April 4 - April 25, 2018

Lynn Day

Sustainable Iowa and World

"To live as God created humanity as good stewards in our relationships to & with: 1. God, the Universe 2. Ourselves 3. Our neighbor & fellow man 4. The created world"

Points Total

  • 0 Today
  • 0 This Week
  • 209 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    30
    minutes
    spent learning
  • up to
    2
    meatless or vegan meals
    consumed
  • up to
    3
    locally sourced meals
    consumed

Challenges

Transport

Explore Other Transport Solutions

All Transport Solutions

I will spend at least 15 minutes researching other Drawdown Transport Solutions.

Uncompleted
One-Time Challenge

Land Use

Forest-Friendly Foods 2

#5 Tropical Forests

I will replace or remove products in my current diet that are known to contribute to deforestation.

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DAILY CHALLENGE

Land Use

Forest-Friendly Foods 1

#5 Tropical Forests

I will spend at least 15 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 15 minutes learning how to differentiate between sell by, use by, and best by dates.

Uncompleted
One-Time Challenge

Electricity Generation

Explore Other Electricity Generation Solutions

All Electricity Generation Solutions

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

Uncompleted
One-Time Challenge

Electricity Generation

Rooftop Solar Consultation

#10 Rooftop Solar

After researching the incentives at the federal, state, utility, and local levels, I will contact a local installer/distributor for a solar panel installation consultation on my house.

Uncompleted
One-Time Challenge

Food

Support Nutrient Management

#65 Nutrient Management

I will buy from organic and local farmers who have made the decision to not use synthetic nitrogen fertilizers.

COMPLETED 1 OF 22
DAILY 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.

COMPLETED 1 OF 22
DAILY CHALLENGE

Food

Support Local Food Systems

#4 Plant-Rich Diet

I will source 3 meal(s) 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 1 OF 22
DAILY CHALLENGE

Food

Reduce Animal Products

#4 Plant-Rich Diet

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

COMPLETED 1 OF 22
DAILY CHALLENGE

Feed

  • 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?

    Lynn Day 4/25/2018 9:17 PM
    I can positively impact deforestation by choosing a mainly plant based, locally grown, organic diet.
  • Reflection Question
    Food Learn the Truth About Expiration Dates
    Now that you know the difference between use by, sell by, and best by dates, how will you view expiration dates differently?

    Lynn Day 4/25/2018 9:15 PM
    I now feel more confident in knowing if something I have unopened in my pantry is spoiled or not.
  • Reflection Question
    Food Reduce Animal Products
    What do you think contributes to people in North America eating more meat than other countries, and what does this say about North American values and ways of living? How do we start shifting a meat-focused food culture?

    Lynn Day 4/18/2018 12:11 PM
    I think that marketing, the Standard American Diet suggested by the U.S. government as the way to eat, and Big Farms have contributed to the fact that North Americans eat more meat than other country. the United States is a land of consumers driven by marketing and legislation that is impacted by those who have the most to gain financially.  We need to prioritize the health of our planet as well as our personal health over the financial gains being catered to with Big Farms and Big Pharma.

    The first place to begin shifting the focus to a more plant-based food culture is through education.  People are yearning for happier and healthier lifestyles and that begins by choosing with what we put into our mouths.  There is definitely positive strides being made in this area.  As we begin to understand how food affects us personally, we will also learn how our food choices impact the planet we call home.

    Not only is this a delicate balance environmentally but also one that has economic impact. It's time to start driving where we want the world to go through the choices we make in our lifestyles which include our diet, purchases and investments.  It's time to invest in a future that we might not live to see but that we can impact with the choices we make every single day!
  • Reflection Question
    Food Learn More about Silvopasture
    Had you heard of the term silvopasture" before now? After learning more about it, what do you think is the biggest advantage of silvopasture?

    Lynn Day 4/18/2018 11:55 AM
    I had not heard of the term Silvopasture before now.  I love that it is a great way to counteract the methane emission of livestock, that it is a financially feasible way for someone to ranch and farm, reaping the financial and environmental benefits from both, and that it has the potential to help alleviate drought and erratic weather.
  • Reflection Question
    Food Learn More about Regenerative Agriculture
    Clean air, clean water and healthy food are three reasons to care about regenerative agriculture. In what ways can you support your closest regenerative agriculture farm?

    Lynn Day 4/18/2018 11:47 AM
    The best way that I can support my closest regenerative agriculture farm is by advocating for their farming practices on a political and personal level.
  • Reflection Question
    Food Support Local Food Systems
    Dependable fresh food, supporting local farmers and building resilient communities are just a few benefits of local food systems. Which of these advantages inspire you the most?

    Lynn Day 4/18/2018 11:45 AM
    I am inspired by the fact that through supporting local farmers for my dependable fresh food source means that I am helping to build a resilient community, one that will leave this planet a better place for all that inhabit it.
    Let's work together to build resilient communities!
     
  • Reflection Question
    Food Smaller Portions
    Fun fact: Your brain and stomach register feelings of fullness after about 20 minutes of eating. While dishing food out, we tend to load our plates with more than we need. Using smaller plates helps to mitigate this. Aside from the environmental benefits, what other benefits might come out of this?

    Lynn Day 4/18/2018 11:40 AM
    Benefits of using a smaller plate include eating healthier portions and thus keeping weight in control. As written in Selina Juul's blog, "we tend to like our plates to be fairly full. By reducing the size of the plate, you ensure that you don’t overfeed yourself or the trash bin." Those two reasons alone are all that I need to start eating on smaller plates!
  • Reflection Question
    Food Support Nutrient Management
    How does environmental quality influence your sense of community?

    Lynn Day 4/18/2018 10:01 AM
    As I am trying to be a good steward of the gifts that have been given to me, it's very important that I look for, purchase and use products and items that have a high, positive environmental impact. I feel that although I am one small person, I am part of a greater whole that is making the world a better place for generations to come.