Meet Fort Myers Resident Gary Robbins
Work: Retired social groupworker; local and national staff of Planned Parenthood; kitchen and bath designer and entrepreneur; designed and implemented off-site solar panel assembly and transportation system.
Proudest Achievements: Co-founding Pachamama Alliance SWFL to help create an environmentally sustainable, spiritually fulfilling, socially just human presence on this planet; bringing together the climate-related Council of Elders, which established the Climate Action Fund and co-developed the SWFL RESET Center to address the root causes of our local climate crises; active advocate for Lee County in the Florida Rights of Nature Network. Personally, 37 years with my incredible wife/friend/greatest fan and the co-creation of two inspiring, spirit-filled, adult children.
Expectations for the future: Our response to the climate crisis—the decisions we make and the actions we take—will directly impact our living planet. We are interconnected and interdependent and must challenge the “othering” way of thinking built into all our social systems and dive into our own unexamined assumptions if we are to survive and thrive.
Favorite websites: SwflReset.org, FRONN.org, Pachamama.org, FL5.org, CLEOInstitute.org, Belonging.Berkeley.edu, and local websites.
Local or global causes supported: Considering our tragically failed legislative and regulatory system, many of us are working for a Florida state constitutional amendment granting all Floridians the right to clean water, protected wetlands, et al, via FL5.org.
Favorite thing about Natural Awakenings: Its willingness to push at the boundaries of our thinking/language/practice, calling attention to critical community issues and helping us be well, inspired and connected.
Where you pick up your copy of Natural Awakenings: Mother Earth Natural Foods, McGregor Boulevard, South Fort Myers.
Most frequented healthy food restaurant: Chef Brooke's Natural Cafe, South Fort Myers
How I support my community: By truly listening, with my heart and mind... collaborating with others to work from a perspective of regeneration and “enough” (equity) for everyone.
Favorite inspirational quote:
Upaya Zen Center’s Four Great Bodhisattva vows:
Creations are numberless
I vow to free them.
Delusions are inexhaustible
I vow to transform them.
Reality is boundless
I vow to perceive it.
The awakened way is unsurpassable
I vow to embody it.
How I am being the change I want to see in the world: I try to stay in touch with my best internal self, share my visions for a better/more inclusive world with other “imaginal cells,” work to expand the circle of “we” and “us”, and actually embody the best of what I am awakened to.