8×8 Challenge Week One Your Mind and Body Our first week is all about you. You can’t help anyone or anything if you’re not taking care of yourself first. Tending to your internal life is so important before you can focus your energy outward! Oxygen mask rules are in full effect. Secure your own before helping others. Don’t forget to check out your impact stats from this week’s actions! Your Actions Commit to the #8x8Challenge If you’re reading this, you’ve already committed. Check one off the list! Write Down Your “Why” Understanding your motivation for doing something is the greatest way to maintain inspiration. Grab a pen and jot down why this challenge matters to you. Watch the “Make a Difference” Video This is the ultimate dose of inspiration. Watch it here. Send a Message of Support Send a message to a climate activist or individual in your life that inspires you. This could be an activist on social media that you follow, but it could also be someone in your life whose actions have inspired you. It’s so important to feel connected to a wider movement, and letting people know you are inspired by them is a great way to keep everyone motivated. Check out our suggestions to get started. Consume “Good News” Google “good news climate stories” to build up hope and resilience. Seeking positive stories helps build up our resilience to do the work that is required. Here are some examples. Get Outside Go outside for a combined 2 hours this week. Studies show that living close to nature and spending time outside has significant and wide ranging health benefits. Eat a Meatless Meal If we all reduced our meat consumption by only 40%, we’d be in position to hit our climate targets. Here are some suggestions for meatless meals. Send Us the Send us the 🎉 Emoji Send us the 🎉 emoji once you’ve completed all of your actions for this week. Let us know when you’ve completed week one, and we’ll send you a thank you perk! Make a Difference Video The inspirational message we all deserve. Support Materials 29 Best Vegetarian Recipes Food blog COOKIE + kate put together this great list of 29 of their favourite vegetarian recipes. Some of our favourites include: Peanut Slaw with Soba Noodles Epic Vegetarian Tacos Vegetable Paella Vegetable Lasagna Get Cooking Good News Stories Build your reserves of hope and resilience with some good news stories about our planet. “The rare spots of good news on climate change” from MIT Technology Review “Animal Archives” from the Good News Network “Here are all the positive environmental stories from 2022 so afar” from euronews *Photo by Michelle Valberg Dig In Advocates on Social Media Check out these environmental and animal rights advocates on social media, and consider sending them a message of appreciation for Action #4! Jann Arden, artist and animal rights advocate Mike Graeme, photographer Karishma, advocate for sustainability for all Jaya Scott, member of our Youth Advisory Council Explore Instagram Your Impact What you’ve accomplished this week! Go Outside 2 hours outside a week reduces depression, anxiety and health risks such as high blood pressure. Good News 2k studied participants were found to be more motivated to make a difference when they read good news. Eat Meat Less 850 gallons of water saved if you swapped half a pound of beef for a veggie option.