April 1 - April 30, 2020

Matthew Landon

EWS

"Climate change is a serious threat to our planet and it is something that we cannot take lightly. The actions we take collectively contribute significantly to whether what planet we will have for our kids and their kids."

Points Total

  • 0 Today
  • 0 This Week
  • 1,795 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    87
    miles
    not traveled by car
  • up to
    245
    pounds of CO2
    have been saved
  • up to
    1
    documentaries
    watched
  • up to
    833
    minutes
    spent learning
  • up to
    6
    lightbulbs
    replaced
  • up to
    119
    meatless or vegan meals
    consumed
  • up to
    87
    miles
    traveled by foot
  • up to
    28
    pounds
    waste composted

Matthew's Actions

Food

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

Action Track: Earth Day Together!

Earth Day Action: Write a Love Letter, Poem, or Song to Earth

I will express my love and gratitude for our Earth by writing a love letter, poem, or song to Earth.

Completed
One-Time Action

Climate

Stay on the Ground

Instead of traveling by plane, I will find an alternative way to accomplish the goals of an upcoming trip (i.e. telepresence, vacation locally).

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

Wildlife

Research a Wild Animal

I will spend at least 20 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

Food

Learn the Truth About Expiration Dates

I will spend at least 40 minutes learning how to differentiate between sell by, use by, and best by dates.

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

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.

Completed
One-Time Action

Wildlife

Leave No Trace

I will respect and protect biotic communities by practicing the seven principles of Leave No Trace when doing nature activities alone or with family and friends.

COMPLETED 0
DAILY ACTIONS

Climate

Local Climate Issues

I will spend at least 20 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

Climate

Choose LED Bulbs

I will replace 6 incandescent lightbulb(s) with Energy Star-certified LED bulbs, saving up to $14 per fixture per year.

Completed
One-Time Action

Climate

Use Muscle Power

I will cut my car trip mileage by only taking necessary trips, and I will only use muscle-powered transportation for all other trips.

COMPLETED 0
DAILY ACTIONS

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

Compost Food Waste

I will avoid sending up to .69 lbs (.31 kg) of food waste to the landfill each day by composting my food or learning how to.

COMPLETED 0
DAILY ACTIONS

Food

Reduce Animal Products

I will enjoy 6 meatless meal(s) and/or 3 vegan meal(s) each day of the challenge.

COMPLETED 0
DAILY ACTIONS

Feed


  • Matthew Landon 4/30/2020 1:54 PM
    Congratulations to all! It's been a lot of fun participating in this challenge this year and I'm looking forward to being part of the next one! Keep going! 

  • Matthew Landon 4/30/2020 1:54 PM
    Congratulations to all! It's been a lot of fun participating in this challenge this year and I'm looking forward to being part of the next one! Keep going! 

  • Matthew Landon 4/30/2020 4:47 AM
    Last day of the EcoChallege! Let's finish strong!

  • Matthew Landon 4/29/2020 12:44 PM
    Please remember to check in today and complete your daily and one-time challenges. Tomorrow is the last day we will be able to login to our dashboards. Thank you so much for being part of the challenge!!
  • Reflection Question
    Action Track: Earth Day Together! Earth Day Action: Write a Love Letter, Poem, or Song to Earth
    What are you grateful for about our planet? Share what you created or your general thoughts of love and gratitude with everyone else!

    Matthew Landon 4/28/2020 1:48 PM
    I'm grateful that our planet is still habitable, diverse, and brimming with life. I'm thankful for the 8.7 million species that live on our planet. My poem expressed gratitude for being one giant interconnected web of living things. I'm glad for each and every organism that exists and contributes to the biosphere, hydrosphere, and atmosphere.
  • Reflection Question
    Action Track: Earth Day Together! Earth Day Action: Write a Love Letter, Poem, or Song to Earth
    What are you grateful for about our planet? Share what you created or your general thoughts of love and gratitude with everyone else!

    Matthew Landon 4/28/2020 1:48 PM
    I'm grateful that our planet is still habitable, diverse, and brimming with life. I'm thankful for the 8.7 million species that live on our planet. My poem expressed gratitude for being one giant interconnected web of living things. I'm glad for each and every organism that exists and contributes to the biosphere, hydrosphere, and atmosphere.
  • Reflection Question
    Action Track: Earth Day Together! Earth Day Action: Write a Love Letter, Poem, or Song to Earth
    What are you grateful for about our planet? Share what you created or your general thoughts of love and gratitude with everyone else!

    Matthew Landon 4/28/2020 1:48 PM
    I'm grateful that our planet is still habitable, diverse, and brimming with life. I'm thankful for the 8.7 million species that live on our planet. My poem expressed gratitude for being one giant interconnected web of living things. I'm glad for each and every organism that exists and contributes to the biosphere, hydrosphere, and atmosphere.
  • Reflection Question
    Action Track: Earth Day Together! Earth Day Action: Write a Love Letter, Poem, or Song to Earth
    What are you grateful for about our planet? Share what you created or your general thoughts of love and gratitude with everyone else!

    Matthew Landon 4/28/2020 1:48 PM
    I'm grateful that our planet is still habitable, diverse, and brimming with life. I'm thankful for the 8.7 million species that live on our planet. My poem expressed gratitude for being one giant interconnected web of living things. I'm glad for each and every organism that exists and contributes to the biosphere, hydrosphere, and atmosphere.

  • Matthew Landon 4/27/2020 6:07 PM
    FUN FACT: A company called Skyonic Corporation is capturing CO2 from power plants and transforming the gases into solids! These solids can be manufactured into products such as baking soda! It shows a unique way to reduce the electrical carbon footprints of many and using the byproduct to benefit them!

    https://www.carbonfreechem.com/technologies/skymine
    https://www.eaton.com/Eaton/OurCompany/SuccessStories/Energy/SkyonicCorporation/index.htm

    • Sofia Fick 4/28/2020 1:19 PM
      Hey Matthew!
      I'm Sofia, and I'm the U of M Department of Sustainability intern this semester! As earth month and the eco challenge wrap up, I'm reaching out to some of the team members who have been extremely active throughout the challenge, in hopes of writing a little blog post for the Institute on the Environment about the participants! You personally have one of the highest scores out of all of the eco challenge participants! It would be amazing to start a little email exchange with you, to chat about who you are, why you've been so active, and what the eco challenge has brought to your life this month! Other topics of discussion are welcomed, of course. My email is fick0054@umn.edu. If you'd like to contact me, that's great! If not, and you'd prefer I contact you, I can do that! Just reply to this comment with your email. If you don't want to period, that's totally okay as well! Keep me posted, Both the earth and I are proud of your hard work this month:)
  • Reflection Question
    Food Watch a Documentary about Food Sovereignty
    How does food sovereignty address the complex agrarian transition to modern food systems?

    Matthew Landon 4/27/2020 9:15 AM
    Food sovereignty addresses the complex agrarian transition to modern food systems and how its affecting masses of people. It's become to easy today to choose to run to the grocery store to pick up processed foods rather than whole food choices. As a result, we're seeing a rise in obesity, diabetes, and cancer cases growing every year. Ultimately, modern food practices are contributing to the skyrocketing health care costs in America, increased prescription uses, and invasive surgeries. By returning to a more sovereign food system, we can improve our health and avoid so many of these health issues.