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April 1 - April 30, 2021
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Katrin Werlen

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"Never stop admiring and be amazed by the wonders of nature!"

Points Total

  • 0 Today
  • 0 This Week
  • 1,369 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    1,020
    minutes
    spent exercising
  • up to
    2
    conversations
    with people
  • up to
    330
    minutes
    spent learning
  • up to
    475
    minutes
    spent outdoors
  • up to
    30
    plastic containers
    not sent to the landfill

Katrin's Actions

Transportation

Go for a Daily Walk

Walkable Cities

I will take a walk for 60 minutes each day and take note of the infrastructure that makes walking more or less enjoyable, accessible, and possible.

COMPLETED 12
DAILY ACTIONS

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

Industry

Share Bioplastic Disposal Tips

Bioplastics

I will spend at least 30 minutes researching how to properly dispose of bioplastics in my city and share this information with 2 friends, family and/or colleagues.

Completed
One-Time Action

Health and Education

Research Barriers to Participation and Representation

Health and Education

I will spend at least 30 minutes learning more about the barriers to women's equal participation and representation around the world.

Completed
One-Time Action

Electricity

Electric cars

study the energy efficiency of electric cars including battery life, power production and disposal at end of lifetime.

Completed
One-Time Action

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 23
DAILY ACTIONS

Land Sinks

Research Peatlands

Peatland Protection and Rewetting

I will spend 30 minutes researching the environmental benefits of peatlands and what is being done around the world to conserve and restore them.

Completed
One-Time Action

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

Land Sinks

Buy Bamboo

Bamboo Production

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

Uncompleted
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

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 29
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 1 single-use plastics and instead replace them with durable options.

COMPLETED 28
DAILY ACTIONS

Action Track: Climate Resilience

Learn More about Biomass

Biomass Power

I will spend at least 30 minutes learning more about the energy generation potential of biomass.

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 30
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 30
DAILY ACTIONS

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

Land Sinks

Explore My Area

Sometimes protecting nature requires feeling connected to nature. I will invest 120 minutes in exploring and appreciating a natural area in my region, whether a forest, wetland, coastal area, or somewhere else.

Completed
One-Time Action

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 26
DAILY ACTIONS

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

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    Katrin Werlen 4/30/2021 8:02 AM
    I think this ecochallenge was a great experience. I already do a lot of things, bit still my CO2 footprint is too big. It was good to be pushed to think again about my actions, what I can improve and where I can influence things. Let‘s keep it up and continue, there is still a lot to do! 
  • Reflection Question
    Land Sinks Research Peatlands
    Much of Indonesia's peatlands have been drained so they could be replaced with palm oil or pulp and paper plantations. How can you make choices that help to protect peatlands, even if you live far away from one?

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    Katrin Werlen 4/30/2021 8:00 AM
    Check the ingredients of products. Try to avoid palmoil or only if it comes from sustainable sources. Buy local stuff or cook it yourself from scratch, then you can be absolutely sure what ingredients are in your meal!
  • Reflection Question
    Industry Share Bioplastic Disposal Tips
    What concerns you the most about how we are affecting the planet? Consider both local and global actions.

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    Katrin Werlen 4/30/2021 7:57 AM
    In the western world people use too many resources. People use more than two planets. On the other hand poorer people don‘t use many resources but because they have no access to education, equality, healthcare,... they often have a lot of children, which leads to a double overpopulation from both our western world and the developing countries.
  • Reflection Question
    Land Sinks Buy Bamboo
    Are bamboo alternatives readily available in your community? If not, what are other sustainable alternatives?

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    Katrin Werlen 4/30/2021 7:52 AM
    I didn‘t buy any bamboo at all, but more because I didn‘t need anything. But bamboo is definitely a good alternative, although local wood is certainly a goid alternative too
  • Reflection Question
    Health and Education Learn about the Need for Family Planning
    What did you learn about the need for family planning? How do the needs of different people in different places compare to each other?

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    Katrin Werlen 4/28/2021 10:12 AM
    Family planning is about empowering women. If they have a better education they have a chance to decide themselves if and when they want to have children and they have a better access to health care. It also means they will have less children by choice. Less children means less people leaving on our planet, which means less resources are used and climate gas emitted. In essence a very easy solution which helps people as well as nature. 

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    Katrin Werlen 4/28/2021 10:07 AM
    Even if the weather is not perfect it is worth going out. You will see much more wildlife when there are less hikers around.
  • 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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    Katrin Werlen 4/27/2021 7:19 AM
    I have heard of it before. Although it is counted as renewable energy the „fuel“ type has to chosen wisely to make it a true renewable. Also from my previous knowledge the input needs to be o a certain quality to make the biomass power plant working smoothly. It was interesting to read that this technology is viewed as a transition technology before we are really fully renewable. 

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    Katrin Werlen 4/27/2021 7:12 AM
    Still enjoying holidays and still not missing a car at all! You have so much more time to enjoy the scenery when you go slower. So another wonderful bike ride today

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    Katrin Werlen 4/25/2021 8:29 AM
    Holiday time! We decided to go by bike this time, so we don‘t even start to emit CO2. Great bike trip, 85km, great scenery and getting to your holiday place feels even more rewarding 
  • Reflection Question
    Transportation Go for a Daily Walk
    What have you noticed on your daily walks? What have you enjoyed? What infrastructure changes could make your walks more enjoyable or possible?

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    Katrin Werlen 4/24/2021 2:18 PM
    I live very close to the forest in a wonderful environment. I love going for walks and watch the change in nature over time. I also enjoy the local plants. Thanks to my studies I know most of them and also which ones are edible. Since I have kids I want them to know what is around them and we collect berries, mushrooms and other edible plants to use them in our kitchen. My son also became an enthusiast nature photographer and I strongly believe that you will better protect what you love. So I hope to pass on part of my passion for nature to the next generation.