CTWW


Change The World Wednesday on Reduce Footprints
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THE IDEA BEHIND THE CHALLENGE

What if a whole lot of people did the same "green" activity during the same time period? Would we have a positive impact on the environment? I believe we would! That's the simple concept behind Change The World Wednesdays (CTWW). Each week a new challenge will be posted, here on Reduce Footprints ... something which is easy to do and when done "en masse" will have a positive effect on the earth. It's the idea that when a lot of little actions are joined together ... the impact can be huge. We hope to take a huge step towards saving the earth.

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RULES

We call them "rules" but actually, there are no rules ... only suggestions to make this activity successful:

  • Commit to the activity by leaving a comment agreeing to participate in the challenge.

  • Pass the word ... talk about it, email your friends and family, and/or blog about it.

  • "Up The Ante" ... If you are already meeting and exceeding the current challenge, challenge the rest of us to do better ... in other words, up the ante. For example, when we did our short shower challenge, asking everyone to spend no more than 10 minutes in the shower, readers came back saying they did better by taking only 5 minute showers ... and challenged us to do better. When we asked that everyone use no more than 6 sheets of toilet paper per trip, a reader came back saying she only uses 5. So that's the idea. Just leave a comment with the new challenge (be sure to use the words "up the ante") or drop me a line HERE and put the words Up The Ante in the subject line. As soon as I get it, I will update the challenge ... so be sure to check the post throughout the week to see if the challenges have been improved. Doesn't that sound like fun?  
     

MONTHLY THEMES

New in 2015!

Each month we'll unveil a new theme. Challenges for the month will support it ... hopefully in a creative way. We've teamed up with Vicality who will post challenges with a "twist" so, if you're looking for a new spin on our activities, hop over and visit their CTWW page!

Here's what we're working on:

May: Clean Air
April: 2015 Year of the Soil
March: Nutrition
February: Sharing resources
January: Why we do it

THE CURRENT CHALLENGE

Open Your Windows

PREVIOUS CHALLENGES (in chronological order)

Deforestation
Indoor plants
No Smoking
Green Fertilizer
No Till Gardening
Ground Cover
Legumes
Compost
Meatless for a day
Start a Garden
Family Cook Day
Food from the sea
Textiles
Tools
Seeds & Gardening Information
Books
What do you see?
Photos
Cheers
Unnecessary Things
Laundry Detergent
Comfort Zones
Small Things
Monitors
Need versus Want
Your Choice
ChloroFluoroCarbons
Climate Change
Zero Waste Week 2014
Listen
Population
August is Tree Check Month
Mend
Reusable Batteries
Continue On (Same as the Ban Plastic Bag Challenge)
Ban Plastic Bags
Greening the kitchen
Ban single use items
Discovering Nature
Grey Water
Reuse
Plant Some Food
Monarch Butterflies
Junk Mail
Good News
Light Pollution
No Circling
Bees
Kidney Health
Air Pollution
Protect The Ocean
Photos
Paper Towels
Sustainable Decor
Two Item Challenge
Aerators
Litter
Just do it!
Portion Control
Adjust The Thermostat
GMO Labeling

A FEW TIPS AND IDEAS

  • Want an easy way to keep up with our challenges? Just add the CTWW banner to your blog by copying the following code & pasting it into your site:


  • Have fun! These challenges are designed to teach us something and push us a little ... to challenge us to try something new. But, in the process, there's nothing saying we can't have a little fun. So embrace CTWW and have a great time!

  • Write a post about the current challenge, let us know you did by leaving a comment before 6:00 pm EST on Tuesday, or include the hashtag #CTWW in your post's title, and your article will get stumbled, tweeted, facebooked and shared on Google +. Any comments and/or posts received after that time will be shared on social media pages the following week.

  • Get your blog/site some visibility. When you leave a comment, agreeing to participate in the challenge, you'll be added to the next week's "Honor Society". Your name and a link to your site will be posted, hopefully bringing you new readers.

  • Passing the word is easy ... if you are a Twitter member, tweet about CTWW using the hashtag #CTWW ... doing so will make you a member of the #CTWW Gang giving your twitter account a mention in the next challenge.


WE'RE CHANGING THE WORLD ...
ONE CHALLENGE AT A TIME