There's a lot of great information in this post and I encourage you to read through it ... however, if you don't have the time right now, you might find the following quick links helpful:
We have completed 6 weeks of the Ecumenical Lenten Carbon Fast and there are only a few days left (daily challenges will end on Sunday). Here's how last week went:
- Day 36 - Bicycle sharing
- Day 37 - Address your "standby" habits
- Day 38 - Read about climate change
- Day 39 - Celebrate Earth Hour
- Day 40 - Walk, bike, take public transportation or carpool
- Day 41 - Eco Justice
- Day 42 - End junk mail
The Honor Society are those people who help us spread the "green" word by writing an article about our challenges and/or leaving pertinent comments. Let's see what they had to say this week:
- I have heard about this kind of program - I love the idea and practicality of it. Unfortunately it wouldn't be very practical for my family since we live a number of miles from any shopping. ;)
From Argentum Vulgaris:
- I think it is great! Montreal has it as well. They revamped the streets downtown to give more room to cyclists as well. :)
- Missed this one last week. Reduce your junk mail! It accounts for so much wasted paper. Here are some tips: No More Junk in Your Mail
- I didn't know that the Huffington Post had a segment just for climate change! Thanks. I heard Bill McKibben speak last week: Bill McKibben: Inspiration through Depression
- It is so sad and embarrassing! I heard Bill McKibben say that people who did not cause climate change are already feeling the effects.
- Thursday Theme Song: We are the world. How wonderful when the Haves go all out to help the withouts.
- I agree I think this is a great idea.When we lived in California people biked everywhere. California is a very bike friendly state. Here in Tennessee we live out in the country so it is not very practical for us but I think it would be wonderful to do if we lived closer to town.
- This is a great thing to do. We have been doing this for several years now and it really makes a difference.
- I'll try to remember but in the meantime I'm doing the SOLVE beach cleanup today :)
- Met a client across the street from my house this morning (walk), now getting ready to bike to the recycling center to drop off my plastics, then bike to the Green Microgym for a workout. Living without a car has been SO much simpler than with one :)
From Chimney Sweep Portland:
- Really nice info. you can watch v here: http://ecocrap.wordpress.com/2012/03/21/change-the-world-wednesday-special-v/
- Herve Kempf explains this well in his book: "How the Rich Are Destroying the Earth" (http://www.amazon.co.uk/How-Rich-Are-Destroying-Earth/dp/1603580352)
Some of our Twitter friends shared their thoughts:
-How much time & $ would you save if you skipped the commute & worked out of your home? Inquire with your company & reduce ur footprint
-I've become accustomed to the blinking 12:00 when we replug our coffee maker, dvd, etc. If it saves $ & energy I'm in.
-Businesses - get great advice from @CO2Sense inc saving costs,managing your carbon footprint + measure energy use eepurl.com/klCqn
-@GiveTreeGifts just sell it to your boss as a 'green initiative' lol nothing beats #workingfromhome
-Just in time for #CTWW!! Reduce your footprint by recycling - check out this post by @DBIEvents_Sarah http://dbievents.blogspot.com/2012/03/diy-style-tip-latex-paint-happy-wedding.html
-Chelmsford Earth Fair 4/28 Come one, come all! http://www.scribd.com/doc/87044136/Earth-Fair-2012
-Town of Chelmsford upcoming Recycling Events: http://www.scribd.com/doc/87044206/Feb-March-2012-Events-Flyer-Rev-d
-Where to Begin? - Chelmsford, MA Patch http://chelmsford.patch.com/blog_posts/where-to-begin-60a2351f
-Creative Homemade Compost Bins - Chelmsford, MA Patch http://chelmsford.patch.com/blog_posts/creative-homemade-compost-bins
-Keep toxins out of your body by focusing on the 3 points of entry via @GreenKidsGuide http://greenkidsguide.com/2012/03/18/3-points-of-entry/
-Vampire appliances suck! Unplug phone chargers & appliances when not in use.
-I walk to work - actually during the week I walk nearly everywhere. We only have one car & hubby needs it for work
The #CTWW Gang are those folks who share our challenges on twitter using the hashtag #CTWW. If you're a Twitter member, I highly recommend following them ... they have a lot of great things to say. Let's meet them:
REMINDER: Beginning Monday, April 9th, Reduce Footprints will be hosting a HUGE week-long event. Last week I gave you a little hint: How will Born of Blood save the environment? In this week's Meet & Greet post, I gave you a little more information. So let me add a little more intrigue to the event ... next week you'll learn something about me that you might not know, you'll get further acquainted with my friend (and regular CTWW participant), Brian, and you'll have a "chance" at something terrific! So don't miss it!
There are only a few days left of our daily challenges ... can you make it??? I know that you can! Here's today's challenge:
Buy food that's being grown or produced locally, using local farms and local farmers' markets where possible - See http://www.nofa.org/, http://theorganicfoodguide.com/ and http://www.massfarmersmarkets.org/. Bonus: Grow some of your own food and herbs in your garden, allotment or window sill, or join a community garden.
Until tomorrow ...
WE'RE CHANGING THE WORLD ... ONE CHALLENGE AT A TIME!