Q&A With BloggersInspiringChange.org Creator Lee Allport!

Lee Allport Bloggers Inspiring Change

Lee Allport

Creators of the Environmental site BloggersInspiringChange.org took turns interviewing one another about why they decided to take on such a time consuming yet heart warming project. Here is what Lee from the Nielsen Power Mom blog MySentimentExactLee.com and EntertainmentExactLee.com had to say.

Marianna: So how did BloggersInspiringChange come about?

Lee: Whoa, okay slow down. You’ve gotta go back in time for that question. It all started with the movie Avengers, because with me doesn’t everything start with Entertainment?

I’d never paid Mark Ruffalo much attention, however I saw this movie and kind of felt he made the movie work. So being the Entertainment writer I am I started studying up on him. I found out he had this huge cause, Anti Fracking. I had no idea what this was so I asked my husband. He knew exactly what it was and explained it to me. Except Tim had a bit of a different take on it than Mark.

Turns out all of our Dryden, New York property was in danger of being Fracked but our town was able to uphold a ban on it which was a huge deal. They were the first to do such a thing.

I immersed myself in research about all of this and it just made me sick. I educated myself on the pros and cons (because there are some of both unfortunately) and made the decision myself that I was definitely against Fracking.

I felt that since I have this influential voice and a vested interest in something important for once I could help. So that is what I’m trying to do.

Marianna: So then you created the site?

Lee: In theory. First I approached you. I knew I wanted a green partner and I wanted to approach Mark and his team. Then I decided I wanted some bloggers actually dealing with the issue at hand so I found Alison, Kimberly and Nichol. That’s when BloggersInspiringChange.org kind of came to light. It was a whirlwind as you know. I did approach WaterDefense but they are too busy to work with us at this time. Hopefully we can collaborate with them in the future.

Marianna: Then you decided to pull all your Hollywood connection strings and chase down Ed Begley Jr.?

Lee: Well my good friend Raphael Sbarge stars on the show Once Upon A Time. I’ve worked with him in the past on his charitable organization Green Wish. I called him up and asked if he’d like to work with me on a PSA regarding Anti-Fracking and he was on board right away. He works closely with Ed Begley Jr so I think it was a matter of a simple phone call and Ed was on board.

Marianna: But we still couldn’t pin down The Hulk? You obviously aren’t that connected Lee.

Lee: Thanks Marianna, I try. No I still couldn’t wrangle Mark. But hey, he’s a busy guy and maybe after he sees some of the awesome stuff we’re doing he’ll come on board. Besides, you’re the one who loves him so much. Technically speaking if we were doing this for Hollywood movie stars attention I’d be in Afghanistan clearing mines with Jeremy Renner. We’ve made some really great Environmental connections during this amazing journey like the moms from ErieRising.com who are participating in the PSA. These are the people who are living the affects of Fracking, these are the people who I am really interested in meeting and working with.

Marianna: Good point. Where do you see BloggersInspiringChange.org going in the future?

Lee: I’d like to see members of the group speak at conferences, peaceful rallies and such things about the way people can help make this world a better place with a lighter footprint. As moms the four of us know how everything has to start small. Whether it’s just starting to recycle or making a quick call to a local Senator/Governor about a matter affecting your community. These little things can snowball into bigger things and really make a difference. You know what Ghandi said “Be the change you want to see in the world.” I truly agree with that.

Marianna: So besides Fracking what are your other Environmental interests?

Lee: So many. I plan to work more on Green Wish with Raphael and Ed of course. I want to do more research into renewable energy. It seems to me we’re sitting on a lot resources that are going to waste and I’m confused by this. Mainly because I haven’t done my research. Unfortunately I don’t come from a place in my life where anyone has a strong interest in such things so it doesn’t come naturally to me. I have to really seek out this information. After I find it I have to fight to retain it and use it and practice it. I think I’m going to fight to live On Begley Street. 😉

Q&A With BloggersInspiringChange.org Creator Marianna Nichols!

Marianna Nichols Bloggers Inspiring Change

Marianna Nichols

Creators of the Environmental site BloggersInspiringChange.org took turns interviewing one another about why they decided to take on such a time consuming yet heart warming project. Here is what Marianna from the influential Green Living blog Marianna.me had to say.

Lee: What made you interested in getting involved with BloggersInspiringChange.org?

Marianna: Well, Lee, I don’t think you gave me much of a choice? Seriously though, when you contacted me about how you saw Mark Ruffalo talking about fracking and if I knew what it was, I did some research. And what I learned about fracking made me sad and quite frankly, sick. The environment is something that has always been important to me so when you came to me with this, I immediately jumped on board.

Lee: Well honestly this is true, I am a driving force when I want something. If you refuse, I’ll persuade you. What are some projects you hope to work on in the near future?

Marianna: The most important thing I think right now is educating people on the dangers of fracking. I consider myself to be pretty much aware of what is going on in the environment and yet I had no clue about this. That tells me that the majority of people do not know what fracking is and the harm it is causing our Earth and people. Outside of the anti-fracking issue I’m very passionate about alternative energy. That is important to me. It is why I love going to the Ford conferences and learning about what strides they are making with electric vehicles and other alternative fuels. (Nothing to do with Adrian Grenier being there I swear). I want to see this Country and all Countries moving away from fossil fuels and to renewable sources of energy. We need to put more time, energy and money into solar and wind power and not at the slow pace were currently moving.

Also our food. The crap that we put in our bodies is ridiculous and we wonder why cancer rates are up and obesity is getting out of control. I want everyone to pay more attention to what they are putting in their bodies and I want them to make a change.
Lee: What do you hope to gain from BloggersInspiringChange?

Marianna: I’m hoping to educate people. Educate them on not only fracking, but all the other ways we are harming our world, and what we can do to change all of that. I would like to attend some rallies in New York City. I’d prefer peaceful rallies of course, I am the mom of 4 boys so I can’t really afford to be pepper sprayed or have my legs broken. But hey, for the right cause…kidding.

Lee: Where exactly do you see BIC going in the future?

Marianna: That is an excellent question and I have absolutely no idea. I am more of a one step at time kind of girl. We’ve got a great project coming up with Ed Begley Jr and Raphael Sbarge on fracking and I am hoping things will snowball from there. Hopefully we can also educate people on alternative energies like solar and wind turbines. With the amazing group of bloggers we have put together to collaborate on this, I see us really making a difference and inspiring people everywhere to make a change.

Get To Know The Bloggers Inspiring Change!

Welcome to BloggersInspiringChange.org. Bloggers Inspiring Change was founded by 4 bloggers who had the notion that saving our environment should be a priority in our immediate lifetime. Not just for ourselves and the lives of our own children, but for the lives of the children that would come after them. They came together to inspire others around them to take the time to begin making that change here in our country one small step at a time. Because as Mom’s they understood that all things must start small but can grow much bigger. Please take a moment to learn more about the women below.

Meet the bloggers behind BloggersInspiringChange.org

Lee Allport blogs at MySentimentExactLee

Marianna Nichols blogs at Marianna

Kimberly Vetrano blogs at SheScribes

Alison Wright blogs at BeingAlison