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Suraj Gaurkar

EEEC-Pune-Nashik

"“We are on Earth to take care of life. We are on Earth to take care of each other.” — Xiye Bastida We are in this Challenge to Keep our Mother Earth Safe.. #EarthMonthEcochallenge-2024"

POINTS TOTAL

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  • 0 THIS WEEK
  • 1,610 TOTAL

participant impact

  • UP TO
    81
    plastic bottles
    not sent to the landfill
  • UP TO
    1.0
    water footprint
    calculated
  • UP TO
    32
    advocacy actions
    completed
  • UP TO
    1.0
    public official or leader
    contacted
  • UP TO
    1,213
    minutes
    spent outdoors
  • UP TO
    25
    minutes
    spent learning

Suraj's actions

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.

COMPLETED
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.

COMPLETED
ONE-TIME ACTION

Climate + Air

STAY ON THE GROUND

Carbon emissions from air travel is harmful to planetary and human health. Instead of traveling by plane, I will find an alternative way to accomplish the goals of an upcoming trip (i.e. telepresence, vacation locally)

COMPLETED
ONE-TIME ACTION

Climate + Air

SUSTAINABILITY LUNCH AND LEARN

Learning in a social setting can inspire connection and change. I will work with a friend or colleague to plan and host a lunch and learn at work, school, in my neighborhood or other location to learn more about an environmental topic important to me. After the lunch and learn, I will share more about it on the feed.

COMPLETED
ONE-TIME ACTION

Biodiversity + Wildlife

INVEST IN NATURE

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

COMPLETED
ONE-TIME ACTION

Freshwater + Oceans

REDUCE POLLUTANTS IN CLEANING

Understanding cleaning product ingredients and their effect on water and biodiversity is helpful to our consumer choices. I will spend minutes learning about how cleaning products affect our water and try making my own cleaning products to reduce pollutants

COMPLETED
ONE-TIME ACTION

Action Track: Community

JOIN OR CREATE A GREEN TEAM AT EMERSON

I will continue to contribute to Emerson's environmental sustainability goals beyond April by learning more about the Global Green Teams Network, joining a team near me, or maybe even creating a new team.

COMPLETED
ONE-TIME ACTION

Biodiversity + Wildlife

Volunteer for 5 hrs on Weekend

Volunteer for 5 hrs on Weekend

COMPLETED
ONE-TIME ACTION

Biodiversity + Wildlife

Volunteer for 5 hrs on Weekend

Volunteer for 5 hrs on Weekend

COMPLETED
ONE-TIME ACTION

Freshwater + Oceans

Understand My Water Footprint

Each of us has a water footprint, directly linked to our daily activities as well as the water required in the production of things we use each day. Understanding our water use is important for a healthy planet. I will calculate my water footprint and look for a few ways I can reduce consumption or waste, then share what I learned on the feed.

COMPLETED
ONE-TIME ACTION

Climate + Air

Calculate my Carbon footprint & Take a necessary action to reduce it.

Calculate my Carbon footprint & Take a necessary action to reduce it

COMPLETED
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.

COMPLETED
ONE-TIME ACTION

Biodiversity + Wildlife

Organize one day of Nature Tour

Organize one day of Nature Tour. To understand the nature

COMPLETED
ONE-TIME ACTION

Action Track: Community

Share My "Why"

I will record a video to share why I am taking action this Earth Month, a sustainable swap I've made, and/or a local conservation effort in my area.

COMPLETED
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.

COMPLETED
ONE-TIME ACTION

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.

COMPLETED
ONE-TIME ACTION

Freshwater + Oceans

Low Water Gardening

Grass lawns are water-intensive and on average require about 30 percent of a household’s water consumption. Native plants are water-efficient and help maintain the balance and diversity of local ecosystems. I will plant native species with water-efficient plants to conserve water and improve the habitat, then post a photo on the feed to share.

COMPLETED
ONE-TIME ACTION

Action Track: Community

Fitness Activities

Regular physical activity is one of the most important things you can do for your health. Being physically active can improve your brain health, help manage weight, reduce the risk of disease, strengthen bones and muscles, and improve your ability to do everyday activities. Spend some time daily on your fitness activities!

COMPLETED 30
DAILY ACTIONS

Action Track: Community

SIGN UP TO RECEIVE NEWS ON SUSTAINABILITY AT EMERSON

I will sign up to the Sustainability Aficionados distribution list to receive global news on sustainability at Emerson, including world news and Greening OF, BY, and WITH news.

COMPLETED
ONE-TIME ACTION

Biodiversity + Wildlife

Beauty and Personal Products

Beauty and personal products can create a lot of waste. I will spend 2 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.

COMPLETED
ONE-TIME ACTION

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.

COMPLETED
ONE-TIME ACTION

Land + Forests

30 for 30 in Nature

Studies have shown that when we spend consistent time in nature, our health improves, our creativity increases, and our connection to the planet gets stronger. Each day of the Ecochallenge, I will spend 30 minutes outside (in a large or small patch of nature), then share my observations, reflections, and learnings on the feed.

COMPLETED 30
DAILY ACTIONS

Climate + Air

Consume only Needs vs Wants

The more stuff we consume, the more greenhouse gasses we put into the atmosphere. I will adopt a "Needs Vs. Wants" approach this month and only buy things I need.

COMPLETED 30
DAILY ACTIONS

Freshwater + Oceans

Use a Reusable Water Bottle

Itr's estimated over a billion water bottles are thrown away each year. Even if they were recycled, that still uses energy and resources from the earth. I will use a reusable bottle and stop purchasing bottled water, saving 1 disposable plastic bottle(s) a day.

COMPLETED 30
DAILY ACTIONS

Freshwater + Oceans

Go Plastic-Free

Millions of tons of plastic is produced each year worldwide. Each day, I will conduct a plastics audit of what I buy and use throughout the challenge (kitchen, bathroom, personal care products, etc.), to see how single-use plastic shows up in my life. I will find plastic-free alternatives to these products and advocate for alternatives to single-use packaging at local grocery stores, product manufacturers, at work, or on campus.

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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    Suraj Gaurkar 4/29/2024 7:58 PM
    Final Day has arrived...

    30th Day of Morning walk..



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    Suraj Gaurkar 4/28/2024 6:14 PM
    Sustainability is about so much more than what you buy. It’s about everyday choices that are intentional, conscious, and community focused...


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    Suraj Gaurkar 4/28/2024 4:22 AM
    On the Auspicious occasion of Earth Month, The EEEC Nashik Sustainability team recently organized a Shramdaan voluntary event at Aaple Paryavaran, Deorai Nashik.

    This event underscores EEEC Nashik commitment to teamwork and environmental stewardship. We believe in getting our hands dirty for safeguarding the planet.

    Thanks to all who have participated in noble cause despite the challenging work under the sun.

  • REFLECTION QUESTION
    Freshwater + Oceans Understand My Water Footprint
    What did you learn about your water footprint and what are you going to do to reduce and be aware of the water you use?

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    Suraj Gaurkar 4/26/2024 7:23 PM
    Below small action help me to reduce my water footprints--
    • Turning off the tap if no needed much like while brushing your teeth
    • Take short Shower set a timer to keep your shower under 5 minutes.
    • only washing your clothes when necessary
    • fixing household leaks
    • using less water in the garden and when cleaning

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    Suraj Gaurkar 4/26/2024 7:16 PM
    As part of our ongoing commitment to sustainability and in celebration of Earth Month EcoChallenge, We are excited to invite to participate for Shramdaan Activity at Aaple Prayavaran, Deorai Nashik, on April 27, 2024, at 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM.

    Event Details:

    Date: Saturday, 27 April 2024

    Time: 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM

    Location: Aaple Prayavaran, Deorai Nashik

    Activities Includes: Plant Watering, Nurturing Plant etc.

    This is a fantastic opportunity to contribute to our planet's well-being while also engaging in meaningful teamwork and enjoying the outdoors.

    Please prepare for the tomorrow as follows:

    Wear: Comfortable clothing and sturdy shoes suitable for outdoor activities

    Bring: Your Own Drinking Water, Sunscreen, and a hat for sun protection

    Let’s all roll up our sleeves and contribute to a greener tomorrow!

    We hope to see many of you there as we dig deep and make a difference!

    Best regards,
    Sustainability Squad

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    Suraj Gaurkar 4/25/2024 8:29 AM
    “I only feel angry when I see waste. When I see people throwing away things we could use.”
    —Mother Teresa

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    Suraj Gaurkar 4/25/2024 8:29 AM
    • PLANET 🌍 or PLASTIC, the choice is yours.


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    Suraj Gaurkar 4/23/2024 9:41 PM
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QdnVKSw_yM4

    During EarthMonth Watch very informative Documentary on Earth Day..


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    Suraj Gaurkar 4/22/2024 8:51 PM
    • tracking and tying to get a decent feel for my footprint.
    • Uses of Electric Fan instead of Cooler or AC at home. This turns into ecofriendly as well as budget friendly.
    • Changing diet to be mostly plant based.
    • choose lower carbon intensive transport more, distance depending
    • reducing food waste
    • buying less clothes/stuff and being careful how used clothes/stuff are disposed of/upcycled
    • buy more stuff from companies that have good climate credentials, transparent roadmaps or use mostly/all recycled materials

  • 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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    Suraj Gaurkar 4/22/2024 8:50 PM
    • tracking and tying to get a decent feel for my footprint (as much as the calculators allowed)
    • Uses of Electric Fan instead of Cooler or AC at home. This turns into ecofriendly as well as budget friendly.
    • Changing diet to be mostly plant based.
    • choose lower carbon intensive transport more, distance depending
    • reducing food waste
    • buying less clothes/stuff and being careful how used clothes/stuff are disposed of/upcycled
    • buy more stuff from companies that have good climate credentials, transparent roadmaps or use mostly/all recycled materials