Car-Free or Car-Lite: A little Environmental Consciousness Today
Given the subtitle of this Blog, “Mediation, Law and other Bubbe Meises,” I have given myself the freedom to write about disparate subjects, whatever comes to mind and inspires me at the moment.
The subjects include mediation, law, a Jewish perspective of social responsibility and ethics, public transportation advocacy, politics, history and other miscellaneous this-and-that.
Most often, but not always, I try to blend the subjects.
I will try a new blend today because of two unrelated events this week.
The first is this: Today is Tu BiSh’vat, the Jewish “New Year of the Trees” which celebrates nature and the environment.
When looking online to remind myself of the holiday, I saw a page entitled “Tu BiSh’vat Social Justice Guide” at http://www.reformjudaism.org/tu-bishvat-social-justice-guide .
In my view, and according to the above page, social justice includes environmental consciousness.
The second is this: Earlier this week, I had a conversation about public transportation with a Los Angeles attorney I know via my mediation practice, Rebecca G. Gundzik.
In our conversation, Rebecca introduced me to a pet project of hers called “Car Free SFV.” See, http://www.facebook.com/CarFreeSFV
Car Free SFV is certainly environmental consciousness and so I made the mental connection with Tu BiSh’vat.
When I looked at the Car Free SFV Page today, I decided to do three things:
(a) I “liked” the page so I can keep up with its news,
(b) I decided that, for today, I will try not to use my car much, if at all, in honor of Tu BiSh’vat, and
(c) I will recommend via this post that others try a car-free or car-lite day and “take alternative forms of transportation (walk, bike or take the Metro) to the extent they are able.”) (Id.)
I may also take a walk later to enjoy our local urban forest and to wish the trees a “Happy New Year.”
David I. Karp is a full time mediator of real estate and business disputes, principally, who also enjoys trees, nature and not driving. His website is at http://karpmediation.com . He apologizes for any ads affixed to this post by wordpress.com; they are not his.