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Carol Koons

SFUU

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  • 399 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    105
    minutes
    spent exercising
  • up to
    3
    meatless or vegan meals
    consumed
  • up to
    10
    plastic containers
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    14
    zero-waste meals
    consumed

Carol's Actions

Electricity

Rooftop Solar Consultation

Distributed Solar Photovoltaics

After researching the incentives at the federal, state, utility, and local levels, I will contact a local installer/distributor for a solar panel installation consultation on my house.

Completed
One-Time Action

Electricity

Communicate With My Elected Officials

Onshore Wind Turbines, Offshore Wind Turbines

I will write or call 1 elected official(s) telling them not to support fossil fuel subsidies and instead support wind energy generation.

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

Food, Agriculture, and Land Use

Researching Beef

I wanted to look for responsibly grown beef as an alternative to grocery store beef.

Completed
One-Time Action

Coastal, Ocean, and Engineered Sinks

Smart Seafood Choices

Ocean Farming

I will visit seafoodwatch.org or download the app and commit to making better seafood choices for a healthier ocean.

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

Industry

Reduce Single-Use Disposables

Bioplastics

I will avoid buying and using 2 single-use plastics and instead replace them with durable options.

COMPLETED 4
DAILY 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 5
DAILY ACTIONS

Transportation

Use Muscle Power

Multiple Transportation Solutions

I will cut my car trip mileage by only taking necessary trips, and I will only use muscle-powered transportation for all other trips.

COMPLETED 0
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 2
DAILY ACTIONS

Transportation

Learn about Carbon Offsets

I will visit Tradewater’s website to learn more about carbon offsets, and why they are a necessary solution in combating a climate crisis.

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

Action Track: Building Resilience

Learn More about Regenerative Agriculture

Conservation Agriculture, Regenerative Annual Cropping

I will spend at least 30 minutes learning about the need for more regenerative agriculture.

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

Food, Agriculture, and Land Use

Zero-waste Cooking

Reduced Food Waste

I will cook 3 meal(s) with zero-waste each day

COMPLETED 5
DAILY ACTIONS

Food, Agriculture, and Land Use

Keep Track of Wasted Food

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 4
DAILY ACTIONS

Food, Agriculture, and Land Use

Reduce Animal Products

Plant-Rich Diets

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

COMPLETED 4
DAILY ACTIONS

Land Sinks

Support a Just Transition to Climate-Friendly Agriculture

The deadline for this UUMFE- and UUSJ-sponsored letter writing campaign has been extended to May 10th. Our faith calls us to promote bold action in response to the worsening climate crisis and the glaring racial and socioeconomic inequities revealed by the pandemic. There is growing recognition that changes in our food systems can contribute to progress in fighting climate change. These changes, if done right, can also rectify injustices in our current agricultural systems. As UUs, we insist that the transition to more climate-friendly agriculture also responds to pressing social problems like land loss, racism, unemployment, and hunger. We are urging Senators to support legislation that would make progress on both climate change and social ills, such as the Justice for Black Farmers Act (recently introduced as S. 300) and the Climate Stewardship Act (just re-introduced as S.1072). Take 5 minutes and send your letter now!

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

Land Sinks

Regenerative Gardening

After viewing the films, Kiss the Ground and 2040, I wondered if I could apply regenerative agriculture to my small backyard garden. I found a couple books to peruse but found I couldn't get myself to sit down and read them. Hence, this daily action. If you have a garden, lawn, or pots on the porch, maybe you would be interested in this action as well. DAILY ACTION: read a chapter from a book on regenerative gardening and/or tend your garden using these practices. Some links to books are provided, if you find others, your action is to post that in our team feed.

COMPLETED 2
DAILY ACTIONS

Action Track: Building Resilience

Kiss the Ground Film

View the new film, Kiss the Ground, and learn about how regenerating the world’s soils has the potential to rapidly stabilize Earth’s climate, restore lost ecosystems, and create abundant food supplies.

Completed
One-Time Action

Action Track: Building Resilience

SFUU Earth Day Forum

Join Tom Piette and the Mission Earth crew to learn about a few new technological solutions to the climate crisis. This Earth Day Forum will occur in the SFUU zoom room at 11 am on Sunday, Apr. 25th after church services. It will be recorded - so if you are not available on the 25th, you can still watch it later.

Completed
One-Time Action

Action Track: Building Resilience

Regenerative Solutions to Climate Change

Watch the film 2040, a documentary that follows filmmaker, Damon Gameau as he travels the world seeking new approaches and innovations to combat the climate crisis. Concerned with his own daughter’s future, the film is a positive take at what the world could be like if we embrace more regenerative solutions to address the planet’s most pressing environmental issue.

Completed
One-Time Action

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    Carol Koons 5/15/2021 4:58 PM
    I went to the Farmer's market this morning to see if any ranchers were selling beef, and to check it out.  I talked to the folks from Sanford Beef company (the 1500 acre ranch is in Auburn) and learned that their beef is pasture raised and finished, without antibiotics or hormones.  The ranchers use rotating pasture for the cattle, keeping the pasture healthy.  I bought beef from them.  

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    Carol Koons 5/12/2021 3:16 PM
    I was a slow start but am engaged, learning and thinking about actions I can take!

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      Barb Munn 5/12/2021 4:06 PM
      The importance of the roots to the soil health impressed me, I am working on not pulling up my plants when harvesting.
  • Reflection Question
    Action Track: Building Resilience SFUU Earth Day Forum
    What did you learn this forum to brighten your outlook about our climate's future?

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    Carol Koons 5/12/2021 3:08 PM
    What I'm learning is how I am motivated to take action - which is through positive messaging - which this forum provided.  Thank you Tom!
  • Reflection Question
    Land Sinks Regenerative Gardening
    What did you learn about regenerative gardening? Were you able to put any into practice? How does this relate back to climate action?

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    Carol Koons 5/11/2021 7:07 PM
    It was interesting to see that many of my gardening practices fall into the regenerative gardening action.  I convert all my kitchen vegetable scraps into compost, promote insects by not using pesticides and planting flowers that are attractive to bees (this morning there was a species of native bee going crazy on the poppies in my garden).

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    Carol Koons 4/21/2021 9:32 AM
    Getting involved this has been encouraging to me.   I feel more motivated to take next steps.  Ed and I have been talking about researching solar panels for our home and are moving to action on this.  
  • Reflection Question
    Action Track: Building Resilience Regenerative Solutions to Climate Change
    What do you think of the future envisioned for 2040? Can we do it?

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    Carol Koons 4/21/2021 9:30 AM
    There is so much fear and anxiety and hopelessness around the topic of climate change - this film injected a positive energy for me based on "fact based dreaming" - projects and technology that already exist.  The marine permaculture section was facinating, as was the link between educating girls and climate change.  It's true that everything is linked (think that John Muir said something like this).  And the kids were just so charming.   



  • Reflection Question
    Action Track: Building Resilience Kiss the Ground Film
    How do you feel about what you saw in this film? What are you already doing, or plan to do to support healthy soil and food justice?

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    Carol Koons 4/21/2021 9:25 AM
    There is so much fear and anxiety and hopelessness around the topic of climate change - this film injected a positive energy for me based on "fact based dreaming" - projects and technology that already exist.  The marine permaculture section was facinating, as was the link between educating girls and climate change.  It's true that everything is linked (think that John Muir said something like this).  And the kids were just so charming.   

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      Carol Koons 4/21/2021 9:29 AM
      Ok, I goofed up!  I watched 2040 and will repost this reflection there!