October 11 - October 25, 2017

Meriliis Kotkas

Go Green Estonia!

"Let's be the change we want to see in the world!"

Points Total

  • 0 Today
  • 0 This Week
  • 636 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    meatless or vegan meals
  • up to
    gallons of water
    have been saved

Meriliis's Actions


Try a New Way to Prep

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

One-Time Action


Eat Meatless Meals

I will enjoy 3 meatless meal(s) per day.



Reduce Unwanted Mail

I will reduce the amount of unwanted mail I receive (catalogs, phone books, etc.).

One-Time Action


Install a Toilet Tank Bank

I will reduce the amount of water flushed and save up to 11 gallons (41 L) of water per day by installing a toilet tank bank.

One-Time Action


Buy From a Farmers Market

I will purchase produce and meat from a local farmers market or food co-op.

One-Time Action


Explore My Area

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

One-Time Action


Watch a Documentary

I will watch a documentary film about food with family and friends and talk about what we learned.

One-Time Action



I will write down three things every day for two weeks that I am grateful for, or send one email every day thanking or praising someone.



Work-Life Balance

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



De-Clutter My Home

I will de-clutter, clean, and donate or recycle unneeded items in my home.



Track my Purchases

I will maintain a record of all my purchases.



  • Meriliis Kotkas 10/25/2017 1:15 PM
    Day 15. Visited environment education conference and enjoyed lectures about climate change. I also helped to carry out workshop about climate change :) I was happily surprised to find that all coffee, tea and sugar in the conference was Fairtrade and that it was possible to eat meat free without even have to ask about it  (it was made so comfortable).

    In the conference, there was a discussion about meat industry effects on the environment and I heard a good point that even though meat production worldwide is usually industrial, intensive and harmful for the environment, it is not so black and white in  Estonia. Of course only when we talk about beef and mutton (pork production is still intensive and industrial). Cattle live normally outside, they eat what they find (grass, not soy) and they help to maintain unique natural communities - semi-natural sites (poollooduslikud kooslused). So when you eat beef or mutton in Estonia, then you actually help local biodiversity. Because many orchids and other species that live in semi-natural sites, need grazing to survive. Btw semi-natural site is a place where there have been found the highest biodiversity in Estonia (76 vascular plants per m2).

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  • Meriliis Kotkas 10/24/2017 9:26 PM
    TODAY IS THE LAST DAY OF THE CHALLENGE! Good work team Go Green Estonia! It has been inspiring two weeks together :D

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  • Meriliis Kotkas 10/24/2017 1:06 PM
    Day 14. I cannot believe that Ecochallenge has lasted already two weeks. Those daily task that I chose, are already habits that I enjoy doing every day. I have gathered so much inspiration when I was reading other participants feedback. I am grateful for Go Green Estonia! team members for being so active and inspiring. I admire one participant, who offered some prizes for our team to motivate them. I also want to point out our team's other captain for being so active :) 

    Tomorrow I plan to attend at the environmental awareness conference and complete my last one-day challenge - watch food documentary. 

  • Meriliis Kotkas 10/24/2017 12:58 PM
    Day 13. Today I enjoyed a nice vegetarian dinner. I appreciate that caterings also offer vegetarian food, so my meatless meal challenge is much easier. Saw for the first time in my life, how one musician used grass to create music. Wow, it was wonderful ... and funny :D

  • Meriliis Kotkas 10/22/2017 1:33 PM
    Day 12. Today I felt inpired and tried new vegetarian recipes. I made pizza with eggplant, tomato, sweet pepper, pineapple and cheese. Yummy :D I also prepared some seasonal food - pumpkin soup. 

  • Meriliis Kotkas 10/22/2017 1:27 PM
    Day 11. I went hiking to the bog (guided a tour), saw a fox and ate some cranberrys. There were many animal footprints on the moss.  I love my job :)

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  • Meriliis Kotkas 10/20/2017 2:11 PM
    Day 10. Feeling great and inspired by my other teammates. Let's do it, Go Green Estonia!

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  • Meriliis Kotkas 10/19/2017 3:36 PM
    Day 9. I  cycled to work and enjoyed sunny weather and colourful nature. I was invited to a fancy dinner where there were three courses of gourmet food. I had wonderful time. Now few hours later I just realised that I ate meat. Yikes. Better luck tomorrow! 

  • Meriliis Kotkas 10/19/2017 3:27 PM
    Greenpeace is having a free online film festival. Check it out - https://greenpeacefilmfestival.org/en/ Ülesanne vaadata toiduteemalist dokumentaali saabki lihtsa vaevaga tehtud ;)

  • Meriliis Kotkas 10/18/2017 1:58 PM
    Day 8. Today I worked more than 8 hours, so I didn't manage to keep my work-life balance. But I don't regret it, as the second part of the day I leaded one hike in a nearby bog. Nature is so colourful and inspiring at autumn, I love being outdoors. It goes dark outside so early - at 18.30. Would love to have more sunlight.

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