Many people are well aware of the environmental challenges that we face as a species, and how our human actions are impacting our planet as a whole. But often times we find it hard to take on new behaviours, even when we know those behaviours will reduce our personal environmental impacts. There are lots of reasons for this including a lack of time, money, information and supportive social norms.
There are ways to overcome our reluctance to change, one of which is to try out new behaviours in a positive and supportive place. It’s even better if you can try out new behaviours together with other people. Our family and friends have an incredible amount of influence over what we do, whether we want to believe it or not. We are social beings, and for the most part we want to fit in and be accepted by our community. If the community around us has sustainable behaviours as part of their everyday actions, we are more likely to join in.
What is the OSOF Sustainable Me Challenge?
Each month you will be challenged to test out an environmentally-friendly behaviour that in some way impacts ocean health. Give it a go for one month and see if you like it. If it’s something you can get on board with, great! Adopt it as part of your regular routine. If it’s a behavior that doesn’t work for you, that’s ok. After 12 months and 12 activities, you just might have a few new actions to add to your sustainability portfolio. If possible, rope a couple of friends or family members into participating with you. The more support you have, the more likely you are to keep up with the behaviours for a full month – enough time to decide whether or not it’s something you can take up for the long term.
If you’re already an eco-warrior, great! Each month’s activity will have two levels – one for beginners and one for people ready to step it up a notch. And if the advanced level isn’t enough, feel free to adapt the challenge to work for you and tell us what you did.
Each month, we’ll ask you to share a photo on social media of yourself taking part in that month’s challenge. Include the hashtag #OSOFSustainableMe and you’ll be in to win a small prize related to the monthly challenge. By entering this monthly challenge you agree to the Terms and Conditions outlined below.
Terms and Conditions
Only individuals over the age of 18, with a New Zealand postal address are eligible to win.
How to enter
To enter the OSOF Sustainability Challenge monthly draw, post a photo of yourself participating in the challenge of the month by commenting on the pinned post in the Plastic Free New Zealand Facebook page with the hashtag #OSOFSustainableMe. Photo submissions must be made after 12:01am NZDT on the 1st of each month and before 12:01am NZDT on the last day of each month. You may enter only once each month.
Winner selection & notification
A winner will be drawn at random from eligible applicants and notified via the social media platform of the submission. Prize drawings will take place on or before the 15th of the subsequent month. At that time winning individuals will be required to provide a NZ mailing address for the purposes of posting the prize.
Terms & Conditions
This giveaway is being run expressly by Our Seas Our Future, and is not sponsored, endorsed, administered by or associated with Facebook. By participating in the OSOF Sustainability Challenge 2017, you are agreeing to release Facebook of any liability. By entering you also agree to release Our Seas Our Future of any liability, injury, illness, loss, claim or damage that may occur from taking part.
No purchase necessary, void where prohibited.
Personal details of contest entrants or winners will not be used for any other purpose than contacting the winner and mailing the prize.