April 1 - April 30, 2020

Laurie Husted

Bard College Network, Friends and Family

"Working within the limits of the ecosystem to create a thriving community "

Points Total

  • 0 Today
  • 0 This Week
  • 1,175 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    1
    advocacy actions
    completed
  • up to
    360
    minutes
    spent learning
  • up to
    86
    pieces of litter
    picked up
  • up to
    40
    meatless or vegan meals
    consumed
  • up to
    375
    minutes
    spent outdoors
  • up to
    2
    public officials or leaders
    contacted
  • up to
    345
    minutes
    not spent in front of a screen
  • up to
    12
    hours
    volunteered

Laurie's Actions

Food

Reduce Animal Products

I will enjoy 2 meatless meal(s) and/or 1 vegan meal(s) each day of the challenge.

COMPLETED 0
DAILY ACTIONS

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

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.

COMPLETED 0
DAILY 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.

COMPLETED 0
DAILY ACTIONS

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

Wildlife

Research a Wild Animal

I will spend at least 5 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

Action Track: Building Resilience

Support Pollinators

At least 30% of crops and 90% of flowering plants rely on pollinators, including monarch butterflies, to produce fruit. I will spend 60 minutes researching which plants support local native pollinators and plant some in my yard.

Completed
One-Time Action

Action Track: Building Resilience

Spend Time Outside

I will replace 20 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 0
DAILY ACTIONS

Action Track: Building Resilience

Volunteer in my Community

I will volunteer 8 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

People

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.

Completed
One-Time Action

Action Track: Earth Day Together!

Special Earth Day Engagement

Today is an important day for our political representatives to hear from their voters. Use the links below to write a message or a tweet to your representatives asking them to support a Carbon Fee and Dividend plan: https://citizensclimatelobby.org/write-your-representative/#/74/ https://citizensclimatelobby.org/tweet-to-your-representative-about-the-energy-innovation-and-carbon-dividend-act/#/55/ Voting is one of the best things you can do for the earth. Go to this link to sign the pledge to commit to voting consistently and to always prioritizing environmental issues: https://www.environmentalvoter.org/sign-the-pledge

Completed
One-Time Action

Action Track: Earth Day Together!

Earth Day Action: Research and Support Local Organizations

I will spend 60 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

Feed


  • Laurie Husted 4/30/2020 5:06 PM
    What a month - the challenge took me into the woods, let me meet greet neighbors (at social distance) and let me interact with Bardians and our partners around the world. Thank you for helping us achieve some of the global goals; especially good health & well-being!
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  • Laurie Husted 4/29/2020 11:59 AM
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    Thinking about my daughter volunteering at the Bard Farm today.  She has a proven track record for growing cabbages!

  • Laurie Husted 4/26/2020 12:16 PM
    Today my daughter and I took a walk in the rain and pulled these items out of the woods and brought them “Curbside.” She’s emailing the town to see if they can get them to the landfill 
  • Reflection Question
    Action Track: Earth Day Together! 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?

    Laurie Husted 4/25/2020 6:03 PM
    We Helped Red Hook Rotary in their efforts to provide personal care products to people in need - brought seven cans of recycling to Clynk program!  thanks to bard for the cans! 
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    • Nargiza Abdyrakhman kyzy 4/30/2020 6:12 AM
      I also worked for Rotaract Bishkek when I was a student, great Laurie, you are doing great job, helping people.

  • Laurie Husted 4/22/2020 8:31 AM
    We know that our political muscles are more important than ever, but their flexing is delayed.  The practical happens now – registering to vote, absentee ballots on the way. We identify the civic groups who best amplify our voices.  The Environmental Voter Project has mobilized 2.3M voters so far this year, focused on reaching environmental voters who amazingly don’t cast votes.  Mobilizing that voter block will determine elections to come. The Environmental Voter Project has an action today, Earth Day
  • Reflection Question
    People Earth Day Action: Share Eco Tips
    What environmentally friendly habit have you most recently implemented? How do you ensure that you are successful in creating or changing a habit?

    Laurie Husted 4/21/2020 7:12 AM
    I love my open air compost pile made out of old refrigerator shelving, but others would prefer an enclosed vessel. And composting food scraps is a terrific win win for your pocket and the planet - it's a big greenhouse gas pollutant and putting food in your trash is heavy and wasteful.  So I'm excited to share this project for folks while we are home - make your own compost bin out of a trash can (drill required - maybe get a "tool share" going to help with this part!) : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XZyox5yLiMU

  • Laurie Husted 4/20/2020 3:36 PM
    Today was a marathon in front of my laptop; there's always more to do in front of the screen. So thank you to the EcoChallenge for getting me to take a walk at the end of this work day.   And remembering other times when I could walk with friends. Glad we can still share remotely.
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  • Laurie Husted 4/19/2020 3:25 PM
    Today I did  a little of several things - from a recycling-reuse project  in the morning and a letter to my state senator about funding for climate education in HS, to repotting my baby broccoli, to a walk and removing some invasive mustard greens. I also did a little planning to commemorate the 50th Earth Day. Here’s to more in the days ahead! 
  • 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?

    Laurie Husted 4/14/2020 1:28 PM
    Today I saw two snapping turtles the size of throw pillows and twelve painted turtles, all basking on a log in my pond.  Reading up on the snappers - one thing I knew - "the common snapping turtle is noted for its combative disposition" and saw many new things including it's our (NY) state reptile, it can live 100 years(!) and they make a reasonable turtle soup.  As for the painted turtle, they live about half as long as the snapping turtles. Their bottom shell is the plastron, and it lost out on being the NY state reptile by just 48 votes.  

  • Laurie Husted 4/12/2020 3:55 PM
    Was lucky to able to volunteer for Red Hook Responds and deliver meals to people today. Impressed by my community and the 200+ people who signed up and are trained to help  

    • Laurie Husted 4/19/2020 3:44 PM
      Today was another day of delivering meals. Organizers had 100 ready and we delivered 60. There is more need in the community; the issue is how to get the word out so we can meet that need?