Monday, April 30, 2007

Green is SEXY!


A friend of mine and an environmental/progressive group at University of Wisconsin- LaCrosse put together a calendar of taseful nude photos of "greens" doing environmental friendly things like recycling, gardening, biking, etc. It was called the "Green is Sexy" calendar and even included some faculty from the university. The calendar was sold around the city and sponsored by local area businesses including advertisements. Check it out

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10 comments:

jeff :) said...

I thought this was a fun way to discuss environmental issues and show how being "green" can be a very "sexy" thing. If anyone is interested in seeing the calendar, I'd be happy to share. I'll bring it to the next Quorum. Each month of the calendar contains an environmental theme with group photos of "greens" and "progressives" involved in nude green activities. I believe the calendars went over well and local businesses supported production of the calendar.

What are some other ways to promote "green" as sexy? Any ideas??

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Kevin said...

For some reason I resist the urge to try to make green "sexy". For some reason I resist the urge to advertise period. I am not really sure why, but it just does not sit right with me. For one thing, I am of the opinion that going "green" (whatever that means) takes a very deep and very internal shift.

I am not trying to trash on this idea , I think it is a good one. However, I think it is so because it is fun. Furthermore, I think that it is sexy for those already environmentally minded. For the rest I would guess that it is just strange.

In all I am just questioning the premise before moving on to how to make green sexy.

jeff :) said...

No problem. I am just trying to create discussion and get some feedback. I do think being "green" involves an internal shift and is a deep thing for many. But it can also be fun and creative, and may not always start as a deep experience or shift in consciousness; I would suggest simple steps are how a "green" consciousness begins. You are not going to reach every one at a deep level right off, but you may reach some people willing to try simple things to get started. Maybe a shift happens later. I think "Green is Sexy" can be a sort of anti-advertising campaign, promoting green activities and information that are not aligned with the consumer culture and promote responsible citizenry and less consumerism. I can see how this may not sit well, however, as these types of things can be easily co-opted and/or be used to promote surfically "green" products, etc. which may not actually be "green" or produced responsibly. The point that "green" consciousness may be diluted through participation in marketing, etc. is well taken. But maybe seeds of change have to planted in different ways to shift consciousness. Personally, I like to promote a "want less, be more" slogan. Advertising... anti-advertising... I'm not sure...

Kevin said...

Agreed. I also mean advertising in a very basic way... simply trying to get someone (anyone) to do something for some reason. With that simple of a definition, we could take this issue to a much deeper place... (something I tend to always do, but not necessarily in accord with others!)

I think you bring up a very important other question that I would like to ask. We are both talking about how people become "green", or better yet, what motivates them to act. (right here I think there is another very important discussion to be had about the difference between having "green" mentality and acting "green", not to mention what "green" means)

So, my question (to everyone) is, how did you become "green"?

Rebecky said...

I love the "green is sexy" calendars! Really, any reason to get naked is a good reason (I have a feeling I'll be one of those old women frequenting nude beaches in the future...).

My greenness budded as a child. In 5th grade, there was a section in our lit. book on environmental stories, and it had a 'take action' section. I was hooked! Then I was becoming a "hippie" in middle school, but alas, was the only one to do it. All my friends were going grunge/goth, so I jumped on that boat for a couple years.

But now I'm back and in full swing. I think it's because the green bug bit me as a child is why I'm so interested (and excited) about environmental education as my career.

jeff :) said...

hmm... yep, nekkid is good... i really like it when it involves swimming :)... and it's fun...

hmm, so how did i become green? let's see... it was a slow progression. i always liked camping, swimming, lakes and playing outside and remember dreaming as a kid about being huck finn and rafting down the kansas river to the mississippi. i remember saving $$ from my paper route to buy a raft and ran away a couple of times to the woods along the river thinking i would build a cabin, but then i got hungry and would go home for mom's cooking. i got very side-tracked in h.s. (sports, girls, popularity, school) though and didn't return to "greenness" until college and especially grad school. ecology got me back into it and then environmental science and then... bam, i was wanting to align values and actions with ethics.... went veggie, and it has just grown and grown as part of me and my mindset. now, it has affected and infected my whole life... and i keep trying to figure out how to incorporate it into my lifestyle... it is hard at times, but i just keep trying to change more of my habits to "green"... when i get confused i just try to return to the ethics question or my "philosophy" about things and am easily reminded what i should do... but i forget or am unconscious many times too...

Megan said...

i don't really know how I became green. My family always recycled while growing up but I never took action until college when for some reason I was set on joining SEA and really knew nothing about the group and now I'm trying everyday to be better for the earth and not eating meat, it's rather odd and I still don't fully get what made me want to be green, maybe my unconditional love for any and all animals

Hannah said...

This summer, I read some good stories and quotes from Chief Ouray, spent some time with an environmental science major, and joined SEA. I am still making the shift to green, and i wouldn't classify it as a deep and internal shift, just a shift that shouldn't have to be made, I should have been living green from the get-go.

Jeff, UrbanDictionary.com doesn't have a definition for "going green" yet, should you create one...I think so.

amagoo said...

I acquired a green outlook early on - my dad was a park ranger and both my parents loved to hike, camp, etc. and made an effort to share that love. A free day was spent in the park and often times my dad would bring home animals from the nature center. For me (and perhaps many others) greenness is established through a connection with nature. It's hard to care about a foreign concept or the unknown. For me the connection was made through exploring the untamed parts of the playground during recess and waking up to the flapping of the owl my dad stashed in my room. Once someone has those special experiences with nature, being green becomes more like helping an old friend, or community. I think that those simple experiences can also help lead to the deep shift that Kevin was speaking of. The reality of the child raised in the TV room is drastically different than that of a child frolicking in the woods.

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