April 3 - April 24, 2019

Charlene Day

DrawdownTO

"Creating a spiritually fulfilling, socially just and environmental sustainable human presence on this planet "

Points Total

  • 0 Today
  • 0 This Week
  • 1,091 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    0
    meatless or vegan meals
    consumed
  • up to
    1
    documentaries
    watched
  • up to
    48
    zero-waste meals
    consumed
  • up to
    1
    people
    helped
  • up to
    1
    donations
    made
  • up to
    26
    locally sourced meals
    consumed
  • up to
    80
    minutes
    spent learning

Challenges

Electricity Generation

Support Companies Leading in Green Energy

#8 Solar Farms

I will use my spending power to reward companies leading in purchasing green energy and incentivize others to invest more in green energy.

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.

COMPLETED 27 OF 22
DAILY CHALLENGE

Food

Zero-waste Cooking

#3 Reduced Food Waste

I will cook 2 meal(s) with zero-waste each day

COMPLETED 24 OF 22
DAILY CHALLENGE

Land Use

Buy Bamboo

#35 Bamboo

When they are available, I will purchase products made from bamboo instead of wood, plastic, or metal.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Women and Girls

Learn about the Need for Family Planning

#7 Family Planning

I will spend at least 15 minutes learning more about the need for family planning globally.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

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

Materials

Recycle Everything I Can

#55 Household Recycling

I will recycle all materials that are accepted by local haulers or drop stations in my community.

COMPLETED 23 OF 22
DAILY CHALLENGE

Food

Reduce Animal Products

#4 Plant-Rich Diet

I will enjoy 0 meatless or vegan meal(s) each day of the challenge.

COMPLETED 24 OF 22
DAILY CHALLENGE

Food

Support Local Food Systems

#4 Plant-Rich Diet

I will source 5 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.

COMPLETED 23 OF 22
DAILY CHALLENGE

Buildings and Cities

Online Energy Audit

Multiple Solutions

I will complete an online energy audit of my home, office, or dorm room and identify my next steps for saving energy.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Action Track: Social Justice

Donate

#21 Clean Cookstoves

I will donate to nonprofits that install clean cookstoves in low-income countries.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Action Track: Social Justice

Learn about Local Indigenous Practices

#39 Indigenous Peoples' Land Management

I will spend at least 30 minutes learning how local indigenous tribes are caring for the land by attending a training, workshop, or presentation.

Completed
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.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Electricity Generation

Watch a Video about Methane Digesters

#30 Methane Digesters (large), #64 Methane Digesters (small)

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

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Feed

  • 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?

    Charlene Day 4/24/2019 6:00 PM
    Because women are the caregivers.

    • Milithza Silva 4/24/2019 8:51 PM
      Another reason is because many of the tasks done by the caregiver go unpaid but if all those activities were quantified it would correspond to a big chunk of money.
  • Reflection Question
    Women and Girls Learn about the Need for Family Planning
    What did you learn about the need for family planning? Share some of the learning with your friends!

    Charlene Day 4/24/2019 5:59 PM
    It is important for women to learn about family planning as each individual adds to the carbon load.

  • Charlene Day 4/03/2019 7:48 PM
    So far so good now that I have the hang of it.
  • Reflection Question
    Food Zero-waste Cooking
    How are environmental issues like black carbon and other emissions from cooking fires or rudimentary cookstoves also human health and social justice issues? Why do these issues matter to you?

    Charlene Day 4/03/2019 7:47 PM
    Exposure to black carbon is linked to health impacts such as cardiopulmonary morbidity and mortality, and reducing people’s exposure to particles containing black carbon will therefore also reduce such adverse health impacts. Countries where there is no electricity women cook over open fires so that leads to social justice issues, In Canada the forest fires are a big issue.
  • Reflection Question
    Land Use Buy Bamboo
    Are bamboo alternatives readily available in your community? If not, what are other sustainable alternatives?

    Charlene Day 4/03/2019 7:41 PM
    You have to look for them but I have bought bamboo clothing in my community.

  • Charlene Day 4/02/2019 4:42 PM
    It is getting exciting as tomorrow is the big day!
  • Reflection Question
    Land Use Forest-Friendly Foods 1
    How is your diet currently impacting deforestation? What can you do to decrease your negative impact and increase your positive impact?

    Charlene Day 3/29/2019 7:25 PM
    When I don't read labels and buy items that contain ingredients that have resulted in clear cutting. I don't eat meat so hopefully that will contribute to making a positive impact somewhere. I am being more conscious to read the labels and not buy foods containing palm oil.
  • Reflection Question
    Electricity Generation Watch a Video about Methane Digesters
    What does your vision of a sustainable community look like? What would need to be changed in order for such vision to become reality?

    Charlene Day 3/29/2019 7:19 PM
    A community where all the needs of the individuals were met and where people feel safe, healthy and cared for. Where the environment was considered a living being and therefore cared for and honoured. Where people were spiritually fulfilled and there was social justice. What has to change is awareness. That can come from personal development and the desire to make the world a better place. And a whole lot of education.
  • Reflection Question
    Action Track: Social Justice Learn about Local Indigenous Practices
    What did you learn about indigenous peoples' land management that you can apply in your own life?

    Charlene Day 3/29/2019 7:11 PM
    In my garden, I respect the plants and the earth the plants are grown in. I have a different relationship with them after speaking to some indigenous elders. I am much more connected now.
  • Reflection Question
    Action Track: Social Justice Donate
    How are environmental issues like black carbon and other emissions from cooking fires or rudimentary cookstoves also human health and social justice issues? Why do these issues matter to you?

    Charlene Day 3/29/2019 7:03 PM
    When we breathe the air after there has been a forest fire for instance, it is very detrimental to our health. Also in countries where they are cooking their food over open fires because they can't afford a healthier version of cooking, that is a social justice issue. I have been affected by the forest fires as I have relatives living in BC. so have had to wear a mask in order to go outside to lessen the damage from the black carbon. So I have had first hand experience and see the damage it has on our health.