October 11 - October 25, 2017

Lily Miksell

PCC SOC 228 Environmental Sociology

Points Total

  • 0 Today
  • 0 This Week
  • 369 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    280
    minutes
    spent exercising
  • up to
    8
    locally sourced meals
    consumed
  • up to
    1,440
    minutes
    of additional sleep
  • up to
    300
    gallons of water
    have been saved
  • up to
    16
    pounds of CO2
    have been saved

Challenges

Food

Watch a Documentary

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

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Community

Volunteer in my Community

I will volunteer 8 hour(s) in my community.

Uncompleted
One-Time Challenge

Simplicity

Buy Only What I Need

I will not buy anything except items required for health and safety.

COMPLETED 7
DAILY CHALLENGES

Food

Locally-Sourced Meals

I will source 1 meal(s) per day from local producers.

COMPLETED 8
DAILY CHALLENGES

Energy

Power Down the Computer

I will power down my computer and monitor when not using it for more than 2 hours, saving up to (1.1) lbs of CO2 per day that I do this.

COMPLETED 15
DAILY CHALLENGES

Health

Healthy Sleep

I will commit to getting 120 more minute(s) of sleep each night to achieve at least 7 hours per night.

COMPLETED 12
DAILY CHALLENGES

Health

Exercise Daily

I will exercise daily for 20 minute(s) per day for two weeks.

COMPLETED 14
DAILY CHALLENGES

Health

Avoid refined sugar

I will adopt a diet free of refined sugars, which eliminates sweetened beverages, candy, and processed foods.

COMPLETED 9
DAILY CHALLENGES

Food

Animal Free Diet

I will adopt a diet free of animal products.

COMPLETED 7
DAILY CHALLENGES

Food

Say No to Seafood

I will not eat seafood.

COMPLETED 15
DAILY CHALLENGES

Health

Eliminate Toxic Plastics

I will avoid buying toxic plastics, including polycarbonate, polystyrene and polyvinyl.

COMPLETED 11
DAILY CHALLENGES

Water

5-Minute Showers

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

COMPLETED 15
DAILY CHALLENGES

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  • Lily Miksell 10/25/2017 2:07 PM
    Wow, last day! Every effort I've been making is part of my routine now. I don't see the point in stopping. All of the little things are so easy to do, now that I know to do them. If only everyone knew how easy it could be. Honestly, if I can remember to make these small efforts every day, the majority of people in the world can. I think it just comes down making sure people know that these small efforts are worth it and more. I can't stop saying this, but environmental education will be key if we want to progress towards a greener future. There are a lot of obstacles in the way. We need to fix so many things before we can hope to educate people, but we can start with these two; We have to fix our government, so that they allow us to teach every kid about climate change in school. We need more honest media that isn't run by big companies that want to push their agenda. If we can do those things, we can show people how easy sustainable living is.

  • Lily Miksell 10/24/2017 11:56 PM
    Worked out for an hour tonight before bed. Feeling very good and ready for a good night of sleep. 

  • Lily Miksell 10/23/2017 9:53 AM
    I brought a couple of cups and some silverware into work so that everybody in my department can use them. My workplace doesn't provide anything but paper and plastic and I noticed a lot of it went into the trashcan after one use. I'm hoping I can get people to use the stuff I brought instead.  

  • Lily Miksell 10/22/2017 10:25 PM
    I got my exercise in today by chasing a dog that got loose in my neighborhood. I am grateful that it eventually made it home safely and that so many people in the neighborhood were caring citizens. 

  • Lily Miksell 10/21/2017 2:42 PM
    I braved the rain this morning and went to the farmers market. I bought enough tomatillos to make a huge batch of salsa, which I will likely put on top of everything I eat this weekend. I stocked up on some books at a used book sale a couple of weeks ago and am very excited to sit by a window and read. I am going to avoid watching TV today. 

  • Lily Miksell 10/20/2017 12:32 PM
    Today I donated money to a charity that is helping get water filters to Puerto Rico. Several people have been drinking dangerous dirty water, because that's all there is. I chose to skip my shower today, because I didn't really need one and I have had the tragedy in Puerto Rico on my mind.
    https://chuffed.org/project/clean-water-for-pr
    There are plenty of charities sending aid to Puerto Rico. I encourage everyone to donate what they can. 


  • Lily Miksell 10/19/2017 11:34 AM
    I've been trying to save water a couple different ways. I can't access NWEI to reference who said this (the link isn't working), but I agree with the statement that the water crisis on Earth is the biggest problem we will face. Although water may seem plentiful, because it covers 70% or so of the Earth, only 3% is fresh water and a lot of that is trapped in inaccessible areas. I turn the tap off when I am brushing my teeth and washing my hands. If it's yellow, I let it mellow. These are practices that I usually do, but I have committed to doing them full time. I take short showers every day. In the future, If I decide to take longer showers every other day, I will turn the water off while I am scrubbing my body/hair and only use it when I begin and need to rinse.

  • Lily Miksell 10/18/2017 11:08 AM
    Since I wasn't able to get to the farmers market last week, I have been trying to use up the food I already have in my kitchen. I wanted to avoid buying things I don't actually need. I've been eating a lot of canned beans, grains, kale, and eggs topping it all off with salsa. My roommate brought home some tomatillos from her garden space, so we used those and ingredients we already had in the house to made a delicious tomatillo salsa.

  • Lily Miksell 10/17/2017 10:46 PM
    I have been taking very short showers since the challenge started and I think it will be one of the challenges that sticks with me even after we are done. Usually I take a very long shower every other day or so, but 5 minutes every day has been working even better for me. I still feel clean and I feel less guilty about all of the water I’m using. 

  • Lily Miksell 10/16/2017 12:47 PM
    This week I'm really trying on focus on avoiding refined sugar, reducing my time spent watching tv or on my phone, and getting enough sleep. I am going for a walk after work with a friend and we are going to do some reading outside. I'm really looking forward to it.