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April 1 - April 30, 2021
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Meg O'Connell

Deloitte Denver

Points Total

  • 0 Today
  • 0 This Week
  • 408 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    216
    minutes
    spent exercising
  • up to
    13
    conversations
    with people
  • up to
    17
    minutes
    spent learning
  • up to
    17
    locally sourced meals
    consumed
  • up to
    51
    meatless or vegan meals
    consumed

Meg's Actions

Transportation

Conduct Virtual Meetings

Telepresence

I will encourage my office to hold meetings virtually whenever possible instead of requiring travel.

Completed
One-Time Action

Transportation

Use Muscle Power

Multiple Transportation Solutions

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 16
DAILY ACTIONS

Transportation

Go for a Daily Walk

Walkable Cities

I will take a walk for 10 minutes each day and take note of the infrastructure that makes walking more or less enjoyable, accessible, and possible.

COMPLETED 15
DAILY ACTIONS

Action Track: Accelerating Solutions

Spread the Word about Energy Alternatives

All Electricity Solutions

I will research and tell 2 people each day about the benefits of alternative energy sources like wind turbines, solar energy, geothermal energy, and methane digesters.

COMPLETED 7
DAILY ACTIONS

Action Track: Accelerating Solutions

Support Businesses Owned by Women, BIPOC, or Immigrants

Sustainable Intensification for Smallholders

I will spend 30 minutes researching businesses owned by women, immigrants, and Black, Indigenous, and people of color that I can support when shopping.

Completed
One-Time Action

Action Track: Accelerating Solutions

Research and Advocate for High-Speed Rail

High-Speed Rail

I will spend at least 60 minutes researching and advocating for a comprehensive high speed rail network in my country/region.

Completed
One-Time Action

Action Track: Accelerating Solutions

Support Local Food Systems

Plant-Rich Diets

I will source 25 percent of my food from local producers each day. This could include signing up for a local CSA, buying from a farmer's market, visiting a food co-op, foraging with a local group, or growing my own ingredients.

COMPLETED 10
DAILY ACTIONS

Food, Agriculture, and Land Use

Reduce Animal Products

Plant-Rich Diets

I will enjoy 1 meatless or vegan meal(s) each day of the challenge.

COMPLETED 17
DAILY ACTIONS

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  • Reflection Question
    Action Track: Accelerating Solutions Research and Advocate for High-Speed Rail
    What are the factors that influence your choice of transportation? These can include things like money, time, and convenience, as well as perceptions of danger or safety. What would need to change for you to regularly choose more climate-friendly options?

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    Meg O'Connell 4/07/2021 7:56 AM
    I usually bike to places when it is within a few miles. These days, during the pandemic, carpooling has become more complicated but I am hopeful for a future of carpooling. I also try to use public transport when available but my bike is usually just as easy, faster, and can be on my own schedule 
  • Reflection Question
    Action Track: Accelerating Solutions Support Businesses Owned by Women, BIPOC, or Immigrants
    Globally, women typically invest a higher proportion of their earnings in their families and communities than men. What have you done in the past to support women-owned businesses? How can you better support communities by supporting women?

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    Meg O'Connell 4/06/2021 1:40 PM
    Whenever possible I try to purchase from women-owned businesses, especially women of color. Changing our purchasing habits can greatly affect our communities. It starts off as a habit that I need to change, takes more mental energy to think about, but now I typically reflexively look for companies owned by women or POC. Our family has a rule for gift giving it must come for a minority owned business. 
  • Reflection Question
    Food, Agriculture, and Land Use Reduce Animal Products
    Why do people in richer countries eat more meat than people in other places? How does eating more meat affect our bodies, our planet, and other people?

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    Meg O'Connell 3/31/2021 11:34 AM
    To be honest I have not spent time reflecting on why people in richer countries eat more meat. I suppose it has a lot to do with the expense of meat, but also how it is marketed. We are fed images of meat being the main method of ingesting protein. We feel the pressure to feed our families meat, despite the cost to our pockets and the environment, and even our health. Research has shown time and time again eating meat heavy diets increases rates of obesity, cancer, and heart disease. The live stock industry generates as much green house gases as ALL the automobiles combined, yet so much of that meat is thrown away, while the land used to farm the products being force fed to the livestock could be growing food for our own bodies. Depending on how that land would be farmed, if there was regenerative agriculture used on that land instead of monoculture commercial agriculture, the land could act as carbon stores and help pull carbon from the atmosphere into the ground. GO PLANT BASED :)