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Linda Nett-Duesterhoeft

Unity EarthCare

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Linda's actions

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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Climate + Air

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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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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Biodiversity + Wildlife

Biodiversity and Me

I will spend at least 30 minutes each day researching what biodiversity is, how biodiversity positively impacts our world, and how the loss of biodiversity harms it. I will share what I learn on the feed.

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Climate + Air

Consume only Needs vs Wants

The more stuff we consume, the more greenhouse gasses we put into the atmosphere. I will adopt a "Needs Vs. Wants" approach this month and only buy things I need.

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Land + Forests

Personal Waste Audit

The waste we create daily can go unnoticed. I will track the waste I create in a day and post a photo log on the feed to see how much I create and where I can make different choices to reduce my waste going forward.

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Freshwater + Oceans

Reduce oversalting sidewalks, parking lots in snowbelt

https://www.wisaltwise.com/Oversalting https://fwwa.org/what-we-do/renew-our-waters/ Providing educational resources for understanding why and how to reduce use of road salt on sidewalks and parking lots, to reduce toxicity from urban runoff, into waterways.

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Biodiversity + Wildlife

Invest in Nature

A healthy world needs both our daily actions and support from larger systems. I will spend 45 minutes learning about how I can use my investments and savings to advance environmental sustainability.

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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.

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Climate + Air

Online Energy Audit

Energy use and waste is often invisible. I will complete an online energy audit of my home, office, or dorm room and identify my next steps for saving energy.

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Land + Forests

30 for 30 in Nature

Studies have shown that when we spend consistent time in nature, our health improves, our creativity increases, and our connection to the planet gets stronger. Each day of the Ecochallenge, I will spend 30 minutes outside (in a large or small patch of nature), then share my observations, reflections, and learnings on the feed.

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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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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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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.

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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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Participant Feed

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    Linda Nett-Duesterhoeft 4/12/2024 7:01 AM
    Sharing books with friends is a favorite activity. As to borrowing rather than buying, I consulted with my local Ace Hardware store and learned I could rent a wallpaper steamer rather than buying one. I however simply used vinegar and water spray and was able to remove the wallpaper safely and efficiently.
  • REFLECTION QUESTION
    Action Track: Community Borrow Before I Buy
    How did you participate in the sharing economy? (Consider posting a photo!) What are the benefits of a sharing economy? How could a sharing economy change the dynamics you have with friends, family and/or neighbors?

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    Linda Nett-Duesterhoeft 4/12/2024 6:59 AM
    Sharing books with friends is a favorite activity.

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    Linda Nett-Duesterhoeft 4/08/2024 6:47 PM
    The snow plowing/salting service our church hires, uses excessive salting, which is a problem for storm water runoff and over salinity to local waterways. My family has gotten permission from our Church Facilities Manager to call the provider of this service, and discuss the need to change salting practices.

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    Linda Nett-Duesterhoeft 4/08/2024 6:42 PM
    On Sunday I served as Unity of Appleton Chairperson and talked about plastics problems and alternatives. Please Go to YouTube and view Unity of Appleton Live, April 7th, and watch the Welcome where I speak about this topic. I offered a church challenge to attendees to enter a drawing for ecological prizes at the end of April, if they enter and state a challenge they have completed. Many of our members are not computer literate. I hope this engages their actions.

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    Linda Nett-Duesterhoeft 4/05/2024 12:07 PM
    I joined the challenge to support my Unity EarthCare team and to learn new ways to protect and support our earth.
  • REFLECTION QUESTION
    Freshwater + Oceans Go Plastic-Free
    Where did plastic show up on your life that surprised you the most? What plastic alternative products did you discover you may switch to?

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    Linda Nett-Duesterhoeft 4/05/2024 12:06 PM
    I was surprised to see my organic peppers sealed in plastic.
    Plastic alternative produces I have explored this month and have subscribed to purchase are compostable 13 gallon garbage liners, and sandwich bags. I will also give a gift to my congregation of containerless laundry detergent sheets.

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    Linda Nett-Duesterhoeft 4/02/2024 5:45 PM
    Watched the documentary, Bad River today with two other Unity of Appleton friends. The Bad River band of Chippewa are in a David and Goliath fight to protect Lake Superior from the Enbridge's old line 5 which is becoming progressively more exposed and close to becoming exposed in the meandering section of the Bad River, after two major floods in the area, in 2016 and 2018. There were only 3 of us in the whole theater. Please consider finding this documentary and supporting it, as buying tickets helps support the legal fees the Band River band continues to fight.

    Also bought Earth Friendly biodegradable garbage bags and laundry strips in recyclable paper packing, as an incentive for a chance to win, by a Unity of Appleton lucky recipient who joins our Unity EarthCare team.

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    Linda Nett-Duesterhoeft 4/01/2024 6:55 PM
    I wrote a poem on "Climate Weirding," and received critique from my poetry group tonight. I will share the poem when it is completed.

    Also I plan to attend the documentary, "Bad River," to learn more about the fight of the Bad River Band of Lake Superior Chippewas to shut down the Line 5 oil pipeline that traverses their ancestral land. People can look for this documentary in theaters near your locations.

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      Mary Gerken 4/02/2024 11:56 AM
      I can't wait to hear it! Wonder about posting on the Unity Earthcare Facebook? You know about Katharine Hayhoe who talks about Climate Weirding ALL THE TIME. She finds all/more people can relate to that!.

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    Linda Nett-Duesterhoeft 2/28/2024 8:42 AM
    What category would include the objective of - Increasing awareness of correct application of road salt onto driveways and walking paths to reduce negative impact on ecosystems in local waterways? This can be achieved by determining if one's area has a watershed alliance. This is an issue in the snowbelt of our country.

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      Mary Gerken 4/02/2024 11:58 AM
      Cool Linda, you got a EcoChallenge Staff comment!

    • Great action! Thank you for raising this as an issue for folks to be aware of. I think the Freshwater + Oceans category would be a good one if you create your own action. Thanks for joining us!