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Deborah McGloine

Let's Do This

"We only have one earth and it is our responsibility to care for our natural resources and the people who live here!"

POINTS TOTAL

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participant impact

  • UP TO
    200
    square feet
    community beautification
  • UP TO
    1
    community event
    hosted or attended
  • UP TO
    1
    documentary
    watched
  • UP TO
    1
    donation
    made
  • UP TO
    39
    conversations
    with people
  • UP TO
    395
    minutes
    spent learning
  • UP TO
    20
    pieces of litter
    picked up
  • UP TO
    2
    meatless or vegan meals
    consumed
  • UP TO
    471
    minutes
    being mindful
  • UP TO
    1,080
    minutes
    spent outdoors
  • UP TO
    1,080
    minutes
    not spent in front of a screen
  • UP TO
    12
    hours
    volunteered

Deborah's actions

Health & Equity

Practice Mindfulness

SDG 3

I will spend 7 minutes each day practicing mindfulness.

COMPLETED 28
DAILY ACTIONS

Education & Livelihood

Plan A Staycation in Your Community

SDG 11

For an upcoming vacation, I will spend 30 minutes planning out a staycation in my region. For reference, one several hour flight releases the equivalent of nearly 14% of the annual emissions from a car.

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ONE-TIME ACTION

Education & Livelihood

Share Your Eco Habits

SDG 11

Through my Earth Month Ecochallenge feed, I will share with others an environmentally friendly habit I have cultivated.

COMPLETED 11
DAILY ACTIONS

Education & Livelihood

Host or Join a Cleanup Event

SDG 11, 17

Within my community at home or work, I will organize or attend a local cleanup event.

COMPLETED
ONE-TIME ACTION

Economy & Communities

Analyze Your Utility Bills

SDG 7

I spend 10 minutes analyzing my recent utility bills, which might include electricity, gas, or water to see what my current usage is and determine if I can reduce my energy and water use.

COMPLETED
ONE-TIME ACTION

Basic Needs & Security

Try a New Vegan or Vegetarian Recipe

I will try a new vegan or vegetarian recipe and share how it turns out on the Ecochallenge feed, or with family and friends.

COMPLETED
ONE-TIME ACTION

Basic Needs & Security

Volunteer in My Community

SDG 1

I will volunteer 10 hours in my community.

COMPLETED
ONE-TIME ACTION

Climate & Ecosystems

Plant a Tree

SDG 15

On average, a tree absorbs 10 kilograms (22 pounds) of carbon dioxide yearly during the first 20 years. To do my part, I will plant 3 trees in my community, public parks, or backyard.

UNCOMPLETED
ONE-TIME ACTION

Climate & Ecosystems

Ecological & Xeriscape Gardening

SDG 14, 15

Studies show a grass lawn is water intensive and on average it require about 30 percent of a household’s water consumption. I will do one or more of the following actions in my yard or community to conserve water and improve habitat: plant indigenous plants, landscape with water-efficient plants, add mulching, replace a lawn, and/or use eco-friendly fertilizers.

COMPLETED
ONE-TIME ACTION

Climate & Ecosystems

Calculate Your Carbon Impact

SDG 13

I will calculate the carbon emissions associated with my household and consider how lifestyle changes could reduce the carbon footprint and impacts on the environment.

COMPLETED
ONE-TIME ACTION

Climate & Ecosystems

Support Local Pollinators

SDG 15

At least 30% of crops and 90% of flowering plants rely on pollinators to produce fruit. I will plant pollinator-friendly plants in my area to support local pollinators.

COMPLETED
ONE-TIME ACTION

Climate & Ecosystems

Watch a Documentary About Climate Change or Nature

SDG 13, 14, 15

I will watch 1 documentaries about climate change.

COMPLETED
ONE-TIME ACTION

Health & Equity

Communicate Constructively

SDG 16

I will use the communication methods I read about to practice effective, compassionate, and nonviolent communication with someone I interact with regularly (i.e., my roommate, parents, co-worker, partner, classmates, or children).

COMPLETED 23
DAILY ACTIONS

Health & Equity

Track My Purchases

SDG 10

Each day, I will track my purchases to identify my spending habits. This will allow me to see what purchases can be reduced.

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DAILY ACTIONS

Health & Equity

Make Cleaning Products

SDG 3

I will make a few homemade cleaning products.

COMPLETED
ONE-TIME ACTION

Health & Equity

Spend Time Outside

SDG 3

I will replace 20 minute(s) per day typically spent inside (computer time, watching television, etc.) with quality time outside exercising, enjoying the sunrise/sunset, gardening, journaling, or practicing gratitude for nature.

COMPLETED 27
DAILY ACTIONS

Health & Equity

Donate Food

SDG 3, 10

I will find out what food programs are in my area and donate food and/or other items that they request.

COMPLETED
ONE-TIME ACTION

Basic Needs & Security

Know Your Produce

SDG 2

I will become a savvy produce shopper when buying organic and non-organic items.

COMPLETED
ONE-TIME ACTION

Participant Feed

Reflection, encouragement, and relationship building are all important aspects of getting a new habit to stick.
Share thoughts, encourage others, and reinforce positive new habits on the Feed.

To get started, share “your why.” Why did you join the challenge and choose the actions you did?


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    Deborah McGloine 4/30/2023 9:06 AM
    Rather than using expensive skin care products with chemicals, I supplement my routine with olive oil, coconut oil, green tea and apple cider vinegar.
  • REFLECTION QUESTION
    Health & Equity Communicate Constructively
    What is easy for you to do when having a constructive conversation and what is challenging? What tips do you have for having a constructive conversation?

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    Deborah McGloine 4/30/2023 6:53 AM
    I do not have a great filter - I say what I am thinking. This challenge has been a very good one - I have learned to listen more and to rethink the ways I communicate with my 17 year old daughter.
  • REFLECTION QUESTION
    Climate & Ecosystems Plant a Tree
    How is planting trees good for your mental, physical, and spiritual health?

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    Deborah McGloine 4/30/2023 6:52 AM
    Rather than birthday presents, our son asks us to plant trees - it is a wonderful way to honor him & our planet :)

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    Deborah McGloine 4/30/2023 6:47 AM
    Thank you, Holly, for leading the team! This has been a great experience and I have learned a great deal! I look forward to meeting you in person.
  • REFLECTION QUESTION
    Education & Livelihood Plan A Staycation in Your Community
    What place in your region are you most excited to visit during your staycation?

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    Deborah McGloine 4/30/2023 6:02 AM
    My daughter and I recently toured colleges in New England and thoroughly enjoyed staying in Burlington, VT and Plymouth, NH. Side note - I chose hotels that were more environmentally friendly than their counterparts :)
  • REFLECTION QUESTION
    Health & Equity Make Cleaning Products
    What was surprising about the ingredients in your cleaning supplies, personal care, and pet products?

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    Deborah McGloine 4/30/2023 5:53 AM
    I have been making my own cleaning products for years. In fact, after squeeze lemon or peel oranges - I use the rinds as a scrubby. I was, however, surprised to learn about all the harmful chemicals in pet products.
  • REFLECTION QUESTION
    Education & Livelihood Host or Join a Cleanup Event
    How does working with others to clean up your community make you feel?

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    Deborah McGloine 4/30/2023 5:50 AM
    My family and I clean up the road we live on to prevent plastics from getting into the soil and for beautification purposes.
  • REFLECTION QUESTION
    Climate & Ecosystems Support Local Pollinators
    Why is it important to take care of pollinators? Do you have a favorite pollinator?

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    Deborah McGloine 4/30/2023 5:47 AM
    It is vital we take care of our pollinators if we want to eat! I love them all but plant flowers to attract hummingbirds, bees and butterflies.
  • REFLECTION QUESTION
    Climate & Ecosystems Ecological & Xeriscape Gardening
    What ecological or xeriscape landscaping practices do you have? How has your landscape changed from these practices?

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    Deborah McGloine 4/27/2023 2:20 PM
    I am participating in No Mow May - which No Mow May is a campaign to encourage people not to mow their lawns in the month of May – and to mow less during the summer. The reason? To help wildflowers and pollinating insects when both are in sharp decline.

    Additionally, I am using no till gardening techniques for plants and vegetables.
    Low and No-Till Gardening | Extension (unh.edu)

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    Deborah McGloine 4/27/2023 11:40 AM
    Much to my husband's chagrin, we participate in "No Mow May". It is a campaign to encourage people not to mow their lawns in the month of May – and to mow less during the summer. The reason? To help wildflowers and pollinating insects when both are in sharp decline.