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Michael O'Neil

GU Energy Labs

"Cree saying: When the last tree is cut down, the last fish eaten and the last stream poisoned, you will realize that you cannot eat money."

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Michael's actions

Just Economies

Research the Planet Impact Fund

I will research 1% for the Planets planet impact fund.

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Just Economies

Watch a documentary on the factory farm meat industry

I will watch a documentary on how the factory farm meat industry contributes to climate change.

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Just Economies

Share your Knowledge

I will share with others what I have learned about just economies during the Ecochallenge.

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Just Economies

Commit to the future

I will commit to shop at minority owned businesses after the Ecochallenge is finished.

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Just Economies

Review your impact

I will review the impact that I have had so far on perpetuating just economies during the Ecochallenge.

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Rights to Nature

Know your Rights (to Nature)

I will look into my rights to nature by researching the four linked organizations.

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Rights to Nature

Take a Hike

I will explore my local hiking trails.

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Rights to Nature

Review your impact

I will review the impact that I have had so far on perpetuating rights to nature during the Ecochallenge.

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Rights to Nature

Share your Knowledge

I will share with others what I have learned about rights to nature during the Ecochallenge.

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Rights to Nature

Explore our waterways

I will explore my local waterways by either researching or participating in water conservation efforts near me.

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Resilient Communities

Support Native Communities

I will use the resource links provided and spend 30 minutes learning about the native populations that lived in my area prior to colonization, and what I can do to support those that still exist.

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Just Economies

Support Businesses Owned by People of Color

Racial inequity is both a sustainability and justice problem. I will support businesses owned by people of color (shopping, sharing, writing reviews if purchased).

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Conservation and Restoration

Repurpose or Repair an Item to Keep it out of the Landfill

I will repair or mend items that would have otherwise been thrown away.

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Conservation and Restoration

Support Pollution Reduction

I will spend at least 20 minutes learning about water and air quality issues in my area, how they are impacting human and environmental health, and how I can help.

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Conservation and Restoration

Calculate My Water Footprint

I will calculate my Water Footprint to learn about my tap water use and "virtual water" use.

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Resilient Communities

Get to Know Your Local/Regenerative Food Options

I will spend 30 minutes researching local and/or regenerative food options in my community.

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Resilient Communities

Learn About Constructive Communication

I will spend 30 minute(s) learning about constructive communication.

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Just Economies

Research regenerative organic agriculture

I will research what regenerative agriculture is and the impact that it can have on curbing the effects of climate change.

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Just Economies

Support a Justice-Centered Organization or Individual

I will donate 51 to climate justice.

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Rights to Nature

Explore our Directory and donate to a Cause you Care About

I will donate 1500 dollars to an environmental partner focused on environmental or social initiatives.

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Rights to Nature

Take the Outdoorist Oath

Take the Outdoorist Oath to understand your impact.

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Rights to Nature

Take the Intersectional Environmentalist Pledge

Take the Intersectional Environmentalist Pledge to understand your impact.

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Resilient Communities

Share your Commitment! (Non-Members)

I will talk to 5 people in my community about how I show up for people and the planet and answer any questions about how they can make change as well.

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Resilient Communities

Explore Resilient Partnerships

I will explore how resilient partnerships are working to curve the effects of climate change.

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Just Economies

Open up a sustainable banking account

I will open up a bank account that gives back and avoids investments that are harming people and the planet.

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Rights to Nature

Discover which Native Tribe's land you live on

I will enter my address to find out what Native land I currently live on

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    Michael O'Neil 8/10/2023 10:18 AM
    Interesting poll results that for once are a bit hopeful: https://www.pewresearch.org/short-reads/2023/08/09/what-the-data-says-about-americans-views-of-climate-change/

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    Michael O'Neil 8/08/2023 5:45 PM
    Climate dads FTW: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/features/2023-08-04/the-climate-dads-have-arrived#xj4y7vzkg

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    Michael O'Neil 8/07/2023 10:26 AM
    No, it's not just you - cars have been getting bigger every year - here is an interesting article about that development, why it's going on, and what communities can do about it: https://theconversation.com/ever-larger-cars-and-trucks-are-causing-a-safety-crisis-on-us-streets-heres-how-communities-can-fight-back-206382

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    Michael O'Neil 8/06/2023 2:43 PM
    Good reminder that a lot of the change that needs to be made is happening with real people in groups like this making personal commitments to make a difference in their local communities - The EPA's ambitious plan to cut auto emissions to slow climate change runs into skepticism (msn.com)

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    Michael O'Neil 8/05/2023 9:18 PM
    Great, very brief, very practical article about how to learn about climate change and get involved: What to do to help fight current climate crisis | News, Sports, Jobs - Maui News

    Great for those who - like me and everyone else I know - can feel overwhelmed.

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    Michael O'Neil 8/04/2023 8:44 AM
    Similar tone to the poem Michelle shared below: NYT piece by Elizabeth Rush https://www.nytimes.com/2023/08/04/opinion/climate-change-future-normal.html

    "Everywhere I turn these days, I read about the new normal. The killing heat, the devastating floods, the toxic smoke. Rapidly proliferating pests like the emerald ash borer destroying our ash trees and the woolly adelgid killing our hemlocks. All now normal. That word — so cloying and deceptive in its suggestion that no more change is coming — steals from us the possibility of being transformed.

    Last year, through the long summer drought, we watered our beech. Sometimes we invented songs and used our voices to lift them up into its bright blowing branches. This year we planted more snowdrops and bluebells because they often grow beneath beech in ancient woodlands. It is far too easy to accept the beech’s untimely end as inevitable, to become immobilized by a kind of anticipatory despair. What is more difficult and more necessary is to continue to live alongside it, with attention and care, together, now."

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    Michael O'Neil 8/03/2023 2:13 PM
    Politics aside, interesting/concerning statistics about what people are concerned about, including climate change: https://www.npr.org/2023/08/03/1191678009/climate-change-republicans-economy-natural-disasters-biden-trump-poll

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    Michael O'Neil 8/02/2023 10:39 AM
    Good news source for developments in clean energy, with ways to contribute locally: https://www.citizen.org/topic/climate-energy/

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    Michael O'Neil 8/02/2023 10:31 AM
    Recycle your old electronics! Here is some info about e-cycling in Oregon, with a link to find recycling centers nearby. https://www.oregon.gov/deq/ecycles/pages/default.aspx

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    Michael O'Neil 7/30/2023 12:20 PM
    Here is an interesting / somewhat similar endeavor to consider after the EcoChallenge concludes: Save the planet with Greenspark (getgreenspark.com). Subscription-based, cancel at any time, funds going to vetted projects that align with your conservation goals.