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April 1 - April 21, 2022
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Matthew Landon

Haverford Black Squirrels

"Climate change has become a massive threat and has reached a level of global emergency. There is no Planet B and now is the time for every individual to take action and contribute. Every action, big or small, combined will help reduce carbon emissions and make a significant difference in the environment. "

POINTS TOTAL

  • 0 TODAY
  • 0 THIS WEEK
  • 871 TOTAL

participant impact

  • UP TO
    80
    miles
    not traveled by car
  • UP TO
    77
    pounds of CO2
    have been saved
  • UP TO
    2
    documentaries
    watched
  • UP TO
    280
    minutes
    spent learning
  • UP TO
    86
    meatless or vegan meals
    consumed
  • UP TO
    22
    plastic bottles
    not sent to the landfill
  • UP TO
    0
    plastic containers
    not sent to the landfill
  • UP TO
    30
    plastic straws
    not sent to the landfill
  • UP TO
    80
    miles
    traveled by foot

Matthew's actions

Nature

Support Local Pollinators

At least 30% of crops and 90% of flowering plants rely on pollinators to produce fruit. I will spend 30 minutes researching which plants support local native pollinators and plant some in my yard or local community garden.

COMPLETED
ONE-TIME ACTION

Energy

Live in the Spirit of DIITD

Live in the spirit of Do It In The Dark: turn off the lights, air dry your clothes, or take a shorter shower!

COMPLETED 10
DAILY ACTIONS

Transportation

Walk Instead

I will walk 5 mile(s) each day instead of driving and avoid sending up to (___) lbs of CO2 into Earth's atmosphere.

COMPLETED 17
DAILY ACTIONS

Food

Watch a Documentary about Food Sovereignty

I will watch 2 documentary(ies) about food sovereignty: the right of local peoples to control their own food systems including markets, ecological resources, food cultures and production methods.

COMPLETED
ONE-TIME ACTION

Food

Reduce Animal Products

I will enjoy 1 meatless meal(s) and/or 1 vegan meal(s) each day this week.

COMPLETED 17
DAILY ACTIONS

Water

Say No to Plastic Straws

An estimated 71% of seabirds and 30% of turtles have been found with plastics in their stomachs. When they ingest plastic, marine life has a 50% mortality rate. By asking for no straw when placing a drink order, I will keep 2 plastic straw(s) of out of the ocean each day.

COMPLETED 17
DAILY ACTIONS

Waste

Learn About & Practice Sustainable Fashion

I will learn about sustainable fashion and begin trying to practice it in my own life.

COMPLETED
ONE-TIME ACTION

Waste

Prevent Recycling Contamination

Contamination prevents what is recyclable from being recycled. I will spend 30 minutes researching which materials are accepted by local haulers or drop stations in my community and recycle only those items.

COMPLETED 1
DAILY ACTION

Waste

Use Reusable Bags

If at all possible, I will not accept any disposable bags when making purchases.

COMPLETED 13
DAILY ACTIONS

Waste

Use a Reusable Water Bottle

I will keep 1 disposable plastic bottle(s) from entering the waste stream by using a reusable water bottle.

COMPLETED 16
DAILY ACTIONS

Participant Feed

Reflection, encouragement, and relationship building are all important aspects of getting a new habit to stick.
Share thoughts, encourage others, and reinforce positive new habits on the Feed.

To get started, share “your why.” Why did you join the challenge and choose the actions you did?

  • REFLECTION QUESTION
    Waste 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?

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    Matthew Landon 4/21/2022 8:59 PM
    Writing and sketching are great ways to express oneself without having to buy something for a temporary amount of use.
  • REFLECTION QUESTION
    Nature Support Local Pollinators
    Why is it important to take care of pollinators?

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    Matthew Landon 4/21/2022 8:57 PM
    It's important to take care of pollinators because bees are becoming threatened by human practices.
  • REFLECTION QUESTION
    Transportation Walk Instead
    Half of all trips made in the US are three miles or less; 72% of them are driven. Does this statistic describe your own transportation habits? If so, how might you incorporate more muscle-powered transportation in your daily life?

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    Matthew Landon 4/21/2022 7:18 PM
    I can bike more when traveling to short distance destinations. I usually walk if the distance is 3 miles or less.

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    Matthew Landon 4/21/2022 7:16 PM
    Thank you everyone for doing daily and one-time EcoChallenge actions! I had a lot of fun doing this.

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    Matthew Landon 4/20/2022 8:19 PM
    We are in the final stretch everyone! Try to check your actions today and tomorrow! Tomorrow is the final day!
  • REFLECTION QUESTION
    Water Say No to Plastic Straws
    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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    Matthew Landon 4/20/2022 8:14 PM
    I commonly use straws and plastic cups. These can be substituted for paper straws and compostable cups.
  • REFLECTION QUESTION
    Waste Use Reusable Bags
    What do you do if you find yourself in the situation of needing a bag for items but don't have a reusable one with you or aren't allowed to use the one you brought? Carry things out in your hands? In a cart? Accept a disposable one? If you find yourself in this position often, what system could you put in place to try to create a successful habit of not using plastic bags?

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    Matthew Landon 4/19/2022 7:36 PM
    I'll look for a reusable cart or bag if I can find one. If I can't find any, I will try to reuse plastic bags so that they have a higher utility. Otherwise, I will have to carry things with my hands and arms. 

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    Matthew Landon 4/19/2022 7:31 PM
    Plastics inside and outside Haverford typically have recycling labels (although they may be engravings in the plastic...)
    2, 4, and 5 are good. 
    1 is okay.
    3, 6, and 7 are bad.
  • REFLECTION QUESTION
    Waste Prevent Recycling Contamination
    What have you learned about what is accepted by local haulers for recycling, what you can drop off or ship to certain places, and what is not recyclable in your area? What is the most difficult part of recycling for you?

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    Matthew Landon 4/19/2022 7:30 PM
    Plastics 2, 4, and 5 are widely accepted as recyclable. Plastic 1 is sometimes accepted. Plastics 3, 6, and 7 are rarely accepted and are usually thrown in the trash. Sometimes, putting 3, 6, & 7 in the recycling can cause more widely accepted recyclable products to be thrown in the trash as well. These numbered labels can be found on most plastics. However, they can be tricky to see as they may not be colored in black, but are instead engravings (which in my opinion is stupid; people should be able to easily see them!).

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    Matthew Landon 4/18/2022 8:35 PM
    The weather wasn't as nice as it has been on other days. When the weather and climate aren't nice to us, we notice it. However, that also means we need to notice when we aren't nice to it.