Here's an email newsletter from Cooltribe.

Dear Cooltribe member,

This newsletter is to inform you of the new exciting features added to Cooltribe this month. But first, I would like to take a second to thank you all for your continued support.

Two months ago, Cooltribe didn't exist and already today, we have the solid foundations of a caring and active community. What inspires me is our ability to collectively make a difference, to make our mark on the world. The world doesn't change overnight and we know it takes more than one person but let's not underestimate the power of one single action and its ripple effects.

We have chosen the pressing issue of the "Rainforests" as the first cause Cooltribe will address. At the current rate of deforestation, 75% of the Amazon will be depleted by 2030 so we need to take action. Cooltribe has made a pledge to plant 1 million trees in the rainforests and with your help we can do this in time for the Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen, December 2009.

How will we achieve that?

o For every new member who joins Cooltribe and for every existing member with a completed profile, we will plant 1 tree in the rainforests, FREE to our members

o You will receive, from our tree planting partner, (who is fully regulated by DEFRA), a full certificate with GPS coordinates of the tree's location, the type of tree planted and the amount of CO2 absorbed by the tree during its lifetime. Show it off!

So what can YOU do to help?

o First, check that your profile is completed. When it is, automatically, you will be eligible for 1 tree and a tree icon will appear by your profile.

o Tell as many people as possible about our initiative and get them to join us. We need your help to spread the message and achieve our 1 million trees.

In addition to the above, you will be pleased to see our "Interview with Eco-Heroes" box where we will bring you weekly exciting interviews of people who are walking the green talk. If you know a "Eco-Hero", please let us know and we will try our hardest to interview them. We have also fixed bugs and made other technical tweaks.

We have many more changes in the pipeline, like for example a reward system where we will select member of the week/month so bear with us as we implement them.

Your continued feedback is appreciated and we will try to incorporate your suggestions in our future releases.

Big Hugs as always

Hessia Fernandes
Founder, Cooltribe

I joined. I'm an environmentalist. I have been since I first started learning about naturalism and conservation as a little kid. Good stewardship is Christian. Bad stewardship is antichrist. Of course, the metaphysical has its dark side versus truth too; so within circles claiming Christianity, there's plenty of the attitude that since "matter" is not spirit and God is spirit, it must be okay to ruin the Creation. Well, the Creation is home to many, and Jesus doesn't destroy his neighbor's homes. If everyone were to care on the level that our brother, Jesus, demonstrated in the flesh, we'd be in Heaven already right here and now.

Don't let the simplicity of this post fool you. The issue of environmentalism goes straight to the heart. To be consistent, everyone has to be an environmentalist; but to be a consistent environmentalist, everyone has to love one another as Jesus loved and still loves his closest friends and relatives in flesh and spirit.

If everyone would come to comprehend that, again, we'd be in Heaven already right here and now. I'm sorry my mundane brothers and sisters turn their backs in selfishness. I'm pleased my real, spiritual brothers and sisters stand up though.

The Christian Commons Project is Creation care.


Tom Usher

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    Employment: 2008 - present, website developer and writer. 2015 - present, insurance broker. Education: Arizona State University, Bachelor of Science in Political Science. City University of Seattle, graduate studies in Public Administration. Volunteerism: 2007 - present, president of the Real Liberal Christian Church and Christian Commons Project.
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