April 3 - April 24, 2019

Nory Griffin

The Climate Reality Project - Bay Area Chapter & Friends

Points Total

  • 5 Today
  • 5 This Week
  • 169 Total



Learn More about Silvopasture

#9 Silvopasture

I will spend at least 30 minutes watching videos and/or reading about the environmental benefits of silvopasture.

One-Time Challenge



#21 Clean Cookstoves

I will donate to nonprofits that install clean cookstoves in low-income countries.

One-Time Challenge

Women and Girls

Fund Family Planning

#7 Family Planning

I will donate to supply a community with reproductive health supplies.

One-Time Challenge


Fix Leaky Faucets

#46 Water Saving - Home

I will fix faucets or report leaky faucets to facilities that have been wasting up to 9 gallons (34 L) of water per faucet every day.

One-Time Challenge

Electricity Generation

Solar Water Consultation

#41 Solar Water

I will contact a local installer/distributor to see if a solar water heater makes sense for my house.

One-Time Challenge


Mulch the Base of Trees and Plants

#46 Water Saving - Home

I will prevent water runoff and increase absorbency by mulching the base of trees and plants in my yard.

One-Time Challenge


  • Nory Griffin 3/20/2019 11:06 PM
    I just discovered Fibershed: "We develop regional fiber systems that build soil & protect the health of our biosphere."

    The fashion industry is a huge emitter of CO2, and Fibershed has created an innovative model for producing "bioregional fashion" that's better for the planet, with a focus on sequestering carbon in the soil. 

    They appear to have many events and are local, so I may need to pay them a visit.

  • Nory Griffin 3/10/2019 11:22 PM
    I stumbled on this story this past week and I keep thinking about it. I've been following @Ice911 for a while and wondering why there isn't more momentum behind the initiative. Today I went to a meeting with a local group that has an interest in moving ice building forward - a lucky accident, because I hadn't known that when I decided to attend. 


    "The loss of Arctic ice is significant because the Arctic is warming twice as fast as the rest of the planet, thanks to a phenomenon known as Arctic amplification. The 24-hour summer sun shining on blue ocean that was formerly bright ice is responsible for about a third of the warming we are now experiencing; energy from the sun that was once reflected back into space by the ice is now being absorbed into the ocean, causing a vicious cycle of warming."

  • Nory Griffin 3/10/2019 11:15 PM
    "12 years before we seal our fate" < where does this # come from?  This great Twitter thread by Katherine Hayhoe addresses this and other "magic numbers" we often hear cited in climate conversations.

  • Nory Griffin 3/09/2019 12:12 AM
    I stumbled across another article about concrete alternatives: 

    Making Concrete Change: Innovation in Low-carbon Cement and Concrete

  • Nory Griffin 3/07/2019 11:20 PM
    Posting this here for when it's time to research cement alternatives: 

    CarbonCure Technology Says Goodbye To Carbon Dioxide, Hello To Greener Concrete

  • Nory Griffin 3/06/2019 10:06 PM
    One of the EcoChallenge actions I'm most looking forward to is MATERIALS: Research Cement Alternatives - #36 Alternative Cement. I listened to a podcast a while back about the idea of building carbon-negative buildings and I'm planning on using that as a starting point to guide me because the guest - whose name I've forgotten -  was so interesting.

  • Nory Griffin 3/04/2019 7:29 PM
    I participated in the Drawdown EcoChallenge last year and am glad to be doing it again this spring. 

    A lot has changed since last year:
    -I attended the LA Climate Reality Leader training in LA in August, met a lot of like-minded and committed people, and stepped up my action with more year-round "acts of leadership." 
    -I started riding my bike for local errands, and in addition to cutting my gas consumption by about half I've rediscovered the joy of getting around by pedal power. 
    -I've become active in my city's climate action planning.
    -I've started a worm compost bin and am working on building the organic and microbial content of my garden soil to sequester carbon.
    -I've been educating myself about agriculture and regenerative agriculture and sharing what I learn with others.

    The challenge is now just one little piece in the bigger picture of climate action in my life, but it's fun to be part of this event and share the experience with others.