April 3 - April 24, 2019

Maggie Rothwell

Red Hook Central School District

"Try to make a difference every day. "

Points Total

  • 0 Today
  • 0 This Week
  • 1,026 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    22
    meatless or vegan meals
    consumed
  • up to
    1
    documentaries
    watched
  • up to
    3
    conversations
    with people
  • up to
    155
    minutes
    spent learning

Challenges

Women and Girls

Research Barriers to Participation and Representation

#6 Educating Girls, #7 Family Planning, #62 Women Smallholders

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 Challenge

Women and Girls

Learn about the Need for Family Planning

#7 Family Planning

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

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Electricity Generation

Watch a Video about Methane Digesters

#30 Methane Digesters (large), #64 Methane Digesters (small)

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

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Food

Learn the Truth About Expiration Dates

#3 Reduced Food Waste

I will spend at least 30 minutes learning how to differentiate between sell by, use by, and best by dates.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Materials

Share Bioplastic Disposal Tips

#47 Bioplastic

I will spend at least 30 minutes researching how to properly dispose of bioplastics in my city and share this information with 3 friends, family and/or colleagues.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Transport

Research and Consider Switching to a Hybrid or Electric Vehicle

#26 Electric Vehicles

I will spend at least 30 minutes researching and weighing my options to see if a hybrid or electric vehicle makes sense for my lifestyle.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Food

Keep Track of Wasted Food

#3 Reduced Food Waste

I will keep a daily log of food I throw away during the 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 22 OF 22
DAILY CHALLENGE

Food

Smaller Portions

#3 Reduced Food Waste

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

COMPLETED 22 OF 22
DAILY CHALLENGE

Electricity Generation

Advocate for Solar Installation

#10 Rooftop Solar

I will create a plan to and advocate for solar installation at my business, apartment building, or campus.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Materials

Recycle Everything I Can

#55 Household Recycling

I will recycle all materials that are accepted by local haulers or drop stations in my community.

COMPLETED 22 OF 22
DAILY CHALLENGE

Food

Reduce Animal Products

#4 Plant-Rich Diet

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

COMPLETED 22 OF 22
DAILY CHALLENGE

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  • Maggie Rothwell 4/24/2019 12:23 PM
    On this last day of the Drawdown EchoChallenge, I am happy to have participated.  It didn’t have the community connection I had thought it would, but I feel like I’ve made some changes that I will be able to continue and expand upon both personally and environmentally.  

  • Maggie Rothwell 4/23/2019 4:06 PM
    My goal in this challenge was to take the time to learn consistently each day.  I feel that I’ve broadened my understanding in several areas and have adopted new practices that will help me focus on being more environmentally conscious. :)
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  • 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?

    Maggie Rothwell 4/23/2019 3:51 PM
    I feel very fortunate to live in a community where women are business owners, are on local committees, and are in government.  We’ve come a long way but still have far to go in reaching equal numbers of representation.  In doing this particular Drawdown challenge, the line I read that said, “Make schools more girl-friendly.” really struck me.  Girls certainly are more encouraged to participate in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics than in the past, but it is still not enough.  If you look at some clubs like our local robotics team, it is dominated by boys.  Barriers will still exist until girls are truly educated equally.
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  • Reflection Question
    Women and Girls Learn about the Need for Family Planning
    What did you learn about the need for family planning? Share some of the learning with your friends!

    Maggie Rothwell 4/22/2019 8:10 PM
    Previous to exploring this topic, I hadn’t given much thought to family planning’s impact on the environment.  After taking some time to research it, the interconnectedness seems quite logical to me.  More people on the plant means more resources used and more pollution created.  I know family planning can be a very loaded topic.  It seems to me that one’s faith and morality can be upheld and respected while still addressing this very personal issue that has worldwide consequences.
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  • Maggie Rothwell 4/22/2019 7:04 PM
    I remember when Earth Day was seen as a fringe movement.  It’s good that it seems to be better received and more widely accepted now.  I hope that someday in the near future, it will be recognized as vital with every day being treated as Earth Day! 
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  • Maggie Rothwell 4/21/2019 10:59 AM
    Happy Easter/Passover!  I’m enjoying a low tech day.  Spring is a time of rebirth.  May it be so for ourselves and for our planet. ❤️🌎
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  • Reflection Question
    Materials Recycle Everything I Can
    How could you incorporate other "R's" -- reduce, reuse, refuse, repair, repurpose, etc. -- into your lifestyle? How does considering implementing these "R's" make you feel?

    Maggie Rothwell 4/20/2019 7:47 PM
    I already try to be conscious of repurposing and recycling.  My daughter and I have also been refusing things like straws at restaurants and I just spoke to my husband tonight about getting more cloth bags for shopping.  We seem to be living in a society where repairing things is discouraged.  For example, we tried to have our washing machine fixed once and the repair guy almost laughed at us.  Still, I’m encouraged by events such as local repair cafés even though they are meant for smaller fixes.  Moving forward, I’ll try to be more conscious and proactive in reducing and the other r’s.

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  • Maggie Rothwell 4/20/2019 7:10 PM
    Today, I did some research on the Drawdown EchoChallenge.  In a challenge from October of 2018, they had a category called Simplicity.  I found it to be very interesting.  I hope to incorporate some of those principles in addition to what I’m doing for this challenge.

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  • Maggie Rothwell 4/19/2019 1:44 PM
    I haven’t been a red meat eater for many years, but I do eat fish/poultry.  For the EcoChallenge, I signed up for one meatless meal a day but that’s easily achieved at breakfast so I’ve been having 2 meatless meals a day instead.  I’m not ready to go vegan because of my daily yogurt.
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  • Reflection Question
    Food Reduce Animal Products
    In your opinion, what contributes to people in North America eating more meat than any other countries? What does this say about North American values and ways of living?

    Maggie Rothwell 4/18/2019 8:58 PM
    People in North America probably eat more meat than people in other countries because of more wealth.  It may also be seen as having higher status to eat meat.  Others might say that our meat eating culture has a lack of respect for animals. 
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