Eco-Sabbath & Thank You

Thank you for participating in this No Impact Experiment. I hope you have learned ways to reduce your consumption and give back to the community. I hope you can take what you learned from this week and share it with others in your life.A fun site to help you relax for two minutes – http://www.donothingfor2minutes.com/

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Giving Back

Today is about giving back to the community and getting more involved. Please share any suggestions you may have in ways that the Sierra Club can give back to the community. What campaigns are you passionate about? What would you like to see more of? Do you want to get more involved but don’t know how? Please let us know any challenges you are facing.
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Water and Happy Earth Day!

Happy Earth Day!
It’s the 6th day of the No Impact Experiment. Congratulations, you have tackled consumption, waste, food, energy, and transportation. Today we will take on the challenge of water.

1 out of every 6 gallons of water are lost in utility pipes before they even reach the tap. Fast Company recently released an interesting infographic that explores this an other interesting fact on water use:


What have you done to reduce your water use in the home? What are some challenges that you are facing?

Do you have a garden? What are you doing to reduce water usage in your own yard? Have you thought of installing a water tank in your yard?

If you live in an apartment have you changed your taps to be low flow? One trick for reducing the amount of water that your toilet uses is to put a brick or even a bag filled with water into your tank, thus it will fill up with less water during each flush.

Let us know what you’re doing to reduce your water use and what you are doing to celebrate Earth Day this year.
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Energy

Energy – America’s next favorite subject. Do you know where the energy to power your house and work come from?Have you done an energy audit of your house? What is sucking energy right now but not getting used? How many of your electricity items are currently on standby? What could you unplug and not miss for the rest of the week?

When Colin Beaven attempted his No Impact Experiment for an entire year, he actually turned off the electricity in his home for about 6 months. His only power supply was a solar panel that he used to run his computer.

Please share any energy saving tips that you have come up with or any problems that you’re encountering as you try to reduce your energy use.

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Food

Today we talk about food! America’s favorite subject.

Have you had a look at your list from yesterday? Where did your food come from? How was it grown? How was it packaged?

Is there a local farmer’s market in your community? How accessible is it and how popular is it? Have you had a chance to speak with the people who grow your food?

How did the exercise yesterday of writing down your food choices impact your thinking? Were you surprised by the list at the end of the day? Are you able to track down where all your food came from? Was there a local alternative to what you ate?

One of the statistics in the NIW Manual indicates that the distance your average item of food travels to your plate is 1500 miles? What alternatives have you come up with to keep your food local and sustainable?

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Transportation

Today we will focus on transportation. How do you normally get around? Is there an alternative method you could use? Why or why not? Do alternative transport methods exist in your community? Are they embraced?

Living in New York City it is easy to get around by public transport and walking. While it can sometimes be intimidating to bike in the city, organizations like Transportation Alternatives are working hard to create a more bike friendly city.

How can we support alternative transport options in our community?

Also, for today you should be making a list of everything you eat in preparation for tomorrow’s No Impact Experiment.

Action Discussion

The No Impact Experiment is about helping yourself, helping your community, helping your country, and helping the world. As part of this week I hope to come up with real actions that we can take part in.

The Sierra Club already has a number of campaigns to create change in communities. What campaigns are you involved in with the Sierra Club? What would you like to see more of? How do you think you can get your community more involved in the Sierra Club campaigns? Do you have any ideas for new campaigns or ways to address issues in your community?

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Trash

Happy Monday everyone! Yesterday we looked at our overall consumption and had the specific task of collecting our trash and recyclables for the day.If you are following along in the manual, you should have gone back to that bag and listed what you used for less than 10 minutes. Were there any surprises? Anything that could have been reused or substituted?

Throughout this week we will be working on throwing out as little as possible. It is interesting how once you become aware of everything we ‘waste’, alternative solutions begin to present themselves.

What creative or interesting alternatives have you come up with?

Trash is a very visible form of consumption. We can see not only what we throw out during the week, but also what our neighbors get rid of. If we wanted to, we could even go to the landfill and see what our entire community disposes of. Being able to gauge the physical trash you dispose of is comparable easy to gauging other things we consume, such as water and energy. Therefore, it is one of the easier things to reduce.

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