I’m not one to throttle you with condemnation or pontificate from my personal soapbox, but a couple of weeks ago I threw down a gauntlet.
Perhaps when you reach nearly 6,000 followers (and really, truly, thank you, everyone) you begin to harbor delusions of grandeur. Perhaps you begin to believe that people will follow old Obi-Wan on some “damn fool idealistic crusade.”
But here are the numbers, and they aint pretty. In honor of Earth Hour, I issued a challenge: If 20 people would agree to reduce their use of plastic, I would walk the length of the public beach in my town buck naked, filming the humiliation for all of Internetland.
I’ve had only 2 people take up the challenge, one of whom is a former student of mine, who A) still carries something of a schoolgirl crush and would like to see me in the buff or B) far, far, far more likely, would love to see me embarrass myself and disseminate the carnage far and wide on her social networks.
I realize that the challenge may be too ambiguous – what does “reducing your use of plastic” mean, after all? So here’s something specific and tangible:
- Go out and buy a reusable water bottle in the next 2 weeks, and use it as often as you can instead of buying bottled water.
I have given the deadline of Sunday, April 6 for people to accept the challenge. I only need 18 people to take me up on this offer to take a small, small baby step toward helping our planet.
Here’s the video challenge, and I hope that there are at least 18 good people out there who will simply say “I Will” on either this blog or on the YouTube page. I love you all, folks, and I hope that together we can get serious about this problem.