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Julia Hartlage

Oakland Zoo

"just tryna save the planet"

Points Total

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  • 0 This Week
  • 695 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    21
    minutes
    spent learning
  • up to
    4
    petitions
    signed
  • up to
    57
    plastic bottles
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    22
    plastic containers
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    24
    pieces of plastic cutlery
    not sent to the landfill

Julia's Actions

Lifestyle

Reusable Face Coverings

Disposable masks are made of mixed materials and not recyclable. When possible, I will reduce my waste while protecting myself and others by wearing a reusable face covering when in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain.

COMPLETED 16
DAILY ACTIONS

Family

Learn about Environmental Injustice

Using the action resource links below, my family will spend 5 minutes learning about environmental justice, causes of environmental injustice, and how plastic waste disproportionately impacts already vulnerable communities.

Completed
One-Time Action

Family

Discover Together

I will spend 5 minutes educating my family on the basics of living a reduced/no-plastic lifestyle.

Completed
One-Time Action

Community

Research Local Waste Sites

I will spend 5 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

Community

Learn about Local Environmental Justice Concerns

I will spend 5 minutes learning about how plastic pollution affects members of my own community and how organizations in my community are working for change.

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

Food

Use Reusable Water Bottles

I will use a reusable bottle and stop purchasing bottled water, saving 3 disposable plastic bottle(s) a day.

COMPLETED 16
DAILY ACTIONS

Community

Sign a Petition

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

COMPLETED 4
DAILY ACTIONS

Community

Share My Actions

I will post to my social media networks about how reducing our plastic use is important for both environmental justice and conservation.

Completed
One-Time Action

Community

Estimate My Plastic Consumption and Go #PlasticNeutral

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

Completed
One-Time Action

Food

Use Reusable Containers

I will only use reusable containers instead of single-use plastic storage items (such as plastic wrap, single-use sandwich bags).

COMPLETED 22
DAILY ACTIONS

Food

Use Reusable Utensils

I will keep 1 plastic cutlery out of the landfill per day by using my own reusable cutlery.

COMPLETED 23
DAILY ACTIONS

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  • Reflection Question
    Family Discover Together
    What concerns you the most about how we are affecting the planet? Consider both local and global actions.

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    Julia Hartlage 7/18/2020 1:38 PM
    We are causing irreversible damage to our planet through climate change, and unless we take action soon we will not be able to combat the rising temperatures and the damage that comes with it. This has already been causing a mass extinction, and it will continue to worsen unless we do something about it, which in this current political climate does not seem likely.
  • Reflection Question
    Food Use Reusable Utensils
    How can you be an advocate for using reusables instead of disposables for the rest of your community? Where are they currently dependent on disposable food packaging or eating utensils, and how can you convince them of the need for change?

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    Julia Hartlage 7/16/2020 10:01 AM
    Right now as restaurants are closed for dining in, most are using disposable plastic for food packaging. Although many are still providing disposable utensils, they really aren't necessary, as everyone has reusable utensils at their house where they are receiving their food.
  • Reflection Question
    Lifestyle Reusable Face Coverings
    In what other ways can you use creativity or innovation to reduce your waste while adapting to our current times?

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    Julia Hartlage 7/16/2020 9:58 AM
    You can use sprays instead of disposable wipes to sanitize surfaces, and buy refillable hand sanitizer instead of those that are individually packaged. 

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    Julia Hartlage 7/15/2020 1:21 PM
    I started leaving some metal straws in my car so that if I go to a drive-thru, I don't have to get a plastic straw for my drink. I used to always forget to carry my metal straws with me so this has helped me a lot!
  • Reflection Question
    Community Sign a Petition
    What is a plastic-related issue in your state/province?

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    Julia Hartlage 7/15/2020 1:19 PM
    Banning plastic in California is a big issue, especially because of how much plastic ends up in the ocean and hurts marine life.
  • Reflection Question
    Community Share My Actions
    In what ways is social media an effective tool for sharing your values?

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    Julia Hartlage 7/11/2020 1:50 PM
    On social media, you can share your views with a wide audience of people. You can provide ways that everyone can help, as well as data and links for people to get more information. You can also share posts by others, which is very easy but can still make an impact.
  • Reflection Question
    Community Research Local Waste Sites
    In what neighborhoods or areas of your region are landfills or other waste sites located? Which communities are most affected by these locations?

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    Julia Hartlage 7/09/2020 2:44 PM
    It was interesting to see how our area compares to both the state average and the national average in different environmental issues. Although we were lower than the national average for most categories, we were higher than the state average in several, which I found interesting.
  • Reflection Question
    Food Use Reusable Containers
    How can you think outside the box (or bag!) when it comes to disposables?

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    Julia Hartlage 7/01/2020 11:44 AM
    Replacing single-use Ziplock bags is something that I don't think many people do, but buying silicone bags has helped me use a lot less of them.
  • Reflection Question
    Community Estimate My Plastic Consumption and Go #PlasticNeutral
    What did you find out about your plastic consumption by using the calculator? What did or didn't surprise you?

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    Julia Hartlage 7/01/2020 11:39 AM
    My annual plastic usage was 44kg, which was lower than the American and European averages. I didn't realize how low the Indian average was (11kg!). If everyone used plastic the way that I do, there would be more plastic in the ocean than fish by 2048, which surprised me since I was lower than the average.