Anvitha Komarraju

The Short Circuits

Points Total

  • 35 Today
  • 170 This Week
  • 4,781 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    5
    advocacy actions
    completed
  • up to
    4,163
    minutes
    spent exercising
  • up to
    6
    conversations
    with people
  • up to
    170
    minutes
    spent learning
  • up to
    286
    meatless or vegan meals
    consumed
  • up to
    555
    plastic containers
    not sent to the landfill

Anvitha's Actions

Action Track: Justice for the Whole Community

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.

Completed
One-Time Action

Buildings and Cities

Go for a Daily Walk

Walkable Cities

I will take a walk for 30 minutes each day and take note of the infrastructure that makes walking more or less enjoyable, accessible, and possible.

COMPLETED 136
DAILY ACTIONS

Materials

Reduce Single-Use Disposables

Bioplastics

I will avoid buying and using 5 single-use plastics and instead replace them with durable options.

COMPLETED 137
DAILY ACTIONS

Materials

Advocate For More Packaging Options

Multiple Industry Solutions

I will advocate for alternatives to single-use packaging at local grocery stores, markets, at work, or on campus.

Completed
One-Time Action

Electricity Generation

Learn More About Geothermal Energy

Geothermal Power

I will spend at least 15 minutes learning more about the energy generation potential of geothermal energy and consider investing in this technology.

Completed
One-Time Action

Food

Reduce Animal Products

Plant-Rich Diets

I will enjoy 1 meatless or vegan meal(s) each day of the challenge.

COMPLETED 139
DAILY ACTIONS

Electricity Generation

Explore Other Electricity Solutions

All Electricity Solutions

I will spend at least 10 minutes researching other Drawdown Electricity Solutions.

Completed
One-Time Action

Food

Composting

Composting, Reduced Food Waste

I will start a compost bin where I live.

Completed
One-Time Action

Food

Learn the Truth About Expiration Dates

Reduced Food Waste

I will spend at least 10 minutes learning how to differentiate between sell by, use by, and best by dates.

Completed
One-Time Action

Women and Girls

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.

Completed
One-Time Action

Materials

Share Bioplastic Disposal Tips

Bioplastics

I will spend at least 10 minutes researching how to properly dispose of bioplastics in my city and share this information with 6 friends, family and/or colleagues.

Completed
One-Time Action

Buildings and Cities

Research Retrofitting Incentives

Building Retrofitting

I will spend at least 15 minutes finding out if my city, region, state, or country offers incentives for retrofitting existing buildings.

Completed
One-Time Action

Materials

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

Materials

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 134
DAILY ACTIONS

Transport

Research and Advocate for High-Speed Rail

High-Speed Rail

I will spend at least 15 minutes researching and advocating for a comprehensive high speed rail network in my country/region.

Completed
One-Time Action

Transport

Research and Consider Switching to a Hybrid or Electric Vehicle

Electric Cars, Hybrid Cars

I will spend at least 10 minutes researching and weighing my options to see if a hybrid or electric vehicle makes sense for my lifestyle.

Completed
One-Time Action

Land Use

Learn about Temperate Forests

Temperate Forest Restoration

I will spend at least 15 minutes learning more about the environmental services provided by and the environmental issues affecting temperate forests.

Completed
One-Time Action

Materials

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 136
DAILY ACTIONS

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  • Anvitha Komarraju 7/11/2020 8:41 AM
    It's very easy for me to keep checking in and doing my daily goals, because by doing it every day its become a habit to doing things like drinking from a reusable water bottle versus a plastic single use one 
  • Reflection Question
    Materials Advocate For More Packaging Options
    What concerns you the most about how we are affecting the planet? Consider both local and global actions.

    Anvitha Komarraju 6/30/2020 10:28 AM
    I feel that even though many people know the problems affecting the environment, they don't do anything about it. Many people feel as though it other people's problems. This shouldn't be the case. We all live on the same planet and we all have to contribute to preserving it

    • Tanya Vijay 6/30/2020 4:57 PM
      I completely agree with your thoughts. I really think that everyone needs to acknowledge that the environment's problems are everyone's problems. 
  • Reflection Question
    Electricity Generation Explore Other Electricity Solutions
    What is the most exciting solution you explored? Why is it exciting to you?

    Anvitha Komarraju 6/30/2020 10:25 AM
    The most interesting solution that I found was called improve the system. This is when we can use more flexible grids for transmission and effective energy storage to make it possible to better balance electricity supply with demand. I found this interesting because I was expecting the regular, "reduce fossil fuels" answer and this was really interesting to read
  • Reflection Question
    Food Composting
    Producing food that goes uneaten squanders many resources—seeds, water, energy, land, fertilizer, hours of labor, financial capital. Which of these kinds of waste most motivates you to change your behavior regarding food waste? Why?

    Anvitha Komarraju 5/20/2020 11:25 AM
    I feel like the aspect that motivates me the most is the fact that there are so many people that starving and going hungry, and then there are people who just throw away food. I find this so unfair and honestly, I've been guilty of doing it as well. But I'm trying not to do it anymore. We shouldn't be wasting food like this

    • Shreya Karnam 5/24/2020 8:21 AM
      I completely agree -- it is not right to unnecessarily waste food. We all do it, too, but it is really important and essential that we become more conscious when throwing out food and not do it as often, if not at all. When there are people out there starving to get their hands on a single slice of bread, it is not right for us to throw out extra food.
  • Reflection Question
    Women and Girls 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?

    Anvitha Komarraju 5/19/2020 10:56 AM
    Well, in my community there isn't a lot of gender discrimination, but in other places such as India, even now in the 21st-century women get treated very badly. In some countries, if a girl is born, she is either killed or mistreated for her whole life. 
  • Reflection Question
    Materials Share Bioplastic Disposal Tips
    What concerns you the most about how we are affecting the planet? Consider both local and global actions.

    Anvitha Komarraju 5/17/2020 10:41 AM
    I'm mostly concerned about the fact that people know that we are harming the planet and they do nothing about it. While there are people who are constantly making an effort to go green or reduce fossil fuels, most of the population is guilty of doing nothing and just contributing to the problem

    • Tanya Vijay 5/25/2020 1:44 PM
      I agree to the fact that a lot of people know about the problem but do nothing to change it. I also think that people think that their actions don't really directly affect them, when it really affects everyone and everything in the world. 
  • Reflection Question
    Materials Learn About & Practice Sustainable Fashion
    How can you express your personality, creativity, and values in ways that don't require fast fashion or buying more clothes and accessories?

    Anvitha Komarraju 5/11/2020 8:40 AM
    You can always make something that expresses yourself such as a sculpture or artwork. I've heard of people expressing themselves through dance as well.
  • Reflection Question
    Materials Practice the 5 R's
    What are some more "R's" you could add to your daily practice to reduce your waste?

    Anvitha Komarraju 5/04/2020 5:39 PM
    Another "R" could be remake, which could be like repurpose but have more of using what was recycled to make things that make recycling more efficient 

    • Tanya Vijay 5/10/2020 8:08 AM
      I think another "R" could be restore, because we can take old items and restore them back to their original state or as close to its original state as possible instead of having to dispose if it though recycling. 

    • Shreya Karnam 5/05/2020 8:10 AM
      Yay the high-five button works! :) 
  • Reflection Question
    Transport Research and Advocate for High-Speed Rail
    What are the factors that influence your choice of transportation? These can include things like money, time, and convenience, as well as perceptions of danger or safety. What would need to change for you to regularly choose more climate-friendly options?

    Anvitha Komarraju 5/02/2020 9:32 AM
    Well, since I can't drive, if where I want to go is close by, I normally walk or bike there, but many times my parents drive, me in a car. Also, even if my destination is close by, it might not be safe for me to walk there. Something that could change is having more sidewalks because without those I would have to walk on the road and that's potentially dangerous
  • Reflection Question
    Action Track: Justice for the Whole Community Learn about Local Indigenous Practices
    What did you learn about indigenous peoples' land management that you can apply in your own life?

    Anvitha Komarraju 5/02/2020 9:27 AM
    When they see a problem that's happening, they research to fix that problem. When there was a depletion of salmon in the Näätämö River, they adapted and reduced the number of nets they had out there and started also hunting the pike, salmon's preditor. I would like to apply this to my own life by making sure that if I see a problem, and if I can take steps to solve it, I would spend time doing so.