So you’ve already entered your local farmers market into the America’s Favorite Farmers Market contest, and your favorite local eco-cause to the 50,000 free tees contest — and still want to know how else you can help eco your neighborhood!
Put together by Sun Chips and National Geographic, Green Effect wants to hear your best idea for making your neighborhood greener. Just write a short essay (100 to 250 words) about your eco-idea, then send that in — along with optional photos and video — by June 8. A month later, 10 finalists will be announced — and five of those will get $20,000 each, as well as a profile in National Geographic and a trip to Washington, D.C., to share their projects with environmental leaders.
Already, 1,440 ideas have been submitted! But don’t be discouraged by the number of entries — many of the current suggestions are rather broad, not location-specific and fail to suggest a specific, timely way to make the change happen (i.e. “We should all line dry our laundry!” is a nice thought, but not exactly an action plan). Remember, the point is to focus on your ‘hood — and a specific change you could make happen using $20,000. Good luck with your entry!
Photo courtesy National Geographic