Riley June

Comox Valley Drawdown

"Disabled environmentalist looking for accessible ways to be a part of the action on the climate crisis."

Points Total

  • 0 Today
  • 0 This Week
  • 467 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    51
    people
    helped
  • up to
    8
    meatless or vegan meals
    consumed
  • up to
    5
    donations
    made

Challenges

Women and Girls

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.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Food

Composting

#60 Composting, #3 Reduced Food Waste

I will start a compost bin where I live.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Action Track: Social Justice

Support Indigenous Peoples' Land Management

#39 Indigenous Peoples' Land Management

I will donate to The Nature Conservancy, which works with Indigenous Peoples to secure land tenure and resource rights, support improved governance and local institutions, assist in natural resource mapping, planning and management; and strengthen livelihoods and sustainable economic development.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Action Track: Social Justice

Give a Microloan

#62 Women Smallholders

I will give 50 microloan(s) to women who need help starting a business.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Action Track: Social Justice

Donate

#21 Clean Cookstoves

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

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Action Track: Social Justice

Fund Family Planning

#7 Family Planning

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

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Electricity Generation

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.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Food

Smaller Portions

#3 Reduced Food Waste

I will use smaller plates and/or serve smaller portions when dishing out food.

COMPLETED 0
DAILY CHALLENGES

Materials

Choose Recycled Paper

#70 Recycled Paper

I will plan ahead to only use paper products made from post-consumer recycled paper for my home or office.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Materials

Recycle Everything I Can

#55 Household Recycling

Contamination prevents what is recyclable from being recycled. I will research and recycle all materials that are accepted by local haulers or drop stations in my community, making sure to not contaminate recyclables with non-recyclables.

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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.

COMPLETED 0
DAILY CHALLENGES

Food

Reduce Animal Products

#4 Plant-Rich Diet

I will enjoy 2 meatless or vegan meal(s) each day of the challenge.

COMPLETED 0
DAILY CHALLENGES

Feed

  • Reflection Question
    Food Keep Track of Wasted Food
    An average American throws out about 240 lbs of food per year. The average family of four spends $1,500 a year on food that they throw out. Where would you rather use this money?

    Riley June 11/12/2019 9:36 PM
    I'd rather save the money so I can have a stable future or invest it in someone else's future. Anything other than wasting it on food I'll throw away. I need to work on this a lot more.

    • Helen Boyd 11/14/2019 7:05 PM
      Been working on this one since the last Ecochallenge last April but still got caught out with some cottage cheese that went bad at the back of the fridge. Improvement but more work to be done indeed. 
  • Reflection Question
    Food Smaller Portions
    While dishing food out, we tend to load our plates with more than we need. Using smaller plates helps to mitigate this. Aside from the environmental benefits, what other benefits might come from eating/serving smaller portions?

    Riley June 11/11/2019 4:10 PM
    this has been difficult for me to do, so i'm not checking it off today, but i will reflect on it: i am learning to have a better relationship with food where i'm neither restricting or over-indulging. like learning to intuitively eat, but also, for my medical condition it is useful to track micronutrients (as well as macros), so i think with time i will nail down just the right serving sizes for myself. i did order less sushi when i went out the other day and ate the few things i ordered before deciding to order one more small thing, and that kind of behaviour helps a lot. it's so easy to be hungry and think you can eat a lot more than you can/actually need to.
  • Reflection Question
    Women and Girls Help Girls Overcome Health Barriers
    In what other ways could you help girls overcome health barriers to being able to attend school?

    Riley June 11/11/2019 4:08 PM
    i think i could donate to things like partners in health that undoubtedly benefit girls (and everyone else where the service is done) so that they have access to doctors and treatment.
  • Reflection Question
    Food Composting
    Producing food that goes uneaten squanders many resources—seeds, water, energy, land, fertilizer, hours of labor, financial capital. Which of these kinds of waste most motivates you to change your behavior regarding food waste? Why?

    Riley June 11/11/2019 4:06 PM
    i already have compost in canada thanks to my landlords being resourceful people and also allowing me to use their bin (thanks guys), but i got my partner and i a compost service in washington dc, because we don't have a yard there. today is pickup day for the third time! yay.
  • 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?

    Riley June 11/11/2019 4:02 PM
    women are often the default caretakers for their families and even communities, and because of various things, culture, sexism, empathy... they are more likely to do this. it's very complex and i do not think there is one clear answer, but those are some reasons that come to mind.
  • Reflection Question
    Materials Recycle Everything I Can
    How could you incorporate other "R's" -- reduce, reuse, refuse, repair, repurpose, etc. -- into your lifestyle? How does considering implementing these "R's" make you feel?

    Riley June 11/11/2019 3:56 PM
    it feels good. today i finished sewing a larger towel into many small face towels instead of buying new ones and that felt very resourceful, saved me money, and didn't consume anything other than a small amount of electricity to run the sewing machine, and some thread. i think i will use the cut off edges to stuff another project in the future and collected them in a paper bag. and it feels like nothing but a positive thing to refuse to buy new and repurpose something i already had that wasn't serving me as well in its original form.
  • Reflection Question
    Food Reduce Animal Products
    Why do people in richer countries eat more meat than people in other places? How does eating more meat affect our bodies, our planet, and other people?

    Riley June 10/10/2019 10:03 PM
    I'm not sure why but I have a feeling some of it has to do with marketing, culture... but also convenience. But I find that I feel better with a diet higher in plant based foods. Supporting animal agriculture affects other people and the environment in a myriad of ways, one recent problem comes to mind -- the intentional burning of the Amazon rainforest to graze cattle. And it's complicated. My decision to stop eating so much meat isn't going to solve all of that, but it is good for me, and it might help inspire a wider shift.

    • Helen Boyd 11/10/2019 8:21 PM
      We started by adopting a Monday to Friday Vegetarian diet and that seemed acceptable to all the members of our family. The shift was much easier than we thought. Best of luck to you!
  • Reflection Question
    Materials Choose Recycled Paper
    Good job on choosing recycled paper! How can you take your action a step further?

    Riley June 10/10/2019 10:00 PM
    I can print on both sides of the paper from now on whenever possible, and reuse paper until it's all covered in writing when I make to do lists instead of using part of the page and recycling it.

  • Riley June 10/10/2019 9:18 PM
    First day of the challenge -- looking for accessible ways I can help, even a tiny bit. There's no time to waste and I'm glad to find a resource with lots of ideas at different levels of difficulty and time.