Steve Faraher-Amidon

Comox Valley Drawdown

Points Total

  • 0 Today
  • 0 This Week
  • 630 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    40
    miles
    traveled by bike
  • up to
    41
    pounds of CO2
    have been saved
  • up to
    2
    donations
    made
  • up to
    75
    minutes
    spent exercising
  • up to
    65
    minutes
    spent learning
  • up to
    1
    locally sourced meals
    consumed
  • up to
    4
    people
    helped
  • up to
    2
    public officials or leaders
    contacted

Steve's Actions

Action Track: Social Justice

Support Microgeneration in Low Income Countries

Small Hydropower, Micro Wind Turbines, Microgrids

I will make a donation to a nonprofit that installs microgeneration in low income countries.

Completed
One-Time Action

Action Track: Social Justice

Learn about Local Indigenous Practices

Indigenous Peoples' Forest Tenure

I will spend at least 15 minutes learning how local indigenous tribes are caring for the land by attending a training, workshop, or presentation.

Completed
One-Time Action

Food

Support Local Food Systems

#4 Plant-Rich Diet

I will source 15 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 ACTIONS

Food

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.

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DAILY ACTIONS

Buildings and Cities

Go by Bike

Bicycle Infrastructure

I will commute by bike 5 mile(s) each day and avoid sending up to 5.13 lbs of CO2 into Earth's atmosphere.

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DAILY ACTIONS

Buildings and Cities

Go for a Daily Walk

Walkable Cities

I will take a walk for 15 minutes each day and take note of the infrastructure that makes walking more or less enjoyable, accessible, and possible.

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DAILY ACTIONS

Action Track: Social Justice

Advocate for Forest Protection

Forest Protection

I will contact 2 congress people or representatives to advocate for public policy that protects forests and the enforcement of existing anti-logging laws.

Completed
One-Time Action

Action Track: Social Justice

Give a Microloan

Sustainable Intensification for Smallholders

I will give 3 microloan(s) to women who need help starting a business.

Completed
One-Time Action

Women and Girls

Research Women-Owned Businesses

Sustainable Intensification for Smallholders

I will spend 15 minutes each day researching women-owned businesses I can support when shopping.

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

Food

Learn More about Silvopasture

Silvopasture

I will spend at least 10 minutes watching videos and/or reading about the environmental benefits of silvopasture.

Completed
One-Time Action

Action Track: Social Justice

Help Girls Overcome Health Barriers

Health and Education

I will donate 1 Femme Kit(s) to help girls overcome health and sanitation barriers to being able to attend school.

Completed
One-Time Action

Food

Support Nutrient Management

Nutrient Management

I will research and support local farmers who have made the decision to not use synthetic nitrogen fertilizers.

Completed
One-Time Action

Food

Learn More about Regenerative Agriculture

Conservation Agriculture, Regenerative Annual Cropping

I will spend at least 10 minutes learning about the need for more regenerative agriculture.

Completed
One-Time Action

Land Use

Learn about Temperate Forests

Temperate Forest Restoration

I will spend at least 15 minutes learning more about the environmental services provided by and the environmental issues affecting temperate forests.

Completed
One-Time Action

Transport

Improve a Bus Stop

Public Transit

I will improve a bus stop in my neighborhood by posting the stop schedule, adding seating or shelter, adding art or flowers, picking up litter, or implementing some other small improvement.

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

Materials

Properly Dispose of Refrigerants

Refrigerant Management

I will spend at least 10 minutes learning how to properly dispose of my refrigerator, freezer, and other refrigerants at the end of their useful lives.

Completed
One-Time Action

Materials

Fix Leaky Faucets

Low-Flow Fixtures

I will fix faucets or report leaky faucets to facilities that have been wasting up to 9 gallons (34 L) of water a day or 270 (1,020 L) gallons of water a month per faucet.

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

Transport

Explore Other Transportation Solutions

All Transportation Solutions

I will spend at least 5 minutes researching other Drawdown Transport Solutions.

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

Electricity Generation

Learn More About Geothermal Energy

Geothermal Power

I will spend at least 5 minutes learning more about the energy generation potential of geothermal energy and consider investing in this technology.

Completed
One-Time Action

Electricity Generation

Learn More about Wave and Tidal Energy

Ocean Power

I will spend at least 10 minutes learning more about the energy generation potential of wave and tidal energy.

Completed
One-Time Action

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  • Steve Faraher-Amidon 11/29/2019 8:38 AM
    Daily walking has become challenging, with surgery to my nose. I have had to watch for blood pressure increases which can affect my nose repair.  Fortunately I have never been diagnosed with high blood pressure..for exmaple, feeling flushed does not necessarily mean high blood pressure..which for years I thought it did.
    Yet I am endeavoring to continue to improve and sustain the daily walking. It opens up so much to the beauty and connection to our surroundings. However, it is compromised where many of us live in Comox -Courtenay by wood smoke. Thankfully Comox has taken steps by disallowing new stoves in new construction, yet older homes can re stove as they like...so walking requires me to carry a scarf for my nose and throat. That said, the beauty of the area and the frequency of smoke issues integrate in my decisions re walking, where, how long, when. And it does, regardless, reinforce my connection to what can be done, and what must be done, and the reality that changes are happening, though slower than I would like.
  • Reflection Question
    Land Use Learn about Temperate Forests
    As you learn more about the scope and seriousness of the environmental challenges we face, what impact does that have on your thinking and actions? What are the parts that feel overwhelming? What parts help you feel hopeful?

    Steve Faraher-Amidon 11/29/2019 8:32 AM
    The importance of Forestry support cannot be overstated. It is complicated on Vancouver island with the lack of sustainable jobs in the traditional sector, coupled with a failure to embrace (for some) change from traditional sectors such as logging. When i see clear cutting that has been left without reseeding, it is sad and creates concerns.  And yet, years ago when I visited a logging operation in the Kootenays I learned that clear cutting when done "properly" can be helpful, but the seeds that are automatically released in the culling process have to be reinforced with other seed practices. As with so many things, the answers are not often simple, though needed. There must be legitimate dialogue, including First Nations. 
  • 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?

    Steve Faraher-Amidon 11/27/2019 8:17 AM
    I had not actually been very familiar with this term. I do know and will be monitoring the impact of this
    Silvopasture (Latin, silva forest) is the practice of integrating trees, forage, and the grazing of domesticated animals in a mutually beneficial way.[1] It utilizes the principles of managed grazing, and it is one of several distinct forms of agroforestry.[2] Consequently, using silvo pasture helps to sustain and protect the land, with reinforcing the extreme importance trees hold for our future.  Many have  said that the number one thing we can do to stop the advance of climate change is to plant more trees.
  • Reflection Question
    Food Keep Track of Wasted Food
    An average American throws out about 240 lbs of food per year. The average family of four spends $1,500 a year on food that they throw out. Where would you rather use this money?

    Steve Faraher-Amidon 11/27/2019 8:12 AM
    I had not kept track of this, though I HAD reduced consumption and packaging of food, but this is something I will do moving forward, and hopefully my family will also do this. 

  • Steve Faraher-Amidon 11/25/2019 10:14 AM
    Cycling in the upcoming winter weather is definitely a challenge, but it must be done. However, care must be paid to ensuring one has tires that are in good tread condition, not cycling in icy conditions, and making sure that one is bundled up in layers, of course, to avoid the frostbite! Happy cycling, and help the environment at the same time!

  • Steve Faraher-Amidon 11/24/2019 10:27 AM
    Cycling daily has been a goal, and doing the Drawdown has been helpful...though at the moment I am ill, from the aftermath of
    having nose (deviated septum) surgery. It is so advantageous living here in that so many people are on their bikes, it becomes a prophesy of motivated by others, reinforcing the "get on the bike" attitude...we all  need!

    • Helen Boyd 11/26/2019 7:08 PM
      I totally agree but I would feel so much safer with bike lanes separated from the roads as they have in Edmonton. Keep it up Steve!

  • Steve Faraher-Amidon 11/22/2019 6:01 PM
    Challenge is both inspiring and challenging, as i still don't know fully understand how to engage with all the options. But I am learning through doing, guess that is the most lasting way...

  • Steve Faraher-Amidon 11/22/2019 5:36 PM
    Challenge is becoming both more exciting and more challenging. It is exciting b because I am learning more and more opportunities to make a difference; it is becoming more challenging, because I realize that what, at times, appears more doable, but sometimes, then i realize I have some limitations..self imposed pretty much...that I have to get over. And I plan to.
  • Reflection Question
    Food Learn More about Regenerative Agriculture
    Clean air, clean water and healthy food are just three reasons to care about regenerative agriculture. What are some other reasons? How could/does regenerative agriculture positively impact you and your community?

    Steve Faraher-Amidon 11/20/2019 5:09 PM
     Regenerative agriculture, when using such techniques as conservation tillage, cover crops, crop rotation, composting, mobile animal shelters and pasture cropping, will result in better and more efficient food production, meaning a better use of the land...and better land down the road. It is both more productive and conserving at the same time.
  • Reflection Question
    Food Support Nutrient Management
    How does environmental quality influence your sense of community?

    Steve Faraher-Amidon 11/20/2019 5:04 PM
    Environmental quality is a key life blood of our society. For example, Air Quality is a huge issue in all communities, some more than others. Our community has only fairly recently paid attention to this, as Courtenay and Cumberland have the 2nd worst air in BC during the winter season, from November to February. Comox is better, but needs more care in that regard as well. Each of the councils has taken steps, for example not allowing Wood Stoves in new construction, yet the problem needs more attention. Fortunately we have councilors who are committed to action on this, and this will hopefully result in stronger stewardship in support of AQ retention. Not many people realize that wood smoke permeates into ones home, so, peoples right to burn wood is not as all consuming, as the neighbours health is impacted, as well as the health of ones own family.