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March 29, 2011

Maternity and Parenting Sites: Our Planet Matters to You – How?

Our Planet Matters to people in different ways. We each do our own little things to make a difference.

Let’s focus in on what our guests say matters to them the most about the environment at the moment. What matters to our guests who have maternity and parenting sites?

Our Planet Matters! Tell us your perspective on the environment – any aspect! What concerns you the most?

MUMmediaTara, the creator of MUMmedia, says:

My concern is apathy. I talk to so many people who turn a blind eye when it comes to our personal impact on the environment. I think we all have to take responsibility for our part to ensure it is protected for our children. Using cloth nappies is a great start!

My Belly

Miranda, the owner of My Belly, says:

My Belly supports the environment by using cloth nappies (they are so easy, why wouldn’t you?), reducing waste and recycling what waste is produced and most importantly for me is conserving water. After living in Western Australia you become quite water wise but those in New Zealand just think it will never be a problem for them. The way there are continual rolling droughts all over the country year after year, the hydro dams are either shockingly high or power-cuttingly low the folks of New Zealand should listen to their western neighbours about ways they can improve their water usage or they will end up in a similar situation all too soon!

Breastmates

Frances, the owner of Breastmates says:

Well this is a really good question. Before we started our family, I used to be an Environmental Engineer and worked at a consultancy. The thing that concerns me most for the environment, is the throw-away society that we are.

And our comment question is the same:

Tell us your perspective on the environment – any aspect! What concerns you the most?

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April 9, 2010

Environmental Awareness – Encouragement Vs Education

Filed under: Mama * Earth * Kids — Tags: , , , , , , — charndra @ 6:31 am

Environmental Awareness – Encouragement Vs Education

By Eric C Eckl

“I can do small things every day that will make an impact on water pollution.”

It’s such a simple statement, and it’s true. So why is it so hard to send a message — over the airwaves, online, or in print — that actually evokes that reaction? Unfortunately, many environmental messages accidentally evoke an entirely different reaction, instead:

“It is hard to believe that the actions of one person can really contribute to lessening water pollution.”

I pulled those quotes from test audiences that reviewed a pair of environmental public service announcements. It’s my job to help environmental organizations pre-test their commercials and other marketing materials before they are released to the public. The two spots had a lot in common. Both of them urged everyday citizens to do their part in their daily lives to stop water pollution before it starts. But here’s the key difference — the producers of more successful advertisement crafted their message to encouraging. The producers of the less successful advertisement crafted their message to be educational.

Tennessee Water Works produced the “Heroes” advertisement, which prompted that confident “I can do small things every day” response. Who are the “heroes” this ad is about? People like you and me, who plant trees, recycle their motor oil (instead of dumping it in the drain), and care for their lawns responsibly. This advertisement holds up the example of ordinary people doing ordinary things and tells the viewer how great it is. In just 30 seconds, the advertisements repeatedly send the message that these people are heroes and their small actions add up to something important. According to the test panel, this message eventually sinks in.

The government of Honolulu produced the “Water for Life” commercial that prompted the second, doubt-filled reaction. This spot is educational. It shows images that reveal how trash and pollution find their way into storm drains and out into the ocean that Hawaiians love. Sure, it’s true. But it’s grim — bumming the viewers out with shots of murky, polluted water, garbage, and choking wildlife. According to the test audience feedback, viewers see reason to believe that solutions are within reach, or that they have a part to play in bringing it about.

Environmental experts are often dismayed at how little the average citizen understands about their work. It’s easy to find yourself falling into the “if only they knew” trap — “If only they knew they lived in a watershed,” “if only they knew the stormdrain went to the creek.” It is our natural tendency to produce commercials, web pages, brochures, and other materials that try to cram a whole of science into a tiny amount of attention. But the test panel reactions to these commercials underscore the shortcomings of these line of thinking. When it comes to raising environmental awareness, it turns out encouragement is even more important than education.

Eric Eckl is an expert on using marketing techniques to raise environmental awareness and encourage environmental action. He writes the water blog “Water Words That Work.”

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A Question for you about My Green Nappy and ‘Environmental Awareness – Encouragement vs Education’:

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My primary goal with My Green Nappy is encouragement. Encouraging every family down under to have ONE green nappy for their baby to wear. But also, education. My Green Nappy Guide is designed to gently educate and encourage, to inspire and provide helpful resources and ideas so you can ‘cherry pick’ those actions that suit you at the moment, all while introducing you to the many nappy suppliers in Australia and New Zealand.

I found this article this morning and decided straight away to publish it here. Thinking about this article and the resources here, I have a question for you; I can use your responses to shape this site into one that is even more encouraging of environmental awareness as it relates to green nappies, mums and bubs and this important stage in our lives. my question is:

How is the balance? When you look around My Green Nappy, is there a good balance between encouragement and education?”

– Charndra

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