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October 5 - October 26, 2022
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Anna Maria Waterhouse

Community Team

Points Total

  • 0 Today
  • 0 This Week
  • 1,485 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    21
    pounds
    food waste prevented
  • up to
    61
    zero-waste meals
    consumed
  • up to
    158
    pounds of CO2
    have been saved
  • up to
    1,245
    minutes
    not spent in front of a screen
  • up to
    1.0
    pounds
    waste avoided
  • up to
    22
    pounds
    waste composted
  • up to
    1,046
    gallons of water
    have been saved
  • up to
    1.0
    advocacy actions
    completed
  • up to
    1.0
    public officials or leaders
    contacted
  • up to
    2.0
    documentaries
    watched
  • up to
    1,245
    minutes
    spent outdoors
  • up to
    1,065
    minutes
    spent learning

Anna Maria's Actions

Regenerating Nature

Advocate for Forest Protection

I will contact 1 congress people or representatives to advocate for public policy that protects forests, improves their ability to sequester carbon, and supports biodiversity.

Completed
One-Time Action

Balancing Consumption

Know My Waste & Recycling Services

I will spend 30 minutes finding out how to recycle in my region, where landfills and/or waste sites are situated in my region, and which communities are most impacted by these sites.

Completed
One-Time Action

Enacting Equity

Research Indigenous & First Nations Communities

I will spend 30 learning about the past and present indigenous or first nation communities in my regions impacted by colonization, and what I can do to be supportive.

Completed
One-Time Action

Nourishing Food

Weekly Meal Planning

I will reduce food waste, excess carbon and save money by planning my daily and weekly menus so that I only purchase the ingredients needed.

COMPLETED 22
DAILY ACTIONS

Nourishing Food

Make Zero-Waste Meals

I will cook 3 meal(s) with zero-waste each day.

COMPLETED 22
DAILY ACTIONS

Nourishing Food

Research the Benefits of Agricultural Biodiversity

I will spend 30 minutes each day researching how agricultural biodiversity positively impacts the food I eat.

COMPLETED 21
DAILY ACTIONS

Nourishing Food

Compost Food Scraps

I will avoid sending up to .69 lbs (.31 kg) of food waste to the landfill per day by composting my food.

COMPLETED 22
DAILY ACTIONS

Regenerating Nature

Spend Time Outside

I will replace 30 minute(s) per day typically spent inside and often with electronics with quality time outside walking, exercising, enjoying the sunrise/sunset, gardening, journaling, observing nature, or practicing gratitude for nature.

COMPLETED 21
DAILY ACTIONS

Enacting Equity

Watch a Documentary about Racial Injustice

I will watch 2 documentaries about racism and racial injustice.

Completed
One-Time Action

Cultivating Communities

Stay on the Ground

Instead of traveling by plane, I will find an alternative way to accomplish the goals of an upcoming trip (i.e. digital/virtual attendance, vacation without air travel).

Completed
One-Time Action

Balancing Consumption

Repair a Broken Item

I will repair at least one item that is broken, but is repairable. This might be items like garden tools, sewing machine, small appliances, electronics, clothing, and more.

Completed
One-Time Action

Nourishing Food

Forest-Friendly Foods

I will spend 30 minutes learning about palm oil, coffee, cocoa, and other products known to contribute to deforestation, and replace or remove them.

Completed
One-Time Action

Regenerating Nature

Support Local Pollinators

At least 30% of crops and 90% of flowering plants rely on pollinators to produce fruit. I will spend 30 minutes researching which plants support local pollinators and plant a few in my area.

Completed
One-Time Action

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  • Reflection Question
    Nourishing Food Forest-Friendly Foods
    How did you figure out ways to remove foods that are not forest-friendly?

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    Anna Maria Waterhouse 10/25/2022 11:59 PM
    Growing a lot of fruit and vegetables at home and seed saving for the next seasons crops helps or alternatively buying locally.
  • Reflection Question
    Nourishing Food Weekly Meal Planning
    An average American throws out about 240 lbs of food per year. The average family of four in the US spends $1,500 a year on food that they throw out. Does this surprise you? Where would you rather use this money?

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    Anna Maria Waterhouse 10/25/2022 11:48 PM
    It is surprising, how much food is thrown out. I'd rather this money went to food banks or charitable organisations to assist those in need or education programmes to help inspire and encourage families and communities to grow their own fruit and vegetables. 
  • Reflection Question
    Balancing Consumption Know My Waste & Recycling Services
    What did you find surprising or hopeful in your research?

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    Anna Maria Waterhouse 10/25/2022 11:35 PM
    During the July Plastic Ecochallenge I learnt a lot about soft plastic recycling and microplastics which I wasn't aware of.  I recall the shock and dismay at suddenly seeing plastic in many of the products I purchase. Since then, there's been moments of surprise and delight seeing some brands remove or significantly reduce their plastic content. I find this hopeful and applaud the brands that make it a little easier for us to contribute together to a healthier planet, plants, animals, humans. 
  • Reflection Question
    Cultivating Communities Stay on the Ground
    What was your process like for restructuring your trip? How can you avoid more air travel in the future?

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    Anna Maria Waterhouse 10/25/2022 10:57 PM
    Alot more conferences are hybrid these days providing the option to attend in person or the virtual experience. The virtual experience allows for a wider audience to connect with the added benefits of saving on travel times and costs while reducing your carbon footprint. 
  • Reflection Question
    Balancing Consumption Repair a Broken Item
    What did you fix and how did it go? Share a few pics if you can!

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    Anna Maria Waterhouse 10/25/2022 10:43 PM
    Mended a few item items of clothing and have several garden tools soaking to remove rust.   
  • Reflection Question
    Regenerating Nature Support Local Pollinators
    Why is it important to take care of pollinators? Do you have a favorite pollinator?

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    Anna Maria Waterhouse 10/24/2022 4:34 AM
    Birds, bees and butterflies in no particular order. It's crucial to take care of our pollinators, they're essential for the reproduction of plant species and for the growth of fruit and vegetables as an edible food source. Many of our pollinator populations are on the decline due to the impacts of climate change, pollution and the use of pesticides so it's more important than ever to be finding ways we can contribute to creating safe and healthy habitats where our pollinators can thrive. 
  • Reflection Question
    Nourishing Food Compost Food Scraps
    As you transition from throwing food away to composting, what do you notice about how much you are tossing? How will you use your compost once it is ready?

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    Anna Maria Waterhouse 10/24/2022 3:41 AM
    My compost heap is a simple method of dig a hole, add fruit and vegetable peelings, eggshells and tea leaves then cover with soil, leaves or grass clippings.  A relationship of reciprocity, we feed each other. Any seedlings that naturally sprout, get transplanted into the vegetable garden and at the end of each season, I'll replenish the garden with soil from the compost teeming with worms and other microorganisms. 

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    Anna Maria Waterhouse 10/21/2022 3:11 PM
    Spending time outdoors amongst an array of groundcover geometry, growing at the speed of light, golden circles in a symmetry of white. 

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    Anna Maria Waterhouse 10/17/2022 4:01 AM
    Spending some time outdoors amongst our fungi allies, where nature is inherently evolving to be regenerative.

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    Anna Maria Waterhouse 10/13/2022 3:04 PM
    Spending time outside observing and reflecting in nature. Radiating yellow these dandelion beauties bring sunshine to the lawn. Often referred to as a weed, they're actually a fantastic source of food and medicine. Petals can be added to salads or steeped as tea, leaves can also be used in salads and the root can be dried to make dandelion coffee. I still get a little whimsical from time to time, plucking a flower, that's gone to seed, making a wish, watching in awe as seeds take to the air on their path to regeneration.