August 28, 2014

Ice Bucket Challenge Goes Green? {Sticky-Icky Video}


Unless you’ve been hiding out deep within your hobbit-hole, it’s likely you’ve heard of the “ice-bucket challenge” that’s been going on.

Essentially, folks are challenging each other to dump a bucket of ice water over their heads, with the intention of raising awareness and funds for ALS.

From the ALS Association:

Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), often referred to as “Lou Gehrig’s Disease,” is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord. Motor neurons reach from the brain to the spinal cord and from the spinal cord to the muscles throughout the body. The progressive degeneration of the motor neurons in ALS eventually leads to their death. When the motor neurons die, the ability of the brain to initiate and control muscle movement is lost. With voluntary muscle action progressively affected, patients in the later stages of the disease may become totally paralyzed.

Crazy as it sounds, this ice-bucket challenge is working!

So far, the ALS Association has received over ninety-four million dollars in donations and is “tremendously thankful for all of the generous support and awareness that this summer phenomenon has generated for the cause.”

Of course, there has been some discussion regarding the usage (waste?) of water necessary to complete this challenge. At a time when some areas are in serious drought, some people question the necessity of dumping clean water over one’s head.

So what might be some solutions for creating a “greener” version of the ALS challenge? (“Green” in the sense of preserving environmental quality and in this case, conserving water.)

Well, there’s a couple celebrities who have come up with creative alternatives for ice water!

For instance, Matt Damon opted to use toilet water, instead of drinking water when he was called out for the challenge.

As a co-founder of water.org (which seeks to pioneer innovative, community-driven solutions to help people gain access to safe water and sanitation) it’s no surprise that Damon would balk at the idea of wasting perfectly good, clean drinking water.

But the concept of making the ALS ice-bucket challenge green, was taken to a new level when B-Real, from Cypress Hill, received the challenge.

In the video clip below, B-Real states, “I know we’re going through a drought with water…So we’re gonna do it a little different, but I accept the challenge.”

B-Real (aka Louis Freese) remains seated while a bucket, full of sticky-green marijuana buds, is dumped over his head.

The open-advocator of marijuana then proceeds to call out three other “green” supporters to accept the challenge, saying: “Snoop Dogg, Willie Nelson, Woody Harrelson—you’ve got twenty-four hours to accept.”

Nevermind: Puttin’ it in the air!

Now it’s all about: Dumpin’ it on yo’ head!

Can’t wait to see what Snoop, Willie and Woody bring to the table!

I’m guessing there’ll be: “No stress, no seeds, no stems, no sticks! Some of that real sticky icky icky!”  



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