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Dhandapani Janarthanan

Emerson FCEC India

"Take action for every ecosystem, every creature. Let your actions this April speak volumes for our planet and its myriad of life forms."

POINTS TOTAL

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  • 290 THIS WEEK
  • 938 TOTAL

participant impact

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    advocacy actions
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    community events
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    2.0
    hours
    volunteered
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    72
    meatless or vegan meals
    consumed
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    112
    miles
    not traveled by car
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    112
    miles
    traveled by foot
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    405
    minutes
    spent learning
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    679
    pounds of CO2
    have been saved
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    12
    public officials or leaders
    contacted
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    2.0
    trees
    planted

Dhandapani's actions

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.

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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.

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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 2 meatless meals and/or 2 vegan meals each day this week.

COMPLETED 12
DAILY ACTIONS

Biodiversity + Wildlife

Leave No Trace

I will respect and protect biotic communities by practicing the seven principles of Leave No Trace whenever I am outside.

COMPLETED 12
DAILY ACTIONS

Land + Forests

Carry My Trash

I will carry all of my unrecyclable, non-compostable trash with me this month, to raise my awareness of how much I send to the landfill. I will post on the feed my reflections, conversations, and actions I will take moving forward.

COMPLETED 12
DAILY ACTIONS

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.

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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.

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Biodiversity + Wildlife

Plastic in Clothing and Water

Synthetic clothing can contain plastic and shed harmful microplastics into our water. I will use a microplastics catcher in my laundry, or install a microplastics filter for my washing machine.

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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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Biodiversity + Wildlife

Seek Alternative Gifts and Souvenirs

When traveling, I will seek souvenirs that support local communities and do not cause harm to the environment or wildlife.

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Biodiversity + Wildlife

Endangered Species

Wildlife and biodiversity play an important role on our planet and are being threatened each year. I will spend 30 minutes each day learning about the current status of local or global wildlife and how I can align my actions to support their livelihood.

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ONE-TIME ACTION

Biodiversity + Wildlife

Invest in Nature

A healthy world needs both our daily actions and support from larger systems. I will spend 30 minutes learning about how I can use my investments and savings to advance environmental sustainability.

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ONE-TIME ACTION

Biodiversity + Wildlife

Save the Bees

Bees are vital to ecosystems. To help save the bees, I will learn which local flowers provide nectar and plant them in my backyard or in a pot on my balcony.

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ONE-TIME ACTION

Climate + Air

Use Muscle Power

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 12
DAILY ACTIONS

Climate + Air

Declutter My Home Without the Landfill

Each day, I will learn about responsible ways to dispose of items and de-clutter, clean, donate, repurpose or recycle unneeded items in my home to make sure that what I get rid of doesn't go into the landfill.

COMPLETED 12
DAILY ACTIONS

Climate + Air

Choose Renewable Energy

Renewable energy options are becoming more widespread and accessible. Not only are they good for the planet, they can help save money as well. I will sign up for my utility company's clean/renewable energy option. If my utility does not offer one, I will contact them to advocate for this option in the future.

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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).

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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.

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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 30 minutes learning about how cleaning products affect our water and try making my own cleaning products to reduce pollutants.

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ONE-TIME ACTION

Action Track: Community

Plant Trees

Trees capture carbon and produce oxygen that is essential to life on earth. I will support this important piece of nature by organizing or joining a community group to plant 1 native trees in my community, public parks, office location, campus or backyard.

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Action Track: Community

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.

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Action Track: Community

Pick Up the Phone

I will gather a group of friends, family, neighbors or colleagues to make 2 phone calls to public officials or companies to advocate for planet-friendly policies.

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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.

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Action Track: Community

Volunteer in my Community

I will volunteer 1 hours in my community.

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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.

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ONE-TIME ACTION

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
    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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    Dhandapani Janarthanan 4/12/2024 4:06 AM
    Working with others to clean up my community makes me feel proud and accomplished. It feels great to come together with my neighbors and friends to make a positive impact on our surroundings.

    The results of our cleanup efforts are always visible right away - we see a cleaner, tidier neighborhood with less litter and debris. Not only does it make the community look better, but it also helps to create a safer and more pleasant environment for everyone who lives here.

    But I can say that the feeling of unity and teamwork that comes from working together towards a common goal is truly rewarding. It's a great way to make a difference and give back to the community.

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    Dhandapani Janarthanan 4/12/2024 2:05 AM

    save Nature and land and animals....
  • 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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    Dhandapani Janarthanan 4/12/2024 2:01 AM
    One way in which the environmental impacts of my lifestyle might be shifted elsewhere is through the consumption of products that are produced in countries with lower environmental regulations. For example, purchasing electronics or clothing that are manufactured in countries with less stringent environmental standards can result in pollution and resource depletion in those regions.


    Additionally, outsourcing the production of goods and services can also shift environmental impacts elsewhere. For example, obtaining food or products that are grown or produced in other countries can result in deforestation, water pollution, and other environmental degradation in those regions.
    Furthermore, the transportation of goods and services can also contribute to shifting environmental impacts elsewhere. Purchasing products that are imported from far away can result in increased carbon emissions from transportation, leading to air pollution and climate change impacts in other regions.
    Overall, it is important to consider the environmental implications of our consumer choices and strive to reduce our reliance on goods and services that contribute to shifting environmental costs elsewhere. This can involve supporting sustainable and ethically produced products, reducing unnecessary consumption, and advocating for stronger environmental regulations at a global level. By taking these steps, we can work towards minimizing the negative environmental impacts of our lifestyles and promoting a more sustainable and equitable future for all.

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    Dhandapani Janarthanan 4/10/2024 2:14 PM
    Take care on nature... ..plant as much as possible trees..Plant a Billion Trees can help us save the Earth from climate change and biodiversity loss.
  • REFLECTION QUESTION
    Action Track: Community Pick Up the Phone
    What do all of us have in common, regardless of politics, race, religion, occupation, or place we live? How can finding common ground help us as a society and as a species?

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    Dhandapani Janarthanan 4/10/2024 7:34 AM
    Regardless of our differences, all humans share fundamental needs and desires such as the need for food, shelter, love, and a sense of belonging. We all experience emotions like joy, fear, sadness, and anger. Finding common ground helps us foster empathy, understanding, and cooperation. It promotes unity, reduces conflicts, and allows us to work together towards common goals, ultimately leading to a more harmonious society and a more sustainable future for our species.

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    Dhandapani Janarthanan 4/09/2024 9:22 PM
    I believe that reflection is key to staying committed to a new habit. Taking the time to think about the progress we've made, the obstacles we've overcome, and the benefits we've experienced can help us stay motivated and focused on our goals.
    Encouragement from others also plays a vital role in establishing a new habit. Knowing that we have a support system cheering us on and believing in our ability to succeed can give us the confidence and motivation we need to keep going, even when things get tough.
    Building relationships with like-minded individuals who share similar goals can also be incredibly beneficial. Surrounding ourselves with people who inspire us, hold us accountable, and offer guidance and support can help us stay on track and continue to grow and develop in our new habits.
    So let's use the Feed as a platform to share our thoughts, provide encouragement to others, and strengthen our relationships with one another as we all strive to cultivate positive new habits in our lives. Together, we can achieve great things and create lasting change. Let's go.... # ECOCHALLANGE
  • REFLECTION QUESTION
    Freshwater + Oceans Low Water Gardening
    What are the most prominent water concerns in your area? Examples include drought, flooding, pollution, access, security, and privatization.

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    Dhandapani Janarthanan 4/08/2024 11:40 PM
    Drought is a major issue in many parts of the region, leading to water scarcity and impacting agriculture, industry, and drinking water supplies.

    Pollution is also a significant problem, with sources ranging from agricultural runoff to industrial waste to sewage. This pollution can contaminate water sources, making them unsafe for human consumption and harming aquatic ecosystems.


    Access to clean and safe water is another concern, especially in rural and marginalized communities that may lack adequate infrastructure and resources to ensure reliable water supply.

    Overall, addressing these water concerns requires a combination of sustainable water management practices, infrastructure improvements, regulatory measures, and community engagement.


    To prevent flooding, there are several measures that can be taken. One way to avoid flooding is through proper land use planning and zoning regulations. By implementing regulations that restrict building in flood-prone areas and require developers to follow best practices for stormwater management, the risk of flooding can be reduced.

    Another important way to prevent flooding is through the maintenance of natural waterways and drainage systems. This includes regular clearing of debris from waterways, dredging, and the construction of retention ponds or wetlands to absorb excess water during heavy rain events.


    Additionally, investing in flood control infrastructure, such as levees, floodwalls, and stormwater management systems, can help mitigate the effects of flooding and protect communities from water damage. It is also important for individuals to take steps to protect their own properties, such as installing sump pumps, elevating utilities and appliances, and using flood-resistant building materials.
  • REFLECTION QUESTION
    Freshwater + Oceans Reduce Pollutants in Cleaning
    What did you learn about ingredients in our cleaning products and how they impact water and biodiversity? Did you try making your own cleaning products? If so, how did it go?

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    Dhandapani Janarthanan 4/08/2024 11:36 PM
    I learned that some ingredients in cleaning products can have negative impacts on water and biodiversity. For example, phosphates in cleaning products can lead to water pollution and harm aquatic life by causing algae blooms and depleting oxygen levels in water bodies. Additionally, some surfactants and solvents in cleaning products can be toxic to aquatic organisms.


    I have not personally tried making my own cleaning products, but I know that many people have found success in making their own natural and eco-friendly cleaning products using ingredients like vinegar, baking soda, and essential oils. Making your own cleaning products can help reduce the harmful impacts of traditional cleaning products on water and biodiversity, as well as promote a healthier indoor environment for you and your family.

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    Dhandapani Janarthanan 4/08/2024 7:22 PM
    Nature walk with fresh air ....
  • REFLECTION QUESTION
    Climate + Air Choose Renewable Energy
    If you are already signed up for your utility's renewable option, what other steps can you take each day to reduce your electricity usage? If your company doesn't offer a renewable option, were they open to your request of this in the future?

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    Dhandapani Janarthanan 4/08/2024 1:31 AM
    There are several steps you can take each day to reduce your electricity usage,
    1. Turn off lights and electronics when not in use.
    2. Use energy-efficient appliances and light bulbs.
    3. Adjust your thermostat to save energy and money.
    4. Unplug chargers and other devices when not in use.
    5. Use natural light and good ventilation whenever possible.
    6. Limit the use of air conditioning and heating.
    7. Use power strips to easily turn off multiple devices at once
    Many companies are becoming more environmentally conscious and may be open to considering renewable energy options for their customers. Our company also taken tremendous effort on this and implemented most of ideas.