Last week we became activists and raised our voices for the environment. When I think of the word "activism", I picture sign-carrying crowds of people marching down the street. In reality, it can be as simple as writing a letter or speaking to a store manager or signing a petition. It's any action we take which lets those in charge hear our views. It's paying attention to what happens around us and then speaking up when things could be done more environmentally friendly. Hopefully, when enough people share their thoughts, positive action will be taken. It doesn't always happen but my thought is that they won't know what we want until we tell them.
Our #CTWW Gang took action by tweeting our challenge. Many thanks go to:
So ... how does one become a member of the #CTWW Gang? Easy, just tweet about our challenges using the hashtag #CTWW.
Some members of our Honor Society wrote posts this week. I encourage everyone to read the posts and, perhaps, join in the activity. Let's take a look:
Imagine what would happen if companies received back all the wasteful packaging they sold their products in. That's the idea behind Return to Sender by Mrs. Green. While she says that most responses haven't been what she hoped for, she keeps it up. All it takes is for one company to take heed and make a positive change. Brilliant idea, Mrs. Green!
Our friend Amy decided not to accept this challenge. In this POST she says that she is, perhaps, "looking at activism in too intense of a way". I really appreciated Amy's article because it points out a road block that many of us feel ... we don't have time to commit. My thought is that once we become aware of a road block, we're much more able to find a way around it. By the end of Amy's article, she decided to think outside the box and find a way to take action. Thanks, Amy, for an honest, thought-provoking post.
How old does one have to be to take action? Is there a necessary knowledge base which must be met in order for actions to be effective? Petunia GreenBeans answers those questions by sharing this VIDEO.
Argentum Vulgaris has taken action on behalf of our oceans ... both through Oceana and this POST. In it he offers a lot of important information ... and, he asks this question: "How clean is your conscience?"
Multiple choice question: Would you say that activism is 1) Fun, 2) A lot of hard work or 3) Like having your wisdom teeth pulled? Rewinn answered that question HERE. In his comments he also shared that, for those on Facebook, there is a site where readers can help various causes win funding ... check it out HERE.
Jessica's enthusiasm just bounces off the page. Her favorite store was recently bought out. The new corporation changed some of the Eco-friendly practices put into place by the previous owners. So Jessica is taking action. Want to know how? Check out this POST for exactly what she has done. Yay, Jessica!!
Our friend Lynn expresses a sentiment that I'm sure many of us feel: "Sometimes it seems scary to really take action and do something brave by speaking up and out." Will that stop her? Nope ... Lynn has accepted the challenge and posted it HERE.
The Shopping Charity gave us front page positions on two editions (HERE and HERE). One of these two editions contains an article from one of our Honor Society members. Was it you?
Other members of our Honor Society left thoughtful comments:
EcoGrrl takes action through the NRDC (you'll find the link in last week's post).
Ann wages a personal protest by refusing to buy coffee in "takeaway" cups.
Shane signs a lot of petitions and she recently signed up to be the Chair for the Environmental committee at the high school for 2011-2012. While she thinks this will be fun, she's a little overwhelmed. So let's give her a hand ... anyone have any tips on getting high-schoolers to get involved? I look forward to hearing more about this, Shane!
Nicki Woo is hunting down Styrofoam and plans to take action when she finds it. Yay, Nicki! Be sure to let us know how that activity turns out.
Most of us uphold our green ideals at home ... but when it comes to work it's a bit harder. But not for Alicia. She creates Eco-friendly products (there a link to her shop at the top of her blog). So, by her daily actions, she takes a stand and makes her voice heard. But that's not all she does. Check this out (in her words): " I have been asked if I would speak to a local mothers group of about 75 women on using eco friendly chemical free products. I am really looking forward to sharing with these women how each of us can make a difference and how by choosing products that are chemical free we are not only helping ourselves but the environment as well! We have over 51 retail locations that sell our products and some of them had never carried eco friendly products before. After educating them they have been thrilled to see how many people are choosing the "eco" products over the traditional chemical products. We also use our website and blog to educate people on how to reduce chemicals in their homes like making their own laundry detergent and wool dryer balls which can pretty much eliminate the need for chemicals in that area plus save a great deal of money! I also sign petitions and it has been years since we have ever used anything Styrofoam! As always such a great challenge!!" Yay, Alicia!! Please come back and let us know how your speech goes.
Lynn Fang likes the idea of writing letters and contacting business owners to elicit change. She used to sign petitions using some of the sites we listed but wonders if it's simply "armchair activism". What do you think ... is it? Do you think signing petitions works? Thanks, Lynn ... be sure to come back and let us know how your campaign works out.
Mandi stopped in and hopes to take some of the actions we've talked about. She has a brand new blog so if you have a moment, check it out! Thanks for dropping in, Mandi!
Great job everyone!! As always, if you wrote an article I have Stumbled, Tweeted and Facebooked it. And I'd sure appreciate your using the share button at the bottom of this post to do the same.
This week we're going to switch gears a bit ... it should be fun! Here you go ...
This week we'd like to hear about your proudest "green" achievement. Perhaps you started a compost for the first time or purchased organic food. Maybe you stopped driving a car or added solar panels to your home. It could be as small as carrying a reusable bag or as large as building an energy efficient home. Whatever your proudest Eco-friendly achievement is ... we want to know about it. Please leave details and tips/ideas so that we can all celebrate with you and perhaps try the activity ourselves.
Don't forget ... if you can improve upon this challenge, please "up the ante".
Until next time ...
WE'RE CHANGING THE WORLD ... ONE CHALLENGE AT A TIME!