Steve Faraher-Amidon

Comox Valley Drawdown

Points Total

  • 0 Today
  • 5 This Week
  • 238 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    5
    miles
    traveled by bike
  • up to
    3
    people
    helped
  • up to
    5
    pounds of CO2
    have been saved
  • up to
    2
    public officials or leaders
    contacted

Challenges

Land Use

Learn about Temperate Forests

#12 Temperate Forests

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

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One-Time Challenge

Food

Learn More about Regenerative Agriculture

#11 Regenerative Agriculture

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

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One-Time Challenge

Food

Support Nutrient Management

#65 Nutrient Management

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

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One-Time Challenge

Food

Learn More about Silvopasture

#9 Silvopasture

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

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One-Time Challenge

Action Track: Social Justice

Help Girls Overcome Health Barriers

#6 Educating Girls

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

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One-Time Challenge

Women and Girls

Connect With A Nonprofit

#6 Educating Girls, #7 Family Planning, #62 Women Smallholders

I will connect with a local nonprofit working on womens' or girls' issues in my community, and find out how I can get involved or become a member.

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One-Time Challenge

Women and Girls

Support Women-Owned Businesses

#62 Women Smallholders

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

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DAILY CHALLENGES

Action Track: Social Justice

Give a Microloan

#62 Women Smallholders

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

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Action Track: Social Justice

Advocate for Forest Protection

#38 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 Challenge

Buildings and Cities

Go for a Daily Walk

#54 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 CHALLENGES

Buildings and Cities

Go by Bike

#59 Bike 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 CHALLENGES

Food

Keep Track of Wasted Food

#3 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 CHALLENGES

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 CHALLENGES

Transport

Research and Consider Switching to a Hybrid or Electric Vehicle

#26 Electric Vehicles

I will spend at least 5 minutes researching and weighing my options to see if a hybrid or electric vehicle makes sense for my lifestyle.

Uncompleted
One-Time Challenge

Action Track: Social Justice

Support Microgeneration in Low Income Countries

#48 In-Stream Hydro, #76 Micro Wind, #78 Microgrids

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

Uncompleted
One-Time Challenge

Action Track: Social Justice

Learn about Local Indigenous Practices

#39 Indigenous Peoples' Land Management

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

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One-Time Challenge

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  • Steve Faraher-Amidon 11/17/2019 1:31 AM
    today has been instructional in how the weather affects my choices. we are going through a rainy period but before that we had ab0ut the longest drought, by some measure, we have had in years.31%  of precip from Jan to July, then, since July, virtually less than ever by comparison. So, joining the drawdown has impacted my awareness of many things that can help contribute to dealing with things locally..yet, still, we have the huge outside world to change..and hopefully more and more people will get involved. I am so hoping to see more young people.
  • Reflection Question
    Buildings and Cities Go for a Daily Walk
    What have you noticed on your daily walks? What have you enjoyed? What infrastructure changes could make your walks more enjoyable or possible?

    Steve Faraher-Amidon 11/17/2019 12:44 AM
    My daily walks have not gone as well, as I cycle so much. But both provide non car usage, so, the environment is not as impacted. Our area in Comox has sidewalks lacking in much of the proximity, so..while putting sidewalks would involve concrete,  our First Nation community has put in non concrete walkways that work, so..that is an option. I really notice how our First Nation can provide a model, if our community leaders would be more willing to incorporate it would help.

  • Steve Faraher-Amidon 11/17/2019 12:35 AM
    My challenge is going so-so. I am too focused on issues that sometimes are not reflected in my actions on a daily basis, I need to
    be more cognizant of the long term goal, and that without the willingness to take action, nothing happens. 
  • Reflection Question
    Action Track: Social Justice Advocate for Forest Protection
    Higher standards of living are very often dependent on moving our environmental costs elsewhere. What are some specific ways in which the environmental impacts of your own lifestyle might be shifted elsewhere?

    Steve Faraher-Amidon 11/17/2019 12:32 AM
    One way is by driving less and exchanging the vehicle we have for an electric vehicle. That is a big step for our family as we have challenges riding in vehicles. I cycle frequently and thus do less driving  because, however, it is always a challenge when  comfort is so built into what our society continually preaches, in messages bombarding us. I believe that subliminal messages also are taking a huge toll on our willingness to challenge the traditional ways of society. Yet, I would be hypocritical more if I didn not accept that we all, in the end, have our own responbisility to do the right thing. I am looking for courage, some times, to be more willing in this regard.

  • Steve Faraher-Amidon 11/17/2019 12:21 AM
    I joined the Drawdown challenge because it was a way to become more involved, more educated, to see the differences we can all make
    and to move toward a more connected way with people around me, and with people around the world, who see a different new way of involvment and real action that makes a difference. Education is the first and most important element to change,  the Eco Drawdown challenge recognizes this through its options provided rely, so much, on educating those involved. It must be done.
  • Reflection Question
    Action Track: Social Justice 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?

    Steve Faraher-Amidon 11/17/2019 12:18 AM
    Women are committed to the family, men as well, however I believe that women have more invested in a certain fundamental way..they have birthed their children and, in most societies, they are the main caregivers. Micro Loans through Kiva are a powerful way to actually connect with so many people, especially for women, from countries with a much smaller per capita income than ours. And they have many many times the  challenges in so many ways. 
  • Reflection Question
    Action Track: Social Justice Help Girls Overcome Health Barriers
    In what other ways could you help girls overcome health barriers to being able to attend school?

    Steve Faraher-Amidon 11/14/2019 12:24 PM
    Donate to supportive organizations that work, world round, for girls overcoming health barriers. Donating more in the form of Micro Loans to opportunities that have either a direct or indirect spinoff effect of assisting girls overcome health barriers resulting in greater education /school opportunities.
  • 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?

    Steve Faraher-Amidon 11/14/2019 12:21 PM
    i learned that they make greater use of the land, and don't improve willy nilly for economic benefit. Near where I live in Comox, they are doing some development of land, but it is clearly being done in a careful manner, retaining much of the forest in the process.

  • Steve Faraher-Amidon 11/14/2019 12:14 PM
    Reading the action opportunities is, in itself, a motivating force for taking action. It is heartening to see these presented in 
    a way that not only makes sense, but reaches out to say, hey, taking action will help and will raise your and everyone's awareness.
  • Reflection Question
    Transport Research and Consider Switching to a Hybrid or Electric Vehicle
    Reducing (or eliminating) exhaust emissions and improving public health are two benefits of green vehicles. What other motivators inspire you to consider switching to a more fuel-efficient vehicle?

    Steve Faraher-Amidon 11/11/2019 1:52 PM
    the Reality that Fossil Fuel purveyors are only in it for the $$$$$

    The fact that electrical vehicles are very powerful, and it is a misnomer that
    you are not able to move your vehicle, if you need to get out of danger, with
    an electrically charged vehicle.

    The reality that while there need to be more Electrical charging stations, it WILL NOT happen until people advocate for this and start to purchase more electrical vehicles.

    • Helen Boyd 11/11/2019 7:26 PM
      Thanks for choosing this question Steve. Our group is advocating for greater infrastructure for Electric cars and E-Bikes. If you have a moment please help us get the information we need by completing this brief survey. Share with owners you may know. 
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