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Kelilah Liu

NYU Applied Global Public Health Initiative - Team Narwhal

"Looking to do my part for the Earth while keeping a critical eye on capitalism"

Points Total

  • 0 Today
  • 115 This Week
  • 539 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    510
    minutes
    spent exercising
  • up to
    60
    minutes
    spent learning
  • up to
    11
    meatless or vegan meals
    consumed
  • up to
    4
    plastic containers
    not sent to the landfill

Kelilah's Actions

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

Industry

Find a Local Climate-Friendly Supermarket

Refrigerant Management

I will explore the interactive map in the links below to find a supermarket that does not use HFC refrigerants near my home.

Uncompleted
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.

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

Industry

Reduce Single-Use Disposables

Bioplastics

I will avoid buying and using 1 single-use plastics and instead replace them with durable options.

COMPLETED 2
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 2
DAILY ACTIONS

Industry

Buy goods in Person instead of Online

Our online purchases are convenient, but they also come with added carbon emissions from extra shipping and packaging. Instead of ordering something online, today I will buy something in person from a local business.

COMPLETED 9
DAILY ACTIONS

Food, Agriculture, and Land Use

Reduce Animal Products

Plant-Rich Diets

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

COMPLETED 11
DAILY ACTIONS

Coastal, Ocean, and Engineered Sinks

Keep Plastic Straws Out of Our Seas

Today, I will use a metal, paper, bamboo or other reusable straw in lieu of a plastic straw. This will protect our coastal ecosystems because so many of these straws end up in our oceans.

COMPLETED 9
DAILY ACTIONS

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

Health and Education

Learn about the Need for Family Planning

Health and Education

I will spend at least 30 minutes learning more about the need for family planning globally.

Uncompleted
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.

Completed
One-Time Action

Electricity

Choose Renewable Energy or Purchase Renewable Energy Credits

Onshore Wind Turbines, Utility-Scale Solar Photovoltaics

I will sign up for my utility company's clean/renewable energy option. If my utility does not offer one, I will purchase Renewable Energy Credits to match my usage.

Completed
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 10
DAILY ACTIONS

Action Track: Healing & Renewal

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 12
DAILY ACTIONS

Transportation

Research and Advocate for High-Speed Rail

High-Speed Rail

I will spend at least 30 minutes researching and advocating for a comprehensive high speed rail network in my country/region.

Completed
One-Time Action

Food, Agriculture, and Land Use

Smaller Portions

Reduced Food Waste

I will use smaller plates and/or serve smaller portions when dishing out food.

COMPLETED 11
DAILY ACTIONS

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  • 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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    Kelilah Liu 4/15/2021 7:55 PM
    I've been trying to limit my single use items and hope to move as close to zero waste as possible. I started using cloth grocery bags as soon as I got my own place, and last year I got reusable silicone resealable bags to use for food storage. I've cut down on plastic bottle usage by buying shampoo/conditioner bars as well as dissolvable cleaning product tablets. 

    As of now, I'm still guilty of occasionally using plastic straws (especially when I go out), plastic cups, and plastic bags for trash. I should look into getting reusable cups for drinks like coffee and bubble tea, as well as reusable straws. Trash bags are a bit tougher to find alternatives for, but I think by continuously moving towards zero waste, I can cut down on the amount of trash I have to throw away and therefore cut down on my bag usage. I also don't ever buy trash bags, I usually use what I already have in my home. If anyone has any other solutions I'd love to know! 
  • 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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    Kelilah Liu 4/09/2021 7:32 AM
    Raising livestock can be very expensive. Not only does it require space to keep livestock, it requires land to grow produce to feed livestock or pastures for them to graze. As countries develop further, meat starts to become more prevalent in their diets.

    Livestock agriculture has had significant effects on climate change, from land use to the greenhouse gases produced by the animals. It also contributes to water pollution, air pollution, and freshwater usage. It contributes a lot of animal waste, energy consumption, and decreases biodiversity. It's a complicated issue, as raising livestock and eating meat is often a staple to many cultures. We can start by hopefully trying to move towards plant-based "meat" or reducing factory farming for the future. 
  • Reflection Question
    Industry Buy goods in Person instead of Online
    What makes me gravitate towards online purchases?

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    Kelilah Liu 4/07/2021 8:21 PM
    The biggest factor is that buying things online is incredibly convenient. It's easy for me to sit in front of a computer and shop for items with one a few click instead of going outside and looking for what I need. While I do live near a lot of necessities,sometimes the prospect of going out further can be discouraging. 

    However, I think shopping local is a very beneficial in many ways. Not only do you support local businesses, it is healthier to get off of your feet and walk around outside. Additionally, I find that by exploring, I can come across really cool stores that exist in my city (I recently found a basket store which was weirdly cool)! 
  • 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?

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    Kelilah Liu 4/06/2021 9:09 AM
    Politics has always been a "boy's club" that women have had to fight through in order to make their voices heard. A large part of the lack of representation of any form in the media largely stems from systemic biases that are taught to children from a young age, whether openly or subtly. Historically, women have long been barred from voting, running for office, and participating in the political process. These are things that are still deeply ingrained in the culture of the US. 

    Even women have unconscious biases within them that should be consciously considered. I recently read an article touting Andrew Yang as the "most prominent Asian American politician in the US", despite the fact that he has never held office, while also forgetting that our current Vice President is an Asian American woman. These are the things that children see growing up, and come to internalize.
  • Reflection Question
    Food, Agriculture, and Land Use Smaller Portions
    While dishing food out, we tend to load our plates with more than we need. Using smaller plates helps to mitigate this. Aside from the environmental benefits, what other benefits might come from eating/serving smaller portions?

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    Kelilah Liu 4/05/2021 7:03 PM
    There are a lot of health benefits to eating smaller portions! It can be better for metabolism, prevent you from overeating, and help you lose weight. It can also help maintain steadier energy levels throughout the day.

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      Cat Hartwell 4/07/2021 5:50 PM
      And budget friendly too!  A trick from pre-Covid times back when I would go out in the world regularly would be to split restaurant meals in 2 and bring one home for dinner or lunch the next day. I feel like I've been cooking most of my meals lately, but I will do this again when I start dining out more :) 
  • Reflection Question
    Action Track: Healing & Renewal Go for a Daily Walk
    What have you noticed on your daily walks? What have you enjoyed? What infrastructure changes could make your walks more enjoyable or possible?

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    Kelilah Liu 4/04/2021 11:34 AM
    One of the things I notice while I walk is the size of the sidewalks compared to the roads. In one particular area, half of the pavement were taken up by small trees planted every few feet. The remaining space had to be shared by pedestrians and people on electric scooters. At points, I had to step aside to let others pass by me. I recently passed a police station where every vehicle parked outside was illegally parked and backed up onto the sidewalk so there was virtually no room to move or get through. 

    I wish there were larger areas of walkable, green space. I rarely get to see nature when I'm outside and it often feels like I need to have a place to be when I'm outside rather than just enjoying my time. While roads connect people who have cars to where they want to go, I feel like the emphasis on roads disconnects the communities from each other. 

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      Barb Munn 4/04/2021 1:05 PM
      I feel so lucky to live somewhere where I can get off the street and walk through the woods for part of the time without driving anywhere.  It sounds like you weren't the only one out walking, which is a good thing!
  • Reflection Question
    Transportation 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?

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    Kelilah Liu 4/02/2021 9:51 AM
    Money, convenience, and environmental impacts are big factors for me when choosing my methods of transportation. However, having a robust public transportation system in the city I live in has been significantly cheaper and more convenient for me than owning a car. 

    I have also always been a huge advocate for climate-friendly transportation options. Not only are cars huge polluters in their own right, the increased building of roads and highways decrease green spaces, walkability, and increase injuries and road accidents. Having traveled to countries with well-maintained high speed rail, I am saddened by the grip the auto industry has on this country. I am incredibly privileged to live in a city that is both dense enough and has enough access to public transportation that I do not have to rely on cars but I understand that it is not entirely possible in other cities or even areas of my city.