So what does all of this have to do with activism? I was searching for a suitable quote to post on the online condolences section of his obituary, leading to one from John Wesley Powell that fit the bill. But I found the following surprise:
Regardless of how one feels about Ross Perot, his politics, his way of doing business, if one remembers his efforts to become elected as an independent in a past presidential race, one recalls this was someone who implemented a "no nonsense" approach to life. Quite frankly, thanks to his foresight, he brought Apple Computer back from a near death with Steve Jobs and we all know the rest of this story.
We read and hear many proselytizing about water scarcity, water pollution, water, water, everywhere, but one has to ask themselves this question - do any of these "prophets" do anything beyond talk?
The Rainbow Water Coalition has been mostly about greywater, including personal adventures in greywater reuse. So, in the spirit of *cleaning up the river* and contrary to my position that the Oregon Graywater Reuse program may fail due to the emphasis on costly permitting, I anticipate securing the first state permit in my community to ramp up my greywater reuse beyond the Hughie. And my students will continue to be lectured about my adventures, hoping the discussions will inspire them to not only talk about water, but do something about water.
I saw Greg a couple of years ago in Alaska, and spoke to him a couple of weeks ago on the telephone. One thing I noted was that he never spoke about being ill or cancer. Upon reflecting on many famous and often quoted activists, I think I now know why.