Friday, May 31, 2013

Eco-Challenge Goes Live Tomorrow!

Just a reminder that the Be The Change Eco-Challenge goes live tomorrow!

The challenge runs from June 1st till June 30th and you have the chance at winning a Conscious Box.

If you missed our last post on the rules and how to's of the challenge click here:

Hope to see you there!

~Kristin & Kelsey
The Real Meaning of GREEN & The Muse in Purple

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

We Can Change the World - Don't Stop The Fight

A very eye-opening and important article was published today by Liam Dennis of The Independent.

The words that resonated with me the most are that "we" (environmental activists, scientists, etc.) keep preaching to the converted.  I have seen and felt the same frustrations in my daily life and through social media.  I can name a large amount of people that believe in climate change, believe in protecting our environment and all it's creatures, believe in preaching sustainability, and these very passionate people ARE making a difference.  But we still have so much work to do.  We are not reaching those that really need to hear our voices.

Climate change is here.  We have reached the 400 parts per million (ppm) mark for the first time in 500 million years.  The evidence is there and the frightening effects are already starting to hit home for many (drought, super storms, loss of habitats, migration of species, etc).  

I keep wondering, why do so many choose to sit idly by?  Recycling for example.  Such a simple task and most people understand it's basics, but I am constantly pulling recyclables out of my trash at work and other places.  Why people choose to not care or take 5 seconds out of their day to make a positive change completely boggles my mind.  Living a sustainable life is not difficult and small changes make a HUGE difference.

We have the power in our hands, right now.  As The RMOG states again and again, it all starts with education.  We, the people, can make the change if we all come together and demand change.

Yes, it can be stressful to think about all the bad things that are happening in our world right now.  It is sometimes much easier to grab a beer, turn on the "tube" and try to forget all of the issues surrounding us and our world.  But if we keep ignoring these important issues, it won't be too much longer until the issues are in our backyard - literally.

Sometimes it can feel hopeless, as the major changes need to take place with our government and the media, but taking small steps on your own will make a difference.  This past weekend's March Against Monsanto is one example of how we can all come together on important issues that are intentionally trying to be disregarded by the media and government.  As Dennis states in the article, "The green movement must re-evaluate what is working, and what needs to be done to get the public back on side."

I hope because you are reading this, you know that YOU can make a difference.  The fight against climate change and protecting our planet from so many environmental disasters is far from over.  

My message to you today is: Don't stop the fight!  Don't get discouraged.  Keep on sharing articles, pictures, and information on the effects of climate change through every platform you can think of.  Participating in our Be The Change Eco-Challenge is also a way to spread the word on sustainability and climate change.  Every step you make towards sustainability is a huge step in the right direction and in transforming our world toward the better.

If you can grab the attention of just one person, you have made a difference.

Dennis, L. (2013, May 28). The climate change sceptics are winning - and the environmental lobby only has itself to blame. Retrieved from http://www.independent.co.uk/voices/comment/the-climate-change-sceptics-are-winning--and-the-environmental-lobby-only-has-itself-to-blame-8634681.html

Friday, May 24, 2013

Be the Change Eco-Challenge: The Details!

The Real Meaning of GREEN and A Muse in Purple are excited to announce the Be the Change Eco-Challenge.  Save the Planet and win prizes in the process!

About: Starting June 1, 2013, we invite you to participate in our eco-challenge.  The challenges are simple and are all related to living a sustainable life.  Living sustainability not only fosters a healthy life for your body, soul, and mind, it restores and protects our natural environment.

The Challenge: Complete a task of your choosing in relation to the day-of-the-week categories we have set for everyone.  For example, on “Meatless Monday’s” we want to challenge you to go without eating meat the entire day.  Here are the challenges by day:

Ideas on how to fulfill the challenge:

Points: The challenge goes beyond completing the task - we want to hear about it!  Through the A Muse in Purple Blog, The Real Meaning of Green (RMOG) Blog, and through Facebook and Twitter, we will be tracking participant’s points. 

We will be awarding points to those who share with us what they are doing to complete the daily challenges.  The top person with the most points at the end of the month will be named the winner and mailed a prize.  Points will be awarded as such:

You also have the opportunity of earning bonus points.  Here's how:

 So...the more you participate the better chance you have of winning!!


When: The challenge begins on Saturday, June 1st and runs until Sunday, June 30th.  This is a 30-day challenge and you have the possibility of obtaining a maximum of 200 points.

Winner Notified: By July 15, 2013.  At this time, we will ask the winner for their mailing address.  Prizes will be mailed no later than August 1, 2013.

Additional Notes about Your Posts & Pictures:
  • If you are posting on the Muse or RMOG blog you must be logged in under your google/yahoo OR, if you do not have a blogger account and are posting anonymously, you must provide your first and last name or email address
  • Base Points will be tracked manually
  • Bonus Points will be tracked by Rafflecopter
    • Rafflecopter, a giveaway manager, will be used to track bonus entries of all contestants.
    • All bonus points must be entered via the rafflecopter widget available via The Muse in Purple or RMOG Blog posts.
    • To follow The Muse in Purple or the RMOG via GFC please click on the “join this site” on each individual blog to be considered for each bonus points.
    • For bonus points to count for sharing the eco-challenge on your facebook wall, please include the Real Meaning of Green by tagging “The Real Meaning of GREEN” in your wall post.
    • Once you have added the blog button to your individual blog, please include your blog url in your rafflecopter entry for verification
    • HTML code for blog button:
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      <br />
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  • To be awarded points...
    • Your facebook post or blog comment must be made by midnight of the same day.  So for example, if you take a picture of yourself at the Farmer’s Market on Sunday, you must post the picture with caption by Sunday at midnight (U.S pacific time).  Don’t worry, if you forget or don’t have time, you can always use the picture for the same day of the week or the following week.
    • The completed activity must be appropriate for the challenge.
    • The caption must match the picture you are posting.
    • You cannot use the same picture twice within one month.
    • Please, no inappropriate pictures.
    • All entries will be validated and tracked.
Additional Fine Print
  • About Blog & Facebook Page Managers: We will be participating and posting our challenge activities, as we want you all to see what we do on a daily basis to be GREEN, but we will not be earning points nor will we be eligible to win prizes.  These managers include: Kristin McGinnis, Kelsey Pauxtis, Jessica Nuckles-Wright, and Sage Ashcroft.
  • In the unlikely event of a tie: All qualified entries will be assigned a number, and then entered into a random number generator via http://www.random.org/ . One winner will be chosen and be awarded the grand prize of one (1) conscious box. Runners up will receive prizes at the discretion of eco-challenge moderators.



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