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April 1 - April 30, 2021
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Kathy Dolson

St. Louis Goes Green!

"My mission is to do what I can to improve the planet we live on through my own actions and encouraging my friends to do the same."

Points Total

  • 0 Today
  • 0 This Week
  • 684 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    1
    documentaries
    watched
  • up to
    1
    donations
    made
  • up to
    5
    minutes
    spent learning
  • up to
    1
    locally sourced meals
    consumed
  • up to
    12
    meatless or vegan meals
    consumed
  • up to
    330
    minutes
    spent outdoors
  • up to
    3
    public officials or leaders
    contacted
  • up to
    1
    trees
    planted

Kathy's Actions

Health and Education

Fund Family Planning

Health and Education

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

Completed
One-Time Action

Transportation

Use Muscle Power

Multiple Transportation Solutions

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 3
DAILY ACTIONS

Transportation

Advocate For Greener Vehicles

Electric Cars, Hybrid Cars, Efficient Trucks

I will assess the vehicles used by my company or college and advocate for a purchasing policy focused on electric and fuel-efficient vehicles

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 7
DAILY ACTIONS

Land Sinks

Explore My Area

Sometimes protecting nature requires feeling connected to nature. I will invest 60 minutes in exploring and appreciating a natural area in my region, whether a forest, wetland, coastal area, or somewhere else.

Completed
One-Time Action

Buildings

Fix Leaky Faucets

Low-Flow Fixtures

I will fix faucets or report leaky faucets to facilities. Fixing leaky faucets can save up to 9 gallons (34 L) of water a day or 270 (1,020 L) gallons of water a month per faucet.

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

Electricity

Watch a Video about Methane Digesters

Methane Digesters

I will watch a video about methane digesters (also commonly known as anaerobic digesters).

Completed
One-Time Action

Action Track: Climate Resilience

Plant Trees

Temperate Forest Restoration

I will plant 3 tree(s) in my community, public parks, or backyard.

Completed
One-Time Action

Action Track: Climate Resilience

Tend A Garden

I will tend to a garden, or prepare for one, each day using sustainable gardening practices.

COMPLETED 2
DAILY ACTIONS

Action Track: Accelerating Solutions

Communicate With My Elected Officials

Onshore Wind Turbines, Offshore Wind Turbines

I will write or call 3 elected official(s) telling them not to support fossil fuel subsidies and instead support wind energy generation.

Completed
One-Time Action

Action Track: Accelerating Solutions

Support Local Food Systems

Plant-Rich Diets

I will source 20 percent of my food from local producers each day. This could include signing up for a local CSA, buying from a farmer's market, visiting a food co-op, foraging with a local group, or growing my own ingredients.

COMPLETED 1
DAILY ACTION

Transportation

Dutchtown Neighborhood Cleanup with earthday365

Sat., April 24th @ 9:30am - 12p **Register prior to event using link under "learn more."** This event is hosted in collaboration with the Community Improvement District of Dutchtown, Employment Connection, and several neighborhood associations. Volunteers will provide much needed litter cleanup along the streets and alleyways. Light snacks will be available and volunteers receive an Earth Day Celebration Kit. Bring a water bottle to refill! You can register in shifts for this event.

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

Food, Agriculture, and Land Use

Garden Work Day with earthday365

Sat., April 10th @ 9 am - 1 pm **Register prior to the event with the following link.**Hosted by A Red Circle in collaboration with Custom Foodscaping. Our first collaboration for our Environmental Justice Days Of Action. Volunteers will help build up the urban farm and plant potatoes at the North County Agricultural Education Center, which works to combat food apartheid. Light snacks will be available and volunteers receive an Earth Day Celebration Kit.

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

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  • Reflection Question
    Action Track: Accelerating Solutions Support Local Food Systems
    Dependable fresh food, supporting local farmers and building resilient communities are just a few benefits of local food systems. Which of these (or other) advantages inspire you the most?

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    Kathy Dolson 4/29/2021 10:01 AM
    I love buying my milk from a local farmer in a glass jar - no waste!  Fresh milk!  Supporting a local farmer!  It just doesn't get better than that.  If only I had a Local Harvest store closer to me, I would shop there more often.  At least it is farmers' market season!
  • Reflection Question
    Transportation Use Muscle Power
    How do your transportation choices affect your engagement in your community? Does your experience or enjoyment differ while walking, riding transit, biking or driving?

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    Kathy Dolson 4/27/2021 1:40 PM
    I've been riding my bike when I go to the library or post office, which is way better than driving. I always see more of what's happening in my neighborhood.  I love seeing my neighbors!
  • Reflection Question
    Action Track: Climate Resilience Plant Trees
    How is planting trees good for your mental, physical, and spiritual health?

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    Kathy Dolson 4/26/2021 11:30 AM
    Being outside to plant a tree is getting fresh air and connecting with nature.  Having more trees just feels good.  We put in a bald cypress sapling from a neighbor!

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    Kathy Dolson 4/24/2021 1:38 PM
    I joined the challenge because even though I already do about as much as I can, I can always strive to do more.  I chose some actions (like fix a leaky faucet) to try to get myself to actually do it, and others to educate myself about new issues.
  • 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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    Kathy Dolson 4/24/2021 1:35 PM
    I believe people in richer countries eat more meat because it is pushed on us by the meat industry.   We are made to believe meat (aka, protein) is an important part of our diet, but not educated about other options for protein.  
  • Reflection Question
    Action Track: Accelerating Solutions Communicate With My Elected Officials
    What inspires you to act on sustainable energy and other energy issues?

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    Kathy Dolson 4/24/2021 1:33 PM
    I act on sustainable energy and other energy issues because without moving to renewable energy, we can never make any progress toward reducing carbon emissions.  We simply must taper off our use of fossil fuels.

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    Kathy Dolson 4/22/2021 8:36 AM
    Happy Earth Day to the St. Louis Goes Green ecochallenge team!  Even though there is not St. Louis Earth Day Festival this year, there are many environmental events you can take part in.  Check them out here https://earthday-365.org/community-calendar/
  • 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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    Kathy Dolson 4/20/2021 9:15 AM
    I had no idea THIS existed only 7 miles from my house!  I discovered it at our O'Fallon Park cleanup on Sunday and went back yesterday just to watch.  It was fascinating!  And since it's not a great photo - it is hundreds of egrets nesting!  Right here in St. Louis!

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    Kathy Dolson 4/16/2021 1:32 PM
    It's taken me a while to finally join this ecochallenge!  There is still 1/2 the month left!