Day 26

Eco Hero

SPONSORED BY Natracare

PGC Notes: As a reminder, you must follow all submission instructions in order to be considered for a daily prize. This means including your name, username, email address, and school in every submission. Please be sure to fully read the instructions for each challenge!  Thanks. 

OVERVIEW

“We do not have to become heroes overnight. Just a step at a time, meeting each thing that comes up … discovering we have the strength to stare it down.”

~ Eleanor Roosevelt

From teachers and friends to trailblazing activists, esteemed scientists, and vocal leaders, there are a lot of eco-heroes amongst us. They may be famous or not, world-renown or in your local community, a friend, a teacher, someone you know or have just read about. What are the traits and characteristics that in your eyes make eco-hero status? Maybe they question the status quo, stand in solidarity with our planet, fight for the rights of all people, and against climate change. For example, Paul Hawken, environmentalist and author of the New York Times best seller, Drawdown, the recipients of this years Goldman Environmental Prize, the scientists, conservationists, educators, and storytellers that National Geographic highlights who are passionate about making our planet better, and close to home for us, Turning Green co-founder Erin Schrode who is currently doing humanitarian work in Puerto Rico and around the globe – all great examples of how we define eco-heroes.   

What does it take to be an eco-hero? We think passion, dedication, and a little bit of courage! Who’s your eco-hero?

CHALLENGE

Green

20 POINTS

Think

Look around you … There are students on your campus and people in your community who are at this moment actively changing the world. Take a minute to think about who they are and the work they’re contributing.

Challenge

  • Who on your campus or in your community has effectively instituted sustainable change? Could be a student, faculty, school leader – someone you admire for the work they have accomplished.
    • Who is this person and what have they done to prompt change?
    • Have a short conversation with them and ask a few good questions. If you can’t reach them to have a conversation, write out the questions that you would have asked them.
    • Share what you admire about them.
    • What did you learn from your conversation?
    • How did it impact you?

Deliverables

Upload a PDF document with your responses. Please include your name (or team name), username, email address, and school.

Submission Guidelines

  • If you do not see an upload button, you need to log in
  • Please submit all entries as PDFs – no word or pages docs.
  • Please save filenames using the following format: firstname_lastname_challengeday_challengelevel_year.pdf (ex: kasie_shils_day1_green_2018.pdf)
  • Do not include # or spaces in filenames
  • Please be sure to include all content for your submission in one doc
  • Do not upload a file bigger than 5 MB
  • You will get a confirmation on screen that your submission uploaded correctly (green) or that it failed (red) and to try again.
  • If your total points do not change, your submission did not load correctly and you will have to try again. You can see your points total by logging out and back in again.
  • If you are having trouble uploading, try using a different browser
  • Send any questions you have to info@turninggreen.org
  • Don’t forget to post about the challenge and your learnings/doings on social media and tag us on Facebook @TurningGreen, on Twitter @TurningGreenOrg, and on Instagram @TurningGreenOrg and #PGC2018.

Greener

40 POINTS

Think

There are extraordinary people across our globe who have affected great change against all odds. Their voices allowed them to start a movement and their actions have caused a ripple effect. This is the power of one!

Challenge

  • On a national or global context, who is a person that you you consider an eco-hero, someone that you really admire?
    • Identify that person, learn them and then introduce them to us.
  • Approach this challenge as if you were writing a story for your campus newspaper, the New York Times or a favorite blog.
    • Share the name and a photo of your hero.
    • Tell us their story in a maximum of 500 words; where they’re from, what they’ve accomplished, speak about challenges and obstacles they faced, and why you were drawn to them.  
    • What resonated for you from their experience?
  • If you were to meet this person, what would you share with them about how they have impacted you?
    • Write three questions that you would ask them if you had the chance.
    • See if you can find an email address for the person you chose and tell them how they have inspired you. Bonus points will be awarded for emails sent and responded to.

Deliverables

Upload a PDF document with your responses. Please include your name (or team name), username, email address, and school.

Submission Guidelines

  • If you do not see an upload button, you need to log in
  • Please submit all entries as PDFs – no word or pages docs.
  • Please save filenames using the following format: firstname_lastname_challengeday_challengelevel_year.pdf (ex: kasie_shils_day1_greener_2018.pdf)
  • Do not include # or spaces in filenames
  • Please be sure to include all content for your submission in one doc
  • Do not upload a file bigger than 5 MB
  • You will get a confirmation on screen that your submission uploaded correctly (green) or that it failed (red) and to try again.
  • If your total points do not change, your submission did not load correctly and you will have to try again. You can see your points total by logging out and back in again.
  • If you are having trouble uploading, try using a different browser
  • Send any questions you have to info@turninggreen.org
  • Don’t forget to post about the challenge and your learnings/doings on social media and tag us on Facebook @TurningGreen, on Twitter @TurningGreenOrg, and on Instagram @TurningGreenOrg and #PGC2018.

Greenest

60 POINTS

Think

Do you consider yourself a hero? We do! Sometimes we’re reluctant to acknowledge just how awesome we are. If our task and our responsibility to future generations is to create a healthy, just and thriving planet, we need leaders that have confidence in themselves and empower others to move us forward. What can you start today, at this very moment, to be involved in developing a solution to a challenge we are facing – starting with your campus?

Challenge

Over this past month, you have learned about many themes related to everyday life. You have learned that you have the power to change the world, one step at a time. Now, it’s your turn to identify an issue or cause, that you feel passionate about, one that will prompt you to take action – to be that change.

  • Reflect on the past month and identify an issue /cause that you are passionate about.
    • What will you do in the world to help heal our planet?
  • Share a vision of you as a powerful eco-hero in one succinct quote.
  • Upload a creative image of you as an eco-hero on the social media platform of your choice and caption it with your quote. Use the hashtags #PGC2018 and #ecohero and don’t forget to tag us @TurningGreenOrg, @natracare, @5gyres, @EnvirHealthnews 

Deliverables

Upload a PDF document with your responses and a screenshot of your post. Please include your name (or team name), username, email address, and school.

Submission Guidelines

  • If you do not see an upload button, you need to log in
  • Please submit all entries as PDFs – no word or pages docs.
  • Please save filenames using the following format: firstname_lastname_challengeday_challengelevel_year.pdf (ex: kasie_shils_day1_greenest_2018.pdf)
  • Do not include # or spaces in filenames
  • Please be sure to include all content for your submission in one doc
  • Do not upload a file bigger than 5 MB
  • You will get a confirmation on screen that your submission uploaded correctly (green) or that it failed (red) and to try again.
  • If your total points do not change, your submission did not load correctly and you will have to try again. You can see your points total by logging out and back in again.
  • If you are having trouble uploading, try using a different browser
  • Send any questions you have to info@turninggreen.org
  • Don’t forget to post about the challenge and your learnings/doings on social media and tag us on Facebook @TurningGreen, on Twitter @TurningGreenOrg, and on Instagram @TurningGreenOrg and #PGC2018.

TODAY’S PRIZES

up to 10 winners from the greener challenge will receive:

Girls:
Natracare Organic Cotton Tampons
Natracare Organic Cotton Ultra Pads
Natracare Organic Cotton Panty Liners
Natracare Organic Cotton Tote Bag
 
Boys:
Evo Hemp Hemp Hat & Hemp Bars (2)

Everyone:
Rodale Books Global Warming Survival Handbook
Navitas Organics Superfood Bars (2)
Nutiva Organic Vanilla Shake
Dr. Bronner’s All-One Toothpaste
Gaia Guy Bamboo Toothbrush
Eco Lips Mongo Kiss Lip Balm

up to 10 winners from the greenest challenge will receive:

Girls:
Natracare Organic Cotton Tampons
Natracare Organic Cotton Makeup Removal Wipes
Natracare Organic Cotton Travel Sampler
Natracare Organic Cotton Tote Bag
 
Boys:
Guayaki Yerba Mate Organic Cotton T-Shirt & Energy Shot

Everyone:
Climate of Hope Climate of Hope
Clif Bar Ear Buds & Smoothie Bars
SoulKu “Be the Change” Bracelets
Guayaki Yerba Mate Sparkling Mate