In the mood for a challenge? UPDATED!

By David F. Rooney

If you’re in the mood for a challenge — and it’s a relatively easy one, I promise! — you may want to pick up the gauntlet the North Columbia Environmental Society intends to throw down. (Scroll to the bottom to read the rules!)

According to NCES contractor Hailey Ross the NCES is planning to ask “if anyone would like like to volunteer to a contest, or sorts, to see who creates the least amount of waste over a one-month period.”

This challenge, which is being organized by Lori Anderson, is inspired by the 2010 comedic film, The Clean Bin Project, which the NCES is showing at the United Church HGall this Wednesday, April 25, at 6:30 pm. (Click here to see the film poster)

The Current plans to chronicle the experience of the challenge-takers with video and week-by-week photography.

According to one review, The Clean Bin Project follows Vancouverites Jen and Grant who go head-to-head in a competition to see who can swear off consumerism and produce the least amount of landfill garbage in an entire year.

“Their light-hearted competition is set against a darker examination of the problem of waste in North America as the duo struggles to find meaning in their minuscule influence on the environmental impacts of our throw-away society,” said reviewer Jenny Rustemeyer in Village Vancouver. “Featuring interviews with renowned artist Chris Jordan and marine pollution expert Captain Charles Moore, The Clean Bin Project presents the serious topic of waste reduction with optimism, humour, and inspiration for individual action.”

Sounds pretty good, eh? A lot of people would agree.

This film (Click here to see the trailer) has won a bag full of international awards: Best Feature Film, Golden Film Festival; Grand Prize Best of Show, Filmshift Festival;  Best Canadian Documentary, Projecting Change;  Best Conservation Film, Bend Film Festival; Runner Up, Audience Choice; Best Documentary, Tallgrass Film Festival; Inspiring Community Action Award, Princeton Environmental Film Festival; Blue Sky Tribute Award; Vail Film Festival; and MOBI Award (Journalism/Media), the Recycling Council of BC.

It was also an official selection at the Planet in Focus Film Festival, Newport Beach Film Festival, Surrey Environmental Film Festival, Tofino Film Festival, Thunder Bay Film Festival, World Community Film Festival,  EcoFocus Festival, REEL Change Film Festival,  Filmshift Festival,  Salt Spring Film Festival, Vail Film Festival,  Bend Film Festival,  Princeton Environmental Film Festival,  Tallgrass Film Festival,  Projecting Change Film Festival,  Reel Earth Film Festival,  Project Native Film Festival,  Ruby Mountain Film Festival, Gold Film Festival and the Seattle True Independent Film Festival.

Click here to read the official rules for the NCES Clean Bin Challenge.