Char L


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Participant Impact

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    spent exercising
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    spent learning
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    meatless or vegan meals

Char's Actions


Recycle Everything I Can


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.



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

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.



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.


Land Use

Plant Trees

Temperate Forest Restoration

I will plant 2 tree(s) in my community, public parks, or backyard.

One-Time Action


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.

One-Time Action

Women and Girls

Research Barriers to Participation and Representation

Health and Education

I will spend at least 20 minutes learning more about the barriers to women's equal participation and representation around the world.

One-Time Action


Reduce Animal Products

Plant-Rich Diets

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



  • Char L 4/22/2020 11:52 AM
    Earth Day 2020

    Dear Earth,
    Look I'm super sorry about everything. We kinda screwed up. I just want you to know that I still think you are pretty great, even though we have trashed you pretty extremely. Today is the equivalent of your birthday, so enjoy. I really hope we can do better from now on, and I think I now understand the urgency of the situation.
    Happy BEARTHday!

  • Char L 12/20/2019 5:44 AM

  • Char L 12/20/2019 5:44 AM
    I had no idea how much food waste is dumped into landfills in North America; up to 50% of all produce generated in the United States eventually ends up in landfills! Much of this is food that was deemed to “ugly” to appear on supermarket shelves, like lumpy potatoes, or double rooted carrots. Of course, some food is actually rotten meaning it shouldn’t be eaten, but much of it is completely edible and healthy! To decrease the amount of food waste ending up in landfill, create a compost bin at your home or neighbourhood where excess food can be recycled back into the Earth in an efficient way.

  • Char L 12/10/2019 2:06 PM
  • Reflection Question
    Buildings and Cities 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?

    Char L 12/01/2019 12:41 PM
    One of the most significant contributors to climate change is cars burning CO2 into the atmosphere, but in many cities it's the only realistic way to get around! As winter is settling in, the bike lanes are pretty much unusable because of the ice and snow, and even in the spring and summer, they are fairly unprotected from the traffic and they seem pretty unsafe. The sidewalks also often go unplowed, and pedestrians with decreased mobility must find it difficult to get around. On the bright side, the snow's real pretty. 
  • 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?

    Char L 11/27/2019 6:17 PM
    The seemingly ever-present barrier of gender-based income gaps was a recurring theme. Woah that sentence used a lot of big professional words. Men are often more likely to get promotions at their workplaces than women. Working moms are also generalized because they are either “spending too much time with their kids and not enough time on work projects” or the opposite, not enough time caring for the kids. There's no real way to win in this situation.
  • 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?

    Char L 11/13/2019 11:44 AM
    The only time you need to be concerned about the food you're eating is if it says “expires” on it, which is quite rare. This means it will probably be stale or rotten at this time. Sell-by dates are for stores to determine when the food will not last for more than 3-5 days, and best-buy dates mean the food item is in best condition when eaten before that date. Food past it’s best-buy date is still edible for up to a month afterwards, and sometimes more. Just use common sense.