April 1 - April 30, 2020

Chris Kane

RECYCLE BREVARD SPEAKS FOR THE EARTH

"My personal mission statement is that I will give each of these categories 100% of my attention in the area of educating myself fully because I've learned that education is the key to creating new habits."

Points Total

  • 0 Today
  • 0 This Week
  • 1,015 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    33
    disposable cups
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    50
    minutes
    spent learning
  • up to
    3
    lightbulbs
    replaced
  • up to
    535
    minutes
    spent outdoors
  • up to
    50
    plastic bottles
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    535
    minutes
    not spent in front of a screen

Chris's Actions

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

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

Forests

Use a Reusable Mug

If possible, I will avoid sending 2 disposable cup(s) to the landfill each day by using a reusable mug.

COMPLETED 0
DAILY ACTIONS

Fresh Water

Use a Reusable Water Bottle

I will use a reusable bottle and stop purchasing bottled water, saving 3 disposable plastic bottle(s) a day.

COMPLETED 0
DAILY ACTIONS

Food

Learn the Truth About Expiration Dates

I will spend at least 30 minutes learning how to differentiate between sell by, use by, and best by dates.

Completed
One-Time Action

Action Track: Building Resilience

Spend Time Outside

I will replace 15 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: 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.

Completed
One-Time Action

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  • Chris Kane 4/30/2020 3:45 PM
    It's been a wonderful challenge!  

  • Chris Kane 4/29/2020 5:17 PM
    Hard to believe tomorrow is the last day for our 2020 earthday ecochallenge; i hope everyone enjoyed it as much as i did - i very much appreciate all the work the staff did on this challenge.  Stay safe everyone!

  • Chris Kane 4/28/2020 7:36 PM
    I can't believe we're almost done with this event - it's been perfect timing for me - i've learned a lot, as i always do.

  • Chris Kane 4/27/2020 3:33 PM
    Today I was filled with joy because i spent so much time in the garden; it brought me to thinking about the future of the planet and all the different things that we could be doing to help avoid the catastrophic effects of climate change; education - education - education
  • Reflection Question
    Fresh Water Use a Reusable Water Bottle
    Using the links provided, investigate the bottling practices of water corporations. There have been many cases where the water rights of the local people have been violated or even completely disregarded when a corporation decides to bottle water from a particular water source. How can you advocate for those who have been harmed - both humans and wildlife - by this bottling process?

    Chris Kane 4/27/2020 2:26 AM
    The most important thing we can do is to spread the word about what's happening.  When I first read about Nestle' i was stunned; i couldn't believe something like that could happen; i brought it up in discussions with my friends and acquaintances and realized no one knew about this - that was several years ago - and still, today, i find way too many people don't know.  Education is the primary force in this.  The more people who know the more people who can do something.  This is the most bizarre practice i've heard of in terms of water - "when you know better, you do better" 

  • Chris Kane 4/26/2020 5:58 PM
    Unfortunately I've been distracted the past three days; i haven't been sleeping well which isn't helping either, but i seem to be getting back on track now; i'm surprised it took me this long to let everything throw me off my game, but that's behind me now.  I'm so grateful for the challenges and for my friends.
  • Reflection Question
    Action Track: Earth Day Together! 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?

    Chris Kane 4/24/2020 1:16 AM
    I've been working very hard at not printing online articles.   I'm old school and like to hold paper in my hands to read.  I find reading things on the computer very tiring on my eyes but i have to find a compromise in order to conserve paper.  I would say that i've cut down printing articles by 50% right now and to me that's huge.  It does take me a lot, a whole lot, longer to read but luckily i'm retired and have time.  How do i ensure i'm successful in accomplishing this new habit?  I remind myself before i hit the print button.  For a while I had a note on my computer reminding me, but now i found i don't need it any longer.  I automatically don't print any article less than 2 pages, and articles over that, depending on their use,  It's not that it's difficult for me to remember, it's that it's difficult for me to read.  IN any event, i feel like i've created a new habit and that i'll be able to stick to it.

  • Chris Kane 4/24/2020 12:44 AM
    This was a bittersweet day for me - I've always been out and about on Earth Day attending events and celebrating with other people.  I did do a lot this year, but it was at home and i was alone.  I think this was the first day that I really felt the impact of sheltering in place

    • Mary Dru Bowman 4/24/2020 8:25 AM
      Even though I was able to walk on the beach, I felt the same way.  I look forward to Earth Day like some people do Thanksgiving.  I'm usually with good friends, making positive impacts.  This EcoChallenge helped.

  • Chris Kane 4/21/2020 7:16 PM
    this is so much fun; i need things for a diversion from the boredom that's finally beginning to set in; it's been almost 6 weeks now for us.....this is perfect timing for me to be working on this and several other events - thank you ecochallenge.org

  • Chris Kane 4/20/2020 5:05 AM
    Strange how things seem to come together; the other day i did the initial training for the pachamama organization and they're very involved in the drawdown movement!  what a coincidence; i'm still working diligently at being more mindful in everything i do, particularly as it pertains to my earth day eco challenges - earth day has always been important to me and it always will be