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April 1 - April 30, 2020
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Kate Barber

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"Dedicated to finding new ways to minimize my environmental footprint and protect nature."

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Participant Impact

  • up to
    18
    conversations
    with people
  • up to
    110
    minutes
    spent learning
  • up to
    495
    minutes
    spent outdoors
  • up to
    495
    minutes
    not spent in front of a screen

Kate's Actions

Oceans

Support Organic Growing Methods

I will buy organic cotton and foods grown without the use of synthetic nitrogen fertilizers.

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People

Spend Time Outside

I will replace 30 minute(s) each day typically spent inside (computer time, watching television, etc.) with quality time outside that follows CDC guidelines for preventing disease spread.

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People

Connect While Social Distancing

I will connect with at least 1 person/people a day through phone call or video chat to support mine and other’s mental and emotional health during this challenging time.

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Climate

Local Climate Issues

I will spend at least 15 minute(s) a day researching climate issues or climate solutions in my local area and share with others through my team feed, social media, or conversations with my peers.

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People

Support A Sharing Economy

To reduce my consumption and waste and support my community, I will create or support a sharing economy with family, friends, and neighbors.

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    Kate Barber 4/30/2020 2:15 PM
    This year’s EcoChallenge was especially meaningful and rewarding. It provided a sense of renewed hope and optimism at a time when greatly needed. During a time of global uncertainty, the EcoChallenge showed us we still have agency and the capacity for positive change. Although many of us may be physically separated from one another, collectively we have tremendous power for positive impact for the planet.

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    Kate Barber 4/30/2020 12:52 AM
    Out in the port hills, learning more about the delicate ecosystems helps me feel more connected to my new home-for-now. I see so many opportunities to contribute to help protect this beautiful environment!

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    Kate Barber 4/27/2020 5:35 AM
    Today I started composting and recycling again. I’m so glad my new community provides these services! And I’m grateful to the service workers who are putting in the time to get the job done even during these difficult times

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    Kate Barber 4/24/2020 12:30 AM
    Didn’t meet as many of my goals for the day as I’d hoped to (ahem, spend time outside). Mostly because I was busy working. Yet I feel good, because at work, my client made great progress with improving their corporate sustainability reporting. Excited to help move the needle.

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    Kate Barber 4/23/2020 12:05 AM
    To support a sharing economy, my neighbors and I are sharing bicycles, tools, dishes, a car, vacuum, printer, and more. I feel good that we can team up to use less, buy less, and reduce our environmental footprint. Not to mention, this helps us save money!

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    Kate Barber 4/22/2020 3:57 AM
    Celebrating this Earth Day with reflections on life. That which makes our planet so beautiful and unique. Our environment offers endless opportunities for discovery. Feeling grateful for another day on planet Earth.

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    Kate Barber 4/21/2020 12:30 AM
    When I spend time in nature, I feel more relaxed, and it also deepens my passion for protecting the planet. Outdoors, I find inspiration and come up with new ways to be more sustainable, in both my personal and professional life.
  • Reflection Question
    People Connect While Social Distancing
    How does connecting with others help your own mental and emotional health? How can it help support others?

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    Kate Barber 4/13/2020 9:15 PM
    Mandatory social isolation has been a positive experience in some ways. It's given us the space to take stock of what's important and reconnect with loved ones we hadn't spoken to in a very long time. I'm certain these conversations have made a positive impact on our mental health, both for us and our families. 
  • Reflection Question
    People Support A Sharing Economy
    What are the benefits of a sharing economy? How could a sharing economy change the dynamics you have with friends, family and/or neighbors?

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    Kate Barber 4/13/2020 9:12 PM
    We've recently moved to a property, which is shared with our neighbors. This close proximity has helped us quickly establish social bonds within the community. It has also opened doors for sharing food and household items. It's eliminated the need to purchase several non-essential goods (such as vacuums, yard tools, and dry goods) which we would otherwise have purchased separately for our individual household. I feel great knowing this helps us create less waste! 
  • Reflection Question
    People Spend Time Outside
    Rachel Carson said that we need the beauty and mysteries of the natural world for our spiritual and emotional development. Does that ring true for you? What are the implications for a culture that spends most of its time indoors?

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    Kate Barber 4/13/2020 9:06 PM
    Spending time outdoors nurtures creativity, sparks inspiration, and deepens compassion for others and the natural world. I contend that it's essential for progress around social, economic, and environmental issues.