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Tanner Bolton

YCP ECO315 SU21

"I hope to protect the environment and live the most sustainable life possible so that future generations will have the same resources that I had. "

Points Total

  • 0 Today
  • 0 This Week
  • 407 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    1,320
    minutes
    spent exercising
  • up to
    3
    locally sourced meals
    consumed
  • up to
    1,845
    minutes
    spent outdoors
  • up to
    37
    plastic bottles
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    1
    plastic straws
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    930
    minutes
    not spent in front of a screen
  • up to
    17
    whole food meals
    consumed
  • up to
    9
    zero-waste meals
    consumed

Tanner's Actions

Water

Say No to Plastic Straws

An estimated 71% of seabirds and 30% of turtles have been found with plastics in their stomachs. When they ingest plastic, marine life has a 50% mortality rate. By asking for no straw when placing a drink order, I will keep 1 plastic straw(s) of out of the ocean each day.

COMPLETED 1
DAILY ACTION

Nature

Do Nature Activities

I will engage in nature-based activities alone, or with my friends or family, for 60 minute(s) each day. (This can be anything from going on a walk or hike, to noticing the leaves changing color, to reading a book with nature themes.)

COMPLETED 11
DAILY ACTIONS

Food

Zero-Waste Cooking

I will cook 2 meal(s) with zero-waste each day

COMPLETED 8
DAILY ACTIONS

Health

Exercise Daily

Exercise is a great stress blaster! I will exercise for 60 minute(s) each day.

COMPLETED 13
DAILY ACTIONS

Waste

Use a Reusable Water Bottle

I will keep 4 disposable plastic bottle(s) from entering the waste stream by using a reusable water bottle.

COMPLETED 9
DAILY ACTIONS

Energy

Turn it off

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

COMPLETED 13
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 0
DAILY ACTIONS

Nature

Spend Time Outside

I will replace 60 minute(s) each day typically spent inside (computer time, watching television, etc.) with quality time outside.

COMPLETED 9
DAILY ACTIONS

Food

Buy From a Farmers Market

I will purchase produce and meat from a local farmers market or food co-op.

COMPLETED 2
DAILY ACTIONS

Food

Whole Food Lifestyle

I will enjoy 1 meal(s) each day free of processed foods.

COMPLETED 15
DAILY ACTIONS

Feed

  • Reflection Question
    Nature Do Nature Activities
    What did you observe while spending time outside -- through sight, sound, smell and/or touch?

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    Tanner Bolton 8/01/2021 2:00 PM
    I spent this weekend at my cabin and observed lots of wildlife and scenic views. I smelled fresh air, saw the once known as the Rocky Mountain elk that were reintroduced to Northern PA, and plenty of white tailed deer looking for a hunting spot in the fall. 
  • 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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    Tanner Bolton 7/29/2021 6:10 PM
    Im not so sure about the spiritualness of being outdoors, but no matter what I always feel emotionally better after spending time outside. It may be different for a culture that spends most of their days outside with no choice. We/most of us are used to a world inside and being kinda trapped there versus other cultures not having a choice. To me its more of an escape from everyday life that were accustomed to. 
  • Reflection Question
    Food Whole Food Lifestyle
    Michael Pollan states that “it is better to pay the grocer (our edit: or the farmer!) than the doctor.” What are your thoughts on this assertion?

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    Tanner Bolton 7/22/2021 6:19 AM
    I believe that this means although healthier and locally sourced food tends to be more expensive than less healthier processed foods, it ends up saving you more money in the long run due to medical bills that would occur from living an unhealthy lifestyle and eating more processed foods. 
  • Reflection Question
    Health Exercise Daily
    How can you incorporate other personal values (like quality time with friends or spending time in nature) into your exercise routine?

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    Tanner Bolton 7/15/2021 6:19 AM
    It can be quite easy to incorporate both friends/family while also being in nature and getting a good workout. You can can choose to ride your bike (which I do often) or go hiking at a local park.