The 7-day carbon diet

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Monday, March 24, 2014


CHANGE your “brown” habits to “green” one activity at a time.

This is the aim of the “No Impact” experiment being observed from March 24 to 30 at the De La Salle University (DLSU) in Taft, Manila.

The project was conceptualized by American writer Colin Beavan known as the “No Impact Man,” whose family practiced a zero-waste lifestyle for a year. In the Philippines, employees of the Asian Development Bank (ADB) participated in the challenge from January 14 to 18, and February 22 to March 2 this year.

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Inside the DLSU campus, the Campus Sustainability Office and the Bienvenido N. Santos Creative Writing Center have partnered with the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research and Innovation to launch the campaign targeting the whole Lasallian community. The offices designed the university’s own carbon cleanse experiment: http://www.dlsu.edu.ph/research/centers/bnscwc/no-impact/.

The challenge of the No Impact week is simple: Commit to a one-week carbon cleanse.

Sounds easy, yes?

For Day 1, go paperless. Print double-sided or don’t print at all. Try not to use paper towels. Use eco bags and containers. That’s it. Baby steps for the environment!

Day 2 can be a bit challenging considering the crazy traffic in metro cities and crowded public transportation systems. The challenge is to burn more calories and less fuel. Take the bus, train, jeep, or walk. Not only does it reduce carbon footprint, but it also promotes a healthier lifestyle.

Day 3: Eat Healthy; healthy meaning less meat, more vegetables. If you can’t, make sure you finish your food orders or “baon” to the office or school.

Day 4 seeks to reduce energy consumption. Participants are encouraged to “Google less” and use computers or tablets only for work. Be sure to unplug electricity when not in use.

Day 5: Save Water. Bring your own tumblers or mugs to work, if you haven’t been doing this yet. Finish your drink. Turn off the faucet when washing your hands or brushing your teeth. Seems like a reminder for toddlers, ey?

Day 6 is to contribute for the environment. No budget? No problem. You can volunteer for a local or international environmental cause, plant a tree in your own backyard, or just pick up whatever litter you spot in your surroundings.

It’s the last day! Day 7 is the time to rest. Read a good book, sleep, or spend time with your family and friends (minus the use of gadgets).

To take the challenge a step further, use your social media accounts to promote the “No Impact” week and propose its implementation in your own offices, or school campus. (Sunnex)

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