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Kathleen ffolliott

WUC Challengers

"“You cannot get through a single day without having an impact on the world around you. What you do makes a difference, and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make.” — Jane Goodall"

POINTS TOTAL

  • 0 TODAY
  • 50 THIS WEEK
  • 1,009 TOTAL

participant impact

  • UP TO
    537
    minutes
    spent exercising
  • UP TO
    29
    more servings
    of fruits and vegetables
  • UP TO
    6.0
    educational videos
    watched
  • UP TO
    120
    minutes
    spent outdoors
  • UP TO
    131
    minutes
    spent learning

Kathleen's actions

Transportation

Explore Other Transportation Solutions

All Transportation Solutions

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

UNCOMPLETED
ONE-TIME ACTION

Land Sinks

Explore My Area

Sometimes protecting nature requires feeling connected to nature. I will invest 30 minutes in exploring and appreciating a natural area in my region, whether a forest, wetland, coastal area, or somewhere else.

COMPLETED
ONE-TIME ACTION

Transportation

Go for a Daily Walk

Walkable Cities

I will take a walk for 10 minutes each day and take note of the infrastructure that makes walking more or less enjoyable, accessible, and possible.

COMPLETED 22
DAILY ACTIONS

Health and Education

Watch Drawdown's Climate Solutions 101 Series

Family Planning and Education

I will watch Drawdown’s Climate Solutions 101 and share what I learned with others.

COMPLETED
ONE-TIME ACTION

Coastal, Ocean, and Engineered Sinks

Cook With Seaweed

Seaweed Farming

I will use seaweed in a new recipe.

COMPLETED
ONE-TIME ACTION

Industry

Learn about Carbon Offsets

I will spend 15 minutes learning about carbon offsets, and why they are a necessary solution in combating a climate crisis.

UNCOMPLETED
ONE-TIME ACTION

Food, Agriculture, and Land Use

Learn the Truth About Expiration Dates

Reduced Food Waste

I will spend at least 5 minutes learning how to differentiate between sell by, use by, and best by dates.

COMPLETED
ONE-TIME ACTION

Food, Agriculture, and Land Use

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

Food, Agriculture, and Land Use

More Fruits And Veggies

I will eat a heart healthy diet by adding 2 cups of fruits and vegetables each day to achieve at least 4 cups per day.

COMPLETED 21
DAILY ACTIONS

Participant Feed

Reflection, encouragement, and relationship building are all important aspects of getting a new habit to stick.
Share thoughts, encourage others, and reinforce positive new habits on the Feed.

To get started, share “your why.” Why did you join the challenge and choose the actions you did?

  • REFLECTION QUESTION
    Food, Agriculture, and Land Use 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?

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    Kathleen ffolliott 2/26/2024 5:22 PM
    A side benefit from regenerative farming, other than it being a key way to return carbon to the soil, is that it increases biodiversity. Learning about regenerative agriculture led me to research whether it was happening in the Durham Region. I was pleased to read about Heartwood Farm and Cidery and the efforts they've made to work with nature rather than to control the land (as is done in industrial-type farming). I hope to check out their farm sometime this summer!
  • REFLECTION QUESTION
    Health and Education Watch Drawdown's Climate Solutions 101 Series
    What was an inspiring thing you learned in Drawdown's Climate Solutions 101 Series?

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    Kathleen ffolliott 2/24/2024 4:37 PM
    My biggest takeaway from Drawdown's Climate Solutions 101 videos is that solving climate change is one of the best ways to improve the world. Why wouldn't we want to be healthier & happier, and improve the lives of everyone around the world?!


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    Kathleen ffolliott 2/17/2024 6:26 PM
    I am currently working on my One-Time challenge of watching Drawdown’s Climate Solutions 101 series. It consists of six 15-minute videos explaining the basics of climate change, how we can stop it, how we can reduce the sources that are contributing to climate change, and so on. I would recommend watching them. Sometimes I get overwhelmed with the direction our world is going (i.e., not acting on climate change), but as the videos point out: solutions are within our grasp and what we have right now is an opportunity to shape what kind of future that we (and future generations) will live in.
  • REFLECTION QUESTION
    Food, Agriculture, and Land Use Learn the Truth About Expiration Dates
    How does knowing the difference between use by, sell by, and best by dates empower you to make better decisions?

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    Kathleen ffolliott 2/15/2024 5:29 PM
    Reading about best-before dates helped validate what I understood. A LOT of people (and food banks) throw out or won't accept food that is past the "Best Before" date printed on the food item, even though that date is only a suggested date to consume by to ensure the peak freshness of the food. A "Best Before" date is not an expiry date. Some companies have stopped including Best Before dates to reduce food wastage. I think this should be widespread.
  • REFLECTION QUESTION
    Coastal, Ocean, and Engineered Sinks Cook With Seaweed
    What recipe did you make and how did it turn out? Will you cook with seaweed again?

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    Kathleen ffolliott 2/14/2024 5:04 PM
    I made Miso Soup today, made with strips from Nori wraps. It was a really simple recipe that I'll definitely make again. It was cool to read about the health and climate benefits of kelp/seaweed. Healthwise, it was interesting to read that seaweed
    is a good source of vitamins, minerals, and omega-3 fats, and research is indicating it may help balance sugar levels and lower blood pressure/improve heart health. Because it grows so quickly it is a sustainable source of food that also helps mitigate the impacts of climate change by storing carbon (kelp forests around the world can store between 60 and 270 megatons of carbon per year) and buffering shorelines from ocean erosion. This plant is a win for our health and our planet!

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    Kathleen ffolliott 2/12/2024 7:48 PM
    For today's walk, I walked to our local grocery store. I feel fortunate that much of what I need is withing walking distance. But the way our communities are built (housing separate from businesses) doesn't make it easy for people to get to things without driving. If we could plan our communities better, incorporating housing of all types with businesses, we could reduce our need to drive and reduce emissions.
  • REFLECTION QUESTION
    Food, Agriculture, and Land Use More Fruits And Veggies
    How does eating more fruits and vegetables and less meat positively affect yourself, other people, and our planet?

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    Kathleen ffolliott 2/05/2024 4:37 PM
    I'm feeling better about what I eat--I'm helping the planet by eating less dairy (and avoiding meat) and improving my health!

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      kaireen adamson 2/07/2024 2:12 PM
      so great to eat less meat. I've been trying to eliminate beef and pork, and feel better about eating chicken, fish and more veggies and beans. I'm constantly reminding myself to open a can of chickpeas, great in salads or stirred in with refried rice.

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    Kathleen ffolliott 2/03/2024 12:23 PM
    Quote for the day: ""One of the biggest reasons our personal lifestyle choices matter when it comes to the climate crisis is that what we do changes us. And the other big reason is that what we do and say changes others, too."

    This is a quote from Canadian climate scientist Katharine Hayhoe, someone whom I admire very much for her work to communicate the science underlying climate change and importance of acting on it. This is the article the quotation comes from: https://ideas.ted.com/seeing-climate-change-solutions-inspires-collective-action-book-excerpt/?fbclid=IwAR1tu910_cbfya6-H_NErHSm1KDBdOPAVsAUKxueTWK8d-BsR-wrPt7Ih9s


  • REFLECTION QUESTION
    Transportation 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?

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    Kathleen ffolliott 2/01/2024 3:31 PM
    One of the things I reflected on during my first daily walk is how car-centric our communities (and the people living in them) are. I passed many vehicles, but very few people walking. If it had been a school start/end time when I walked, the roads adjacent to our local school would have been jam-packed with parents picking up their kids. When it came to intersections with roads, I had to assert my right to cross the road over drivers' desire not to have to wait their turn. I thought about how our roads have lights that illuminate the roads rather than sidewalks. It would be far more inviting (and safer) for walkers to have lit sidewalks (i.e., why is it that we put lights on roads, when cars have lights?). I do feel lucky that our neighbourhood has a few parks, older trees lining the streets, and a forest to walk through. New neighbourhoods will not have these luxuries, and without peaceful or meaningful places to walk, people won't be inclined to walk. According to the Drawdown reading for this challenge, we drive seven times more than we walk. I think that might be a generous estimate. Given that we need to drastically need to reduce CO2 emissions, driving less would be a big step for all of us to take. So too, would ensuring that our communities are built around walking rather than driving.

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    Kathleen ffolliott 2/01/2024 9:57 AM
    Hi everyone,
    Welcome to Day 1 of the Drawdown Ecochallenge! I've been coordinating Ecochallenges for our Climate Disruption Mitigation Committee for a few years because I think they are a great way to learn about and take individual actions that will make a difference for our planet. The issue of climate change can seem overwhelming of an issue for one person to address. But through cumulative actions and working together, everything we do starts to add up. I look forward to our team sharing new knowledge and actions. Let the challenge begin!!