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AKHIL MANDALAPU

EMERSON - ESI - INDIA

"Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better. Nature holds the key to our aesthetic, intellectual, cognitive and even spiritual satisfaction."

POINTS TOTAL

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  • 1,472 TOTAL

participant impact

  • UP TO
    288
    miles
    not traveled by car
  • UP TO
    288
    miles
    traveled by foot
  • UP TO
    1,881
    pounds of CO2
    have been saved
  • UP TO
    272
    pieces of litter
    picked up
  • UP TO
    30
    pounds
    waste composted
  • UP TO
    5.0
    hours
    volunteered
  • UP TO
    2.0
    community events
    hosted or attended
  • UP TO
    36
    advocacy actions
    completed
  • UP TO
    5.0
    public officials or leaders
    contacted
  • UP TO
    5.0
    trees
    planted
  • UP TO
    1,175
    minutes
    spent learning

AKHIL's 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 30
DAILY ACTIONS

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 120 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

Biodiversity + Wildlife

Invest in Nature

A healthy world needs both our daily actions and support from larger systems. I will spend 120 minutes learning about how I can use my investments and savings to advance environmental sustainability.

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ONE-TIME ACTION

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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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

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

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 12 native trees in my community, public parks, office location, campus or backyard.

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ONE-TIME ACTION

Action Track: Community

Pick Up the Phone

I will gather a group of friends, family, neighbors or colleagues to make 5 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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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.

COMPLETED
ONE-TIME ACTION

Freshwater + Oceans

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

Biodiversity + Wildlife

Volunteer in my Community

I will volunteer 5 hours in my community.

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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).

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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 30
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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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.

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ONE-TIME ACTION

Land + Forests

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 30
DAILY ACTIONS

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 30
DAILY 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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ONE-TIME ACTION

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

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.

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ONE-TIME ACTION

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.

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ONE-TIME ACTION

Action Track: Community

TAKE PICTURES AND SHARE ON LINKEDIN

I will take at least one photograph that is connected with this year's theme of Nature Conservation & Biodiversity (for example an urban park, bee hives, birds and other animals...) and I will post it on LinkedIn with the hashtags #EarthMonthEcochallenge #EarthMonthAtEmerson.

COMPLETED
ONE-TIME ACTION

Action Track: Community

ATTEND THE ECOCHALLENGE CONSERVATION WEBINAR

On Wed 24th April, I will attend the Earth Month Ecochallenge Webinar on Conservation to learn about what individuals, companies and other organizations can do to promote biodiversity and nature protection.

COMPLETED
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?


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    AKHIL MANDALAPU 4/29/2024 11:06 PM
    “We never know when our last day on earth will be. So, love with full sincerity, believe with true faith, and hope with all of your might. Better to have lived in truth and discovered life, than to have lived half-heartedly and died long before you ever ceased breathing.”

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    AKHIL MANDALAPU 4/29/2024 11:03 PM
    Earth provides enough to satisfy every man's need, but not every man's greed.

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    AKHIL MANDALAPU 4/29/2024 12:39 AM
    “The good man is the friend of all living things.”

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    AKHIL MANDALAPU 4/28/2024 12:30 AM
    Certainly! Choosing the right clothing can indeed help reduce microplastics contamination. Let’s explore how:
    1. Material Selection:
      • Avoid synthetic fabrics like polyester, nylon, and acrylic. These materials shed tiny microplastic fibers during washing and wear. Opt for natural fibers like cotton, wool, or silk instead.
      • Organic cotton is a great choice, as it is grown without synthetic pesticides or fertilizers.
    2. Quality Over Quantity:
      • Invest in high-quality clothing that lasts longer. Cheap, fast-fashion items tend to wear out quickly and shed more microfibers.
      • Consider timeless pieces that won’t go out of style, reducing the need for frequent replacements.
    3. Washing Practices:
      • Wash clothes less frequently to minimize microfiber release. Only launder when necessary.
      • Use a gentle cycle and cold water. High-speed spin cycles can break fibers.
      • Avoid fabric softeners, as they can increase shedding.
    4. Microfiber Filters:
      • Install a microfiber filter in your washing machine. These filters capture microfibers before they enter wastewater.
      • Brands like Guppyfriend offer special laundry bags designed to trap microfibers.
    5. Dry Naturally:
      • Air-dry clothes whenever possible. Tumble drying can cause more fiber shedding.
      • If using a dryer, consider using a lint filter to catch loose fibers.
    6. Conscious Consumption:
      • Be mindful of your clothing purchases. Buy less, choose well, and make it last.
      • Support brands that prioritize sustainability and use eco-friendly materials.
    Remember, every small step counts! By making informed choices, we can collectively reduce microplastic pollution and protect our environment. 🌿🌎

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    AKHIL MANDALAPU 4/28/2024 12:06 AM
    1. Jane Goodall: “You cannot get through a single day without having an impact on the world around you. What you do makes a difference, and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make.”
    2. Maya Angelou: “We need joy as we need air. We need love as we need water. We need each other as we need the earth we share.”
    3. Greta Thunberg: “Avoiding climate breakdown will require cathedral thinking. We must lay the foundation while we may not know exactly how to build the ceiling.”
    4. Katharine Hayhoe: “What do you need to solve the climate crisis? The answer is, everyone.”
    5. Robert Swan: “The greatest threat to our planet is the belief that someone else will save it.”
    6. Mahatma Gandhi: “The good man is the friend of all living things.”
    7. George Bernard Shaw: “Progress is impossible without change, and those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything.”
    About Earth Day:
    • Jackie Speier: “Every day is Earth Day, and I vote we start investing in a secure climate future right now.”
    • Scott Peters: “Earth Day should encourage us to reflect on what we are doing to make our planet a more sustainable and livable place.”
    • Ashlan Gorse Cousteau: “As cheesy as it sounds, truly every day is Earth Day.”
    • Neil deGrasse Tyson: “If every day were Earth Day, we wouldn’t be in the mess we’re in.” (Earth Day 2022)
    And a short reminder:
    • Albert Einstein: “Those who have the privilege to know have the duty to act.”
    • Wendell Berry: “The earth is what we all have in common.”
    • Mother Teresa: “I only feel angry when I see waste. When I see people throwing away things we could use.”
    Let’s cherish our planet and take meaningful actions to protect it! 🌎🌿


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    AKHIL MANDALAPU 4/28/2024 12:04 AM
    1. A nation that destroys its soils destroys itself. Forests are the lungs of our land, purifying the air and giving fresh strength to our people. –Franklin D. Roosevelt
    2. We have forgotten how to be good guests, how to walk lightly on the earth as its other creatures do. –Barbara Ward

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    AKHIL MANDALAPU 4/27/2024 11:55 PM
    The environment is where we all meet; where we all have a mutual interest; it is the one thing all of us share. –Lady Bird Johnson

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    AKHIL MANDALAPU 4/27/2024 11:55 PM
    One of the first conditions of happiness is that the link between man and nature shall not be broken. –Leo Tolstoy


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    AKHIL MANDALAPU 4/27/2024 11:55 PM
    The best way to save the world is to see every plant and every animal you see as the last plant and the last animal in the world! –Mehmet Murat ildan


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    AKHIL MANDALAPU 4/27/2024 11:53 PM
    “The Earth: Love it or leave it.”