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Ella McGrail

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Points Total

  • 0 Today
  • 0 This Week
  • 210 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    5
    miles
    not traveled by car
  • up to
    4
    pounds of CO2
    have been saved
  • up to
    1
    donations
    made
  • up to
    120
    minutes
    spent exercising
  • up to
    60
    minutes
    spent outdoors
  • up to
    1
    plastic straws
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    11
    hours
    volunteered

Ella's Actions

Create Your Own Action

Forage for My Food

I will use the resources below to find where I can forage for my own food locally.

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Community

Special Earth Day Engagement

Today is an important day for our political representatives to hear from their voters. Use the links below to write a message or a tweet to your representatives asking them to support a Carbon Fee and Dividend plan: https://citizensclimatelobby.org/write-your-representative/#/74/ https://citizensclimatelobby.org/tweet-to-your-representative-about-the-energy-innovation-and-carbon-dividend-act/#/55/ Voting is one of the best things you can do for the earth. Go to this link to sign the pledge to commit to voting consistently and to always prioritizing environmental issues: https://www.environmentalvoter.org/sign-the-pledge

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Community

Special Earth Day Engagement

Today is an important day for our political representatives to hear from their constituents. Use the links below to write a message or a tweet to your representatives asking them to support a Carbon Fee and Dividend plan: https://citizensclimatelobby.org/write-your-representative/#/74/ https://citizensclimatelobby.org/tweet-to-your-representative-about-the-energy-innovation-and-carbon-dividend-act/#/55/ Voting is one of the best things you can do for the earth. Go to this link to sign the pledge to commit to voting consistently and to always prioritize environmental issues: https://www.environmentalvoter.org/sign-the-pledge

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Water

Eco-friendly Gardening

I will plant native species, landscape with water-efficient plants, and use eco-friendly fertilizers.

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Nature

Explore My Area

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

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Community

Support Native Communities

I will use the resource links provided below and spend 30 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.

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Community

Express My Support

I will find out who in my state makes decisions that impact the environment and express my support for more environmental actions.

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Energy

Donate to or Volunteer for Low-Income Solar Initiatives

Whether it's by donating or volunteering, I will research the benefits of low-income solar and find out how I can support low-income solar initiatives in my area.

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Energy

Learn About Renewable Energy

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

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Health

Audit Toxic Cleaning Products

I will spend 30 minutes researching toxic chemicals found in cleaning supplies and personal care products and remove them from my home or dorm room.

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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.

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Food

Choose Organic Ingredients

I will enjoy 2 meal(s) cooked with organic ingredients each day.

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DAILY ACTIONS

Food

Meet My Local Farmers

I will visit my nearest farm to find out who produces my food, and will learn about the quality of life of those around the world who produce my food in order to make better choices when I shop.

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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.

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Waste

Carry my Trash

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

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Community

Connect with a Nonprofit

I will connect with a local nonprofit, environmental or otherwise, and find out how I can get involved or become a member.

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One-Time Action

Energy

Turn it off

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

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DAILY ACTIONS

Simplicity

Track my Purchases

I will spend 10 minutes each day maintaining a record of all my purchases and learning about my spending habits.

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Nature

Support Local Pollinators

At least 30% of crops and 90% of flowering plants rely on pollinators to produce fruit. I will spend 45 minutes researching which plants support local native pollinators and plant some in my yard or local community garden.

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Nature

Go for a Daily Walk

I will take a 20-minute walk outside each day.

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DAILY ACTIONS

Transportation

Drive Less

I will cut my car trip mileage by only taking necessary trips.

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DAILY ACTIONS

Food

Smart Seafood Choices

I will visit seafoodwatch.org or download the app and commit to making better seafood choices for a healthier ocean.

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Health

Exercise Daily

Exercise is a great stress blaster! I will exercise for 20 minute(s) each day.

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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

Skip the Straw

Plastic bags and small plastic pieces like straws are most likely to get swept into our waterways. I will keep 1 plastic straw(s) out of the landfill and ocean each day by refusing straws or using my own glass/metal straw.

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DAILY ACTIONS

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  • Reflection Question
    Transportation Drive Less
    How has your access to various kinds of transportation throughout your life influenced your current attitudes about transportation and your transportation behavior?

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    Ella McGrail 4/17/2020 10:18 AM
    I realized there was no need to drive from the grocery store to the pharmacy when they are right next to each other. It's crazy how something so obvious hadn't occurred to me before. I think that speaks to how car-obsessed life in the suburbs can be.
  • Reflection Question
    Community Connect with a Nonprofit
    What inspires you to act toward a more sustainable community?

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    Ella McGrail 4/17/2020 10:16 AM
    Bottom-up change is the best way to address the Climate Crisis. We need to change the whole world, but the world is made up of communities and the ones who know what's best for each community are the members of that community. I've been volunteering for my local food pantry and food recovery non-profit called Gather which is based in Portsmouth, NH. Gather designs programs hand-tailored to best meet our community's food security and food waste problems. Many of the donations they collect are products from local grocery stores, farms, and other businesses that would've gone bad otherwise. What they can't give away they compost. Working with them has given me the chance to support my community in a sustainable way and get to know lots a amazing new people.

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    Ella McGrail 4/17/2020 10:05 AM
    I love that the eco-challenge has been pushing me to go outside more. I'm glued to my computer most of the day but when I make time to be outside I sleep better, work better, and feel better. It just goes to show how much we need outside time to function properly.