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October 6 - October 27, 2021
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Fred Desai

Cincinnati Area Faith Communities Go Green (FCGG)

Points Total

  • 0 Today
  • 0 This Week
  • 488 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    285
    minutes
    spent exercising
  • up to
    50
    minutes
    being mindful
  • up to
    450
    minutes
    of additional sleep

Fred's Actions

Health

Exercise Daily

Do at Home

Exercise is a great stress blaster! I will exercise for 20 minute(s) each day.

COMPLETED 8
DAILY ACTIONS

Health

Reduce Refined Sugar

Do at Home

I will adopt a diet free of refined sugars, which eliminates sweetened beverages, candy, and processed foods.

COMPLETED 11
DAILY ACTIONS

Health

Healthy Sleep

Do at Home

Effectively working for sustainability requires self care! I will commit to getting 30 more minute(s) of sleep each night to achieve at least 7 hours per night.

COMPLETED 8
DAILY ACTIONS

Action Track: Healing and Renewal

Practice Loving-Kindness Meditation

Do at Home

I will spend 15 minutes practicing Loving-Kindness Meditation to nurture love and compassion for myself and others.

COMPLETED 3
DAILY ACTIONS

Community

Research Restorative Justice

Do at Home

I will spend 30 minutes learning about restorative justice and conflict resolution opportunities in my own community or state.

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

Energy

Donate to or Volunteer for Low-Income Solar Initiatives

Do at Home

Whether it's by donating or volunteering, I will research the benefits of low-income solar and find out how I can support low-income solar initiatives in my area.

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

Energy

Use an Energy Meter

Do at Home

I will use an energy meter to monitor my energy use and identify opportunities to save power.

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

Energy

Online Energy Audit

Do at Home

I will complete an online energy audit of my home, office, or dorm room and identify my next steps for saving energy.

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

Energy

Choose Clean/Renewable Energy

Do at Home

I will sign up for my utility company's clean/renewable energy option.

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

Energy

Choose LED Bulbs

Do at Home

I will replace 15 incandescent lightbulb(s) with Energy Star-certified LED bulbs, saving up to $14 per fixture per year.

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

Transportation

Research and Consider Switching to a Hybrid or Electric Vehicle

Do at Home

I will spend at least 60 minutes researching and weighing my options to see if a hybrid or electric vehicle makes sense for my lifestyle.

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

Action Track: Justice for the Whole Community

Learn About Trans, Femme, and Nonbinary Experiences

Do at Home

I will spend 30 minutes learning about the experiences of trans, femme, and/or nonbinary people.

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

Action Track: Justice for the Whole Community

Watch a Documentary about Racial Injustice

Do at Home

I will watch 1 documentary(ies) about systemic racism.

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

Food

Watch a Documentary about Food Sovereignty

Do at Home

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.

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

Food

Meet My Local Farmers

I will visit my nearest farm to find out who produces my food, and will learn about the quality of life of those around the world who produce my food in order to make better choices when I shop.

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

Waste

Personal Waste Audit

Do at Home

I will collect all of my unrecyclable, non-compostable trash to raise my awareness of how much I send to the landfill.

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

Waste

Find Local Recycling Depots

Do at Home

I will find out where to recycle the recyclable items that I can't put in recycling dumpsters or my curbside bin.

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

Waste

Launch a Recycling Program

I will start a recycling program at my workplace or school. If a recycling program exists, I will advocate for ways to improve and expand it.

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

Waste

Go Paperless

Do at Home

I will reduce the amount of paper mail that I receive by 3.4lbs (1.5kg) a month or 41lbs (18.6kg) a year by opting into paperless billing, ending unwanted subscriptions and opting out of junk mail.

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

Waste

Learn About & Practice Sustainable Fashion

Do at Home

I will spend 30 minutes learning about sustainable fashion and begin trying to practice it in my own life.

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

Action Track: Healing and Renewal

Learn About Constructive Communication

Do at Home

I will spend 30 minute(s) learning about constructive communication.

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

Action Track: Healing and Renewal

Go for a Daily Walk Outside

Do at Home

I will take a walk outside for 15 minutes each day.

COMPLETED 5
DAILY ACTIONS

Feed

  • Reflection Question
    Health Healthy Sleep
    Consider how many hours of sleep you get now. How would you like to shift your sleep patterns? What are you finding works for you to be successful in this action?

    Fred Desai's avatar
    Fred Desai 10/25/2021 11:52 AM
    In this eco challenge, all my daily actions are focused on me—daily walks, exercising, and meditation.

     I am finding that for me it is easier to change my behavior so as to benefit the world at large by forming good habits, e.g. to save energy, water, and also conserve and recycle as much as possible. It is harder to change my behavior to just benefit me personally.  I know that is wrong and will continue this challenge even after the three weeks r over.  Hopefully, a longer time will help cement these habits.  

  • Fred Desai's avatar
    Fred Desai 10/09/2021 1:22 AM
    I want to share an activity that I created for myself in a previous ecochallenge, that I benefited a lot from.  Hopefully it can help someone else as well, or trigger some thoughts. 

    The daily activity I created during the Drawdown Ecochallenge was
    “Be mindful of energy and water consumption 24/7.”

    Study of human paychology has shown that if u want to continue a good habit make it unconscious, something that u do reflexively without thinking much about it. On the other hand, if u want to break a bad habit, make it a conscious decision by being mindful of what u r doing. 

    If we r mindful of energy and water consumption, we will start thinking of ways to minimize their usage. 

    The 24/7 part was to remind us that we should have the same conservation mentality even if we r not paying for using those resources, when we r out of our house. 

    Myvfirst thought, before starting this daily activity, was that it will be too overwhelming. However, I was pleasantly surprised that it was not.   Very soon, I got into the mindset of challenging myself to think of alternative ways to conserve for virtually everything that I did all day long. 

    I will give one example. I used to wash my hands and even wash the dishes by hand in relatively hot water.  I asked myself if I really needed hot water. What I found was that there is a range of water temperature that I can tolerate. I started keeping the water temperature at the lower end of that range.  

    Now that I have formed this good habit, when the water temperature is at the lower end, I don’t even think about it. However when it is at the higher end, I lower the temperature subconsciously. 

    Even though it might seem like a small saving, it can add up if we do this for everything we do. 

    When I discussed this concept with a fellow teammate in Ecochallenge, he came up with a great suggestion. 

    He said that whenever he would stay in a hotel it would be so dark that he would leave the bathroom lights on all night.  With the 24/7 conservation mentality, he came up with the idea of keeping a small night light in his travel bag. 

    Thx for reading my post with patience.  Hope it can benefit others as well. 

    Fred Desai

    • Deborah Jordan's avatar
      Deborah Jordan 10/09/2021 6:46 AM
      I like the mindfulness part.  Since calculating our water footprint, I am very aware of the largest sources of our water use which helps me be mindful.

  • Fred Desai's avatar
    Fred Desai 10/08/2021 12:07 PM
    Having participated in 3 ecochallenge till now this year, I have benefited immensely.  Becca and I have made many changes in our lifestyle, like built a compost bin, cut back on energy and water consumption for dishwashing by half, learned more about what is recyclable and where, promoted solar amongst our religious organization, reduced use of single use plastics, to name a few. 

    For a change, this time, my daily challenges are focused on me—more exercising, meditation, less sugar in my diet, daily walks, etc.  

    • Shireen Desai's avatar
      Shireen Desai 10/08/2021 7:02 PM
      Great job! Mindfulness of our own health (mind and body) will directly correlate to how well can take care of our community.  You will do great! 

  • Fred Desai's avatar
    Fred Desai 10/06/2021 12:15 PM
    Hi

    Team feed is a good place to share your thoughts and ideas to your teammates, so we can learn from one another. 

    Also please sign up for activities now. The challenge started today. 

    Hope we all have fun in the next 3 weeks.