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Eco-Guilt or Eco-Fun, you decide?

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Future Space Colonists will rejoice in having earth as a luxurious spa retreat.

This post is inspired by the Live Earth concerts this week Yeah, yeah everyone can be cynical, like they already have, about Madonna & the Red Hot Chili Peppers riding around in their private jets burning too much fuel etc. I am just happy that people are even debating it. You know I am always a sucker for positive change wether it be Bill Moyers coming back to PBS or Alice Waters and the Edible Schoolyard, the list could go on and on.

But what I want to talk about is that we here at Fearless Future believe that you have to make a decision:
will it be Eco-Guilt or Eco-Fun?
and I think you all know what our choice will be!

One way I have found to have lots of Eco-Fun is to host and participate in Rags to Riches parties. Definition: invite a bunch of girls over and bring all the cloths you are tired of and would like to switch with friends.

We are lucky to live in a such a developed country that we can simply become bored with our cloths. What you think of as your “rags” can become someone else’s “riches”!
Plus it will be a really fun activity for you and your girlfriends to catch up and eat some nibbly bits and such. I was introduced to Rags to Riches by my wonderful and brilliant friend Lauren. Thanks lolly!

And when you are done the hostess of the party takes all of the cloths that have not been switched and donates them to the charity of the group’s choice. Reuse and give to those who need and HAVE FUN while doing it! SO EVERYONE WINS !

All of this talk about answering the call and doing what you can to have some Eco-Fun reminds me of the lyrics from a Tribe Called Quest song Luck of lucian:

“Instead of doin so much, why dont you do just a little?
Lucien, lucien, lucien, lucien.
You should know!”

4 Comments

  1. Rebecca Blakiston said on July 9, 2007:

    I have learned recently that Rags to Riches parties are fantastic fun! I can’t wait for part II: the autumn line.

    In the spirit of environmental activism, check out this website I recently found: http://www.thebigask.com/. British people are sick of the nonsense, too. I used this site in the class I’m taking as a great example of user-generated content, collaboration & using technology to support a cause.

  2. Mary Evangeliste said on July 12, 2007:

    Wow Rebecca thank you for this link. I had a great time playing around on this site. It is beautifully designed and really elegant.
    I have always had pride around either not owning a car or sharing a car with other people for the last twenty years but some of the stuff that they talked at live earth I did not realize. Here is a list of the small things we can do each day:
    http://liveearthpledge.org/answer_the_call.php

  3. Hermione said on July 14, 2007:

    Although not technically “fun” there are also a lot of things that you can do to be green that make your life less painful or annoying…so I suppose freeing up more emotional “bandwidth” to experience fun. I just joined Greendimes, which will track down all of those catalogs and junk mail that people keep sending me and make them stop. They will also plant a tree a month for me. I love trees. I will be hauling less unwanted stuff to recycling and removing unnecessary shopping temptation. I prefer to just go online and look for things as I need them. http://www.greendimes.com/

  4. Katherine Simpson said on July 16, 2007:

    My eco-fun is in a big heap at the back of my yard – compost! Sounds weird I know but when your kitchen scraps and yard waste turns into this beautiful, rich black dirt that makes your tomatoes grow as well as mine? Well, let’s just say it’s eco-delicious. My challenge to myself every year is to see how much more self-sufficient I can be with my food. I’ve got a long way to go, but if you are ever interested in learning more, you should read This Organic Life, by Joan Dye Gussow. It’s a great story of her garden and a great commentary on modern consumerism. And if you want to know more about composting, The Rodale Book of Composting is a classic.

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