You Get What You Give

Wake up kids, we’ve got the dreamers disease
Age fourteen, they got you down on your knees
So polite, we’re busy still saying please
Frienemies, who when you’re down ain’t your friend
Every night, we smash their mercedes-benz
First we run, and then we laugh ’till we cry

But when the night is falling, you cannot find the light
You feel your dreams are dying, hold tight

* You’ve got the music in you
Don’t let go, you’ve got the music in you
One dance left, this world is gonna pull through
Don’t give up, you’ve got a reason to live
Can’t forget, we only get what we give

I’m comin’ home baby, you’re tops, give it to me now

Four a.m., we ran a miracle mile
We’re flat broke, but hey we do it in style
The bad rich, God’s flying in for your trial
But when the night is falling and you cannot find a friend
You feel your tree is breaking, just bend

This whole damn world can fall apart
You’ll be OK follow your heart
You’re in harms way I’m right behind
Now say you’re mine

Don’t let go, I feel the music in you
Fly high
What’s real can’t die
You only get what you give
You’re gonna get what you give
Just dont be afraid to live

Health insurance rip off lying
FDA big bankers buying
Fake computer crashes dining
Cloning while they’re multiplying
Fashion shoots with Beck and Hanson
Courtney love and marilyn manson
You’re all fakes, run to your mansions
Come around, we’ll kick your ass in
Don’t let go
One dance left
Don’t give up
Can’t forget …

Song by “New Radicals”

No Styrofoam Please

This is cool stuff! I visited Chiang Mai last week and took a walk along the walking street from Tha Pae gate toward Wat Pra Sing. I had a really good sense of hope, of course, not about buying stuff but something that I really admired – citizen action!

At Wat Pan Oan (วัดพันอ้น) one of several buddhist temples along the street crowded by hundred of food stalls where people stopped over and had something to eat. Here no styrofoam allow! Big sign hanging from the tree read “no foam for for food project” (sponsor by one businessman who want to encourage market for green products – I don’t remember his name). There is waste segregation station where young volunteer standing to help people to put their own food waste into the right slot. Food waste including leftover liquid drink will be put on one big bin. This is very important as people seem to both enjoying eating and shopping.

Zero Waste Station

I forgot to ask young volunteer boy taking care of waste station where all these stuff go. As far as informal waste management practice concerned, all food waste will go to composting, all recyclables will go to recycling facility, other items can reuse or reprocess. As styrofoam is not allow it makes waste management more promising

This is cool stuff! Small steps that will finally influence the big systems to which we are connected. Help cutting consumption of unsustainable products like “styrofoam” is a good start to help transform the wider waste management system in the country.

If you have chance to walk, shop, and eat along Chiang Mai’s walking street you can do your own bit – help the guy at waste separation station at Wat Pan Oan and enjoy it. Every time you design a bit of our lives to reduce your impact, support good efforts and make your lives more comfortable, beautiful, and exciting, you are sending a powerful message to everyone around you.