Building Beyond Me Held Steady in #2 on Open Litter Map’s World Cup Leaderboard for Quite a While
Why is it okay that we’re getting close to being knocked out of our place? It’s because that means others with more time and energy to donate to Open Litter Mapping are out in the world, mapping, and making a difference. Yes, I need to try harder. Yes, I want BBMe to stay at the top, but more than that, I want to see meaningful change in the way that we take care of our planet.
As many of you know, and btw, I’m just sort of switching from being BBMe to being Ryan at BBMe, I live in Puerto Rico. When you live on a small island, you see a microcosm of the entire planet. You see immediately where our creation of garbage is so bad that we have 26 landfills overflowing, in what should just be rainforest.
You know The Amazon is on fire right now?
Well, Puerto Rico is just as close, and we should not be developing land that is crucial to creating natural habitats. The pollution here is out of control, but not more than other parts of the world, including the mainland U.S. If the canopy in our rain forest does not recover, it will not be able to cool the clouds formed by the upward thrust of air from the mountain, the condensation will not occur, the clouds will blow away, and we get drier and drier and drier. It’s a scary thought.
We lived for 3/4 of a year with no electricity, and the water we collected off the roof and the buckets we dragged up the hill after Hurricanes Irma and Maria. I tell you this, I would choose water over electricity any day of the millennia!.
So. We’re all just one small person… We can’t make any kind of change… Why bother?
Lies We’ve Been Programmed With
You and I are but a small person, and without everyone’s contributions, the world would not be exactly as it is today. Now we must all take one positive step forward. We must all build beyond “ME” and build into “We” because this is our home. We should at least act like we give a shit.
What Can I do?
Be a Litter Mapper and Picker Upper. You can do it with your Pupper → www.OpenLitterMap.com
Stop using chemicals that destroy our water supplies (bleach, phosphates, etc.)
Stop using one-time-use plastic products - bags, cutlery, cups.
Carry a reusable water bottle. Your whole body will thank you.
Open Litter Mapping - Everyone can do it and it’s great for our environment.
Love to go has been able to start feeding more dogs regularly through your donations. Partnering with Love to Go allows our funds to go further.
In Memory of our friend, Danielle, who passed from cancer. Posted Copy - Author Danielle Dupree brings us Slay the Introvert Way - A Woman's Guide To Seeing Her Value, Finding Her Voice, and Getting Ahead
We must work together as a community to protect the few natural habitats that we have left, especially along our shores. Proyecto Tinglar de Luquillo is working to save a critical habitat which includes turtle nesting grounds.
A guest video for Rebecca Lombardo’s YouTube Channel vlog about mental illness.
We’re using www.openlittermap.com to database litter and create open data for anyone wanting to study it.
Hiring Our Heroes is a program run by The United States Chamber of Commerce Foundation that works to help transition members of the military to civilian or other jobs, and also offers employment opportunities to the spouses of active military members.
If you or anyone you know has the capability of helping us re-home these dogs before they are put to death, we would love to hear from you! firstname.lastname@example.org
The amazing performance by Michael Oliver in Greeley, Colorado. Through music, he is able to tell a very difficult story, and he does it with great talent.
We are raising funds and doing whatever we can to help our four legged friends on the island that are suffering. Partnering with Love to Go will allow our funds to go further.
We cannot let our world turn into a place we don’t want for our children. Let’s all do something little, ensuring we don’t allow apathy to override our ability for action.
It turns out that I like taking film of driving places and then making it go fast and feel like it’s worth watching. I don’t always pull through on the soundtracks, but I guess since it’s my hobby, I’m allowed to have them all messed up, right?
A quick, scenic drive to lunch through the back roads on a rainy day when we couldn’t get home because both roads were flooded out.
Tiffany and I had a chance to discuss some of the challenges with self-care, especially when regular professional care is not immediately available in the Mental Health Services.
Do you know Winnie-the-Pooh’s real first name? We’re so blessed to have another wonderful reading by Karen Unrue.
I would like to drive as fast as you can drive when you speed up the video. I was also on my way home from the Mental Hospital, so it was good to get home expeditiously.
Were you the kid (yeah, we all were) that liked to be read to before we went to bed? Karen Unrue gives us the most beautiful telling of “Tigger is Hungry.” Snap it for later if you need.
A recent experience yanks me back to 2015. You know, because I had to pee. You probably know what that’s like.
Our neighbor, local artist, sculptor, and author, Bill Bourdon. Oh, and a sale for Pride!
This post is past long by, but it’s going in there anyways. Sometimes when I walk, I look down at my shoes. Sometimes I look up for the Chimneys. Chimchimeree Chim Ch Do
Building Beyond Me is excited to announce that Across Red Lines has become a sustaining member.
A quick visit to the Solar Power Puerto Rico conference at the Intercontinental in San Juan, Puerto Rico.
If you’ve got some fencing that needs building, why not grab what’s handy? Also the free-est :) A quick drive for Bamboo in Naguabo, Puerto Rico
Patients in mental hospitals don’t have access to items to meet their basic needs. We’re donating clothes and personal care products.
The world is reeling from climate change. We didn’t start it, but we can stop it. The inspirational speech of David Attenborough at the COP24.
The next step for me in my journey with Mental Illness. This is a tough one to swallow, but it’s time, and my responsibility.
Moments of Clarity and Beyond Clarity are radio shows on TanTalk Radio 1340 Radio Network. We are sharing these shows here because we believe in destigmatizing mental illness and the founder of Building Beyond Me, Ryan, is a guest in these episodes.
What do you or any of us need right now? A small step forward?
Litter is everywhere, but it’s more prevalent in Puerto Rico now than ever before. We are trying our best to clean what little we can, but we can only do so much.