Wow! I wouldn’t ordinarily interrupt my usual blog schedule for something like this, but I am just so pleased and honored. Gail Johnson from GlassDharma, the company that makes the glass drinking straw that I carry with me everywhere to avoid plastic, nominated me a while ago for the Deserves Changes contest. And I’ve just been informed that I have been selected as one of the ten finalists!
Here is what Gail wrote about me in her nomination:
I would like to nominate Beth Terry as someone who Deserves Changes in her life because she has acted as a change agent in the Bay Area but reaches worldwide in her influence with her blog, FakePlasticFish. com. Her beginning statement is: “Our oceans are filling up with plastic: plastic that harms wildlife and never biodegrades; plastic that enters the food chain and leaches toxic chemicals. This blog is a record of my journey to live with as little unnecessary plastic as possible. Won’t you join me? Fake plastic fish may be cute, but if we don’t solve our plastic problem, they could be the only kind we have left….”
At a time where many people feel overwhelmed and want to take the head in the sand approach to the environment, Beth has educated and offered many options for people to apply to their daily life such as using glass drinking straws instead of plastic.
Beth is a great researcher and writer. Some of her recent topics in her blog include: Reconciling Disneylands personal impact with environmental impact, Recycle vs. Refill: Conversations with HP, Cartridge World and Silo Ink and Notes on a Plastic-Free, Shopping-Free Holiday. Beth has created an amazing amount of material in the 3 years she has blogged, asking the hard questions and acknowledging that this is a process and that we are all in this together!
Beth is a contributing editor for BlogHer and has served on their Green Team in an advisory capacity for their conventions. She was also single-handedly responsible for creating the “Take Back the Filter” campaign for Brita water filters. She worked with Brita and Whole Foods Market in Oakland to develop a viable recycling program for Brita water filters. She was given an award for this work by the city of Oakland.
Beth is on the board of the Bay Area organization Green Sangha -Inspiring Awakened Action which is a spiritually based environmental activist group with a number of projects such as getting major magazines to switch to recycled paper. She is particularly interested in their Rethinking Plastics campaign . She not only is a masterful wordsmith, she knows how to weave photos and video clips into her stories in a way that informs, entertains and inspires others to make changes in their lives. Here a video clip she included last April after watching Oprah on Earth Day.
Beth would be very honored and excited to be picked as the winner of the Deserves Changes contest. She knows she could use assistance and coaching in her presentation, delivery and better ways to make an impact. Although she has accomplished a lot, she is ready to play an even bigger game!
Why I want to win: While the prizes are fantastic, I see this as an opportunity to get the word out about plastic pollution and what we can do about it. I want to find ways to reach out to as wide an audience as possible. As you know, this cause has changed my life, and I’d like to share that inspiration with others.
The voting process is very simple.
- Just select the radio button near my picture, fill in your first name, email address, and click the button.
- Then click the button again on the second page to confirm.
- Look for the confirmation email and click the link to confirm your vote.
Will you please vote for me and spread the word through your social networks? The other nine women in this contest are phenomenal. I will need all the help I can get!