Joel DeVyldere

HP

Points Total

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  • 0 This Week
  • 538 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    348
    pounds of CO2
    have been saved
  • up to
    102
    meatless or vegan meals
    consumed

Challenges

Food

Reduce Animal Products

#4 Plant-Rich Diet

I will enjoy 3 meatless or vegan meal(s) each day of the challenge.

COMPLETED 32
DAILY CHALLENGES

Land Use

Forest-Friendly Foods 2

#5 Tropical Forests

I will replace or remove the palm oil, coffee, and cocoa products in my current diet that are known to contribute to deforestation.

COMPLETED 0
DAILY CHALLENGES

Land Use

Forest-Friendly Foods 1

#5 Tropical Forests

I will spend at least 45 minutes researching the impact of my diet to see how it contributes to deforestation.

Uncompleted
One-Time Challenge

Land Use

Advocate for Forest Protection

#38 Forest Protection

I will contact 3 congress people or representatives to advocate for public policy that protects forests and the enforcement of existing anti-logging laws.

Uncompleted
One-Time Challenge

Land Use

Buy Bamboo

#35 Bamboo

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

Uncompleted
One-Time Challenge

Electricity Generation

Explore Other Electricity Generation Solutions

All Electricity Generation Solutions

I will spend at least 45 minutes researching other Drawdown Electricity Generation Solutions.

Uncompleted
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).

Uncompleted
One-Time Challenge

Electricity Generation

Learn More about Biomass

#34 Biomass

I will spend at least 45 minutes learning more about the energy generation potential of biomass.

Uncompleted
One-Time Challenge

Electricity Generation

Learn More about Wave and Tidal Energy

#29 Wave and Tidal

I will spend at least 45 minutes learning more about the energy generation potential of wave and tidal energy.

Uncompleted
One-Time Challenge

Electricity Generation

Learn More about Micro Wind

#76 Micro Wind

I will spend at least 45 minutes learning more about the energy generation potential of Micro Wind.

Uncompleted
One-Time Challenge

Materials

Properly Dispose of Refrigerants

#1 Refrigerant Management

I will spend at least 45 minutes learning how to properly dispose of my refrigerator, freezer, and other refrigerants at the end of their useful lives.

Uncompleted
One-Time Challenge

Food

Explore Other Food Solutions

All Food Solutions

I will spend at least 45 minutes researching other Drawdown Food Solutions.

Uncompleted
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.

Uncompleted
One-Time Challenge

Transport

Explore Other Transport Solutions

All Transport Solutions

I will spend at least 45 minutes researching other Drawdown Transport Solutions.

Uncompleted
One-Time Challenge

Transport

Purchase a Carbon Offset

#43 Airplanes

If I buy a plane ticket, I will purchase a carbon offset.

Uncompleted
One-Time Challenge

Transport

Research and Advocate for High-Speed Rail

#66 High-Speed Rail

I will spend at least 45 minutes researching and advocating for a comprehensive high speed rail network in my country/region.

Uncompleted
One-Time Challenge

Transport

Stay on the Ground

#43 Airplanes, #63 Telepresence

Instead of traveling by plane, I will find an alternative way to accomplish the goals of an upcoming trip (i.e. telepresence, vacation locally).

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Feed

  • Reflection Question
    Food Reduce Animal Products
    Why do people in richer countries eat more meat than people in other places? How does eating more meat affect our bodies, our planet, and other people?

    Joel DeVyldere 1/30/2020 2:52 PM
    The Cost of Meat in Rich Countries
    In the US, the cost of meat from grain-fed animals is effectively subsidized by the federal government. I don't think it's ethical to grow animals in small boxes and feed them grain that is not natural for them to eat - and especially not using taxpayer dollars.

    Effects on our Bodies
    I know that over-consumption of red meat can cause health issues over time. I haven't researched what the effects of factory-farmed, antibiotic-laden meat does to people over time, and whether there are any documented ill health effects, but this is something I am interested in learning about.

    Effects on Our Planet
    Meat and dairy production are major sources of greenhouse gasses, which are contributing to unchecked increases in global surface temperature. This is why I think it's important to implement policies that incentivize a plant-based diet (vegetarianism and veganism) for everyone in rich countries.

    Effects on Other People
    Plant proteins, such as grains and legumes, that are produced by people in poor countries are often sold to rich countries where they are fed to cattle, artificially inflating the price of protein for already vulnerable people groups. I think this is unjust.