it up to a full time venture that can give you more freedom to contribute and work for (including volunteering) causes that you are passionate about. Many successful people in the industry have done just that.

To be most effective and have the most credibility in promoting change a higher level of education is often required, at a high cost. With a network marketing business you could have the financial and time freedom to go back to school to get the education that could help you more effectively promote your passion.

While many MLM companies seem to focus on money and greed, many also have excellent products and services that genuinely help to improve health, the environment, society, etc. A few go above and beyond with truly exceptional products and services PLUS a clear mission and purpose to do good and make a positive difference in the world. These I believe any person driven by higher ideals could be proud to be associated with.

Network marketing companies almost always have higher priced products. While it would be nice to be able to get the highest quality products at bargain prices the reality is that just won’t happen and cheap products are cheap for a reason, often because they are bad for both you and the environment. This is one of the challenges toward making real positive change in the choices people make with their purchases, and a major reason that such products are more often found in person to person relationship based or network marketing opportunities rather than sitting on store shelves.

With my values, one company in particular stands out above all others with their focus on protecting, preserving, and enhancing the environment. I have thought for years that Network Marketing would be a key way to mainstream Green products and living. My frustration was that while many MLM companies have environmentally friendly cleaning products, very few have anything else with a strong environmental focus.

Eco Mart has changed that with a diverse and growing line of green products. Of course they have cleaning products and nutrition – network marketing staples. They also have car products, biodegradable trash bags , pet food, water products, a beer maker, and much more on the way.

Eco Mart is also a zero carbon footprint company, one more thing to feel very good about.  Even the web site is hosted on green servers that are off the grid.

Another key reason I like Eco Mart is that there is no $200-$500 or more fee to get started in this business, just register for a small one time $45 with no monthly fees for replicated websites (that is FREE!), buy products, use them, and share with others. It’s very simple.  Several of the products are very easy to sample and demonstrate.

There is also a FREE social network called Global Force to unite and educate people in the cause of protecting the environment.  And a weekly environmental newsletter called Footprints.

Through Eco Mart you can choose to use products that are better for the environment plus you have an incentive to choose them because you can earn income when others you share it with purchase.

There are many ways to do this, one of the most effective of which is to put on Personal Green Living Expos to not only promote Global Force, Eco Mart, our products, and opportunity but to give valuable tips to guests for living a greener life even if they don’t purchase any products.

Eco Mart gives you an economic incentive to promote these products and services enabling you to be an environmental activist while earning an income. If there was ever an MLM for idealists and green activists this, for me is it.

Is it right for you? I invite you to find out now.

Go to my Eco Mart web site and register now. Purchase some products and try them for yourself, also call and connect with me, let’s really get to know each other, I want to help you, and to help promote greener, more environmentally responsible living any way I can.  My number is 941-586-9959

We have the training and support to help you be an environmental activist while earning a living that you can be proud of.

Discover if Eco Mart is right for you, register and try some products now, and together we can cast a green shadow as professional environmental activists.

To A Better Future,

David Mitchell Blood

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Go Green, Live Rich

You have very likely heard of David Bach, you may have even read some of his “Finish Rich” bestsellers. This book is titled “Live Rich” rather than “Finish Rich” for a good reason, he says that going green now can help you live a richer life NOW, rather than just finishing rich later. I absolutely agree.

In the book David Bach outlines 50 simple ways to save the Earth, but he does much more. Many people who are attracted to his other books on automatic wealth and finishing rich may not have thought that much about “green”, he uses his position and voice to reach those people and help to mainstream green even more. He shows how simple it can be, how it can better everyones life, and gives a wealth of resources. Thank you David!

Mr. Bach actually went green by accident. A new building he moved into is the greenest building in NYC, he moved there for location, not because it was green. He found his life and health improving so much there that he was hooked and is now a green advocate. I love accidents like that!

As in his other books David recommends starting a business to increase your wealth with a focus on Green businesses, this is solid advice with what is happening on the world right now. Green is the hottest thing out there and that is as it should be, we need to take action fast to save our planet.

Eco Mart had not lunched yet when Mr. Bach Wrote this book so it is not included. As it is a very low cost to start up, has a great compensation plan, and a wonderfully diverse line of green products (with many more being added) I believe it should be, I recommend it over any other green home based businesses that I have seen.

There are several direct selling companies out there with green cleaning products which I have great respect for, the problem for me is that the cleaning products is where the green opportunity stops with most companies. That is what Eco Mart is all about so they are making available a very wide verity of products that are consumable as well as single purchase products. I’ve been looking for something like this for over twenty years, even with all the other green start ups out there I don’t see any other that comes close to Eco Mart.

Anyway I got a bit off track. Many people think of green has having to sacrifice and give up things. Not only does it not have to be like that, it can be a much better life. I recommend David Bach’s book for that reason. It is a great resource for learning how a greener life can be a richer life.

I highly recommend it, it and more information is available on his web site, plus here is a video from him about it.

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What we are facing

I am republishing this commencement address from Paul Hawken’s as it outlines the reality we are facing on this planet. Fortunately it also puts forth the hope that we CAN do something about it. I agree, that is why I am on thr Free Global Force Social Network and in the Eco Mart Business and urge others to join me. Together we can save and change the world.

David

Paul Hawken’s Commencement Address to the Class of 2009

University of Portland, May 3rd, 2009

by Paul Hawken

When I was invited to give this speech, I was asked if I could give a simple short talk that was “direct, naked, taut, honest, passionate, lean, shivering, startling, and graceful.” No pressure there.

Let’s begin with the startling part. Class of 2009: you are going to have to figure out what it means to be a human being on earth at a time when every living system is declining, and the rate of decline is accelerating. Kind of a mind-boggling situation… but not one peer-reviewed paper published in the last thirty years can refute that statement. Basically, civilization needs a new operating system, you are the programmers, and we need it within a few decades.

This planet came with a set of instructions, but we seem to have misplaced them. Important rules like don’t poison the water, soil, or air, don’t let the earth get overcrowded, and don’t touch the thermostat have been broken. Buckminster Fuller said that spaceship earth was so ingeniously designed that no one has a clue that we are on one, flying through the universe at a million miles per hour, with no need for seatbelts, lots of room in coach, and really good food-but all that is changing.

There is invisible writing on the back of the diploma you will receive, and in case you didn’t bring lemon juice to decode it, I can tell you what it says: You are Brilliant, and the Earth is Hiring. The earth couldn’t afford to send recruiters or limos to your school. It sent you rain, sunsets, ripe cherries, night blooming jasmine, and that unbelievably cute person you are dating. Take the hint.

And here’s the deal: Forget that this task of planet-saving is not possible in the time required. Don’t be put off by people who know what is not possible. Do what needs to be done, and check to see if it was impossible only after you are done.

When asked if I am pessimistic or optimistic about the future, my answer is always the same: If you look at the science about what is happening on earth and aren’t pessimistic, you don’t understand the data. But if you meet the people who are working to restore this earth and the lives of the poor, and you aren’t optimistic, you haven’t got a pulse. What I see everywhere in the world are ordinary people willing to confront despair, power, and incalculable odds in order to restore some semblance of grace, justice, and beauty to this world.

The poet Adrienne Rich wrote, “So much has been destroyed I have cast my lot with those who, age after age, perversely, with no extraordinary power, reconstitute the world.” There could be no better description. Humanity is coalescing. It is reconstituting the world, and the action is taking place in schoolrooms, farms, jungles, villages, campuses, companies, refuge camps, deserts, fisheries, and slums.

You join a multitude of caring people. No one knows how many groups and organizations are working on the most salient issues of our day: climate change, poverty, deforestation, peace, water, hunger, conservation, human rights, and more. This is the largest movement the world has ever seen. Rather than control, it seeks connection. Rather than dominance, it strives to disperse concentrations of power. Like Mercy Corps, it works behind the scenes and gets the job done. Large as it is, no one knows the true size of this movement. It provides hope, support, and meaning to billions of people in the world. Its clout resides in idea, not in force. It is made up of teachers, children, peasants, businesspeople, rappers, organic farmers, nuns, artists, government workers, fisherfolk, engineers, students, incorrigible writers, weeping Muslims, concerned mothers, poets, doctors without borders, grieving Christians, street musicians, the President of the United States of America, and as the writer David James Duncan would say, the Creator, the One who loves us all in such a huge way.

There is a rabbinical teaching that says if the world is ending and the Messiah arrives, first plant a tree, and then see if the story is true. Inspiration is not garnered from the litanies of what may befall us; it resides in humanity’s willingness to restore, redress, reform, rebuild, recover, reimagine, and reconsider. “One day you finally knew what you had to do, and began, though the voices around you kept shouting their bad advice,” is Mary Oliver’s description of moving away from the profane toward a deep sense of connectedness to the living world.

Millions of people are working on behalf of strangers, even if the evening news is usually about the death of strangers. This kindness of strangers has religious, even mythic origins, and very specific eighteenth-century roots. Abolitionists were the first people to create a national and global movement to defend the rights of those they did not know. Until that time, no group had filed a grievance except on behalf of itself. The founders of this movement were largely unknown – Granville Clark, Thomas Clarkson, Josiah Wedgwood – and their goal was ridiculous on the face of it: at that time three out of four people in the world were enslaved. Enslaving each other was what human beings had done for ages. And the abolitionist movement was greeted with incredulity.

Conservative spokesmen ridiculed the abolitionists as liberals, progressives, do-gooders, meddlers,and activists. They were told they would ruin the economy and drive England into poverty. But forthe first time in history a group of people organized themselves to help people they would never know, from whom they would never receive direct or indirect benefit. And today tens of millions of people do this every day. It is called the world of non-profits, civil society, schools, social entrepreneurship, non-governmental organizations, and companies who place social and environmental justice at the top of their strategic goals. The scope and scale of this effort is unparalleled in history.

The living world is not “out there” somewhere, but in your heart. What do we know about life? In the words of biologist Janine Benyus, life creates the conditions that are conducive to life. I can think of no better motto for a future economy. We have tens of thousands of abandoned homes without people and tens of thousands of abandoned people without homes. We have failed bankers advising failed regulators on how to save failed assets. We are the only species on the planet without full employment. Brilliant. We have an economy that tells us that it is cheaper to destroy earth in real time rather than renew, restore, and sustain it. You can print money to bail out a bank but you can’t print life to bail out a planet. At present we are stealing the future, selling it in the present, and calling it gross domestic product. We can just as easily have an economy that is based on healing the future instead of stealing it. We can either create assets for the future or take the assets of the future. One is called restoration and the other exploitation. And whenever we exploit the earth we exploit people and cause untold suffering. Working for the earth is not a way to get rich, it is a way to be rich.

The first living cell came into being nearly 40 million centuries ago, and its direct descendants are in all of our bloodstreams. Literally you are breathing molecules this very second that were inhaled by Moses, Mother Teresa, and Bono. We are vastly interconnected. Our fates are inseparable. We are here because the dream of every cell is to become two cells. And dreams come true. In each of you are one quadrillion cells, 90 percent of which are not human cells. Your body is a community, and without those other microorganisms you would perish in hours. Each human cell has 400 billion molecules conducting millions of processes between trillions of atoms. The total cellular activity in one human body is staggering: one septillion actions at any one moment, a one with twenty-four zeros after it. In a millisecond, our body has undergone ten times more processes than there are stars in the universe, which is exactly what Charles Darwin foretold when he said science would discover that each living creature was a “little universe, formed of a host of self-propagating organisms, inconceivably minute and as numerous as the stars of heaven.”

So I have two questions for you all: First, can you feel your body? Stop for a moment. Feel your body. One septillion activities going on simultaneously, and your body does this so well you are free to ignore it, and wonder instead when this speech will end. You can feel it. It is called life. This is who you are. Second question: who is in charge of your body? Who is managing those molecules? Hopefully not a political party. Life is creating the conditions that are conducive to life inside you, just as in all of nature. Our innate nature is to create the conditions that are conducive to life. What I want you to imagine is that collectively humanity is evincing a deep innate wisdom in coming together to heal the wounds and insults of the past.

Ralph Waldo Emerson once asked what we would do if the stars only came out once every thousand years. No one would sleep that night, of course. The world would create new religions overnight. We would be ecstatic, delirious, made rapturous by the glory of God. Instead, the stars come out every night and we watch television.

This extraordinary time when we are globally aware of each other and the multiple dangers that threaten civilization has never happened, not in a thousand years, not in ten thousand years. Each of us is as complex and beautiful as all the stars in the universe. We have done great things and we have gone way off course in terms of honoring creation. You are graduating to the most amazing, stupefying challenge ever bequested to any generation. The generations before you failed. They didn’t stay up all night. They got distracted and lost sight of the fact that life is a miracle every moment of your existence. Nature beckons you to be on her side. You couldn’t ask for a better boss.

The most unrealistic person in the world is the cynic, not the dreamer. Hope only makes sense when it doesn’t make sense to be hopeful. This is your century. Take it and run as if your life depends on it.

Paul Hawken is an environmentalist, entrepreneur, journalist, and author. His books include Blessed Unrest.
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Work with purpose not just for a paycheck.

What where your dreams as a child? Where you going to change the world, make it better? Are you doing work with purpose that is making a difference, or did “reality” set in and you’re not following your dreams? If your dreams got side tracked by “reality” this blog will help you reawaken them!

It will show you how can earn a living, a fabulous living, in ways that make money and makes life better for you, your family, your community, society, and our planet.

This blog will show you how to build a home based business from a values and right livelihood perspective emphasizing an environmentally positive and ethical business opportunity.

This blog is a resource for anyone who wants to have a home based business that is more than just a paycheck. It is for people who do or want to earn a living that is congruent with their values of helping to make the would a better, more holistic, and greener place.

If you care about earning income while making a positive difference, and living more simply, this can be a wonderful resource for you. It is a place of encouragement and support for like minded people.

If you care most about earning income just to get more things like opulent homes and luxury cars, another site might fit you better. But your welcome to stay and learn of a more fulfilling way of living.

I have no problem with money or wealth. In fact many wealthy people are great humanitarians and environmentalists who choose to give a great deal back to society and the Earth, to enrich others lives by sharing their wealth, to live more simply (below their means), to live in environmentally friendly homes, and to drive more environmentally friendly cars, etc. That is wonderful, and is FULLY supported and encouraged here. However I’m not too keen on obtaining wealth just to live an overly extravagant lifestyle. I really can’t judge that, but this blog wouldn’t be a good fit for those who seek just that. It is a blog with a higher purpose.

It is my goal on this blog to provide like minded people, with resources to be able to create a living income (no matter what size, large or small) that is totally in alignment with your core values, vision, and dreams, as well as protecting the environment.

Welcome, I hope that you will find this to be a valuable, enjoyable, and useful resource and that you will join me as a Eco Mart Ecopreneur working to enrich life on this planet.

Sincerely,

David

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