Helen Boyd

Comox Valley Drawdown

Points Total

  • 0 Today
  • 0 This Week
  • 676 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    1
    people
    helped
  • up to
    16
    meatless or vegan meals
    consumed
  • up to
    110
    minutes
    spent learning

Challenges

Women and Girls

Give a Microloan

#62 Women Smallholders

I will give 1 microloan(s) to women who need help starting a business.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Electricity Generation

Explore Other Electricity Generation Solutions

All Electricity Generation Solutions

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

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Food

Explore Other Food Solutions

All Food Solutions

I will spend at least 30 minutes researching other Drawdown Food Solutions.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Food

Learn More about Regenerative Agriculture

#11 Regenerative Agriculture

I will spend at least 30 minutes learning about the need for more regenerative agriculture.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Food

Learn More about Silvopasture

#9 Silvopasture

I will spend at least 30 minutes watching videos and/or reading about the environmental benefits of silvopasture.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Food

Smaller Portions

#3 Reduced Food Waste

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

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DAILY CHALLENGES

Food

Keep Track of Wasted Food

#3 Reduced Food Waste

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

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DAILY CHALLENGES

Food

Reduce Animal Products

#4 Plant-Rich Diet

I will enjoy 2 meatless or vegan meal(s) each day of the challenge.

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DAILY CHALLENGES

Transport

No Flying 2019!

I will refuse to fly for the entire year of 2019. In addition, I will refuse to participate in conferences, or meetings that require travel by car that could otherwise be done by Telepresence using Zoom or Skype meetings.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Transport

Explore Other Transport Solutions

All Transport Solutions

I will spend at least 30 minutes researching other Drawdown Transport Solutions.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Transport

Conduct Virtual Meetings

#63 Telepresence

I will encourage my office to hold meetings virtually whenever possible instead of requiring travel.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

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  • Helen Boyd 11/29/2019 10:49 AM
    Probably the most important thing you could do today to encourage our political leaders to Drawdown our CO2 levels. See you there!
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  • Reflection Question
    Women and Girls Give a Microloan
    Globally, women typically invest a higher proportion of their earnings in their families and communities than men. Why do you think that is?

    Helen Boyd 11/26/2019 7:10 PM
    I totally agree with this statement. I choose woman when donating to KIVA for this exact reason. 
  • Reflection Question
    Food Reduce Animal Products
    Why do people in richer countries eat more meat than people in other places? How does eating more meat affect our bodies, our planet, and other people?

    Helen Boyd 11/25/2019 7:14 PM
    Over the past 3 years, I have kept my consumption of meat to weekends only to reduce my carbon footprint. I sometimes ponder the idea of becoming Vegan and I'm not sure why I haven't done the switch yet. Any Vegans among our group who can tell me more about their decisions to adopt this particular diet? 

  • Helen Boyd 11/24/2019 6:05 PM
    I learn something new each day doing this type of challenge. I never thought of my overflowing Inbox of e-mails as a source of CO2. Please read this article and comment. Yes, not as polluting as a car but certainly avoidable, I have my work cut out for me with this one!!

    https://cleanfox.io/blog/environment/fight-against-polluting-emails/

  • Helen Boyd 11/23/2019 8:03 AM
    Such a struggle to avoid the draw of electronics and avoid their planned obsolescence. I have an inexpensive cellphone that I have had for years and despite slowing down, I just can part with it as the idea of it being part of the landfill is one I have trouble accepting so I will hold on to it till it totally dies. Let me know how you deal with electronic e-waste? What's been far easier is to train myself to turn off unneeded power bars that use up fathom energy even when there not in use. I guess it's just a new habit to develop. Have a great weekend of Ecochallenge! 

  • Helen Boyd 11/20/2019 10:32 PM
    What an amazing turnout at this evening's Breaking the Silence on Climate Change. Huge thanks to Celia and CV Unitarian Fellowship for their Leadership. So empowering to see so many people engaged and committed to taking action locally. A heartfelt presentation by Councillor Will Cole-Hamilton of Courtenay launched us into Kitchen Table conversations. Thank you to all of facilitators, organizers, and most importantly the members this wonderful community we call home!  Let's keep the conversation going...

  • Helen Boyd 11/20/2019 10:15 AM
    The film Five Acres also emphasized the importance of Regenerative Agriculture which is about much more than just sustainable using the soil as a further means of capturing CO2. 

  • Helen Boyd 11/20/2019 10:12 AM
    What a fabulous film at NIC last evening called Five Acres based in Nanaimo. It will be shown again at World Community Development Film festival. Learned so much about the Island. Did you know that 95% of our food is important to the Island while we have an enormous capacity to grow in the Valley. Anybody doing front lawns converted to gardens? Our farmers need all of the support they can get. 

  • Helen Boyd 11/16/2019 9:29 PM
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    Come to this event on Wednesday evening and participate in group discussions after an informative talk by Councillor Will-Cole Hamilton. Sponsored by CV Unitarian Fellowship and CV Nurses for Health & the Environment 
  • Reflection Question
    Transport Conduct Virtual Meetings
    How can you ensure that your virtual meetings honor your values and your company's culture?

    Helen Boyd 11/16/2019 9:25 PM
    I have used Zoom meetings twice this week and request it as often as possible to avoid unnecessary travel. Today I avoided a trip to Nanaimo for a meeting that lasted 1 hour. So glad to see Telepresence as one of the Drawdown solutions. I do think it's about mindset, people are surprised when I request it and yet always feel good at the end of the meeting not to have driven needlessly. 
    I realize that no everybody might know about Zoom. Here is a quick definition: Zoom is a web-based video conferencing tool with a local, desktop client and a mobile app that allows users to meet online, with or without video. Zoom users can choose to record sessions, collaborate on projects, and share or annotate on one another's screens, all with one easy-to-use platform.  

    • We have staff around the country and use Zoom for almost all of our meetings. As someone who works remotely, I appreciate having video instead of just audio in longer meetings. It makes me feel more connected and engaged.