An unashamedly positive celebration of small actions. Things we are all able to do, sometimes with little effort, that can make a big difference to the world around us. Things that will hopefully inspire the rest of us to just get stuck in and see what happens.
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"Just One Small Thing Can Make A Big Difference" (tm) and "J1ST" (tm) are copyright of Jon Howard (just in case I ever want to write a book or something)
The green mantra is reduce, reuse, recycle (i.e. putting stuff in the bottle bank is the last resort). But the reuse bit depends on things still working. Which is where Platform 21's Repair Manifesto comes in...
As they say on their site: "we seek to make repairing cool again...Rediscover the joy of fixing things...This project is about sharing knowledge and skills. Together we can start a movement, one that isn’t new but has been forgotten".
On March 28th 2009, at 8.30 pm (wherever you are), WWF is encouraging us all to turn our lights off for an Earth Hour, in protest against the inacation of governments on the issue of cliemate change. And to show how easy it is to do something about it.
There's a rather nice film promoting it, looking at what happened in Sydney (and elsewhere) in 2008 (quite Free Hugs in feel)...
Around 50 million people took part last year. In 2009, WWF want this to be 1 billion.
we20 is your opportunity to have your own G20 meeting...Anyone can get involved and our aim is for at least 10,000 we20 meetings around the world before the end of April this year...You may have ideas to change your neighbourhood or ideas to change the world. Whatever change you want to create - it matters to we20. we20.org will act as a hub for we20 meetings, a place to organise your meeting, discuss your plans and vote on the issues that matter to you. we20 is being heard by those who make decisions on our behalf. we20 links to the G20 summit and other politicians and people who take decisions that impact our lives. we20 meetings are being held by people like you across the world to develop their own ideas for improving our lives. we20 – another great reason to get your friends together!
I'm liking the new Hand-Me-Down Line from Howies, an antidote to our destructive desire for 'fast fashion' which is designed to be (well) handed down. As their site says...
"We live in times of limited resources but unlimited desire to consume them. The answer though is real simple: to consume less as a consumer; to make a better designed product as a manufacturer.
Going forward we will have to take more responsibility for our consumption. The manufacturer and the consumer will both have to share that responsibility.
We live in interesting times.
From where we stand as a manufacturer, a product that keeps working for longer uses less-resources in the end. The key ingredients to this are quality and good design.
To make something well, you know, the best you can do, means going that extra mile. Every stitch, every zip, every little feature considered. The weakest points made strong. Then, and only then, can we say that we have fully understood the responsibility of making something.
This product is guaranteed for a minimum of 10 years from the date of original purchase. The chances are it will last a good deal longer than that. So now you have to decide whom you’d like to hand this product down to?"
As someone who tends to keep his clothes well beyond their fashion sell-by date (in the vain hope they'll come back in fashion again...which they often do!), I can but applaud.
I've always liked Matt and his dancing. Not quite up there with the original Free Hugs for tear inducement. But comes quite close.
Anyway, it turns out a lot of people thought the whole thing was staged/a hoax, particularly when a corporate sponsor came on board.
And it seems they were right, as here is Matt fessing up to the whole hoax thing at a conference. Or maybe he's just making a point about cynicism, and the triumph of "uncoordinated, unselfconscious silliness", and just doing something nice which makes a human, even spiritual connection with people...
When it comes it small things that make a big difference, I want your help. If you spot anything that fits the bill; or if you're on the receiving end of some small things that have made a big difference to you; or if you're actually doing stuff yourself (don't be shy!)...I want to hear about it. Drop me a line here. Build on a post. Send me links and photos. Whatever might inspire the rest of us to do something ourselves. And I will blog about it.