Dayane Da Silva

ENST 246 : Environmental Activism

Points Total

  • 0 Today
  • 0 This Week
  • 625 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    13
    pounds of CO2
    have been saved
  • up to
    60
    minutes
    spent outdoors
  • up to
    690
    minutes
    spent exercising
  • up to
    1
    documentaries
    watched
  • up to
    3
    miles
    travelled by carpool
  • up to
    1
    community events
    hosted or attended
  • up to
    5
    conversations
    with people
  • up to
    3
    miles
    not traveled by car
  • up to
    78
    plastic bottles
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    36
    plastic straws
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    88
    gallons of water
    have been saved
  • up to
    125
    minutes
    spent learning

Challenges

Waste

Use Reusable Bags

I will not accept any disposable bags when making purchases.

COMPLETED 26 OF 90
DAILY CHALLENGE

Food

Try a New Way to Prep

I will try a new method of food preparation, such as canning, pickling, or baking bread.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Waste

Use a Reusable Water Bottle

I will keep 3 disposable plastic bottle(s) from entering the waste stream by using a reusable water bottle.

COMPLETED 26 OF 90
DAILY CHALLENGE

Health

Exercise Daily

Exercise is a great stress blaster! I will exercise for 35 minute(s) each day.

COMPLETED 18 OF 90
DAILY CHALLENGE

Waste

Go Paperless

I will reduce the amount of paper mail that I receive by opting into paperless billing and ending unwanted subscriptions.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Waste

Skip the Straw

Plastic bags and small plastic pieces like straws are most likely to get swept into our waterways. I will keep 2 plastic straw(s) out of the landfill and ocean each day by refusing straws or using my own glass/metal straw.

COMPLETED 18 OF 90
DAILY CHALLENGE

Food

Watch a Documentary about Food Sovereignty

I will watch 1 documentary(ies) about food sovereignty: the right of local peoples to control their own food systems including markets, ecological resources, food cultures and production methods.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Water

Brush My Teeth Without Running Water

I will save up to 8 gallons (30 L) of water each day by turning it off while brushing my teeth.

COMPLETED 11 OF 90
DAILY CHALLENGE

Energy

Turn it off

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

COMPLETED 11 OF 90
DAILY CHALLENGE

Community

Host a Viewing Party

I will host a viewing party with 5 friends and/or colleagues to watch a movie or present a guest speaker on an environmental issue that matters to me.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Nature

Go for a Daily Walk

I will take a 10-minute walk outside each day.

COMPLETED 6 OF 90
DAILY CHALLENGE

Transportation

Try Carpooling

I will commute by carpool 1 mile(s) each day and avoid sending up to 4.42 lbs of CO2 into Earth's atmosphere.

COMPLETED 3 OF 90
DAILY CHALLENGE

Simplicity

Needs Vs. Wants

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

COMPLETED 6 OF 90
DAILY CHALLENGE

Feed


  • Dayane Da Silva 3/06/2019 4:25 PM
     
                     For my three new additional challenges this week I chose to host a viewing party where I showed five of my friends a film about an important environmental issue that I care about, going on a daily walk, and selecting Needs Vs. Wants. I believe this week I decided to break out of my comfort zone and truly do somethings that I wouldn’t normally do on a regular basis. Although these challenges were achievable and rewarding, I was surprised to see how difficult it was for me to do them especially the “need vs. want”. Before choosing this challenge, I didn’t realize just how much unnecessary things I purchased on a daily basis without actually needing these things. So, choosing this challenge forced me to really think about the things that I buy before I get it. For instance, I would often grab a snack or food at the bison on my way back to my room just in case I wanted throughout the day. Although I didn’t want it at the moment, I just wanted it to be accessible in my own room. However, as I kept doing this, I noticed a lot of food was being wasted because I didn’t wat all of it. So, ever since this challenge I have prevented myself from doing this. I haven’t purchased anything unless I was eating it at that very moment, and if I had left overs, I usually had it for dinner as well. That way it kept me from wasting food and accumulating unnecessary waste. Additionally, this was also important in my shopping habits. Yesterday I got an e-mail from my favorite clothing store that was having a huge sale! I got super excited and went on their website and started browsing for dresses. Soon, I realized that I didn’t need those dresses as I have plenty in my closet already. So, I exited the page. I realized the challenge really helped me think twice before I purchased those items and made me consider if I actually needed these things or if I just desired them. 
                        Additionally, I hosted a viewing party at the suite in my dorm this week. Since I live with several members of my sorority this was such a fun challenge! Not only did it educate myself and my friends about an environmental issue that I care about, it also gave us a chance to bond and talk about contemporary environmental challenges. We chose to watch the film “Life and Debt”, where we are able to observe the oppressive control and manipulation that organizations like the World Bank obtains over people of third world countries, and in this case particularly Jamaica. The film demonstrated how the market place and the World Bank prevents Jamaican farmer from selling their own locally produced goods, cutting from the country’s means of production and sustainability. Jamaican citizens are forced to purchase goods from other country and have to export these goods into their country. This is not only terrible for the country’s economic growth, but it is also terrible for the environment as it pollutes our air quality. Additionally, international private companies open factories in Jamaica for cheap labor in order to maximize wealth. They exploit their land, pollute their air, and exploit hundreds of marginalized individuals.
                Lastly, the challenge this week that I was the least excited about was going on a daily walk. Although I would normally love this, especially since we have such beautiful scenery here on campus, it was extremely cold this week! This didn’t make it easy for me to complete my challenge. However, this week and last week has been extremely stressful for me due to midterms. After reading my resources and discovering that walking is a great way to release stress, combat depression, and improve mental health, it motivated me and made me feel like I was helping myself release some of the stress from this exhausting week. Overall, I really enjoyed doing these challenges this week as it really forced me to go outside my comfort zone. I believe I would like to make these challenges permanent, especially the “need vs. wants” as I believe I really need some work in that department. I really enjoyed seeing what I am capable of doing if I just try to be more mindful of my actions. 

  • Dayane Da Silva 2/27/2019 3:18 PM
     
    In the beginning of the Eco challenges our one-time challenge and the daily challenges seemed to be fairly easy since we had just begun, and they didn’t seem to be much of a challenge. Although it still hasn’t been extremely difficult, after doing them for a few weeks now it has defiantly been getting harder for me. I have chosen to stop and cut down on my plastic usage by using reusable water bottles, reusable bags, and skipping the straws. This was initially very simple, but I have recently been running through some trouble with my challenges. For instance, I was out on the weekend visiting new places and away from campus, and I failed to bring a water bottle with me. Since I was out for the whole day, I couldn’t completely go without drinking water, so I had to buy a bottle of water. This made me feel so guilty!!!!!!!! I felt like I broke my challenge that I had worked so hard for. So, to make things a bit better, I took that water bottle home with me and I have been refilling and since it is much lighter than my reusable water bottle when I go out it is easy for me to fit it in my purse. 
                      Additionally, I have also been brushing my teeth without running water and turning off the lights, electronics, and appliances when I am not using them. These have been fairly simple since I already used to do this for the most part in my room. However, now after starting this challenge I find myself doing it in other places. For instance, when I use the bathroom in my dorm, if I see that the shower lights are on when no one is in there showering I turn them off, and when the kitchen light are on when no one is in there, and I’ve been powering off the TV in our suite when no one is in there watching it. So, I have found myself making improvements not only in my personal living space, but also around my dorm every time I get a chance. Additionally, for my one-time challenge I chose to watch a Documentary about Food Sovereignty. I went on Netflix and started to browse movies about food, and one that instantly stood out to be was“What the Health”, ultimately because the title immediately captivated my attention. The film examined the link between our dietary consumption and diseases such as heart disease, diabetes, and cancer, which are the leading causes of death today in America. The documentary uncovers the secret to preventing and even reversing chronic diseases by eliminating meat and dairy from the diet. I’ve always knew that meet and dairy was extremely bad for you, but before this documentary I didn’t know just how bad. Although I am not sure if I could eventually one day stop all meat and dairy consumption, after watching this documentary I will defiantly try to minimize my dairy and meat intake. 
                    I think I was extremely shocked by my resources this week especially the ones located in the “Brush My Teeth Without Running Water” challenge. In one of the resources I read that an average person uses about 80 to 100 gallons of water per day, this number really shocked me because I didn’t expect it to be so high. However, I was even more shocked to find out that the largest use of household water is flushing the toilet, and after that, to take showers and baths. I was shocked to learn that flushing the toilet requires even more water then showers and bath, as I thought that it required a lot more water to shower than to flush a toilet. Ultimately, after continuing with my challenge and learning about my resources I am defiantlywilling to make these lifestyle changes permanent because I know that even though my “green” environmental contribution seems small, it defiantly outweighs me adding on towards pollution and water waste. 
     

  • Dayane Da Silva 2/20/2019 3:58 PM
    For the most part I felt like the daily and one-time challenges started out pretty easy for me to complete. However, I do believe that after adding new challenges this week on top of my old ones was an adjudgment for me. Before, I was doing simple things like using a reusable water bottle and using reusable bags, and initially I thought it was a pretty easy task to do and I was handling very well. However, I was surprised to see that after doing it for two weeks and adding three additional challenges: skipping the straw, working out daily, and going paperless, I began to see the ways in which these challenges are forcing me out of my old habits and are becoming a bit more difficult and challenging for me to complete them at times. I believe the barrier that I am facing in make these lifestyle changes permanent is not having enough free time to complete them. I signed up for daily workouts, and I must say I overestimated the free time that I believed I would have to commit to these daily workouts. I absolutely love working out, so this challenge didn’t seem too bad for me. However, it’s been really hard for me to find time in my busy schedule and my heavy work load to work out every day. So, I believe my biggest barrier with this challenge right now is my busy student life schedule here at Bucknell. On the contrary, I believe skipping the straw and going paperless has become second nature for me. They are things that is very easy for me to complete, and since I go out to eat a lot here at school, I feel a lot better knowing that I am not wasting numerous straws every day. Additionally, although “going paperless” was my one time challenge I find myself choosing that option more and more often after starting the Eco Challenges. I’ve been carrying my computer more often with me so that I can avoid printing pieces of paper, I say no to useless receipts at stores, and I have selected the paperless billing option with my new subscriptions. Overall, after reading my resources and learning about the ways which exercising can help my mind, body, and health, and actually give me more energy and help me do better in classes, I actually became more motivated to work out more often. Additionally, although I normally chose to “skip the straw” options at restaurants anyway, after watching videos and reading about plastic pollution and seeing how it has become detrimental to marine life, it has motivated me to keep going and facing these challenges. After reading these resources I have learned that plastic pollution is one of our biggest problems, and especially “straws” which is“one of the most useless items made out of plastic, and destructive if they end up in our ocean” (plasticpollutioncoalition.org). Straws and plastic water bottles often end up in our ocean harming the animals and the ecological flow of our oceans. So, after learning that by skipping the straw, using a reusable water bottle, and using a reusable bag I am making a small difference in helping a big cause. It has defiantly motivated me to keep going and staying true to these challenges even after this course.

    • Allison Rhyu 2/28/2019 11:07 AM
      I find it quite admirable how you’ve made the effort to work out on a daily basis. While I’m constantly talking about wanting to work out more frequently, especially after seeing the positive impacts it has had on both my physical and mental health, I often struggle to find time to do so. What would you say are your main tips for committing to a daily workout struggle in spite of having a heavy courseload and a busy student life? Something I am potentially looking into is signing up for weekly workout classes to make working out more fun, all the while giving myself a consistent reminder to work out. I took Zumba classes every Friday my first year on campus with a friend of mine, and doing so not only helped me feel more in shape, but also de-stress and catch up with friends. Thus, I definitely want to look into more fitness classes that this campus has to offer, whether it be another Zumba class or a spin class, something I’ve always looked into trying out but never got the chance to. Additionally, I feel the same way about your initiative to go paperless. As someone who always my laptop on me, and views the majority of my readings for class through PDF or online textbook, going paperless has become second nature to me. However, after reading your response, I’ve noticed there is more I can do to go paperless, such as saying no to useless receipts at stores. With regards to doing this, however, I know that the majority of stores now can e-mail receipts to you instead of giving you a paper, which can enable you to track your purchases all the while saving paper! (word count: 289)

    • brooke shepherd 2/25/2019 7:45 AM
      I had the same reaction as you to adding on more daily challenges. In the beginning, it was easy to incorporate the daily challenges into my routine. However, as I added more it became more difficult to remember which challenges I add to complete each day. I also struggled with the free time to complete the daily challenges. They don’t consume that much of my day, but remembering to do them adds additional tasks to my day. On top of other classes, it can be overwhelming at times. I found it motivating that you found a challenge to become second-nature for you. On campus its easy to get consumed in wasting a large amount of paper on homework and other miscellaneous things. I completed this one-time challenge as well, but since it was easy for me to complete I decided to stick with it. I haven’t completed the plastic straw daily challenge, but your positive reaction to it has made me want to consider trying it. It is easier at some places to complete the straw challenge then others. One of the downtown restaurants, Amami, offers both plastic and paper straws. While it’s easy to choose the paper straw in this restaurant, I have found it harder to do this on campus. The Bison and Commons don’t offer paper straws, so you are left with only plastic straws. After realizing this, I think that we could potentially use the plastic straw problem on campus and find a solution as part of our Earth day activities. Overall, I felt that your journal was very relatable and hope that you continuing completing your challenges successfully!

    • Andrew Stuhl 2/21/2019 6:18 AM
      Totally get how our schedules are so jam-packed that it is hard to fit things in. I often reflect on this, especially as it comes to exercise. It is such a twisted logic, in a way, because we know that exercise is crucial to our short term and long term health -- how could anything else (besides eating and sleeping) take precedent over that? I always think that there is no external force pushing me to exercise, like there is for finishing assignments, grading, attending social functions, etc. It is one area in life where we are accountable only to ourselves. It is definitely a practice in accountability. On the same token, I'm glad you love working out and can be easy on yourself if you don't hit the goal every day all the time. Feel free to adjust the challenge so you work out fewer minutes a day or fewer days a week -- that's all good! 

  • Dayane Da Silva 2/13/2019 3:12 PM
    For this week’s experiment I chose to use a reusable water bottle and use reusable bags for my daily challenge and to try a new way to prep my meals for a one-time challenge. I would say that overall it was manageable to complete these daily and one-time challenges, and that they weren’t difficult tasks. These challenges just really forced me to break out of daily habits that I have been accustomed to doing every day of my life. I think what surprised me the most about these challenges was my ability to get used to doing them without much thought, or feelings of being forced or pressured. I think that it was something that I naturally became used to doing it on an everyday basis and each day it became easier for me to complete them. I believe that the barriers that I would have in making these lifestyle changes permanent, starting with the reusable water bottle, would be whenever I return home. I believe it will be difficult for me to keep from reaching into the fridge and getting a bottled water. In my family’s house, we often buy cases and cases of water due to their efficiency and accessibility. Since my family’s often very busy, we feel that it’s “easier” for us to reach in the fridge, get a water bottle, and then keep going with the rest of our days. So, I believe that the hardest part for me could be breaking out of a habit when everyone around me continues to do that on a daily basis. Additionally, with the “prep my meals” challenge it would be incredibly difficult here at the university, as I often don’t have time to cook my meals or meal prep. I believe that this is something I can easily do when I am back home, aren’t so busy with my school work, and have more access to a kitchen and my own cooking ingredients than here at school. Ultimately, these challenges were really eye opening for me because it showed me that it isn’t impossible for me to stop these bad habits of mine, no matter how challenging I might find them to be. Knowing what I now know, and after reading my resources and learning that I am aiding to the 50 billion plastic water bottles that are thrown away every year. And learning that the amount of water going into producing water bottles could be up to six or seven times more than what's inside the bottle, really forces me to think of the overall picture and how much environmental harm I am contributing to. With this new knowledge, I believe I will be willing to make these lifestyle changes permanent. Additionally, after reading my resources about the “food prep”, I have learned that it isn’t difficult tasks and that it wouldn’t require me going out of my way to do anything extra. It is as easy as “freezing” left over meals, “infusing”, “donating”, and “fermenting”. Things that would actually help me save a lot of money, keep me from contributing to extra food waste, and help me fully utilize the products that I buy. 

    • Michael Park 3/18/2019 8:22 AM
      I used to be a heavy user of plastic water bottles until senior year of high school. Like you, I found the plastic water bottles convenient to use, as I could just stick a couple of them on the side of my bag before I rush out to go to school. Quite frankly, the water fountains in my middle school and high school were all old, so I was hesitant to use them (although I would find out later that water is water, and that no matter how old the water fountains are, they provide drinkable water that won’t make me sick). It was around my junior year of high school I believe when a lot of people vouched for reusable water bottles, more people became aware of how much damage plastic water bottles bring to the environment, and how plastic water bottles have become an industry of its own, all while water itself hasn’t changed one bit. Water is water, no matter where it comes from. Containing it in a plastic water bottle with all the promotions that they are cleaner, etc., does not make that water ‘better’ water. So, when my high school switched all the water fountains in place into brand new ones before my senior year started, I bought a reusable water bottle and has always used it since. I also noticed a lot of my friends have also done the same, so that was nice to see. I hope that you learn from this challenge and stay away from plastic water bottles more and more as time goes on. 

    • Andrew Stuhl 2/20/2019 5:30 AM
      I really appreciate this post, Dayane! I know you said earlier in the semester that this particular challenge of using a reusable water bottle would be both interesting and difficult, given the habits you've had from your upbringing (and all the water bottles your parents put in the trunk of your car!) So way to go to you for taking this on in Week 1 of this EcoChallenge. I totally agree that a lot of this is about the routines we make for ourselves and how unthinking it is to follow them; breaking a routine is definitely hard work, simply because it adds decisions into our lives, saps our mental and emotional processing energy, and prevents us from going on cruise control. I kind of like that from time to time, but doing it day in and day out can be taxing. Hopefully we begin new routines through this process and the act of reusing a water bottle becomes a habit in itself! Your comments on time are also interesting to me. I want to talk with you and the class about this because it is something I think about and many have noticed is a common theme in these journals. How do we create more time in our day? How do we best make use of the (limited) time we have on this planet?