Day 28

Mobilize

SPONSORED BY Acure

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

“Do not look the other way; do not hesitate. Recognize that the world is hungry for action, not words. Act with courage and vision.”

~ Nelson Mandela

 

These days, it seems like you can’t watch or listen to news without being reassured that doomsday is right around the corner, or already here. Perhaps you have even felt that way as you navigate through the challenges of your day and understand how they correlate with a social or environmental crisis that requires immediate action! But while it’s true that “the stakes for our planet have never been higher,” as NextGen America Founder Tom Steyer puts it, “the bad only covers half the story”.

The other half is the good, the innovation, inspiration, and solutions. And while these stories rarely make it into mainstream media, they are happening everywhere, from the largest cities to the most rural settings. Extraordinary humans across race, ethnicity, religion, and gender are rising up to meet today’s challenges with incredible passion, compassion, dedication, and intention. The solutions to today’s challenges exist, are economically viable, scientifically sound, and provide an opportunity to create a just and thriving planet.

With each Challenge, whether you know it or not, you are changing the world. By rethinking your own practices, you influence everyone around you (think ripple!). Today, we want you to feel the satisfaction of knowing that you, your voice and actions are enormously powerful. You, along with many other incredible humans working to create a more ethical world, are the solution. So what exactly does that mean and where do we begin. For the past few weeks,  you have practiced and in the process learned about yoursef, your planet, your resilience, ability to influence, and to accomplish. Now what?

#MOBILIZE

This challenge is an opportunity to think about next steps. What do you need to do to keep the PGC momentum going? Let’s get started.

CHALLENGE

Green

20 POINTS

Think

Innovation can be as simple as changing your personal habits or as complex as solar and electric cars. It can power our economies and offers us myriad reasons to have hope for a sustainable future. We want you to take some time to explore creative solutions that people have developed to protect the earth. One place for inspiration is a best selling book and website called Project Drawdown, a compilation of collective wisdom to help reverse global warming. Drawdown uses systems thinking and analysis from scientists and policymakers to identify, measure, model, and communicate the 100 most substantive solutions to humanity’s greatest challenge: climate change.

Today, we’ve partnered with Project Drawdown to focus on the good, the hopeful, and to bring the solutions into the limelight.

Challenge

Inspiration doesn’t happen in a vacuum. You often need to observe how other people are using resources and innovative thinking to solve pressing problems. That’s what makes resources like Project Drawdown so powerful — they offer a glimpse into a world of creative problem solving you may never have stumbled across.

  • ­Read this interview here with Paul Hawken about his book and what each of us can do to “drawdown” the atmosphere’s carbon load – 100 reasons to hope.
    • Spend some time searching through Project Drawdown’s solutions page
  • After exploring the solutions, share one that resonated with you.
  • Give us a brief overview of that solution and answer the following questions:
    • Why did this solution resonate?   
    • Was there anything that surprised you?
    • How will you mobilize to fight for this solution?

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

As you reach the end of what we hope has been an extraordinary PGC  journey, here is something for you to ponder as you think about your path forward. What would you do for the planet if you knew you couldn’t fail?  

Challenge

  • First, re-look at Prince Ea’s video, It’s the one that you were introduced to on the first day of PGC.
  • Then think about what you want to change, fix, heal, and implement more than anything on earth, right now! Here is a question that our co-founder, Erin Schrode came up with that helps to underscore a way to approach this question. “Is there anything that you observe that doesn’t make sense? An injustice or wrongdoing? Might you have a solution to what you see or experience? Whether simple or complex, immediate or long term, specific or general, your idea is worth exploring. How can you turn challenges or gaps into opportunities for solutions and positive impact — driving activism on your campuses and in your own communities and beyond.
  • In other words, if you could change the world, what would you do and how would you do it? Your only instructions are to be creative, bold, and brilliant. Make your idea clear, concise and thoughtful. Our goal is to work with each of you to put ideas into action and through that change the course of our future!  

Deliverables

Upload a PDF document with your idea to help heal the planet. 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

Up to 200 points will be awarded for excellent work.

Think

Last spring, one of our Turning Green intern applicants posed a question. It went something like this; what happens to the thousands of PGC participants each year that don’t make it to the finals, how do you stay in touch and keep them mobilized after the challenge is over?” It’s a question that we wanted to be able to answer with a positive response. Through the summer, the student that posed the question focused her internship on starting to frame a solution. It’s an idea that we want to bring to life right after the PGC Finals. And we want your input and, if you desire, your participation.

Challenge

We named it Project Green Network – driven, bold and empowered young leaders who aim to propel powerful action, tangible change and quantifiable outcomes on campuses across the globe. Now we want to develop the goals, leadership and potential outcomes. In the process we want to build momentum with each of you and many of the TG alums who have been such an integral part of our journey. We want to create significant positive impact that will happen when a lot of commited students come together with a diverse collection of skills.

Our questions :

  •  Do you think such a network would be beneficial to you and to your fellow student leaders?
  • Would you have an interest in joining or taking a leadership role in such a network bringing together student leaders from all over the world working for positive change?
  • If yes, what do you imagine that might look like and how might you be willing/able to contribute? Be as specific as you can.
  • Let us know if you are all in and ready to roll up your sleeves and help write the slate for our journey forward.

Deliverables

Upload a PDF document with your responses and ideas.  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:

Acure Coconut & Marula Shampoo
Acure Coconut & Marula Conditioner
Acure Brightening Facial Scrub
Acure Brightening Facial Mask
Acure Organic Cotton Makeup Bag

WishGarden Herbs Winter Wellness
Amy’s French Country Vegetable Soup
Amy’s Insulated Thermos
The Green Office Forest Choice Pencils
Michael Roger Decomposition Notebook

up to 10 winners from the greenest challenge will receive:

Acure Mega Moisture Shampoo
Acure Mega Moisture Conditioner
Acure Cloud Cream
Acure Rosehip Oil
Acure Coconut Towelettes
Fluf Travel Bag

Equator Coffee “Turning Green” Coffee
Equator Coffee Coffee Cup
Evo Hemp Organic Hemp Bars
The Green Office Forest Choice Notebook
The Green Office Forest Choice Pencils
Project Drawdown Drawdown