terra, not terror

sharing ideas about a simpler way to live

About September 22, 2007

terra @ 1:41 pm

I’m starting this blog to discuss some earth-friendly activities going on around the world. I like to keep up on the progress that’s being made to create an earth-friendly, less expensive, safe, energy-efficient place to live. I love doing whatever I can to save money, energy, and resources, so I’ll show you my ideas, too.

This will be a positive space for us to share what we’re doing to reduce our footprint. I hope you enjoy reading about efforts to help our planet.

I plan to write something every day. I imagine this page will evolve over time, and I hope you check back once in a while to see what fun things are going on in the “green” world.

I post some of my favorite vegetarian recipes once a week. I cite the sources of my recipes, including links to purchase the books online. If you like the recipe, I encourage you to check out the book to enjoy more healthy, earth-friendly food.

The name?
Terra is Latin for Earth, and is also my name. We should focus on living in harmony with the earth, not living in fear.

A little about me:
I live in Akron, OH, with my husband, 2 cats and my big dog. I enjoy travel, vegetarian cooking, and learning something new every day.

Favorite movies:
* Little Miss Sunshine
* The Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
* The Lives of Others
* The Fog of War
Favorite Music:
* Ben Folds
* U2
* The Cure
* The Strokes
* The Killers
Favorite books:
* Lamb by Christopher Moore (all of his books are great)
* The Mouse that Roared
* Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West
* Anything by Kurt Vonnegut

Comments: I moderate comments on this site to eliminate spam. The comment box asks for a web site, but you don’t need to enter one to comment on this page. Just your name and e-mail address will be great.

This blog is about what other people are doing to make the world a better place. These are not all my ideas – I’m sharing things that I learn as I try to live a simpler life. I link to the articles and sites that I read to get my information (highlighted words are links). So, if you want to learn more about what I’ve written, please follow the links in the post to get to the primary source.

I’m taking a page out of the Boing Boing book regarding comment moderation:

freedom of speech also means that the people who write and edit [this blog] have the right to have (or refuse to have) anything they want on their own website. If one of the things they don’t want is a comment that you have posted, they aren’t depriving you of your freedom of speech. You’re free to put that comment up on your own webpage.

As always, thanks for reading.


5 Responses to “About”

  1. terranotterror Says:

    About this new look… I like the added features, and I hope you do too.

    Comments are still moderated. You don’t need to put a full name, e-mail address, and web site. Just your name should work fine.

    Keep an eye on the “tag cloud” on the right column. It makes the most popular post topics bigger. So, if you want to see all the recipes, you can click on Food, and it will show you all the posts I’ve written about food.

    Always, thanks for reading!

  2. peppermintlisa Says:

    love the new look!

  3. terranotterror Says:

    Thank you. I’m quite excited about it!

  4. mom Says:

    I think you need to have your profile somewhere. When I tell people that this site is my daughter is doesn’t have who you are like your blog site. I loved that. I wonder if I might be able to set up something like this for my furniture business.

  5. Janie Yu Says:

    Dear Terra,

    I work in a communications firm that provides CSR consulting service to clients. I am a frequent visitor of your blog because it is a great source for information about green activities. Reading your articles keeps me informed and greatly helps my work.

    I thought you might be interested in my client Timberland’s newly launched Earthkeeper campaign and share it with your readers. As part of the campaign, there is a Calling all Earthkeepers contest. Please see below for more information.

    On June 10, The Timberland Company announced the global launch of the Earthkeeper campaign, a movement to recruit one million people to become part of an online network designed to inspire real environmental behavior change.

    The Earthkeeper network is a forum where people who share energy and interest in the notion of protecting our planet can share information and inspiration, and the Earthkeeper campaign will be a way to translate lots of passionate talk and ideas into positive, practical actions.

    Why Timberland developed the Earthkeeper campaign:

    There’s an emerging effort by companies to try to figure out how to engage with consumers about the environment. One key question is how to do it appropriately.

    Timberland is widely seen as an innovator in CSR practices, and the company believes that businesses have a responsibility to the community and to its consumers to do “good.” Timberland’s goal is to inspire environmental stewardship by consumers.

    Timberland has been “walking the walk,” or “Earthkeeping,” for years, and good CSR practices have been critically important internally. Efforts have been shared periodically w/ a niche group of targeted peers and thought leaders through CSR conferences like Ceres and BSR Annual Conferences, but not much energy has been spent in educating consumers of Timberland’s CSR in a way that is meaningful and impactful to this important group.

    So, what is the Earthkeeper campaign?

    As part of the Earthkeeper program, Timberland has launched an innovative global network of online social networking tools, including partnerships with Changents.com, a strong Facebook presence, a YouTube Earthkeeper Brand Channel and a richly-populated Earthkeeper blog. Uniting these various Earthkeeper “channels” is http://www.earthkeeper.com, a website which allows users to navigate through the Earthkeeper network based on their level of interest in learning more or engaging in Earthkeeping.

    Earthkeepers can share ideas and activities via these online venues, making it quick, simple and entertaining to learn, and discuss greener lifestyles. Earthkeeper forums have been created on YouTube (www.earthkeeper.com/youtube), Facebook (www.earthkeeper.com/facebook), Changents.com (www.earthkeeper.com/changents), and the Earthkeeper blog (www.earthkeeper.com/blog).

    How online social networking can lead to real environmental action:

    We know that most of us are aware that the environment is in trouble, and that many of us don’t know how to fix it. The Earthkeeper campaign helps us see that every little thing we do can help- and, together, we can inspire each other to do more. The Calling All Earthkeepers contest invites us to share our Earthkeeping story, and have a blast while doing it!

    Calling all Earthkeepers contest:

     YouTube is a site that most of us use, “just for fun.” But what if YouTube was a venue on which real environmental action could be shared, thereby inspiring real eco action among the larger, offline population? The Timberland Company is hosting a revolutionary contest, where everyday Earthkeepers are invited to document and share their own Earthkeeping projects. Earthkeeping can be anything you do to lighten your environmental footprint- from ditching your car for the summer and commuting to work on bike, setting up a communal compost bin in your neighborhood, or adopting an abandoned city lot and creating green space. These projects can be funny or serious, and can be independent projects, group projects, or school projects. Videos can be uploaded until July 26, and will be posted on the Earthkeeper channel at http://www.youtube.com/earthkeepers

     You decide how you want to share your story: You can simply upload your Earthkeeping video to the YouTube contest—where the winners in each of three categories —1. most humorous, 2. most unique/informative, and 3. most motivating/engaging—will receive $300 worth of Timberland gear.

     And, if you are really inspired, and believe you can start an eco-movement with your concept, enter the “Be an Earthkeeper Hero” competition. To win this phase of the contest, you’ll need to attract “backers”- but don’t worry, we’ll give you the tools to do this using the storytelling platform on Changents.com. You’ll upload your video to http://www.changents.com/earthkeepers-int, and start promoting yourself by sharing photos, blog entries, podcasts, Twitters and more. The grand prize winner will receive a $5,000 prize, an opportunity to be featured in a 2009 Timberland advertising campaign, plus $500 in TBL gear.

    We hope you can post the news of the new Earthkeeper campaign and the Calling All Earthkeepers contest on the Terra Not Terror blog. Please let me know if you have any questions!

    We’d love to hear what you think of the network, so your comments are welcome- either by replying to this email, or posting them to the Earthkeeper blog or Facebook group page.



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