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April 1 - April 30, 2020
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Noelle Cole

Mace North America Green Team

""Environmental cleanliness begins with each individual desire to help keep the environment clean""

Points Total

  • 0 Today
  • 0 This Week
  • 1,300 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    1
    documentaries
    watched
  • up to
    346
    conversations
    with people
  • up to
    210
    minutes
    spent learning
  • up to
    11
    lightbulbs
    replaced
  • up to
    60
    plastic bottles
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    60
    plastic straws
    not sent to the landfill

Noelle's Actions

Forests

Forest-Friendly Foods

I will replace or remove the palm oil, coffee, and cocoa products in my current diet that are known to contribute to deforestation.

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One-Time Action

Fresh Water

Eco-friendly Gardening

I will plant native species, landscape with water-efficient plants, and use eco-friendly fertilizers.

Completed
One-Time Action

Wildlife

Research Benefits of Biodiversity

I will spend at least 20 minutes researching how biodiversity positively impacts our world and how the loss of biodiversity harms it.

Completed
One-Time Action

Oceans

Learn about Our Oceans

I will spend at least 20 minutes learning about how our oceans support life on Earth by producing oxygen, regulating climate, and providing habitat, food, and jobs.

Completed
One-Time Action

Food

Learn the Truth About Expiration Dates

I will spend at least 20 minutes learning how to differentiate between sell by, use by, and best by dates.

Completed
One-Time Action

Action Track: Building Resilience

Watch a Documentary about Food Sovereignty

I will watch 1 documentary(ies) about food sovereignty: the right of local peoples to control their own food systems including markets, ecological resources, food cultures and production methods.

Completed
One-Time Action

Oceans

Smart Seafood Choices

I will visit seafoodwatch.org or download the app and commit to making better seafood choices for a healthier ocean.

Completed
One-Time Action

Climate

Choose LED Bulbs

I will replace 11 incandescent lightbulb(s) with Energy Star-certified LED bulbs, saving up to $14 per fixture per year.

Completed
One-Time Action

Wildlife

Seek Alternative Gifts and Souvenirs

Bringing home unique souvenirs from trips you’ve enjoyed is meaningful, and giving people unique gifts from other places is fun. Seek souvenirs and gifts that support local communities and do not cause harm to the environment or wildlife.

Completed
One-Time Action

Wildlife

Research a Wild Animal

I will spend at least 30 minutes learning about a wild animal I find interesting, including their life cycle, habitat, ecosystem functions, and interactions with humans (if any!).

Completed
One-Time Action

Oceans

Say No to Plastic Straws

An estimated 71% of seabirds and 30% of turtles have been found with plastics in their stomachs. When marine wildlife ingest plastic, they have a 50% mortality rate. By asking for no straw when placing a drink order, I will keep 2 plastic straw(s) of out of the ocean each day.

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DAILY ACTIONS

People

Connect While Social Distancing

I will connect with at least 2 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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DAILY ACTIONS

Fresh Water

Dishwasher Efficiency

I will scrape, rather than rinse, dishes before loading into the dishwasher and only run the dishwasher when it’s full.

COMPLETED 0
DAILY ACTIONS

Fresh Water

Use a Reusable Water Bottle

I will use a reusable bottle and stop purchasing bottled water, saving 2 disposable plastic bottle(s) a day.

COMPLETED 2
DAILY ACTIONS

Wildlife

Use Reusable Bags

Plastic bags can be mistaken for food by many wild animals. If at all possible, I will not accept any disposable bags when making purchases, including produce bags.

COMPLETED 0
DAILY ACTIONS

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    Noelle Cole 4/30/2020 6:26 AM

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    Noelle Cole 4/29/2020 8:12 AM
    We are in the last couple of days team, let's end strong! 

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    Noelle Cole 4/28/2020 6:56 AM
    Tips for Keeping Wildlife Safe During Summer Months

    1. Look before you mow - Rabbits, fledging birds, and other small animals spend the majority of their time on the ground. Before mowing your lawn, do a walk-through to make sure there are no animals that will be harmed.

    2. Never feed wildlife - Feeding wildlife not only disturbs their natural diet, it decreases their fear of humans, putting everyone involved in danger.
     
    3. Don’t litter - Discarded food and trash can attract wildlife to a location. Many types of litter and trash can be harmful to animals - discarded gum has been known to kill birds and six-pack rings can entangle animals. To keep litter from harming wildlife:
    • Cut up plastic six-pack holders and containers before discarding.
    • Pick up and dispose of any fishing line, string, and other pieces of garbage that might entangle wildlife.
    • Don't release helium balloons outside. Balloons can choke animals and the string can entangle them.
    4. Helping sick or injured wildlife animals - If you find a sick or injured animal, confine him/her in a dark container and try to minimize handling. Do not attempt to offer food or water, as it will cause more harm than good. Call your local wildlife rehabilitation center. https://www.humanesociety.org/resources/how-find-wildlife-rehabilitator .

    5. Secure your home - Check all entry points to your home and make sure all vents and chimneys are covered and capped. This will prevent wildlife from getting into attics, chimneys, and crawl spaces. 



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    Noelle Cole 4/27/2020 6:28 AM
    Here are a few ideas of things to do while Social Distancing:

    1. Organize old photos (this is actually one of my ongoing projects).
    2. Create a music playlist for different parts of your life.
    3. Spring clean (another project I accomplished during the quarantine).
    4. Set some goals and write them down.
    5. Spruce up your LinkedIn page.
    6. Watch a documentary about something you know nothing about.
    7. Virtually connect with old friends.
    8. Learn a new language.
    9. Take a virtual tour at a museum. https://www.businesstraveller.com/business-travel/2020/04/02/these-museums-are-offering-free-virtual-tours/
    10. Make a vision board.




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      Dora Nana 4/27/2020 7:39 AM
      Thanks Noelle, good ideas, I'm brushing up on my French and Polish :) 

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    Noelle Cole 4/24/2020 6:23 AM
    Interesting Fact:

    Worldwide 218 million children between 5 and 17 years are estimated to be in employment. 152 million of these children are victims of child labor of which almost half work in hazardous conditions.

    https://www.theworldcounts.com/challenges/people-and-poverty

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    Noelle Cole 4/23/2020 8:39 AM
    Fun Fact:

    What We Consume.

    The global footprint measures human demand on nature. To illustrate, we extract 88 billion tons of natural resources from Earth every year (In 2017).
    • Biomass: 22.5 billion tonnes
    • Fossil fuels: 15 billion tonnes
    • Metal ores: 9.1 billion tonnes
    • Non-metallic minerals: 41.7 billion tonnes
    This is a lot. Over 11 tons of natural resources for every single person on Earth. And the numbers keep going up. By 2050, we will use twice as much. Unless we change.

    https://www.theworldcounts.com/challenges/planet-earth/state-of-the-planet/overuse-of-resources-on-earth

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    Noelle Cole 4/22/2020 6:53 AM
    Fun Fact:

    The Earth was formed about 4.5 billion years ago and modern humans have existed for about 315,000 years. According to a study by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), more than a third of Earth’s natural resources have been destroyed by humans in just thirty years.

    https://www.theworldcounts.com/challenges/planet-earth/state-of-the-planet/overuse-of-resources-on-earth

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    Noelle Cole 4/21/2020 7:29 AM
    Fun Fact:

    Landfills are composed of 35% packaging materials.

    https://www.theworldcounts.com/stories/amazing_environmental_facts

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    Noelle Cole 4/21/2020 6:20 AM
    Recycling Plastic Six-Pack Rings for Cans

    The plastic rings that hold a six pack of beer or pop together are harmful to animals in the wild. These items are recyclable, but you must exercise care when disposing in the recycling bin, because if disposed improperly, they can get caught around the neck and suffocate wild animals.

    After removing the plastic from the cans, cut the plastic up in small pieces and then dispose in the recycling bin.

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    Noelle Cole 4/20/2020 12:52 PM
    Fun Fact:

    Aluminum can be recycled continuously, as in forever. Recycling 1 aluminum can save enough energy to run our TVs for at least 3 hours. 80 trillion aluminum cans are used by humans every year.

    https://www.theworldcounts.com/stories/amazing_environmental_facts