Sunday, 8 July 2007

positive global change, downsizer and ethical living

I haven't had a 'green' post for a while - so partly to justify Mel nominating me as 'Blogger for Positive Global Change'* and partly because hell, I just feel like it, excuse me while I get those tubs out and thump them, loudly.

Firstly, to take part in the meme, I need to nominate five bloggers who I think are trying to change the world in an environmentally positive way. Here are my five (the instructions for participation are down at the foot of the page). I don't think that to change the world in a positive way one needs to do BIG things. Small, everyday things are what are going to tip the balance - making informed choices about where we source the things we buy - not just food; whether we put an extra sweater on before turning up the heating; whether we buy new things or mend the things we have; whether we get the bus rather than take the car. All of these people do some or all of these things in some way.

  1. Kitchen Witch - lives in a cob cottage with variable running water in deepest Devon, UK; keen vegetable grower and find-a-solution-yourself-er.
  2. Voluntary Simplicity - Living a sustainable lifestyle in a council house in North Lincolnshire, UK.
  3. 10 Signs Like This - Jamie lives on a few acres in Georgia, USA and is an author for the 'Eat Local Challenge'.
  4. Turquoise - Based near Chester, UK. Allotmenteer, my Sensible Childcare Guru.
  5. Ludlow Lass - A relatively new blogger, Ludlow Lass is in to wild food and is involved with the 'slow food' movement. She also keeps bees, hens and ducks.

If you'd like to participate, folks, see below.

Secondly, although not a blog, this seems a really good moment to mention downsizer.net. If you are interested in sustainability issues, making stuff yourself rather than buying it , growing and preparing your own food and chatting to people who are in to the same kind of thing, downsizer may be for you.

I've been spending quite a lot of time over there during the last twelve months - there are articles, hints and tips and a very friendly discussion forum that is much more rational and respectful, and much more knowledgeable (about everything, not just downsizer-y type stuff) than many others I've come across in the past. There are also groups of people who live quite close together who meet up pretty regularly in real life. Despite this, it is NOT 'clique-y' - it's very friendly and welcoming. It's largely UK based - but there are members from all over the world.

Thirdly, can I remind you about my ethical living links page? I will be updating it over the next few weeks, so if there is anything you think should be included, please let me know.

Tomorrow: Vampire problems? Not here - we've harvested our garlic crop!


* A meme started by Climate Of Our Future. Here are the rules for participation:
  1. When you get tagged, write a post with links to up to 5 blogs that you think are trying to change the world in a positive way
  2. In your post, make sure you link back to the original post from Climate Of Our Future, so that people can easily find the exact origin of the meme.
  3. Leave a comment or message for the bloggers you’re tagging, so they know they’re now part of the meme.
  4. Optional: Proudly display the “Bloggers For Positive Global Change” award badge with a link to the post that you write up

4 comments:

  1. Well done, Ally. And, at least you didn't have to fly here by private jet, or sing us a song, that you made up 'specially for the high voltage occasion.

    Thanks for all the links, too.

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  2. Well done, Ally. And, at least you didn't have to fly here by private jet, or sing us a song, that you made up 'specially for the high voltage occasion.

    Thanks for all the links, too.

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  3. Thank you, Ally! We try to be a force of good rather than evil, so that really means something. xx

    I think I will try to participate...maybe after a nap, though. :-)

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  4. Thank you, Ally! We try to be a force of good rather than evil, so that really means something. xx

    I think I will try to participate...maybe after a nap, though. :-)

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