posted by: Sandra
This weekend hundreds of volunteers were photographed in the buff by famed photographer, Spencer Tunick. They wore nothing but a smile to raise awareness about global warming atop a shrinking Swiss glacier (I am willing to bet that wasn't the only, ahem, shrinkage that day).
So what would you get nekkid for?
Well, with this past week of voting you told us. The polls officially closed at midnight for our final green vote to narrow BlogHers Act Canada's environmental action focus. And when all the layers are stripped away (enough of the burlesque blogging already), here's how your votes shook out ...
4.7% wanted us to focus on reducing chemical lawn pesticides.
9.4% chose to either ban plastic bags, teach our kids to live green or embrace green power.
12.4% of voters wanted to see a reduction in consumer packaging.
18.8% were keen to channel our efforts into lobbying for Bill C-30.
And the issue you most wanted to get nekkid for ....
... a resounding 32.8% of you voted to spend the next 12 months working to ELIMINATE/REDUCE HARMFUL CHEMICALS IN FOOD/RETAIL PRODUCTS. Given all the recent toy recalls and food scares, our energies will be verrrrrrrrrrry well spent.
And now? We roll up our sleeves and dive in!
During the next week or two we'll be in talks with some key national NGOs and charities. We'll do our research, form partnerships and gather advice on how best to tackle the issue. We also really look forward to your suggestions and ideas about how our plan should unfold. Leave your thoughts here, on your blog (and send us a link) or in our Facebook group. Then, together, we'll begin taking action!
At the beginning of September we'll also launch the second layer to BlogHers Act Canada's environmental efforts. Every month we'll concentrate on an issue that we can each personally make a difference on in our own lives. There will be fun challenges, blog bursts, and ideas on change. And best of all, we'll quantify and keep track of our fantabulous progress.
September - Back to School/Work/Daycare with less packaging.
October - Recycle!
November - Reducing home energy use.
December - Greening up the holiday season.
January - One meatless meal a week challenge.
February - Buh-bye plastic shopping bags.
March - Eco-Fashion.
April - Teaching our kids to go green.
May - Greener gardening.
June - Reducing the auto footprint.
July - Eating locally.
August - tba
What do you think? Ready to get nekkid? Okay, so nakedness is not actually a requirement to participate in our incredible year-long initiative. After all, it gets mighty cold in Canada pretty soon. But we can embrace the spirit of taking a stand and baring it all to make a difference.
A real, tangible difference.