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October 3 - October 24, 2018
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Brenda Grant

EcoINL

"Hoppe that community activities such as this will improve our awareness of the importance of preserving our only home. "

Points Total

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  • 0 This Week
  • 513 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    285
    miles
    not traveled by car
  • up to
    137
    pounds of CO2
    have been saved
  • up to
    40
    minutes
    not spent in front of a screen
  • up to
    40
    minutes
    spent outdoors
  • up to
    30
    minutes
    spent learning

Brenda's Actions

Nature

Spend Time Outside

I will replace 20 minute(s) each day typically spent inside (computer time, watching television, etc.) with quality time outside.

COMPLETED 2
DAILY ACTIONS

Health

Audit Toxic Cleaning Products in my Home

I will spend 30 minutes researching toxic chemicals found in cleaning supplies and personal care products and remove them from my home.

Completed
One-Time Action

Health

Eliminate Toxic Plastics

I will avoid buying toxic plastics - including polycarbonate, polystyrene and polyvinyl - and instead replace them with bioplastic or durable options.

COMPLETED 19
DAILY ACTIONS

Nature

Leave No Trace

I will practice the seven principles of Leave No Trace when doing nature activities alone or with family and friends.

COMPLETED 19
DAILY ACTIONS

Simplicity

Needs Vs. Wants

I will adopt a "Needs Vs. Wants" approach and only buy things I need.

COMPLETED 19
DAILY ACTIONS

Transportation

Drive Less

I will cut my car trip mileage by only taking necessary trips.

COMPLETED 19
DAILY ACTIONS

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    Brenda Grant 10/24/2018 2:30 PM
  • Reflection Question
    Nature Spend Time Outside
    Rachel Carson said that we need the beauty and mysteries of the natural world for our spiritual and emotional development. Does that ring true for you? What are the implications for a culture that spends most of its time indoors?

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    Brenda Grant 10/23/2018 6:10 AM
    It absolutely rings true for me.  For a culture that spends most of its time indoors a disconnect happens.  We take for granted our water, our air, our food, everything.  We forget they are finite resources and need to be protected.

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    Brenda Grant 10/22/2018 6:53 AM
    The world is profound and beautifully mysterious. Let's protect it for its own sake if not for ours.

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    Brenda Grant 10/18/2018 6:07 AM

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    Brenda Grant 10/17/2018 9:25 AM

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    Brenda Grant 10/08/2018 11:56 AM
    This particular statement has always stayed with me.
  • Reflection Question
    Simplicity Needs Vs. Wants
    How is creativity necessary for practicing simplicity?

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    Brenda Grant 10/03/2018 9:09 AM
    Creativity is necessary to find different ways than what has been done in the past without thought. Whether it's researching new ways to reuse items or repair things to avoid having to buy new. I spend a lot of time watching creative tutorials to discover new ways of doing old, wasteful things.
  • Reflection Question
    Transportation Drive Less
    How has your access to various kinds of transportation throughout your life influenced your current attitudes about transportation and your transportation behavior?

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    Brenda Grant 10/03/2018 9:07 AM
    Wish there were more public transportation options available. When I lived in Germany the public transportation was very good and I wish we had something like that here.
  • Reflection Question
    Nature Leave No Trace
    Educator Stephanie Kaza advises her students to focus on what they care about most when addressing the enormity of ecological problems. Is there a specific area you feel particularly called to work on?

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    Brenda Grant 10/03/2018 9:06 AM
    Littering makes me incredibly angry and I think people need to pay much more attention to the litter surrounding them. Whenever possible I always pick up litter I see even if it embarrasses the people I'm with.
  • Reflection Question
    Health Eliminate Toxic Plastics
    What single-use items (e.g. straws, coffee cups, vegetable bags, plastic bags) do you regularly use? What could be substituted instead?

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    Brenda Grant 10/03/2018 9:04 AM
    I never use straws. I have purchased mesh produce bags to replace the single use bags at the store and use reusable bags for purchases. Any other single use item I use I ensure it can be recycled onsite or take it home for proper recycling or destruction.