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The Big P (Picture) Project

“Through personal preference, presence and persistence we can piece together the big picture and initiate the public paradigm shift needed to transform our population to one with a positive impact on our planet, people and pocket-books”

Whew. That’s a lot of “P’s”.  But it takes a lot of “P’s” to put together a project about the big Picture.  No pun intended.  I have another personal  P I’d like to add to the pile:  PROUD.  I’ve known the creators of The Big P Project since they were in Colorado gradeschools.  It takes a lot of courage to pack up everything you have, leave everything you’ve known behind, and start a new life in a big city like Los Angeles.  It’s especially daunting when it seems like the prevailing consumer-crazy lifestyle stands in stark contrast to everything you believe in.  But rather than turn tail and head back to the mountains, founder Madison Moross has (with the help of co-founders Phannie Haver  and Nick Ware) created a website dedicated to enlightening the rest of us on how we can be more intelligent and conscious consumers.

“In our current, highly-consumptive society, we are quickly degrading the resources and biodiversity in which human vitality depends. As our society becomes more specialized and technologically efficient, we are both becoming increasingly disconnected from ourselves, our community and our relationship with our natural habitat.  We seem to also be becoming less able or interested in the related consequences.  Trying to distinguish how humans can restoratively be a part of rather than impair this is important part of our long-term mission… Conscious consumerism is the intentional purchase of products and services that the customer considers to be made ethically. This may mean with minimal harm to or exploitation of humans, animals and/or the natural eco-system, and strict withdraw of purchases that don’t meet this standard.”  (The Big P Project) 

It makes me happy to see so many members of Generation Y care so deeply about our connection to each other and to the planet that supports us all.  Their enthusiasm and commitment has inspired me to make my own personal pledge and take action to eradicate all harmful chemicals from my cleaning arsenal.  I should have done it a long time ago – you can read about my adventures here.

Check them out – join them on Facebook – make your own pledge.  I guarantee you’ll come away feeling a heck of a lot more empowered.

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