April 1 - April 30, 2020

Tuhin Misri

Walgreens Boots Alliance

"Insatiable penchant for erudition: Exploring our physical and spiritual existence on planet earth😀, while living in a sustainable manner and spreading the learning."

Points Total

  • 0 Today
  • 0 This Week
  • 1,471 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    290
    pounds of CO2
    have been saved
  • up to
    300
    conversations
    with people
  • up to
    285
    minutes
    spent learning
  • up to
    133
    meatless or vegan meals
    consumed
  • up to
    45
    minutes
    spent outdoors
  • up to
    360
    gallons of water
    have been saved

Tuhin's 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

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

Smart Seafood Choices

I will visit seafoodwatch.org or download the app and commit to making better seafood choices for a healthier ocean.

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

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.

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DAILY ACTIONS

Food

Reduce Animal Products

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

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DAILY ACTIONS

Oceans

Learn about Our Oceans

I will spend at least 60 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 60 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 60 minutes researching how biodiversity positively impacts our world and how the loss of biodiversity harms it.

Completed
One-Time Action

Fresh Water

Conserve Toilet Water

I will save up to 12 gallons (45 L) of water a day by flushing only when necessary.

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DAILY ACTIONS

People

Connect While Social Distancing

I will connect with at least 2 person/people a day through phone call or video chat to support mine and other’s mental and emotional health during this challenging time.

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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

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

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 45 minutes researching which plants support local native pollinators and plant some in my yard.

Completed
One-Time Action

Climate

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

Feed

  • Reflection Question
    Climate 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!

    Tuhin Misri 4/30/2020 10:09 PM
    First and foremost, I am grateful for giving us a chance to evolve and exist in the planet. Here is a brief excerpt of some of my thoughts as a letter to Mother Earth:

    Dear Mother Earth, you are the above all and provide us the necessities for our survival and thrive to even push beyond your motherly lap to explore the rest of the cosmos. We owe our existence to you and only you, while our father figure sun brighter our days with its rays of light rendering the energy needed for life and uncle moon keep us balanced on our axis with a slight tilt thereby creating the seasons we relish.

    Dear Mother Earth, you nourish us with the land that the stand on and use to grow our food, the air that keeps us alive and feel the aroma of nature, the water that is key to life’s unique existence. We are your children and owe our sustenance to you. 

    Dear Mother Earth, please give us a chance to correct our humanly follies that have destroyed some of your gifts that have kept life flourishing here. We need you and all the other fellow species as our one big family. Let us give back our love to you through whatever we can muster. We can never do enough in a single life time however we can teach our next generations to live amicably and free of the burden of destruction that some of our generations that caused to our dear mother. Love you to infinity and beyond!
  • Reflection Question
    Oceans Smart Seafood Choices
    Many states and countries have advisories on eating fish. Find out what is advised for your region. Do you think your diet choices fall within these guidelines? What steps do you need to take to make sure that they do?

    Tuhin Misri 4/30/2020 9:48 PM
    Found out the following advisories for the state of Illinois:

    THE METHYLMERCURY ADVISORY APPLIES TO PREDATORY FISH IN ALL ILLINOIS WATERS. Predator fish include all species of black bass (largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, and spotted bass), striped bass, hybrid striped bass, white bass, walleye, sauger, saugeye, flathead catfish, muskellunge, and northern pike. Source- http://dph.illinois.gov/topics-services/environmental-health-protection/toxicology/fish-advisories

    I have been eating only eggs and no meats since last 2 months, however my only consumption of sea food used to be wild caught salmon and shrimp, which are not part of this advisory. Good to be aware of this resources though. 



  • Tuhin Misri 4/29/2020 9:37 PM
    Today, I enhanced my knowledge about the pollinators, as they dwindling populations need to be brought back to normal levels. Unfortunately, the high reliance on pesticides, monoculture, etc. need to be curbed. 
    To me, it feels like our lives are depicted is a lot of movies already, where masses don’t heed the warnings of scientists about pertinent threats until they are finally hit hard. Current COVID crises is a living example of this, where our careless in destruction of wildlife has led to these viruses spreading to humans, who currently lack any immunity. Hope we learn finally. 
  • Reflection Question
    Action Track: Building Resilience Support Pollinators
    Why is it important to take care of pollinators?

    Tuhin Misri 4/29/2020 7:39 PM
    Pollinators are responsible for bulk of our food production. Short term benefits of industrialization and technology have led to devastation of pollinators. We need to make people realize that we ought to strive for balance between nature and industry/technology.

  • Tuhin Misri 4/28/2020 7:12 PM

    • Baya Djadar 4/30/2020 1:35 AM
      Charity/Thrift shops are the best hidden gems for clothes and will help reducing the demand for fast fashion.

  • Tuhin Misri 4/27/2020 7:11 PM

    • Tuhin Misri 4/29/2020 9:39 PM
      Thanks, Maria! Yes, my daughter did this for a school assignment to celebrate earth day. 

    • Maria Albulescu 4/29/2020 5:40 PM
      This so cute! Is this your daughter's project?

  • Tuhin Misri 4/26/2020 9:50 PM
    Wonder what you back to normal (post COVID-19) means for most people, societies, economies, etc., as we strive to re-evaluate our lifestyles and priorities to weed out the key needs versus unnecessary and/or peer pressured wants. Wonder what could be on the other side of this lockdown with high hopes.

  • Tuhin Misri 4/25/2020 4:54 PM
    It looks like analysis of ‘The Earth is healing, we are the virus’ meme has begun, as it gains traction. It will be interesting to see any temporary or longer lasting impact.

  • Reflection Question
    Forests Forest-Friendly Foods
    How difficult or easy was it to change your diet?

    Tuhin Misri 4/25/2020 4:50 PM
    Any dietary change begins with first inquiring about the current state of affairs, which is the harder part, as one has to trace back the food products to their source. Once we have a decent knowledge about the source of foods we eat, then it is relatively easier to switch to sustainable and organic sources, depending on the availability of products where one lives. In a metropolitan area like Chicago, it is easier, however the plethora of choices can be hard. What we need is to question the status quo by looking at everything we buy in terms of its source, methods of putting together and then look for earth friendly alternatives, especially from non-GMO and local farms.
  • 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?

    Tuhin Misri 4/25/2020 4:43 PM
    Oceans primarily support the life on earth by being a major source of oxygen. One of the key ways to support ocean health is by sourcing seafood from sustainable sources and diverting trash/landfill for reduce, reuse and recycle instead.