ORCA 𝓒𝓸𝓹𝓱𝓲π“ͺ🌸

Team Orca

"Help save the environment! One little action can make a big difference!"

Points Total

  • 0 Today
  • 0 This Week
  • 1,212 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    1
    documentaries
    watched
  • up to
    3
    conversations
    with people
  • up to
    75
    minutes
    spent learning
  • up to
    3
    lightbulbs
    replaced
  • up to
    38
    meatless or vegan meals
    consumed
  • up to
    2
    trees
    planted

ORCA's Actions

Buildings and Cities

Choose LED Bulbs

#33 LED Lighting (Household)

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

Materials

Recycle Everything I Can

#55 Household Recycling

Contamination prevents what is recyclable from being recycled. I will research and recycle all materials that are accepted by local haulers or drop stations in my community, making sure to not contaminate recyclables with non-recyclables.

COMPLETED 8
DAILY ACTIONS

Food

Smaller Portions

#3 Reduced Food Waste

I will use smaller plates and/or serve smaller portions when dishing out food.

COMPLETED 0
DAILY ACTIONS

Food

Keep Track of Wasted Food

#3 Reduced Food Waste

I will keep a daily log of food I throw away during Drawdown Ecochallenge, either because it went bad before I ate it, I put too much on my plate, or it was scraps from food preparation.

COMPLETED 0
DAILY ACTIONS

Materials

Mulch the Base of Trees and Plants

#46 Water Saving - Home

I will prevent water runoff and increase absorbency by mulching the base of trees and plants in my yard.

Completed
One-Time Action

Food

Reduce Animal Products

#4 Plant-Rich Diet

I will enjoy 2 meatless or vegan meal(s) each day of the challenge.

COMPLETED 0
DAILY ACTIONS

Land Use

Buy Bamboo

#35 Bamboo

When they are available, I will purchase products made from bamboo instead of wood, plastic, or metal.

Completed
One-Time Action

Land Use

Plant Trees

#15 Afforestation

I will plant 2 tree(s) in my community, public parks, or backyard.

Completed
One-Time Action

Food

GO ORGANIC

I will eat organic foods to help the environment. Organic farming is better for the environment because organic farming reduces pollution, conserves water, reduces soil erosion, increases soil fertility, and uses less energy. Farming without pesticides is also better for nearby birds and animals as well as people who live close to farms.

COMPLETED 0
DAILY ACTIONS

Materials

Research Cement Alternatives

#36 Alternative Cement

I will spend at least 15 minutes researching cement alternatives that reduce the carbon footprint of concrete.

Completed
One-Time Action

Transport

CARPOOL

Carpool every day for at least one week.

Completed
One-Time Action

Electricity Generation

Watch a Video about Methane Digesters

#30 Methane Digesters (large), #64 Methane Digesters (small)

I will watch a video about methane digesters (also commonly known as anaerobic digesters).

Completed
One-Time Action

Materials

Properly Dispose of Refrigerants

#1 Refrigerant Management

I will spend at least 10 minutes learning how to properly dispose of my refrigerator, freezer, and other refrigerants at the end of their useful lives.

Completed
One-Time Action

Food

Learn More about Regenerative Agriculture

#11 Regenerative Agriculture

I will spend at least 10 minutes learning about the need for more regenerative agriculture.

Completed
One-Time Action

Food

Learn More about Silvopasture

#9 Silvopasture

I will spend at least 10 minutes watching videos and/or reading about the environmental benefits of silvopasture.

Completed
One-Time Action

Materials

Share Bioplastic Disposal Tips

#47 Bioplastic

I will spend at least 10 minutes researching how to properly dispose of bioplastics in my city and share this information with 3 friends, family and/or colleagues.

Completed
One-Time Action

Food

Learn the Truth About Expiration Dates

#3 Reduced Food Waste

I will spend at least 5 minutes learning how to differentiate between sell by, use by, and best by dates.

Completed
One-Time Action

Land Use

Learn about Temperate Forests

#12 Temperate Forests

I will spend at least 5 minutes learning more about the environmental services provided by and the environmental issues affecting temperate forests.

Completed
One-Time Action

Land Use

Research Peatlands

#13 Peatlands

I will spend 5 minutes researching the environmental benefits of peatlands and what is being done around the world to conserve and restore them.

Completed
One-Time Action

Materials

Get a soda stream

Use less plastic bottles by getting a soda stream machine which will save many bottles by using your own water and carbonating it

Completed
One-Time Action

Feed


  • Today is the last day of EcoChallenge!!!!!
  • Reflection Question
    Land Use Learn about Temperate Forests
    As you learn more about the scope and seriousness of the environmental challenges we face, what impact does that have on your thinking and actions? What are the parts that feel overwhelming? What parts help you feel hopeful?

    When you think about it, if you change your lifestyle just a little bit, it could help reduce climate change, and once you start doing it a lot, you won't even notice it.Β 
    I fell overwhelmed by the fact that we are killing the earth more and more every day and if we don't do something about it soon, the earth will never be the same.Β 
    I feel hopeful that a lot of people are trying to stop climate change and some of them are making a big impact on peoples' decisions.
  • Reflection Question
    Land Use Research Peatlands
    Much of Indonesia's peatlands have been drained so they could be replaced with palm oil or pulp and paper plantations. How can you make choices that help to protect peatlands, even if you live far away from one?

    The first step to rehabilitating these degraded peatlands is to restore the water table and rewet the surface area, providing a more fertile base for reforestation to begin.
    I can also use less to no plastic bottles and bags, reduce car emissions, less meat-eating.

  • Did you know?
    Over the next 20 years, global warming is expected to increase by 0.2 degree per decade

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  • Reflection Question
    Food Learn More about Regenerative Agriculture
    Clean air, clean water and healthy food are just three reasons to care about regenerative agriculture. What are some other reasons? How could/does regenerative agriculture positively impact you and your community?

    Among other benefits, it reverses climate change by rebuilding soil organic matter and restoring degraded soil biodiversity – resulting in both carbon drawdown and improving the water cycle.Β 
    By focusing on the soil, regenerative agriculture techniques pull carbon dioxide, one of the most prevalent greenhouse gases, out of the atmosphere. This is a positive impact on the prevalence of climate change. By investing in the soil, regenerative agriculture farmers are helping to make more food on less land to feed more people.
  • Reflection Question
    Food Learn More about Silvopasture
    Had you heard of the term "silvopasture" before now? After learning more about it, what do you think is the biggest advantage of silvopasture?

    I have not heard of the term silvopasture before. I learned that some benefits are that silvopasture can provide profitable opportunities for softwood or hardwood timber growers, forest landowners, and livestock producers. It can also help improve the soil and tree nutrition. Grazing controls competing brushy species and reduces fire hazard. Competition between trees is less at the wider spacing employed with silvopasture. The result is greater timber yield.

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  • Reflection Question
    Food Learn the Truth About Expiration Dates
    How does knowing the difference between use by, sell by, and best by dates empower you to make better decisions?

    "Best by" indicates when a product will be of best flavor or quality. "Sell by" is used by manufacturers to ensure proper turnover throughout the journey of the food product. This helps the food retain a long shelf life even after purchase. "Use by" marks the last date recommended for the use of the product.
    It helps me understand when or not to eat the foods and if it is expired.

  • Did you know?
    Carbon dioxide constitutes only 3.6 % of total greenhouse gases out of which 0.12% is attributed to human activities

  • Did you know?
    Due to the greenhouse effect, the average temperature of the earth is 15 degrees rather than -18 degrees without the greenhouse effect.