K i s s G r e e n , H u g B l u e
Imagine.Imagine... hundreds of people put on an XO (with the human as the X, and Earth as the O) to affirm their love for this exquisite planet, and to show their commitment to protect it every day.
Imagine... millions of people put on the XO to show they have started taking actions every day to help protect this magical planet, and to help build a truely "ecological society".
Countless consumers and fans put on the logos of their favorite corporate and sports "teams" that they support. To help manifest the momentum needed to protect our planet's future, we need millions of ecological citizens to put on symbols (such as the XO) and messages in support of *Team Earth*.
So get a blue or green ink pen, marker, or needle and thread, and draw or sew the XO (with a human X and Earth O) on your clothes, personal belongings, skin* (as a temporary tattoo) and/or an XO bracelet, necklace or headband to show others that you are proud to be a human (X) loving the Earth (O) with your eco actions.
* Ballpoint pens and eyeliner are safe for the temporary tattoos as they are non-toxic by US law -- see the Ink section.
Yesssss... let's make it fashionable to take eco actions every day for our sweet and rare, blue and green home.
For all the life that loves to live, Stele Ely
Bracelet.XO Earth bracelets, necklaces, headbands, anklets or backpack flags can be made from various fabrics. Draw a green and/or blue XO (as the human and the Earth) on the ends if you want to.
A great way to make XO Earth Bracelets, Necklaces and Headbands is to spin a green and a blue piece of yarn together and then tie the ends. To determine the yarn lengths, stretch the yarn from the heart to the hand of the person for which the bracelet is being made for, while saying, "this bracelet is to help you connect your heart knowledge to your hands actions".
Another way to make XO Earth Bracelets, Necklaces and Headbands is to cut old blue or green t-shirt or other fabric or material into strips about 1/2 meter long and 50 millimeters wide. Spin the material a few times so it is rope like. Then tie the ends together with a square knot. The bracelet will go around the wrist two to four times. Email us for pics and instructions if you want.
A way to use shorter stretchy strips of material is to use a single overhand slip-knot to tie the ends together. Then pull on the unknotted end of the material to tighten it around a wrist.
To turn wrapping ribbon into an XO Earth bracelet, just spin one meter of blue or green ribbon about a hundred times so it goes from flat ribbon into a string. Tie the ends together and then wrap around the wrist several times.
Another way to make a nice, soft XO Earth Bracelet is to wrap and tie a blue, green or multicolored knitting ribbon around the wrist. Soft, flexible ribbon can be found at knitting stores, and sometimes at fabric and crafts stores.
XO Earth bracelets that go around the wrist or neck 4 times can represent the 4 basic ways to help the Earth -- Team, Art, Logic and Love -- from the XO Earth Pledge.
For a necklace or backpack flag, tie it on with one or two overhand knots.
So put on your XO Earth bracelet, necklace, headband, anklet or flag to show that you take actions for the planet every day, and to invite others to take eco actions too.
Carry extra fabric and markers to make bracelets for friends where ever you are. Big XO flags and banners can be made with the same materials. Make a donation to XO Earth and we will make and send you a free bracelet, necklace and headband.
Word.Ways to word up XO.
When talking to friends say, "XO Earth is looking for a million people to put on the XO... the human and the planet... to show that they are taking 1 or more actions for the planet every day. Because we need a bolder Team Earth... we need a more visible ecological society."
[ Hand them an un-signed XO Earth membership card if you have one.]
Then maybe say, "If you take 1 or more actions for planet every day, it would be great to show others that you do so by wearing the XO on your clothing, skin (as a temporary tattoo), belongings or on a bracelet. I can help you put on the XO -- the eco hugs and kisses -- if you want to."
Next, "Or, if you would like to pledge to take 1 or more actions for planet every day, I can help you put on the XO."
Then, "It's crucial that there are symbols we can put on to show that we are on Team Earth to get others to join Team Earth too... especially when so many corporations and sports teams are getting people to put on logos that call for materialism or eliteism."
Finally say, "So would you like to join XO Earth... Team Earth... to help empower this movement to defend our exquistite biosphere worldwide?"
XO Earth love letters to the planet is another way to word up XO. Write and post the love letters that say how you love the Earth on bulletin boards, blogs, refrigerators, in emails and beyond. Just another great way help can help inspire peace and love worldwide.
Some businesses are now giving a XO Earth Credit/ di$count to XO Earth members who give them an XO Earth love letter that they have written.
Edu.XO Earth is a good way for adults, students, teachers and kids to work together for the planet, to promote school spirit, to support peace, and raise money for environmental clubs.
Art, photography and media students are invited to design and post new XO Earth designs, stories and video links to XO's Facebook and Flick'r pages. The coolest ideas will be added here on the XO Earth home page.
Contact us for club and school materials, or if you would like us to come speak to your group.
Plus, EarthE is a sister project that students, teachers and others in environmental education can use for Opps, Clubs and environmental awards.
XO XOe.Add the XO (as the human and the Earth) or XOe to your clothing, skin*, belongings, words, art and media to show that you take 1 or more eco actions every day -- and to help manifest a bold Team Earth.
Taking a public and united stand for the biosphere is a crucial aspect of protecting it. So let's get millions of eco citizens to put on the XO or XOe -- kiss green, hug blue!
To join XO Earth::
1/ Take 1 or more ecological actions every day to protect our exquisite biosphere.
2/ Draw, paint or sew a blue or green XO (with the human as the X, and the Earth as the O) on your clothing, personal belongings, skin* (temporary tattoo) and/or on an XO bracelet, necklace or headband that you make.
3/ Add the XO or XOe to your blog entries, emails, art, words, media or performances that you create or share.
4/ Help others put on the XO for taking eco actions every day, and for joining Team Earth.
XO Options ::
• Join XO Earth's Facebook and Flick'r.
• Signup for the monthly XO Earth/ Greentopia Newsletter.
• Blue or green pens, markers, paint or embroidery can be used to put the XO on clothing and belongings.
*On the skin use ballpoint pens or eyeliner as they are non-toxic by law. More info under Ink.
• Print and sign the XO Earth member card, and print cards to give to friends.
• Make XO Earth bracelets, necklaces, headbands and flags with strips of fabric and markers. More info under Bracelet.
• Add your name inside the O to make a rad XO signature or autograph. Put your XO signature on letters or things. Also, give people your XO signature for doing nice things for the planet.
• Put on an extra XO when you take an extra eco action.
• Check out some superb ways to score 1 or more actions for the planet under section 1.
• Get an XO Earth Credit/$ at participating stores and/or enter EcoLotto.
• Tag the XOs you wear with words about your actions, XOEarth.org, eco org names and quotes.
• Join one of the XO Earth Guilds -- Music, Art or Word -- to leverage your eco creativity.
• Honor friends for their eco actions with XOs, EarthE kisses, handshakes and art.
• Occupy with the XO to show you are on Team Earth. Here's an easy "occupy sidewalk" action that everyone can do.
Welcome to the XO Earth team! Thanks for pledging to take 1 or more eco actions every day, and taking a visible and verbal stand as a human loving the Earth. XOXOe
Card.Check out the XO Earth member card below. If you like this new baby -- print it, sign it and show it to others, and give away a bunch that are un-signed too.
There are 3 print page choices ::
#4 The XO Earth member card print-page #4 has 4 cards on each print page. To make the cards, cut the printed page in quarters. Then fold each quarter in half to create four 2-sided cards. Pick out 1 of the cards for yourself and give the rest to others. >>
#8 The XO Earth member card print-page #8 has 8 cards on each print page. However, you will have to run the paper through your printer twice -- or use a printer that prints on both sides. This page can also be used to print only the front or the back of the card. >>
#10 The XO Earth member card print-page #10 has 10 cards on each print page. However, your printer and browser combo must be capable to do it, and the top and bottom margins need to be set to zero. Internet Explorer does 10-up pretty well. >>
Here is a page with tips for printing these cards.
So have fun showing you take 1 or more eco actions every day by flashing your XO Earth member card everywhere. print-page #4 >>
1.For some ultra fine ways to score 1 or more XOs for the planet every day, check out the *Green Living Toolkit* -- by the NRDC.
More ways to score 1 or more actions for the biosphere every day can be found at these environmental organizations.
• Greentopia (our own)
• Sierra Club
• Wilderness Society
• Sea Shepherd
• World Wildlife Fund
• Union of Concerned Scientists
• Environmental Defense
• The Nature Conservancy
• Earth Island
Writing the names of your favorite eco orgs along with the XO is awesome too.
The *Big XO Earth / 1 Percent For The Earth Pledge* is an optional pledge that members can use to track their XO eco actions. Feel free to print it, sign it, post it at home, work and beyond.
Ink.Permanent markers are usually the best for marking clothing and personal things. When washing clothes with a new XO on them, try not to overload the washer so the clothes can move around freely. This keeps the ink from transferring to another part of the clothing by pressing up against it for too long.
Regular ballpoint ink pens are the best for temporary tattoos on the skin as they are non-toxic* by law -- according to several sources. Ballpoint pen ink stays on the skin longer than permanent markers too. The bigger the ball in the ballpoint pen, the easier the ink will flow.
Blue and green eyeliner, and non-toxic water based pastels make nice temporary tattoos too. 'Creta Color' water based pastels are non-toxic.
Oils on the skin often make it more difficult to put a temporary tattoo on the skin.
Regular oil based ballpoint pens usually work ok on clothing. Water-based rollerballs and gel pens often do not work so well because they may fade and wash out of clothing.
Green ballpoint pens and markers can be found at office and art supply stores -- a green X and a blue planet looks great.
To make an XO patch to sew on your clothing, first draw the XO on a piece of non-stretchy fabric or canvas. The patch can be sewn, safety-pinned, or buttoned-on.
Credit / $.An XO Earth Credit or discount is given by *participating businesses* to XO Earth members who bring in a *Love letter to the Earth* that they have written describing an eco action(s) they have taken in the last week.
XO Earth Credits may include a discount, handshake, kiss, words and/or other arts.
If you run an eco conscious business, please join us. Our business invitation is at xoearth.org/BizInvite.htm.
To receive an XO Earth Credit at *participating businesses* ::
1/ Wear the XO (as the human and the Earth) to show others that you are taking one or more actions for the planet every day.
2/ Give the business a *Love letter to the Earth* that you have written, signed and dated that describes one or more eco actions that you have taken for the planet in the last week.
3/ Have your XO Earth membership card with you.
Most of the *Participating Businesses* have the XO Earth Credit sign posted in their store window.
Biz.Businesses are asked to offer an XO Credit/ discount to reward eco customers and encourage eco actions. The XO Earth Credit is an eco conscious marketing strategy that's good for the planet and business.
Businesses are also invited to take the XO Earth Biz Pledge that shows they are willing to give back 1% to the planet.
The *XO Earth Biz Pledge* can be used to plan and track a business's eco actions. Feel free to print it, sign it, post it in your business's windows, in advertising and around your store.
XOe.When writing blogs, emails, text messages and other wordzy things, tag with a XOe or XOXOe to show that you take an eco action every day.
Plus, it's also nice to make tag flavors that show that you like to take specific eco actions. For example, the fXO tag shows that you estimate the ecofx of products to see if the personal benefit outweighs the environmental impact. See ecofx.org for more.
So let's get the XOe and other tag flavors out there so people that see our stuff know we are taking eco actions everyday.
Other XO tag flavors include XOE, XOEarth, XOXOEarth and XOEarth.org.
News.> Bill Clinton: We Ought to Have a Tattoo Test
"The more people with visible, impressive tattoos who advocate green energy and understand what it does for a country’s economy, what it does for its country’s independence and what it does in the fight against climate change, the more we’re going to have success in Washington, D.C. Think about the tattoos. You win the tattoo vote, we’ll have the damnedest environmental policy you ever saw." Read more temporary tattoos >>
Stele says, "Ok Bill, sport a XO Earth temporary tattoo nowz'r." >>
> Print the Occupy Your Talent, Occupy Your Skill pledge as cards or full pages here.
Post your Occupy Talent and Skill affiirmation to your Facebook page.
> Signup for the EarthE / Greentopia Newsletter -- a monthly update.
> Draw a 350 along with your XO to show your support for the CO2 350 parts per million initiative.
> XO Earth on YouTube -- Tamara Henry talks to Stele at the Gaia Film Festival.
> This month's suggested XOlent Actions are found on the Curb Global Warming page -- by the Sierra Club.
> Post your pics or check out the pics of others who are wearing the XO on our Flick'r and Facebook page. Feel free to post your XO pics too!
> Check out how to make XO Earth bracelets with blue and green yarn, or with strips of fabric and markers in the Bracelet section.
> The XO Earth Music, Art and Word Guilds are just getting started. All eco conscious musicians, artists and writers/ wordsmiths are invited to join one of the guilds today. These membership cards are still in 'beta'. Musicians can print these Music Guild logos too.
> Print the new XO Earth member card here for yourself, and to give to others.
> Here's a directory of businesses that give a credit/di$count in exchange for an XO Earth love letter -- or look for these signs.
> Artists, photographers and students are needed on XO Earth art, media and videos projects. Contact us for assignments.
> Love and passion are big part of the XO Earth -- a perspective by Stele.
> EarthE.org has some excellent ways honor eco friends for their XO Earth actions.
> The 'global' XO Earth party is un-officially on the 4th Saturday of each month. Feel free to start an XO Earth party/dance in your area.
Connect.Subscribe to the XO Earth / Greentopia Newsletter for monthly updates, stories and humor about the XO Earth and Greentopia initiatives. >>
Join the Facebook XO Earth Group to connect with other XO Earth'lings, and to post your perspectives and stories. >>
We have a Flick'r photo album with XO Earth goodies, and you can add your pics too.
Team."Team Earth" is a name for the ecological society whose citizens are taking eco actions and taking a visible stand for the planet.
Our XO Earth/ EarthE Team page lists some of Team Earth's members who work(ed) on the XO Earth or EarthE initiatives.
Contact us if you would like to contribute your talents to the XO Earth Team. Whether your expertise or school major is in business, communications, psychology, language, arts, software programming or the sciences, we at XOEarth.org and EarthE.org have an opp for you. We can work with teachers for students who want to get school credit. more >>
Give.Make a donation or an in-kind contribution (via our EarthE Paypal account) to help keep XO Earth going. We promise to stretch every dollar you give for the benefit of lifeforms and peoples around the world! In kind donations for our online and silent auctions are welcomed.
Depending on the contribution amount, donors will receive free XO Earth bracelet(s), a custom song written by Stele Ely and/or other gifts.
Email us, call us at 72O.34O.8O8O, or go to our donation page to join the team. more >>
Store.To get XO Earth environmental t-shirts, posters, gear and other goodies, check out our cafepress.com/EarthE store!
Contact us if you want us to add a custom item to the store for you.
Stele composes and records custom songs to raise money for XO Earth. These folksy tunes can be written for a gift, for yourself or for a soundtrack. Call Stele at 72O.34O.8O8O.
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