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madelyn currier

Team GreanBean

Points Total

  • 0 Today
  • 0 This Week
  • 171 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    5
    miles
    traveled by bus
  • up to
    5
    miles
    not traveled by car
  • up to
    1
    pounds of CO2
    have been saved
  • up to
    1
    documentaries
    watched
  • up to
    5
    minutes
    spent learning
  • up to
    3
    meatless or vegan meals
    consumed

madelyn's Actions

Coastal, Ocean, and Engineered Sinks

Smart Seafood Choices

Ocean Farming

I will visit seafoodwatch.org or download the app and commit to making better seafood choices for a healthier ocean.

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

Land Sinks

Explore My Area

Sometimes protecting nature requires feeling connected to nature. I will invest 60 minutes in exploring and appreciating a natural area in my region, whether a forest, wetland, coastal area, or somewhere else.

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

Land Sinks

Choose Better Wood Products

Forest Protection

I will only purchase wood and paper products from ecologically certified sources like Forest Stewardship Council.

COMPLETED 1
DAILY ACTION

Land Sinks

Forest-Friendly Foods 2

Tropical Forest Restoration

I will replace or remove the palm oil, coffee, and cocoa products in my current diet that are known to contribute to deforestation.

COMPLETED 1
DAILY ACTION

Transportation

Use Public Transit

Public Transit

I will use public transit 4 mile(s) per day and avoid sending up to 0.0 lbs of CO2 into Earth's atmosphere.

COMPLETED 1
DAILY ACTION

Industry

Recycle Everything I Can

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 1
DAILY ACTION

Industry

Properly Dispose of Refrigerants

Refrigerant Management

I will spend at least 15 minutes learning how to properly dispose of my refrigerator, freezer, and other refrigerants at the end of their useful lives.

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

Industry

Learn about the impact of old refrigerants

I will spend 10 minute(s) learning about the climate impact of refrigerants and what climate-friendly refrigerants are by using the links provided

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

Industry

Learn about Carbon Offsets

I will visit Tradewater’s website to learn more about carbon offsets, and why they are a necessary solution in combating a climate crisis.

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

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 1
DAILY ACTION

Industry

Listen to the Planet Money Podcast – “Sell Me Your Climate Bombs”

Planet Money recently interviewed the co-founders of Tradewater to learn about the dangerous impact that old refrigerants have on our environment. I will listen to the podcast to learn more about this necessary solution in fighting a climate crisis.

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

Industry

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.

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

Electricity

unplug

I will unplug unused electronics from the wall every day when I am not using them

COMPLETED 1
DAILY ACTION

Electricity

Watch a Video about Methane Digesters

Methane Digesters

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

Completed
One-Time Action

Food, Agriculture, and Land Use

Research Businesses Owned by Women, POC, or Immigrants

Sustainable Intensification for Smallholders

I will spend 20 minutes each day researching businesses owned by women, people of color, or immigrants that I can support when shopping.

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

Food, Agriculture, and Land Use

Learn about Local Indigenous Practices

Indigenous Peoples' Forest Tenure

I will spend at least 30 minutes learning how local indigenous tribes are caring for the land by participating in a training, workshop, or presentation.

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

Food, Agriculture, and Land Use

Zero-waste Cooking

Reduced Food Waste

I will cook 1 meal(s) with zero-waste each day

COMPLETED 0
DAILY ACTIONS

Food, Agriculture, and Land Use

Learn the Truth About Expiration Dates

Reduced Food Waste

I will spend at least 20 minutes learning how to differentiate between sell by, use by, and best by dates.

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

Food, Agriculture, and Land Use

Keep Track of Wasted Food

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

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 1
DAILY ACTION

Feed

  • 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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    madelyn currier 3/10/2021 12:09 PM
    People in richer countries eat more meat because they have the disposable income to buy it.  In richer countries meat is mass-produced in factory farms because infrastructure allows it to be.  In poorer countries, there is less factory farming and meat usually comes from local farmers, so the only people eating meat are those who can afford it or farmers raising a few animals to feed their family.
    Eating meat is bad for your body, especially red meat.  It has been linked to cancer, high blood pressure, high cholesterol.  Processed meat such as salami, hot dogs, pepperoni, bologna actually is classified as a carcinogen and puts you at a higher risk for cancer.  It is also bad for the planet because the amount of calories you need to feed a cow in order to produce one calorie for human consumption is a huge disparity, meaning that the raising of a cow for consumption is wasteful of energy and resources.  The cows also produce methane, a greenhouse gas, in their burps and farts.  Factory farms with a high number of cows can create a lot of methane.  
    However, there are farmers and farm workers that benefit from the consumption of meat.  It is a living for some people.  
  • Reflection Question
    Electricity Watch a Video about Methane Digesters
    What does your vision of a sustainable community look like? What would need to be changed in order for such vision to become reality?

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    madelyn currier 3/10/2021 11:55 AM
    A sustainable community would have very regulated capitalism to ensure that people and resources are not being exploited for profit.  Walking and biking paths with an emphasis on community wellbeing rather than individual gains.  Rooftop farms and locally-sourced plant based diets.  Good education and childcare, with healthcare too.  No food desert and a grocery store or farmers market with fresh local produce and products within walking distance for everyone.
    I think that a lot of policy would need to be changed for this to become a reality (it is pretty unrealistic) but it can start with simply advocating for better walking infrastructure, donating to local farmers nonprofits, and making sure to personally reduce waste.
  • Reflection Question
    Industry Practice the 5 R's
    What are some more "R's" you could add to your daily practice to reduce your waste?

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    madelyn currier 3/10/2021 11:44 AM
    shaRe: instead of having something to use for only yourself, share it with those around you.  For example my roommate and I went out to the store and got a set of pots and pans for us to share rather than each of us buying our own set for ourselves.
  • Reflection Question
    Industry Properly Dispose of Refrigerants
    How do you address your own feelings of concern, fear or despair about climate change?

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    madelyn currier 3/10/2021 11:42 AM
    Honestly I am the most pessimistic person in the world when it comes to climate change, I feel like there is no sense in reproducing because by 2050 we will not have access to clean drinking water and it'll turn into a mad max type dystopia.  But I don't let it get me down, I realize that I am only one person and I can only do as much as I can and that as long as I am doing what's right and sustainable, I can sleep at night.  I also decided to get into the natural resources/environmental science field because I want to help change the way the environment is advocated for and help make the world a better place before it is too late.
  • Reflection Question
    Industry Recycle Everything I Can
    How could you incorporate other "R's" -- reduce, reuse, refuse, repair, repurpose, etc. -- into your lifestyle? How does considering implementing these "R's" make you feel?

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    madelyn currier 3/10/2021 11:39 AM
    I have a brita filter instead of buying plastic water bottles (reduce).  I also donate all my old clothes to charity rather than throwing them out where they will just join other waste in a landfill.  I wish I was more handy so I could "repair" items more often, like if I could repair my ripped clothes with seweing rather than throwing them out or donating them.  That would make me feel very accomplished.
  • Reflection Question
    Transportation Use Public Transit
    How has your access to various kinds of transportation throughout your life influenced your current attitudes about transportation and your transportation behavior?

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    madelyn currier 3/10/2021 11:37 AM
    When I'm at home I live in the suburbs with very limited access to public transportation so I always have to ride my bike or drive a car if I want to go somewhere.  But here at school the shuttle system is very helpful and allows me to ride the bus to class rather than driving.  I definitley prefer taking the bus to driving as I already pay the fees for it as part of tuition and I feel like it is a waste of gas to drive to class when there are already buses running.
  • Reflection Question
    Land Sinks Choose Better Wood Products
    Beyond carbon sequestration, what other benefits do forests offer you personally?

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    madelyn currier 3/10/2021 11:35 AM
    Forests are beautiful spiritual places and they provide valuable renewable resources and sustain wildlife for birdwatching, hunting, fishing, etc.. I also like to go in the woods and try to find stuff I can forage like mushrooms so they are important for that.
  • Reflection Question
    Land Sinks Forest-Friendly Foods 2
    How difficult or easy was it to change your diet?

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    madelyn currier 3/10/2021 11:34 AM
    I decided to drink tea instead of coffee which was difficult because it does not taste or feel as good to me.