Enter Inhabitat’s Earth Year’s Resolution Contest!

by , 04/22/09

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Here at Inhabitat, we like to think our readers are smart, proactive, discerning, and environmentally aware – ya’ll know we need more than just one day of action. That’s why this year, we’re offering a new way to celebrate the Earth every day of the year – no more one-day commitments to doing something good. This Earth Day we’ve seen an incredible range of reactions to the eco holiday, and rather than celebrating the earth for a singular day we would like to propose a new idea – an Earth Year’s Resolution. Much like your New Year’s Resolution, this is a chance for you to make a year-long commitment to the Earth and her people, and we want to hear what it is! Pick at least one eco-friendly action to commit to for the whole year, post it below in the comments, and we’ll be awarding our super-soft and super stylish green Inhabitat t-shirt to the best response!


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The deadline is this Friday 11:59pm April 24th, so submit your Earth Year’s Resolution today!

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To enter our Earth Year’s Resolution contest, pick an environmental action that you have been struggling with – long hot showers, driving your car when you should ride your bike, to-go coffee, plastic produce bags – and commit to changing it. Make a long lasting impact, not just on this one day, but for the whole year, and hopefully the rest of your life. Then enter a comment below telling us what it is and we’ll select the best response to win an Inhabitat t-shirt of your choice. The deadline for entry is this Friday April 24th, so submit your resolution today!

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  1. lichenwood April 28, 2011 at 3:35 pm

    Obvious as it sounds – but often overlooked, I resolve to commune with the natural world everyday. I vow to stop my frantic running to notice all that is around me.

    I will breathe in the air each day, while noticing the flight of birds around my home. I will pay attention to the daily growth of fiddlehead ferns growing in my garden, pushing through the soil; watching them become full fern fronds. I will mark the cycles of the year with observations of the changing light, the temperature shifts and various smells that each season brings. I vow to stand in the rain and to not complain that “it’s miserable”, but realize that the water falling down on me is a gift.

    Through these, and many other observations of the world around me, I will be able to share my simple experiences with others. Hopefully, the more we pay attention to our own immediate surroundings, the more the care of the earth becomes second nature, for everybody.

  2. dandean April 24, 2009 at 1:33 pm

    Yay for the entrants living car-free and making sustainable transportation choices! Spreading the word about how these decisions effect our planet has been a longtime focus for me and my partner.

    But I have only relatively recently come to understand the environmental impact of our food choices can be even greater. I have struggled with committing to a vegan diet since I became vegetarian as a teenager. Why do butter and cheese have to taste so darn good?!?

    I may not be able to live vegan, but I pledge to buy local as much as possible to reduce food transportation miles, and certainly not support factory farms that feed their livestock corn that makes even more of the GHG methane than if they were grass fed. PU!

  3. Elissa Carey April 24, 2009 at 9:19 am

    Where I currently live, it’s not feasible or practical to switch from using a car to a bicycle, nor is there any viable public transportation. However, I will be moving this summer to Atlanta to attend a design school, and I plan to take full advantage of the opportunities there. I pledge to use my bicycle, public transportation, or even my own two feet as much as possible, and resort to carpooling when I can’t. I am specifically hunting for an affordable place to live that will allow me to do just that!

  4. iRABo. April 24, 2009 at 8:46 am

    As I already feel like I do more than the average for the Earth, I feel like going to a next step:

    Everyday people are trying to be the less bad, or as neutral as possible for the Earth. I’ll try to have a POSITIVE influence on the Earth. I am a Scientist and I would like to create plastic that when are throw away they can make plants/trees/flowers growing better.

    It seems pretty impossible, but turning things from impossible to feasible is something I like very much.

    THX for your wonderful websites.


  5. devangdpatel April 24, 2009 at 3:59 am

    As an architect will try and convince my clients to go green while selecting materials and use recyled material and as a human being i will not use plastic bags for years and so on and will look at it that my family will follow the same and try for my friends also

  6. Bridgette Steffen April 23, 2009 at 11:02 am

    I always bring my reusable bags to the grocery store, but when I get produce I always seem to use a new plastic bag. I try to reuse them, but I never seem to have them. This year I\’ll be getting some more clothe bags (maybe I\’ll make them myself from scrap fabric?) and pledge to not use plastic produce bags anymore!

  7. goinglikesixty April 22, 2009 at 5:19 pm

    I promise to not throw trash out the car window, even if it\’s a banana peel.

  8. meggirl April 22, 2009 at 2:54 pm

    My husband and I are already living a car-free life in Boston, MA. I ride my bike everyday and my husband takes mass transit. There is a wrinkle in the plan…a baby due in September. Our challenge is to maintain our car-free lifestyle, so we’re looking for a bakfiet (Dutch cargo bike), preferably used, to be our version of a mini-van. I’ve got to transport a kid and get groceries somehow!

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