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Anna Marie Angeles

Team Arch

"Let's take action to combat climate change and its impacts!"

POINTS TOTAL

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  • 1,607 TOTAL

participant impact

  • UP TO
    62
    meatless or vegan meals
    consumed
  • UP TO
    1.0
    energy audit
    conducted
  • UP TO
    98
    single-use bags
    not sent to the landfill
  • UP TO
    304
    pieces of litter
    picked up
  • UP TO
    1.0
    waste audit
    conducted
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    3.0
    advocacy actions
    completed
  • UP TO
    1.0
    community event
    hosted or attended
  • UP TO
    2.0
    public officials or leaders
    contacted
  • UP TO
    30
    minutes
    spent outdoors
  • UP TO
    1,115
    minutes
    spent learning

Anna Marie's actions

Land + Forests

Advocate for Forest Protection

Using my voice can help create a more sustainable and just world. I will contact 2 local, regional, or national decision makers to advocate for public policy that protects forests and improves their ability to sequester carbon and nourish biodiversity.

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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

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

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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Land + Forests

Personal Waste Audit

The waste we create daily can go unnoticed. I will track the waste I create in a day and post a photo log on the feed to see how much I create and where I can make different choices to reduce my waste going forward.

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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

Invest in Nature

A healthy world needs both our daily actions and support from larger systems. I will spend 30 minutes learning about how I can use my investments and savings to advance environmental sustainability.

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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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Action Track: Community

Pick Up the Phone

I will gather a group of friends, family, neighbors or colleagues to make 1 phone calls to public officials or companies to advocate for planet-friendly policies.

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ONE-TIME ACTION

Action Track: Community

Join a Cleanup Effort

I will organize or participate in a trash pickup at a local river, beach, or natural body of water.

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ONE-TIME ACTION

Climate + Air

Online Energy Audit

Energy use and waste is often invisible. I will complete an online energy audit of my home, office, or dorm room and identify my next steps for saving energy.

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ONE-TIME ACTION

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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ONE-TIME ACTION

Biodiversity + Wildlife

Learn about Native Species

The world is full of unique species. I will spend 30 minutes each day learning what the native plants and wildlife are in my region.

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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.

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Biodiversity + Wildlife

Leave No Trace

I will respect and protect biotic communities by practicing the seven principles of Leave No Trace whenever I am outside.

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Biodiversity + Wildlife

Reduce Animal Products

One kilogram of beef and cheese emits 71kg and 24kg of greenhouse gasses, while 1kg of rice, grains, and legumes emits between 2-4kg. Fruits, vegetables, and nuts emit less than 1kg per 1kg. I will reduce my climate impact by enjoying 1 meatless meals and/or 1 vegan meals each day this week.

COMPLETED 29
DAILY ACTIONS

Action Track: Community

Raise Awareness for the Conservation of Freshwater and Oceans

I will spend 30 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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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

Keep My Community Clean

At times it may not feel like it's up to us to keep our community clean and healthy, but we all have a role to play. Each day I am outside, I will pick up any litter I see.

COMPLETED 30
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?


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    Anna Marie Angeles 4/30/2024 8:49 AM
    Last Day of ECO CHALLENGE but LET'S CONTINUE TO LIVE A SUSTAINABLE and ECO FRIENDLY LIFESTYLE.

    Living a sustainable lifestyle takes conscious effort and dedication, but it’s worth it.
    All it takes is a bit of planning and commitment, and you can start making a difference for the planet.
    Small changes in your life can have a big impact on the environment.

    Stay informed about environmental issues and ways to reduce your impact. Share information with others, and encourage them to make sustainable choices. The more you know about the environment and the result of your actions, the more you can do to make a difference.

    Read books, join environmental organizations, watch documentaries, take part in Earth Day events, volunteer regularly, and attend lectures on environmental issues.

    LET'S SAVE OUR MOTHER EARTH. 🌎
  • REFLECTION QUESTION
    Land + Forests Advocate for Forest Protection
    Higher standards of living are very often dependent on moving our environmental costs elsewhere. What are some specific ways in which the environmental impacts of your own lifestyle might be shifted elsewhere?

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    Anna Marie Angeles 4/29/2024 1:28 PM
    #1 Turn Off Your Devices
    When it comes to energy consumption in our home, reducing unnecessary use makes a big difference. Not only will your electric bill be cheaper if you remember to turn off your devices, but you’ll also be reducing your carbon footprint. Win-win.

    Here are a few devices that are easily overlooked (because, hey–every device counts):

    • Televisions
    • Computer monitors
    • Printers
    • Speakers and stereo systems
    • Lights
    • Gaming consoles
    If you have trouble remembering to turn your appliances off, try buying a few smart plugs. These devices allow you to plug in your everyday lamps and appliances into timed outlets, so they’ll turn off at a certain time even if you forget.

    #2 Watch Out for Food Waste
    When it comes to understanding how to reduce waste, avoiding food waste is a good first step. While opting for plant-based foods and sustainably-sourced ingredients is an excellent way to make your culinary creations more sustainable, it also matters what you throw away.


    #3 Use More Sustainable Cleaning Products
    The products you use to make your bathtub and kitchen sink sparkle might come with superb cleaning power—but that doesn’t necessarily mean they help to keep the environment clean.


    #4 Prepare or Pack Your Lunch at Home
    Sustainable practices don’t require drastic life changes, and a simple way to practice sustainability is by making your own lunch. We all love a lunch outing now and then, but driving to every lunch location puts you on the road more often and subsequently increases your carbon emissions. Packing your lunch for work, travel, and other outings is not only more sustainable—it will also save you from spending your downtime in traffic and dealing with long lines.

    #5 Use Reusable Containers
    Yes, we mentioned this above–but it deserves a double mention.
    Whether you’re meal prepping or preparing a dish to share at your next get-together, be sure to use reusable food containers. Glass containers are an optimum choice because they have a longer lifespan than their plastic counterparts. Plus, they’re recyclable and they can withstand the heat from the microwave, dishwasher, and oven.

    But using reusables doesn’t have to end there. While grabbing bottled water from the fridge is quick and easy when you’re short on time, it only takes a few extra seconds to fill up a reusable bottle each day. Plus, you’ll save money and stay hydrated without having to rely on plastics.


    #6 Use Sustainable Goods and Supplies
    From your home office to your guest bathroom, the supplies you stock can help you keep your home earth-friendly from top to bottom. Whatever you buy regularly, there’s a chance you can find a more environmentally friendly option—from plastic-free pens to tree-free toilet paper.

    Yes, even toilet paper can be sustainable.
    With some sustainable replacements, you can comfortably (and sustainably) use as much as you need when you need it.


    #7 Avoid Single-Use Plastics
    Have you ever thought about how much plastic you use on a daily basis? Plastic bags for late-night snack purchases at the 7-Eleven. Plastic water bottles to keep you hydrated jumping from one excursion to the next. The list goes on and on.
    You can lessen your consumption of plastic by keeping a few reusable water bottles and tote bags around in places you use them the most—like in your car or in your kitchen. Plus, reusable items can be multifunctional.



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    Anna Marie Angeles 4/29/2024 1:19 PM
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    Let's start and continue living a sustainable and eco-friendly lifestyle at home!

    Save Energy
    It is important to be mindful of our electricity consumption and make adaptations to reduce the demand for energy products and thereby preserve fossil fuel resources. Switch to energy efficient appliance and choosing to cycle and walk short distances can go a long way in making a difference

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    Anna Marie Angeles 4/28/2024 2:32 PM
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    Let's start and continue living a sustainable and eco-friendly lifestyle at home

    Simplify the holidays.

    Holidays, birthdays, weddings and other celebrations are often excessively wasteful.

    But it’s not just the extra trash that’s a problem. All the fossil fuels, trees and other natural resources that go into producing gifts, decorations, single-use dinnerware and wrapping paper make our celebrations dreary for wildlife and the habitat they need to survive. But you can redefine your celebrations in ways that respect land, waters and wildlife. Instead of celebrating your next holiday with plastic décor, excessive gifts and single-use food and drink containers, you can decorate with foraged plants, give homemade or secondhand gifts, and serve plant-based meals with reusable dinnerware.

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    Anna Marie Angeles 4/27/2024 9:39 AM
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    GROW A GARDEN
    Try growing your own food — and don’t worry: it’s easier than it looks! Simply plant a few seeds in a corner of your yard — or, if you’re an apartment-dweller, on your porch or windowsill. You don’t need acres: just a few square feet can provide enough space to grow a bounty of herbs, fruits, and vegetables.

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    Anna Marie Angeles 4/26/2024 11:45 AM
    4 days left.
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    Consider your toilet paper
    This isn’t always the first thing you think of when trying to be more sustainable.
    Humans cut down 270,000 trees a day for toilet paper, but it’s a really easy switch to sort this out: there are now some companies doing 100% recycled toilet paper or 100% bamboo paper (which grows so quickly that it’s much more sustainable).”

  • 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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    Anna Marie Angeles 4/26/2024 11:31 AM
    Regenerative agriculture describes farming practices that can create a positive impact on the environment and oftentimes productivity. By definition RA is a form of agriculture that improves soil health and boosts ecosystem diversity by avoiding practices like monocultures, tilling (and leaving soil bare for long periods), and excessive chemical and fertilizer use.

    By adopting practices like crop rotation and conservation tillage, growers can enhance the resilience of ecosystems and foster long-term agricultural productivity. Not only can these regenerative practices lower costs, but they also can increase net income, offering a win-win solution for both farmers and the environment in various locations.



    Here are 5 ways on how we can support regenerative agriculture to help heal the planet a little bit every day.

    1. Buy from local farmers as much as possible.
    2. Support organizations developing regenerative and indigenous agriculture systems.
    3. Learn more about regenerative practices in your area and around the world.
    4. Plant your own regenerative garden.
    5. Share knowledge about how and why regenerative agriculture is important.

  • REFLECTION QUESTION
    Land + Forests Zero Waste Day
    What was hard about having a Zero Waste Day? What did you learn about yourself and your habits?

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    Anna Marie Angeles 4/25/2024 1:57 PM
    5 Reasons Why Zero-Waste Lifestyle Is Hard



    The success of your zero waste journey can depend so much on where you live, how much money you have, what is your education, or what your gender identity is. Remember at the end of the day we need everyone working towards zero-waste imperfectly, not a few people doing it imperfectly.

    reference: https://www.zero-waste-creative.com/blog-zero-waste-creative/common-challenges-of-going-zero-waste#:~:text=Mental%20barrier,week%2C%20or%20even%20a%20year.

    • Pankaj Dayal's avatar
      Pankaj Dayal 4/28/2024 3:29 AM
      Absolutely true - zero waste habits must be practiced by every one to make a visible impact.

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    Anna Marie Angeles 4/25/2024 11:32 AM
    Boycott products that endanger wildlife.
    To avoid contributing to the endangerment of wildlife, shop conscientiously and look for products made from sustainable materials like bamboo and dine at restaurants that refuse to serve imperiled species like bluefin tuna.

    “You can help save nature by asking basic questions and getting the facts before you buy something.
    The best piece of advice I have for you is if you're in doubt, don't buy it.”
    Crawford Allan
    Senior Director, Wildlife Conservation, WWF-US

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    Anna Marie Angeles 4/24/2024 10:36 AM
    Reducing waste starts when you apply the 4 Rs – reduce, reuse, repair and recycle – to your everyday life.
    Here’s what you can do:
    1. Reduce new purchases that are unnecessary or overly packaged.
    2. Reuse items and avoid single-use.
    3. Repair items to extend their life.
    4. Recycle to help create new products from existing resources.