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October 6 - October 27, 2021
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Anudeep Medam

EcoINL

"Leave the planet a better place."

Points Total

  • 0 Today
  • 0 This Week
  • 1,184 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    5
    advocacy actions
    completed
  • up to
    1
    community events
    hosted or attended
  • up to
    123
    disposable cups
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    2
    documentaries
    watched
  • up to
    1
    donations
    made
  • up to
    1
    conversations
    with people
  • up to
    364
    minutes
    spent learning
  • up to
    4
    lightbulbs
    replaced
  • up to
    2
    locally sourced meals
    consumed
  • up to
    120
    meatless or vegan meals
    consumed
  • up to
    69
    plastic straws
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    5
    public officials or leaders
    contacted
  • up to
    0
    hours
    volunteered

Anudeep's Actions

Action Track: Healing and Renewal

Learn About Constructive Communication

Do at Home

I will spend 10 minute(s) learning about constructive communication.

Completed
One-Time Action

Action Track: Healing and Renewal

Forgiveness

Do at Home

I will begin, or continue, on the journey of forgiving myself and/or other(s). I may do this through journaling, meditation, prayer, and/or talking with a licensed healthcare professional.

Completed
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.

Completed
One-Time Action

Action Track: Justice for the Whole Community

Learn More about Food Apartheid

Do at Home

I will spend 10 minutes learning about food apartheid and find out how I can advocate for healthy and fresh food in my region.

Completed
One-Time Action

Action Track: Justice for the Whole Community

Learn About Local Environmental Justice Concerns

Do at Home

I will spend 5 minutes researching environmental justice and environmental racism concerns in my region, who is affected by them, and local initiatives to address these concerns.

Completed
One-Time Action

Action Track: Justice for the Whole Community

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.

Completed
One-Time Action

Action Track: Justice for the Whole Community

Learn About Trans, Femme, and Nonbinary Experiences

Do at Home

I will spend 10 minutes learning about the experiences of trans, femme, and/or nonbinary people.

Completed
One-Time Action

Action Track: Justice for the Whole Community

Support Native Communities

Do at Home

I will use the resource links provided and spend 10 minutes learning about the native populations that lived in my area prior to colonization, and what I can do to support those that still exist.

Completed
One-Time Action

Action Track: Justice for the Whole Community

Research Voter Suppression

Do at Home

I will spend at least 10 minutes finding out what local laws, policies, and practices keep people from voting in my community.

Completed
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.

Completed
One-Time Action

Food

Organize a Course

Do at Home

I will organize one of Ecochallenge.org's discussion courses on food sustainability, Menu for the Future or Hungry for Change, with my family, friends, coworkers, or classmates.

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

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.

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

Food

Advocate for More Food Options

Do at Home

Access to affordable, nutritious food is a food justice issue. I will advocate for local and/or organic food options at work, on campus and/or in the spaces I frequent.

Completed
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.

Completed
One-Time Action

Health

Take Control

Do at Home

Both systemic and personal sustainability are important! I will develop a plan with my medical professionals to achieve my best health and live my life to the fullest.

Completed
One-Time Action

Energy

Choose LED Bulbs

Do at Home

I will replace 3 incandescent lightbulb(s) with Energy Star-certified LED bulbs, saving up to $14 per fixture per year.

Completed
One-Time Action

Food

Reduce Animal Products

Do at Home

I will enjoy 3 meatless meal(s) and/or 2 vegan meal(s) each day this week.

COMPLETED 22
DAILY ACTIONS

Waste

Skip the Straw

Do at Home

Plastic bags and small plastic pieces like straws are most likely to get swept into our waterways. I will keep 2 plastic straw(s) out of the landfill and ocean each day by refusing straws or using my own glass/metal straw.

COMPLETED 22
DAILY ACTIONS

Waste

Use a Reusable Mug

Do at Home

I will avoid sending 5 disposable cup(s) to the landfill each day by using a reusable mug.

COMPLETED 22
DAILY ACTIONS

Waste

Research Local Waste Sites

Do at Home

I will spend 1 minutes finding out where landfills and/or toxic waste sites are situated in my region and which communities are most impacted by these sites.

Completed
One-Time Action

Action Track: Justice for the Whole Community

Find / Join A Sharing Economy

Do at Home

I will research tool libraries and other sharing economy organizations in my area and rent instead of buy next time I need something they offer.

COMPLETED 22
DAILY ACTIONS

Action Track: Justice for the Whole Community

Support Resilient Powergrids

Do at Home

A community can be brought to its knees without dependable power, often affecting the most vulnerable. I will write 1 letter(s) or email(s) per day to a public official or company to advocate for a more resilient power grid (e.g. microgrids, solar+storage).

COMPLETED 22
DAILY ACTIONS

Action Track: Justice for the Whole Community

Offset for Climate Justice

Do at Home

Greenhouse gases found in old refrigerants are up to 10,900 times more potent than carbon dioxide. I will help eliminate these gases through the purchase of offset credits to ensure we all have a planet we can thrive on.

Completed
One-Time Action

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  • Anudeep Medam's avatar
    Anudeep Medam 10/27/2021 4:46 PM
    This has been a fun ride! Looking forward to the next EcoChallenge next year.
  • Reflection Question
    Action Track: Justice for the Whole Community Donate to or Volunteer for Low-Income Solar Initiatives
    Equitable access, environmental justice and creating employment opportunities are just a few advantages of low-income solar programs. Can you think of other benefits that could come from initiatives like this? Which advantages of low-income solar do you find the most compelling?

    Anudeep Medam's avatar
    Anudeep Medam 10/27/2021 7:33 AM
    One of the benefits is the reduction of load on the grid which enables to provide a safe, reliable and resilient power to consumers.
  • Reflection Question
    Action Track: Justice for the Whole Community Learn About Local Environmental Justice Concerns
    Who is most affected by environmental degradation and/or environmental irresponsiblity in your community? How are they affected?

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    Anudeep Medam 10/27/2021 7:32 AM
    It is the farmers who are affected the most. The produce is affected and due to change in the seasonal rains, they are affected throughout!
  • Reflection Question
    Action Track: Justice for the Whole Community Offset for Climate Justice
    What did you learn from the resources? What did you discover from the offset calculator?

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    Anudeep Medam 10/27/2021 7:31 AM
    By just avoiding using the gas powered car to nearby stores reduces the carbon emissions. Should try to bike/walk as often as I can.
  • Reflection Question
    Action Track: Justice for the Whole Community Learn More about Food Apartheid
    What can lack of access to nutritious food affect a community? How can having access to nutritious food help a community become more resilient?

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    Anudeep Medam 10/27/2021 7:29 AM
    A healthy body leads to healthy mind,
    Healthy mind leads to a healthy home,
    Healthy home leads to healthy community,
    Healthy society leads to healthy world.

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    Anudeep Medam 10/27/2021 7:26 AM
    I'm vegetarian for the most part. Rarely eat meat (once in a month). Hard to be a vegan though.

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    Anudeep Medam 10/27/2021 7:24 AM
    Final day of the challenge! Good luck to everyone! Let's see where does INL stand in the overall ranking.

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    Anudeep Medam 10/27/2021 7:23 AM
    LED bulbs work cheaper and better than the incandescent bulbs. 
  • Reflection Question
    Action Track: Justice for the Whole Community Watch a Documentary about Racial Injustice
    What did you learn about racial injustice in the documentary(ies) you watched? How does what you learned connect to your understanding of sustainability?

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    Anudeep Medam 10/26/2021 9:07 AM
    There are so many things a person does which is subtly racist. Some demean the others because of the race and only now people are realizing it is racist.

    The California wildfires is a pretty good example. The native Americans used to start a controlled fire thereby avoiding large scale wildfires. This tradition was lost for a while and now research has shown the benefits of them. They might soon be implemented to reduce the wildfires in coming years.
  • Reflection Question
    Action Track: Justice for the Whole Community Research Voter Suppression
    What are the ways in which voters are prohibited from or discouraged from voting in your region and/or state? What could be done to get rid of these barriers?

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    Anudeep Medam 10/26/2021 8:49 AM
    The following response is not specific to US but India.

    The bureaucracy is the biggest contributor in voter suppression. This has been largely overcome by making everything online such that no person is involved in decision making and the technology takes care of the hurdle.