Connor Lowey

PLNU Sustainable Sealions

Points Total

  • 0 Today
  • 0 This Week
  • 1,530 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    14
    plastic straws
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    16
    pounds of CO2
    have been saved
  • up to
    61
    meatless or vegan meals
    consumed
  • up to
    240
    minutes
    spent outdoors
  • up to
    560
    gallons of water
    have been saved

Challenges

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.

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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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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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Nature

Enjoy the Sunrise/Sunset

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

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Health

Eliminate Toxic Plastics

I will avoid buying toxic plastics - including polycarbonate, polystyrene and polyvinyl - and instead replace them with bioplastic or durable options.

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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.

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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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Feed


  • Connor Lowey 9/22/2019 10:42 PM
    Eating one meatless meal has been easy so far, since during the week I tend to not be very hungry at lunch, and can easily limit myself to non meat items. At dinner I usually have meat. I find it hard, if not impossible, to go out to eat with friends on the weekend and not buy meat. 5 minute showers has also been easier than expected, because once you get used to the pace, you stop thinking about it. I've struggled the most with making time for watching the sunrise and sunset. I am usually too busy and get distracted and miss them, but have enjoyed the times I was able to watch.

    • Mandy Morrell 9/26/2019 6:59 PM
      Im glad to hear your challenges are going well! What can you do to make your sunset time a priority most days?
  • 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." Respond to Berry's assertion.

    Connor Lowey 9/22/2019 10:40 PM
    It is easy to get lost in the busyness of our lives, but taking time to enjoy just the sunrise and sunset allows us to reconnect with the world and its beauty. It allows us to slow down, and really think about the planet, instead of just noting it in passing. 
  • 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?

    Connor Lowey 9/22/2019 10:38 PM
    I think richer countries eat more meat because they have easier access to it, and they have the money to pay for it. Unfortunately, meat consumption has a negative impact on the planet, since a large section of land is used for allowing animals to graze, as well as pollution from large industries involved in processing it.
  • Reflection Question
    Water 5-Minute Showers
    Five minute showers are an impressive step toward reducing your water footprint. What is the next step you can take?

    Connor Lowey 9/10/2019 6:54 PM
    A next step would be to reduce water usage in other ways, such as not letting the sink run as long when doing the dishes.