Addy Davidson

Elders Climate Action

Points Total

  • 0 Today
  • 70 This Week
  • 1,513 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    43
    locally sourced meals
    consumed
  • up to
    26
    zero-waste meals
    consumed
  • up to
    1
    donations
    made
  • up to
    130
    minutes
    spent learning

Challenges

Transport

Test Drive an Electric Bike

#69 Electric Bikes

I will test drive an electric bike at a local distributor to see if it makes sense to use one in place of my car, or to extend the area I can cover by bike.

Uncompleted
One-Time Challenge

Land Use

Forest-Friendly Foods 1

#5 Tropical Forests

I will spend at least 30 minutes researching the impact of my diet to see how it contributes to deforestation.

Uncompleted
One-Time Challenge

Food

Learn the Truth About Expiration Dates

#3 Reduced Food Waste

I will spend at least 10 minutes learning how to differentiate between sell by, use by, and best by dates.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Materials

Research Cement Alternatives

#36 Alternative Cement

I will spend at least 30 minutes researching cement alternatives that reduce the carbon footprint of concrete.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Food

Zero-waste Cooking

#3 Reduced Food Waste

I will cook 1 meal(s) with zero-waste each day

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DAILY CHALLENGES

Materials

Mulch the Base of Trees and Plants

#46 Water Saving - Home

I will prevent water runoff and increase absorbency by mulching the base of trees and plants in my yard.

Uncompleted
One-Time Challenge

Materials

Go Paperless

#70 Recycled Paper

I will reduce the amount of paper mail that I receive by opting into paperless billing and subscriptions.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Buildings and Cities

Research Heat Pumps

#42 Heat Pumps

I will spend at least 45 minutes researching heat pumps to see if installing one makes sense for my home/building.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Buildings and Cities

Research Retrofitting Incentives

#80 Retrofitting

I will spend at least 45 minutes finding out if my city, region, state, or country offers incentives for retrofitting existing buildings.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Electricity Generation

Advocate for Solar Installation

#10 Rooftop Solar

I will create a plan to and advocate for solar installation at my business, apartment building, or campus.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Materials

Recycle Everything I Can

#55 Household Recycling

Contamination prevents what is recyclable from being recycled. I will research and recycle all materials that are accepted by local haulers or drop stations in my community, making sure to not contaminate recyclables with non-recyclables.

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DAILY CHALLENGES

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

Support Local Food Systems

#4 Plant-Rich Diet

I will source 30 percent of my food from local producers each day. This could include signing up for a local CSA, buying from a farmer's market, visiting a food co-op, foraging with a local group, or growing my own ingredients.

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DAILY CHALLENGES

Action Track: Social Justice

Fund Family Planning

#7 Family Planning

I will donate to supply a community with reproductive health supplies.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

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  • Addy Davidson 12/04/2019 10:49 AM
    I'm feeling very depressed about our collective future.  Some years back, we all 'needed' to do was drive about 15% less to affect the outcome.  Now we could drive 50% less and still not hit the target.  How likely is that to happen?  It's not.  I'm so depressed to see so few people caring about the issue, and I live in California where we DO care, and DO have lots of electric vehicles, and DO support solar (because we have sunshine.  I'm not wagging my finger at people covered in snow at the moment!)   And still too many people don't have this on their radar.

  • Addy Davidson 12/01/2019 9:57 AM
    We had 20 for Thanksgiving, and people were front-loaded to bring their own to-go containers for the leftovers.  Now we are making turkey stock from the 2 carcasses, and my dear husband will make soup for the next month.  It's my favorite holiday.  But still, no waste if we can help it!


  • Addy Davidson 11/22/2019 8:28 AM
    What do people think about "easier to make a great decision once than many good decisions many times"?  Someone told me that - I'm sure it's a garbled version of some aphorism -- in relation to buying an electric car.  How you decide about a car once every 6-7-8 (12-14-18) years, but you have to decide to bring your fabric bags every day that you go shopping.  Really rang a bell with me.  Of course, one can do both things -- make great decisions AND good decisions.   But why wait on the big ones?

  • Addy Davidson 11/06/2019 9:58 AM
    We have "Farm Fresh To You" in my area, which is where you sign up online for a box of locally grown produce.  You can customize it each week for what you want, and how much.

    And we have "Sprouts", which is a farmer's market-style grocery store that has lots of produce as well as bins of grains/flours, etc, that you weigh out how much you want.

    I usually go to Sprouts, and I have made reusable net bags for my produce, and reusable cotton bags for my grains/flours.  But I noticed that not all of the produce there comes from local farms.  They ship in produce from all over.

    So, I started up with Farm Fresh, since that's local.  Two deliveries now, and unfortunately, I have found they package things in plastic.  So the potatoes are local, but they're in plastic bags, a big "NO" in my book.  It's #5 recycleable plastic, but still.  Plastic just for portioning?

    If I'm concerned about my personal carbon footprint, which way should I go?

  • Addy Davidson 10/31/2019 8:37 AM
    THIS THIS THIS THIS https://www.cbsnews.com/news/greta-thunberg-nordic-council-environmental-award-prize-instagram/ THIS THIS THIS THIS

  • Addy Davidson 10/29/2019 7:33 PM
    Just planted winter lettuce.  People talk about the beauty of living with all 4 seasons, but I really do appreciate being able to grow greens all year round.

  • Addy Davidson 10/21/2019 1:34 PM
    Wow!  Globally, more people die from air pollution related illness than from Malaria and HIV combined!!!  OUCH!!!!!!
  • Reflection Question
    Buildings and Cities Research Heat Pumps
    Why is taking action on climate change important to you? Why do you care?

    Addy Davidson 10/21/2019 12:50 PM
    I have kids and grandkids.  Of course I care!

  • Addy Davidson 10/18/2019 9:19 AM
    Reviewed my property tax bill.  Beyond the basic tax, the largest line item is for trash pick up. Which remains the same whether I put bins out or not, whether the bins are full or not.  I don't know what the fix is for this -- the trucks are needed, the bins are needed, it's not called "sanitation" for nothing.  But some incentive for people who compost, who recycle, would boost composting and recycling (even though in the grand scheme of things, the health of the earth should be incentive enough)!  Can't complain about the small amounts taken out for the library, the schools, the mosquito abatement.

  • Addy Davidson 10/16/2019 7:05 PM
    Reuse!!  Did not buy new, bought used.  Sanded, scscrape, painted and added new fabric.  Spiffy.