April 3 - April 24, 2019

Norah Bolton

DrawdownTO

"Caring about Creation"

Points Total

  • 0 Today
  • 0 This Week
  • 600 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    21
    meatless or vegan meals
    consumed
  • up to
    150
    minutes
    spent exercising
  • up to
    2
    public officials or leaders
    contacted
  • up to
    38
    plastic containers
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    40
    minutes
    spent learning

Challenges

Transport

Explore Other Transport Solutions

All Transport Solutions

I will spend at least 20 minutes researching other Drawdown Transport Solutions.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Transport

Research and Advocate for High-Speed Rail

#66 High-Speed Rail

I will spend at least 20 minutes researching and advocating for a comprehensive high speed rail network in my country/region.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Buildings and Cities

Go for a Daily Walk

#54 Walkable Cities

I will take a walk for 15 minutes each day and take note of the infrastructure that makes walking more or less enjoyable, accessible, and possible.

COMPLETED 10 OF 22
DAILY CHALLENGE

Action Track: Social Justice

Express My Support

#54 Walkable Cities

I will find out who in my city makes decisions that impact neighborhood walkability and express my support for better walking infrastructure.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Materials

Eliminate Toxic Plastics

#47 Bioplastic

I will avoid buying toxic plastics, including polycarbonate, polystyrene and polyvinyl and instead replace them with bioplastic or durable options.

COMPLETED 19 OF 22
DAILY CHALLENGE

Food

Smaller Portions

#3 Reduced Food Waste

I will use smaller plates and/or serve smaller portions when dishing out food.

COMPLETED 21 OF 22
DAILY CHALLENGE

Food

Keep Track of Wasted Food

#3 Reduced Food Waste

I will keep a daily log of food I throw away during the EcoChallenge, either because it went bad before I ate it, I put too much on my plate, or it was scraps from food preparation.

COMPLETED 21 OF 22
DAILY CHALLENGE

Food

Reduce Animal Products

#4 Plant-Rich Diet

I will enjoy 01 meatless or vegan meal(s) each day of the challenge.

COMPLETED 21 OF 22
DAILY CHALLENGE

Action Track: Social Justice

Contact your Elected Officials

#23 Farmland Restoration

I will contact 01 elected officials to voice my opinion on the importance of restoring farmland in my region, including both public and private land.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

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  • Norah Bolton 4/25/2019 12:19 PM
    Just wanted to add - both Josh Matlow and Mike Layton responded the next day when I wrote them - and said they appreciated the support.  We forget that these and other politicians generally get negative mail.  After this is over let's continue giving positive support.

  • Norah Bolton 4/24/2019 6:11 PM
    This was a great activity and I learned a great deal in the process.  None of it was too hard and it's good to see both group and individual accomplishments.  My only regret is that I didn't encourage more people to do so.  I hope another challenge happens in 2019.  Thanks to all for your participation, encouragement and high fives!

  • Norah Bolton 4/23/2019 3:01 PM
    Some of the future transportation options are really interesting . . . 

  • Norah Bolton 4/19/2019 6:30 PM
    Walking in a different part of town.  At one point tried to hop on a streetcar on Spadina.  After having three come that were too full to enter, I gave up and walked much further.  Toronto definitely needs more public transit.

  • Norah Bolton 4/15/2019 6:53 PM
    On my walk saw signs on a new condo indicating that buyers' children might not get places at the nearest local schools.  Shows the need for planning that involves a number of stakeholders.

  • Norah Bolton 4/14/2019 6:48 PM
    Visited a store today that encourages customers to bring their own packaging or they will sell you things to carry it in.  I bought a half dozen small cotton bags to replace baggies in the fridge.  Will see how this works out.

  • Norah Bolton 4/10/2019 6:03 PM
    I suspect most of us don't know which plastic containers and wraps are the worst.  This would probably be a good "awareness" challenge.  Since I did not avoid buying something in a container, I can't check off this one today - but I have identified a store at Dundas and Dovercourt that sells reusable ones to replace all those baggies.  Amazon has some too.  On my to-do list!

  • Norah Bolton 4/10/2019 4:24 AM
    The good thing about this process is the building of awareness.  Having to decide every day builds that.

  • Norah Bolton 4/04/2019 2:11 PM
    Enjoyed writing to my provincial MPP to support farm land - and included this article from Alternatives Journal
    https://www.alternativesjournal.ca/sustainable-living/saving-land-feeds-us

  • Norah Bolton 4/03/2019 6:50 PM
    I met the daily challenge on a couple of these - an not sure whether they will come back every day or whether I have to wait until the end of the Drawdown so have not marked them  But I did spend the entire day at the Building a Post-Carbon World symposium - and also heard a lecture by Bill McKibben

    • Andrea Stephens 4/04/2019 2:52 PM
      Hi Norah! The daily challenges will come back everyday, so hit that challenge button each & everyday you accomplish the challenge! The one-time challenge you choose only once during the three weeks. 
      A few of us from DrawdownTO were at the conference as well - I hope you liked the DD talk! 
      🌱