Earth Day 2019 – Menu Of Challenges

The following topics and challenges were designed by the Freshwater Stewardship Corps at Lake Superior State University’s Center for Freshwater Research and Education. Special thanks to all that helped with this project:  Luke Campbell, Beth Christensen, Carter Fosmore, Mike Hatten, Conner Johnson, Mary Markel, Elliot Nelson, Margot Zink, and Barb Light.

Each challenge has points associated with it to give it a competitive feel. This year the points don’t mean anything, but you are welcome to brag about how many you have earned! There is no order to the challenges and you can do whichever challenges appeal to you. Have fun with it!

picture of a menu

Water Conservation Challenges

Freshwater is all around us! We need to conserve and protect it so we can share it will all of the people, animals, and plants around the Great Lakes.

  • Toothbrushing Challenge:  Turn off the water when you brush your teeth instead of letting it run. (1 point each time)
  • Shower Challenge:  Time your showers and try to decrease the time you run the shower by 1 minute. (4 points per minute decreased)
  • Water Footprint Challenge: Estimate your water usage with this handy Water Footprint Calculator! (3 points)
  • Book or Article Challenge:  read a book (10 points) or article (2 points) about water conservation and usage. Discuss it with someone (10 points).

Water Conservation Fast Facts!

   Post your water savings on our Facebook page!!

Troop 5170 Water Challenge

Microplastics and Glitter Challenge

Plastics smaller than the size of a sesame seed can’t be filtered out of water through wastewater treatment so they end up in lake, stream, and river sediments to be consumed by fish or other animals.

  • Microplastics Challenge:  read one article or watch one video about microplastics and think about/talk about how you dispose of glitter if you ever use it or cut down on your use of glitter (3 points)
  • Water Bottle Challenge:  Use a reusable water bottle instead of disposable water bottles. (2 points each time)

Microplastics and Glitter Fast Facts!

Be Nature Aware: Flora and Fauna Challenges

A variety of plants (flora) and animals (fauna) on the land and in the water shows the health of an ecosystem. Become aware of all the different living things around us.

  • iNaturalist Challenge: We would like to increase the number of active local participants on the iNaturalist app by 25 people so the challenge is to join the iNaturalist app and upload at least one observation. There is no need to identify the observation. (10 points for joining and uploading at least one observation plus 1 point for each additional upload)

iNaturalist resources to help you get started!

Really cute spider videos!

Bioaccumulation Challenge

Keep our water safe! Don’t flush drugs or dump chemicals into our lakes, rivers, and streams!

  • Medication Disposal Challenge:  Drop of expired or unneeded medications at the police station to dispose of them.
    (10 points for proper disposal of any amount – we confirmed that the State Police, Sault Ste. Marie Police, and the Sheriff’s Office still accept medications for disposal and that they can be dropped off anytime.)

Great local website about medication disposal!

Learn about mercury in the Great Lakes.

Fuel Consumption Challenges

Using fossil fuels like gasoline increases greenhouse gases in our atmosphere and pollutants in our air and water. Walking, biking, and carpooling helps keep the air and water clean.

  • Alternative Transportation Challenge: Walk or bike instead of driving.
    Points:  1 point per quarter mile (4 points per mile)
  • Carpool Challenge:  Carpool to work, school, or other places.
    Points:  1 point for every 5 miles.

Video about fossil fuels

Recycling Challenges

Conserve resources by using them another time! Recycling plastics, metal, paper, and cardboard means they can be used to make something else, which saves our natural resources and reduces the amount of trash we throw away.

  • Basic Recycling Challenge:  Recycle your recyclable waste. (1 point per item)
  • Recycled Art Show Challenge:  Work as a team or on your own to create a fully-recyclable unique work of art using only items that can be recycled at the Chippewa County Recycle Center, Northern Transitions, Inc. (50 points possible; see rules)

Saturday, April 20, 2019
10:00 AM
Northern Transitions Recycle Center
1423 W Easterday Ave.
Sault Ste Marie, MI

Art Show Rules and Information!