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Thomas Fletcher

ERUUF 2021

Points Total

  • 0 Today
  • 0 This Week
  • 2,036 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    156
    miles
    traveled by bike
  • up to
    64
    pounds of CO2
    have been saved
  • up to
    1,911
    minutes
    spent exercising
  • up to
    195
    minutes
    spent learning
  • up to
    16
    locally sourced meals
    consumed
  • up to
    15
    minutes
    spent outdoors

Thomas 's 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 1
DAILY ACTION

Industry

Learn about the impact of old refrigerants

I will spend 60 minute(s) learning about the climate impact of refrigerants and what climate-friendly refrigerants are by using the links provided

Completed
One-Time Action

Industry

Listen to the Planet Money Podcast – “Sell Me Your Climate Bombs”

Planet Money recently interviewed the co-founders of Tradewater to learn about the dangerous impact that old refrigerants have on our environment. I will listen to the podcast to learn more about this necessary solution in fighting a climate crisis.

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 6
DAILY ACTIONS

Food, Agriculture, and Land Use

Learn More about Regenerative Agriculture

Conservation Agriculture, Regenerative Annual Cropping

I will spend at least 90 minutes learning about the need for more regenerative agriculture.

Completed
One-Time Action

Action Track: Building Resilience

Learn About Drawdown Solutions

I will watch the introductory video on Drawdown Solutions with Dr. Elizabeth Bagley of Project Drawdown. This excellent presentation provides a primer on how Drawdown solutions reverse greenhouse gas emissions and shares stories of congregations and groups putting solutions into action. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FHoA25g1tys

Completed
One-Time Action

Transportation

Go by Bike

Bicycle Infrastructure

I will commute by bike 2 mile(s) each day and avoid sending up to 0.0 lbs of CO2 into Earth's atmosphere.

COMPLETED 10
DAILY ACTIONS

Action Track: Building Resilience

Support Local Food Systems

Plant-Rich Diets

I will source 10 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.

COMPLETED 13
DAILY ACTIONS

Transportation

Go for a Daily Walk

Walkable Cities

I will take a walk for 30 minutes each day and take note of the infrastructure that makes walking more or less enjoyable, accessible, and possible.

COMPLETED 45
DAILY ACTIONS

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    Thomas Fletcher 6/14/2021 11:25 AM
    CONGRATULATIONS TEAM!!!!!  We did it!  6000 points.

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    Thomas Fletcher 6/12/2021 10:43 AM
    We are within 200 points of 6000.  Take an action to help push us over the top.  Reflect or comment on an action taken to contribute too.  Cheers!

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    Thomas Fletcher 6/04/2021 8:34 AM
    Looks like we have had a big points haul the last couple of days, but (unfortunately) lost a teammate.

    Can we reach 6000 points by June 15?  Let's give it a try.

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    Thomas Fletcher 5/15/2021 11:58 AM
    I've been biking to the farmers market instead of driving, about a 1 7-mile round trip.  As I was riding today, I passed a lot of other people out biking (and walking) and I got to thinking how grateful that I live very close to the American Tobacco Trail, a rails-to-trails bike path that leads into downtown Durham and the farmers market.  And also about the network of bike trails and lanes that criss-cross Durham.  So happy for those who had the foresight to put these in place and continue to build more.  Thank you!

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    Thomas Fletcher 5/08/2021 9:41 AM
    Some people say that individual actions don't matter.  They are too small to have any meaningful effect.  They say that the only things that will make a "real" difference are large scale changes that require policy change.  So they don't bother taking any significant changes in their own lives and continue business as usual.

    I disagree!  Regardless of what governments do, people have to change their behaviors and habits.  A change in law or policy simply mandates us to change our behaviors and habits.  The climate and ecological crises also mandate us to change our behaviors and habits, whether or not government policy changes.  Obviously, collective action has a greater effect.  However, individual action now gives us time to modify our behaviors, and most importantly changing our mindsets and developing new habits of mind.   Actions taken individually, and better, taken collectively by sets of individuals allows us to practice and learn.

  • Thomas  Fletcher's avatar
    Thomas Fletcher 5/08/2021 9:41 AM
    Some people say that individual actions don't matter.  They are too small to have any meaningful effect.  They say that the only things that will make a "real" difference are large scale changes that require policy change.  So they don't bother taking any significant changes in their own lives and continue business as usual.

    I disagree!  Regardless of what governments do, people have to change their behaviors and habits.  A change in law or policy simply mandates us to change our behaviors and habits.  The climate and ecological crises also mandate us to change our behaviors and habits, whether or not government policy changes.  Obviously, collective action has a greater effect.  However, individual action now gives us time to modify our behaviors, and most importantly changing our mindsets and developing new habits of mind.   Actions taken individually, and better, taken collectively by sets of individuals allows us to practice and learn.

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    Thomas Fletcher 5/01/2021 9:51 AM
    3-in-1 - Fun to be able to combine actions.  I've been riding my bike to and from the Durham farmers market instead of driving.  Nice to be able to support local farmers and in return access locally grown, fresh produce.  And then third, take it how and include the produce as a main feature of one's diet.  Looking forward to this treble being a regular feature of life the rest of the spring and summer and into the fall.
  • 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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    Thomas Fletcher 4/23/2021 10:04 AM
    Loved the film - Kiss the Ground.

    Agricultural practices is such a huge area for addressing the climate and environmental crises.  We really need to transform how and what food is produced in the country and globally.  Interesting to note the multiple, overlapping agricultural practices that appear as top solutions in Project Drawdown.  But these solutions also have co-benefits for ecosystem and human health too.  And can produce just as much food as the industrial food system, while being more adaptable.
  • Reflection Question
    Action Track: Building Resilience Learn About Drawdown Solutions
    What drawdown solutions do you now want to put into action individually and collectively in our congregation?

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    Thomas Fletcher 4/12/2021 12:46 PM
    The presentation video about Drawdown by Elizabeth Bagley provides an excellent overview of Drawdown as a solutions-oriented project.  It not only describes the different solutions categories in easily digestible language, but it highlights how institutions and networks work collectively to implement them.  There is even a strong focus on congregations.  Highly recommended.  

    This presentation was made to member churches of the local collective Interfaith Creation Care of the Triangle.
  • Reflection Question
    Action Track: Building Resilience Support Local Food Systems
    Dependable fresh food, supporting local farmers and building resilient communities are just a few benefits of local food systems. Which of these (or other) advantages inspire you the most?

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    Thomas Fletcher 4/08/2021 4:24 PM
    It feels good to serve as a link in the local food chain, receiving fresh, local, and sustainably grown food but more importantly directly supporting local farmers.  This is a win-win-win in terms of personal health, healthy farms, and a healthy environment.