Day 1

Footprint

SPONSORED BY GUAYAKI YERBA MATE

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OVERVIEW

“The Environment is in us, not outside of us. The trees are our lungs, the rivers our bloodstream. We are all interconnected, and what you do to the environment, ultimately you do to yourself.”

Ian Somerhalder, Actor

Welcome to Day 1 of Project Green Challenge!

Today starts your month-long transformation of mindset, habit, and action as you spend the next 30 days getting brave, bold and powerful as you create meaningful change. With unique daily themes from food to fitness, water to zero waste, and fashion to fair trade, you’re in for a massive dose of eco inspiration. Throughout the PGC experience you will become informed, reconfigure your lifestyle, and impact your life, campus and community. Yes YOU!

Each one of the thousands of students participating in PGC is unique. You may live at home, in a dorm, or off-campus. You may already be making some conscious lifestyle choices, or you may not know where to start. Regardless of where you’re at on the conscious living spectrum, have confidence that it’s exactly where you’re supposed to be.

PGC will inspire you to live your life with intention and integrity, encourage you to lessen your impact on human and environmental health and strengthen your voice for change around issues that ignite your passion.

Transforming your life is all about small steps leading to massive change, which brings us to our first challenge, Footprint. But what does that really mean? Here’s some insight.

Everywhere we go and everything we do has an impact on people and planet. The measurement of the impact of humans on nature and earth’s ecosystems is called an ecological footprint. So just how big is our impact on the earth? “Too big”, as environmentalist Bill McKibben says. In fact, our ecological footprint reached biocapacity in the 1970s, meaning that humans exhausted the Earth’s resources faster than they could naturally be replenished, more than forty years ago.

Our carbon footprint is the total amount of carbon dioxide (CO2) emitted as part of daily life. Activities like driving cars, using energy to heat and cool homes, turning on lights, all contribute to our carbon footprint. Why does that matter? Carbon dioxide is the top contributor to climate change, with an impact so BIG, that sometimes the facts and figures associated with it can be overwhelming and disturbing. In a year when each month has set a record as “the hottest month” in history, the impact is devastating and significant. Last week, Scientific American Magazine gave us some news that has to mobilize every human on the planet to change our course, “Earth’s CO2 Passes the 400 PPM (parts per million) Threshold – Maybe Permanently.”

So, what can one person do to minimize impacts? A lot actually. What can businesses, schools, and organizations do? A lot more! Together, there are tons of opportunities for change. Now that you understand what an ecological and carbon footprint are, it’s time to introduce the human footprint – a culmination of every “footprint” combined, at an individual level. That is, the human footprint is the environmental impact of one person over the course of their lives – in this case, YOURS.

Many ethical businesses are stepping up to the call for action to reduce our collective carbon footprint. Today’s partner, Guayaki is an excellent example; for every 454 grams (one pound) of Guayakí Yerba Mate consumed, 573 grams of carbon are reduced from the environment. Not only is Guayaki not contributing to elevating levels, but they’re also actively reducing their carbon footprint.

Ready to shift your personal habits to reduce YOUR human footprint? Let’s get started!

CHALLENGE

Green

20 POINTS

THINK

Before you can transition old habits to new habits, it’s important to assess your starting point. This challenge will give you the opportunity to assess where you are on the spectrum of conscious living.

CHALLENGE

  • Please take a few minutes to fill out the PGC 2016 Self Evaluation here. This survey will help you reflect on your daily practices, actions, and choices and their impact on people and planet.
  • Share two things that you’ve learned about yourself through this survey.
  • What are two steps you can take to start reducing your human footprint?

 

DELIVERABLES

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

Submission Guidelines

  • Log into your account to get submission upload button
  • Please submit all entries as PDFs – no word or pages docs.
  • Do not include # signs 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
  • Link images if possible
  • You will get a confirmation that your submission uploaded correctly. If you did not get a confirmation, please try again.
  • If your total points do not change, your submission did not load correctly and you will have to try again.
  • 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 use #PGC2016. 
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Greener

40 POINTS

THINK

Simple changes may not seem significant in a world inhabited by 7 billion of us, but every decision each of us makes contributes to the health of our planet. Did you know that the United States has the second highest carbon footprint of any nation — right behind China? This has a lot to do with the U.S.’s manufacturing and consumption patterns. If every person on this planet lived like the average American, it would take more than five planet Earths to sustain us. But we’ve only got one, which means we need to change, and fast!

CHALLENGE

  • Calculate and record your footprint using the Global Footprint Network’s calculator.
  • What was your result? How many planets does it take to support your lifestyle?
  • Share the three activities in your life that you learned are the most carbon-intensive. Did any of these surprise you?
  • Share three things you could change about these activities to make them less carbon-intensive?
  • Now, go back and re-calculate your footprint based on the changes you identified for your three most carbon-intensive activities and tell us how that affected your final results.
  • Share the link to Global Footprint Network’s calculator with your friends and family on Facebook and challenge them to calculate their carbon footprint as well! Share one significant change that you’ll commit to and nominate/tag three people to make that change in their own lives for the rest of the week (or more). Show us a screenshot of your post with at least one response from someone you tagged. Make sure to tag @TurningGreenOrg and include #PGC2016.

 

DELIVERABLES

Upload your responses in a PDF document. Include a screenshot of your Facebook post, and list any responses. Please include your name (or team name), username, email address, and school.

Submission Guidelines

  • Log into your account to get submission upload button
  • Please submit all entries as PDFs – no word or pages docs.
  • Do not include # signs 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
  • Link images if possible
  • You will get a confirmation that your submission uploaded correctly. If you did not get a confirmation, please try again.
  • If your total points do not change, your submission did not load correctly and you will have to try again.
  • 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 use #PGC2016. 
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Greenest

60 POINTS

THINK

So far on Day 1, you’ve reflected on your daily actions and come up with ways to change those patterns to reduce your carbon/ecological and human footprint. There are no limits to what we can accomplish when we use our purpose and passion as catalysts to drive change.

CHALLENGE

When you take even the smallest steps to mobilize, we hope you will become inspired to seek solutions to challenges that sometimes seem insurmountable. Take for example award winning producer/director and cinematographer, Louie Schwartzberg. He uses time lapse cinematography to break barriers, tell stories and connect with audiences to convey “What’s Possible”. Through his filmmaking, he raises the issues that challenge our world, and through his artistry, celebrates life and reveals the wisdom of nature, people and places.

  • Watch “What’s Possible”, a short, thought provoking film directed by Louie Schwartzberg, and narrated by Morgan Freeman, for the opening of the UN Climate Summit.
    • What moved you as you were watching the film?
    • How did it make you feel?
    • Did the film inspire you to want to DO SOMETHING?
  • What might you say given a platform to share a message that challenges the status quo and speaks to what you have learned, felt and discovered through today’s challenge? Your voice can change the world.
    • Create a one-minute video, PSA (public service announcement), poem, visual piece, or song. Be creative and engaging. Think about the content that goes viral every day on your social media platforms. Try to make it that impactful!
  • Post your creation on a social media platform of your choice. Tag Turning Green appropriately and include the hashtag #PGC2016

 

DELIVERABLES

Upload a PDF document with the link to your creative presentation. Include a screenshot of your post, and list any responses. Please include your name (or team name), username, email address, and school.

Submission Guidelines

  • Log into your account to get submission upload button
  • Please submit all entries as PDFs – no word or pages docs.
  • Do not include # signs 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
  • Link images if possible
  • You will get a confirmation that your submission uploaded correctly. If you did not get a confirmation, please try again.
  • If your total points do not change, your submission did not load correctly and you will have to try again.
  • 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 use #PGC2016. 
The deadline for entering this challenge has past.