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April 1 - April 30, 2021
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Maria Spanou

Team Guidewire

"Stay curious! "

Points Total

  • 0 Today
  • 0 This Week
  • 1,523 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    1
    documentaries
    watched
  • up to
    4
    donations
    made
  • up to
    1,395
    minutes
    spent exercising
  • up to
    450
    minutes
    spent learning
  • up to
    53
    locally sourced meals
    consumed
  • up to
    72
    meatless or vegan meals
    consumed
  • up to
    340
    minutes
    being mindful
  • up to
    3
    pounds of paper
    have been saved
  • up to
    2
    people
    helped

Maria's Actions

Electricity

Choose Renewable Energy or Purchase Renewable Energy Credits

Onshore Wind Turbines, Utility-Scale Solar Photovoltaics

I will sign up for my utility company's clean/renewable energy option. If my utility does not offer one, I will purchase Renewable Energy Credits to match my usage.

Completed
One-Time Action

Food, Agriculture, and Land Use

Local farming at Alemany Farm - San Francisco

Learn more about the community sustaining farming model of Alemany Farm in San Francisco

Completed
One-Time Action

Health and Education

Fund Family Planning

Health and Education

I will donate to supply a community with reproductive health supplies.

Completed
One-Time Action

Food, Agriculture, and Land Use

Support Nutrient Management

Nutrient Management

I will research and support local farmers who have made the decision to not use synthetic nitrogen fertilizers.

Completed
One-Time Action

Coastal, Ocean, and Engineered Sinks

Building With Carbon Storing Waste Products

Engineered Sinks

I will spend at least 40 minutes researching how people can build with carbon-storing materials - including agricultural byproducts - and discuss it with my peers in person or by posting to social media.

Completed
One-Time Action

Food, Agriculture, and Land Use

Support Local Food Systems

Plant-Rich Diets

I will source 60 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 19
DAILY ACTIONS

Land Sinks

Hear Hasten Regeneration talk about their reforestation projects

Join our GGB Getting to Know event with Hasten Regeneration, a cause focused on developing innovative Miyawaki reforestation projects around the world this Thursday, 4/8 at 9 - 9:45am PT!  Hear from the founders, Sheeba Sen and Peter Coughlan talk about their inspiring journey in creating Hasten Regeneration and how you can support their reforestation projects through the GGB program. Sign up here for the link to the Zoom session! - https://guidewire.benevity.org/volunteer/204

Completed
One-Time Action

Land Sinks

Forest-Friendly Foods 2

Tropical Forest Restoration

I will replace or remove from my current diet the palm oil, coffee, and cocoa products that are known to contribute to deforestation.

COMPLETED 29
DAILY ACTIONS

Industry

Go Paperless

Recycled Paper

I will reduce the amount of paper mail that I receive by 0.11lbs (0.05kg) a day or 3.3lbs (1.6kg) a month by opting into paperless billing, ending unwanted subscriptions and opting out of junk mail.

Completed
One-Time Action

Action Track: Climate Resilience

Learn More about Biomass

Biomass Power

I will spend at least 20 minutes learning more about the energy generation potential of biomass.

Completed
One-Time Action

Coastal, Ocean, and Engineered Sinks

Learn about Biochar

Biochar Production

I will spend 40 minute(s) learning about biochar and how it can help sequester carbon.

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 17
DAILY ACTIONS

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 29
DAILY ACTIONS

Land Sinks

Forest-Friendly Foods 1

Tropical Forest Restoration

I will spend at least 30 minutes researching the impact of my diet to see how it contributes to deforestation.

Completed
One-Time Action

Buildings

Learn about the Legacy of Redlining

Multiple Solutions

I will spend at least 20 minutes learning about the legacy of redlining and how city planning and environmental justice issues are interconnected.

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

Health and Education

Help Students Overcome Health Barriers

Health and Education

I will donate 2 Femme Kit(s) to help people who menstruate overcome health and sanitation barriers to being able to attend school.

Completed
One-Time Action

Health and Education

Connect With A Nonprofit

Health and Education

I will connect with a local nonprofit working on issues affecting women, girls, and/or trans and nonbinary people in my community, and find out how I can get involved or become a member.

Completed
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

Buildings

Donate

Improved Clean Cookstoves

I will donate to nonprofits that install clean cookstoves in low-income countries.

Completed
One-Time Action

Food, Agriculture, and Land Use

Eat Mindfully

I will eat all of my meals without distractions, e.g., phone, computer, TV, or newspaper.

COMPLETED 16
DAILY ACTIONS

Food, Agriculture, and Land Use

Learn the Truth About Expiration Dates

Reduced Food Waste

I will spend at least 15 minutes learning how to differentiate between sell by, use by, and best by dates.

Completed
One-Time Action

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 21
DAILY ACTIONS

Food, Agriculture, and Land Use

Reduce Animal Products

Plant-Rich Diets

I will enjoy 2 meatless or vegan meal(s) each day of the challenge.

COMPLETED 28
DAILY ACTIONS

Electricity

Watch a Video about Methane Digesters

Methane Digesters

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

Completed
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.

Completed
One-Time Action

Action Track: Climate Resilience

Learn about 'Green Gentrification'

Multiple Solutions

I will spend at least 30 minutes learning about green gentrification and how it relates to city planning for climate action.

Completed
One-Time Action

Action Track: Accelerating Solutions

Support Businesses Owned by Women, BIPOC, or Immigrants

Sustainable Intensification for Smallholders

I will spend 45 minutes researching businesses owned by women, immigrants, and Black, Indigenous, and people of color that I can support when shopping.

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

Feed

  • 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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    Maria Spanou 4/30/2021 7:27 AM
    The answer is simple because the cost of producing meat products is high, hence the access remains limited to those who can afford it.
  • Reflection Question
    Health and Education Fund Family Planning
    When family planning focuses on healthcare provision and meeting the expressed needs of women, it results in empowerment, equality, and well-being, and the benefits to the planet are side effects. Why is family planning an important civil rights consideration?

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    Maria Spanou 4/30/2021 7:18 AM
    The question itself may be already providing the answer, but as an extra example - given that high fertility rates contribute to extreme poverty - access to contraception, as part of family planning, is a big help. In many countries, especially in the ones with less recognised women/human rights mothers who have more children are much less likely to find a salaried job or even complete school.


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    Maria Spanou 4/30/2021 6:44 AM
    I may be repeating this to all my reflection replies, but awareness-raising is what we should continue focusing on; starting from schools and aiming to combat gender stereotypes and any form of expressed violence from the very beginning, clearly defining what is considered healthy behaviour, building our communities on that basis and becoming aware of the resources to use when experiencing or observing unacceptable behaviours. Of course the justice system has a key role to play! Victims and survivors should always feel safe to turn to justice, knowing they will get the help they need, instead of deepening their traumas, seeing their perpetrators remaining unpunished for their actions...I'm afraid we're still far from that though.
    Recommending Oscar winning Promising Young Woman , which is addressing gender inequality, harassment and violence against women and girls in a very intelligent and alarming way.
  • Reflection Question
    Health and Education Connect With A Nonprofit
    What are the most pressing issues for women, girls, and trans/nonbinary people in your community?

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    Maria Spanou 4/30/2021 6:35 AM
    I'd say violence and sexual harassment, as unfortunately the relevant numbers remain unchanged over time in Ireland. Even in 2020, despite the decreased overall movement and social/professional interactions, sexual harassment cases remained the same or even raised, assuming within the domestic sphere and/or online. 
  • Reflection Question
    Coastal, Ocean, and Engineered Sinks Learn about Biochar
    Can biochar provide additional benefits besides sequestering carbon?

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    Maria Spanou 4/25/2021 11:55 AM
    Yes, biochar is simultaneously providing an answer to many global issues! When it is produced, it results to clean and renewable energy as a byproduct that can help the fight against global warming. Biochar shows promise in reducing waste, too, which results to higher profitability for farmers. For example, since it decreases  groundwater pollution, they spend less on water filtration. It can also be used to enrich soil (enhance its structure, increase water retention, i.e. in areas prone to drought etc) and is beneficial for composting, while preventing the loss of nutrients in the compost material.
  • Reflection Question
    Action Track: Climate Resilience Learn More about Biomass
    Had you ever heard of biomass technology before you took this challenge? What did you learn that surprised you? Share your new knowledge with your friends!

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    Maria Spanou 4/15/2021 12:28 PM
    This has been another topic on which I was clueless and got educated about through this fantastic ecochallenge! I was positively surprised with how quickly production units can make that shift, reading for example that "poultry farms using this method of biomass could become completely energy self-sufficient within two years". Also, after reading on how coffee contributes to deforestation, it is a bit comforting  to at least see these coffee-to-biofuel recycling schemes exist! 

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    Maria Spanou 4/14/2021 3:34 PM
    Interesting (exactly 1 year old) infographic on full Coronavirus's Impact on the Environment (venngage.com)
  • Reflection Question
    Electricity Calculate My Carbon Footprint
    What stood out to you most about your carbon footprint? What surprised you or sparked curiosity? Where can you take most immediate action?

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    Maria Spanou 4/14/2021 3:28 PM
    Strong reality check! The one I generally feel being less under my control, is the flights' impact, as to go to my home country once per year is 4 hours flight one way and the alternatives sound extra challenging to me right now - will try to explore them though. I am very happy with our electricity provider (SSE Airtricity) of 100% green energy though! :) The most immediate and easier actions to take are around waste control and meat/dairy consumption.
  • Reflection Question
    Food, Agriculture, and Land Use Support Nutrient Management
    How does environmental quality influence your sense of community?

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    Maria Spanou 4/14/2021 2:31 PM
    Supporting local producers and entrepreneurs makes the community's foundations and bonds stronger. On top of that, sharing a common mindset and working towards the common goal of a healthier environment is incredibly fulfilling and boosts our sense of belonging! Clean environment reflects a clean mind. We are enabled to be more mindful. It leaves us the room to focus on what matters and built sustainable relationships with each other. 
  • Reflection Question
    Food, Agriculture, and Land Use Support Local Food Systems
    Dependable fresh food, supporting local farmers and building resilient communities are just a few benefits of local food systems. Which of these (or other) advantages inspire you the most?

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    Maria Spanou 4/13/2021 4:10 AM
    They're all inspiring, but I'd choose building resilient communities, as for me it entails a vision of a shifted mindset to apply collective, sustainable and ideally permanent solutions to food injustice. Local food systems will bring the community together, but a solid community of joined forces will bring the food systems to the next level. There is this inspiring dependency!