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Ricardo Williams

Media Director, IDEAS For Us, Inc.

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How are you helping your local community?

I am an ambassador of "I.D.E.A.S. For Us", a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and accredited NGO of the United Nations, advancing sustainability and solving environmental problems through youth-led action at universities, K-12 schools and communities around the World.

Recently we started a new project called "The Hive". Its a think (and do) tank aimed at addressing Global challenges through local solutions to advance sustainability. Our first Hive has started in Orlando, Florida, but this is a community initiative that we plan to spread to many other cities in the hopes of conquering the five pillars of sustainability: ecology, food, waste, water, and energy.

So my questions to the TED community is... Are you an environmentalist? Do you care about sustaining your community (as well as the world)? And if so, what steps have taken to do so? ... Or maybe you have some IDEAS for us?

And.... GO!

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    Jun 15 2013: Well, certainly I am an environmentalist. One thing I like to do is pick up trash. I like to walk, and in fact don't own a car. If I see a big piece of trash on the sidewalk or street, I'll often pick it up and take it to the nearest trashcan or alley dumpster. Sometimes I'll pass a vacant lot with a lot of trash. Usually amidst the trash one can find empty plastic bags, so I'll often pick up an empty bag and start filling it with the other trash.

    There's one spot I walk past often in my city, about three blocks of undeveloped land that collects a lot of trash. I recently asked the city to investigate who owns that land, and they are finding that they own a part of it, to about six feet back from the sidewalk. So I expect they will start cleaning up those six feet.

    I also use public bathrooms, and when I find a dripping faucet in one, I'll always go find the manager of the store and report it, hoping they will repair it.

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