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Thomas Manning

Young Environmental Stewards Conference - Washington College

Points Total

  • 0 Today
  • 0 This Week
  • 372 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    300
    minutes
    spent exercising
  • up to
    6
    conversations
    with people
  • up to
    35
    minutes
    spent learning
  • up to
    10
    meatless or vegan meals
    consumed
  • up to
    120
    minutes
    being mindful
  • up to
    1,260
    minutes
    spent outdoors
  • up to
    480
    minutes
    not spent in front of a screen
  • up to
    140
    gallons of water
    have been saved

Thomas's Actions

Community

Talk To My Friends and Classmates

I will decide which social or environmental issue in my community is most important to me and tell 2 friends and/or classmates each day about the issue.

COMPLETED 3
DAILY ACTIONS

Water

Conserve Toilet Water

I will save up to 12 gallons (45 L) of water a day by flushing only when necessary.

COMPLETED 5
DAILY ACTIONS

Water

5-Minute Showers

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

COMPLETED 4
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.

Completed
One-Time Action

Food

Reduce Animal Products

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

COMPLETED 5
DAILY ACTIONS

Waste

Find Local Recycling Depots

I will find out where to recycle the recyclable items that I can't put in recycling dumpsters or my curbside bin.

Completed
One-Time Action

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 4
DAILY ACTIONS

Health

Support Pollution Reduction

I will spend at least 20 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

Simplicity

Meditate

I will meditate or create a moment of silence for 10 minute(s) each day to reflect on things important to me.

COMPLETED 2
DAILY ACTIONS

Nature

Keep a Nature Journal

I will journal each day about my experiences in nature.

COMPLETED 5
DAILY ACTIONS

Nature

Spend Time Outside

I will replace 120 minute(s) each day typically spent inside (computer time, watching television, etc.) with quality time outside.

COMPLETED 4
DAILY ACTIONS

Nature

Do Nature Activities

I will engage in nature-based activities alone, or with my friends or family, for 120 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 3
DAILY ACTIONS

Nature

Explore My Area

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

Completed
One-Time Action

Nature

Go for a Daily Walk

I will take a 30-minute walk outside each day.

COMPLETED 10
DAILY ACTIONS

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  • Reflection Question
    Nature Keep a Nature Journal
    What natural gifts are you grateful for?

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    Thomas Manning 7/15/2020 3:50 PM
    I am grateful for the streams, lakes and rivers near me, and the fish, snakes, and amphibians that inhabit them. 
  • Reflection Question
    Nature Explore My Area
    How might spending more time outdoors enhance your brainpower?

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    Thomas Manning 7/15/2020 3:48 PM
    Spending more time outdoors can enhance brainpower by relieving stress and allowing you to clear your mind so you are more productive and motivated. 
  • 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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    Thomas Manning 7/14/2020 7:01 PM
    I saw ducks, fish, a turtle. I heard the calls of different bird species. I smelled  wildflowers. I touched the cool water. 
  • 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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    Thomas Manning 7/14/2020 6:55 PM
    I believe it is true that we need the natural world for spiritual and emotional development because experiencing the beauty of nature can inspire feelings of gratitude for our surroundings and the god that created them (if you are spiritual), joy, and tranquility. This rings true for me as I feel grateful for life and nature when I see something beautiful outdoors. I also feel calmer and happier when I spend more time outdoors. A culture that spends most of its time indoors will have higher rates of obesity and mental illness because exercising outdoors relieves stress.  
  • 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 Manning 7/13/2020 7:42 AM
    Practicing gratitude can keep me centered and motivated to work for a better world because it reminds me that there are many people who are not fortunate enough to live in an area that does not suffer from much pollution and has many parks and opportunities for outdoor activities. This realization inspires me to take action to improve the environment and advocate for renewable energy and increased access to outdoor activities and parks in urban areas. 
  • Reflection Question
    Energy Learn About Renewable Energy
    What inspires you to act on sustainable energy and other energy issues?

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    Thomas Manning 7/13/2020 7:35 AM
    I am inspired to act on sustainable energy and other energy issues because I am concerned about climate change and the loss of biodiversity and destruction of ecosystems that accompanies it. If we do not convert to using more renewable energy sources, the impacts of climate change will be far more destructive. 
  • 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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    Thomas Manning 7/10/2020 5:24 PM
    I notice more aspects of nature when walking around my neighborhood instead of driving such as the different types of trees and plants in my neighbors' yards.