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Nityant Chandupatla

Stranded on a Burning Planet

"To inspire my family to fight for the climate as much as I do."

Points Total

  • 35 Today
  • 210 This Week
  • 4,322 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    363
    meatless or vegan meals
    consumed
  • up to
    2.0
    miles
    traveled by bike
  • up to
    1.7
    pounds of CO2
    have been saved
  • up to
    320
    minutes
    being mindful
  • up to
    11
    plastic containers
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    80
    minutes
    spent exercising
  • up to
    26
    conversations
    with people
  • up to
    1,360
    minutes
    spent outdoors
  • up to
    11
    trees
    planted
  • up to
    220
    minutes
    spent learning

Nityant's Actions

Action Track: Healing & Renewal

Go for a Daily Walk

Walkable Cities

I will take a walk for 45 minutes each day and take note of the infrastructure that makes walking more or less enjoyable, accessible, and possible.

COMPLETED 3
DAILY ACTIONS

Food, Agriculture, and Land Use

Reduce Animal Products

Plant-Rich Diets

I will enjoy 3 meatless or vegan meal(s) each day of the challenge.

COMPLETED 119
DAILY ACTIONS

Action Track: Healing & Renewal

Plant Trees

Temperate Forest Restoration

I will plant 10 tree(s) in my community, public parks, or backyard.

Completed
One-Time Action

Food, Agriculture, and Land Use

Tend A Garden

I will tend to a garden, or prepare for one, each day using sustainable gardening practices.

COMPLETED 117
DAILY ACTIONS

Industry

Practice the 5 R's

Recycling

I will Practice the "5 Rs" — refuse, reduce, reuse, repurpose, and recycle — to reduce my waste more than I can with just recycling alone.

COMPLETED 6
DAILY ACTIONS

Land Sinks

Learn about Temperate Forests

Temperate Forest Restoration

I will spend at least 30 minutes learning more about the environmental services provided by and the environmental issues affecting temperate forests.

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

Land Sinks

Forest-Friendly Foods 1

Tropical Forest Restoration

I will spend at least 30 minutes researching the impact of my diet to see how it contributes to deforestation.

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

Coastal, Ocean, and Engineered Sinks

Building With Carbon Storing Waste Products

Engineered Sinks

I will spend at least 30 minute(s) researching how people can build with carbon-storing materials - including agricultural byproducts - and discuss it with my peers or post to social media.

Completed
One-Time Action

Coastal, Ocean, and Engineered Sinks

Learn about Biochar

Biochar Production

I will spend 30 minute(s) learning about biochar and how it can help sequester carbon.

Completed
One-Time Action

Health and Education

Research Barriers to Participation and Representation

Health and Education

I will spend at least 30 minutes learning more about the barriers to women's equal participation and representation around the world.

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

Health and Education

Learn about the Need for Family Planning

Health and Education

I will spend at least 20 minutes learning more about the need for family planning globally.

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

Buildings

Explore Other Buildings Solutions

All Buildings Solutions

I will spend at least 30 minutes researching other Drawdown Buildings Solutions.

Completed
One-Time Action

Buildings

Learn about the Legacy of Redlining

Multiple Solutions

I will spend at least 45 minutes learning about the legacy of redlining and how city planning and environmental justice issues are interconnected.

Completed
One-Time Action

Buildings

Learn about 'Green Gentrification'

Multiple Solutions

I will spend at least 30 minutes learning about green gentrification and how it relates to city planning for climate action.

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

Electricity

Solar Water Consultation

Solar Hot Water

I will contact a local installer/distributor to see if a solar water heater makes sense for my house.

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

Electricity

Watch a Video about Methane Digesters

Methane Digesters

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

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

Electricity

Rooftop Solar Consultation

Distributed Solar Photovoltaics

After researching the incentives at the federal, state, utility, and local levels, I will contact a local installer/distributor for a solar panel installation consultation on my house.

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

Electricity

Spread the Word about Energy Alternatives

All Electricity Solutions

I will research and tell 2 people each day about the benefits of alternative energy sources like wind turbines, solar energy, geothermal energy, and methane digesters.

COMPLETED 7
DAILY ACTIONS

Electricity

Invite a friend to calculate the carbon footprint of their household

Individual actions are important, but people and organizations working together can make a real impact. I will share a carbon calculator with a friend and invite them to calculate the carbon footprint of their household.

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

Electricity

Calculate the carbon footprint of my household

I will calculate the carbon emissions associated with my household and consider how different lifestyle choices could reduce our carbon footprint and our impact on the environment.

Completed
One-Time Action

Industry

Launch a Recycling Program

Recycling

I will set up a recycling center at my workplace or school.

Completed
One-Time Action

Industry

Research Cement Alternatives

Alternative Cement

I will spend at least 30 minutes researching cement alternatives that reduce the carbon footprint of concrete.

Completed
One-Time Action

Industry

Learn About & Practice Sustainable Fashion

Multiple Industry Solutions

I will learn about sustainable fashion and begin trying to practice it in my own life.

Completed
One-Time Action

Industry

Reduce Single-Use Disposables

Bioplastics

I will avoid buying and using 3 single-use plastics and instead replace them with durable options.

COMPLETED 6
DAILY ACTIONS

Action Track: Healing & Renewal

Eat Mindfully

I will eat all of my meals without distractions, e.g., phone, computer, TV, or newspaper.

COMPLETED 10
DAILY ACTIONS

Transportation

Go by Bike

Bicycle Infrastructure

I will commute by bike 10 mile(s) each day and avoid sending up to (___) lbs of CO2 into Earth's atmosphere.

COMPLETED 1
DAILY ACTION

Land Sinks

Learn More about Silvopasture

Silvopasture

I will spend at least 30 minutes watching videos and/or reading about the environmental benefits of silvopasture.

Completed
One-Time Action

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    Nityant Chandupatla 5/08/2022 8:34 AM
    I planted 10+ trees in my backyard and now I am starting a food forest using permaculture principles.

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    Nityant Chandupatla 1/26/2022 7:21 PM
    Here is a introduction for an essay I wrote about the fishing industry: 

         Approximately 5,000 seabirds, 269 Harbor Porpoises, and 900 seals were killed as bycatch over the course of a month in one small fishery in Iceland (Tabrizi, 2021, 00:22:35). What is even more shocking is that this fishery was awarded the blue tick by the MSC, the world’s leading sustainable seafood organization (Tabrizi, 2021, 00:23:00). This is the state of the fishing industry today, where 10% of the world’s catch is wasted as bycatch (Zeller et al. 2017; Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations [FAO] 2018). This amounts to approximately five hundred pounds of wasted catch per second (Keledjian et al. 2014)(p.3). Apart from desired catch and wasted catch, many animals are killed by ghost gear. Ghost gear are discarded fishing nets and discarded fishing nets, which are far more dangerous to marine life than other plastic because they are designed to kill aquatic creatures. 
         Unfortunately, fishing nets make up 46% of the plastic in the Great Pacific Garbage Patch and the rest of the plastic in the patch is mainly composed of other types of fishing gear (Lebreton, Slat, Ferrari, et al. 2018). Even when looking at the ocean as a whole we see that anywhere from 500,000 to 1,000,000 tons of fishing gear enter our oceans per year and make up at least 10% of ocean plastic (World Wildlife Fund [WWF], 2020). The fishing industry gets 35 billion dollars from the government in the form of subsidies every year (UN News Centre, 2017); however, we only need 30 billion dollars per year to solve world hunger (FAO, 2009). This craving for seafood, combined with our advancement in technology, results in overfishing to the point where entire ocean ecosystems are on the verge of collapse (UNCTAD, 2018), affecting everything from global warming to slavery (Tickler et al. 2018).



  • Reflection Question
    Food, Agriculture, and Land Use Tend A Garden
    Have you ever had a significant experience in nature that altered your perspective or focus? If so, please describe it.

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    Nityant Chandupatla 1/25/2022 10:31 AM
    Once I got a worm bin my perspective on bugs shifted from one of disgust to one of respect. I could finally respect that bugs had in the environment rather than seeing them as a pest to be dealt with.

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    Nityant Chandupatla 1/24/2022 9:07 PM
    My drawdown ecochallenge is going well and it is encouraging me to cultivate more eco-friendly habits.
  • Reflection Question
    Coastal, Ocean, and Engineered Sinks Learn about Biochar
    Can biochar provide additional benefits besides sequestering carbon?

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    Nityant Chandupatla 1/24/2022 5:49 PM
    Biochar is an excellent way to increase soil fertility which increases plant productivity and reduces the need for synthetic fertilizers, which can cause ocean dead zones.
  • Reflection Question
    Action Track: Healing & Renewal Eat Mindfully
    Mindful eating is healthier for us than eating with distractions. How does your eating experience differ when practicing mindfulness?

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    Nityant Chandupatla 1/23/2022 6:01 PM
    When I eat mindfully I focus more on what I am eating which helps me tell when I am full and whether or not I need more food.
  • Reflection Question
    Electricity Calculate the carbon footprint of my household
    After you determined your carbon footprint, did you see what different choices you can make in order to reduce it?

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    Nityant Chandupatla 1/23/2022 5:59 PM
    I saw that if I walk or bike more often and fly less I could drastically reduce my footprint. I also saw that using renewable energy and my diet had big impacts on my footprint. Aside from these, there were things that I couldn't change such as location which had probably the largest impact on my footprint.
  • Reflection Question
    Industry Launch a Recycling Program
    How can you take your commitment to sustainable living beyond yourself? How can you, personally, work toward broader change?

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    Nityant Chandupatla 1/23/2022 1:23 PM
    I personally can work towards broader change by educating the people around me about climate change and the solutions that we must implement as a society in order to stop climate change.
  • Reflection Question
    Land Sinks 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?

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    Nityant Chandupatla 1/23/2022 12:40 PM
    I had never heard about the term silvopasture before this activity. The biggest advantage of a silvopasture is giving a method for farmers to reduce the impact livestock have on the environment, in a simple and easy way.
  • Reflection Question
    Food, Agriculture, and Land Use Reduce Animal Products
    Why do people in richer countries eat more meat than people in other places? How does eating more meat affect our bodies, our planet, and other people?

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    Nityant Chandupatla 1/23/2022 12:02 PM
    People in richer countries tend to eat more meat because it is subsidized more and they have more money to spend on "luxury" items. However richer countries also tend to consume more meat than necessary which leads to the degradation of the environment, health, and can waste resources that could have helped other people.