Irene Burnet

Eco UU Nature Lovers

"I am eager to support Harley Pinto in accomplishing his Eagle Scout project while learning about global warming's impact on myself, my family, community and the world and what we can do to make a difference."

Points Total

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Participant Impact

  • up to
    1
    documentaries
    watched
  • up to
    400
    minutes
    spent exercising
  • up to
    405
    minutes
    spent learning
  • up to
    24
    meatless or vegan meals
    consumed

Irene's Actions

Land Use

Supporting pollinators which benefit the ecosystem

I am planting zinnia seeds that I saved from last year's flowers. I am planting zinnias to attract and support bees, butterflies and even gold finches (they visited last year's flowers). Their roles as pollinators are essential to a healthy and productive ecosystem.

Completed
One-Time Action

Food

Learn the Truth About Expiration Dates

Reduced Food Waste

I will spend at least 30 minutes learning how to differentiate between sell by, use by, and best by dates.

Completed
One-Time Action

Food

Explore Other Food Solutions

All Food Solutions

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

Completed
One-Time Action

Food

Learn More about Regenerative Agriculture

Conservation Agriculture, Regenerative Annual Cropping

I will spend at least 100 minutes learning about the need for more regenerative agriculture.

Completed
One-Time Action

Food

Composting

Composting, Reduced Food Waste

I will start a compost bin where I live.

Completed
One-Time Action

Food

Smart Seafood Choices

Ocean Farming

I will visit seafoodwatch.org or download the app and commit to making better seafood choices for a healthier ocean.

Completed
One-Time Action

Buildings and Cities

Replace Manual Thermostats

Smart Thermostats

I will replace manual thermostats with smart ones.

Completed
One-Time Action

Buildings and Cities

Go for a Daily Walk

Walkable Cities

I will take a walk for 20 minutes each day and take note of the infrastructure that makes walking more or less enjoyable, accessible, and possible.

COMPLETED 20
DAILY ACTIONS

Electricity Generation

Learn More about Wave and Tidal Energy

Ocean Power

I will spend at least 90 minutes learning more about the energy generation potential of wave and tidal energy.

Completed
One-Time Action

Electricity Generation

Watch a Video about Methane Digesters

Methane Digesters

I will watch a video about methane digesters (also commonly known as anaerobic digesters).

Completed
One-Time Action

Electricity Generation

Solar Water Consultation

Solar Hot Water

I will contact a local installer/distributor to see if a solar water heater makes sense for my house.

Completed
One-Time Action

Food

Growing and eating organic foods to improve health

I listened to an interview with Rich Roll and Dr. Zach Bush on restoring gut health. It relates to our own health and regenerative agriculture and healing the planet. I was interested in this topic because I struggle with autoimmunity issues and have concerns about the lack of nutrition in the foods I eat. https://www.richroll.com/podcast/zach-bush-353/

Completed
One-Time Action

Food

Reduce Animal Products

Plant-Rich Diets

I will enjoy 1 meatless or vegan meal(s) each day of the challenge.

COMPLETED 24
DAILY ACTIONS

Food

Smaller Portions

Reduced Food Waste

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

COMPLETED 24
DAILY ACTIONS

Women and Girls

Learn about the Need for Family Planning

Health and Education

I will spend at least 120 minutes learning more about the need for family planning globally.

Completed
One-Time Action

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  • Irene Burnet 5/31/2020 8:01 PM
    It seems like whatever I happen to read has some relevance to the global warming crisis. I was reading an article about clothes and style during the pandemic. A New York artist stated that it's crucial to think about our footprint and how we consume clothes and that she is questioning herself as a consumer. I try to buy consciously. I enjoy looking at new clothes but I think twice about actually buying something. It's time to Marie Kondo the closet!
  • Reflection Question
    Women and Girls Learn about the Need for Family Planning
    What did you learn about the need for family planning? How do the needs of different people in different places compare to each other?

    Irene Burnet 5/29/2020 3:27 PM
    The need for family planning in some countries like those in Africa can affect how long a woman lives and the quality of her and her family's lives. Having too many children may cause a woman to die prematurely. If she can control how many children to have and when to have them, she can work for while to bring in income and save for her children to go to school. If a young teen can contraceptives, she might be able to get more education or earn income before she starts a family.
    In Papua New Guinea, a doctor and nurse visit remote villages to teach men and women how to use contraceptives and exercise family planning. Drones bring medicines and contraceptives to remote villages. Family planning is empowering women, men and children, making earnings and education more available. having fewer children will also benefit the planet which has limited resources.
    It seems odd that sex education and contraceptives are so available in our own country but some citizens want to limit women's choices. Even in a wealthy country, a teen having a pregnancy can reduce her opportunities to finish her education and find work that is satisfying and can provide an income for her family.
  • Reflection Question
    Electricity Generation Solar Water Consultation
    Diversifying our energy supply and improving public health are just two benefits of renewable energy. What other motivators inspire you to consider installing a solar water heater in your home?

    Irene Burnet 5/28/2020 8:08 PM
    My husband and I are motivated to consider installing a solar water heater in our home because: it is a proven technology which has been around for a long time; it may be a less expensive method for heating the water in our home; and it would reduce our carbon footprint.

  • Irene Burnet 5/28/2020 8:01 PM
    My husband contacted a representative of Halco, a local solar water heating installer, to discuss the feasibility of a solar water heating system working with our current water-on-demand system. My husband also requested information regarding retrofitting our ceramic kitchen floor with a radiant heating system. The representative will get back to us with with information regarding efficiency and cost.

  • Irene Burnet 5/26/2020 6:26 PM
    It was blisteringly hot today andtried to stay house-bound yo avoid it. But I suddenly in mid-afternoon just had to take a walk to soak in some sunshine and get a sniff of a lilac blossom. So I walked to Cobbs Hill Park. I am so blessed to have such a great park so close. I not only got to appreciate white and purple lilacs but came upon a tree I've never seen before. I looked it up in a plant app. It was a Carolina Silverbell tree which would normally be found in the southeastern US. It may not be from around here but it is truly lovely. I know we like to do nature plants nowadays but so it goes. I am grateful that early Rochester planners recognized the importance for people to connect with nature and landscape designers had the vision to create so many stunning parks in the Rochester area. They are especially being appreciated d
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    uring this time of the pandemic to lift people's spirits with the space for social distancing.

  • Irene Burnet 5/25/2020 7:19 PM
    I started using Tru Earth eco-laundry strips. They estimate that a sheet weighs 3 grams per load while a liquid detergent per load would weigh 40 grams. The packaging for the strips is a biodegradable cardboard while liquid detergent comes in a heavy plastic container. So with so much less to transport and no plastic container, it can reduce the stress on the environment.

  • Irene Burnet 5/25/2020 3:20 PM
    I watched a TED Talk today called "The Mysterious Lives of Giant Trees". The canopy of a redwood has its own ecosystem. There are some things living there that don't exist anywhere else on earth. It is stunning that some trees have lived for 2 -3 thousand years. I hope they will survive global warming.

  • Irene Burnet 5/24/2020 8:57 PM
    I watched a n amazing TED Talk called: "How To Plant a Forest In Your Backyard". This man named Sharma has a business where he helps people create a forest. He studies the history of the area to know what is right for the location, planting several different varieties and manages the forest for a couple of years until it start taking care of itself. It was informative and beautiful!

  • Irene Burnet 5/24/2020 8:52 PM
    When I eat appetizers I use a small plate and, although I sample a few things, I don't seem to eat as much as I do at a meal with a large dinner plate. And yet I don't feel hungry. Maybe we are just used to filling our plates. In the late 1990's large plates were in style. Pottery Barn had beautiful dinnerware sets but the dinner plates were huge. I'm so glad I didn't buy any. It was absurd! The small portions challenge reminds me that I don't have to fill a big plate.

  • Irene Burnet 5/19/2020 8:54 PM
    I took a long walk today through my neighborhood. I like my neighborhood. Living in the city, we have sidewalks, street lights and crosswalks. There are speed bumps so cars don't race down the street. There are bicycle lanes in the streets. We have two little parks that our community organization and neighbors including myself take care of. There is an area with shops and restaurants within walking distance that enrich our neighborhood experiences. It's a nice place to live and I'm grateful for that.