Crafting a solution to global warming

Don’t you love it when two things you love come together to make a whole new thing (apart from possibly when those two things are your best friend and your ex)? Today when doing my important rounds of checking my RSS feeds in Netvibes (keeps all my blogs that I regularly read nice and tidy in tabbed categories that I have created), I came across a competition run by craftster.org in conjunction with 350.org that hit both my creativity and green buttons at the same time.

Seeing as I’m a lazy sew-and-sew I’m going to cut ‘n paste their press release to save me from all that hard work paraphrasing:

Five craft- and DIY-themed online communities — Craftster.org, Etsy.com, CraftZine.com, BurdaStyle.com and ThriftyFun.com — have launched the Creativity 350 partnership and contest to draw creative energy and attention to 350.org’s goal of reducing atmospheric carbon dioxide to 350 parts per million to stave off drastic climatic and planetary repercussions.

The Creativity 350 contest is actually two contests in one: A 350-themed craft contest and a 350-themed T-shirt design contest. For the craft contest, participants are invited to craft any project that creatively expresses the importance of the number 350, using any crafting technique. For the T-shirt contest, entrants may create an original T-shirt design that creatively expresses the importance of the number 350.

Entries will be accepted from July 15 to August 15, 2008. Then the public will vote for their favorites from August 16 – August 31, 2008. Valuable craft- and green-themed prizes will be awarded to the two winners. A complete list of the prizes can be found at the contest Web site: http://www.craftster.org/350. The winning T-shirt design will also be utilized by 350.org on t-shirts that will help the organization raise money and create awareness of its mission.

Co-founded by environmentalist and educator Bill McKibben, 350.org centers itself around the number 350 to provide focus on a clear, concise goal for reducing global warming factors: “350 is the red line for human beings, the most important number on the planet. The most recent science tells us that unless we can reduce the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere to 350 parts per million, we will cause huge and irreversible damage to the earth.”

This unique partnership between the environmental community and the crafting community will bring out the creative energy of people around the world to help spread this important number, 350, in inspiring new ways.

A crafting competition that will help the environment, what could be more up my street? Now then, if only I can get off my apathetic ass and actually enter this competition, we might have some progress. Still, if I don’t actually get to do it then at least I have written about it – which is probably why I write fiction, the only solution for the need to live multiple lives full of imagined experiences.

Enjoy! x