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You can’t buy good karma – but you might as well try

May 5, 2010

Photo credit: Wayne National Forest via Creative Common license through Flickr.

It’s rare that I post anything of a personal nature on this journal. But just this once I’m going to break my own rule.

I’m biking in a fundraiser for Climate Cycle – a 62-mile (yes, a metric century!) bike ride that raises funds to install solar panels on Chicago Public Schools. Here’s some of their propaganda:

Did you know that Chicago schools spend more on energy than on textbooks and computers combined? Did you also know that buildings generate more carbon emissions than cars, trains and planes combined?

We believe children are the future. They face the uphill challenge of dwindling financial resources in their schools as well as the inevitable challenge to combat global climate change. Through our Solar Schools Program we believe there is a tremendous opportunity to provide schools both immediate and long term solutions to these serious challenges by:

1. Absorbing the upfront cost of a solar energy system which results in decades of savings.

2. Providing important green education outreach to students in order to maximize the long term benefits of our initiatives.

Imagine how an energy efficient school can be a model to students and the community by using solar power to cut operating costs and carbon emissions, while at the same time incorporating hands-on green education into its curriculum.

So hey, maybe you cut someone off on the morning commute this morning? Or maybe it’s been a while since you told your [parents, child, dog] that you love them? Or have you been gossiping at work lately? C’mon. You know you have.

You might as well at least try to make up for all you’ve done wrong in the world. Right? You’ll feel better about it.

And the single best thing you can do to make up for lost good karma is support me in my fundraiser. As an added bonus (in addition to eternal happiness), my company will be matching all donations dollar-for-dollar up to $250. So you can DOUBLE your karma.

Now that’s a good deal. The Dalai Lama ain’t got nothing on you.

Click here to donate – and I thank you in advance.

If you would like to know more about this fun nonprofit, click here.

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