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Natural Awakenings Reader Snapshots – Dianne Rhodes: Meet Dianne Rhodes

Jan 31, 2014 12:41PM

Life’s mission: To create awareness around our most pressing issue—living with climate change and creating a sustainable planet for our families and the next seven generations.

Work: I now dedicate all of my time to opening the dialogue necessary to create awareness about the effects of our eco-footprint on Mother Earth.

Proudest achievements: Being chosen to train under Vice President Al Gore and his scientists to become one of his "climate reality presenters" and present his slide show anywhere in the world.

Expectations for the future: To create a movement of people who recognize that if we are to have a healthy planet, we must stop the forces that are causing the degradation of our air, soil and water.

Favorite book: The Last Hours of Ancient Sunlight, by Thom Hartmann.

Favorite website: EcoWatch.com is the best, most comprehensive site for science-based information on climate change, as well as cutting-edge green technology at home in the U.S. and Canada, as well as around the world.

Local causes supported: Center for Critical Thinking, Preserve our Paradise, Smart Growth, Happehatchee Center, Naples Green Business Partners and our great farmers’ markets.

Favorite thing about Natural Awakenings: The wonderful articles by Linda Sechrist.  Natural Awakenings keeps me abreast on all that is going on around Naples during the summer, while I am up in Saskatchewan.

Most frequented healthy food restaurant: Food & Thought.

How do you invest in your community: I donate time and resources to teaching, speaking and educating on ways to create and maintain a healthy environment. I will speak wherever I can and give presentations to promote a sustainable community.

Favorite quote: My two favorite quotes are: "Another world is not only possible, she is on her way. On a quiet day I can hear her breathing," by Arundhati Roy.

"It's a beautiful day, the sun is shining, I feel good, so good, and nothing's going to stop me now!" Song lyric by the rock band, Queen.

What are you doing to be the change you want to see in the world? I work at walking my talk by making my home as environmentally sustainable as possible. I compost, have a rain barrel, use grey water for my yard, garden and all outdoor water needs. Solar is my power source. I also recycle everything possible while keeping in mind the important “two R's”—reduce and reuse.

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