Blog Update!
For those of you not following me on Facebook, as of the Summer of 2019 I've moved to Central WA, to a tiny mountain town of less than 1,000 people.

I will be covering my exploits here in the Cascades, as I try to further reduce my impact on the environment. With the same attitude, just at a higher altitude!

Sunday, May 13, 2007

Earth saving events poll

Pale blue dotThat title sounds rather grandiose, doesn't it? Blogging rule #1 - never write a post after your drink has been spiked with rum. But it's Saturday, alright, and I shall forge ahead anyway and hopefully catch any spelling errors.

[If you're looking for a less serious poll, I snuck one in on Friday.]

Next month commences several events to challenge you to live a little lighter on this earth. Most of them revolve around reduced energy consumption and CO2 emissions.

So, in the spirit of a Sunday poll, I wanted to get a feel for what your plans were, in other words, what level of involvement you were planning, if any.

The three events beginning in June start with Low Impact Week where the goal is to pick one or more things to focus on reducing or changing during the week. The point of this is to help newbies try out a few new things and push those ├╝ber-greens into doing more for a week.

The other event is Greenpa's Planet Party that starts with a party on the Summer Solstice followed by a week where you do one thing that reduces your impact on the planet. The Planet Party is a local event that you either organize or attend if someone else is the organizer.

Last, but certainly not least (and the most involved of them all), is Lowering 93% hosted by Simple Living and Causaubon's Book, where you try to lower your carbon emissions by 93% over the next year.

So, my question for you is:

If you plan on dabbling in one or more and/or the most fitting answer isn't listed, please tell us what you are up to in the comments!


Anonymous said...

I'm very excited by the idea of lowering my carbon emissions by 93%, but I don't know what that would sign me up for . . . Anyone know? I was just wondering if I would be able to, because my family sometimes prevents me from doing things for the environment. Well, maybe they'll let me do more stuff, because afterall, they did let me go veg, without too much of a fight!
Love your blog, just keep blogging, just keep blogging!

Oldnovice said...

I'm experimenting this week to see how comfortable we are with things and to get a feel for the economic impact. I'm less interested in temporary changes than I am learning how to combine environmental improvements with cheapskating. Definitely won't be doing the 93% reduction.

Kim said...

I will be participating in the uber-low impact week. I would love to with the 93% crowd, but too much too soon and I may not be able to stick with it. Slow and Steady for me.

Anonymous said...

The strange thing is, even though my print is ridiculously small, so much of the way I make my living, which is consulting to and catering to the needs of the upper middle class and the rich, leaves me wondering, how do I justify this situation of not getting into the "conversation" about the footprint with the CONSUMERS, and since I am enabling massive consumption, could I be doing something else instead? True, I also have a large tree nursery and constantly encourage tree planting, but I know that is not enough.
So, beyond the personal level, how does one go to the next level, interacting with an entitled culture?

Marieke said...

I'm excited that this is happening! However, I didn't vote because we're already lowering our impact gradually for the long-term (doing most things we realistically can that you've listed and getting ourselves ready to start some others).

So it seems redundant to participate since we recently started doing a majority of the things listed, but it's not true to say that we're already doing ALL that we can. And because of our circumstances, the 93% thing wouldn't work.

Barbara said...

I'm going to do all three. The 93% challenge is not all or nothing; you choose your own goals and work on them for a year.

So, I'm willing to join in. They started an email list for mutual support, which in my opinion is a great idea.

Good to learn about the low-impact week and Planet Party challenges. Now... to prepare :)