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Gayle Giovanna

Community Team

"Plants, especially trees, can solve the climate crisis. Keep forests intact!"

Points Total

  • 35 Today
  • 100 This Week
  • 6,523 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    262
    locally sourced meals
    consumed
  • up to
    758
    meatless or vegan meals
    consumed
  • up to
    10
    pounds of CO2
    have been saved
  • up to
    906
    more servings
    of fruits and vegetables
  • up to
    195
    minutes
    spent learning

Gayle's Actions

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 66
DAILY ACTIONS

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 254
DAILY ACTIONS

Land Sinks

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

Food, Agriculture, and Land Use

Support Local Food Systems

Plant-Rich Diets

I will source 1 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 254
DAILY ACTIONS

Coastal, Ocean, and Engineered Sinks

Building With Carbon Storing Waste Products

Engineered Sinks

I will spend at least 120 minute(s) researching how people can build with carbon-storing materials - including agricultural byproducts - and discuss it with my peers or post to social media.

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

Coastal, Ocean, and Engineered Sinks

Learn about Biochar

Biochar Production

I will spend 30 minute(s) learning about biochar and how it can help sequester carbon.

Completed
One-Time Action

Action Track: Healing & Renewal

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 254
DAILY ACTIONS

Action Track: Building Resilience

Straw Bale Building

I want to build a small studio perhaps using straw bale construction. I have several friends who have used this method. What are the advantages/ disadvantages? My goal will be to design the studio with straw bale construction, and show the design to friends who have built their home in this manner for their comments and insights.

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

Food, Agriculture, and Land Use

Explore Other Food, Agriculture, and Land Use Solutions

All Food, Agriculture, and Land Use Solutions

I will spend at least 60 minutes researching other Drawdown Food, Agriculture, and Land Use Solutions.

Completed
One-Time Action

Action Track: Building Resilience

Tour a Green Roof

Green and Cool Roofs

I will set up a visit or a virtual tour of a green roof in my city, and ask about the codes and process for installing a green roof.

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

Transportation

Purchase a Carbon Offset

Efficient Aviation

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

Completed
One-Time Action

Transportation

Research and Consider Switching to a Hybrid or Electric Vehicle

Electric Cars, Hybrid Cars

I will spend at least 60 minutes researching and weighing my options to see if a hybrid or electric vehicle makes sense for my lifestyle.

Completed
One-Time Action

Food, Agriculture, and Land Use

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, Agriculture, and Land Use

Learn about Local Indigenous Practices

Indigenous Peoples' Forest Tenure

I will spend at least 10 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

Reduce Animal Products

Plant-Rich Diets

I will enjoy 3 meatless or vegan meal(s) each day of the challenge.

COMPLETED 254
DAILY ACTIONS

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    Gayle Giovanna 1/19/2023 6:09 PM
    I want to cut down on the amount of dairy and eggs that I eat. I eat lots of fruits and veggies in my plant- rich vegetarian diet, but I still crave dairy and eggs. So I am limiting myself to one serving of dairy or eggs per day, and zero servings of dairy/ eggs one day per week. There are lots of great and interesting vegan foods, so that it doesn't get boring.

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    Gayle Giovanna 1/15/2023 9:03 PM
    An avocado, a whole organic cucumber with skin left on, juice of half a lemon, and a pinch of Himalayan pink salt blended up at high speed, make a lovely dressing for salad. The skin of the cuke contains selenium, which is important for cross-linking the collagen matrix that calcium is added to to make strong bones.

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    Gayle Giovanna 1/13/2023 8:12 AM
    Even though my local food co-o offers compostable bags for produce, I have been bringing my own bags for produce. Some are net bags, some are well-used plastic bags, from the same co-op. One plastic bag is eight years old, and has been refilled dozens of times.

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    Gayle Giovanna 1/05/2023 6:55 PM
    Tonight's meal was totally plant-based: broccoli with vegan aioli, carrot ginger soup with tofu. The aioli, made by my son, had lots of fresh garlic in it and was the perfect complement to the broccoli. The carrot ginger soup took perhaps 20 minutes to make, and was delicious. I ate far too many sweets during the holidays, so it was nice to get back to eating a wholesome plant based meal.

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    Gayle Giovanna 12/29/2022 8:42 PM
    We ate the last of the homegrown tomatoes from the plant that I had potted up and brought inside. We still have a pepper plant that is producing green sweet peppers, and several kinds of herbs in a sunny window. All of the plants made it through the 2 1/2 days of a power outage, a couple of weeks ago. We didn't have heat in the house during that time, except for the woodstove, with a 2-hour boost each day from the heating system when we ran the generator. We were lucky, many of our friends had to leav

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    Gayle Giovanna 12/26/2022 7:28 AM
    I potted up a tomato plant last spring, and brought it inside when it started to be frosty outside. In a sunny window it continued to ripen a couple of tomatoes. So on Christmas Eve I cut up one of the beautiful red tomatoes for a vegan Fra Diavolo (navy beans in a
    hot tomato sauce over spaghetti) that is a traditional Italian dish for Christmas Eve. Fun to have homegrown tomatoes at Christmas!

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    Gayle Giovanna 12/23/2022 5:57 PM
    I would like to find out whether the local garden center has hands-on classes for gardeners that promote regenerative no-till gardening, rather than the inorganic fertilizer, pesticide-sprays variety of gardening. They also should explain why growing a garden is an act of climate amelioration.
  • Reflection Question
    Land Sinks Support a Community Garden
    What are the multiple benefits of community gardens, including carbon sequestration? Why do these benefits matter to you?

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    Gayle Giovanna 12/20/2022 1:35 PM
    Carbon sequestration is very important to the whole drawdown concept. Healthy soil stores carbon in its organic matter, and the processes of growing plants on healthy soils maintain the flow of carbon into the soil. I have a small (150 sq. ft.) vegetable garden that I have registered as a Climate Victory Garden, in which I use no pesticides, commercial non-organic fertilizers, or other chemicals. The soil is very rocky, so I do have to do some digging for some root crops like garlic, but otherwise I do not till the soil. I amend the soil with aged horse manure and kitchen compost, plus a bag or two of lobster compost, made from composted ground lobster shells, a by-product of the coastal Maine restaurant industry. I am aiming to get the organic soil fraction up to 8 or 9%. It is getting there!
    I also manage the gardens on an estate, which are much more extensive. I make mountains of compost there, using horse manure, hardwood mulch, leaves, and any garden scraps from deadheading, pruning, etc. I use the finished, screened compost as a mulch, topped with regular hardwood bark mulch. The idea is to put as much carbon into the soils as possible, and break up the original heavy clay soil into something more plant friendly, so the plants can continue the work of carbon sequestration.

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    Gayle Giovanna 12/15/2022 9:01 PM
    I braided baling twine into a thick rope, which I used to strap the horses' water bucket to the barn wall, to keep them from tipping it over. I might have used a weeks' worth of twine, maybe 0.0001% of all the twine we have. Gotta start somewhere!

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    Gayle Giovanna 12/14/2022 9:13 PM
    I am reading Diana Beresford -Kroeger's book, To Speak For The Trees. She suggests that to solve the riddle of climate change, each human should plant one tree a year for the next six years, and during that time and thereafter, no forests should be cut down. This would give us 48 billion new trees. While that sounds like a lot of trees, it isn't really. The harder part is stopping the destruction of forests.