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Thomas Gaita

Nature, God, and Social Justice 2023

Points Total

  • 0 Today
  • 165 This Week
  • 814 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    12
    minutes
    being mindful
  • up to
    185
    minutes
    not spent in front of a screen
  • up to
    34
    plastic bottles
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    97
    minutes
    spent exercising
  • up to
    233
    minutes
    spent outdoors

Thomas's Actions

Waste

Learn About & Practice Sustainable Fashion

I will learn about sustainable fashion and begin trying to practice it in my own life.

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

Waste

RESEARCH LOCAL WASTE SITES

I will spend 7 minutes finding out where landfills and/or toxic waste sites are situated in my region and which communities are most impacted by these sites.

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

Waste

Use a Reusable Water Bottle

I will keep 2 disposable plastic bottle(s) from entering the waste stream by using a reusable water bottle.

COMPLETED 12
DAILY ACTIONS

Community

Support Native Communities

I will use the resource links provided below and spend 15 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.

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

Community

LEARN ABOUT TRANS, FEMME, AND NONBINARY EXPERIENCES

I will spend 15 minutes learning about the experiences of trans, femme, and/or nonbinary people.

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

Community

Research Restorative Justice

I will spend 15 minutes learning about restorative justice and conflict resolution opportunities in my own community or state.

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

Community

Engage In Active Listening

I will practice actively listening to a friend, family member, co-worker, acquaintance, or someone who I may disagree with in at least 3 conversations.

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

Water

Use Reusable Bottles

I will use a reusable bottle and stop purchasing bottled water, saving 2 disposable plastic bottle(s) a day.

COMPLETED 12
DAILY ACTIONS

Energy

Learn About Renewable Energy

I will spend 10 minutes learning more about renewable energy alternatives (i.e. solar, wind, biomass) in my region.

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

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.

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

Nature

Go for a Daily Walk

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

COMPLETED 5
DAILY ACTIONS

Nature

Spend Time Outside

I will replace 10 minute(s) each day typically spent inside (computer time, watching television, etc.) with quality time outside.

COMPLETED 5
DAILY ACTIONS

Nature

Enjoy the Sunrise/Sunset

I will enjoy the sunrise and/or sunset each day.

COMPLETED 5
DAILY ACTIONS

Simplicity

Core Values

We may find more meaning and joy in life when our actions are aligned with our personal values. I will determine what my top 3-5 core values are so that I can better align my actions with them.

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

Simplicity

Meditate

I will meditate or create a moment of silence for 3 minute(s) each day to reflect on things important to me.

COMPLETED 4
DAILY ACTIONS

Simplicity

Limit Social Media

I will limit my social media use to once each day reducing my daily use by 10 minute(s)

COMPLETED 1
DAILY ACTION

Simplicity

Go For A Daily Walk Outside

I will take a walk outside for 10 minutes each day.

COMPLETED 5
DAILY ACTIONS

Health

Happiness

I will write down three things every day that I am grateful for, or send one email every day thanking or praising someone.

COMPLETED 20
DAILY ACTIONS

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    Thomas Gaita 2/03/2023 2:47 PM
    I have recovered from my illness and now have a renewed desire to sit outside and look at the sky.

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    Thomas Gaita 1/31/2023 8:01 PM
    Sick today, so no EcoChallenge for me. At least it was rainy out, so I didn't miss any sun. :(

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    Thomas Gaita 1/24/2023 1:52 PM
    It was finally warm enough to sit outside to work today. I get so far ahead of my work when I do it outdoors, don’t know why.
  • Reflection Question
    Simplicity Meditate
    What would you like to invest more time in reflecting on?

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    Thomas Gaita 1/22/2023 5:33 PM
    I want to reflect more on how I feel in the moment to understand the things I'm feeling instead of avoiding them.

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    Thomas Gaita 1/21/2023 10:49 AM
    I’m drinking way more water than usual…probably good for me in retrospect.

    • Maria Quinn's avatar
      Maria Quinn 1/25/2023 5:26 AM
      More water always helps in the long run, especially if it's cold
  • Reflection Question
    Waste Use a Reusable Water Bottle
    While water bottles are needed for health and safety in certain places, we can do more to reduce the unnecessary use of them. What are the barriers to you using reusable bottles and tap water instead of bottled water? How could you make this a permanent habit?

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    Thomas Gaita 1/19/2023 2:31 PM
    Honestly, the hardest part of using a reusable bottle is simply carrying it around to classes. As I do it more, however, I'm getting more used to it.

    • Marguerite Saunders's avatar
      Marguerite Saunders 1/19/2023 4:25 PM
      Something that encourages me is taking a moment to be grateful for access to clean water on demand. An action I hope to take part in as part of the ecochallenge is learning more about lack of access to clean water in the areas around my community at home. What an eco(in)justice.

    • Marguerite Saunders's avatar
      Marguerite Saunders 1/19/2023 4:21 PM
      Agreed, Thomas. I carry a reusable water bottle around out of habit, but there are still times I forget it. Something that helps me is having multiple water bottles -- one at home, another at work, and another in my backpack.

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    Thomas Gaita 1/16/2023 11:51 AM
    I started using a reusable water bottle for the challenge, hoping that it’ll cause me to drink more water and use less plastic.
  • Reflection Question
    Nature Enjoy the Sunrise/Sunset
    Father Thomas Berry says, "... our primary purpose is celebration. Celebration of the dawn and the sunset and the different seasons of the year is a religious ritual, a way in which humans can establish their integral relationship with the universe, with the planet Earth." What is your response to Berry's assertion?

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    Thomas Gaita 1/15/2023 2:19 PM
    I respect Berry’s statement, but I choose to think of the sunset and sunrise as a symbol of the passage of time and simply a beautiful thing that you can rely on to show up everyday. It always looks different, but it will always be there in some form.
  • Reflection Question
    Health Happiness
    How does/can practicing gratitude keep you centered and motivated to work for a better world?

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    Thomas Gaita 1/11/2023 12:50 PM
    It reminds me of what I love and keeps focus off what drags me down.