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October 6 - October 27, 2021
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Aaisha Fatima

EMME

"Here to learn and challenge myself for the month!"

Points Total

  • 0 Today
  • 0 This Week
  • 1,504 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    4
    advocacy actions
    completed
  • up to
    450
    pounds of CO2
    have been saved
  • up to
    1
    community events
    hosted or attended
  • up to
    3
    donations
    made
  • up to
    7
    pounds
    food waste prevented
  • up to
    5
    conversations
    with people
  • up to
    362
    minutes
    spent learning
  • up to
    1
    locally sourced meals
    consumed
  • up to
    94
    meatless or vegan meals
    consumed
  • up to
    15
    minutes
    spent outdoors
  • up to
    2
    public officials or leaders
    contacted
  • up to
    5
    hours
    volunteered
  • up to
    1
    waste audits
    conducted
  • up to
    558
    gallons of water
    have been saved

Aaisha's Actions

Community

Express My Support

Do at Home

I will find out who in my state makes decisions that impact the environment and express my support for more environmental actions.

Completed
One-Time Action

Community

Volunteer in My Community

Do at Home

I will volunteer 10 hour(s) in my community during the challenge.

Completed
One-Time Action

Transportation

Research and Consider Switching to a Hybrid or Electric Vehicle

Do at Home

I will spend at least 10 minutes researching and weighing my options to see if a hybrid or electric vehicle makes sense for my lifestyle.

Completed
One-Time Action

Transportation

Stay on the Ground

Do at Home

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

Food

Buy From a Farmers Market

Do at Home

I will purchase produce and meat from a local farmers market or food co-op.

Completed
One-Time Action

Water

Insulate Water Pipes and Water Heater

Do at Home

I will avoid wasting water while waiting for the shower or sink to heat up.

Completed
One-Time Action

Community

Raise Money For a Nonprofit

Do at Home

I will raise money to support Ecochallenge.org or another nonprofit.

Completed
One-Time Action

Transportation

Advocate for Greener Vehicles

Do at Home

I will spend at least 10 minutes assessing the vehicles used by my company or college and advocate for a purchasing policy focused on fuel-efficient vehicles.

Completed
One-Time Action

Transportation

Car Share

I will sign up for a car-sharing service, or organize car sharing with my neighbors, to cut down on the number of vehicles on the road.

Completed
One-Time Action

Transportation

Choose a Carbon Offset

If buying a plane ticket, I will also buy a carbon offset.

Completed
One-Time Action

Transportation

Improve a Bus Stop

I will improve a bus stop in my neighborhood by posting the stop schedule, adding seating or shelter, adding art or flowers, picking up litter, or some other small improvement.

Completed
One-Time Action

Simplicity

Track My Purchases

Do at Home

I will spend 5 minutes each day maintaining a record of all my purchases and learning about my spending habits.

COMPLETED 22
DAILY ACTIONS

Nature

Forage for My Food

Do at Home

I will use the resources below to find where I can forage for my own food locally.

Completed
One-Time Action

Community

Learn About Constructive Communication

Do at Home

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

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 5 conversations.

Completed
One-Time Action

Community

Host a Watch Party

Do at Home

I will host a watch party to screen a documentary about an issue that matters to me.

Completed
One-Time Action

Energy

Switch to Cold Water

Do at Home

I will switch to washing my clothes in cold water, saving up to 1,600 lbs of CO2 over the course of the next year.

Completed
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.

Completed
One-Time Action

Health

Audit Toxic Cleaning Products in my Home

Do at Home

I will spend 15 minutes researching toxic chemicals found in cleaning supplies and personal care products and remove them from my home.

Completed
One-Time Action

Health

Happiness

Do at Home

I will write down three things every day that I am grateful for, or send one email every day thanking or praising someone.

COMPLETED 22
DAILY ACTIONS

Nature

Explore My Area

I will explore at least one new hiking trail or nature walk in my area.

Completed
One-Time Action

Water

Conserve Toilet Water

Do at Home

I will save up to 8 gallons (30 L) of water a day by flushing only when necessary.

COMPLETED 22
DAILY ACTIONS

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

Weekly Meal Planning

Do at Home

I will reduce food waste and save money by prepping for 2 meal(s) each day, only buying the ingredients I need.

COMPLETED 22
DAILY ACTIONS

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.

Completed
One-Time Action

Food

Reduce Animal Products

Do at Home

I will enjoy 2 meatless meal(s) and/or 1 vegan meal(s) each day this week.

COMPLETED 22
DAILY ACTIONS

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    Aaisha Fatima 10/28/2021 9:08 AM
    woohoo congrats to everyone!
  • Reflection Question
    Water Insulate Water Pipes and Water Heater
    How do you think climate change will affect your region’s water supply? Think about the effects of weather, storms, salinity, and sea level rise, among other changes. How can you find out more about climate change’s impact to your region's water?

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    Aaisha Fatima 10/27/2021 5:33 PM
    Safe drinking water and water pollution are 2 water related issues that climate change will impact Chicago area's water supply. For example, nutrient pollution, the increase of nitrogen and phosphorus due to climate change, it is costly to treat, reduces access to safe drinking water and has detrimental downstream impacts to the ecosystems and food chain reliant on water... including humans.

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    Aaisha Fatima 10/27/2021 5:25 PM
    Very exciting to finish the challenge... I feel like it really flew by!
  • Reflection Question
    Transportation Advocate for Greener Vehicles
    Reducing (or eliminating) exhaust emissions and improving public health are two benefits of green vehicles. What other motivators inspire you to consider switching to a more fuel-efficient vehicle?

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    Aaisha Fatima 10/27/2021 5:24 PM
    The 2 biggest motivators for me are reducing fuel costs (who doesn't want to save money!) and becoming energy independent. Not having to stop by gas stations to fuel up sounds great to me.
  • 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?

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    Aaisha Fatima 10/27/2021 5:13 PM
    Meat is definitely more expensive and therefore may contribute to higher consumption in wealthier countries. Eating meat is not sustainable for the planet and a vegetarian or vegan-friendly diet can support health on an individual level!
  • Reflection Question
    Community Express My Support
    What sustainability issues are most pressing or prominent where you live?

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    Aaisha Fatima 10/27/2021 5:11 PM
    Transportation accessibility, environmental justice, and clean water are three sustainability issues that come to mind and are important to me where I live.
  • Reflection Question
    Nature Forage for My Food
    People are motivated to forage for many different reasons: as a source for food, a means of income, to connect with nature, to participate in cultural tradition, transmitting specific ecological knowledge, or as a means of stewarding local and native plant populations are just a few examples. What is your chief motivation for foraging?

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    Aaisha Fatima 10/26/2021 7:59 PM
    I love the idea of foraging, which can be challenging to operationalize as a city-dweller! I enjoyed learning about urban foraging as a way to do that and for me, as a person who loves gardening and growing my own herbs, it's an opportunity to practice sustainability on a small scale in my own home.
  • Reflection Question
    Energy Switch to Cold Water
    What do you plan to do with the money you save from making more energy efficient choices?

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    Aaisha Fatima 10/26/2021 7:55 PM
    I plan to spend it spoiling my sweet pup!
  • Reflection Question
    Community Volunteer in My Community
    What is one thing you can do to help your community become more sustainable?

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    Aaisha Fatima 10/26/2021 7:53 PM
    Oh boy! This is tough because there are so many easy things everyone can do to help support a sustainable community! One thing I can do better and have started healthy practices through this challenge, is eat less meat. In addition to less carbon footprint, this is also very healthy!

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    Aaisha Fatima 10/26/2021 7:49 PM
    I am interested in how other folks' experiences were during this challenge and anything interesting learned.