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Geraldine Gay

Greening of EU France

POINTS TOTAL

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  • 0 THIS WEEK
  • 934 TOTAL

participant impact

  • UP TO
    37
    meatless or vegan meals
    consumed
  • UP TO
    1.0
    Carbon Footprint
    Calculated
  • UP TO
    69
    pieces of litter
    picked up
  • UP TO
    27
    plastic bottles
    not sent to the landfill
  • UP TO
    1.0
    waste audit
    conducted
  • UP TO
    23
    pounds
    waste composted
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    0.0
    advocacy actions
    completed
  • UP TO
    1.0
    community event
    hosted or attended
  • UP TO
    1,305
    minutes
    spent outdoors
  • UP TO
    30
    minutes
    spent learning

Geraldine's actions

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

Action Track: Community

Join a Cleanup Effort

I will organize or participate in a trash pickup at a local river, beach, or natural body of water.

COMPLETED
ONE-TIME ACTION

Biodiversity + Wildlife

Beauty and Personal Products

Beauty and personal products can create a lot of waste. I will spend 30 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.

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ONE-TIME ACTION

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 26
DAILY ACTIONS

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

Land + Forests

Explore My Area

When we explore natural spaces around us, our connections with them change. I will spend 60 minutes exploring a new area around my neighborhood, office, or campus (e.g., park, water body, nearby trail, community garden, green space, etc.).

COMPLETED
ONE-TIME ACTION

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 1 meatless meals and/or 1 vegan meals each day this week.

COMPLETED 23
DAILY ACTIONS

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 23
DAILY 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

Land + Forests

Compost Food Waste

Food in the landfill is one of the main sources of greenhouse gasses. I will avoid sending up to .69 lbs (.31 kg) of food waste to the landfill per day by composting my food.

COMPLETED 23
DAILY ACTIONS

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 24
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?

  • 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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    Geraldine Gay 4/30/2024 9:02 AM
    I had a very good discussion with Lucie about this topic (thanks again for that !). Because I have the feeling to do a lot of thing to reduce my waste but never enough. And she told me everything is about finding your limit, which is really clever and I keep that in mind while doing my waste audit ! In the kitchen, I realise that we still waste a lot of food... I tried several times to plan my meal, but realising now how much food we waste, I will do my best to be more consistent in the planning. I also made an audit in the bathroom, and realised that I have a lot of products in double, but still buy new sometimes. Now I have a good inventory in my mind, and will think think twice before buying new products !
  • REFLECTION QUESTION
    Land + Forests Zero Waste Day
    What was hard about having a Zero Waste Day? What did you learn about yourself and your habits?

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    Geraldine Gay 4/30/2024 8:56 AM
    Spoiler alert : I failed ! This is so difficult. There is so much waste everywhere. I feel like I need to buy more in bulk and to increase home-made (specially for my daugher's snack). I think the waste audit should help !
  • REFLECTION QUESTION
    Action Track: Community Join a Cleanup Effort
    How does working with others to clean up your community make you feel? What results did you see? Please consider posting a photo of your cleanup!

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    Geraldine Gay 4/26/2024 2:43 PM
    I challenged the Emerson running team beginning of the month : one run = one trash picked up from the ground ! This was also working by walking your dog or kids 😜 Some of them played the game ! I personally did it on a daily basis, while running or walking my dog. I used to see those waste on the ground, but didn’t do anything about it because why should I pick up others trash ? Now I feel very proud to show the example to my daughter and raise awareness around me, and will keep this habit. This is the hummingbird effect !
  • REFLECTION QUESTION
    Biodiversity + Wildlife Beauty and Personal Products
    What new insights did you gain about the skincare products you use? Did you reach out to advocate for refillable or recyclable packaging?

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    Geraldine Gay 4/26/2024 2:21 PM
    I’ve made the inventory of skincare products that I used, and look for ways to reduce their numbers and even found good alternatives with recyclable packaging, after some research!

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      Glenda Harrison 4/26/2024 2:37 PM
      Congratulations! I find myself using less these days, and I am careful to use less packaging too, but I'm also careful of what is in the products I purchase!
  • REFLECTION QUESTION
    Land + Forests 30 for 30 in Nature
    What have you noticed about how it feels to spend consistent time outside?

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    Geraldine Gay 4/05/2024 6:57 AM
    On advantage of working from home : lunch walk with my furry baby in nature. We spend so many hours sitted in front of our laptop, and sometimes even eating while working. Those walk allow me to have real break, reduce the stress and enjoy the beauty of nature.
  • REFLECTION QUESTION
    Climate + Air Calculate My Carbon Impact
    Where in your life do you emit the most carbon? What change are you willing to make in your daily life to reduce this output?

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    Geraldine Gay 4/03/2024 7:33 AM
    Without any surprises, transport is the first on the list, since I stopped taking public transportation to go to work. To reduce the output, I limit meat, try to reduce my waste wherever I can (such as solid makeup remover), buy as much as I can by second-hand.

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    Geraldine Gay 4/02/2024 4:49 AM
    A walk with my furry baby, a few litter picked up !

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    Geraldine Gay 4/01/2024 3:37 AM
    1 Run = 1 Litter picked up