Why don’t we begin this brand new decade with a practical resolution? Yes, I know we’re twenty-two days into things, but I like to form my resolutions a bit before I actually launch.
What if we made a commitment to do one thing to move in the direction of sustainable living? Frankly, I can’t get my feathers ruffled over the climate change argument, ‘er discussion, because I don’t have a dog in that fight, or a chicken for that matter.
Here’s how I look at it: whether you believe in climate change or not, you can still see that we don’t take very good care of our home. As my mother always said, “Don’t foul your nest.”
It’s good advice. In the winter, with the leaves off of the trees and the underbrush, I can see the trash deposited there by those who race by in their cars and pickup trucks. Why is it that people think rural areas are their personal dumping grounds? It’s not just small stuff either. I can count on all ten fingers and toes how many couches, boxes of empty Bud cans, whiskey bottles and even toilets, HH and I have removed from the county ditches adjacent to our home.
Is this just an Oklahoma thing, or do other states have a problem with dumping?
Don’t make me pull out the video of the crying Native American.
Okay, I did.
I think we can all agree that picking up the trash and then recycling it, if possible, is a good thing.
What if we also used a non-polluting, really good, reel mower to take the top off of our lawns? That would be a step in the right direction. Don’t you agree?
Even better, what if that mower were free?
Let’s start off this brand spankin’ new decade with a contest!
The very nice people at Fiskars are letting me give one reader their new Fiskars® Momentum™ Reel Mower. Carol from May Dreams Gardens reviewed the mower in two separate posts: Part I where she put the mower together, and Part II, where she actually mowed.
What’s that? Did I hear a collective cheer across the blogosphere?
Now, for the icky part we rebels would rather not discuss, the rules:
- In a comment, tell me one thing you’re going to do this year to help improve your world in some sustainable fashion. Be imaginative. My non-gardening, but very astute, BFF, Aimee, and I will narrow the contestants down to what we think are the three best answers, and then, dear readers, I’m going to let you vote on who is top dog in a poll.
- Make sure you give me your name and a valid email address in the comment form. If you win, it’s the only way I can reach you.
- Double Bonus Points (brilliantly lifted from my friend, Kathy at Cold Climate Gardening): “Tweet this giveaway on Twitter and in a separate comment include the link to your tweet. (Click on the date stamp of the tweet to get a url you can paste in your comment.” That way I can find your tweet.)
- The giveaway ends at midnight on Sunday, January 31, 2010, at Midnight.
- In order to give me time to read all the entries, the Top Three will be announced on Wednesday, February 3, 2010. A poll will be put together with the answers, and I’ll let you all decide who wins.
- I will then contact Fiskars with the winner’s information. Fiskars will ship the mower directly to the winner. This contest is open to persons in the United States and Canada. I’m sorry, my European friends. I’m told the shipping costs are too high, and the logistics too complicated.
As written above, to win this lovely prize, I need a comment telling me one thing you will do this year to make your world more sustainable. I’ve already given you a few ideas, now you help me.
What can we do to make Earth better and “greener?” You decide.