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April 1 - April 30, 2021
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Judy McComb

Earthers

Points Total

  • 0 Today
  • 0 This Week
  • 535 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    1,345
    minutes
    spent exercising
  • up to
    240
    minutes
    spent learning
  • up to
    1,810
    minutes
    spent outdoors
  • up to
    28
    plastic containers
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    6
    public officials or leaders
    contacted
  • up to
    5
    trees
    planted

Judy's Actions

Health and Education

Support Businesses Owned by Women, BIPOC, or Immigrants

Sustainable Intensification for Smallholders

I will spend 60 minutes researching businesses owned by women, immigrants, and Black, Indigenous, and people of color that I can support when shopping.

Completed
One-Time Action

Transportation

Go for a Daily Walk

Walkable Cities

I will take a walk for 30 minutes each day and take note of the infrastructure that makes walking more or less enjoyable, accessible, and possible.

COMPLETED 22
DAILY ACTIONS

Food, Agriculture, and Land Use

Smaller Portions

Reduced Food Waste

I will use smaller plates and/or serve smaller portions when dishing out food.

COMPLETED 22
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 22
DAILY ACTIONS

Industry

Choose Recycled Paper

Recycled Paper

I will plan ahead to only use paper products made from post-consumer recycled paper for my home or office.

Completed
One-Time Action

Action Track: Climate Resilience

Tend A Garden

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

COMPLETED 22
DAILY ACTIONS

Coastal, Ocean, and Engineered Sinks

Restore Wetlands

Coastal Wetland Restoration

I will volunteer 3 hours with a wetland restoration project in my region.

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

Coastal, Ocean, and Engineered Sinks

Smart Seafood Choices

Ocean Farming

I will visit seafoodwatch.org or download the app and commit to making better seafood choices for a healthier ocean.

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 22
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 2 single-use plastics and instead replace them with durable options.

COMPLETED 16
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 21
DAILY ACTIONS

Action Track: Accelerating Solutions

Give a Microloan

Sustainable Intensification for Smallholders

I will give 3 microloan(s) to women who need help starting a business.

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

Electricity

Watch a Video about Methane Digesters

Methane Digesters

I will watch a video about methane digesters (also commonly known as anaerobic digesters).

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

Electricity

Calculate My Carbon Footprint

All Drawdown Solutions

I will calculate the greenhouse gas emissions associated with my household and consider how different lifestyle choices could reduce my negative impact on the environment.

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

Land Sinks

Explore My Area

Sometimes protecting nature requires feeling connected to nature. I will invest 500 minutes in exploring and appreciating a natural area in my region, whether a forest, wetland, coastal area, or somewhere else.

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

Land Sinks

Contact your Elected Officials

Abandoned Farmland Restoration

I will contact 4 elected officials to voice my opinion on the importance of restoring farmland in my region, including both public and private land.

Completed
One-Time Action

Land Sinks

Buy Bamboo

Bamboo Production

When they are available, I will purchase products made from bamboo instead of wood, plastic, or metal.

Completed
One-Time Action

Land Sinks

Forest-Friendly Foods 1

Tropical Forest Restoration

I will spend at least 60 minutes researching the impact of my diet to see how it contributes to deforestation.

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

Food, Agriculture, and Land Use

Composting

Composting, Reduced Food Waste

I will start a compost bin where I live.

Completed
One-Time Action

Food, Agriculture, and Land Use

Learn the Truth About Expiration Dates

Reduced Food Waste

I will spend at least 30 minutes learning how to differentiate between sell by, use by, and best by dates.

Completed
One-Time Action

Action Track: Climate Resilience

Learn More about Silvopasture

Silvopasture

I will spend at least 60 minutes watching videos and/or reading about the environmental benefits of silvopasture.

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

Action Track: Climate Resilience

Learn about 'Green Gentrification'

Multiple Solutions

I will spend at least 60 minutes learning about green gentrification and how it relates to city planning for climate action.

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

Action Track: Climate Resilience

Plant Trees

Temperate Forest Restoration

I will plant 5 tree(s) in my community, public parks, or backyard.

Completed
One-Time Action

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  • Reflection Question
    Action Track: Climate Resilience Tend A Garden
    Have you ever had a significant experience in nature that altered your perspective or focus? If so, please describe it.

    Judy McComb's avatar
    Judy McComb 4/12/2021 3:05 PM
    I continuously marvel at nature and every day in the garden allows me to see something new, whether animals, bugs, fungi, or plants. I don't have a traditional vegetable garden. Instead, I have a perennial garden in my front yard (removed the grass there about 10 years ago) and back yard. So, my vegetables go in to my perennial beds because all plants are beautiful and I think having plant diversity leads to a healthier garden. When visitors walk through they are always shocked to find eggplant or tomatoes growing next to coneflowers or canna. It is fun to find good places for whatever I want to grow. Then, when I harvest, there are always other plants growing in the area so you really can't notice. And, certain food plants are really lovely, such as swiss chard and artichokes, that sometimes I harvest some and leave the rest to grow because it is beautiful.

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      Judy McComb 4/16/2021 5:39 AM
      I am a later in life gardener - I never knew it could be so fun or relaxing. I am convinced that if I can grow a lovely garden, anyone can do the same! Plants want to grow and as long as you give them a bit of compost and water from time to time they are actually pretty forgiving.
      I will snap a few photos this weekend to share. 

    • Anita Roberts's avatar
      Anita Roberts 4/15/2021 5:49 PM
      I'm a wannabe gardener. But your description is inspiring. I would love to have a set-up like yours. If only I had a green thumb. 

    • Bill Berger's avatar
      Bill Berger 4/14/2021 9:15 PM
      Sounds amazing! Have a picture or two to share? My partner and I have tossed around the idea of having less grass and more garden but are usually put off by the time commitment. 
  • Reflection Question
    Action Track: Climate Resilience Plant Trees
    How is planting trees good for your mental, physical, and spiritual health?

    Judy McComb's avatar
    Judy McComb 4/07/2021 12:18 PM
    Today at lunch I planted two fig trees, two peach trees, and one plum tree. I live in the middle of the woods, but I have enough sun scattered throughout one side of the property that I think I should end up with good crops once the trees mature. I also have blueberries, raspberries, and blackberries growing in this same area and i look forward to those harvests each year.

    • Anita Roberts's avatar
      Anita Roberts 4/07/2021 4:09 PM
      That's great, Judy! I'm planning to plant some trees toward the end of the month to replace some trees I recently had removed from my backyard. I just have to figure out what kinds of trees I want to plant. 

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    Judy McComb 4/06/2021 7:03 AM
    It's in the 70s and 80s here in North Carolina, so I spent the last 3 days getting my gardens prepped for summer. I have all of my seedlings ready to go out at the right time. And, I already have lots of greens, peas, and beets growing nicely. I hope summer comes soon for you, Kari!