Sarah Larsen

The Carbon Killers

"“The shift to a cleaner energy economy won’t happen overnight, and it will require tough choices along the way. But the debate is settled. Climate change is a fact. And when our children’s children look us in the eye and ask if we did all we could to leave them a safer, more stable world, with new sources of energy, I want us to be able to say yes, we did.” — U.S. President Barack Obama, State of the Union, January 28, 2014"

Points Total

  • 0 Today
  • 0 This Week
  • 748 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    65
    miles
    not traveled by car
  • up to
    65
    miles
    traveled by carpool
  • up to
    486
    pounds of CO2
    have been saved
  • up to
    1
    documentaries
    watched
  • up to
    2
    donations
    made
  • up to
    65
    minutes
    spent learning
  • up to
    42
    meatless or vegan meals
    consumed
  • up to
    2
    people
    helped

Challenges

Transport

Try Carpooling

#75 Ridesharing

I will commute by carpool 5 mile(s) per day and avoid sending up to 2.31 lbs of CO2 into Earth's atmosphere.

COMPLETED 0
DAILY CHALLENGES

Land Use

Forest-Friendly Foods 1

#5 Tropical Forests

I will spend at least 15 minutes researching the impact of my diet to see how it contributes to deforestation.

Uncompleted
One-Time Challenge

Land Use

Buy Bamboo

#35 Bamboo

When they are available, I will purchase products made from bamboo instead of wood, plastic, or metal.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Electricity Generation

Watch a Video about Methane Digesters

#30 Methane Digesters (large), #64 Methane Digesters (small)

I will watch a video about methane digesters (also commonly known as anaerobic digesters).

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Electricity Generation

Communicate With My Elected Officials

#2 Wind Turbines (Onshore)

I will write or call 2 elected official(s) telling them not to support fossil fuel subsidies and instead support wind energy generation.

Uncompleted
One-Time Challenge

Electricity Generation

Learn More About Geothermal Energy

#18 Geothermal

I will spend at least 15 minutes learning more about the energy generation potential of geothermal energy and consider investing in this technology.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Materials

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 a day or 270 (1,020 L) gallons of water a month per faucet.

Uncompleted
One-Time Challenge

Action Track: Social Justice

Give a Microloan

#62 Women Smallholders

I will give 1 microloan(s) to women who need help starting a business.

Uncompleted
One-Time Challenge

Action Track: Social Justice

Help Girls Overcome Health Barriers

#6 Educating Girls

I will donate 2 Femme Kit(s) to help girls overcome health and sanitation barriers to being able to attend school.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Transport

Purchase a Carbon Offset

#43 Airplanes

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

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Transport

Use Muscle Power

#49 Cars

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 CHALLENGES

Transport

Test Drive an Electric Bike

#69 Electric Bikes

I will test drive an electric bike at a local distributor to see if it makes sense to use one in place of my car, or to extend the area I can cover by bike.

Uncompleted
One-Time Challenge

Food

Explore Other Food Solutions

All Food Solutions

I will spend at least 15 minutes researching other Drawdown Food Solutions.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Food

Learn More about Regenerative Agriculture

#11 Regenerative Agriculture

I will spend at least 15 minutes learning about the need for more regenerative agriculture.

Uncompleted
One-Time Challenge

Food

Learn More about Silvopasture

#9 Silvopasture

I will spend at least 15 minutes watching videos and/or reading about the environmental benefits of silvopasture.

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

Food

Learn the Truth About Expiration Dates

#3 Reduced Food Waste

I will spend at least 15 minutes learning how to differentiate between sell by, use by, and best by dates.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

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


  • Sarah Larsen 1/17/2020 2:01 PM
    I just returned from a wonderful vacation.  I flew 1,600 miles total and purchased carbon offsets.  That makes me feel only marginally better.  

  • Sarah Larsen 1/17/2020 1:57 PM

  • Sarah Larsen 1/07/2020 5:49 PM
    Do you know what's bad for the planet?  WAR.  I feel ill on so many levels about today's news.
  • Reflection Question
    Food Learn More about Silvopasture
    Had you heard of the term "silvopasture" before now? After learning more about it, what do you think is the biggest advantage of silvopasture?

    Sarah Larsen 1/07/2020 5:43 PM
    I had never heard of silvopasture before now, but it makes so much sense.  One of the advantages mentioned in the film was the efficiency of being able to manage multiple crops or resources on the same plot of land.  I wonder why more farmers don't use the technique. 
  • 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?

    Sarah Larsen 1/03/2020 8:12 PM
    That’s a lot of money wasted! I’d rather use the money to take a vacation or purchase a paddle board!

    • Erin M 1/04/2020 6:05 PM
      No doubt! $1500??? Wow! And I love your choices - vacay or paddle board. So fun!
  • Reflection Question
    Transport Purchase a Carbon Offset
    A round-trip flight from New York City to Los Angeles emits just over 1.5 tons of CO2—per person. That’s a lot of carbon! What can you do to reduce the number of flights you take per year?

    Sarah Larsen 1/03/2020 5:54 AM
    I can take vacations closer to home, but regardless, purchasing carbon offsets is a great way to reduce environmental impact. 
  • Reflection Question
    Electricity Generation Learn More About Geothermal Energy
    Geothermal energy is reliable, abundant, and efficient. Project Drawdown states that public investment will play a crucial role in its expansion. In what ways (i.e. with money, time, advocacy) can you invest in geothermal energy?

    Sarah Larsen 1/03/2020 5:43 AM
    This challenge was my first real experience learning about geothermal energy and it turns out, I'm not alone.  It's not very popular in the US.  I'm intrigued by the fact: Over 85% of all houses in Iceland are heated with renewable energy sources, thereof are 66% geothermal.  

    • Ana B 1/23/2020 5:19 PM
      We changed our hvac system in our old farm house to geothermal about 10 years ago. As anyone who is the child of farmers knows, the last thing you pay for is heat. The house was frigid my entire life. Enter geothermal tech. The farm house is now always a cozy 78% and my stepfather just keeps saying "and it's so cheap!"
  • 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?

    Sarah Larsen 1/02/2020 1:01 PM
    Eating smaller portions decreases the feeling of bloating and post-meal tiredness.  It also reduces the number of calories/fat/salt consumed.

  • Sarah Larsen 12/17/2019 5:54 PM
    Wilderness is not a luxury but a necessity of the human spirit, and as vital to our lives as water and good bread- Edward Abbey