… but only one per person, ideally. Otherwise it’s very difficult to find shirts to fit.
I’ve been pondering, but I’m a bit stuck, so I thought I’d put the word out to my network of informed, intelligent, creative blog readers to see if you can help me get going.
Further to our recent conversations about how best to effect movement towards a more sustainable future, the emerging consensus seems to be that community-based initiatives are the way to go. Individual efforts, though important, aren’t going to have a big enough impact on their own. And if we wait for our national governments to take action, we’re going to be waiting a very long time. So somewhere in between – the community – seems optimal.
But how to help this to happen? These are my questions:
– Do most community projects begin with an individual having an idea? Or do they begin with a problem or a challenge, and one or more people step up to take action in response to the situation? Or is there some other kind of trigger?
– When I say “community”, I am thinking of, say, between 500 and 5,000 people. This may be a village, or a neighbourhood within a city. Does this sound about right?
– Does the “community” have to be geographically based? Or could it be a virtual one? If virtual, how do these people find others with a common interest?
– What kinds of projects work best? We’ve heard about a local plastic bag ban, and a real food movement. What other projects have galvanised a community to pull together?
Any other input also welcomed. I don’t know how well this will work – having a kind of blog-a-brainstorm – but we’ll give it a try. If nothing else, it will be an interesting experiment in community-based thinking!
Calm conditions today, bringing a chance to dry out and clean up. Treated myself to a new seat pad for my rowing seat, and will have a freshly-laundered pillowcase tonight. Pippa – when you wondered how I have time for laundry, it doesn’t really take very long to give a few items a thorough dunking in a bucket of cold water. It’s not the most sophisticated laundry, and my whites certainly aren’t going to pass any “window test” (even if I had a window to hold them up to), but it’s better than nothing!
Greetings to Pauline Thornham (agreed! ;-), Sam Jones (hope to see you for that beer!), Roger (aww, you’re a gentleman!), Eric (ah, if only I could get the hang of that Alchemist/wind thing!), Stephen (still looking out for the green flash, but no luck yet), Stan (thank you so much for raising that very good point about unsustainable irrigation) and HB (good for you! the letter-writing is as important as the individual action – and it ALL spreads ripples).
Jay – good idea about diffusing light through a bottle of water. Have you seen the “Lightcaps” from Simply Brilliant? They have a solar panel in the lid, and a lightbulb, and they screw onto a Nalgene bottle. Exactly the same idea as yours, but solar-powered. ( (Also obtainable through Roz’s Ebay)
And a very, very happy birthday to Joan Sherwood!
WWF (which now stands for World Wide Fund for Nature) is hosting an event in London, called “Blue Mile”. I got to hear about this because I am one of the sporting ambassadors for The BLUE Project, which stages these Blue Mile events to raise funds to protect rivers and oceans.
WWF is hosting a Blue Mile event at an outdoor reservoir in London on Sunday 4th September where participants can complete a challenging open-air one-mile swim. Other Blue Mile challenges include kayaking and stand up paddle boarding (SUP) and if you have the stamina, how about taking on all three events in the ‘Triple Challenge’?
Or you can organise your own Blue Mile events in or next to water throughout the summer. The money you raise will go directly towards WWF’s work with water – without which there would be no life on Earth.
Register to take part in The Blue Mile, download fundraising tips and find out more at WWF website
Quote for today: “If you have built castles in the air, your work need not be lost; that is where they should be. Now put the foundations under them.” (Henry David Thoreau)
Photo: A community effort: pupils at Southbourne Junior School hold a bake sale to sponsor ship’s passage across the Atlantic for Monty the school teddy bear in 2005′ (More about Monty and the Atlantic crossing in “Blogs from the Blue” on Roz’s Ebay.)
Sponsored Miles: Latest miles rowed have no sponsors.