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April 1 - April 21, 2021
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Alaina Rogers

Carlisle HERD

"I aspire to build and nurture an altruistic compassion for nature and health."

Points Total

  • 0 Today
  • 0 This Week
  • 944 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    131
    pounds of CO2
    have been saved
  • up to
    1
    community events
    hosted or attended
  • up to
    1
    documentaries
    watched
  • up to
    1,930
    minutes
    spent exercising
  • up to
    43
    conversations
    with people
  • up to
    405
    minutes
    spent learning
  • up to
    42
    meatless or vegan meals
    consumed
  • up to
    1,500
    minutes
    spent outdoors
  • up to
    395
    minutes
    not spent in front of a screen
  • up to
    2,780
    minutes
    of additional sleep
  • up to
    5
    water collection systems
    installed

Alaina's Actions

Health

Exercise Daily

Exercise is a great stress blaster! I will exercise for 30 minute(s) each day.

COMPLETED 12
DAILY ACTIONS

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

Community

Research Restorative Justice

I will spend 15 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 15 minutes learning about the experiences of trans, femme, and/or nonbinary people.

Completed
One-Time Action

Community

Support A Sharing Economy

I will create or support a sharing economy with family, friends, neighbors, or classmates.

COMPLETED 13
DAILY ACTIONS

Nature

Practice Gratitude for Earth

I will spend 30 minute(s) per day outside, practicing gratitude (prayer, meditation, journaling, etc.) for Earth and my natural surroundings.

COMPLETED 12
DAILY ACTIONS

Nature

Spend Time Outside

I will replace 15 minute(s) each day typically spent inside (computer time, watching television, etc.) with quality time outside.

COMPLETED 12
DAILY ACTIONS

Nature

Enjoy the Sunrise/Sunset

I will enjoy the sunrise and/or sunset each day.

COMPLETED 13
DAILY ACTIONS

Energy

Learn About Renewable Energy

I will spend 15 minutes learning more about renewable energy alternatives (i.e. solar, wind, biomass) in my region.

Completed
One-Time Action

Energy

Switch to Cold Water

I will switch to washing my clothes in cold water, saving up to 133 lbs of CO2 a month and 1,600 lbs of CO2 over the course of the next year.

Completed
One-Time Action

Community

Talk To My Friends and Classmates

I will decide which social or environmental issue in my community is most important to me and tell 2 friends and/or classmates each day about the issue.

COMPLETED 13
DAILY ACTIONS

Water

Collect Rain Water

I will create a rain garden or bioswale or use rain barrels to collect water for outdoor watering needs.

Completed
One-Time Action

Community

Host A Watch Party

I will host a watch party to screen a documentary about an issue that matters to me.

Completed
One-Time Action

Community

Support Native Communities

I will use the resource links provided below and spend 15 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

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

Health

Joyful Movement

I will spend 15 minutes doing an activity where I'm both moving my body and enjoying myself.

COMPLETED 13
DAILY ACTIONS

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

Healthy Sleep

Effectively working for sustainability requires self care! I will commit to getting 300 more minute(s) of sleep each night to achieve at least 7 hours per night.

COMPLETED 12
DAILY ACTIONS

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

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

Food

Reduce Animal Products

I will enjoy 2 meatless meal(s) and/or 2 vegan meal(s) each day this week.

COMPLETED 10
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

Go for a Daily Walk

I will take a 30-minute walk outside each day.

COMPLETED 12
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

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

Feed

  • 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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    Alaina Rogers 4/21/2021 8:47 AM
    I have never personally preserved food by canning or pickling, but canned  tomatoes and green beans, as well as pickled ginger and beets fill my grandparents' pantry. I have preserved foods in other ways such as freezing blueberries or strawberries after picking them at a farm.
  • Reflection Question
    Community Talk To My Friends and Classmates
    What makes you feel connected to your campus, your neighbors, or another kind of community in your life?

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    Alaina Rogers 4/21/2021 8:33 AM
    Friendship, teamwork, gratitude, and harmony help me feel connected to any kind of community. I think that peaceful coexistence with others is key in any community and necessary for success.
  • Reflection Question
    Nature Explore My Area
    How might spending more time outdoors enhance your brainpower?

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    Alaina Rogers 4/21/2021 8:29 AM
    Studies show that spending more time outdoors can enhance memory by 20%, in addition to improving cognitive function. I have also personally discovered that spending time outdoors causes a sense of  inner peace, and nature has forever been a therapeutic escape for me. Our society spends a large amount of our time on electronics, and many never go outside, especially during these times of the pandemic. This probably contributes to the fact that Generation Z is recorded the most mentally ill generation.
  • Reflection Question
    Nature Practice Gratitude for Earth
    Kathleen Dean Moore says that a sense of gratitude leads to a sense of moral obligation. Do you agree? How can we cultivate a sense of gratitude as individuals, and as a society?

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    Alaina Rogers 4/21/2021 8:18 AM
    I completely agree. Gratitude is definitely a factor of moral obligation. As individuals, we can make sure to share gratitude for the Earth by doing simple tasks such as picking up litter or using metal straws. As a society, we can come together in projects such as this one and work together as a community to save our planet.

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    Alaina Rogers 4/20/2021 10:44 AM
    I recently volunteered to help garden at a local church, because I realized that this way, not only would I benefit from the service hours, but nature would as well. I used to volunteer weekly at a recreational nature program, but when I moved here, I was not able to anymore. I was glad to fraternize with nature again; I missed the flowers and plants.
  • 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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    Alaina Rogers 4/17/2021 10:21 AM
    A way to express personality, creativity, and values that don't require buying more clothes and accessories are using what one already has to create things. In addition, even though wearing hand-me-down clothing items is sometimes frowned upon, borrowing clothes from someone else would help an individual avoid shopping for new items that may already be accessible. Especially as the "vintage" style is popular at the moment, it would be cheaper and more authentic for someone to wear old clothes that are already owned than to buy newly created, retro clothing items. 
  • Reflection Question
    Nature Go for a Daily Walk
    How do you experience your neighborhood or city differently when walking instead of driving?

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    Alaina Rogers 4/17/2021 10:03 AM
    When walking instead of driving, I feel more connected spiritually and emotionally. I love to hear the sounds of nature when I walk and notice  small details that I am usually in too much of a hurry to notice when driving.
  • Reflection Question
    Health Healthy Sleep
    Consider how many hours of sleep you get now. How would you like to shift your sleep patterns? What are you finding works for you to be successful in this action?

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    Alaina Rogers 4/17/2021 9:53 AM
    I am finally getting a substantial amount of sleep, between 8 to 10 hours every night. I have realized that I am now less anxious than before and do not wake up with morning sickness every day as I used to. My sleep schedule used to be very spontaneous and unorganized, and I am glad that I have improved it.
  • Reflection Question
    Health Exercise Daily
    How can you incorporate other personal values (like quality time with friends or spending time in nature) into your exercise routine?

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    Alaina Rogers 4/17/2021 9:45 AM
    There are many ways to incorporate personal values into your exercise routine. To spend quality time with friends while exercising, you can schedule times to meet up and exercise together. Another way would be to challenge each other to see how much exercise each person can get in. With nature, you can always take a hiking trail instead of walking in a neighborhood. You can also choose to run outside instead of using the treadmill. These are only some of the many things you can do.

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    Alaina Rogers 4/17/2021 9:35 AM
    A few days ago, I hiked the 2.9 mile White Rocks Trail in Boiling Springs, which is known for its wildflowers. I really enjoyed climbing the rocks and hiking with my dog. The view was great from up high, but if the sky was not clear, it would have been harder to see because the trees block a lot of the view. I accidentally went off the trail and saw a snake (it was not poisonous), but when I found my way back, I was totally fine. It was a fun adventure out in nature, and I definitely recommend the trail as long as you make sure to follow the blue markers :)