CF100: 2016 04 24 – Harriet Tubman & Earth Day

Each week the Orlando Sentinel asks two questions of 100 community leaders in Central Florida. Those with access to the online Sentinel can read all of this  week’s 100-word responses here . For those without access, my responses are below. Selected responses appear in the Sunday edition while the on-line comments are available a day or two before. My Tubman comments were selected fro publication this week.


What was the biggest story of the week?

Harriet Tubman will grace the front of our $20 bills in the not too distant future according to a decision announced this week. While many opinions were offered in recent years as options were considered, this choice is a good one. In honoring Tubman, we honor not only a women but also a former slave who was an activist and organizer. It is understandable that we honor presidents and those within the system. It is also right and good that we honor those who challenge the system, calling us to our highest values and to the nation we should be.

What will be the biggest story in the coming week?

As we wrap up our Earth Day celebrations, let’s hope the future leads to sustained efforts to create a sustainable future for Central Florida. A jump in the number of organizations at Central Florida Earth Day bodes well, as does increasing collaboration between groups. Environmental and climate issues are what design thinkers call “wicked” problems. They defy simple solutions and often require actions that seem contradictory. No one has all the answers, but working together, with our various skills, knowledge, and perspectives, we can create a peaceful, just, and sustainable future for our community and our world.


The series focuses on state and local news.

Read the Sentinel’s introduction to the series

Read my first post on the series.

My posts related to this can be found using the categories in the right sidebar. Click either Central Florida or Current Events.

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One Response to CF100: 2016 04 24 – Harriet Tubman & Earth Day

  1. Mary Ellen says:

    I’m happy about Harriet Tubman…I was hoping that either she or Sojourner Truth would get the nod…I’d like to see a Native American person on our money someday, too.

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