The Steward of the Earth Challenge – January 2020
10001 Ways has launched a “Stewards of the Earth Challenge” for all who want to give it a try. You simply have to accumulate 10001 points by adopting behaviors that fight climate change and save the environment.
Here’s how it works. Each month the staff at 10001ways.com will publish challenges to accomplish. Each challenge will have points attached to it. When you reach 10001 points you have become a Steward of the Earth! You won’t have to do all of them to get to 10001 points. There will be plenty opportunities.
Invite a friend along for the ride. Have your own contest and see who can get there the quickest! By the way, if you are already doing these things take the points! When you get to 10001 let us know and we’ll recognize you for your accomplishment.
750 Points – Buy a Carbon Offset
This is an easy thing to do but has a significant impact on global carbon emissions. Here is an example of how a carbon offset works. Let’s say you fly to Orlando, Florida for vacation. For every person on the plane a certain amount of carbon is emitted into the atmosphere. It can be computed. Now let’s say you invest money in a solar project (or wind or tree planting etc). For every dollar invested you can compute how much less carbon goes into the atmosphere. So if you would invest an amount of money in a solar project that would replace the same amount of carbon emitted when you flew to Orlando, you have just created a carbon offset. Go to a website like Terrapass.com and they will do it for you. I created a post that shows you how easy it was to buy a carbon offset. It’s a big deal so take 750 points if you do it just once.
150 Points – Send an email to your Senator or Congressperson asking about their Climate Change stance.
Individuals in power are the ones that must act on behalf of the environment. Unfortunately, they don’t act unless they think that the voters will vote against them if they don’t. So send a card to your local politician and simple tell him or her that you will vote for the person who has the most aggressive agenda on behalf of the environment. Take another 150 points if you get a friend to do it too.
100 Points – Start using reusable lunch pouches for your kids
There really isn’t any reason to use plastic bags for school lunches anymore. Reusable lunch pouches are all over the place and lots of people have made the change. It’s not only easy but gets the environmental conversation going at home and at school. Kids want to help the environment and their future. You can help them do it. Look for alternatives and let them pick out the ones they want.
150 Points – Ask your employer to match an environmental fundraising at work
Pick out an environmental cause that you and your co-workers would be interested in supporting. Get a little committee together. Set a fund raising window and go to your employer to ask whether they would match the contributions. Make the cause something that aligns with the business you are in. There are a zillion organizations to support. Be sure to pass out materials or, better yet