Monday, 24 August 2009

Change the world Wednesdays by our friend Small

more from Small a dear friend :

come on over and together we will all change the world one step at a time not only for us but for our children:

Welcome to Change The World Wednesday (CTWW)! If you're new to our weekly challenges, click on our brand new, beautiful logo above for a little information on how this weekly event works.

By the way, as I mentioned in an earlier post (but it's definitely worth mentioning again), our lovely new logo came to us compliments of "Art Ist" at One A Day. I'm a bit prejudice but ... I think his creations are fabulous ... so if you have a minute, stop by his place. Thanks, "Art"!

Last week's challenge was terrific! As I traveled around the blogosphere, I read many wonderful posts on recycling and composting. If you haven't already done so, I highly recommend that you take a moment and do a little reading. Congratulations to our Honor Society for a job well done! Now, here they are:

Tony Beach at and at and at

Harveyavatar at

Sinclair at and at

Sharon at and at and at

Cindygeenotes at

The Wayland Springs Cook at and at

The Dafthermit at and at

Connie Mishali at

TC at and at the BlogCatalog Group he started here:

Green Gal at

Brian at

Harmony at

S. Engelmohr at and from last week's challenge:

Joe Todd at (I also hear that Joe put CTWW on his facebook page so if you're a facebook member, look him up there).

Annie Kelley at

Elizabeth Barrette at

Eemilla at (for last week's challenge).

Sober White Women at

Dora Renee' Wilkerson at

EcoGrrl at

Ken at

Harripao at

Kate at

Rewinn at

It might just be me but ... I think our Honor Society is growing and the articles are getting better! Thanks to everyone who participated.

Okay ... are you ready for another? Here you go:

This week's challenge comes from one of our new bloggy friends, Millenniumhealth, at ... well ... Millenniumhealth. It's an easy activity and once again shows us that small actions matter ... especially when we all do them. Here it is:

This week, put your computer to sleep or set it to hibernate when it's not in use. If you need help in doing this, check out these sites:

Use Standby and Hibernate

Manually Put Your Computer Into Hibernation

Or ...

Typically, if you're already doing the first part of the challenge, I ask you to write about it on your blog. This week, however, we're going to do something different. If you are already in the habit of putting your computer to sleep or turning it off when you're not using it, look around your home and identify one other "sneaky" area that uses electricity. Come back here and, in the comments section, tell us what it is and how you'll either eliminate it or reduce it.

So ... what do you think? Are you up for it? Need a little more motivation? Well, our friend Thomas, over at Renewables At Home, has written something just for you. It's called "Don't Pee In The Hallway" ... I'm sure you'll enjoy it!

Don't forget ... CTWW now offers you a bunch of ways to promote your site and raise your rankings in the blogosphere. Check out our Tips and Ideas HERE for details.

That's it for this week! Thanks, everyone!


Rather than give you a green living tip today, I'm going to do a little housekeeping ... I'm going to tell you about a few changes to Reduce Footprints ... and more specifically, our weekly Change The World Wednesday (CTWW) challenges.

We have a brand new logo for CTWW. "Art Ist" from One A Day ... a brilliant, lovely, stunning, outstanding, fabulous ... did I say brilliant blog (and yes I'm biased) ... designed something new for us. Here it is:

Isn't it fabulous? You'll find this logo on my sidebar and clicking it will lead you to the official CTWW rules and a list of current and past challenges. If you'd like to cut and paste this logo and use it on your site or in a post ... please do.

If you are a member of Twitter, and would like to tweet about our challenges (which I hope you will), please include the hashtag #ctww (this is a change to the previous, long #changetheworldwed tag).

TC, who started the BlogCatalog group Change The World, suggests that everyone cut and paste the "Honor Society", along with links, and a link to Reduce Footprints into a post on their blog. He tells me that doing so will increase everyone's ranking on Goggle, Yahoo, etc. It's another way that we can promote ourselves and each other while walking gently on the earth.

It was suggested to me that I copyright CTWW and ... this blog. So I have done so. I still encourage everyone to cut, paste and share the information presented here ... nothing should actually change for our readers. I just wanted to ensure that I'll always be able to use this idea.

If you have an idea for future challenges, please send them to me at If I use your idea, you'll get credit with a link to your site.

I think that's it!

Have a great weekend, everyone!

As always ... I would love to hear from you!

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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.


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.


Reduce the size of the trash bin by recycling and/or composting

PREVIOUS CHALLENGES (in chronological order)

Eco-friendly cleansers

Meatless meals

Make a craft using recycled/repurposed materials

Reuse by donating to a charity

No spending diet

Leave the car at home

CFLs and LEDs

Local foods

Plastic bags

Short showers


  • 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 fun!

  • Write a post about the current challenge, let us know you did by leaving a comment, and your article will get stumbled.

  • 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.

  • Copy each week's list of Honorees along with a link to Reduce Footprints and paste it into a post on your blog. If we all do this, our blog rankings will go up.

  • Passing the word is easy ... if you are a Twitter member, tweet about CTWW using the hashtag #ctww

  • Join BlogCatalog's group Change The World

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Now ... our Honor Society:

Angie Ledbetter at

Harmony at

The Laughing Idiot at

Melissa at

TC at

Sinclair at AND AT

Elizabeth Barrette at

IB at

Joanne at

Chicamom85 at

MeganRebekah at

EcoGrrl at

Eemilla at

KiwiRiverman - The Writer at

Kate at

Heather at

CoyotePrime at

Brian at

The Happy Couple at

GigiSxm at

Aid Renegade at

Ellie Great at

Harri Pao at

Okay ... are you ready for a new challenge? Here you go:

For one full day this week, don't use (or ride in) a car. That's right ... leave the car at home and either walk, ride a bicycle or take public transportation (or even ... stay home). One full day ... 24 hours ... no car.

OR ... if you are already car free, write a post about not using a car. Include such topics as how to make it work, drawbacks and solutions, and why it's better for the environment.

What do you think? Can you do it?

We're changing the world ... one challenge at a time!

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