April 1 - April 30, 2020

Ulrike Nagel

Cooler Communities

"As Cooler Communities at the Berkshire Earth Expo we make a difference in our towns and learn, how important, engaging, empowering and enjoyable it is to work together for the health of the earth and ourselves."

Points Total

  • 0 Today
  • 0 This Week
  • 985 Total

Participant Impact

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    advocacy actions
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    spent learning
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    pieces of litter
    picked up
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    gallons of water
    have been saved

Ulrike's Actions


Speaking up for Climate

During the current pandemic, it's easy to forget the climate. I will contact my representative and encourage them to look for ways in which helping the COVID19 crisis is also helping the climate by being smart in the money they allocate.

One-Time Action


Local Climate Issues

I will spend at least 10 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.



Volunteer in my Community

I will volunteer 5 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.

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.


Fresh Water

Eco-friendly Gardening

I will plant native species, landscape with water-efficient plants, and use eco-friendly fertilizers.

One-Time Action


Plant Trees

I will plant 5 native tree(s) in my community, public parks, or backyard.

One-Time Action


Keep My Community Clean

I will pick up 3 piece(s) of litter each day while following the CDC’s current guidelines for prevention of disease transfer.



  • Ulrike Nagel 4/30/2020 4:47 PM
    Thank you team for making this so much fun! I love how much time we spent learning. Wishing you all much energy, clarity, and purpose in protecting, cherishing the earth and healing with it!

  • Ulrike Nagel 4/29/2020 12:55 PM
    We are getting close to the end of the month! Go to the "Teams" tab, sort by state and look for Cooler Communities in Massachusetts - we are doing amazing! Let's really go for it for these last three days!

  • Ulrike Nagel 4/29/2020 12:53 PM
    This morning I learned about CO2 emissions (the invisible part of air pollution) having dropped between 5% and 8% across the world over this past period of lock-down. That means that even if people do not fly and do not drive, we need to push for much deeper systemic change to achieve the reductions that are necessary to keep us safe. Insulating our homes, heating and cooling efficiently, as well as asking politicians to do more...

  • Ulrike Nagel 4/29/2020 12:49 PM
    I walked through a small forest near my house today and ran into this gorgeous midget and her friends, 5 different kinds...so very grateful to the earth and the treasures she provides every day.
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  • Ulrike Nagel 4/26/2020 6:33 PM
    I played a legislator in a lobby training for young climate activists today and also shared an article on social media about the need to save MA forests - we lose a staggering 40 acres of forest every day!

  • Ulrike Nagel 4/26/2020 6:31 PM
    I listened to a presentation from the Director at Berkshire Environmental Action team about the Housatonic River clean up. I imagine a river that we can swim in and eat from again, which could be a big part of our community resilience in times of climate change. But it will take many years for this to be possible.

  • Ulrike Nagel 4/26/2020 6:29 PM
    I called my representatives and asked them to support strong climate legislation in the MA legislature. A group called Our Climate, led by youth and focused on pricing carbon pollution, has an initiative called Light up the Map. Please support them if you live in MA, it only takes a few minutes.

  • Ulrike Nagel 4/23/2020 4:47 PM
    I learned about a state carbon fee and dividend bill today H2810 in Massachusetts, that would make a big difference in reducing carbon emissions, lower healthcare costs and provide jobs as well as protect those on lower incomes, who often bear the brunt of pollution. If you would like to learn more, go to OurClimate.us.

  • Ulrike Nagel 4/22/2020 5:59 PM
    I wrote an Op-Ed on climate change which got published in our local newspaper today - very happy.

  • Ulrike Nagel 4/22/2020 3:07 PM
    I am planting a lot of native plants, yesterday, we raked native flower seeds into my friend's lawn. I love gardening with others/ neighbors, trading plants (I scored sorrel, which is delicious) and learning together about the most natural and nourishing way to garden - nourishing for humans and many other creatures.