Of all the subjects that I post to this blog, “green” gets the most comments. Certain sub-subjects within the main green category, like global warming, drill or not to drill, and development of alternative energy generate the largest quantity and most emotional comments. Many of those who do not believe global warming is a reality use words like scam, fraud, Al Gore, and hoax in the same sentence. Those who do thing climate change is a concern treat the words Bush, big oil, and coal as pejorative terms and offer tips for combating the warming of the planet. Whether to drill to tap into domestic oil reserves or not also arouses strong feelings within the commenters, as does the expenditure of lots of money to develop alternative sources of energy when the price of oil is hitting new lows and we don’t–at least at present prices–have to dip into our grandchildren’s college fund to fill the gas tank.
Funny thing, though. No matter which side of the green issue the commenters are on, a large majority of them claim to be conservation minded, do some recycling, do less driving, and try not to pollute. There are a few, however, that feel that they have earned the right to do whatever they want now that they have reached a comfortable age and comfortable level of financial independence, but they are the minority, even among the most anti-green. But for the rest of you, there is an opportunity coming up to show your stuff.
I am referring to the Going Green Contest at The Rally this year in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The Rally, a combination of efforts by the Good Sam Club and Highways Magazine, MotorHome and Trailer Life Magazines, the Woodalls’ group, and a few others, is the largest RV Rally in the nation and is held each year in as many different cities as can be arranged. This year is the first in Albuquerque. It is also the first year for the Going Green Contest.
The contest challenges RVers to invent or create a new green idea, something that RVers can use to reduce their use of natural resources, pollute less, reuse or recycle instead of feeding landfills, or any other clever idea that will make the planet a better place to live. This is the place to show your stuff. Impress your fellow RVers. Help Mother Earth. And, get this, win prize money. Yep, the Affinity Group and The Rally are going to award prizes for the best entries.
Open The Rally Web site and in Events under the Rally Quick Links, click Going Green and you will find contest information, rules and that stuff, and the official entry form. But don’t take too long. The entries have to be in by April 1st. Oh, and another thing. You have to attend The Rally to win, but I figure you were going to go anyway.
I’ll see you there.