By: Kaylee Wei and Meher Mehta
Being Green in Quarantine
In our five-video series, our members vlog their experiences with practicing different lifestyles. They reflect on their experience throughout the week and explain how their actions have impacted the environment. From minimalism and veganism to zero waste and repurposing items, join us in our Being Green in Quarantine series to learn how to help to implement different lifestyles to help the environment.
Source: The Parks Blog by Wondery
In our first video, our very own member Samhita tries out minimalism through four challenges. In her first challenge, she uses one cup for the entire week, from coffee and milk to the healthy eight glasses of water. In her second challenge, she reduces her waste by testing out her stationary and sustainably disposing of any out-of-ink pens. To eat healthily and to keep things simple, she cooks with whole foods and uses high-quality ingredients to make breakfast fruit bowls and pasta. In her final challenge for the week, she declutters her desk and workspace to be more organized and to keep track of the things she owns, which will allow her to determine whether or not she uses an item often enough to either keep it, buy a new one, or donate it. She reflects that “if we can popularize... living with just the basic necessities, living with fewer things than more things in contrast to what we assume society wants from us, [then we can] create more incentive for people to become minimalists and live minimalist lifestyles.” By reducing what we consume, we can reduce factory production and the 1.5 million metric tons of CO2 that it produces annually (EPA).
In our next video, our special guest Saahil presents many different ways to repurpose items. First, he explains how to transform an ordinary jar into a plant pot: simply put a layer of rocks at the bottom, fill the jar with soil, and sprinkle in a couple of seeds. Remember to cover the seeds with soil afterward and to water them every day. Another simple way to reuse a jar is to use it as a pen stand, which will help with organization. By repurposing, you reduce waste and thus reduce greenhouse gases emitted from maintaining and creating new landfills, cutting down forests for material, and factories that have to meet the demands of its consumers (EPA).
In our upcoming videos, learn more about veganism and going zero-waste. Subscribe to our YouTube channel for updates and new content as we strive to create a greener future.
Environmental Education Panel
December 5, 2020
On December 5, 2020, Greenkeepers held a virtual environmental education panel featuring three guest speakers from around the world. They shared their experiences and work in their field, answering questions from the audience and providing advice.
From the Pacific Northwest, wildlife biologist Kristina Lynn specializes in ecology and coastal ecosystems. She works to rehabilitate animals, including cougars in the Bolivian Amazon, and studies big cat movement in Southern California, where the human-wildlife interface is changing to affect both humans and animals--livestock may be damaged, and diseases may be passed on both sides. She also runs a YouTube channel with over 27,000 subscribers to discuss sustainability and environmental science careers. She believes that she has a responsibility to protect and support our home planet and our wildlife.
From India, Shyamala Suresh shares her work with solid-waste management, where she advocates for responsible consumerism, replacement of single-use disposables like menstrual hygiene products in favor of sustainable options, and composting. She is a founding member of Sampoorna Ahara, India’s first plant-based whole food company that strives for zero-waste and healthy lifestyles.
A founder and a lifelong educator, Jeff Sharpe directs Sustainable Learning, a nonprofit that strives to help students from all over the world understand and design solutions to environmental problems. He has been a teacher for over two decades, working to build a better future for the youth and next generations.
All three of these speakers provided insight into their careers to help others determine their interests for the future. Environmentalism provides numerous opportunities, and it has crucial applications to today’s ever-changing world, especially with climate change. Keep an eye out for future events on our Instagram.
Source: The Singapore Women's Weekly
Life For A LiFE
Tree Planting Fundraiser
As a community, we have suffered and lost too many lives to COVID-19. We would like to remember the ones we have lost by planting a tree for each death in Alameda County, which is roughly 750. Thus far, we have received grants from local businesses and have spoken to the City of Fremont’s arborist, who has provided us with multiple tree planting locations around the city that can accommodate a total of 185 trees. Our first round of tree planting will be at the Sabercat Trail in Fremont, CA later this year. To raise funds, we have held a virtual 5k with over 60 sign-ups and over $300 raised; participants were able to stay active while publicizing and supporting our event. To further help this initiative, please donate to our GoFundMe--100% of proceeds will go toward this project. We hope to make a tangible difference in our community by making it greener and raising awareness about environmental issues.