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Courtney Schneider

NSC Earth Week Challenge 2020

"Refuse. Reduce. Reuse. Repair. Recycle. Rot."

Points Total

  • 0 Today
  • 0 This Week
  • 661 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    1
    documentaries
    watched
  • up to
    45
    minutes
    spent exercising
  • up to
    135
    minutes
    spent learning
  • up to
    11
    meatless or vegan meals
    consumed
  • up to
    75
    minutes
    spent outdoors
  • up to
    3
    pounds of paper
    have been saved
  • up to
    12
    plastic containers
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    165
    minutes
    not spent in front of a screen
  • up to
    1
    waste audits
    conducted

Courtney's Actions

Health

Audit Toxic Cleaning Products

I will spend 15 minutes researching toxic chemicals found in cleaning supplies and personal care products and remove them from my home or dorm room.

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

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.

Completed
One-Time Action

Waste

Go Paperless

I will reduce the amount of paper mail that I receive by 0.11lbs (0.05kg) a day or 3.3lbs (1.6kg) a month by opting into paperless billing, ending unwanted subscriptions and opting out of junk mail.

Completed
One-Time Action

Waste

Reduce Single-Use Disposables

Cheap, single-use items and disposable packaging end up blowing around as litter more often in poor and POC-majority neighborhoods. I will find out how I can limit single-use items and do my best to limit the waste I generate.

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DAILY ACTIONS

Nature

Enjoy the Sunrise/Sunset

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

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DAILY ACTIONS

Nature

Go for a Daily Walk

I will take a 15-minute walk outside 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.

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.

COMPLETED 0
DAILY ACTIONS

Simplicity

Disconnect from Email

I will disconnect from my email when not at work or school, using my personal time for endeavors that help me live out my values.

COMPLETED 0
DAILY ACTIONS

Simplicity

Limit Social Media

I will limit my social media use to once each day reducing my daily use by 10 minute(s)

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DAILY ACTIONS

Simplicity

Go For A Daily Walk Outside

I will take a walk outside for 15 minutes each day.

COMPLETED 0
DAILY ACTIONS

Simplicity

Work-Life Balance

I will not work more than 8 hour days each day to practice work-life balance.

COMPLETED 0
DAILY ACTIONS

Feed

  • Reflection Question
    Simplicity Limit Social Media
    Social media can keep us connected with loved ones, make us laugh, and help us to learn new things. It can also create echo chambers and take more time than we realize or intend to give. After completing this action for a few days, how do you feel? What do you notice?

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    Courtney Schneider 4/30/2020 10:57 AM
    I feel less overwhelmed. Given the COVID situation, I am significantly less anxious when I spend less time engaged in social media. It also allows me to be more present in my current surrounding, allowing for my mind to wind up/down at the appropriate times during the day. 
  • Reflection Question
    Waste Personal Waste Audit
    Why is it so difficult to understand the impacts our purchases and waste have on other people, animals, and places? How might your experience with this challenge impact your future consumption and choices?

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    Courtney Schneider 4/29/2020 4:57 PM
    It is difficult to understand our impacts on the world from our waste and purchases because once it is out of our possession, we no longer are reminded of it. We must force ourselves to interact with our waste after it leaves us. Educating ourselves on how we impact the planet is key to our existence.   
  • Reflection Question
    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?

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    Courtney Schneider 4/29/2020 4:54 PM
    The implications are mass. Accessing nutritious foods, communities are able to have better physical, mental, emotional health. This can also change how one feels about themselves or others. It can change outlooks on the world we live in. 
  • Reflection Question
    Health Audit Toxic Cleaning Products
    To what extent do environmental factors contribute to your own health or issues with health?

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    Courtney Schneider 4/29/2020 4:52 PM
    I believe that some individuals are much more sensitive than others. I know when I use a cleaner that has toxic ingredients I tend to sneeze more and have irritation in my nose and eyes for several hours. 
  • 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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    Courtney Schneider 4/22/2020 2:35 PM
    Eating meat is a luxury and a privilege, which would be why richer countries eat more of it than anywhere else in the world. Typically, meat, especially beef, is very expensive because of the amount of resources required to prepare the meat for commercial consumption. Because of the significant amount of resources used for raising livestock, the price of the end product must be able to cover those costs. Our planet is affected by large amounts of meat in several ways. One way is the large amounts of waste that stems from both cattle and swine releases significantly more CO2 in the atmosphere over poultry. 
  • Reflection Question
    Food Watch a Documentary about Food Sovereignty
    How does food sovereignty address the complex transition from localized food systems to modern global food systems?

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    Courtney Schneider 4/22/2020 2:26 PM
    Food sovereignty brings us back to our beginnings. It allows one to know exactly what they are putting into their bodies. It creates pride in the ability to take care of ourselves. It builds relationships with nature, community, and oneself. It is something that most of us do not consider to be a form self-care.

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    Courtney Schneider 4/22/2020 2:22 PM
    I had enjoyed having the extra accountability in making sustainably-conscious decisions through out this challenge.