Shreya Karnam

The Short Circuits

Points Total

  • 35 Today
  • 220 This Week
  • 4,968 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
  • up to
    spent exercising
  • up to
    spent learning
  • up to
    meatless or vegan meals

Shreya's Actions

Land Sinks

Forest-Friendly Foods 1

Tropical Forest Restoration

I will spend at least 15 minutes researching the impact of my diet to see how it contributes to deforestation.

One-Time Action

Coastal, Ocean, and Engineered Sinks

Learn about Biochar

Biochar Production

I will spend 15 minute(s) learning about biochar and how it can help sequester carbon.

One-Time Action

Action Track: Justice for the Whole Community

Learn about Local Indigenous Practices

Indigenous Peoples' Forest Tenure

I will spend at least 15 minutes learning how local indigenous tribes are caring for the land by participating in a training, workshop, or presentation.

One-Time Action


Watch a Video about Methane Digesters

Methane Digesters

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

One-Time Action

Health and Education

Research Barriers to Participation and Representation

Health and Education

I will spend at least 10 minutes learning more about the barriers to women's equal participation and representation around the world.

One-Time Action


Learn the Truth About Expiration Dates

Reduced Food Waste

I will spend at least 15 minutes learning how to differentiate between sell by, use by, and best by dates.

One-Time Action


Reduce Animal Products

Plant-Rich Diets

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


Electricity Generation

Lights Off!

I will turn off all lights when not in use, and I will utilize sunlight to its maximum extent whenever possible.


Buildings and Cities

Go for a Daily Walk

Walkable Cities

I will take a walk for 20 minutes each day and take note of the infrastructure that makes walking more or less enjoyable, accessible, and possible.



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.



  • Reflection Question
    Land Sinks Forest-Friendly Foods 1
    How is your diet currently impacting deforestation? What can you do to decrease your negative impact and increase your positive impact?

    Shreya Karnam 9/25/2020 11:15 AM
    My family consumes a lot of palm oil, which actually contributes to deforestation. I never knew that purchasing an ingredient like that could fund the destruction of our planet! While it may be hard to stop buying products containing palm oil entirely, we could start finding alternatives one-by-one. For example, we could start by using a different cooking spray instead of SPAM, which contains palm oil. Repeated small actions will lead to big actions, which will ultimately make a difference in our world.
  • Reflection Question
    Coastal, Ocean, and Engineered Sinks Learn about Biochar
    Can biochar provide additional benefits besides sequestering carbon?

    Shreya Karnam 9/24/2020 6:34 AM
    Agrechar, or biochar, is very useful in not only sequestering carbon, but also helping plants grow more efficiently and potentially stopping global warming. In the video I watched and the article I read, they both mentioned how biochar is made to store the carbon inside of it for hundreds of thousands of years, so it won't release into the atmosphere and cause pollution. The video also mentioned that since the char is very porous, it creates a lot more surface area for the nutrients of the soil to hold on to, therefore making it more helpful for crops and plants. There was also another experiment conducted with two sets of corn crops; one with char in the soil and one without. In the same amount of time, the crops with the char grew a lot taller, healthier, and greener than the crops without char. Since char is only absorbed by the plants that absorb carbon, this char is actually carbon negative. This means that if made on an industrial scale, biochar could help change the world by potentially slowing the process of global warming.
  • 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?

    Shreya Karnam 9/12/2020 7:48 AM
    My vision of a sustainable community involves a lot of renewable energy. Renewable energy is the most efficient form of energy, as it creates lesser toxic waste while fulfilling the purpose of non-renewable energy. In order for this vision to become a reality, we humans need to start working harder. While renewable energy sources already exist, most of the population tends to use non-renewable sources, thus creating more waste upon our land. We need to start investing in and making use of more products such as the solar panel, windmill, and biomass power plants in order to make Earth more sustainable.
  • Reflection Question
    Health and Education Research Barriers to Participation and Representation
    What are some of the barriers that exist to women's equal participation and/or representation in your community?

    Shreya Karnam 8/20/2020 9:37 AM
    Gender inequality plays a major role in our world today. Being on a FIRST Tech Challenge robotics team, I know that there are some all-girls teams and even organizations that promote the education of females in the United States. However, our world is a much larger picture than just the US, and reading an article written by the UN has helped me understand that. I learned that especially during COVID-19 and the pandemic lockdown, many females are being deprived of their needs in everyday life. For example, in the case of domestic violence, the numbers have risen due to the fact that we are all shut in at home. Countless women across the globe are stuck at home with their abusers, and this number has risen by 30% since the start of quarantine. It is important, now more than ever, to educate everyone about the inequality against women, so we can all work together to stop it.
  • 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?

    Shreya Karnam 8/20/2020 7:02 AM
    Just yesterday, I threw away an unopened jar of pasta sauce just because the "Best By" date had read some 5 months prior. The sauce did not smell or look bad, but it went in the trash can just in case. After reading an article today by the USDA about the proper meanings of the expiration dates on packages, however, I am regretting yesterday's decision. Now that I know the difference between "Use By", "Sell By", and "Best By", and I know that none of them guarantee a spoiled product, I will be able to make better decisions. From now on, I will use this information that I learned to reduce food waste in my kitchen. I will also educate the rest of my family about this, since we all tend to take the "Best By" dates very seriously. Once we take this information into account, we will make both our trash cans and our minds cleaner, as learning about this has not only a physical effect but also a mental one. By learning about the differences and the true meanings behind the "Best By" dates, I have started to think about food a lot differently, and am appreciating it a lot more. I will also start being more conscious when we buy new foods, so I can study the "Best By" dates on the packages and compare them to when the food actually starts growing bacteria. Overall, I am really grateful that I had the opportunity to read this USDA article that taught me so much, and I will spread the word as much as I can so others will get educated, too!

  • Shreya Karnam 7/18/2020 9:43 AM
    From the start of participating in the Drawdown Ecochallenge to where I am right now, I have noticed a major difference. I find myself, everyday, completing some daily actions without even realizing it, and most of them are becoming a new habit. For example, I created my own daily action at the start of Ecochallenge which encouraged me to utilize natural sunlight and conserve energy by turning off the artificial lights whenever possible. I remember I used to always leave the artificial lights on even when I was not using them. Now, however, I find myself rarely even turning on the lights. Ecochallenge has really influenced me to make a habit of conserving energy. Our electric bill is even going down a bit! :) Participating in this Ecochallenge has really helped me shape who I am, and I am really grateful. Thank you to the Drawdown Ecochallenge staff for helping encourage us as citizens of the world to preserve our environment! Every contribution is making a difference.

    • That's wonderful to hear! We're happy to see the positive impacts from the individual level to the collective impact from across the globe! Thank you for sharing, Shreya, and for being a part of the journey towards climate drawdown.  :) 

  • Shreya Karnam 7/07/2020 7:09 AM
    We finally reached our goal of 10,000 points! Nice job everyone!

  • Shreya Karnam 7/02/2020 8:55 AM
    We need to get 1092 points within three days in order to reach our goal! We got this!

  • Shreya Karnam 6/30/2020 6:33 AM
    Only 97 points away from 15th place! I think we're gonna have to increase our goals next time :)

  • Shreya Karnam 6/29/2020 10:46 AM
    Wow, we're already 98 points away from 15th place! It's literally been a few hours since we were in 17th place, wow!!