Model, Mentor, Motivator, and Messenger of Hope

Model, Mentor, Motivator, Messenger of Hope

In my ethics’ classes, I begin each class by inviting anyone to share, for the sake of discussion, any recent events that may have ethical/moral implications, challenges, and/or dilemmas or any individuals who gave evidence of moral courage or even moral outrage regarding unethical behavior or practices.   One of the students mentioned Greta Thunberg who, at age 16,  appeared before European Leaders and the United States Congress; and she was instrumental in being a catalyst for over 4 million individuals throughout the world who marched as a united moral force on September 20 to express their collective concerns and warnings about the dire consequences of global warming.

As facilitators of learning, we can be a model, a mentor, a motivator, and a messenger of hope by encouraging our students to become involved by writing letters to our senators and representatives. Here is a recent email I sent to my Congressman of the 8th district along with sending it to my ethics students encouraging them to become more involved as a model, a mentor, a motivator, and a messenger of hope for some of the more pressing ethical issues in our society today—

Congressman Gallagher,

It is my understanding that in July, Representatives Debbie Dingell(D-MI), Jeff Fortenberry (R-NE) and a bipartisan coalition of more than 60 of their congressional colleagues introduced the Recovering America’s Wildlife Act (H.R. 3742), a  game-changing legislation that will provide steady, guaranteed funding for state wildlife agencies to tackle their most difficult conservation challenges.

Given Washington’s gridlocked politics, you and your colleagues can reach across the aisle and can move this legislation into law to avoid the dire predictions and outcomes as our resources and species decline – more than one-third of America’s fish and wildlife species are now at risk of extinction. (source – National Wildlife Magazine, October-November 2019 – Collin O’Mara – President of the National Wildlife Federation)

“Teach your children

What we have taught our children –

That the earth is our mother.


Whatever befalls the earth

Befalls the sons and daughters of earth

If men spit upon the ground,

They spit upon themselves.


This we know

The earth does not belong to us,

We belong to the earth.

This we know

All things are connected

Like the blood which unites one family.

All things are connected.


Whatever befalls the earth

Befalls the sons and daughters of the earth,

We did not weave the web of life,

We are merely a strand in it.

Whatever we do to the web,

We do to ourselves.”


Chief Seattle

With regards, Roger J. Vanden Busch, 8th District

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