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October 6 - October 27, 2021
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Melanie Onnen

Green Dinosaur

"Make the world a greener place! "

Points Total

  • 0 Today
  • 0 This Week
  • 747 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    36
    miles
    not traveled by car
  • up to
    313
    pounds of CO2
    have been saved
  • up to
    1
    documentaries
    watched
  • up to
    225
    minutes
    spent exercising
  • up to
    15
    conversations
    with people
  • up to
    251
    minutes
    spent learning
  • up to
    30
    meatless or vegan meals
    consumed
  • up to
    33
    gallons of water
    have been saved

Melanie's Actions

Water

Fix Leaky Faucets

Do at Home

I will fix faucets or report leaky faucets to facilities that have been wasting up to 3 gallons (11 L) of water per faucet every day.

Completed
One-Time Action

Food

Plant an Herb Garden

Do at Home

I will plant an herb garden in my home, workplace, or dorm room.

Completed
One-Time Action

Action Track: Justice for the Whole Community

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.

Completed
One-Time Action

Action Track: Justice for the Whole Community

Learn About Local Environmental Justice Concerns

Do at Home

I will spend 15 minutes researching environmental justice and environmental racism concerns in my region, who is affected by them, and local initiatives to address these concerns.

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

Action Track: Justice for the Whole Community

Learn More about Food Apartheid

Do at Home

I will spend 30 minutes learning about food apartheid and find out how I can advocate for healthy and fresh food in my region.

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

Action Track: Healing and Renewal

Family Game Hour

Do at Home

I will spend quality time with family and friends by playing low-tech game(s) and/or through the spirit of imagination.

Completed
One-Time Action

Action Track: Healing and Renewal

Core Values

Do at Home

We may find more meaning and joy in life when our actions are aligned with our personal values. I will determine what my top 3-5 core values are so that I can better align my actions with them.

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

Water

Calculate My Water Footprint

Do at Home

I will calculate my Water Footprint to learn about my tap water use and "virtual water" use.

Completed
One-Time Action

Food

Try a New Way to Prep

Do at Home

I will try a new method of food preparation, such as canning, pickling, or baking bread.

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

Simplicity

Research Impact Investing

Do at Home

Using the links provided below, I will research impact investing and determine if it is right for me.

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

Simplicity

Research My Investment Portfolio

Do at Home

I will find out what stocks and bonds are in my investment account portfolio to determine if they align with my values (e.g. environmental, social responsibility, community).

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

Simplicity

Needs Vs. Wants

Do at Home

I will adopt a "Needs Vs. Wants" approach and only buy things I need.

COMPLETED 15
DAILY ACTIONS

Transportation

Work From Home

Do at Home

I will work from home 1 day(s) to avoid my commute's carbon output.

Completed
One-Time Action

Nature

Learn About the Impact of Old Refrigerants

Do at Home

I will spend 10 minutes researching the impact of old harmful refrigerants on our environment.

Completed
One-Time Action

Community

Engage In Active Listening

Do at Home

I will practice actively listening to a friend, family member, co-worker, acquaintance, or someone who I may disagree with in at least 15 conversations.

Completed
One-Time Action

Food

Reduce Animal Products

Do at Home

I will enjoy 1 meatless meal(s) and/or 1 vegan meal(s) each day this week.

COMPLETED 18
DAILY ACTIONS

Simplicity

Track My Purchases

Do at Home

I will spend 10 minutes each day maintaining a record of all my purchases and learning about my spending habits.

COMPLETED 11
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 8
DAILY ACTIONS

Health

Exercise Daily

Do at Home

Exercise is a great stress blaster! I will exercise for 30 minute(s) each day.

COMPLETED 9
DAILY ACTIONS

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

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  • Reflection Question
    Water Calculate My Water Footprint
    How does your view on water consumption change after completing this action?

    Melanie Onnen's avatar
    Melanie Onnen 10/08/2021 11:08 PM
    I was surprised that the national average water consumption is 1,802 gallons per day. I was also surprised by my own water consumption. Living in an apartment, you do not get much of a choice on the appliances or water fixtures that are installed. This activity has invoked reflection on whys in which I can advocate for lower water consuming fixtures for my apartment building and others. 
  • Reflection Question
    Nature Learn About the Impact of Old Refrigerants
    Why are old refrigerant gases so harmful to our environment?

    Melanie Onnen's avatar
    Melanie Onnen 10/06/2021 9:28 PM
    The utilization of old refrigerants such as CFCs and HCFCs deplete the ozone layer. 
  • Reflection Question
    Food Reduce Animal Products
    Why do people in richer countries eat more meat than people in other places? How does eating more meat affect our planet and other people?

    Melanie Onnen's avatar
    Melanie Onnen 10/06/2021 9:23 PM
    People in richer countries eat more meat due to availability and economics. Eating more meat has a negative impact on our planet as it increased farming animals which increased greenhouse gas emissions and depletes water tables.

    • Stina Kerans's avatar
      Stina Kerans 10/06/2021 10:44 PM
      Big corporations cash in on people being able to afford to buy from them - they are gaining more and more control of our food - they are ruining our soil and damaging our animals with giant feed lots - beef, pigs, chooks (it's totally horrible). We need to go back to designing developments that are more like our sustainable past—we can have the best of the past and the present if we take action together. United we are powerful.