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April 1 - April 30, 2021
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Connor Cardinal

Southern Oregon University

"To promote Earth's well being as well as my own as best as I can."

Points Total

  • 0 Today
  • 0 This Week
  • 650 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    30
    miles
    traveled by bus
  • up to
    30
    miles
    not traveled by car
  • up to
    15
    pounds of CO2
    have been saved
  • up to
    555
    minutes
    spent exercising
  • up to
    31
    meatless or vegan meals
    consumed
  • up to
    300
    minutes
    spent outdoors

Connor's Actions

Food, Agriculture, and Land Use

Reduce Animal Products

Plant-Rich Diets

I will enjoy 2 meatless or vegan meal(s) each day of the challenge.

COMPLETED 11
DAILY ACTIONS

Industry

Recycle Everything I Can

Recycling

Contamination prevents what is recyclable from being recycled. I will research and recycle all materials that are accepted by local haulers or drop stations in my community, making sure to not contaminate recyclables with non-recyclables.

COMPLETED 2
DAILY ACTIONS

Transportation

Go for a Daily Walk

Walkable Cities

I will take a walk for 30 minutes each day and take note of the infrastructure that makes walking more or less enjoyable, accessible, and possible.

COMPLETED 13
DAILY ACTIONS

Transportation

Use Public Transit

Public Transit

I will use public transit 1 mile(s) per day and avoid sending up to 0.0 lbs of CO2 into Earth's atmosphere.

COMPLETED 1
DAILY ACTION

Land Sinks

Support a Community Garden

Multiple Solutions

I will support a community garden by volunteering, donating, or advocating for a new or existing one.

Completed
One-Time Action

Land Sinks

Explore My Area

Sometimes protecting nature requires feeling connected to nature. I will invest 240 minutes in exploring and appreciating a natural area in my region, whether a forest, wetland, coastal area, or somewhere else.

Completed
One-Time Action

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  • Reflection Question
    Land Sinks Explore My Area
    How can spending more time outdoors enhance your sense of place -- your deep knowledge of and appreciation for your surroundings?

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    Connor Cardinal 4/30/2021 10:46 AM
    Well, by exploring the land around me, I get a better sense of where everything is. I learn where things are in my region, and how different places interact with each other. For instance, I went and explored my local watershed. I could see where the snow melts up in the mountains, and see where the water comes down the mountains and into the deep valleys. I received a better understanding of where the water I drink comes from in this area.

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    Connor Cardinal 4/30/2021 10:44 AM
    Went for a walk with my adventure pal. Did it barefoot. Also, I had two veggie meals, but when I saw the cafeteria serving a chef special, which was quail, I could not help but try some... Tastes like chicken.
  • Reflection Question
    Transportation Use Public Transit
    How has your access to various kinds of transportation throughout your life influenced your current attitudes about transportation and your transportation behavior?

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    Connor Cardinal 4/28/2021 10:45 AM
    I love being able to take the bus. I started taking the bus 4 or 5 years ago and it made me appreciate the convenience and experience of bus-riding as compared to just driving everywhere. I also like being able to walk and bike places as an alternative to driving. It's good for my body and refreshing for my mind.

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    Connor Cardinal 4/28/2021 10:43 AM
    Going alright. I walked around a little bit and enjoyed some veggie meals.

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    Connor Cardinal 4/26/2021 7:36 PM
    It's going good today! I walked around on my school's campus, and I had a plant-based protein smoothie.
  • Reflection Question
    Land Sinks Support a Community Garden
    What are the multiple benefits of community gardens, including carbon sequestration? Why do these benefits matter to you?

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    Connor Cardinal 4/26/2021 7:35 PM
    Community gardens bring people together in a place that fosters connections to nature, food, and other people. Community gardens also act as carbon sinks through the process of plants taking atmospheric carbon and absorbing it and passing it into the soil when they die through enrichment. Primarily, the first benefit of providing a connection to nature and food is important to me, because there are few places in today's society where people can build their own relationship with the food system and the natural world.

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    Connor Cardinal 4/25/2021 5:12 PM
    I missed a couple days of the challenge due to being out of town... But I went backpacking with a friend and we camped in some of the local wilderness which was so refreshing. I love our Southern Oregon nature!
  • Reflection Question
    Transportation Go for a Daily Walk
    What have you noticed on your daily walks? What have you enjoyed? What infrastructure changes could make your walks more enjoyable or possible?

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    Connor Cardinal 4/25/2021 5:11 PM
    I really enjoy learning about local plant life by learning the names of different herbs and flowers in my area. Just recently, I learned the names of about 4 edible species and a handful of others that have beautiful flowers. I went walking on Lower Table Rock today, and there is nothing I would change about that infrastructure... The trail is well-groomed and that's all that is needed.
  • 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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    Connor Cardinal 4/22/2021 9:46 PM
    Because we have learned to worship the meat-centric diet. Where there is the buying power and a lack of traditional diet, meat has become a staple food instead of a luxury. Constantly eating meat puts a huge burden on the planet because to sustain that diet, tons of grain must be put into feeding the animals that we eat, instead of just say, eating that grain in the form of cereal. Also, instead of being able to utilize the soil to grow a diverse range of crops, we use monoculture practices to efficiently feed our livestock, another downside to the carnivorous diet.

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    Connor Cardinal 4/22/2021 9:37 PM
    Today was Earth day!!! Today I took the bus to Medford and went skateboarding. I also sat in the park and read my book, which was really nice.