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April 1 - April 30, 2020
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Louise Hart

Mace North America Green Team

"Hoping to improve my understanding of sustainability and develop some new/good habits!"

Points Total

  • 0 Today
  • 0 This Week
  • 743 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    27
    conversations
    with people
  • up to
    100
    minutes
    spent learning
  • up to
    2
    lightbulbs
    replaced
  • up to
    46
    meatless or vegan meals
    consumed
  • up to
    39
    plastic bottles
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    43
    plastic straws
    not sent to the landfill

Louise'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.

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

Oceans

Learn about Our Oceans

I will spend at least 10 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

Oceans

Join a Cleanup Effort

I will host or participate in a trash pickup at a local river or beach that follows the CDC’s current guidelines for prevention of disease transfer.

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

Action Track: Earth Day Together!

Earth Day Action: Share Eco Tips

Through social media or on the Earth Day Ecochallenge feed, I will share my favorite environmentally friendly habit with my friends, even if it’s not an Earth Day action.

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

Climate

Choose Renewable Energy or Purchase Renewable Energy Credits

I will sign up for my utility company's clean/renewable energy option. If my utility does not offer one, I will purchase Renewable Energy Credits to match my usage.

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

Climate

Choose LED Bulbs

I will replace 1 incandescent lightbulb(s) with Energy Star-certified LED bulbs, saving up to $14 per fixture per year.

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

Wildlife

Research Benefits of Biodiversity

I will spend at least 30 minutes researching how biodiversity positively impacts our world and how the loss of biodiversity harms it.

Completed
One-Time Action

Food

Reduce Animal Products

I will enjoy 2 meatless meal(s) and/or 0 vegan meal(s) each day of the challenge.

COMPLETED 0
DAILY ACTIONS

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.

COMPLETED 0
DAILY ACTIONS

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.

COMPLETED 0
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

Fresh Water

Use a Reusable Water Bottle

I will use a reusable bottle and stop purchasing bottled water, saving 1 disposable plastic bottle(s) a day.

COMPLETED 0
DAILY ACTIONS

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  • 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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    Louise Hart 4/30/2020 5:41 PM
    Connecting with others in a meaningful way can help mental and emotional health - it can break through feelings of isolation, which may be particularly common during these unprecedented times.
  • Reflection Question
    Climate Choose LED Bulbs
    Changing lightbulbs is an excellent first step toward energy efficiency! In what other ways can you exercise your civic duty to protect the environment and reduce carbon emissions?

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    Louise Hart 4/30/2020 12:55 PM
    I can help reduce carbon emissions by buying local and organic produce, walking or using public transport, eating plant-based meals, unplugging my devices when they are not in use and by limiting fast-fashion purchasing!
  • Reflection Question
    Oceans Learn about Our Oceans
    What is one way in which oceans support your life on Earth? What is one way you can help take care of ocean health with your actions?

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    Louise Hart 4/30/2020 12:49 PM
    The ocean produces over half the world's oxygen and stores 50x more carbon dioxide than earth's atmosphere.
    I can choose nontoxic household chemicals to help reduce chemical runoff into our oceans.
  • Reflection Question
    Wildlife Research Benefits of Biodiversity
    How can you encourage biodiversity by your own actions?

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    Louise Hart 4/29/2020 6:41 AM
    I can become a more conscious consumer by purchasing ethically and sustainably sourced products, use energy efficient appliances and recycle household waste.
  • Reflection Question
    Wildlife Research a Wild Animal
    What interesting facts did you learn about the animal you researched? What are some of your favorite things about this animal?

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    Louise Hart 4/27/2020 4:06 PM
    Koalas are the only species to have two opposable thumbs on each front paw, used to grip and climb trees. They also have two toes which are fused together on each rear paw to comb their wool-like fur.
    The International Union for the Conservation of Nature have named Koalas one of ten animals most vulnerable to Climate Change as increasing carbon dioxide in the atmosphere is decreasing the nutritional quality of eucalyptus leaves. Koalas also lost a substantial portion of their natural habitat during the 2019-2020 Australian bushfires.
  • Reflection Question
    Wildlife Use Reusable Bags
    What do you do if you find yourself in the situation of needing a bag for items but don't have a reusable one with you? Carry things out in your hands? In a cart? Accept a disposable one? If you find yourself in this position often, what system could you put in place to try to create a successful habit of not using plastic bags?

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    Louise Hart 4/07/2020 11:25 AM
    I carry reusable shopping bags with me in my handbag - this became habitual for me in Australia (home), as disposal bags are not even an option in most supermarkets.
    When shopping in the US, I will add items to my handbag or carry them if I don't have a reusable bag handy. If I need to shop for more than I can carry, I will return later with reusable bags!
  • Reflection Question
    Oceans Say No to Plastic Straws
    What single-use items (e.g. straws, coffee cups, vegetable bags, plastic bags) do you regularly use? What could be substituted instead?

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    Louise Hart 4/07/2020 11:21 AM
    I an already using reusable stainless steel straws, coffee cups and shopping bags, however could replace single-use Gladwrap with wax paper. I also try to avoid single-use cutlery, however this is often a standard add when ordering take-out/delivery