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Olivia Hay

Bruins For a Just Transition

"If we can't keep our world tidy.. who can?"

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Participant Impact

  • up to
    5.0
    meatless or vegan meals
    consumed
  • up to
    7.0
    zero-waste meals
    consumed
  • up to
    32
    miles
    traveled by bus
  • up to
    32
    miles
    not traveled by car
  • up to
    86
    pounds of CO2
    have been saved
  • up to
    5.0
    plastic containers
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    2,000
    conversations
    with people
  • up to
    90
    minutes
    spent learning

Olivia's Actions

Transportation

Stay on the Ground

Telepresence, High-Speed Rail

Instead of traveling by plane, I will find an alternative way to accomplish the goals of an upcoming trip (i.e. telepresence, vacation locally).

Completed
One-Time Action

Transportation

Use Public Transit

Public Transit

I will use public transit 8 mile(s) per day and avoid sending up to (___) lbs of CO2 into Earth's atmosphere.

COMPLETED 2
DAILY ACTIONS

Food, Agriculture, and Land Use

Reduce Animal Products

Plant-Rich Diets

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

COMPLETED 2
DAILY ACTIONS

Health and Education

Start a Social Media Campaign

Health and Education

Through social media, I will raise awareness about gender inequity in education by sharing the information found in the links below.

COMPLETED 2
DAILY 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.

Completed
One-Time Action

Transportation

Improve a Bus Stop

Public Transit

I will improve a bus stop in my neighborhood by posting the stop schedule, adding seating or shelter, adding art or flowers, picking up litter, or implementing some other small improvement.

Completed
One-Time Action

Food, Agriculture, and Land Use

Zero-waste Cooking

Reduced Food Waste

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

COMPLETED 3
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.

Completed
One-Time Action

Industry

Reduce Single-Use Disposables

Bioplastics

I will avoid buying and using 2 single-use plastics and instead replace them with durable options.

COMPLETED 2
DAILY ACTIONS

Action Track: Building Resilience

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 2
DAILY ACTIONS

Buildings

Plan to Insulate

Insulation

I will find out how to make my home more energy efficient through better insulation and weatherization.

Completed
One-Time Action

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  • Reflection Question
    Transportation Improve a Bus Stop
    How can you advocate for transportation systems which minimize environmental impact while also meeting human needs?

    Olivia Hay's avatar
    Olivia Hay 6/01/2022 12:02 PM
    I think one of the most important factors in trying to advocate for a better transportation system needs to come from availability. If we are pushing for people to not drive their car and to take public transport instead, it will take some convincing. Firstly it needs to be just as convenient if not more so, to make people want to not take their car. It is much easier as you can go exactly where you want, not have to stop every 200m and you don't have share with 30 other people. However advertising the benefits like the huge environmental impact and how it is so much cheaper than having to pay for petrol. There are definitely pros and cons to both but if buses and trains can go to a variety of places, with a super flexible schedule it will make people a lot more inclined to taking pubic transport. 

    • noel tran's avatar
      noel tran 6/02/2022 6:46 AM
      Hi Olivia! Great insight to the public transportation issue. I agree that the public bus transportation in LA is somewhat of a flawed system. Especially when comparing it to other large cities back east, like the New York subway system, our attempts at public transportation in LA is weak. However, I found your complaints about moving slowly on the bus ironic and somewhat funny, considering how many times I've personally sat in traffic on the 405 that literally moved inch by inch. I can't even imagine how much less traffic we'd have in LA if we committed to an efficient public transportation system like subways in New York. However, that would introduce a multitude of problems, such as funding or maybe even increased violence. Regardless, I agree that LA needs a major overhaul with regards to traffic and public transportation.
  • Reflection Question
    Buildings Plan to Insulate
    What are some of the benefits of making your home more energy efficient?

    Olivia Hay's avatar
    Olivia Hay 6/01/2022 11:53 AM
    The benefits of making your home more energy efficient are both economical and environmental. Firstly economically, whilst installing solar panels for example might be incredibly expensive at the start, they will deffinitly pay of in the long run. They have the ability to improve energy efficiency and can lower individual utility bills, create jobs and help stabilise electricity prices and volatility. In terms of the environment using the sun for energy is going to dramatically lower greenhouse gag emissions and can decrease water use as well. I am really doing my best to educate myself further so when I am building my own home I can look into making it the most eco friendly as possible. 
  • Reflection Question
    Coastal, Ocean, and Engineered Sinks Smart Seafood Choices
    Many states and countries have advisories on eating fish. Find out what is advised for your region. Do you think your diet choices fall within these guidelines? What steps do you need to take to make sure that they do?

    Olivia Hay's avatar
    Olivia Hay 6/01/2022 11:48 AM
    After watching seaspriacys - a documentary about the ocean and how the fishing industry is slowing killing our world - my perspective on the ocean has been completely transformed! I truely feel like I simply can't eat fish anymore considering how bad it is for our environment. Over fishing is a real thing and it is only getting worse everyday and the demand for fish also increases. I used to eat fish probably once a fortnight but haven't been eating any seafood now so I definitely know that I fit within the guidelines! To make sure these continue to follow through the guidelines I need to continue to be careful with the amount of seafood I am consuming! 

    • noel tran's avatar
      noel tran 6/02/2022 6:49 AM
      Hi again Olivia! I also watched Seaspiracy and was absolutely horrified at the effects of so-called "sustainable" fishing. It's scary to think about how, though there are large corporations that are responsible for maintaining sustainable and ethical fishing habits, these corporations are often complete hoaxes or fronts to market seafood as sustainable when they aren't. Seaspiracy was genius in the way that they exposed these corporations! I think the documentary was also a great example of how sometimes, sustainability isn't determined by what type of seafood is caught, but rather by the method by which the seafood was caught.
  • Reflection Question
    Electricity Invite a friend to calculate the carbon footprint of their household
    What kinds of discussions did you have, or are you hoping to have with friends about climate change?

    Olivia Hay's avatar
    Olivia Hay 6/01/2022 11:03 AM
    I think starting a conversation is one of the hardest yet most important things which needs to be done in order to get people on board with waking up about climate change. Educating others can really help to make a change and is going to have so many positive impacts if we are able to change a lot of different peoples mindsets. I love sharing facts and information which I have learned with other. I think this is so realistic and something which you can not deny or hide from. Teaching people about documentaries is something I have used in the past which often works. I also talk about the changes I am making in my lifestyle and how they can be so easy and I think this is often what is so important to make people realise. If they see other people they respect doing it, they will be more likely to also change. 
  • Reflection Question
    Health and Education Start a Social Media Campaign
    How are people responding to the statistics you're sharing on social media?

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    Olivia Hay 6/01/2022 10:56 AM
    Mostly everyone its super open to this idea! There are people who are definitely more on board than others and are proactive in asking what they can do to help me out. Then there are others who are almost just bystanders. They don't disagree with the idea's I am putting out on social media but they are not activity doing anything to help. This is why I have found it is important to put a range of different posts out there to help a wider range of people become more confident with understanding and hopefully wanting to take action as well. 
  • Reflection Question
    Industry Reduce Single-Use Disposables
    What single-use items (e.g. straws, coffee cups, vegetable bags, plastic bags) do you regularly use? What could be substituted instead?

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    Olivia Hay 6/01/2022 10:53 AM
    I often use plastic forks, plastic packaging from food, sometimes plastic bags from supermarkets etc. These are also super simple replacements by making sure I bring my bamboo fork and spoon which are reusable. If I can I will bring a reusable container and ask takeaway places to put food inside that can also save a lot of packaging from being used. Bring a reusable bag is so simple and one of the biggest things to help stop single use plastic bags from being used. 
  • Reflection Question
    Action Track: Building Resilience Forest-Friendly Foods 2
    How difficult or easy was it to change your diet?

    Olivia Hay's avatar
    Olivia Hay 6/01/2022 10:48 AM
    Changing your diet is simply a mindset. For me this wasn't an overly complicated process, I just needed to be aware of exactly what I wanted to change, and then make sure I was prepared and organised enough to get this done. For me it was just a matter of putting different ingredients on my shopping list each week and this made when I was in the store super easy. Once I was home only had ingredients which fitted my 'new' diet and it was super easy to make and create meals after this.  As long as you have an open mind to changing, everything is possible. 
  • Reflection Question
    Food, Agriculture, and Land Use Zero-waste Cooking
    In North America, up to 65% of food waste happens at the consumer level. Chef Steven Satterfield advocates for utilizing every part of a vegetable. How can you incorporate using an entire vegetable, including the skins, tops, and stalks during your next meal prep?

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    Olivia Hay 6/01/2022 10:40 AM
    I absolutely love the idea of consuming every part of the vegetable/ fruit as often as humans we think 'its finished' but there is always so much more we can create with leftovers. I love using potato peels to make skin chips ( little olive oil and salt in the oven makes a delightful snack). Often if I make a vegetable juice I will make sure to keep the pulp (which ends up in the back of machine and is often thrown out) and you can make the most amazing vegetarian patties which if you add some breadcrumbs and an egg to help them stick together, you can have some meals for quite a few days just from food that would otherwise be thrown out. And lastly if you have a whole heap of vegetable peels, like onion, potato, carrot, etc and just lots of scrap vegetables and put them in a pot with boiling water and it will make an incredible vegetable broth which can be used for soups and sauces!  yummo 

    • Noelle Merino's avatar
      Noelle Merino 6/01/2022 11:26 AM
      Hi Olivia!
      All of your recommendations to use all parts of fruits and vegetables are very insightful. I have never thought of making my own broth before but that seems like a simple and easy way to make sure all the parts of a piece of produce are not going to waste. Another recommendation I have is when making a dish with lemon to add some lemon zest on top of it! This will add a little more flavor to the dish and also use up the majority of a lemon. Also, making your own skin chips sounds like a great alternative to buying a bag of chips. Not only are you watching what ingredients go into the chips, but you are also avoiding using a single-use plastic bag. If everyone chimes in to be a tiny bit more innovative with their home-cooked meals, it could hopefully bring that 65% of food waste from consumers down.
  • 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?

    Olivia Hay's avatar
    Olivia Hay 6/01/2022 10:28 AM
    People who are in richer countries consume more meat because due to the economical wealth of more developed countries there is a much larger importation. Meat is expensive and requires time and resources to properly produce it for eating. Unless people are doing it themselves in less economically developed countries, importation and production just isn't possible. Meat consumption is responsible for releasing greenhouse gases such as methane, CO2, and nitrous oxide. These gases contribute to climate change, such as global warming. Livestock farming contributes to these greenhouse gases in several ways: The destruction of forest ecosystems. Meat also has huge implications on our bodies, having a huge link between having heart problems and diabetes. It is very important to monitor the amount of meat consumed everyday. 

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    Olivia Hay 4/11/2022 8:43 PM
    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. telepresence, vacation locally).

    This one has been a challenge and something which I truly feel has helped and made an impact. I am on the women's rowing team at UCLA and when we have competitions away from home we will often fly (if it is out of state). This is due to convenience as we have limited time to train, travel, compete and get back to school in time so that we don't miss a lot. For this weekend just been we were travelling to Las Vegas which is a 1.5-hour flight and a 6-hour drive. The easier option would be to spend only 1.5 hours travelling, however, after I made a proposal a consideration by our coaches and managers was made that driving a bus would be a lot better for the planet. The carbon emissions are significantly reduced and we were able to drive the whole way with 40 people on 1 bus.  I feel really proud that we managed to be on the ground and not fly as this would have used a lot more carbon emissions and really could have made an impact on the planet. I hope that not only the direct impact of us driving to Las Vegas was enough, but also that other teams and groups will get a similar idea and choose to stay on the road and bus there instead. I can confirm sitting for 6 hours on a bus with 40 other girls is definitely a crazy way to spend your Sunday, but it was really cool being able to educate everyone about how much better what we were doing was for the planet. The pictures below show some of our journey to Las Vegas. 

    • Jenny Zhang's avatar
      Jenny Zhang 4/11/2022 10:08 PM
      Hi Olivia, that is INCREDIBLE!! I am so amazed by the change you were able to enact not only by convincing your coaches but also by spreading awareness so that more teams can take inspiration from this. The bus was so much less polluting than the plane ride would have been and with a travelling time that was not that much longer than the plane ride if you accounted for all the security checks and the waiting time at the airport. 

      I personally really enjoy road trips for the bonding experience, which I imagine you and your teammates had more of on a long bus ride than on a plane, and the sightseeing. On some of my past trips, I even enjoyed the time on the road more than getting to the destination! I find that a lot of memories are made in the free time created by driving, like singing along together to soundtracks, having good conversations, playing card games, or playing games along the way. It's also nice since you get to see more of the journey than just clouds which would be the same no matter where you are flying. I think it's also really cool to see the land transition as you drive and to see the towns and places between you and your destination. On a road trip, you get to stop whenever and it makes the journey more enjoyable than sitting on a stuffy plane, even if just for a few hours.

      I found the following infographic in BBC article discussing the carbon emissions per person in various forms of travel. One surprising thing I noticed was that domestic flights actually had more emissions per passenger per kilometre travelled than long haul flights. With the context of this infographic, I think it is super impressive that you were able to fit everyone on a bus instead!