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Melinda Enochs-Baucom

HorizonUU

"To live my faith by learning about, practicing, advocating for, and spreading the word about sustainable solutions in order to help build a just world for all."

Points Total

  • 0 Today
  • 145 This Week
  • 2,701 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    1
    advocacy actions
    completed
  • up to
    1
    documentaries
    watched
  • up to
    1
    donations
    made
  • up to
    1
    energy audits
    conducted
  • up to
    768
    minutes
    spent exercising
  • up to
    327
    minutes
    spent learning
  • up to
    4
    lightbulbs
    replaced
  • up to
    125
    minutes
    being mindful
  • up to
    2,004
    minutes
    spent outdoors
  • up to
    3
    pounds of paper
    have been saved
  • up to
    343
    more servings
    of fruits and vegetables
  • up to
    2
    public officials or leaders
    contacted
  • up to
    88
    zero-waste meals
    consumed

Melinda's Actions

Transportation

Purchase a Carbon Offset

Efficient Aviation

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

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

Food, Agriculture, and Land Use

Eat Mindfully

I will eat all of my meals without distractions, e.g., phone, computer, TV, or newspaper.

COMPLETED 8
DAILY ACTIONS

Food, Agriculture, and Land Use

Mulch the Base of Trees and Plants

Farm Irrigation Efficiency

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

Completed
One-Time Action

Food, Agriculture, and Land Use

Zero-waste Cooking

Reduced Food Waste

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

COMPLETED 33
DAILY ACTIONS

Land Sinks

Contact your Elected Officials

Abandoned Farmland Restoration

I will contact 2 elected officials to voice my opinion on the importance of restoring farmland in my region, including both public and private land.

Completed
One-Time Action

Coastal, Ocean, and Engineered Sinks

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

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 Action

Buildings

Learn about the Legacy of Redlining

Multiple Solutions

I will spend at least 30 minutes learning about the legacy of redlining and how city planning and environmental justice issues are interconnected.

Completed
One-Time Action

Electricity

Choose LED Bulbs

LED Lighting

I will replace 2 incandescent lightbulb(s) with Energy Star-certified LED bulbs, saving up to $14 per fixture per year.

Completed
One-Time Action

Health and Education

Research Barriers to Participation and Representation

Health and Education

I will spend at least 30 minutes learning more about the barriers to women's equal participation and representation around the world.

Completed
One-Time Action

Health and Education

Learn about the Need for Family Planning

Health and Education

I will spend at least 30 minutes learning more about the need for family planning globally.

Completed
One-Time Action

Industry

Advocate For More Packaging Options

Multiple Industry Solutions

I will advocate for alternatives to single-use packaging at local grocery stores, markets, at work, or on campus.

Completed
One-Time Action

Transportation

Express My Support For Equitable Biking Infrastructure

Bicycle Infrastructure

I will find out who in my city makes decisions that impact bike routes and express my support for better biking infrastructure.

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

Transportation

Express My Support For Walkable Cities

Walkable Cities

I will find out who in my city makes decisions that impact neighborhood walkability and express my support for better walking infrastructure.

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

Transportation

Advocate For Greener Vehicles

Electric Cars, Hybrid Cars, Efficient Trucks

I will assess the vehicles used by my company or college and advocate for a purchasing policy focused on electric and fuel-efficient vehicles

Completed
One-Time Action

Transportation

Research and Advocate for High-Speed Rail

High-Speed Rail

I will spend at least 30 minutes researching and advocating for a comprehensive high speed rail network in my country/region.

Completed
One-Time Action

Transportation

Go for a Daily Walk

Walkable Cities

I will take a walk for 25 minutes each day and take note of the infrastructure that makes walking more or less enjoyable, accessible, and possible.

COMPLETED 18
DAILY ACTIONS

Transportation

Use Muscle Power

Multiple Transportation Solutions

I will cut my car trip mileage by only taking necessary trips, and I will only use muscle-powered transportation for all other trips.

COMPLETED 31
DAILY ACTIONS

Food, Agriculture, and Land Use

Learn about Local Indigenous Practices

Indigenous Peoples' Forest Tenure

I will spend at least 60 minutes learning how local indigenous tribes are caring for the land by participating in a training, workshop, or presentation.

Completed
One-Time Action

Food, Agriculture, and Land Use

Learn More about Regenerative Agriculture

Conservation Agriculture, Regenerative Annual Cropping

I will spend at least 60 minutes learning about the need for more regenerative agriculture.

Completed
One-Time Action

Food, Agriculture, and Land Use

Support Organic Growing Methods

Nutrient Management

I will buy organic cotton and foods grown without the use of synthetic nitrogen fertilizers.

COMPLETED 8
DAILY ACTIONS

Food, Agriculture, and Land Use

Learn the Truth About Expiration Dates

Reduced Food Waste

I will spend at least 20 minutes learning how to differentiate between sell by, use by, and best by dates.

Completed
One-Time Action

Electricity

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

Food, Agriculture, and Land Use

Support Indigenous Peoples' Land Management

Indigenous Peoples' Forest Tenure

I will donate to Native American Rights Fund, which protects tribal natural resources and environmental rights and promotes Native American Human Rights.

Completed
One-Time Action

Food, Agriculture, and Land Use

Composting

Composting, Reduced Food Waste

I will start a compost bin where I live.

Completed
One-Time Action

Food, Agriculture, and Land Use

Keep Track of Wasted Food

Reduced Food Waste

I will keep a daily log of food I throw away during Drawdown Ecochallenge, either because it went bad before I ate it, I put too much on my plate, or it was scraps from food preparation.

COMPLETED 55
DAILY ACTIONS

Food, Agriculture, and Land Use

Tend A Garden

I will tend to a garden, or prepare for one, each day using sustainable gardening practices.

COMPLETED 48
DAILY ACTIONS

Action Track: Healing & Renewal

More Fruits And Veggies

I will eat a heart healthy diet by adding 1 cups of fruits and vegetables each day to achieve at least 4 cups per day.

COMPLETED 62
DAILY ACTIONS

Electricity

Choose Renewable Energy or Purchase Renewable Energy Credits

Onshore Wind Turbines, Utility-Scale Solar Photovoltaics

I will sign up for my utility company's clean/renewable energy option. If my utility does not offer one, I will purchase Renewable Energy Credits to match my usage.

Completed
One-Time Action

Industry

Go Paperless

Recycled Paper

I will reduce the amount of paper mail that I receive by 0.11lbs (0.05kg) a day or 3.3lbs (1.6kg) a month by opting into paperless billing, ending unwanted subscriptions and opting out of junk mail.

Completed
One-Time Action

Industry

Invite a friend to calculate the carbon footprint of their household

Individual actions are important, but people and organizations working together can make a real impact. I will share a carbon calculator with a friend and invite them to calculate the carbon footprint of their household.

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

Action Track: Healing & Renewal

Explore My Area

Sometimes protecting nature requires feeling connected to nature. I will invest 60 minutes in exploring and appreciating a natural area in my region, whether a forest, wetland, coastal area, or somewhere else.

Completed
One-Time Action

Action Track: Building Resilience

Forest-Friendly Foods 2

Tropical Forest Restoration

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

COMPLETED 60
DAILY ACTIONS

Action Track: Building Resilience

Support a Community Garden

Multiple Solutions

I will support a community garden by volunteering, donating, or advocating for a new or existing one.

Completed
One-Time Action

Industry

Practice the 5 R's

Recycling

I will Practice the "5 Rs" — refuse, reduce, reuse, repurpose, and recycle — to reduce my waste more than I can with just recycling alone.

COMPLETED 61
DAILY ACTIONS

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    Melinda Enochs-Baucom 6/09/2021 6:45 PM
    I harvested a basket of vegetables from my garden this morning, including the first tomato of the season. Had a big salad for lunch--organic and locally-sourced!

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    Melinda Enochs-Baucom 6/08/2021 7:47 PM
    I just answered the question about how to use all parts of fruits and vegetables in cooking and started thinking about other ways I reduce my food waste. One way is that when I make a large batch of something, I pop some in the freezer. If I get it out and eat it 2 days later, good. If it's 2 months later, still good. Soups and smoothies are great for using up odds and ends of both cooked and raw fruits and veg. I have used some things that most would raise their eyebrows at, but my soups and smoothies are nutritious, help our climate, and are never boring!
  • Reflection Question
    Food, Agriculture, and Land Use Zero-waste Cooking
    In North America, up to 65% of food waste happens at the consumer level. Chef Steven Satterfield advocates for utilizing every part of a vegetable. How can you incorporate using an entire vegetable, including the skins, tops, and stalks during your next meal prep?

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    Melinda Enochs-Baucom 6/08/2021 7:41 PM
    One thing I do is use the stalks of broccoli. You can either begin cooking them before you put in the florets, or cut them smaller than the florets, so they will finish cooking at the same time. another option is to steam the florets as a side dish, and put the cubed stalks (and those small leaves) into a soup you're cooking. I also chop up the stalks of collards and kale for soups and scrub carrots with a dish scrubber so they don't have to be peeled!

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    Melinda Enochs-Baucom 6/07/2021 4:31 PM
    Yesterday, I hurried to get my 3rd garden bed planted ahead of the coming rain. Too wet from previous rains to work the soil, so I couldn't add any compost or anything, but just had to plant "as is." It is just so cool to see seeds sprout and and plants grow and then suddenly, there is food! I have a huge Celebrity tomato that is almost ripe and it's been cool enough that the lettuce is still going strong. So, looks like a big salad in the near future. I would like to someday grow enough to feed myself out of my garden for a whole day--or longer!

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    Melinda Enochs-Baucom 6/06/2021 7:27 PM
    Wow! I just got back from an evening walk. I noticed a firefly when I looked out the window into the darkness and then another. I have seen several the last few days and decided on impulse to investigate further. There were so many! It reminded me of my childhood.

    I don't see them every year any more, but when I do, I've noticed that it is when we've had a fair amount of rain once it got warmer. And it has been a WET spring here in north Texas.

    I walked down to a nearby park and got away from the street lights and porch lights. I just stood and watched the fireflies sparking and listened to the frogs calling. It's a glorious world out there. Times like these make the climate and environmental advocacy worth it. Peace.
  • Reflection Question
    Food, Agriculture, and Land Use Mulch the Base of Trees and Plants
    Name some of the human activities impacting the health of water systems, both locally (your watershed) and globally (freshwater and oceans). What can you do to improve the health of water systems?

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    Melinda Enochs-Baucom 6/06/2021 3:38 PM
    Locally: putting medications, synthetic cleaning products, and used oils down the drain; letting soil erode and run into the water system; synthetic fertilizer and pesticide/fungicide runoff
    Globally: fracking waste water; agricultural runoff of pesticides, fungicides and fertilizer; pulling too much water from rivers and streams; wasting of water; overwatering of lawns; overfishing; pollution from factories; actions that promote warming of the ocean; trash dumping; oil and chemical spills.....

    Wow, that's kind of depressing when I write it all out. But we can do things to improve our water quality-in our personal lives, and through advocating for healthy waterways to our elected and appointed representatives!

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    Melinda Enochs-Baucom 6/02/2021 3:38 PM
    Finally at least a little sun today! I worked in the garden making cages for my tomatoes and putting them in, weeding, and planting (very late) green beans. I have to say, there were more mushrooms in my raised beds than green weeds! It has been much wetter and cooler than usual for this part of the country the last month or so. Climate change is making things really wacky, and I fear it will get much worse before it gets better.  Onward, climate warriors!

    Now, if I just knew whether those mushrooms are edible...

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    Melinda Enochs-Baucom 5/28/2021 5:01 PM
    Hey, Horizon UU team members! How's it going? Do y'all think we can get to 1,000 points before the end of the challenge on June 30? I'm gonna try to do dailies each day, post most days and squeeze a few more one-time actions in!
  • Reflection Question
    Food, Agriculture, and Land Use Support Indigenous Peoples' Land Management
    Indigenous speaker and activist Winona LaDuke says that, "most indigenous ceremonies, if you look to their essence, are about the restoration of balance — they are a reaffirmation of our relationship to creation. That is our intent: to restore, and then to retain balance and honor our part in creation." Why is balance important to sustainability?

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    Melinda Enochs-Baucom 5/27/2021 6:46 AM
    An imbalance in a system is inherently unsustainable. In human terms, sustainability is very much about justice. The rights of humans (of all kinds and cultures), animals, plants, natural systems, and the earth itself must all have their needs taken into consideration. Life on earth has evolved in an intricate web in which one component affects all others.
  • Reflection Question
    Transportation Research and Advocate for High-Speed Rail
    What are the factors that influence your choice of transportation? These can include things like money, time, and convenience, as well as perceptions of danger or safety. What would need to change for you to regularly choose more climate-friendly options?

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    Melinda Enochs-Baucom 5/25/2021 12:34 PM
    Factors that influence my choice of transportation are time/convenience, climate and environmental issues, and availability. I would be more inclined to take public transportation if it was more easily accessible to me. My town is outside of a major city and did not opt in when the public bus and rail system was being planned and built. I do what I can by occasionally driving to the closest rail station and riding into town and walking for close errands. Fortunately, Dallas Area Rapid Transit it in the middle of a revamp of routes to make them more convenient and increase ridership!