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Gail Brimbecom

WUC Challengers

"I will participate in climate disruption mitigation activities at home and at church and encourage other faith communities to do the same. "Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed citizens can change the world" - Margaret Mead."


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Gail's actions

Health and Education

Avoiding red meat

I began avoiding red meat for health reasons and later considered this action to be sound for helping to heal the planet.



Go for a Daily Walk

Walkable Cities

I will take a walk for 60 minutes each day and take note of the infrastructure that makes walking more or less enjoyable, accessible, and possible.



hybrid vehicle (Prius)

The past three vehicles in our family have been hybrid. I choose this car to save on gas and model the behaviour to others.


Health and Education


My goal is to encourage faith communities to develop a committee to help mitigate climate disruption



reduce household fuel usage

I am keeping the thermostat in my home at 19.4 degrees celsius



limit power usage

I will use timers on household lighting and heating


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    Gail Brimbecom 2/29/2024 9:17 PM
    I met all my goals for Thursday, Feb. 29th but didn't get them posted before midnight.

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    Gail Brimbecom 2/28/2024 4:36 PM
    I sent an opportunity to sign a petition to a friend

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    Gail Brimbecom 2/28/2024 4:34 PM
    Snow flurries, wind and cold temperature changed my walk at the creek today from an early spring to a winter walk. It's still only February and the unpredictable weather is unsetlling.

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    Gail Brimbecom 2/26/2024 4:14 PM
    I am maintaining a vegetarian diet both for health purposes and also to reduce the stress on the environment caused by farming animals for food

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      Gail Brimbecom 2/26/2024 6:44 PM
      I've been a vegetarian (more or less) for 25 years. Didn't think of entering it as a category in the drawdown ecochallenge until recently. Initiated for personal health reasons, I have only lately thought that being a vegetarian does support environmental health and I'm happy about that secondary effect.

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      Kathleen ffolliott 2/26/2024 5:30 PM
      Hi Gail, I hope "maintaining" equates to "enjoying"! I've found that going vegetarian encourages more creativity and flavour experiences in what I prepare.

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    Gail Brimbecom 2/26/2024 4:12 PM
    I am recording the actions of people at my church as they work on mitigating climate change in order to encourage everyone to do their part

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    Gail Brimbecom 2/26/2024 4:09 PM
    I walked with a friend at the Bowmanville Creek today (14,000 steps, over 9 km.). It was a beautiful day and there were many dog walkers, babies and young children. We came across the most delightful sight - two children, approx. ages 2 and 4 , helmets on their heads, spotted sitting side by side on the bank of the creek fascinated by the ducks who swam over to see them. We spoke to their father who told us how he brings the children to the fish ladder, spring and fall, and like today to see the ducks. From an early age they are being exposed to the wonders of nature. How wonderful!

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    Gail Brimbecom 2/25/2024 7:13 PM
    Walked at Bowmanville Creek today.

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    Gail Brimbecom 2/24/2024 5:26 PM
    My daily food intake today was vegetarian

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    Gail Brimbecom 2/24/2024 5:18 PM
    1. Today I walked along the Whitby Shores Trail from Thickson Rd. S to Brock St. S and what I understood for the first time was that the groups of trees along the trail were planted as part of this regeneration project. It was inspiring to see the growth that has happened in the intervening years and also to learn that this project was initiated back in 1996.

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    Gail Brimbecom 2/23/2024 2:15 PM
    I forgot to check in for two days, straight!!! Busy with meeting and travel home. But I did all my regular things and that’s what matters. Brisk walk today at Bowmanville Creek. Met some people feeding the ducks.