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Olivia Anger

Community Action Now (CAN)

"It may feel really hard to act, but it's vital so that we and our children can live fairly and healthily."

POINTS TOTAL

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  • 160 THIS WEEK
  • 661 TOTAL

participant impact

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    1.0
    advocacy action
    completed
  • UP TO
    45
    meatless or vegan meals
    consumed
  • UP TO
    181
    minutes
    spent learning
  • UP TO
    90
    pieces of litter
    picked up
  • UP TO
    1.0
    public official or leader
    contacted
  • UP TO
    1.0
    waste audit
    conducted

Olivia's actions

Climate + Air

Calculate My Carbon Impact

Carbon emissions can show up in many surprising ways in our life. I will calculate the carbon emissions associated with my household and consider how lifestyle changes could reduce the carbon footprint and impacts on the environment.

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ONE-TIME ACTION

Biodiversity + Wildlife

Learn about Native Species

The world is full of unique species. I will spend 2 minutes each day learning what the native plants and wildlife are in my region.

COMPLETED 10
DAILY ACTIONS

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 2 meatless meals and/or 2 vegan meals each day this week.

COMPLETED 18
DAILY ACTIONS

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.

COMPLETED 1
DAILY ACTION

Biodiversity + Wildlife

Invest in Nature

A healthy world needs both our daily actions and support from larger systems. I will spend 5 minutes learning about how I can use my investments and savings to advance environmental sustainability.

COMPLETED
ONE-TIME ACTION

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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ONE-TIME ACTION

Biodiversity + Wildlife

Save the Bees

Bees are vital to ecosystems. To help save the bees, I will learn which local flowers provide nectar and plant them in my backyard or in a pot on my balcony.

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ONE-TIME ACTION

Climate + Air

Low Carbon Diet

Carbon is emitted into the atmosphere in a variety of ways, including through the foods we eat and food we waste. I will learn about low carbon foods and replace higher carbon foods with them in my diet.

COMPLETED 10
DAILY ACTIONS

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 minutes learning about regenerative agriculture and find out if any nearby farms practice regenerative agriculture.

UNCOMPLETED
ONE-TIME ACTION

Land + Forests

Advocate for Forest Protection

Using my voice can help create a more sustainable and just world. I will contact 1 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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ONE-TIME ACTION

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.

UNCOMPLETED
ONE-TIME ACTION

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.

COMPLETED
ONE-TIME ACTION

Freshwater + Oceans

Raise Awareness for the Conservation of Freshwater and Oceans

I will spend 5 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.

UNCOMPLETED
ONE-TIME ACTION

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 1
DAILY ACTION

Action Track: Community

Volunteer in my Community

I will volunteer 5 hours in my community.

UNCOMPLETED
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
    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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    Olivia Anger 4/17/2024 10:34 AM
    I am trying to catch the release of microplastics in my laundry with a Cora Ball, a ball I can place in the washing machine for any load that prevents microplastics and catches them, too. I have not tried it yet. When my relatives visit from the US next month, they will bring it. I'm excited to learn then and hopefully can let you know.
  • REFLECTION QUESTION
    Biodiversity + Wildlife Invest in Nature
    What did you learn about how investing can support the environment and create a more sustainable world?

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    Olivia Anger 4/17/2024 10:30 AM
    Impact investing or ethical investing can create a more sustainable world with a positive social or environmental impact alongside a financial return. That means that positive environmental change is beneficial for the investor! I learned that this type of investing is setting a trend among investments and leading for more transparency in the market. They can be made in a range of markets and provide capital to address the world's most pressing issues.

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    Olivia Anger 4/10/2024 6:51 AM
    Hi there, I am planning to do a Zero Waste Day next Saturday. Obviously I shouldn't create any waste, but what about recyclable things? Is that still okay or do I need to invest in packaging-free items? Thank you!

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    Olivia Anger 4/10/2024 6:51 AM
    Here's a log from a second audit I did. I posted a previous version of this yesterday but made a mistake and left some stuff out.
    Due to various reasons I am using more tissues now, unfortunately.
    Mouth tape
    Plastic bag from cereal
    Box from cereal
    Some milk, too, unfortunately
    Tissue x 3
    Paper towels x 3
    Plastic wrapper of a snack bar
    Tissue
    Paper strips from a craft
    Floss
    Obviously toilet paper is waste too, but I didn't include it in the audit.

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    Olivia Anger 4/09/2024 10:34 AM
    This is a photo log of a waste audit I did on the weekend.
    Obviously toilet paper is waste, too, unfortunately...
    Composted this loose leaf tea...

    Due to various reasons I am using way too many tissues currently.



    And I had to pick up this tape that found its way outside from my house a while ago.

    Tissues...

    And floss. I need to remember to compost this, its beeswax after all.

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      Olivia Anger 4/10/2024 6:48 AM
      That's true, I'll have to make sure to look out for that more. Thanks for the tip!

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      Blaise Love 4/09/2024 10:47 AM
      This is awesome! I have animals and end up using tissues/paper products around the house more than I would like to clean up accidents, etc. I guess buying recycled paper products would at least help with this maybe.
  • REFLECTION QUESTION
    Land + Forests Personal Waste Audit
    What are the results of your waste audit and what did you learn? How can you reduce your waste going forward?

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    Olivia Anger 4/09/2024 10:05 AM
    I did a waste audit one day on the weekend and made sure to take photos of everything I threw away. Also, I did an audit one day at school, as I suspected that it might seem a little different. I didn't create a photo log for this day.
    On the weekend, I mostly threw away tissues and of course toilet paper, but I also composted some loose leaf tea. Didn't create much food waste. I threw away something that I found outside and I threw away my floss.
    Future note: Make sure to compost floss, as it is beeswax.
    During the school audit, I mostly threw away tissues and paper towels. Additionally, I recycled a plastic bar wrapper from lunch and some strips of paper from a craft. And finally I composted my floss.
    Future note: Make sure to only take one paper towel so as not to create too much unnecessary waste. Possibly consider making bars.
    When cooking, I will have to make sure that I try to reduce my waste.

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    Olivia Anger 4/07/2024 4:49 AM
    Hi there, I am planning to do a Zero Waste Day next Saturday. Obviously I shouldn't create any waste, but what about recyclable things? Is that still okay or do I need to invest in packaging-free items? Thank you!
  • REFLECTION QUESTION
    Action Track: Community Keep My Community Clean
    How does the act of picking up litter connect you more to your community?

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    Olivia Anger 4/07/2024 3:21 AM
    As I pick up trash throughout my community, I get to know the spots that have the most trash. I might be looking for trash cans and am learning which streets are most accessible for my red wagon that has bins for collecting trash. As the neighborhood becomes more familiar to me, I am getting to know my community. I also tend to see more people on my walks, some of which stop to speak to me about these efforts.
  • REFLECTION QUESTION
    Biodiversity + Wildlife Learn about Native Species
    What did you learn about a native plant or animal species in your region?

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    Olivia Anger 4/06/2024 10:06 AM
    Today I spent some time learning about true bugs (order Hemiptera). There are around 40,000 known species of true bugs in the world, around 1,000 species in Germany, where I live. True bugs come in different sizes and can have different appearances, but I learned that they all have a head, a thorax, and an abdomen. Thanks to a nature conservation organization, I was able to discover a few types of true bugs that live in Germany. Here are a couple of my favorites that I wanted to share:
    • The striped bug or Italian striped bug lives on the edge of paths and in meadows and has red and black stripes as an adult. The larva are brown, however, and shed their exoskeletons up to five times until, upon the final shed, they become striped.
    • The fire bug lives in cities and villages under linden and locust trees, usually in groups. I'm interested in them because I see them a lot! They share information using scent glands.
    • Sloe bugs live in the edge of forests and on meadows, and they love juicy berries. They will suck them out, leaving behind an unpleasant taste in the berries that humans cannot enjoy.
    • Water striders and water scorpions are true bugs also!
    I found this so interesting and I will be sure to look for more true bugs around me in the spring and summer.

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    Olivia Anger 4/04/2024 9:12 AM
    Today I am proud that I had a vegan day and chose my food to have a low sugar day, too! What about you? What have you accomplished so far that you want to share?