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April 1 - April 30, 2021
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Patti Jo Tennyson

Eco Warriors

"Together We Can Make a Difference. Earth Day started the World's Largest Environmental Movement Almost 50 Years Ago. Donate, Learn & Act Today. . "

Points Total

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  • 0 This Week
  • 2,588 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    813
    pounds of CO2
    have been saved
  • up to
    2
    documentaries
    watched
  • up to
    2
    donations
    made
  • up to
    1
    energy audits
    conducted
  • up to
    762
    minutes
    spent exercising
  • up to
    28
    conversations
    with people
  • up to
    455
    minutes
    spent learning
  • up to
    4
    lightbulbs
    replaced
  • up to
    19
    locally sourced meals
    consumed
  • up to
    440
    minutes
    being mindful
  • up to
    195
    minutes
    spent outdoors
  • up to
    3
    pounds of paper
    have been saved
  • up to
    10
    plastic containers
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    3
    public officials or leaders
    contacted
  • up to
    15
    trees
    planted
  • up to
    7
    zero-waste meals
    consumed

Patti Jo's Actions

Health and Education

Research Barriers to Participation and Representation

Health and Education

I will spend at least 20 minutes learning more about the barriers to women's equal participation and representation around the world.

Completed
One-Time Action

Action Track: Accelerating Solutions

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

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

Health and Education

Make School More Affordable

Health and Education

I will raise funds to help make school affordable for girls around the world.

Completed
One-Time Action

Coastal, Ocean, and Engineered Sinks

Learn about Biochar

Biochar Production

I will spend 15 minute(s) learning about biochar and how it can help sequester carbon.

Completed
One-Time Action

Land Sinks

Forest-Friendly Foods 1

Tropical Forest Restoration

I will spend at least 15 minutes researching the impact of my diet to see how it contributes to deforestation.

Completed
One-Time Action

Electricity

Explore Other Electricity Solutions

All Electricity Solutions

I will spend at least 20 minutes researching other Drawdown Electricity Solutions.

Completed
One-Time Action

Electricity

Learn More About Geothermal Energy

Geothermal Power

I will spend at least 15 minutes learning more about the energy generation potential of geothermal energy and consider investing in this technology.

Completed
One-Time Action

Electricity

Spread the Word about Energy Alternatives

All Electricity Solutions

I will research and tell 3 people each day about the benefits of alternative energy sources like wind turbines, solar energy, geothermal energy, and methane digesters.

COMPLETED 1
DAILY ACTION

Buildings

Explore Other Buildings Solutions

All Buildings Solutions

I will spend at least 20 minutes researching other Drawdown Buildings Solutions.

Completed
One-Time Action

Buildings

Learn about 'Green Gentrification'

Multiple Solutions

I will spend at least 20 minutes learning about green gentrification and how it relates to city planning for climate action.

Completed
One-Time Action

Buildings

Research Heat Pumps

High-Efficiency Heat Pumps

I will spend at least 20 minutes researching heat pumps to see if installing one makes sense for my home/building.

Completed
One-Time Action

Transportation

Explore Other Transportation Solutions

All Transportation Solutions

I will spend at least 20 minutes researching other Drawdown Transportation Solutions.

Completed
One-Time Action

Transportation

Purchase a Carbon Offset

Efficient Aviation

If I buy a plane ticket, I will purchase a carbon offset.

Completed
One-Time Action

Food, Agriculture, and Land Use

Learn More about Regenerative Agriculture

Conservation Agriculture, Regenerative Annual Cropping

I will spend at least 20 minutes learning about the need for more regenerative agriculture.

Completed
One-Time Action

Food, Agriculture, and Land Use

Explore Other Food, Agriculture, and Land Use Solutions

All Food, Agriculture, and Land Use Solutions

I will spend at least 15 minutes researching other Drawdown Food, Agriculture, and Land Use Solutions.

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

Food, Agriculture, and Land Use

Zero-waste Cooking

Reduced Food Waste

I will cook 1 meal(s) with zero-waste each day

COMPLETED 4
DAILY ACTIONS

Action Track: Climate Resilience

Support Businesses Owned by Women, BIPOC, or Immigrants

Sustainable Intensification for Smallholders

I will spend 20 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

Contact your Elected Officials

Abandoned Farmland Restoration

I will contact 3 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

Action Track: Accelerating Solutions

Research and Advocate for High-Speed Rail

High-Speed Rail

I will spend at least 20 minutes researching and advocating for a comprehensive high speed rail network in my country/region.

Completed
One-Time Action

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

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

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 6
DAILY ACTIONS

Industry

Learn About & Practice Sustainable Fashion

Multiple Industry Solutions

I will learn about sustainable fashion and begin trying to practice it in my own life.

Completed
One-Time Action

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

COMPLETED 6
DAILY ACTIONS

Buildings

Plan to Insulate

Insulation

I will find out how to make my home more energy efficient through better insulation and weatherization.

Completed
One-Time Action

Action Track: Climate Resilience

Learn More about Silvopasture

Silvopasture

I will spend at least 15 minutes watching videos and/or reading about the environmental benefits of silvopasture.

Completed
One-Time Action

Action Track: Climate Resilience

Climate Change

Share an educational video about Climate Change. The goal is to help create awareness and discuss solutions. I chose this action because I am concerned about the future of my grandchildren.

Completed
One-Time Action

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 15
DAILY ACTIONS

Food, Agriculture, and Land Use

Tend A Garden

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

COMPLETED 5
DAILY ACTIONS

Food, Agriculture, and Land Use

Mulch the Base of Trees and Plants

Farm Irrigation Efficiency

I will prevent water runoff and increase absorbency by mulching the base of trees and plants in my yard.

Completed
One-Time Action

Food, Agriculture, and Land Use

Learn the Truth About Expiration Dates

Reduced Food Waste

I will spend at least 10 minutes learning how to differentiate between sell by, use by, and best by dates.

Completed
One-Time Action

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 16
DAILY ACTIONS

Health and Education

Start a Social Media Campaign

Health and Education

Through social media, I will raise awareness about gender inequity in education by sharing the information found in the links below.

COMPLETED 1
DAILY ACTION

Electricity

Choose LED Bulbs

LED Lighting

I will replace 4 incandescent lightbulb(s) with Energy Star-certified LED bulbs, saving up to $14 per fixture per year.

Completed
One-Time Action

Coastal, Ocean, and Engineered Sinks

Building With Carbon Storing Waste Products

Engineered Sinks

I will spend at least 20 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

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

Health and Education

Learn about the Need for Family Planning

Health and Education

I will spend at least 30 minutes learning more about the need for family planning globally.

Completed
One-Time Action

Buildings

Online Energy Audit

Multiple Solutions

I will complete an online energy audit of my home, office, or dorm room and identify my next steps for saving energy.

Completed
One-Time Action

Buildings

Tour a Green Roof

Green and Cool Roofs

I will set up a visit or a virtual tour of a green roof in my city, and ask about the codes and process for installing a green roof.

Completed
One-Time Action

Action Track: Accelerating Solutions

Support Local Food Systems

Plant-Rich Diets

I will source 5 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 17
DAILY ACTIONS

Transportation

Go for a Daily Walk

Walkable Cities

I will take a walk for 20 minutes each day and take note of the infrastructure that makes walking more or less enjoyable, accessible, and possible.

COMPLETED 22
DAILY ACTIONS

Land Sinks

Explore My Area

Sometimes protecting nature requires feeling connected to nature. I will invest 60 minutes in exploring and appreciating a natural area in my region, whether a forest, wetland, coastal area, or somewhere else.

Completed
One-Time Action

Health and Education

Host a Film Screening

Health and Education

I will host a virtual film screening and discussion about women's and gender equality issues.

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

Eat Mindfully

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

COMPLETED 24
DAILY ACTIONS

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

Smaller Portions

Reduced Food Waste

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

COMPLETED 22
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

Plant Trees

Temperate Forest Restoration

I will plant 20 tree(s) in my community, public parks, or backyard.

Completed
One-Time Action

Action Track: Climate Resilience

Support a Community Garden

Multiple Solutions

I will support a community garden by volunteering, donating, or advocating for a new or existing one.

Completed
One-Time Action

Action Track: Accelerating Solutions

Conduct Virtual Meetings

Telepresence

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

Completed
One-Time Action

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  • Reflection Question
    Health and Education Research Barriers to Participation and Representation
    What are some of the barriers that exist to women's equal participation and/or representation in your community?

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    Patti Jo Tennyson 4/30/2021 5:31 PM
    Barriers include structural issues in society and in corporate settings. They are demonstrated by prevailing perceptions of gender and leadership. They are presented in forms of prejudices and discrimination. Women's responses to these barrier also complicate the issue.
    The difficulty in juggling work and personal life, particularly caring responsibilities for children and aged parents; The lack of support among women, women's lack of self-confidence and lack of sponsorship for women in workplaces.  There is lack of commitment from leaders and executive teams towards gender diversity.






  • Reflection Question
    Action Track: Accelerating Solutions Choose Renewable Energy or Purchase Renewable Energy Credits
    Your utility company is able to tell you your average energy usage. Ask them how your energy usage compares to others in your ZIP code, region, and/or state. What other steps can you take each day to reduce your electricity usage?

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    Patti Jo Tennyson 4/30/2021 5:18 PM
    Here are some steps I can take each day to reduce my electricity usage:
    Shutdown my computer.(Computers are some of the biggest energy users in office buildings).
    Choose energy efficient lighting.
    Unplug idle electronics.
    Use a power strip to reduce your plug load.
    Turn off the lights.
    Use a programmable or smart thermostat.

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    Patti Jo Tennyson 4/30/2021 5:07 PM
    Going paperless....
    One more item on the list of living a more sustainable life.
    This month, I have consciously begun to choose electronic billing statements instead of paper statements.  Saves paper and postage.

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    Patti Jo Tennyson 4/30/2021 5:02 PM
    Donate unused items
    After a long, busy month of the Eco Challenge and preparing our dad's home for sale due to his passing, the house sold and we will donate the items that were left to stage his home.
    Number 18 on the list of ways to live amore sustainable life.
  • Reflection Question
    Health and Education Make School More Affordable
    Why is it important that girls have equal access to education in order to reduce our global greenhouse gas emissions?

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    Patti Jo Tennyson 4/30/2021 4:30 PM
    Research suggests that education helps women better understand the dangers of global warming and prepare for disasters. 
    In Drawdown, Hawken argues that one of the most effective solutions to climate change is educating women and girls.
    Education and environmental education empowers women and girls to be more effective and resilient stewards of food, soil, trees, and water, even as nature's cycles change and reduces greenhouse gas emissions.
  • 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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    Patti Jo Tennyson 4/30/2021 4:21 PM
    Domestic violence against women is "any act of gender-based violence that results in, or is likely to result in, physical, sexual, or mental harm or suffering to women, including threats of such acts, coercion or arbitrary deprivation of liberty, whether occurring in public or in private life." Body image is one issue related to girls and young  women.
    While attitudes are largely positive, large sects of the population still believe transgender people have a mental illness, or are committing a sin.  As for trans/nonbinary, the term gender binary describes the system in which a society allocates its members into one of two sets of gender roles, gender identities, and attributes based on the type of genitalia.  All issues people in our community are facing.
  • Reflection Question
    Action Track: Accelerating Solutions Contact your Elected Officials
    Do you have any personal connections to a farm or farmland? If so, what are they? What feelings are evoked for you when thinking about declining farmland?

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    Patti Jo Tennyson 4/30/2021 3:55 PM
    I have connections to both farms and farmland.
    I was born and raised on a dairy farm.  Generations of my family
    were dairy farmers.
    As an adult, I married into a family with property of several hundred acres of farm land, bordering state land in the Adirondacks.  No longer an operating sheep farm, it's a NYS designated tree farm with a saw mill.  The woodlands have been carefully logged and maintained with a select forester.
    Declining farmland is called abandoned or derelict farmland.  This land often is an environmental liability, in need of remedy.
    Abandoned farmland has experienced at least two changeovers.
    First, when its natural vegetation was removed to create farmland and then again when agricultural crops no longer were cultivated.  When thinking about declining farmland, it  invokes a feeling of sadness for me.
  • Reflection Question
    Land Sinks Forest-Friendly Foods 1
    How is your diet currently impacting deforestation? What can you do to decrease your negative impact and increase your positive impact?

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    Patti Jo Tennyson 4/30/2021 3:34 PM
     Soy & Beef are items on my current diet regiment.
    Soy is the main culprit when it comes to deforestation in food. More than 80% of soy is fed to animals such as pigs – which is the pork sausages in your breakfast fry up. Unsustainable soy might also be fed to the chicken's providing your eggs.
    Beef production is the top driver of deforestation in the world's tropical forests. The forest conversion it generates more than doubles that generated by the production of soy, palm oil, and wood products (the second, third, and fourth biggest drivers) combined.
    I can change the impact on deforestation by decreasing consumption soy and beef products and supplement with an alternative.
  • Reflection Question
    Electricity Spread the Word about Energy Alternatives
    What inspiration and wisdom can you gather from your family, faith, or community traditions that would help you in both communicating about and addressing our most pressing energy issues?

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    Patti Jo Tennyson 4/30/2021 3:16 PM
     The world lacks safe, low-carbon, and cheap large-scale energy alternatives to fossil fuels. Until we scale up those alternatives the world will continue to face the two energy problems of today. The energy problem that receives most attention attention is the link between energy access and greenhouse gas emissions.
    Here are some possible solutions:
    Solar (photovoltaic, solar thermal)
    Wind
    Biogas (e.g., landfill gas/wastewater treatment digester gas)
    Geothermal
    Biomass
    Low-impact hydroelectricity
    Emerging technologies - wave and tidal power



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    Patti Jo Tennyson 4/30/2021 4:49 AM
    Day 30 - the final day of the Eco Challenge
    Today we celebrate Arbor Day.  This special day is set aside throughout the world to raise awareness of trees and the important role that they play in our environment. There many way in which the day is celebrated including;
    1.  Raise the flag
    2.  Organize a beautification project in a public area
    3.  Get people into action - tree planting
    4.  Hold a poster contest, or a poetry contest
    5.  Sponsor a children's pageant or play
    6.  Fill the air with music
    7.  Sponsor a tree trivia contest
    8.  Conduct a tree search

    Of all the things I have studied during the Eco Challenge, learning about the importance of trees is my greatest take away.  Today and each Arbor Day, I will plant a tree at our home.  20 years from now, I'll look back and remember the significance of Arbor Day!