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April 3 - April 24, 2019
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Mary Abrahams

SUNY New Paltz

Points Total

  • 0 Today
  • 0 This Week
  • 664 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    1.0
    documentaries
    watched
  • up to
    1.0
    trees
    planted
  • up to
    115
    minutes
    spent learning

Mary's Actions

Electricity Generation

Watch a Video about Methane Digesters

#30 Methane Digesters (large), #64 Methane Digesters (small)

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

Completed
One-Time Action

Electricity Generation

Learn More about Biomass

#34 Biomass

I will spend at least 10 minutes learning more about the energy generation potential of biomass.

Completed
One-Time Action

Women and Girls

Start a Social Media Campaign

#6 Educating Girls

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

COMPLETED 0
DAILY ACTIONS

Land Use

Forest-Friendly Foods 1

#5 Tropical Forests

I will spend at least 10 minutes researching the impact of my diet to see how it contributes to deforestation.

Completed
One-Time Action

Land Use

Plant Trees

#15 Afforestation

I will plant 1 tree(s) in my community, public parks, or backyard.

Completed
One-Time Action

Women and Girls

Support Women-Owned Businesses

#62 Women Smallholders

I will spend 10 minutes each day researching women-owned businesses I can support when shopping.

COMPLETED 3
DAILY ACTIONS

Women and Girls

Learn about the Need for Family Planning

#7 Family Planning

I will spend at least 10 minutes learning more about the need for family planning globally.

Completed
One-Time Action

Women and Girls

Research Barriers to Participation and Representation

#6 Educating Girls, #7 Family Planning, #62 Women Smallholders

I will spend at least 10 minutes learning more about the barriers to women's equal participation and representation around the world.

Completed
One-Time Action

Electricity Generation

Explore Other Electricity Generation Solutions

All Electricity Generation Solutions

I will spend at least 10 minutes researching other Drawdown Electricity Generation Solutions.

Completed
One-Time Action

Food

Composting

#60 Composting, #3 Reduced Food Waste

I will start a compost bin where I live.

Completed
One-Time Action

Transport

Research and Consider Switching to a Hybrid or Electric Vehicle

#26 Electric Vehicles

I will spend at least 10 minutes researching and weighing my options to see if a hybrid or electric vehicle makes sense for my lifestyle.

Completed
One-Time Action

Materials

Go Paperless

#70 Recycled Paper

I will reduce the amount of paper mail that I receive by 0.11lbs (0.05kg) a day or 41lbs (18.6kg) a year by opting into paperless billing, ending unwanted subscriptions and opting out of junk mail.

Completed
One-Time Action

Food

Learn More about Regenerative Agriculture

#11 Regenerative Agriculture

I will spend at least 5 minutes learning about the need for more regenerative agriculture.

Completed
One-Time Action

Food

Learn More about Silvopasture

#9 Silvopasture

I will spend at least 10 minutes watching videos and/or reading about the environmental benefits of silvopasture.

Completed
One-Time Action

Food

Keep Track of Wasted Food

#3 Reduced Food Waste

I will keep a daily log of food I throw away during the 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 7
DAILY ACTIONS

Food

Smaller Portions

#3 Reduced Food Waste

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

COMPLETED 8
DAILY ACTIONS

Food

Explore Other Food Solutions

All Food Solutions

I will spend at least 10 minutes researching other Drawdown Food Solutions.

Completed
One-Time Action

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    Mary Abrahams 4/23/2019 11:02 AM
    After we went on our nature walk yesterday, I was interested in looking up the eco challenges surrounding planting trees and anything having to do with deforestation. I found a challenge devoted to planting a certain amount of trees. I decided that in honor of Earth Day planting a tree in my yard at home would be a nice way to do my part in saving the earth one step at a time. We now have a new tree planted in my back yard!

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    Mary Abrahams 4/22/2019 1:14 PM
    I encouraged my job to reuse a lot of our paper waste. More often then not a lot our boxes and bags end up in the trash, and I have noticed they are not going in the proper bin, so rather than being recycled they are just being thrown out. We have begun to reuse our boxes for storage in our backroom, rather than just throwing them away. We have also become more aware about where our garbage is going, and paid more attention to ensuring our boxes and bags have been going to the recycling. 

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    Mary Abrahams 4/15/2019 4:04 PM
    Ive been making sure to use smaller portions of food  when having meals, and I’ve been helping my mom when cooking to make less food, so there’s no so much waste afterwords, since our leftovers usually sit in our fridge and end up in the garbage. This change is helping! 

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      Caitlin Franklin 4/15/2019 6:06 PM
      It is more common than I think when it comes to leftovers! I am one of six in my family, and more often than never, we always have leftovers- and then they never get eaten. It is such a waste, and when I watch my mom throw them in the garbage, it just makes me annoyed. Such a waste of money! Now that I am more aware, I try to eat leftovers on the nights that I am home late, or become more conscious on bringing them to work with me and eating them! Every little change helps.

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    Mary Abrahams 4/10/2019 5:48 AM
    The challenges are going well! A lot of them, such as carpooling and going paperless with bills and subscriptions, I already do so that helps! Some are harder to start than others, but really once you get started, they become easier and part of your routine!