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Jalissa Brown

ZooTampa Team

"Your favorite Eco Friendly gal while being an advocate for those are not able-bodied. #HSWarrior"

Points Total

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  • 0 This Week
  • 614 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    32
    advocacy actions
    completed
  • up to
    1
    documentaries
    watched
  • up to
    37
    conversations
    with people
  • up to
    252
    minutes
    spent learning
  • up to
    60
    pieces of litter
    picked up
  • up to
    10
    petitions
    signed
  • up to
    50
    plastic bottles
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    28
    plastic containers
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    1
    waste audits
    conducted

Jalissa's Actions

Community

Learn about the Harms of Plastic Production

Plastic production, not just disposal, pollutes communities and harms people. I will learn about the impacts of plastic production on humans, animals, communities, and the environment.

Completed
One-Time Action

Community

Say No to Styrofoam

Throughout its life cycle, polystyrene (styrofoam) can harm people, communities, and the planet. I will refuse styrofoam whenever I can, making sure to kindly let people know why I'm asking for alternative packaging.

COMPLETED 7
DAILY ACTIONS

Community

Sign a Petition

I will sign a petition in support of a plastic reduction-related initiative in my state/province.

COMPLETED 4
DAILY ACTIONS

Community

Learn about Local Environmental Justice Concerns

I will spend 10 minutes learning about how plastic pollution affects members of my own community and how organizations in my community are working for change.

Completed
One-Time Action

Food

Ask My Favorite Restaurant to Reduce Plastic Use

I will talk to the owner or manager of a restaurant I frequent to request that they reduce their use of single-use and disposable plastics.

Completed
One-Time Action

Lifestyle

Proper Bioplastic Disposal

I will spend at least 25 minutes researching how to properly dispose of bioplastics in my city and share this information with 10 friends, family, and/or colleagues.

Completed
One-Time Action

Lifestyle

Complete a Waste Audit

I will conduct a waste audit - including recyclables and compost - to understand how much waste I create and where I can reduce the most.

Completed
One-Time Action

Community

Research Local Waste Sites

I will spend 30 minutes finding out where landfills and/or toxic waste sites are situated in my region and which communities are most impacted by these sites.

Completed
One-Time Action

Food

Start Composting

I will start a compost collection at home, work, or school.

Completed
One-Time Action

Lifestyle

Watch a Documentary

I will watch a documentary film about waste with family and friends and talk about what we learned.

Completed
One-Time Action

Lifestyle

Natural Fibers

When available, I will purchase clothing made with natural fibers, such as cotton, linen, or wool, rather than synthetic fibers.

Completed
One-Time Action

Lifestyle

Buy Only What I Need

I will not buy anything except items required for health and safety.

COMPLETED 10
DAILY ACTIONS

Food

Give Up Gum

I will give up gum or choose gum made from chicle or other plastic-free gum bases.

COMPLETED 18
DAILY ACTIONS

Food

Use Reusable Water Bottles

I will use a reusable bottle and stop purchasing bottled water, saving 2 disposable plastic bottle(s) a day.

COMPLETED 10
DAILY ACTIONS

Food

Plant a Garden

I will plant a herb or vegetable garden in my home, workplace, dorm room, or community garden using as little plastic as possible.

Completed
One-Time Action

Lifestyle

Travel Smart

If traveling, I will bring my own plastic free items (water bottle, grocery bags, collapsible food containers, utensils, straws, etc.) with me.

Completed
One-Time Action

Community

Prevent Recycling Contamination

Contamination prevents what is recyclable from being recycled. I will spend 40 minutes researching which materials are accepted by local haulers or drop stations in my community and recycle only those items.

COMPLETED 5
DAILY ACTIONS

Community

Give Some Green Gratitude

I will give a shout-out on social media to a local company, coworker, friend or family member for their plastic free or green efforts.

Completed
One-Time Action

Community

Estimate My Plastic Consumption and Go #PlasticNeutral

I will visit the rePurpose website, complete the 3-minute plastic consumption calculator, and explore how I can reBalance my annual plastic footprint.

Completed
One-Time Action

Community

Keep My Community Clean

I will pick up 6 piece(s) of litter each day.

COMPLETED 10
DAILY ACTIONS

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  • Reflection Question
    Community Learn about Local Environmental Justice Concerns
    What are the most pressing environmental justice concerns in your city, town, or region? Were you aware of or affected by these local concerns before you did your research?

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    Jalissa Brown 7/10/2021 12:06 PM
    I would have to say the Riverwalk on the Bay! It gets so filled with plastic from people not being intentional about their litter and where it can lead to here in Tampa. I will literally drive by ripped trash bags and garbage on the road from people not properly getting rid of their waste. It makes me beyond disappointed. I was aware of these concerns as I got involved with a local sustainable farm here in Tampa and found out about other community efforts from there.
  • Reflection Question
    Lifestyle Travel Smart
    How can/did you prepare to be successful in this action? Did you engage in conversation with anyone about your new habit?

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    Jalissa Brown 7/10/2021 11:56 AM
    I got a stylist water bottle carrier which makes it easier to carry around on the job and makes it easier not to forget as well because I treat it like the rest of bags when I leave th ehouse.
  • Reflection Question
    Food Use Reusable Water Bottles
    Using the links provided, investigate the bottling practices of water corporations. There have been many cases where the water rights of the local people have been violated or even completely disregarded when a corporation decides to bottle water from a particular water source. How can you advocate for those who have been harmed by this bottling process?

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    Jalissa Brown 7/10/2021 11:55 AM
    By simply not buying that Brand who is invading the local water system and potentially causing harm to the waterways. I would advise all my friends and family to do the same.
  • Reflection Question
    Lifestyle Proper Bioplastic Disposal
    What concerns you the most about how we are affecting the planet? Consider both local and global actions.

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    Jalissa Brown 7/10/2021 11:53 AM
    The environmental racism is what gets to me the most. I took an Alternative Winter Break Trip, which is a volunteer opportunity through my old university, we went to Flint, MI in 2019. Flint is still recovering after all these years, while there we did served many different communities, not just focusing on the water issues. But the water issue is what got to me the most when we visited an Elementary school in Flint, we cleaned some areas in the school, but had a sit down session with the teachers there as well where we talked about the learning conditions in Flint. Many people don't realize the water is causing lead poisoning in many of the children which is affecting their ability to learn for prolonged periods. The teachers have more breaks with their learning materials due to the students attention pan being shorter and not being able to retain the information from the lead poisoning. This struck my heart because when I was in Kindergarten I had lead poisoning and it sometimes would affect my learning ability, I do believe it has affected the way my brain processes information in my adulthood, but I recognize my privilege and fortunate situation that I was not exposed to lead for prolonged periods and recovered. I pray one day they will be able to receive all the assistants needed to recover, if not, to help at least live life.

    • Barbara Drummond's avatar
      Barbara Drummond 7/12/2021 12:11 PM
      That is heartbreaking. Thank you for sharing your experience. We need more accountability for environmental racism and laissez faire management crimes. Flint Michigan's water crisis should never have happened. 
  • Reflection Question
    Lifestyle Complete a Waste Audit
    What did you learn about the waste you create? Where can you reduce the most?

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    Jalissa Brown 7/10/2021 11:43 AM
    I can reduce the most with my single use plastics. Instead of buy fruit in plastic containers, cut it and store it myself in re-usable containers. While it is abit more convenient, taking the time out to cut and store in myself would reduce my single plastic usage by a great amount.
  • Reflection Question
    Lifestyle Natural Fibers
    What are the benefits (to people, animals, and the environment) of purchasing clothes made with natural fibers?

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    Jalissa Brown 7/10/2021 11:41 AM
    To people in particular, we tend to forget that many countries do not have the protective laws against unsafe work environments and underage workers like we do here in America. Many countries in Asia and Latin America suffer from this, especially women primarily being the ones in sweatshops. This is a result of fast fashion (Forever 21, Walmart, Target, etc.) which isn't beneficial to the environment either due to the synthetic products produced and used. This leads to damage to the environment which affects the animals as well.
  • Reflection Question
    Food Plant a Garden
    Besides having access to fresh herbs and vegetables, what benefits will you see from growing your own garden?

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    Jalissa Brown 7/10/2021 11:34 AM
    Getting more intuned with the Earth and other various vegetations. Many times we only take inconsideration of common kitchen herbs and veggies without realizing there are various kinds of "weeds" and roots that are very beneficial for edible or medicinal purposes. Gardening also teaches you about patience.
  • Reflection Question
    Food Give Up Gum
    Why do you chew gum? What habits could replace and meet your reasons for chewing gum?

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    Jalissa Brown 7/10/2021 11:32 AM
    I chew gum due to my anxiety. Growing up I always chewed on bottle caps and other weird miscellaneous items whenever there was some chaos going at home, triggering my anxiety. Finding another edible item that I can chew on can help with this as well.
  • Reflection Question
    Community Keep My Community Clean
    How does the act of picking up litter connect you more to your community?

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    Jalissa Brown 7/10/2021 11:31 AM
    Not only are you simply improving the environment, but monkey see, monkey do. If others actively see you carrying a bag to pick up litter, they may feel inclined to do it themselves or try not to litter as often. You learn your community and maybe some discover some area of your community you were never exposed to prior.