It seems like there’s a few people in small towns that kind of make their mark on things, and the there’s a lot of people that do a very good job and, you know, ten years after they’re gone, you may or may not remember them. And then there’s a lot of people that don’t do anything. They just could come and go, and that’s that. But I guess I wanted to be one of those people that kind of made a mark a little bit.
Canadian author Chris Turner has written two books on the environmental state of our world and more imporantly of the ways that people around the world make a difference. These people range from low to high socio-economic statuses, from developed and developing countries, and from professional to hobbyist. Together, everyone does their part to make the work a better place.
David Ausberger is quoted in Turner’s latest book, The Leap: How to Survive and Thrive in the Sustainable Economy. Turner tells the story of Ausberger and how he came to own a wind turbine in rural Iowa. Small communities are often home to the start of any large-scale change for two reasons according to Turner: an abundance of social capital; small scale to test the feasibility of a larger concept; and a cautious nature that means that projects are well thought out and have community buy-in.
Our communities are built through the collective vision of everyone who as lived, learned, worked and played there. We don’t often plan to leave a mark on our communities. We plan to fix a problem and make the world a better place. Sometimes it starts with something as simple as tree.