PROGRAMMING NOTE: I'm adding a new feature to our challenges. Currently if you write an article in support of our challenge, it is shared on the social networks on Tuesday. Last week I decided to share them an additional time. So, from here on, if you get your article written early (and please be sure to let me know you did), there's a chance it will be promoted more than once. This will be a random thing ... some weeks I'll promote them once, other weeks more than once. What do you think ... worth your effort?
There's a lot of great information in this post and I encourage you to read through it ... however, if you'd rather jump straight to the current challenge, you can do so by clicking here: This Week's Challenge
Last week we headed outside for a walk ... not just any walk but a walk to pick up litter. Argentum Vulgaris upped the ante by challenging us to actually say something to people who litter (suggesting that they use a trash bin) ... and Harold Shaw raised the ante by asking that we take pictures of the trash we collect and post it for the world to see. So how did you do with this activity?
We lovingly refer to them as our #CTWW Gang. They are people who tweet about our challenges using the hashtag #CTWW. If you're on twitter, these are great folks to follow. Let's meet them:
Our fabulous Honor Society is comprised of folks who write articles and/or leave comments. Here's what they had to say this week:
Sarah spent a long weekend in a National Park and made it her goal to pick up trash. How did it go Sarah? The idea of cleaning the park so that others will it enjoy it more is lovely and generous! Thank you, Sarah!
For our previous challenge, Brenna wrote an article entitled "Is Electricity Natural". In it, she talks about a discussion she overheard ... you won't believe who was having the discussion. The article also contains some facts about how electricity is generated and how much comes from wind, water, etc. Brenna follows all of this up with some great ideas for getting kids to care about reducing their energy use. For this week's challenge she brings up an interesting thought ... from a parent's perspective, picking up litter can be dangerous for children. She recently found hypodermic needles on a recent walk. So parents ... how do you deal with this kind of thing?
Rachel is lucky ... in her area one doesn't find much litter. But she says that she'll keep her eyes peeled when she's out for her walk. So ... the second half of the challenge, to enjoy nature, was more for her. In this POST, she shares something she discovered while out walking.
Argentum Vulgaris lives in an area where people are not so conscientious about litter. In fact, in the post you'll find HERE, you'll see that even the government doesn't especially care about trash and public bins are left overflowing. AV doesn't give up, though ... when he sees someone litter, he says something to them.
Jennifer feels a bit squeamish about picking up other people's trash. To solve the problem, she suggests carrying gloves and a bag. Here's an interesting question to ask ourselves ... how much responsibility do we feel in picking up other people's trash? As always, Jennifer, you make me think!
Amy is another lucky person who lives in an area with very few litter bugs. She and her family, however, have made it their mission to clean up in another way. Here's a hint ... she says that they leave this area better than they found it. Can you guess where they collect litter? You'll find out HERE.
Good Girl Gone Green is actually way ahead of us and started picking up litter a few weeks ago. In this POST, she shares pictures of what she's collected ... and it seems that her activity has been noticed ... you won't believe what one man asked her while she was cleaning up.
In Have a Trashy Time Kelleigh shares a fun video. She also offers a wonderful idea about finding trash inside your home ... and reusing it. While most of us find plastic and paper on a walk, Kalleigh finds semi tires, coolant containers, food wrappers, etc.
You will not believe what kind of litter Lynn found at the beach. One word ... Eeeeuuuuuwwwwww! But like a trooper, she picked it up. You can read about it HERE. And yep, Lynn ... changing the world with our challenges is good on any day!
Harold Shaw has a cute little Jack Russell named Bennie who gets him out and about so Harold decided to carry a bag on their walks. In this POST you'll learn about another incentive to collect litter ... think "retirement fund".
Kelly L. has been busy traveling but she took the time to drop in and accept the challenge. Thanks, Kelly ... hope you enjoyed your vacation!
Jen is training for the "Weekend to End Women's Cancers Walk" ... so while she's out, she's going to pick up litter. Wow Jen ... what a great cause to participate in. Let us know how it goes!
In Dawn Patrol for Trash, Rewinn talks about some unexpected benefits to walking and picking up litter ... some that have nothing to do with trash ... and some that have to do with reusing. Can you guess what they are?
Alicia shares that it's very easy to carry a bag in one's pocket and pick up litter while walking. She finds mostly paper and plastic which she drops in the recycle bin at the end of her walk. Very nice!
Awhile back, on our challenge to give up paper towels, Mrs. Green broached the subject of "wee towels". Wowee ... that got some attention! She's given us an update on that idea HERE. By the way, be sure to check out the posts which Mrs. Green has written for her "happiness" series. So many great posts including one about trees and one about a spider web. Mrs. Green ... I've headed out to get "Autumn Rush" just because of your recommendation!
Great job everyone! If you wrote an article, I have Stumbled, Tweeted and Facebooked it.
Are you ready for something new? I know that you are!!
This Week's Challenge:
Have you felt the change in the climate? Yep, fall is just around the corner. So, let's get started on some activities which will help us head into the cooler months in an Eco-friendly, efficient way. Here you go:
This week clean and test the furnace. Did you know that your furnace needs cleaning? Yep ... it collects all kinds of dust and debris which not only affects it's performance but could cause a fire. Before you really need the heat, get out your owner's manual for instructions on how to clean it. No manual? Check here or call a furnace maintenance company. If you have a gas furnace, have it professionally inspected once a year.
Have you already accomplished this task ... or don't use a furnace? Then we'd like to hear another Eco-tip or idea for the coming months.
Ready for our mantra? All together now ...
WE'RE CHANGING THE WORLD ... ONE CHALLENGE AT A TIME!