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April 3 - April 24, 2019
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Gillian Ederle

Chapel Hill High School

Points Total

  • 0 Today
  • 0 This Week
  • 853 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    1
    documentaries
    watched
  • up to
    305
    minutes
    spent learning
  • up to
    2
    meatless or vegan meals
    consumed

Gillian's Actions

Transport

Research and Advocate for High-Speed Rail

#66 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

Materials

Research Cement Alternatives

#36 Alternative Cement

I will spend at least 20 minutes researching cement alternatives that reduce the carbon footprint of concrete.

Completed
One-Time Action

Food

Learn More about Silvopasture

#9 Silvopasture

I will spend at least 20 minutes watching videos and/or reading about the environmental benefits of silvopasture.

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

Food

Learn More about Regenerative Agriculture

#11 Regenerative Agriculture

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

Completed
One-Time Action

Transport

Explore Other Transport Solutions

All Transport Solutions

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

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

Food

Reduce Animal Products

#4 Plant-Rich Diet

I will enjoy 1 meatless or vegan meal(s) each day of the challenge.

COMPLETED 2
DAILY ACTIONS

Food

Explore Other Food Solutions

All Food Solutions

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

Completed
One-Time Action

Women and Girls

Learn about the Need for Family Planning

#7 Family Planning

I will spend at least 20 minutes learning more about the need for family planning globally.

Completed
One-Time Action

Land Use

Research Peatlands

#13 Peatlands

I will spend 20 minutes researching the environmental benefits of peatlands and what is being done around the world to conserve and restore them.

COMPLETED 4
DAILY ACTIONS

Food

Learn the Truth About Expiration Dates

#3 Reduced Food Waste

I will spend at least 20 minutes learning how to differentiate between sell by, use by, and best by dates.

Completed
One-Time Action

Electricity Generation

Learn More About Geothermal Energy

#18 Geothermal

I will spend at least 20 minutes learning more about the energy generation potential of geothermal energy and consider investing in this technology.

Completed
One-Time Action

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

Buildings and Cities

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

Action Track: Social Justice

Learn about Local Indigenous Practices

#39 Indigenous Peoples' Land Management

I will spend at least 20 minutes learning how local indigenous tribes are caring for the land by attending a training, workshop, or presentation.

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 30 minutes learning more about the barriers to women's equal participation and representation around the world.

Completed
One-Time Action

Land Use

Forest-Friendly Foods 1

#5 Tropical Forests

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

Completed
One-Time Action

Transport

Research and Consider Switching to a Hybrid or Electric Vehicle

#26 Electric Vehicles

I will spend at least 20 minutes researching and weighing my options to see if a hybrid or electric vehicle makes sense for my lifestyle.

Completed
One-Time Action

Feed

  • Reflection Question
    Food Learn More about Regenerative Agriculture
    Clean air, clean water and healthy food are three reasons to care about regenerative agriculture. What are some other reasons?

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    Gillian Ederle 4/24/2019 5:04 PM
    Regenerative agriculture can put back nutrients into the soil and help provide arable soil for years to come. This will also help with feeding the growing population in the future. 
  • Reflection Question
    Transport Research and Advocate for High-Speed Rail
    What are the factors that influence your choice of transportation? These can include things like money, time, and convenience, as well as perceptions of danger or safety. What would need to change for you to regularly choose more climate-friendly options?

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    Gillian Ederle 4/24/2019 4:55 PM
    I consider factors like home much the transportation costs and how much time it takes to get to the place I want to go to. I would change to a more climate-friendly option if it was close by and could do the same things that ungreen ways of transportation could do. 
  • Reflection Question
    Materials Research Cement Alternatives
    Concrete is a good example of a material that most of us encounter every day, but may its carbon footprint is not obvious. What other everyday materials might have a large carbon footprint? How can you find out more?

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    Gillian Ederle 4/23/2019 5:47 PM
    Cheese has a large carbon footprint because it comes from cows but it is not as obvious. Cell phones also have large carbon footprints. Food is a big creator of emissions because of the transportation of the foods and the amount of forest clearing to make room for cattle or crops. 
  • Reflection Question
    Food Explore Other Food Solutions
    What did you find out? What is the most interesting fact you learned?

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    Gillian Ederle 4/23/2019 5:37 PM
    I learned that one of the solutions to reducing carbon emissions from food consumption  includes a plant based diet and sourcing food from local venders. The most interesting fact I learned was that land clearing for agriculture is responsible for 1/8 of emissions.  
  • Reflection Question
    Food Reduce Animal Products
    In your opinion, what contributes to people in North America eating more meat than any other countries? What does this say about North American values and ways of living?

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    Gillian Ederle 4/23/2019 4:49 PM
    I think North Americans eat more meat because they have better access to it and they view protein as a more healthier and better option than carbohydrates. North Americans are clearly worried about their diet and eating protein instead of carbohydrates that are viewed as less healthy.  
  • Reflection Question
    Transport Research and Consider Switching to a Hybrid or Electric Vehicle
    Reducing (or eliminating) exhaust emissions and improving public health are two benefits of green vehicles. What other motivators inspire you to consider switching to a more fuel-efficient vehicle?

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    Gillian Ederle 4/21/2019 9:07 AM
    Hybrid cars have better gas milage than normal cars which means that they produce  less toxic materials into the environment. This also can improve human health because they are not breathing in hazardous gas. 
  • Reflection Question
    Women and Girls Learn about the Need for Family Planning
    What did you learn about the need for family planning? Share some of the learning with your friends!

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    Gillian Ederle 4/21/2019 8:55 AM
    Family planning can prevent the amount of unintended pregnancies world wide which can increase the amount of educated women and help lower the chance of overpopulating. 
  • Reflection Question
    Food Learn the Truth About Expiration Dates
    How does knowing the difference between use by, sell by, and best by dates empower you to make better decisions?

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    Gillian Ederle 4/21/2019 8:46 AM
    Knowing the difference between use by, sell by, and best by will help me waste less food because now I understand that food can be used even past the use by date as long as it looks and smells ok. 
  • Reflection Question
    Land Use 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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    Gillian Ederle 4/21/2019 8:40 AM
    I can try to cut down on the food that I eat that contains palm oil and use alternatives to paper in order to prevent more drainage of peatlands. 
  • Reflection Question
    Land Use 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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    Gillian Ederle 4/14/2019 7:38 AM
    Any food in my diet that contains palm oil, cocoa, coffee or even meat leads to deforestation. Trees need to be cut down in order to make room for the crops that produce to these foods. I can eat less food containing these ingredients and look for products with seals on them like the Rainforest Alliance green frog.