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April 1 - April 30, 2021
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John Hansen

SLHS-MST earth month

"I'm bored"

Points Total

  • 0 Today
  • 0 This Week
  • 566 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    70
    minutes
    spent exercising
  • up to
    2
    conversations
    with people
  • up to
    85
    minutes
    spent learning
  • up to
    2
    lightbulbs
    replaced
  • up to
    18
    meatless or vegan meals
    consumed
  • up to
    120
    minutes
    spent outdoors
  • up to
    3
    plastic containers
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    1
    trees
    planted
  • up to
    4
    zero-waste meals
    consumed

John's Actions

Land Sinks

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Uncompleted
One-Time Action

Land Sinks

Explore My Area

Sometimes protecting nature requires feeling connected to nature. I will invest 1 minutes in exploring and appreciating a natural area in my region, whether a forest, wetland, coastal area, or somewhere else.

Completed
One-Time Action

Electricity

Advocate for Solar Installation

Distributed Solar Photovoltaics

I will create a plan to and advocate for solar installation at my business, apartment building, or campus.

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

Electricity

Spread the Word about Energy Alternatives

All Electricity Solutions

I will research and tell 1 people each day about the benefits of alternative energy sources like wind turbines, solar energy, geothermal energy, and methane digesters.

COMPLETED 2
DAILY ACTIONS

Industry

Reduce Single-Use Disposables

Bioplastics

Cheap, single-use items and disposable packaging end up blowing around as litter more often in poor and BIPOC-majority neighborhoods. I will avoid buying and using 1 single-use plastics and instead replace them with durable options.

COMPLETED 2
DAILY ACTIONS

Food, Agriculture, and Land Use

Zero-waste Cooking

Reduced Food Waste

I will cook 1 meal(s) with zero-waste each day

COMPLETED 3
DAILY ACTIONS

Land Sinks

Forest-Friendly Foods 1

Tropical Forest Restoration

I will spend at least 45 minutes researching the impact of my diet to see how it contributes to deforestation.

Completed
One-Time Action

Electricity

Learn More about Biomass

Biomass Power

I will spend at least 15 minutes learning more about the energy generation potential of biomass.

Completed
One-Time Action

Land Sinks

Learn about Temperate Forests

Temperate Forest Restoration

I will spend at least 25 minutes learning more about the environmental services provided by and the environmental issues affecting temperate forests.

Completed
One-Time Action

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 1
DAILY ACTION

Industry

Launch a Recycling Program

Recycling

I will set up a recycling center at my workplace or school.

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

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

Uncompleted
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 6
DAILY ACTIONS

Food, Agriculture, and Land Use

Keep Track of Wasted Food

Reduced Food Waste

I will keep a daily log of food I throw away during Earth Month Ecochallenge, either because it went bad before I ate it, I put too much on my plate, or it was scraps from food preparation.

COMPLETED 0
DAILY ACTIONS

Industry

Practice the 5 R's

Recycling

I will Practice the "5 Rs" — refuse, reduce, reuse, repurpose, and recycle — to reduce my waste more than I can with just recycling alone.

COMPLETED 4
DAILY ACTIONS

Buildings

Plan to Insulate

Insulation

I will find out how to make my home more energy efficient through better insulation and weatherization.

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

Action Track: Climate Resilience

Support a Community Garden

Multiple Solutions

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

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

Action Track: Climate Resilience

Plant Trees

Temperate Forest Restoration

I will plant 1 tree(s) in my community, public parks, or backyard.

Completed
One-Time Action

Transportation

Go for a Daily Walk

Walkable Cities

I will take a walk for 10 minutes each day and take note of the infrastructure that makes walking more or less enjoyable, accessible, and possible.

COMPLETED 5
DAILY ACTIONS

Land Sinks

Reuse scrapwood

I will build something out of scrapwood instead of buying lumber.

Completed
One-Time Action

Food, Agriculture, and Land Use

Tend A Garden

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

COMPLETED 2
DAILY ACTIONS

Food, Agriculture, and Land Use

Composting

Composting, Reduced Food Waste

I will start a compost bin where I live.

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

Transportation

Improve a Bus Stop

Public Transit

I will improve a bus stop in my neighborhood by posting the stop schedule, adding seating or shelter, adding art or flowers, picking up litter, or implementing some other small improvement.

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

Electricity

Choose LED Bulbs

LED Lighting

I will replace 2 incandescent lightbulb(s) with Energy Star-certified LED bulbs, saving up to $14 per fixture per year.

Completed
One-Time Action

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  • John Hansen's avatar
    John Hansen 4/30/2021 1:06 AM
    well this was interesting.
    I'm still hoping I can do more eventually.
    Need to really start pressuring Bruce Page to get his license.
  • 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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    John Hansen 4/29/2021 8:37 AM
    I already don't eat most of these things very often but I'm not getting rid of chocolate. Sorry, but no.
  • Reflection Question
    Transportation Advocate For Greener Vehicles
    How does advocating for green vehicles in your community connect to your values? How might you be able to get others involved in advocating for the shift to fuel-efficient vehicles?

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    John Hansen 4/27/2021 1:18 PM
    Looking at the past 20 years, concern about the climate is growing quickly. Whatever is going on here is definitely working. We should be fine as long as some politician doesn't ruin it. 
  • Reflection Question
    Food, Agriculture, and Land Use Keep Track of Wasted Food
    An average American throws out about 240 lbs of food per year. The average family of four spends $1,500 a year on food that they throw out. How would you rather use this money?

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    John Hansen 4/27/2021 1:09 PM
    doing dumb things on our youtube channel.

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    John Hansen 4/26/2021 11:52 PM
    Three old boards I found in my basement before and after I put them through a plainer. A little extra effort can save a tree.
  • Reflection Question
    Food, Agriculture, and Land Use Zero-waste Cooking
    In North America, up to 65% of food waste happens at the consumer level. Chef Steven Satterfield advocates for utilizing every part of a vegetable. How can you incorporate using an entire vegetable, including the skins, tops, and stalks during your next meal prep?

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    John Hansen 4/26/2021 11:44 PM
    I don't eat many fruits of vegetables, and even then I don't buy the crop itself, but I try to not throw away as much food as possible when cooking or eating.
  • Reflection Question
    Food, Agriculture, and Land Use Composting
    Producing food that goes uneaten squanders many resources—seeds, water, energy, land, fertilizer, hours of labor, financial capital. Which of these kinds of waste most motivates you to change your behavior regarding food waste? Why?

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    John Hansen 4/26/2021 11:40 PM
    It's a much better idea to use organic material that would otherwise be thrown away to fertilize plants instead of using toxic chemicals that kill everything else.
    This is already done with poop, but it can sometimes be difficult to dispose of food in this way, especially for the average consumer. A box to throw this stuff away would definitely help with that, and maybe we can even have a garbage man specifically for collecting compost.
  • Reflection Question
    Buildings Plan to Insulate
    What are some of the benefits of making your home more energy efficient?

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    John Hansen 4/26/2021 11:34 PM
    less heat escaping = less energy needed to produce heat
  • Reflection Question
    Electricity Spread the Word about Energy Alternatives
    What inspiration and wisdom can you gather from your family, faith, or community traditions that would help you in both communicating about and addressing our most pressing energy issues?

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    John Hansen 4/26/2021 11:33 PM
    Most people like the idea of electric vehicles and solar power. There are still some people afraid of nuclear for some reason but we're going in the right direction.

    Faith may not help but she will definitely support this. 

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    John Hansen 4/26/2021 11:19 PM
    Hopefully today I can talk to Mr. Dan about my vegetable oil idea. If accepted, I may go around town collecting used vegetable oil on Wednesday, filter it, and bring it to school on Thursday and let the bus drivers refuel their buses with the oil.