We've just finished over six weeks of daily challenges and wow ... what an experience. There was a little bit of everything ... and hopefully we all went away with a new perspective ... and maybe some new practices. For me, receiving challenges each day was fun ... sometimes the different wording or slight "slant" on a theme makes me see things differently. And, of course, your comments and articles always inspire me.
Here's a brief recap of the final challenges:
- Day 43 asked us to check into a renewable energy plan. Click HERE to read comments by EcoGrrl, Zoe and Mrs. Green.
- Day 44 asked us to give away unwanted and unused possessions. Read comments by EcoGrrl, Nicki Woo, Melanie and Kristina HERE.
- Day 45 asked us to consider whether or not we really need the light bulb which we removed earlier and if so, to replace it with a CFL. Click HERE to read comments by Rewinn, Nicki Woo and Daddy Forever.
- Day 46 asked us to review the list of challenges and consider which ones we'll continue to practice. You'll find comments by EcoGrrl, Ann and Kristina HERE.
- Day 47 was our final day and congratulations were in order. We had comments from Kat Magendie and Ann HERE.
We had some wonderful articles (which I Stumbled, Tweeted, and Facebooked):
- Could you go carless for the environment?
- Shopping Charity for 4/20/11
- Week 9
- Where to Recycle Clothes and Shoes
- Electronics Reuse and Recycling
- Good Earth Friday
- Double Up to Save the Environment
- Shopping Charity for 4/23/11
- Are we too dependent on the computer?
- Save the aspiring writer
- Ditch bottled water for the environment
Our #CTWW Gang talked about our challenges using the hashtag #CTWW. Here they are:
Thanks to all of you!!
So, are you ready for another challenge? Keep America Beautiful has a campaign going on, right now, called Great American Cleanup™ 2011 (this year's theme is "Green Starts Here"). Energizer Batteries has teamed up with our National Parks for a program called Now that's positivenergy™. Both programs ask volunteers to help clean up public areas. That's the basis of this week's challenge:
Find a local opportunity through Great American Cleanup™, Now that's positivenergy™, or an Eco-group of your choosing, and participate in an environmental activity (clean-up, recycling, gardening, etc.).
If you'd rather not join a group, plan your own activity. Perhaps organize a party to "build" a garden for someone (visit Cooking Rut to find out how 1,000 New Gardens Montana built Marcy's garden). Maybe hold a recycling drive in your neighborhood. Or even gather your family for a "clean-up" walk, picking up litter as you enjoy the day. Try to get friends, neighbors and/or family involved.
If you're already volunteering your time to environmental causes, we'd like to hear about it. Please write a post telling us what you're involved in, how you got started, tips, advice, etc.
So what do you think ... are you up for this challenge? I know that you are!
Until next week:
WE'RE CHANGING THE WORLD ... ONE CHALLENGE AT A TIME!