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Deborah Shoola

Northwestern University Earth Month 2020

"I want to commit to investing in life, community and sustainability and divest from capitalism, imperialism and other oppressions that contribute to environmental injustice. "

Points Total

  • 0 Today
  • 0 This Week
  • 510 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    2
    documentaries
    watched
  • up to
    6
    conversations
    with people
  • up to
    260
    minutes
    spent learning
  • up to
    9
    meatless or vegan meals
    consumed
  • up to
    180
    minutes
    being mindful
  • up to
    150
    minutes
    spent outdoors
  • up to
    4
    pounds of paper
    have been saved
  • up to
    2
    pounds
    waste composted
  • up to
    120
    gallons of water
    have been saved
  • up to
    4
    whole food meals
    consumed
  • up to
    4
    zero-waste meals
    consumed

Deborah's Actions

Health

Support Pollution Reduction

I will spend at least 10 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

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?

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

Health

Take Control

Both systemic and personal sustainability are important! I will develop a plan with my medical professionals to achieve my best health and live my life to the fullest.

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

Community

Join my Student Government or Local Group

I will join my neighborhood association, student government, or another local group of decision makers.

Completed
One-Time Action

Nature

Enjoy the Sunrise/Sunset

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

COMPLETED 0
DAILY ACTIONS

Health

Audit Toxic Cleaning Products

I will spend 10 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

Transportation

Learn More and Advocate

Access to public transportation is a social justice issue! I will learn about the need for public transportation in my community and tell 2 friends or classmates each day about the issue.

COMPLETED 0
DAILY ACTIONS

Energy

Choose Clean/Renewable Energy

I will sign up for my utility company's clean/renewable energy option.

Completed
One-Time Action

Simplicity

Eat Mindfully

I will eat all of my meals without distractions, e.g., phone, computer, TV, or newspaper.

COMPLETED 0
DAILY ACTIONS

Community

Support Native Communities

I will use the resource links provided below and spend 10 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

Community

Support Businesses Owned by People of Color

Racial inequity is both a sustainability and justice problem. I will support businesses owned by people of color in my community whenever I shop.

COMPLETED 0
DAILY ACTIONS

Food

Try a New Way to Prep

I will try a new method of food preparation, such as canning, pickling, or baking bread.

Completed
One-Time Action

Food

Visit A Local Farm

I will visit a nearby farm to pick my own fruits and veggies.

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

Food

Whole Food Lifestyle

I will enjoy 1 meal(s) each day free of processed foods.

COMPLETED 0
DAILY ACTIONS

Food

Zero-Waste Cooking

I will cook 1 meal(s) with zero-waste each day

COMPLETED 0
DAILY ACTIONS

Food

Watch a Documentary about Food Sovereignty

I will watch 2 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 2 vegan meal(s) each day this week.

COMPLETED 0
DAILY ACTIONS

Waste

Choose Two-Sided Printing

I will save up to .21 lbs (.09 kg) of paper per day by switching from one-sided printing to two-sided when I have to print documents.

COMPLETED 0
DAILY ACTIONS

Waste

Compost Food Waste

I will avoid sending up to .69 lbs (.31 kg) of food waste to the landfill each day by composting my food or learning how to.

COMPLETED 0
DAILY ACTIONS

Waste

Learn About & Practice Sustainable Fashion

I will learn about sustainable fashion and begin trying to practice it in my own life.

Completed
One-Time Action

Water

Collect Rain Water

I will create a rain garden or bioswale or use rain barrels to collect water for outdoor watering needs.

Uncompleted
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

Water

5-Minute Showers

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

COMPLETED 0
DAILY ACTIONS

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.

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.

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

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  • Deborah Shoola's avatar
    Deborah Shoola 5/01/2020 10:24 AM
    Thank you to Sustain NU for putting together this challenge!
  • Reflection Question
    Food Visit A Local Farm
    How do our current food growing and manufacturing processes affect our future and the future of Earth?

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    Deborah Shoola 4/29/2020 7:37 PM
    Our current food growing and manufacturing processes are direct attacks of Indigenous sovereignties, promote the unethical treatment of factory and farm workers, and contribute to the production of food deserts. I'm really looking to farmers market season so I can divest from the capitalistic food processes and invest in life affirming foods. 
  • Reflection Question
    Energy Choose Clean/Renewable Energy
    How might you be able to get others involved in advocating for the shift to clean energy?

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    Deborah Shoola 4/29/2020 7:34 PM
    I might be able to get others involved in advocating for the shift to clean energy by informing folks of how energy is one of the biggest contributors to climate change. If we can pressure these multi billionaire corporations that we as individuals want to invest in clean energy, we can show them we have no interest in them continuing contributing to the climate crisis. 
  • 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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    Deborah Shoola 4/29/2020 7:30 PM
    I would be a fool to say that the presence of ammonias, formaldehydes, parabens and other produced chemicals don't have an affect on my own health and wellness. I've taken too many chemistry classes to continue having cleaning products that contain these compounds in close proximity to my clothes, my food, my space. I'm grateful I've been able to replace these products with homemade, aromatherapeutic products.  
  • 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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    Deborah Shoola 4/29/2020 7:26 PM
    It's difficult to understand the impacts our purchases and waste have on other people, animals, and places because the capitalist world we live in tells us we constantly need to purchase things. 
  • Reflection Question
    Health Support Pollution Reduction
    What environmental factors affect human health in your region, and how do they affect it?

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    Deborah Shoola 4/29/2020 7:23 PM
    Learning about the coal plant demolition that has affected the Little Village community in Chicago highlights how the realities of climate change already hit marginalized communities the hardest. 

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    Deborah Shoola 4/29/2020 7:20 PM
    I really enjoy the satisfaction of completing these daily challenges, knowing that my small actions are going a long way. 

    • Sarah Tulga's avatar
      Sarah Tulga 4/30/2020 7:19 AM
      Me too! Glad to hear you have been enjoying these challenges! It all adds up, doesn't it? 
  • 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." What is your response to Berry's assertion?

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    Deborah Shoola 4/28/2020 10:07 AM
    We've been having really sunny mornings lately so I decided to take a walk to the lake this morning to see the sunrise and it was glorious! I'm grateful for my health and the ability to be able to walk and connect and restore myself with the Earth. 

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    Deborah Shoola 4/28/2020 10:05 AM
    It's really cool to note how just a few small changes to our daily routines can have an impact on the sustainability of the Earth around us.  
  • Reflection Question
    Simplicity Eat Mindfully
    Mindful eating is healthier for us than eating with distractions. How do your eating experiences differ when practicing mindfulness?

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    Deborah Shoola 4/27/2020 10:39 AM
    When eating mindfully, I'm really able to practice gratitude for the things I'm putting into my mouth. I'm able to chew slower, and really connect myself with the sensory experience occurring.