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Katrina Anderson

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Points Total

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  • 482 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    11
    pounds of CO2
    have been saved
  • up to
    30
    minutes
    spent learning
  • up to
    48
    meatless or vegan meals
    consumed
  • up to
    630
    minutes
    being mindful
  • up to
    360
    minutes
    spent outdoors
  • up to
    20
    plastic containers
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    12
    more servings
    of fruits and vegetables
  • up to
    360
    minutes
    not spent in front of a screen
  • up to
    144
    gallons of water
    have been saved

Katrina's Actions

Create Your Own Action

Forage for My Food

I will use the resources below to find where I can forage for my own food locally.

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Energy

Turn it off

I will keep lights, electronics, and appliances turned off when not using them.

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DAILY ACTIONS

Water

Conserve Toilet Water

I will save up to 12 gallons (45 L) of water a day by flushing only when necessary.

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DAILY ACTIONS

Energy

Power Down the Computer

I will power down my computer and monitor when not using it for more than 2 hours, saving up to (1.1) lbs of CO2 each day that I do this.

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Simplicity

Eat Mindfully

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

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Simplicity

Meditate

I will meditate or create a moment of silence for 5 minute(s) each day to reflect on things important to me.

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Nature

Spend Time Outside

I will replace 30 minute(s) each day typically spent inside (computer time, watching television, etc.) with quality time outside.

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Community

Support Native Communities

I will use the resource links provided below and spend 60 minutes learning about the native populations that lived in my area prior to colonization, and what I can do to support those that still exist.

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One-Time Action

Health

More Fruits and Veggies

I will eat a heart healthy diet by adding 1 cup(s) of fruits and vegetables each day to achieve at least 4 cups per day.

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DAILY ACTIONS

Health

Learn About Local Environmental Justice Concerns

I will spend 60 minutes researching environmental justice and environmental racism concerns in my region, who is affected by them, and local initiatives to address these concerns.

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One-Time Action

Food

Reduce Animal Products

I will enjoy 3 meatless meal(s) and/or 1 vegan meal(s) each day this week.

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DAILY ACTIONS

Waste

Reduce Single-Use Disposables

Cheap, single-use items and disposable packaging end up blowing around as litter more often in poor and POC-majority neighborhoods. I will find out how I can limit single-use items and do my best to limit the waste I generate.

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DAILY ACTIONS

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  • Reflection Question
    Energy Turn it off
    How is electricity generated where you live? How does it impact the environment, animals, and humans?

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    Katrina Anderson 5/01/2020 9:24 PM
    A large amount of electricity in Madison is generated from coal. Luckily our energy company is moving more and more towards solar/wind energy. But even a little bit of coal ruins ecosystems both in the extraction as well as the greenhouse gases it emits!
  • Reflection Question
    Food Reduce Animal Products
    Why do people in richer countries eat more meat than people in other places? How does eating more meat affect our planet and other people?

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    Katrina Anderson 4/27/2020 9:56 PM
    eating more meat is not only detrimental to the environment with all of the greenhouse gas that is emitted, it is also taking up valuable cropland. A very high percentage of corn and soy that is produced worldwide is fed to animals. In addition to this, the overconsumption of meat is causing a multitude of health problems.
  • Reflection Question
    Create Your Own Action Forage for My Food
    People are motivated to forage for many different reasons: as a source for food, a means of income, to connect with nature, to participate in cultural tradition, transmitting specific ecological knowledge, or as a means of stewarding local and native plant populations are just a few examples. What is your chief motivation for foraging?

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    Katrina Anderson 4/27/2020 2:51 PM
    I think foraging is a really unique way to try to connect to the land you're around and on. I have really enjoyed trying to ID plants and observe them closely on walks in the woods and in parks. It brings a sense of wonder!
  • 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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    Katrina Anderson 4/24/2020 8:44 PM
    It absolutely rings true. I am at my happiest when I am outside and on an adventure in the woods. It is where I am able to see creation and appreciate it fully. When I was little, I would spend hours outside with my brothers and neighbors using our imaginations as well as exploring crevices for bugs or toads or other things. If you spend a lot of time indoors, it is impossible to be connected to the outside world. If you are not connected to the outside world, there is no possible way you can truly care about it!
  • Reflection Question
    Water Conserve Toilet Water
    What would a sustainable water future in your region look like? What needs to change?

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    Katrina Anderson 4/24/2020 8:41 PM
    It would look like not watering lawns excessively, with automatic sprinklers every morning. It would also look like using fewer fertilizers in our area so our ponds can stay clean. Basically it would involve people understanding how precious water resources are. Once your perspective changes, it is a lot easier to make changes that will last.
  • Reflection Question
    Waste Reduce Single-Use Disposables
    What single-use items (e.g. straws, coffee cups, vegetable bags, plastic bags) do you regularly use? What did you substitute or could be substituted instead?

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    Katrina Anderson 4/22/2020 8:33 PM
    I often buy things in single-use containers such as peanut butter. As I've explored zero waste retailers, I've realized how fun and easy it is to bring mason jars with me and fill them up with everything from yummy peanut butter to fair trade chocolate chips!
  • Reflection Question
    Simplicity Eat Mindfully
    Mindful eating is healthier for us than eating with distractions. How do your eating experiences differ when practicing mindfulness?

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    Katrina Anderson 4/20/2020 8:51 PM
    When I am paying attention to what I am eating, I certainly enjoy my food more. I am also mindful of how much I am eating.
  • Reflection Question
    Simplicity Meditate
    What would you like to invest more time in reflecting on?

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    Katrina Anderson 4/20/2020 8:49 PM
    I would like to spend more time reflecting on things I am thankful for!
  • Reflection Question
    Health More Fruits and Veggies
    How does eating more fruits and vegetables and less meat positively affect yourself, other people, and our planet?

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    Katrina Anderson 4/20/2020 8:48 PM
    I feel better when I eat more vegetables. Snacking on veggies instead of whatever else is a great way to eat healthier in general. Less meat means less CO2 and water loss from meat production. It also means I am not supporting an industry that hires a lot of immigrants and marginalized individuals to work in less than stellar conditions.
  • Reflection Question
    Energy Power Down the Computer
    What are other easy things you could do to save energy and reduce your environmental footprint?

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    Katrina Anderson 4/20/2020 8:45 PM
    I know that even if a charger plugged in isn't charging anything, it still is using energy. So I can make a practice of unplugging chargers and other things I use intermittently.