Day 26

Connect

PARTNERS

Guayaki
The Story of Stuff Project

OVERVIEW

“The times we will be facing are going to require us to recognize that the most important thing around us is community.”
— Christine Nieves Rodriguez, Writer, Activist, and Leader

After 25 days of themed Project Green Challenges, we’re ready to dive into a new phase for this final week — of synthesis, of reflection, of implementation. Each day will have a big picture idea, and ask you to complete associated tasks and deliverables (similar to what you have been mastering all month!), as you ideate, innovate and conceptualize projects.

Today, we are focusing on community and connection, because one of the key ways to navigate life’s challenges is with a strong community and support network. Research proves that when we share our work, emotions, struggles and triumphs with each other, we are better able to not only cope with challenges, but actually foster resilience, connection, learning, and growth.

And let’s face it — activism can be exhausting. In fact, 4 out of 5 activists report facing burnout and being overtaxed. We get it! These heavy issues and massive scale of need can feel overwhelming, so let’s lean on each other.

Community building not only benefits you personally in the short and long term, but also leads to better, sustainable, more impactful overall movements. When we come together, we bring a wide array of diverse perspectives and lived experiences, which propel us to innovate and develop new and better ways of doing and being. Look at movements throughout history.  The Civil Rights Movement, Earth Day, and the Environmental Justice Movement all began because people stood up against injustice to demand change. The movements of today, including School Strikes for Climate, initiated by climate activist Greta Thunberg, have mobilized massive numbers  of students and the greater public. Millions of young people marched for Black Lives Matter in the United States and around the globe last year alone and ongoing, raising our voices and standing up against police brutality, systemic racism and rampant environmental injustice. Led by brave, powerful students, March for Our Lives continues to work to end gun violence. What do all of these social movements have in common? Massive community support, with bold young leaders out front.

Through Project Green Challenge, we seek to not only empower with information, but also to introduce you to diverse community members, activists, leaders, academics, business pioneers, artists, speakers, you name it — to prompt you to engage more deeply with like-minded peers, experts and others propelling positive change locally and globally. Inspired people inspire people!

CHALLENGE

Green

20 POINTS

THINK

Wisdom and inspiration can come from anywhere. There are surely like-minded people, digital networks, clubs, and organizations on your campus and in your neighborhood or spheres. Interacting with one that is centered around a shared area of interest is a great way to build a natural community, feel inspired and supported, learn together, and progress toward mutual goals.  

 

CHALLENGE  

Find and foster connection starting at your school or in your town.

Look across campus and community landscapes to identify sustainability, environmental, conservation, and/or justice themed groups, whether formal organizations, clubs or looser gatherings  

  • Write a short response to the following:
    • What are 3 existing entities which share your interests?
    • Are you involved with any? Why or why not? 
    • Would you consider joining one? 
    • Share 3 other ways you could participate in your local environmental community.

Commit to at least one action to connect with local like-minded work, whether attending a meeting or info session, signing up to be a volunteer, going to a training, or the like. Write it down!

Post about it on social media tagging @TurningGreenOrg, #PGC2021, and the organization / group to spread the word, inspire others, and hold yourself accountable!

 

DELIVERABLES

Upload your responses in a PDF document, as well as a screenshot of your social media post. Include your name (or team name), username, and school.

Submission Guidelines

  • Submit all entries as PDFs; no Word or Pages documents
  • Be sure to include all content for your submission in one document
  • Save filenames using the following format: firstname_lastname_challengeday_challengelevel_year.pdf (ex: kasie_shils_day1_green_2021.pdf)
  • Do not include # or spaces in filenames
  • Do not upload a file larger than 5 MB
  • You will see a confirmation in green that your submission uploaded correctly; if you do not see this confirmation, please try again
  • If your total points does not change, your submission did not load correctly, please try again
  • Send any questions to info@turninggreen.org
  • Don’t forget to post about the challenge and your learnings/doings on social media and tag us on Instagram @TurningGreenOrg, Facebook @Turning Green, Twitter @TurningGreenOrg, and use #PGC2021
The deadline for entering this challenge has past.

Greener

40 POINTS

THINK

Think about all you have learned over the past month and the many leaders focused on climate change and environmental and social justice. Who is a person or member of an organization anywhere in the world that you would love to get to know? 

 

CHALLENGE 

Choose one environmental leader that you discovered through PGC that you want to share with  the world.

  • Learn about that person and their work / organization
    • What do they do?
    • Why do they do it?
    • How are they changing the world? 
  • Create a slider or photo essay to introduce us to this person. Post to Instagram and tag the person and/or organization, @TurningGreenOrg and #PGC2021.

 

DELIVERABLES 

Upload the link to your slideshow or your photo essay in a PDF document, and a screenshot of your social media post. Include your name (or team name), username, and school.

Submission Guidelines

  • Submit all entries as PDFs; no Word or Pages documents
  • Be sure to include all content for your submission in one document
  • Save filenames using the following format: firstname_lastname_challengeday_challengelevel_year.pdf (ex: kasie_shils_day1_greener_2021.pdf)
  • Do not include # or spaces in filenames
  • Do not upload a file larger than 5 MB
  • You will see a confirmation in green that your submission uploaded correctly; if you do not see this confirmation, please try again
  • If your total points does not change, your submission did not load correctly, please try again
  • Send any questions to info@turninggreen.org
  • Don’t forget to post about the challenge and your learnings/doings on social media and tag us on Instagram @TurningGreenOrg, Facebook @Turning Green, Twitter @TurningGreenOrg, and use #PGC2021
The deadline for entering this challenge has past.

Greenest

60 POINTS

Greenest due on October 28 at 6am PT.
Up to 60 additional points will be awarded for outstanding work.

 

THINK

For the month of October, you’ve been on this PGC journey with other participants from across the US and world. We now invite you to get to know someone whose work has inspired you more deeply. Leaders like you possess the power to effect change and empower others to work toward the healthy, just future of which we dream!  

 

CHALLENGE 

Reach out to a fellow participant who you do not know, so you can make a new friend. Ask questions that will allow you to get to know them. Find them via our Instagram regrams, @TurningGreenOrg tags or the #PGC2021 hashtag; feel free to DM us if you need help finding a partner or reaching out.

  • Coordinate a time for a conversation on Zoom or another platform (phone, FaceTime, WhatsApp, even Instagram live!). Record it and take notes, so you can get accurate quotes to write a profile about your fellow PGC-er.
  • Below are a few ideas to spark your conversation, but feel free to ask whatever you want to know:
    • Why did you join PGC?
    • Share three ways that PGC has inspired you to make change in your life. 
    • What is one moment when you felt empowered during PGC?
    • Which themes resonate most with you? 
    • How will you carry these learnings forward?

Write a short, insightful, inspiring profile post about your fellow PGC participant. Be sure to include their name, photo, hometown, school, and at least 3 things you learned. Reference your favorite quotes from the conversation, and include at least one of their PGC submissions that inspired you. You can pull from their social media account or get it directly from them. We will select two submissions to publish on the Turning Green blog.

Post a portion or all of the profile with a photo on Instagram, tagging @TurningGreenOrg and #PGC2021. We can’t wait to see how you further inspire each other and us!

DELIVERABLES

Upload your responses in a PDF document, and a screenshot of your social media post. Include your name (or team name), username, and school.

Submission Guidelines

  • Submit all entries as PDFs; no Word or Pages documents
  • Be sure to include all content for your submission in one document
  • Save filenames using the following format: firstname_lastname_challengeday_challengelevel_year.pdf (ex: kasie_shils_day1_greener_2021.pdf)
  • Do not include # or spaces in filenames
  • Do not upload a file larger than 5 MB
  • You will see a confirmation in green that your submission uploaded correctly; if you do not see this confirmation, please try again
  • If your total points does not change, your submission did not load correctly, please try again
  • Send any questions to info@turninggreen.org
  • Don’t forget to post about the challenge and your learnings/doings on social media and tag us on Instagram @TurningGreenOrg, Facebook @Turning Green, Twitter @TurningGreenOrg, and use #PGC2021
The deadline for entering this challenge has past.

TODAY’S PRIZES

Up to 10 Greener and 10 Greenest outstanding submissions will be selected as winners.

Greener

Each winner will receive:
  • A $50 gift card code from our partner, Dr. Bronner’s, to shop at their online store. Dr. Bronner’s is a B Corp committed to socially and environmentally responsible practices using the purest organic and fair trade ingredients. No synthetic preservatives, no foaming agents for your body, hair, face, mouth & teeth and food, dishes, laundry, cleaning and pets (18 in 1). Dr. Bronner’s is the best for humans, our homes, and shared Earth.

Greenest

Each winner will receive:

  • A $75 gift card code from our partner, Dr. Bronner’s, to shop at their online store. Dr. Bronner’s is a B Corp committed to socially and environmentally responsible practices using the purest organic and fair trade ingredients. No synthetic preservatives, no foaming agents for your body, hair, face, mouth & teeth and food, dishes, laundry, cleaning and pets (18 in 1). Dr. Bronner’s is the best for humans, our homes, and shared Earth. 
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