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April 1 - April 21, 2021
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Grace Pak

Carlisle HERD

"I want to do my best for our planet!"

Points Total

  • 0 Today
  • 0 This Week
  • 1,284 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    23
    pounds of CO2
    have been saved
  • up to
    1
    community events
    hosted or attended
  • up to
    1
    documentaries
    watched
  • up to
    205
    minutes
    spent exercising
  • up to
    255
    minutes
    spent learning
  • up to
    760
    minutes
    spent outdoors
  • up to
    68
    plastic bottles
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    285
    minutes
    not spent in front of a screen
  • up to
    1
    hours
    volunteered

Grace's Actions

Energy

Unplug

I will unplug lights and appliances when I am not in my room to save electricity.

COMPLETED 21
DAILY ACTIONS

Nature

Join An Outdoor Project

I will join an outdoor restoration project in my community while observing best practices in my region for not spreading COVID-19.

Completed
One-Time Action

Health

Learn About Local Environmental Justice Concerns

I will spend 15 minutes researching environmental justice and environmental racism concerns in my region, who is affected by them, and local initiatives to address these concerns.

Completed
One-Time Action

Food

Try a New Way to Prep

I will try a new method of food preparation, such as canning, pickling, or baking bread.

Completed
One-Time Action

Health

Support Pollution Reduction

I will spend at least 15 minutes learning about water and air quality issues in my area, how they are impacting human and environmental health, and how I can help.

Completed
One-Time Action

Health

Learn More about Food Apartheid

What can lack of access to nutritious food affect a community? How can having access to nutritious food help a community become more resilient?

Completed
One-Time Action

Food

Watch a Documentary about Food Sovereignty

I will watch 1 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

Waste

Find Local Recycling Depots

I will find out where to recycle the recyclable items that I can't put in recycling dumpsters or my curbside bin.

Completed
One-Time Action

Waste

RESEARCH LOCAL WASTE SITES

I will spend 15 minutes finding out where landfills and/or toxic waste sites are situated in my region and which communities are most impacted by these sites.

Completed
One-Time Action

Simplicity

Core Values

We may find more meaning and joy in life when our actions are aligned with our personal values. I will determine what my top 3-5 core values are so that I can better align my actions with them.

Completed
One-Time Action

Water

Use Reusable Bottles

I will use a reusable bottle and stop purchasing bottled water, saving 4 disposable plastic bottle(s) a day.

COMPLETED 21
DAILY ACTIONS

Nature

Explore My Area

I will explore at least one new hiking trail or nature walk in my area.

Completed
One-Time Action

Nature

Leave No Trace

I will practice the seven principles of Leave No Trace when doing nature activities alone or with family and friends.

COMPLETED 21
DAILY ACTIONS

Nature

Do Nature Activities

I will engage in nature-based activities alone, or with my friends or family, for 5 minute(s) each day. (This can be anything from going on a walk or hike, to noticing the leaves changing color, to reading a book with nature themes.)

COMPLETED 21
DAILY ACTIONS

Nature

Spend Time Outside

I will replace 5 minute(s) each day typically spent inside (computer time, watching television, etc.) with quality time outside.

COMPLETED 21
DAILY ACTIONS

Nature

Go for a Daily Walk

I will take a 5-minute walk outside each day.

COMPLETED 21
DAILY ACTIONS

Community

Research Restorative Justice

I will spend 10 minutes learning about restorative justice and conflict resolution opportunities in my own community or state.

Completed
One-Time Action

Community

LEARN ABOUT TRANS, FEMME, AND NONBINARY EXPERIENCES

I will spend 20 minutes learning about the experiences of trans, femme, and/or nonbinary people.

Completed
One-Time Action

Community

Support Native Communities

I will use the resource links provided below and spend 10 minutes learning about the native populations that lived in my area prior to colonization, and what I can do to support those that still exist.

Completed
One-Time Action

Energy

Learn About Renewable Energy

I will spend 20 minutes learning more about renewable energy alternatives (i.e. solar, wind, biomass) in my region.

Completed
One-Time Action

Energy

Turn it off

I will keep lights, electronics, and appliances turned off when not using them.

COMPLETED 21
DAILY ACTIONS

Energy

Power Down the Computer

I will power down my computer and monitor when not using it for more than 2 hours, saving up to (1.1) lbs of CO2 each day that I do this.

COMPLETED 21
DAILY ACTIONS

Transportation

Conduct Virtual Meetings

I will not travel for meetings and will instead conduct them virtually.

COMPLETED 21
DAILY ACTIONS

Health

Happiness

I will write down three things every day that I am grateful for, or send one email every day thanking or praising someone.

COMPLETED 21
DAILY ACTIONS

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    Grace Pak 4/21/2021 7:33 PM
    On Friday, I get to participate in CHS' tree planting!  I can't wait to be a part of the effort to reforest the campus.  It will help the Earth, plus it will make campus just that much more beautiful.  Getting to spend time outside will be an added bonus as well!
  • Reflection Question
    Waste RESEARCH LOCAL WASTE SITES
    In what neighborhoods or areas of your region are landfills or other waste sites located? Which communities are most affected by these locations?

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    Grace Pak 4/21/2021 7:28 PM
    The closest toxic waste site to my area is in my county, Cumberland County, but in Mechanicsburg.  It is the Navy Ships Parts Control Center.  In the 80s and 90s they would routinely burn hazardous materials.  This released chemicals into the air.  Additionally in the 50s, hazardous waste was drained into the Conodoguinet Creek.  Nine thousand people get their drinking water from wells near where this drainage was, and their water could be affected.
  • Reflection Question
    Health Learn About Local Environmental Justice Concerns
    Who is most affected by environmental degration and/or environmental irresponsiblity in your community? How are they affected?

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    Grace Pak 4/21/2021 7:04 PM
    In Pennsylvania, like in all places, marginalized communities are most affected by environmental irresponsibility.  In my research, I learned that communities where non-white people live are often impacted by environmental irresponsibility most.  Specifically, I read about Flint, Michigan.  I knew about the water crisis there, but what I had not heard was that Flint is a majority non-white community.  The citizens expressed their concern about the water, but the government ignored them.  This was a major environmental issue that disproportionally affected POC.
  • Reflection Question
    Health Learn More about Food Apartheid
    What can lack of access to nutritious food affect a community? How can having access to nutritious food help a community become more resilient?

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    Grace Pak 4/21/2021 6:31 PM
    Lack of access to nutritious food can greatly affect a community.  Food is one of the most basic needs, and without it there is little that people can do.  When access is provided, people are able to get the food that they need and can begin to eat healthier than they may have been previously.  This can reduce the risk of food-related diseases for people.  Being able to eat healthily allows communities to improve in other areas. 
  • Reflection Question
    Energy Learn About Renewable Energy
    What inspires you to act on sustainable energy and other energy issues?

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    Grace Pak 4/21/2021 6:00 PM
    Future generations as well as my own future inspire me to act on energy issues.  I know that many of our current energy sources are causing lots of green house gases to be released into the atmosphere.  I would love to help out in green house gases being reduced to improve the environment so we can all have a future.  

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    Grace Pak 4/21/2021 5:49 PM
    Trying our hand at baking bread!

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    Grace Pak 4/21/2021 5:21 PM
    I'm so glad that I participated in this Ecochallenge!  I really feel that I have made an impact on the environment, even if it was rather small.  The last walk tonight was pretty chilly but I'm happy that I stuck to it, got out there, and did it.  Congratulations to all my fellow participants!  I'm proud of all of you for partaking in this!
  • Reflection Question
    Community LEARN ABOUT TRANS, FEMME, AND NONBINARY EXPERIENCES
    How is equality for trans, femme, and nonbinary people important to a just and sustainable society?

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    Grace Pak 4/21/2021 5:15 PM
    Equality among humans is so important in the process of solving larger problems, such as the environment of the Earth.  If we can treat everyone, even people some may not understand, with respect and look at them as equals, we can unite to help the Earth.  We will never have a just and sustainable society if we cannot all come together to do so.  
  • Reflection Question
    Energy Turn it off
    How is electricity generated where you live? How does it impact the environment, animals, and humans?

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    Grace Pak 4/21/2021 4:43 PM
    I believe that power is generated in Carlisle through coal and nuclear power.  I know that Three Mile Island malfunctioned and caused some adverse effects like higher rates of cancer and birth defects.  Coal power especially has effects on the environment.  It causes green house gases to be emitted into the air, which is not good for the environment or anyone.  I would love for my family to switch to solar panels to power our home.  
  • Reflection Question
    Food Try a New Way to Prep
    Canning and pickling food is a great way to have delicious summer fruits and vegetables all year round. Just make sure to follow the canning and pickling guidelines from the USDA or another trusted source. What are some foods that you would like to preserve and enjoy later in the year?

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    Grace Pak 4/21/2021 4:34 PM
    I have never attempted to can or pickle food, but I think that it would be really fun to try!  I love pineapple and I think it would be great to be able to eat it all year round.  It would also be cool to pick some local berries and preserve them, too.  

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      Hannah Stoner 4/21/2021 4:49 PM
      In the summer, for picnic activities or holidays, I help my dad make pickled eggs and he pickles them with beets, which turn the eggs pink/purple. They end up looking really pretty and tasting great!