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Emily Kane

Climate Crusaders

"Creating new sustainable habits, one day at a time. "

Points Total

  • 0 Today
  • 0 This Week
  • 1,437 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    2,885
    minutes
    not spent in front of a screen
  • up to
    2,885
    minutes
    spent outdoors
  • up to
    1,255
    minutes
    spent learning

Emily's Actions

Climate & Ecosystems

Llama Farm Tour

SDG #15 Protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, and halt and reverse land degradation and halt biodiversity loss The team will visit the llama farm, learn about the animals and their lives, and discuss the llama's role within an ecosystem - pets, guard animal, fiber use, and manure.

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One-Time Action

Health & Equity

Communicate Constructively

SDG #16 Peace & Justice

I will use the communication methods I read about to practice effective, compassionate, and nonviolent communication with someone I interact with regularly (i.e., my roommate, parents, co-worker, partner, classmates, or children).

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DAILY ACTIONS

Climate & Ecosystems

Create & Share A Love Letter, Poem, Song or Picture

SDG #13, 14 & 15

I will express my love and gratitude for our planet by writing a love letter, poem, song or taking a picture. I will share it with others on my social media channels, in person, or as an Earth Month Ecochallenge feed reflection.

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DAILY ACTIONS

Health & Equity

Practice Mindfulness

SDG #3 Health & Well-Being

I will spend 15 minutes each day practicing mindfulness.

COMPLETED 29
DAILY ACTIONS

Economy & Communities

Learn About The Economy & Communities SDGs

SDG #7, 9 & 12

I will spend 30 minutes learning about these SDGs.

Completed
One-Time Action

Economy & Communities

Find out where your energy comes from

SDG #7 Energy

I will spend 30 minutes learning about where my energy comes from.

Completed
One-Time Action

Economy & Communities

Online Energy Audit

SDG #7 Energy

I will complete an online energy audit of my home, office, or dorm room and identify my next steps for saving energy.

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

Economy & Communities

Understand Your Climate And Natural Disaster Risks

SDG #9 Industry & Infrastructure

I will spend 30 minutes learning about the climate and natural disaster risks in my area.

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

Economy & Communities

Induction Cooking

SDG #7 Energy

I will spend 30 minutes learning about induction cooking and consider if I could add this to my food prep methods.

Completed
One-Time Action

Education & Livelihood

Research Impact Investing

SDG #8 Work & Economy

Using the links provided below, I will research impact investing or my current investment portfolio to determine if they align with my values.

Completed
One-Time Action

Education & Livelihood

Learn About The Education & Livelihood SDGs

SDG #4, 8, 11 & 17

I will spend 30 minutes learning about these SDGs.

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

Education & Livelihood

Plan A Staycation in Your Community

SDG #11 Communities

For an upcoming vacation, I will plan a staycation in my region.

Completed
One-Time Action

Health & Equity

Learn About Equitable Food Access

SDG #10 Reduced Inequalities

I will spend 30 minutes learning about equitable food access and how I can advocate for healthy and fresh food in my region.

Completed
One-Time Action

Health & Equity

Safe Disposal of Medications and Household Chemicals

SDG #3 Health & Well-Being

I will spend 30 minutes learning about how and where to dispose of medications and chemicals properly.

Completed
One-Time Action

Health & Equity

Support Indigenous & First Nations Communities

SDG #10 Reduced Inequalities

I will spend 30 learning about the past and present indigenous communities in my regions and what I can do to be supportive.

Completed
One-Time Action

Health & Equity

Track My Purchases

SDG #10 Reduced Inequalities

Throughout the day I will track my purchases and then research the companies making these goods.

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DAILY ACTIONS

Health & Equity

Spend Time Outside

SDG #3 Health & Well-Being

I will replace 30 minute(s) per day typically spent inside (computer time, watching television, etc.) with quality time outside exercising, enjoying the sunrise/sunset, gardening, journaling, or practicing gratitude for nature.

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DAILY ACTIONS

Health & Equity

Learn About Participation and Representation

SDG #5 Gender

I will spend at least 30 minutes learning more about the barriers to women and girl's equal participation and representation around the world.

Completed
One-Time Action

Basic Needs & Security

Learn About the Basic Needs & Security SDGs

SDG #1, 2 & 6

I will spend 30 minutes learning about these SDGs.

Completed
One-Time Action

Basic Needs & Security

Support A Renters Bills of Rights

SDG #1 No Poverty

Of nearly 44 million U.S. renter households in 2019, more than 45% paid rent equal to 30% or more of their gross household income. I will spend 30 minutes learning about a renters bill of rights and affordable housing.

Completed
One-Time Action

Basic Needs & Security

Get To Know Your Watershed

SDG #6 Water & Sanitation

I will spend 30 minutes learning about my watershed and the particular water issues my region faces.

Completed
One-Time Action

Basic Needs & Security

Get Involved in the Water Justice Movement

SDG #6 Water & Sanitation

I will spend 30 minutes learning about water justice and find out how I can get involved in local initiatives.

Completed
One-Time Action

Basic Needs & Security

Know Your Produce

SDG #2 Zero Hunger

I will visit ewg.org to learn about and use their Clean 15 and Dirty Dozen produce lists.

Completed
One-Time Action

Basic Needs & Security

Calculate Your Water Footprint

SDG #6 Water & Sanitation

I will calculate my water footprint and look for a few ways I can reduce consumption or waste.

Completed
One-Time Action

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  • Reflection Question
    Health & Equity Safe Disposal of Medications and Household Chemicals
    Do you have any tips for others on finding locations that accept products for safe disposal?

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    Emily Kane 4/29/2022 12:23 PM
    The website they recommended is really helpful. My goal for next week is to drop off old antibiotics at one of the sites. I didn't realize how many we have in our area. A great resource!


    https://www.fda.gov/consumers/consumer-updates/where-and-how-dispose-unused-medicines
  • Reflection Question
    Health & Equity Support Indigenous & First Nations Communities
    Why is it important to honor native and indigenous peoples and cultures? What have you learned that is important to you? If you identify with or are a member of an indigenous group, how does your community practice sustainability?

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    Emily Kane 4/29/2022 12:22 PM
    It's important to know the history of the land, what happened before us, and its original people. I really like the concept of checking in on social media with original indigenous names, it'll bring awareness to the topic and introduce people to the history of the land. 

    The Adirondack Museum (Adirondack Experience) had an exhibit that highlighted the history of the United States and all of the native people to this land. It had items from the past and recorded voices so you could hear their native languages. Really eye opening and such a great exhibit. 

    https://www.yesmagazine.org/issue/affordable-housing/2018/06/21/demystifying-female-anatomy-with-street-art
  • Reflection Question
    Education & Livelihood Research Impact Investing
    After learning more about investing, how can you increase positive impacts and decrease negative impacts?

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    Emily Kane 4/29/2022 11:56 AM
    I can have more of a positive impact by having better intentions about investments. Right now I have everything invested with things that match my retirement goals. By spending more time researching, I can do more good. 


    https://thegiin.org/impact-investing/need-to-know/

    https://www.wealthsimple.com/en-ca/learn/what-is-ethical-investing#what_is_ethical_investing

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    Emily Kane 4/28/2022 7:42 AM
    Got an eco-friendly Easter basket this year.
    -the basket is a hand towel wrapped in the shape of a basket
    -socks from Darn Tough - their sustainability facts listed here - https://darntough.com/pages/sustainability
    -wooden plant tags to label my seedlings, with an old re-gifted pen to mark the tags


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    Emily Kane 4/27/2022 5:57 AM
    Hi Climate Crusaders! 

    I'm picking up two new beehives this Sunday and wanted to share some information about the sustainability of the company I've been using. We have 1 flow hive which has observation windows to observe bees without disrupting them by opening the hive. We also have multiple pollinator houses ( https://www.honeyflow.com/products/flow-pollinator-house ) that house native solitary bees. It's been so fun to watch them move into the house! I had no idea how many types of bees we have locally. Bonus: I also get to watch them pollinate my flowers and plants. 

    The company does great sustainability work (read more in the link below) and has been a great hive for my bees. 
    https://www.honeyflow.com/pages/our-impact
  • Reflection Question
    Economy & Communities Find out where your energy comes from
    Where does the energy in your region come from? Which energy is a renewable source?

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    Emily Kane 4/26/2022 9:35 AM
    Locally, I use National Grid power for electricity and gas. The recommended resources offered a lot of inside into the energy world, all of the different types that are available, and how it's generated/transmitted/distributed. Mostly everything I use at home is powered by electricity, and I use gas for my car. I'm really interested in solar and/or wind power. Something I will definitely look into in the near future.


    https://atlas.eia.gov/apps/wind/explore
    https://www.epa.gov/egrid/power-profiler#/
    https://www.eia.gov/energyexplained/electricity/delivery-to-consumers.php
    https://www.eia.gov/state/maps.php








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    Emily Kane 4/26/2022 6:00 AM
    Has anyone found a good book to read about some of the topics we've covered so far in the challenge? I'm looking for a new one. 

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    Emily Kane 4/21/2022 6:01 AM
    Earth Day is already tomorrow! What will you be doing to celebrate? I've learned so much from this challenge, I have lots of options to choose from. 
  • Reflection Question
    Health & Equity Learn About Participation and Representation
    What are some of the barriers that exist to women and girl's equitable participation or representation in your community? Do you experience these barriers?

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    Emily Kane 4/20/2022 12:09 PM
    The learn more section of this action lists some great resources. I enjoyed looking at all of them, they brought up some fantastic points. 

    Many women play a certain role in their society and climate change can make things more difficult. Certain countries don't allow women to seek alternate methods of transportation (bikes, driving eco friendly cars, etc). Many women aren't allowed to make their own choices, or they're not paid enough to switch to alternative options that might be more sustainable. 

    As a woman living in the United States, it's socially acceptable for me to make my own choices in terms of transportation, clothing, etc. and I always try to look for eco-friendly/sustainable products. There are also a lot of products made specifically for women that companies are now making more eco friendly. Clothing, razors, menstruation products. There are lots of options these days and luckily we can choose what we want to buy and use. 

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    Emily Kane 4/20/2022 10:37 AM
    I've had to heat my greenhouse over the last week or so. The nights are too cold for the new plants causing a lot of extra work and $ for me. With unseasonably high and lows temps throughout the year, it's becoming more difficult to grow low maintenance flowers and produce. We constantly have to be on our toes for shifts in weather/temps. The Earth Month eco challenge is helpful in that our little daily actions can become habits, hopefully helping to alleviate these extreme weather changes or at least not making them worse.