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April 1 - April 30, 2021
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Erin Burk

DLR Group - Chicago

Points Total

  • 0 Today
  • 0 This Week
  • 1,012 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    3
    donations
    made
  • up to
    180
    minutes
    spent learning
  • up to
    30
    meatless or vegan meals
    consumed
  • up to
    2
    people
    helped

Erin's Actions

Health and Education

Help Students Overcome Health Barriers

Health and Education

I will donate 2 Femme Kit(s) to help people who menstruate overcome health and sanitation barriers to being able to attend school.

Completed
One-Time Action

Health and Education

Fund Family Planning

Health and Education

I will donate to supply a community with reproductive health supplies.

Completed
One-Time Action

Land Sinks

Forest-Friendly Foods 1

Tropical Forest Restoration

I will spend at least 30 minutes researching the impact of my diet to see how it contributes to deforestation.

Completed
One-Time Action

Land Sinks

Forest-Friendly Foods 2

Tropical Forest Restoration

I will replace or remove from my current diet the palm oil, coffee, and cocoa products that are known to contribute to deforestation.

COMPLETED 10
DAILY ACTIONS

Action Track: Accelerating Solutions

Habitecture

Learn about habitecture and how it can support ecostystems. Explore how architecture can create a net positive impact on the ecosystems within and around it.

Completed
One-Time Action

Industry

Find a Local Climate-Friendly Supermarket

Refrigerant Management

I will explore the interactive map in the links below to find a supermarket that does not use HFC refrigerants near my home.

Completed
One-Time Action

Action Track: Climate Resilience

Learn about 'Green Gentrification'

Multiple Solutions

I will spend at least 45 minutes learning about green gentrification and how it relates to city planning for climate action.

Completed
One-Time Action

Action Track: Accelerating Solutions

Research and Advocate for High-Speed Rail

High-Speed Rail

I will spend at least 45 minutes researching and advocating for a comprehensive high speed rail network in my country/region.

Completed
One-Time Action

Food, Agriculture, and Land Use

Reduce Animal Products

Plant-Rich Diets

I will enjoy 1 meatless or vegan meal(s) each day of the challenge.

COMPLETED 21
DAILY ACTIONS

Coastal, Ocean, and Engineered Sinks

Smart Seafood Choices

Ocean Farming

I will visit seafoodwatch.org or download the app and commit to making better seafood choices for a healthier ocean.

Completed
One-Time Action

Electricity

Calculate My Carbon Footprint

All Drawdown Solutions

I will calculate the greenhouse gas emissions associated with my household and consider how different lifestyle choices could reduce my negative impact on the environment.

Completed
One-Time Action

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  • Reflection Question
    Health and Education Help Students Overcome Health Barriers
    In what other ways could you help girls overcome health barriers to being able to attend school?

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    Erin Burk 4/30/2021 11:02 AM
    I could make my donation a recurring monthly donation to continue my support. In addition, further educating myself and seeing where I can help is also an important step. 
  • Reflection Question
    Health and Education Fund Family Planning
    When family planning focuses on healthcare provision and meeting the expressed needs of women, it results in empowerment, equality, and well-being, and the benefits to the planet are side effects. Why is family planning an important civil rights consideration?

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    Erin Burk 4/30/2021 10:53 AM
    Family planning is central to civil rights and for lifting people out of poverty. When we invest in women, they in turn invest in their family and children. By providing resources for family planning, a woman is more able to provide/improve her life and the lives of the members of her family.
  • Reflection Question
    Action Track: Climate Resilience Learn about 'Green Gentrification'
    Cities and towns need to plan for climate change. How can your city or town make its climate action plans equitable and socially just?

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    Erin Burk 4/30/2021 10:52 AM
    For  any improvements - but especially ones made for climate change - all stakeholders must be involved from beginning to end to make sure all voices are heard. Equally important is shifting the economic model of real estate and development so that projects that address climate change are economically profitable (and that project that don't address this are not).
  • Reflection Question
    Land Sinks Forest-Friendly Foods 1
    How is your diet currently impacting deforestation? What can you do to decrease your negative impact and increase your positive impact?

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    Erin Burk 4/30/2021 10:48 AM
    My diet currently incorporates meat and dairy (cheese only). I have already shifted to eating less meat and not drinking milk, but complete elimination of meat from my diet would have a more positive impact on the planet.
  • Reflection Question
    Food, Agriculture, and Land Use Reduce Animal Products
    Why do people in richer countries eat more meat than people in other places? How does eating more meat affect our bodies, our planet, and other people?

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    Erin Burk 4/30/2021 10:47 AM
    This challenge has been enjoyable for me - it is a shift I had already been making in my diet, but this pushed me to consider meatless/vegan meals on a daily basis. I have found it is easiest to incorporate into breakfast or lunch. 
  • Reflection Question
    Coastal, Ocean, and Engineered Sinks Smart Seafood Choices
    Many states and countries have advisories on eating fish. Find out what is advised for your region. Do you think your diet choices fall within these guidelines? What steps do you need to take to make sure that they do?

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    Erin Burk 4/23/2021 11:14 AM
    I do follow the seafood guidelines - it is easy for me to follow because the grocery store I shop at posts the fish sustainability ratings on the labels at the fish counter. I could eat a more diverse range of seafood, and will try to do so moving forward to avoid overtaxing one type of fish.
  • Reflection Question
    Action Track: Accelerating Solutions Research and Advocate for High-Speed Rail
    What are the factors that influence your choice of transportation? These can include things like money, time, and convenience, as well as perceptions of danger or safety. What would need to change for you to regularly choose more climate-friendly options?

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    Erin Burk 4/23/2021 11:12 AM
    Transportation choices are usually dictated by time available. This means that if a drive is longer than 6 hours we often fly (and obviously fly to travel overseas). However, I would gladly utilize high-speed rail as I enjoy using trains for transportation and think this would be a great alternative.
  • Reflection Question
    Land Sinks Forest-Friendly Foods 2
    How difficult or easy was it to change your diet?

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    Erin Burk 4/21/2021 10:26 AM
    I was already on the look-out for palm oil in my foods, so this challenge was fairly easy. Enlightening to see that palm oil is also in personal care products, next step will be to eliminate palm oil there as well.
  • Reflection Question
    Industry Find a Local Climate-Friendly Supermarket
    How close is the nearest climate-friendly supermarket to your home? How could you encourage local supermarket to reduce or phase out their use of HFC refrigerants?

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    Erin Burk 4/20/2021 7:14 AM
    After completing this activity, I was disappointed to find out that I do not live near a supermarket that has not phased out their use of HFC refrigerant. Since I am near a Whole Foods, and being earth/climate friendly is a core value of their brand, I was assuming this store would be on the list, and was surprised to find out that it was not. I will follow up by looking into Whole Foods and their website to see if this is in their plans for future improvements.
  • Reflection Question
    Electricity Calculate My Carbon Footprint
    What stood out to you most about your carbon footprint? What surprised you or sparked curiosity? Where can you take most immediate action?

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    Erin Burk 4/05/2021 10:51 AM
    I was surprised to find out we were better than average - but would like to recalculate when we return to the office (COVID and WFH probably had a positive impact on our carbon footprint)