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Bonita O'Neal

Bemidji State Beavers

"I want to better myself and continue to learn how to help the environment through my actions."

Points Total

  • 0 Today
  • 0 This Week
  • 1,127 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    136
    pounds of CO2
    have been saved
  • up to
    1
    community events
    hosted or attended
  • up to
    23
    disposable cups
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    1
    energy audits
    conducted
  • up to
    935
    minutes
    spent exercising
  • up to
    2
    pounds
    food waste prevented
  • up to
    5
    conversations
    with people
  • up to
    140
    minutes
    spent learning
  • up to
    75
    minutes
    being mindful
  • up to
    425
    minutes
    spent outdoors
  • up to
    22
    plastic bottles
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    18
    plastic containers
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    2
    hours
    volunteered
  • up to
    147
    gallons of water
    have been saved

Bonita's Actions

Health

Support Pollution Reduction

I will spend at least 15 minutes learning about water and air quality issues in my area, how they are impacting human and environmental health, and how I can help.

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

Energy

Learn About Renewable Energy

I will spend 15 minutes learning more about renewable energy alternatives (i.e. solar, wind, biomass) in my region.

Completed
One-Time Action

Nature

Support Local Pollinators

At least 30% of crops and 90% of flowering plants rely on pollinators to produce fruit. I will spend 15 minutes researching which plants support local native pollinators and plant some in my yard or local community garden.

Completed
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.

Completed
One-Time Action

Health

Learn More about Food Apartheid

What can lack of access to nutritious food affect a community? How can having access to nutritious food help a community become more resilient?

Completed
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 5 conversations.

Completed
One-Time Action

Community

Support Native Communities

I will use the resource links provided below and spend 60 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.

Completed
One-Time Action

Simplicity

Needs Vs. Wants

I will adopt a "Needs Vs. Wants" approach and only buy things I need.

COMPLETED 12
DAILY ACTIONS

Health

Joyful Movement

I will spend 45 minutes doing an activity where I'm both moving my body and enjoying myself.

COMPLETED 11
DAILY ACTIONS

Community

Research Restorative Justice

I will spend 30 minutes learning about restorative justice and conflict resolution opportunities in my own community or state.

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 9
DAILY ACTIONS

Action Track: Building Resilience

Join An Outdoor Project

I will join an outdoor restoration project in my community while observing best practices in my region for not spreading COVID-19.

Completed
One-Time Action

Energy

Online Energy Audit

I will complete an online energy audit of my home, office, or dorm room and identify my next steps for saving energy.

Completed
One-Time Action

Action Track: Building Resilience

Learn About Local Environmental Justice Concerns

I will spend 45 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

Nature

Keep a Nature Journal

I will journal each day about my experiences in nature.

COMPLETED 8
DAILY ACTIONS

Nature

Go for a Daily Walk

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

COMPLETED 8
DAILY ACTIONS

Food

Weekly Meal Planning

I will reduce food waste and save money by planning a weekly menu, only buying the ingredients I need.

COMPLETED 12
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 1
DAILY ACTION

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.

Completed
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

Energy

Switch to Cold Water

I will switch to washing my clothes in cold water, saving up to 133 lbs of CO2 a month and 1,600 lbs of CO2 over the course of the next year.

Completed
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

Waste

Use Reusable Bags

If at all possible, I will not accept any disposable bags when making purchases.

COMPLETED 6
DAILY ACTIONS

Waste

Use a Reusable Mug

I will avoid sending 1 disposable cup(s) to the landfill each day by using a reusable mug.

COMPLETED 12
DAILY ACTIONS

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 8
DAILY ACTIONS

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    Bonita O'Neal 4/25/2021 3:23 PM
    Last day of the challenge! I hope you’ve all enjoyed it.
  • Reflection Question
    Food Weekly Meal Planning
    An average American throws out about 240 lbs of food per year. The average family of four in the US spends $1,500 a year on food that they throw out. Does this surprise you? Where would you rather use this money?

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    Bonita O'Neal 4/25/2021 3:19 PM
    It’s a shame that it happens, but I’m actually not surprised due to how food is packaged in America. I would rather save my money to put into more long term things.
  • Reflection Question
    Food Weekly Meal Planning
    An average American throws out about 240 lbs of food per year. The average family of four in the US spends $1,500 a year on food that they throw out. Does this surprise you? Where would you rather use this money?

    Bonita O'Neal's avatar
    Bonita O'Neal 4/25/2021 3:19 PM
    It’s a shame that it happens, but I’m actually not surprised due to how food is packaged in America. I would rather save my money to put into more long term things.
  • Reflection Question
    Food Weekly Meal Planning
    An average American throws out about 240 lbs of food per year. The average family of four in the US spends $1,500 a year on food that they throw out. Does this surprise you? Where would you rather use this money?

    Bonita O'Neal's avatar
    Bonita O'Neal 4/25/2021 3:19 PM
    It’s a shame that it happens, but I’m actually not surprised due to how food is packaged in America. I would rather save my money to put into more long term things.
  • Reflection Question
    Food Weekly Meal Planning
    An average American throws out about 240 lbs of food per year. The average family of four in the US spends $1,500 a year on food that they throw out. Does this surprise you? Where would you rather use this money?

    Bonita O'Neal's avatar
    Bonita O'Neal 4/25/2021 3:19 PM
    It’s a shame that it happens, but I’m actually not surprised due to how food is packaged in America. I would rather save my money to put into more long term things.
  • Reflection Question
    Food Weekly Meal Planning
    An average American throws out about 240 lbs of food per year. The average family of four in the US spends $1,500 a year on food that they throw out. Does this surprise you? Where would you rather use this money?

    Bonita O'Neal's avatar
    Bonita O'Neal 4/25/2021 3:19 PM
    It’s a shame that it happens, but I’m actually not surprised due to how food is packaged in America. I would rather save my money to put into more long term things.
  • Reflection Question
    Food Weekly Meal Planning
    An average American throws out about 240 lbs of food per year. The average family of four in the US spends $1,500 a year on food that they throw out. Does this surprise you? Where would you rather use this money?

    Bonita O'Neal's avatar
    Bonita O'Neal 4/25/2021 3:19 PM
    It’s a shame that it happens, but I’m actually not surprised due to how food is packaged in America. I would rather save my money to put into more long term things.
  • Reflection Question
    Nature Explore My Area
    How might spending more time outdoors enhance your brainpower?

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    Bonita O'Neal 4/25/2021 3:17 PM
    I find myself at peace and with a clearer mind after spending time in nature. It helps prepare me to come back to my school work and get more creative!! 
  • Reflection Question
    Health Happiness
    How does/can practicing gratitude keep you centered and motivated to work for a better world?

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    Bonita O'Neal 4/25/2021 10:37 AM
    By writing down the things that make me happy every day, I can remember how good things can be. Even if it's the smallest thing, it can really make me happy just to remember it happened or that I have it in my life, 
  • Reflection Question
    Waste Use Reusable Bags
    What do you do if you find yourself in the situation of needing a bag for items but don't have a reusable one with you or aren't allowed to use the one you brought? Carry things out in your hands? In a cart? Accept a disposable one? If you find yourself in this position often, what system could you put in place to try to create a successful habit of not using plastic bags?

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    Bonita O'Neal 4/25/2021 10:35 AM
    I would use a system of keeping reusable bags in the trunk or even seats of my car to recognize I have them. Usually I don't get too many things and just carrying them out in my hands works, but it is a lot nicer to have them in a bag.