April 1 - April 30, 2020

Laura Gardner

TEAM SOUTHCOAST

"My mission is to help catalyze a global solution to the climate crisis by making urgent action a necessity across every level of society as a co-chair of Climate Reality: Massachusetts Southcoast. I also plan to pick up a lot of trash!"

Points Total

  • 0 Today
  • 0 This Week
  • 1,196 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    3
    advocacy actions
    completed
  • up to
    2
    documentaries
    watched
  • up to
    301
    conversations
    with people
  • up to
    210
    minutes
    spent learning
  • up to
    2,274
    pieces of litter
    picked up
  • up to
    1,950
    minutes
    spent outdoors
  • up to
    13
    public officials or leaders
    contacted
  • up to
    1,860
    minutes
    not spent in front of a screen
  • up to
    5
    hours
    volunteered

Laura's Actions

People

Write Letters or Emails

I will write 1 letter(s) or email(s) per day to a public official or company to advocate for planet-friendly and/or environmentally just policies.

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DAILY ACTIONS

Food

Watch a Documentary about Food Sovereignty

I will watch 2 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

Forests

Explore My Area

I will explore at least one new hiking trail or nature walk in my area while following CDC guidelines for social distancing.

Completed
One-Time Action

People

Keep My Community Clean

I will pick up 5 piece(s) of litter each day while following the CDC’s current guidelines for prevention of disease transfer.

COMPLETED 0
DAILY ACTIONS

People

Connect While Social Distancing

I will connect with at least 10 person/people a day through phone call or video chat to support mine and other’s mental and emotional health during this challenging time.

COMPLETED 0
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

People

Volunteer in my Community

I will volunteer 5 hour(s) in my community helping people who are most at need right now, including elderly and immunocompromised people, people without childcare, and people whose jobs have been affected by social distancing measures.

Completed
One-Time Action

Action Track: Building Resilience

Earth Day Action!: Research and Support Local Organizations

I will spend 15 minutes researching local organizations and businesses in my community, then support one of them by writing a testimonial or positive review, ordering curbside, making a donation to my favorite nonprofit, or supporting them in another way.

Completed
One-Time Action

Forests

Advocate for Forest Protection

I will contact 2 congress people or representatives to advocate for public policy that protects forests and improves their ability to sequester carbon and nourish biodiversity.

Completed
One-Time Action

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.

COMPLETED 11
DAILY ACTIONS

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  • Laura Gardner 4/30/2020 7:31 AM
    Climate Reality Massachusetts Southcoast is announcing an exciting new campaign at our meeting on Monday, May 4 at 6:30 p.m. Our campaign is 100% committed; we will be working toward 100% renewables for businesses and communities on the southcoast by 2030.
     Anyone who wants to join the meeting (or just join our email list) can email crmasc2019@gmail.com and I'll add you to our email list. We don't have our own website yet. You can also sign up for our email list on bit.ly/joincrsc

  • Laura Gardner 4/25/2020 4:43 PM
    What a gorgeous day! Spent most of it outside. :)

  • Laura Gardner 4/22/2020 12:35 PM
    Happy Earth Day!!! I hope everyone is able to get outside and enjoy this gorgeous day.

    In the meantime, check out this inspirational video from Southcoast youth, some of whom are our Climate Reality group members, who are demanding legislative action on the climate crisis from our Massachusetts legislators. Please share widely! (and go follow @dhsclimate_strike on Instagram!)

    https://www.instagram.com/p/B_SicA2BpiK/

  • Laura Gardner 4/20/2020 3:13 AM
    If anyone was considering ordering from the NB Farmers Market, it's easy to do! Download the What's Good app and put in your zip code. The top option will be the NB Farmers Market. The market will be available again on Saturday and then will deliver next Wednesday. Products include produce, meat, kombucha, sweets and more! Contactless delivery to your front door. 
  • Reflection Question
    Action Track: Building Resilience Earth Day Action!: Research and Support Local Organizations
    Why is it important to support local organizations and businesses? How does it help to build a more resilient community?

    Laura Gardner 4/18/2020 2:26 PM
    I love our local farms and would hate to see them go out of business. I love that there is an option to get delivery from the New Bedford Farmers Market once a week. Last time I did it (two weeks ago), I got a bunch of veggies, plus a few treats. If we all support our local economy together then we can get through this!

  • Laura Gardner 4/17/2020 11:28 AM
    I hate making phone calls or writing letters or emails to elected officials. It's really hard for me. Just because it's hard doesn't mean I shouldn't do it. The more I do it, the easier it will get. 
  • Reflection Question
    Forests Explore My Area
    How can spending more time outdoors enhance your sense of place?

    Laura Gardner 4/15/2020 2:00 AM
    I love spending time outdoors. I love seeing what plants grow in a specific area, what animals live in that habitat, and what birds we can hear or see there. My family especially enjoys exploring all the Buzzards Bay trails in our area. Each one is a bit different. 
  • 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?

    Laura Gardner 4/15/2020 1:59 AM
    I connect with my students via virtual lunch bunch every weekday. I usually have between 7 and 15 kids show up to each of my 2 sessions. It's my very favorite part of the day to see their faces and read them a book out loud. We finished our first read alouds last week and this week we started up our second books. It's definitely helping me feel better and it gives my day a solid anchor to know I'm going to check in with my students. My own children enjoy it, too. Lena joins me for the 6th grade lunch bunch at noon and Miles joins me for the 7th/8th grade lunch bunch at 1 pm.
  • Reflection Question
    People Keep My Community Clean
    How does the act of picking up litter connect you more to your community?

    Laura Gardner 4/15/2020 1:57 AM
    By committing to picking up litter every day, I'm getting outside more! By getting outside more, I'm saying hello to more people on my walk. I also get comments from people about picking up trash. Some people thank me and one guy even gave me a bunch of gloves. Since I got my trash grabber, I've received some admiring comments on that, too. I'm starting to know which neighborhoods and bushes catch trash in the wind the most. I'm loving this part of the challenge most of all.
  • 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?

    Laura Gardner 4/13/2020 4:25 AM
    Got out early before it rained too hard! Have to walk the dog anyway...