April 1 - April 30, 2020

Carol White

LiveGreen/UNMC/Nebraska Medicine

""The greatest threat to our planet is the belief that someone else will save it." Robert Swan"

Points Total

  • 0 Today
  • 0 This Week
  • 1,482 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    75
    disposable cups
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    1
    documentaries
    watched
  • up to
    30
    conversations
    with people
  • up to
    140
    minutes
    spent learning
  • up to
    2
    lightbulbs
    replaced
  • up to
    78
    plastic bottles
    not sent to the landfill

Carol's Actions

Food

Learn the Truth About Expiration Dates

I will spend at least 10 minutes learning how to differentiate between sell by, use by, and best by dates.

Completed
One-Time Action

Fresh Water

Use a Reusable Water Bottle

I will use a reusable bottle and stop purchasing bottled water, saving 4 disposable plastic bottle(s) a day.

COMPLETED 0
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

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

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

Forests

Use a Reusable Mug

If possible, I will avoid sending 3 disposable cup(s) to the landfill each day by using a reusable mug.

COMPLETED 0
DAILY ACTIONS

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

Wildlife

Research Benefits of Biodiversity

I will spend at least 10 minutes researching how biodiversity positively impacts our world and how the loss of biodiversity harms it.

Completed
One-Time Action

Wildlife

Research a Wild Animal

I will spend at least 10 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

Connect While Social Distancing

I will connect with at least 1 person/people a day through phone call or video chat to support mine and other’s mental and emotional health during this challenging time.

COMPLETED 0
DAILY ACTIONS

Action Track: Building Resilience

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: 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!

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

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  • Carol White 4/29/2020 11:53 AM
    Did you see the news about Spain spraying bleach on a beach because of COVID19? I can't believe anyone could be that STUPID. Wait, yes I can because we've been doing incredibly stupid things to this planet for decades.
    https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-52471208
  • Reflection Question
    Climate Choose LED Bulbs
    Changing lightbulbs is an excellent first step toward energy efficiency! In what other ways can you exercise your civic duty to protect the environment and reduce carbon emissions?

    Carol White 4/29/2020 6:13 AM
    Back in the early 80's I changed the way I run errands--making one circle trip usually after work. Why did I change? Because gas prices topped $1 a gallon! Yeah, that was a big deal back then. I did it for economic reasons then but soon realized the environmental benefit as well. I just don't have the means to make large scale changes like solar or wind energy home improvements so I plod along making small changes where I can.

    • Melanie Stewart 4/30/2020 6:41 AM
      Small changes really add up!  Making that change years ago has saved you countless miles and gallons of gas--and the emissions that come with them.  
      And motivation only matters sometime--you did it to save money but still saved the emissions.  We have people at the med center that aren't "green" but they want to save money, so we all win!!
  • 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?

    Carol White 4/29/2020 6:04 AM
    I am joining a local composting club. I've wanted to compost for some time but I don't have a garden or the space for a bin. I'm so excited about this. I make a big pot of vegetable soup every week and now all the carrot peels, celery ends, onion skins, etc. can go in the compost bin instead of the trash. There are drop off sites all over town--even one on our campus. Plus, every 6 months I get a cubic foot bag of soil. I have a friend who does have a garden and she can use the soil--then I can enjoy her tomatoes!

  • Carol White 4/29/2020 5:45 AM
    The asteroid 1998 OR2 will pass by the Earth today. Watch it live on the Virtual Telescope Project 2.0.
    https://www.virtualtelescope.eu/

  • Carol White 4/28/2020 11:21 AM
    Looks like that large hole in the ozone over the North Pole has closed.
    https://www.livescience.com/arctic-ozone-hole-closes.html

  • Carol White 4/26/2020 8:14 AM
    The explosion at Chernobyl happened 34 years ago today. I recently watched the HBO Chernobyl film and it was such an eye opener. I'm always amazed at how governments cover up disasters to avoid "embarrassment" and make the situation so much worse. I think our current pandemic is another example of that mentality. 

  • Carol White 4/25/2020 8:28 PM
    Wow, it's hard to believe that the month and the challenge are almost over.

  • Carol White 4/24/2020 3:14 PM
    Such good news today that the city parks will open tomorrow.

  • Carol White 4/23/2020 8:28 AM
    A new study suggests that the 2018 Kilauea eruption might have been caused by an excess of rain.
    https://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/rainfall-eruption-hawaiian-volcano-kilauea-180974718/

  • Carol White 4/22/2020 12:31 PM
    The Florida Aquarium is working to save endangered coral reefs.
    https://www.flaquarium.org/pressroom/posts/cactuscoral