Been getting a few requests from people writing in to post more funny green videos, and also to post more about making sustainability fun.
Well, thought it was time to post some more music videos which combine music, humour (aka green humor) and sustainability messages.
Here's the Formidable Vegetable Sound System performing their highly amusing song about the benefits of permaculture, making sustainability fun and it's called 'Yield'.
Here's the link Mr Yielder - Charlie Mgee himself (who is apparently off to the Glastonbury Festival to perform) asked me to post up -
Speaking of funny permaculture videos, I have a blog - bloomingandbold blogspot having studied Sustainable Landscape Design, and have been in the business of promoting Footprint Flicks, the cute and funny videos which Sustainable Gardening Australia put out a while back. See link above to their site to view samples of these. With names like Mulch Ado About Nothing, Tank Girl and Weeds - Not in My Backyard, how can you go wrong!
Also, here's a link to Tim Minchin in his very popular You Tube video about canvas bags which definitely has comic moments (and some would call it a tad satirical). It takes a few minutes for the song to get going, so give it a chance, as the rewards are there for your patience. Tim Minchin has a wonderful talent for getting the audience roused as well as involved, and that is what we sustainability communicators want to achieve - isn't it!
There's quite a few videos on the internet which are purportedly humorous, which I don't find especially amusing, so I will endeavour to put just the very best ones up here, well from my perspective.
I go in to green humor and making sustainability fun in my book Green Spin (Or) Promoting the Green Message. If you like this site, then why not buy a copy of my book (US $2.75) as a sign of your support!
There are more funny videos throughout this blog under the tage of humour in green message.
So we want the viewer to consider the emotions that get aroused when you watch the videos. How do they make you feel? The next time you see some environmental messages - ask yourself the same question - think emotion, empathy, mirror neurons, emotion? Also, likewise when you see images and cartoons attached to some green communication ask how does it make the viewer feel? Unless we are always asking ourselves these questions, we are not being effective campaigners.
Playing around with the use of spelling as the way you spell something can be crucial in the way people find your site and key words.
Hello Google Ranking search engine - my name is Nicole Kuna for today (I have removed one 'l' for a bit of fun.)
I thought to boost site visits, I'd try spelling the phrase 'green humour' without a 'u'. There are probably some 100 million or so users who spell green humour, and probably well over a billion english speakers who spell it the American way, without the 'u'.
So in an effort to lift my google ranking (with green humour we are listed under the first two sites) I will experiment for now, by changing the spelling. Clearly, just one letter can mean the difference between being known and anonymity in green message land!
Then, as an addendum to this post, I now find I'm up on the first page with 'green humor' so it didn't take long for Google Ranking to find this webpage. Then, it occurred to me (I can be a bit slow and vague at times!) that the words environmental humour must be used as well. (This site is on page 3 under that search word, although I will update this as time goes on.)
So the Resources page on this website has now been changed so that the words 'Green Humor' are used alternately with environmental humour.
I find that when searching you need to play around with the order you put your words too. Definitely put the most important ones towards the top of your article, web page, post, as they might not get picked up if they are further down.
Be careful to chose topics people are more likely to be searching for! I am a tad slow to pick up on that one.
I've been getting a bit lazy with posting photographs, so that will definitely need to change to suit those colour-philes out there!
Might be fun for a city to have shopping strips competing against each other as to who has the most shops dedicated to sustainability with the top one receiving the sustainable shopping strip award. The judging could be on the basis of their products sold in the strip of shops - or internal shopping strip (as the case may be). I think existing awards are often based on centres and municipalities reducing carbon footprint, pollution and waste.
Either way it would be great as a green marketing tool!
I have been doing some work for Bee Sustainable in Lygon St, Brunswick East, which is an establishment that promotes bee-keeping, sets up home hives, as well as promoting home food production - preserve, sausage, cider and bread-making kits, selling related equipment, sustainable gifts and runs workshops along the lines of bee-keeping and local food providoring. I think that this section of Lygon St North, East Brunswick with Vege to Go (vegan meals), and Organic grocers, a Recycled Clothing Market, and Yoga Lab plus the honey shop can vie for high end green credentials as a shopping strip, as far as greater Melbourne goes.
I will be interested to receive any comments or ideas as to other cities with a sustainable shopping options award!
Shopping can be fun, and what more fun than shopping for products that make us feel good, look after our health and coincidentally (?) that of the earth.
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