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Lucy London

Northwestern University Earth Month 2020

"Art & radical compassion for a transformed world!"

Points Total

  • 0 Today
  • 0 This Week
  • 551 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    240
    minutes
    spent exercising
  • up to
    160
    minutes
    spent learning
  • up to
    7
    meatless or vegan meals
    consumed
  • up to
    135
    minutes
    being mindful
  • up to
    90
    minutes
    spent outdoors
  • up to
    6
    people
    helped
  • up to
    80
    gallons of water
    have been saved

Lucy's Actions

Simplicity

Organize a Course

I will organize Ecochallenge.org's discussion course 'A Different Way: Living Simply in a Complex World' with my family, friends, co-workers, or classmates.

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One-Time Action

Nature

Go for a Daily Walk

I will take a 15-minute walk outside each day.

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DAILY ACTIONS

Community

Support Businesses Owned by People of Color

Racial inequity is both a sustainability and justice problem. I will support businesses owned by people of color in my community whenever I shop.

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DAILY ACTIONS

Health

Exercise Daily

Exercise is a great stress blaster! I will exercise for 30 minute(s) each day.

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DAILY ACTIONS

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

Waste

Prevent Recycling Contamination

Contamination prevents what is recyclable from being recycled. I will spend 15 minutes researching which materials are accepted by local haulers or drop stations in my community and recycle only those items.

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DAILY ACTIONS

Waste

Learn About & Practice Sustainable Fashion

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

Completed
One-Time Action

Simplicity

Eat Mindfully

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

COMPLETED 1
DAILY ACTION

Water

Collect Rain Water

I will create a rain garden or bioswale or use rain barrels to collect water for outdoor watering needs.

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

Nature

Explore My Area

I will explore at least one new hiking trail or nature walk in my area.

Completed
One-Time Action

Water

5-Minute Showers

I will save up to 20 gallons (75 L) of water each day by taking 5-minute showers.

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DAILY ACTIONS

Community

Help Others

I will offer to help 1 person(s) who are in need each day.

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DAILY ACTIONS

Energy

Heat and Cool Naturally

I will naturally heat and cool my house, office, or dorm room by opening or closing my windows, curtains, and blinds, and by using fans.

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DAILY ACTIONS

Health

Support Pollution Reduction

I will spend at least 30 minutes learning about water and air quality issues in my area, how they are impacting human and environmental health, and how I can help.

Completed
One-Time Action

Health

Learn About Local Environmental Justice Concerns

I will spend 30 minutes researching environmental justice and environmental racism concerns in my region, who is affected by them, and local initiatives to address these concerns.

Completed
One-Time Action

Food

Reduce Animal Products

I will enjoy 1 meatless meal(s) and/or 0 vegan meal(s) each day this week.

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DAILY ACTIONS

Energy

Learn About Renewable Energy

I will spend 30 minutes learning more about renewable energy alternatives (i.e. solar, wind, biomass) in my region.

Completed
One-Time Action

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.

COMPLETED 0
DAILY ACTIONS

Waste

Personal Waste Audit

I will collect all of my unrecyclable, non-compostable trash to raise my awareness of how much I send to the landfill.

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

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  • Reflection Question
    Waste Learn About & Practice Sustainable Fashion
    How can you express your personality, creativity, and values in ways that don't require fast fashion or buying more clothes and accessories?

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    Lucy London 4/30/2020 7:57 PM
    THRRRRIFTING is the best and makes me so incredibly happy. I love all the weird clothes in thrift and consignment stores--it's really how I express myself. I don't like to follow the crowd, so I really don't shop at department stores or malls. I also like to wear hand-me-downs because I have some awesome older friends that give me clothes:))
  • 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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    Lucy London 4/30/2020 7:55 PM
    I can taste food more! I can enjoy the smell and look of it, as well as the knowledge of where it came from, how it came to be on my plate. It's really an amazing, joyous experience that I get to have every single day. I am so grateful to the universe for giving me good food!
  • 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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    Lucy London 4/30/2020 7:53 PM
    I've started biking for exercise, and it's really amazing. I live in a beautiful place where I can ride out country roads and see all the marvelous hills and farmland and cows. Sometimes I ride with friends, which is a great way to connect with them and with nature and with my body all at once. 
  • Reflection Question
    Nature Go for a Daily Walk
    How do you experience your neighborhood or city differently when walking instead of driving?

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    Lucy London 4/30/2020 7:52 PM
    There's so many wonderful things to perceive! All my senses come alive--not only sight, but smell, and hearing, and even feeling fun plants or the wind. 
  • Reflection Question
    Health Support Pollution Reduction
    What environmental factors affect human health in your region, and how do they affect it?

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    Lucy London 4/30/2020 7:50 PM
    The California wildfires were and are a huge factor in the health of my community. The first major time they hit in 2017, my school was cancelled for a week due to the poor air quality, and many of my friends were evacuated. The sun was red and I couldn't breathe. As someone with asthma, these fires, worsened by climate change, affect me and my community directly. 
  • 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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    Lucy London 4/30/2020 7:48 PM
    Turn off lights, take shorter showers, drive electric vehicles, fly less, eat less meat, etc. 

    ~and~

    Restore our sense of awe & humility
    Widening our paradigm from individual to encompass all life
    Remembering our meaning as stewards of the Earth
  • Reflection Question
    Energy Heat and Cool Naturally
    What are other ways you could use the power of the sun to reduce your own environmental footprint?

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    Lucy London 4/30/2020 7:45 PM
    Heating, rooftop solar panels, smaller solar panels to power devices, and enjoying the sun as it makes us happier, which in turn aids sustainability!
  • 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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    Lucy London 4/30/2020 7:41 PM
    Richer countries colonize land. They pay for forests to be deforested to expand farmland for agricultural production to feed the capitalistic system and our greedy carnivorous society. Not only is most meat production unjust for animals, but it is also a huge contributor to greenhouse gas emissions because of land burned and logged for the purposes of farming, and the unsustainable farming practices that capitalism demands. 
  • Reflection Question
    Energy Learn About Renewable Energy
    What inspires you to act on sustainable energy and other energy issues?

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    Lucy London 4/30/2020 7:34 PM
    Energy is a gift--it's such a miracle. To think we've come so far as to create electricity and stuff that powers cars and planes and boats and trains! It's incredible. Now, we have to be humble about it. Our current energy is not clean--not sustainable. Therefore, in order to sustain the Earth so that humans and millions of other species continue to survive, we must make a just transition to clean and renewable energy. 
  • Reflection Question
    Simplicity Organize a Course
    How can you use Ecochallenge.org programs to help mobilize your community to take action toward a sustainable future?

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    Lucy London 4/30/2020 7:30 PM
    EcoChallenge has some amazing programs that I hope to continue to use to spread insight about sustainable practices and also just living more simply in complex times.