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October 1 - October 31, 2023
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POINTS TOTAL

  • 0 TODAY
  • 0 THIS WEEK
  • 746 TOTAL

participant impact

  • UP TO
    84
    miles
    traveled by carpool
  • UP TO
    84
    miles
    not traveled by car
  • UP TO
    41
    pounds of CO2
    have been saved
  • UP TO
    1
    carbon footprint
    calculated
  • UP TO
    231
    plastic containers
    not sent to the landfill
  • UP TO
    3.3
    pounds of paper
    have been saved
  • UP TO
    1
    women, BIPOC, and immigrant-owned businesses
    supported
  • UP TO
    5
    trees
    planted
  • UP TO
    15
    minutes
    spent outdoors
  • UP TO
    606
    minutes
    spent learning

Berkeley's actions

Land Sinks

Learn More about Silvopasture

Silvopasture

I will spend at least 10 minutes watching videos and/or reading about the environmental benefits of silvopasture.

COMPLETED
ONE-TIME ACTION

Transportation

Try Carpooling

Carpooling

I will commute by carpool 5 miles per day and avoid sending up to (___) lbs of CO2 into Earth's atmosphere.

COMPLETED 17
DAILY ACTIONS

Land Sinks

Research Peatlands

Peatland Protection and Rewetting

I will spend 5 minutes researching the environmental benefits of peatlands and what is being done around the world to conserve and restore them.

COMPLETED
ONE-TIME ACTION

Land Sinks

Learn about Temperate Forests

Temperate Forest Restoration

I will spend at least 5 minutes learning more about the environmental services provided by and the environmental issues affecting temperate forests.

COMPLETED
ONE-TIME ACTION

Health and Education

Support Businesses Owned by Women, POC, or Immigrants

Sustainable Intensification for Smallholders

I will spend 10 minutes researching and shopping from 1 businesses owned by women, people of color, or immigrants.

COMPLETED
ONE-TIME ACTION

Food, Agriculture, and Land Use

Learn About Cattle Farming

Improved Cattle Feed; Improved Manure Management

I will spend 25 minutes researching cattle feed and manure management, or visiting a dairy farm to learn about their farming practices.

COMPLETED
ONE-TIME ACTION

Land Sinks

Plant Trees

Temperate Forest Restoration

I will plant 5 trees in my community, public parks, or backyard.

COMPLETED
ONE-TIME ACTION

Food, Agriculture, and Land Use

Composting

Composting, Reduced Food Waste

I will start a compost or worm bin where I live.

COMPLETED
ONE-TIME ACTION

Land Sinks

Explore My Area

Sometimes protecting nature requires feeling connected to nature. I will invest 10 minutes in exploring and appreciating a natural area in my region, whether a forest, wetland, coastal area, or somewhere else.

COMPLETED
ONE-TIME ACTION

Land Sinks

Buy Bamboo

Bamboo Production

When they are available, I will purchase products made from bamboo instead of wood, plastic, or metal.

COMPLETED
ONE-TIME ACTION

Buildings

Plan to Insulate

Insulation

I will spend 10 minutes finding out how to make my home more energy efficient through better insulation and weatherization.

COMPLETED
ONE-TIME ACTION

Transportation

Explore Other Transportation Solutions

All Transportation Solutions

I will spend at least 5 minutes researching other Drawdown Transportation Solutions.

COMPLETED
ONE-TIME ACTION

Coastal, Ocean, and Engineered Sinks

Cook With Seaweed

Seaweed Farming

I will use seaweed in a new recipe.

COMPLETED
ONE-TIME ACTION

Food, Agriculture, and Land Use

Learn the Truth About Expiration Dates

Reduced Food Waste

I will spend at least 10 minutes learning how to differentiate between sell by, use by, and best by dates.

COMPLETED
ONE-TIME ACTION

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.

COMPLETED
ONE-TIME ACTION

Electricity

Learn More About Geothermal Energy

Geothermal Power

I will spend at least 40 minutes learning more about the energy generation potential of geothermal energy and consider investing in this technology.

COMPLETED
ONE-TIME ACTION

Industry

Research the Climate Impact of Refrigerants

Refrigerant Management

I will spend 37 minutes learning about the climate impact of refrigerants and what climate-friendly refrigerants are by using the links below.

COMPLETED
ONE-TIME ACTION

Electricity

Learn More about Micro Wind

Micro Wind Turbines

I will spend at least 25 minutes learning more about the energy generation potential of micro wind.

COMPLETED
ONE-TIME ACTION

Industry

Go Paperless

Recycled Paper

I will reduce the amount of paper mail that I receive by 0.11lbs (0.05kg) a day or 3.3lbs (1.6kg) a month by opting into paperless billing, ending unwanted subscriptions, and opting out of junk mail.

COMPLETED
ONE-TIME ACTION

Industry

Recycle Everything I Can

Recycling; Recycled Metals; Recycled Plastics

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, including electronics and metals.

COMPLETED 31
DAILY ACTIONS

Industry

Reduce Single-Use Disposables

Bioplastics; Reduced Plastics

I will avoid buying and using 5 single-use plastics and instead replace them with durable options.

COMPLETED 30
DAILY ACTIONS

Industry

Learn About & Practice Sustainable Fashion

Multiple Industry Solutions

I will learn about sustainable fashion and begin practicing it in my own life.

COMPLETED
ONE-TIME ACTION

Industry

Practice the 5 Rs

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 30
DAILY ACTIONS

Electricity

Calculate My Household Carbon Footprint

I will calculate the carbon emissions associated with my household and consider how different lifestyle choices could reduce our carbon footprint and our impact on the environment.

COMPLETED
ONE-TIME ACTION

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
    Land Sinks Learn about Temperate Forests
    As you learn more about the scope and seriousness of the environmental challenges we face, what impact does that have on your thinking and actions? What are the parts that feel overwhelming? What parts help you feel hopeful?

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    Berkeley Newsom 10/31/2023 11:26 AM
    As I learn more about the seriousness of the environmental challenges we face, I think more and more that the actions that we make, really have an impact, and we need to make sure that we are making good impacts. The statistics show that we are really not doing well, and that there is SO MUCH that we need to do to save our planet, which is very overwhelming. But there are still a lot of people that are really trying to make an impact, and although it is slow, it gives me some hope.
  • REFLECTION QUESTION
    Land Sinks Research Peatlands
    Much of Indonesia's peatlands have been drained so they could be replaced with palm oil or pulp and paper plantations. How can you make choices that help to protect peatlands, even if you live far away from one?

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    Berkeley Newsom 10/31/2023 11:15 AM
    I can make a choice to not use palm oil, or anything that is made by draining peatlands and Instead I can use alternatives.
  • REFLECTION QUESTION
    Land Sinks Learn More about Silvopasture
    Had you heard of the term "silvopasture" before now? After learning more about it, what do you think is the biggest advantage of silvopasture?

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    Berkeley Newsom 10/31/2023 11:05 AM
    I only had heard about it from exploring the Ecochallenge website, so I looked it up and read some things about it. After learning about it, I think the biggest advantage of silvopasture is that the cows get higher nutrients, and are very happy because all of the stress caused by heat is taken away by shade.
  • REFLECTION QUESTION
    Health and Education Support Businesses Owned by Women, POC, or Immigrants
    Which businesses that you researched are you excited to support? Are you already supporting businesses that you didn't know were owned by women, people of color, or immigrants?

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    Berkeley Newsom 10/31/2023 10:48 AM
    I supported little changos, a little arepa restaurant owned by my mom's friend who is a woman of color. To support it, we have been eating there often, and posting on social media about it. Some places that me or my family already support that I did not know were owned by women, people of color, or migrants, include: Gingers revenge, Small cakes, and a couple more.
  • REFLECTION QUESTION
    Land Sinks Plant Trees
    How is planting trees good for your mental, physical, and spiritual health?

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    Berkeley Newsom 10/31/2023 10:18 AM
    I planted little tiny mini trees, it is good for my mental physical, and spiritual health, because I got to spend time outside and enjoy nature, which always makes me happier, and seeing the trees grow if they do will be a cool experience.
  • REFLECTION QUESTION
    Food, Agriculture, and Land Use Composting
    Producing food that goes uneaten squanders many resources—seeds, water, energy, land, fertilizer, hours of labor, financial capital. Which of these kinds of waste most motivates you to change your behavior regarding food waste? Why?

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    Berkeley Newsom 10/31/2023 9:42 AM
    I think hours of labor motivates me most to change my behavior regarding food waste, because that means people are working very hard, and sometimes in very bad conditions. So by not wasting food, that means that there is less labor, and the labor that is done isn't wasted
  • REFLECTION QUESTION
    Buildings Plan to Insulate
    What are some of the benefits of making your home more energy efficient?

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    Berkeley Newsom 10/31/2023 9:31 AM
    You don't have to spend as many resources or money on heating and cooling
  • REFLECTION QUESTION
    Land Sinks Buy Bamboo
    Are bamboo alternatives readily available in your community? If not, what are other sustainable alternatives?

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    Berkeley Newsom 10/31/2023 9:29 AM
    Somewhat, I bought some bamboo utensils for a party.
  • REFLECTION QUESTION
    Land Sinks Explore My Area
    How can spending more time outdoors enhance your sense of place -- your deep knowledge of and appreciation for your surroundings?

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    Berkeley Newsom 10/31/2023 9:28 AM
    Because then you can experience the beauty of the outside world.
  • REFLECTION QUESTION
    Transportation Try Carpooling
    List some of the places you frequent often (work, grocery store, natural areas). Could you choose one or two days a week to schedule driving with a friend, neighbor or co-worker to these places?

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    Berkeley Newsom 10/31/2023 6:47 AM
    One place I go to often is frisbee practice. I go every tuesday and thursday, and most weekends. I carpool with 4 other people to and from practice.