ok ok OK! I've been slacking!
I'm feeling like "Gnomes" by Rien Poortvliet and Wil Huygen should be required reading for all. Why?? Because gnomes are perfect citizens!
They don't destroy the world around them, they live in perfect harmony with nature, they co-exist with all animals, they keep to themselves and don't bother anybody, they're really super smart and super talented, they make everything by hand, they don't over-populate the world, they live super simple lives, and on top of all that, they're cute as a button.
All this "Green" stuff we're trying to do now? They've been doing it, since the beginning. All this poverty and war nonsense we're addicted to? Not even an issue in the world of the Gnome. They may only be 6" tall, but they're way larger than we'll ever be- in terms of love, compassion, harmony, respect and balance. They're a perfect role model for Humanity.
All kidding aside, if you've never read this book, you HAVE TO. You will be inspired. I guarantee it.