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Narciso Abella

Emerson Manila GreenARy

"Promoting sustainable habits for a healthier me and positive changes for the environment."

POINTS TOTAL

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participant impact

  • UP TO
    96
    miles
    traveled by foot
  • UP TO
    96
    miles
    not traveled by car
  • UP TO
    1,883
    pounds of CO2
    have been saved
  • UP TO
    23
    pounds
    waste composted
  • UP TO
    95
    single-use bags
    not sent to the landfill
  • UP TO
    2
    advocacy actions
    completed
  • UP TO
    6
    hours
    volunteered
  • UP TO
    3
    trees
    planted
  • UP TO
    120
    minutes
    spent outdoors
  • UP TO
    215
    minutes
    spent learning

Narciso's actions

Freshwater + Oceans

Understand My Water Footprint

Each of us has a water footprint, directly linked to our daily activities as well as the water required in the production of things we use each day. Understanding our water use is important for a healthy planet. I will calculate my water footprint and look for a few ways I can reduce consumption or waste, then share what I learned on the feed.

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Biodiversity + Wildlife

Beauty and Personal Products

Beauty and personal products can create a lot of waste. I will spend 30 minutes learning about the beauty and body products I use to see if they are refillable or recyclable. If not, I will reach out to the manufacturer to advocate for those options.

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Biodiversity + Wildlife

Plastic in Clothing and Water

Synthetic clothing can contain plastic and shed harmful microplastics into our water. I will use a microplastics catcher in my laundry, or install a microplastics filter for my washing machine.

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Land + Forests

Regenerative Agriculture and Me

Regenerative agriculture focuses on farming and ranching in a way that supports life and restores the soil. I will spend 30 minutes learning about regenerative agriculture and find out if any nearby farms practice regenerative agriculture.

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Land + Forests

Explore My Area

When we explore natural spaces around us, our connections with them change. I will spend 60 minutes exploring a new area around my neighborhood, office, or campus (e.g., park, water body, nearby trail, community garden, green space, etc.).

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Land + Forests

Zero Waste Day

The impacts of our waste are far reaching. I will create zero waste for an entire day and share my reflections and learnings on the feed.

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Land + Forests

Choose Eco-Friendly Wood and Paper

Trees provide food and habitat for local wildlife species, shade our streets and homes, and help keep our air and water clean by capturing pollutants. Buying products that help protect forests makes a difference. I will only purchase wood, furniture, and paper products from ecologically certified sources such as Forest Stewardship Council.

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Freshwater + Oceans

Reduce Pollutants in Cleaning

Understanding cleaning product ingredients and their effect on water and biodiversity is helpful to our consumer choices. I will spend 60 minutes learning about how cleaning products affect our water and try making my own cleaning products to reduce pollutants.

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Biodiversity + Wildlife

Volunteer in my Community

I will volunteer 5 hours in my community.

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Biodiversity + Wildlife

Seek Alternative Gifts and Souvenirs

When traveling, I will seek souvenirs that support local communities and do not cause harm to the environment or wildlife.

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Freshwater + Oceans

Raise Awareness for the Conservation of Freshwater and Oceans

I will spend 60 minutes learning more about the importance of freshwater + ocean conservation, and how I can reduce my water use. I will share what I learn with people in person, on social media, and on the feed.

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Freshwater + Oceans

Low Water Gardening

Grass lawns are water-intensive and on average require about 30 percent of a household’s water consumption. Native plants are water-efficient and help maintain the balance and diversity of local ecosystems. I will plant native species with water-efficient plants to conserve water and improve the habitat, then post a photo on the feed to share.

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Land + Forests

Carry My Trash

I will carry all of my unrecyclable, non-compostable trash with me this month, to raise my awareness of how much I send to the landfill. I will post on the feed my reflections, conversations, and actions I will take moving forward.

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DAILY ACTIONS

Freshwater + Oceans

Smart Seafood Choices

We need to support healthy seafood populations. I will spend 30 minutes learning about sustainable seafood choices, commit to making better seafood choices for a healthier ocean, and share what I learned on the feed.

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Climate + Air

Stay on the Ground

Carbon emissions from air travel is harmful to planetary and human health. Instead of traveling by plane, I will find an alternative way to accomplish the goals of an upcoming trip (i.e. telepresence, vacation locally).

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Climate + Air

Choose Renewable Energy

Renewable energy options are becoming more widespread and accessible. Not only are they good for the planet, they can help save money as well. I will sign up for my utility company's clean/renewable energy option. If my utility does not offer one, I will contact them to advocate for this option in the future.

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Freshwater + Oceans

Dishwasher Efficiency

Hand washing dishes can use more energy and hot water than a dishwasher. To save water, I will use a dishwasher and scrape, rather than rinse, dishes before loading them into the dishwasher.

COMPLETED 30
DAILY ACTIONS

Biodiversity + Wildlife

Use Reusable Bags

Plastic bags can be mistaken for food by many wild animals and can end up in habitats that harm wildlife. I will not accept any disposable bags when making purchases, including produce bags.

COMPLETED 30
DAILY ACTIONS

Climate + Air

Use Muscle Power

I will cut my car trip mileage by only taking necessary trips, and I will only use muscle-powered transportation for all other trips.

COMPLETED 30
DAILY ACTIONS

Land + Forests

Compost Food Waste

Food in the landfill is one of the main sources of greenhouse gasses. I will avoid sending up to .69 lbs (.31 kg) of food waste to the landfill per day by composting my food.

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DAILY ACTIONS

Action Track: Community

Plant Trees

Trees capture carbon and produce oxygen that is essential to life on earth. I will support this important piece of nature by organizing or joining a community group to plant 3 native trees in my community, public parks, office location, campus or backyard.

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Action Track: Community

Borrow Before I Buy

Why buy something I will only use once or a few times if someone nearby has it for me to borrow, and why not share something I have that someone may only need a few times a year? To reduce my consumption and waste, I will create or support the sharing economy with friends, family, colleagues or neighbors.

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Action Track: Community

JOIN OR CREATE A GREEN TEAM AT EMERSON

I will continue to contribute to Emerson's environmental sustainability goals beyond April by learning more about the Global Green Teams Network, joining a team near me, or maybe even creating a new team.

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Action Track: Community

SIGN UP TO RECEIVE NEWS ON SUSTAINABILITY AT EMERSON

I will sign up to the Sustainability Aficionados distribution list to receive global news on sustainability at Emerson, including world news and Greening OF, BY, and WITH news.

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Action Track: Community

ATTEND THE ECOCHALLENGE CONSERVATION WEBINAR

On Wed 24th April, I will attend the Earth Month Ecochallenge Webinar on Conservation to learn about what individuals, companies and other organizations can do to promote biodiversity and nature protection.

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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?


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    Narciso Abella 4/29/2024 2:55 AM
    Just read the news on GMOs -
    The PH Court of Appeals (CA) has halted the commercial propagation of Golden Rice and Bt eggplant due to concerns over their environmental impact. This reflects the need for comprehensive scientific understanding before proceeding with genetically modified organisms (GMOs). The case highlights the importance of balancing technological advancements with precautionary measures to address the potential risk it associates with. We as ordinary consumers should be careful in selecting, knowing and understanding the food we consume. It's important to thoroughly check the safety of genetically modified foods to protect us and nature.
    (report and photo from Inquirer.net)
  • REFLECTION QUESTION
    Land + Forests Explore My Area
    Where did you go for your walk or hike in nature? What were the benefits of doing so?

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    Narciso Abella 4/29/2024 2:23 AM
    While jogging from SM North Edsa to the Quezon Memorial Circle in Quezon City, Philippines, I passed by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Nursery compound (fenced), and the Ninoy Aquino Parks and Wildlife. Although the park is fenced, and at the other side of the road is ongoing construction of the metro railway, the sidewalk feels cooler and windy due to the tall trees and big shrubs seemingly a little forest at the center of the metro.
    The park is a refreshing escape and a chance to immerse in greenery amidst the business of the city. The park shelters rescued animals.
    There is a minimal entrance fee per person.

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    Narciso Abella 4/28/2024 2:47 AM
    Easterlies to prevail over Metro Manila, and rest of the Philippines. Metro Manila just have partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated rain showers or thunderstorms due to the easterlies and localized thunderstorms. It relieves slightly the extreme heat we feel this summer season and El Niño.
  • REFLECTION QUESTION
    Land + Forests Regenerative Agriculture and Me
    What did you learn about the practice and benefits of regenerative agriculture? How can you support healthy farming practices for people and the planet?

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    Narciso Abella 4/28/2024 2:34 AM
    In my hometown, evident that there are still communal gardening per zone as managed per barangay police and safety officer (BPSO). These gardens were cultivated, turned from a desolated or uninhabited land determined by the barangay. Communities do cultivate and plant vegatables, and fruit-bearing trees. They do visit and water them daily. The harvest are either donated to the barangay or distributed to those who are in need, or by those caretakers. At times, they sell and we support them. Our family has a small backyard and we turned it into a small garden planting tomatoes, eggplants, squash, papaya, etc.

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    Narciso Abella 4/27/2024 2:45 AM
    Another set of plants to propagate on water.

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    Narciso Abella 4/27/2024 2:14 AM
    Addressing concerns about exposure to microplastics.
    Exposure to microplastics and suggests ways to reduce risk. Boiling water and using a coffee filter may help remove microplastics. Other suggestions include choosing plastic-free goods, consuming minimally processed foods, and drinking filtered water.
    Personal responsibility in avoiding plastic pollution by making mindful purchasing decisions and saying 'no' to unnecessary plastic items.
  • REFLECTION QUESTION
    Biodiversity + Wildlife Plastic in Clothing and Water
    How did you try to catch the release of microplastics in your laundry? What did you learn in the process?

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    Narciso Abella 4/27/2024 2:06 AM
    More and more, i am seeing my wardrobe gradually shifting to linen and cotton clothings. Awareness came from my system 4 years ago, and i was introduced to these types of clothings. Knowing that it is ustainable, it become a habit to me of checking the clothings tags before buying. Some clothing shops most often does not have good combination of these clothing materials so I tend to look for them at thrift stores (second-hand shops).
    These clothings are breathable and comfortable to wear which is best during summer in Manila.


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    Narciso Abella 4/26/2024 7:07 AM
    Emerson Manila and Waves for Water Philippines donates water filter kits to communities in Tanay Rizal, Philippines.
  • REFLECTION QUESTION
    Biodiversity + Wildlife Volunteer in my Community
    How does volunteering enhance your community and/or change your relationship with it?

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    Narciso Abella 4/26/2024 4:50 AM
    Walter Filtration Donation with Waves for Water Philippines and Grocery Gift Giving - Tanay, Rizal, Philippines.
    It was a community were water and electricity are off the maid grid, less than an hour travel from the main road traversing rough road in the mountains and creeks. The activity was fulfilling seeing the smiles and satisfaction of the families really are in need. We have seen a sense of unity and cooperation amounting the community members. We felt a sense of connection to their community, feeling invested in their well-being. We created a bond to with Emerson Sustainability team and community team too, I'll volunteer again on your next community service. Let's Go!


  • REFLECTION QUESTION
    Biodiversity + Wildlife Beauty and Personal Products
    What new insights did you gain about the skincare products you use? Did you reach out to advocate for refillable or recyclable packaging?

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    Narciso Abella 4/25/2024 2:55 AM
    Shifting to refillable and recyclable packaging.
    We were used to buying skincare, hair products, detergents and cleaning products in sachets. But more and more, we see some companies shift their packaging into refillables and recyclables, thus, we support them. I encourage my other households to shift, and more often we buy in bulk to save. We also support and buy to those shops and stores who accepts us bringing our own bottles or containers, and pay at a lower price.