April 3 - April 24, 2019

Justin Way

No Gaia No Glory

"To understand our individual contribution to a collective problem and discover ways to solve it together. "

Points Total

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  • 212 Total

Challenges

Food

Donate

#21 Clean Cookstoves

I will donate to nonprofits that install clean cookstoves in low-income countries.

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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.

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DAILY CHALLENGE

Food

Support Local Food Systems

#4 Plant-Rich Diet

I will source 75 percent of my food from local producers each day. This could include signing up for a local CSA, buying from a farmer's market, visiting a food co-op, foraging with a local group, or growing my own ingredients.

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DAILY CHALLENGE

Food

Reduce Animal Products

#4 Plant-Rich Diet

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

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DAILY CHALLENGE

Land Use

Plant Trees

#15 Afforestation

I will plant 5 tree(s) in my community, public parks, or backyard.

Uncompleted
One-Time Challenge

Land Use

Research Peatlands

#13 Peatlands

I will spend 20 minutes researching the environmental benefits of peatlands and what is being done around the world to conserve and restore them.

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DAILY CHALLENGE

Land Use

Forest-Friendly Foods 1

#5 Tropical Forests

I will spend at least 20 minutes researching the impact of my diet to see how it contributes to deforestation.

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One-Time Challenge

Land Use

Choose Better Wood Products

#38 Forest Protection

I will only purchase wood and paper products from ecologically certified sources like Forest Stewardship Council.

Uncompleted
One-Time Challenge

Transport

Improve a Bus Stop

#37 Mass Transit

I will improve a bus stop in my neighborhood by posting the stop schedule, adding seating or shelter, adding art or flowers, picking up litter, or implementing some other small improvement.

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One-Time Challenge

Transport

Conduct Virtual Meetings

#63 Telepresence

I will encourage my office to hold meetings virtually whenever possible instead of requiring travel.

Uncompleted
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.

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DAILY CHALLENGE

Feed

  • Reflection Question
    Land Use 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?

    Justin Way 3/13/2019 7:53 AM
    We try to purchase forest-conscious food and products whenever we can. We buy recycled toilet paper, have stopped eating beef, buy fair-trade, Sustainable Forest Initiative coffee, buy used clothing whenever possible... I am not really sure what else I can do to reduce my impact on forests right now, but perhaps continue to move toward plant-based meals that rely less on meat-a major cause of deforestation.  
  • Reflection Question
    Food Support Local Food Systems
    Dependable fresh food, supporting local farmers and building resilient communities are just a few benefits of local food systems. Which of these (or other) advantages inspire you the most?

    Justin Way 3/01/2019 3:25 PM
    In an age where money is virtual and corporate presence is everywhere, it gives me a sense of pride and control being able to "vote with my dollar" by focusing my spending on local farmers and businesses. It might be more expensive, but that is because the real cost of food or other goods is included in the price. When we buy things from huge retailers who source their products from all over the world, we don't see the real cost of this global infrastructure and the toll it takes on Earth. 
  • Reflection Question
    Food Keep Track of Wasted Food
    An average American throws out about 240 lbs of food per year. The average family of four spends $1,500 a year on food that they throw out. Where would you rather use this money?

    Justin Way 3/01/2019 3:22 PM
    I would rather see that money spend getting outdoors, investing in circular economy infrastructure for their home, or even donated to organizations that make good use of extra food or provide food to those in need.