April 4 - April 25, 2018

James McPhail

Captain Planet and the Planeteers

"Make a safe world for my descendants"

Points Total

  • 0 Today
  • 0 This Week
  • 1,662 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    3
    people
    helped
  • up to
    19
    lightbulbs
    replaced
  • up to
    44
    meatless or vegan meals
    consumed
  • up to
    140
    minutes
    spent learning
  • up to
    44
    zero-waste meals
    consumed
  • up to
    9
    public officials or leaders
    contacted
  • up to
    198
    gallons of water
    have been saved

Challenges

Electricity Generation

Learn More about Micro Wind

#76 Micro Wind

I will spend at least 10 minutes learning more about the energy generation potential of Micro Wind.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Electricity Generation

Learn More about Biomass

#34 Biomass

I will spend at least 10 minutes learning more about the energy generation potential of biomass.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Electricity Generation

Learn More about Wave and Tidal Energy

#29 Wave and Tidal

I will spend at least 10 minutes learning more about the energy generation potential of wave and tidal energy.

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 14 OF 22
DAILY CHALLENGE

Transport

Research and Consider Switching to a Hybrid or Electric Vehicle

#26 Electric Vehicles

I will spend at least 10 minutes researching and weighing my options to see if a hybrid or electric vehicle makes sense for my lifestyle.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Buildings and Cities

Research Heat Pumps

#42 Heat Pumps

I will spend at least 10 minutes researching heat pumps to see if installing one makes sense for my home/building.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Buildings and Cities

Plan to Insulate

#31 Insulation

I will find out how to make my home more energy efficient through better insulation and weatherization.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Women and Girls

Research Barriers to Participation and Representation

#6 Educating Girls, #7 Family Planning, #62 Women Smallholders

I will spend at least 10 minutes learning more about the barriers to women's equal participation and representation around the world.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Women and Girls

Learn about the Need for Family Planning

#7 Family Planning

I will spend at least 10 minutes learning more about the need for family planning globally.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Land Use

Advocate for Forest Protection

#38 Forest Protection

I will contact 3 congress people or representatives to advocate for public policy that protects forests and the enforcement of existing anti-logging laws.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Materials

Install a Toilet Bank

#46 Water Saving - Home

I will reduce the amount of water flushed and save up to 11 gallons (41 L) of water per day by installing a toilet tank bank.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Transport

Explore Other Transport Solutions

All Transport Solutions

I will spend at least 25 minutes researching other Drawdown Transport Solutions.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Women and Girls

Give a Microloan

#62 Women Smallholders

I will give 3 microloan(s) to women who need help starting a business.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Buildings and Cities

Replace Manual Thermostats

#57 Smart Thermostats

I will replace manual thermostats with smart ones.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Buildings and Cities

Choose LED Bulbs

#33 LED Lighting (Household)

I will replace 19 incandescent lightbulb(s) with Energy Star-certified LED bulbs, saving up to $14 per fixture per year.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Electricity Generation

Learn More About Geothermal Energy

#18 Geothermal

I will spend at least 10 minutes learning more about the energy generation potential of geothermal energy and consider investing in this technology.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Electricity Generation

Communicate With My Elected Officials

#2 Wind Turbines (Onshore)

I will write or call 3 elected official(s) telling them not to support fossil fuel subsidies and instead support wind energy generation.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Food

Explore Other Food Solutions

All Food Solutions

I will spend at least 30 minutes researching other Drawdown Food Solutions.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Food

Learn More about Regenerative Agriculture

#11 Regenerative Agriculture

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

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Food

Zero-waste Cooking

#3 Reduced Food Waste

I will cook 2 meal(s) with zero-waste each day.

COMPLETED 22 OF 22
DAILY CHALLENGE

Food

Learn the Truth About Expiration Dates

#3 Reduced Food Waste

I will spend at least 5 minutes learning how to differentiate between sell by, use by, and best by dates.

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 22 OF 22
DAILY CHALLENGE

Food

Keep Track of Wasted Food

#3 Reduced Food Waste

I will keep a daily log of food I throw away during the 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 21 OF 22
DAILY CHALLENGE

Food

Contact your Elected Officials

#23 Farmland Restoration

I will contact 3 elected officials to voice my opinion on the importance of restoring farmland in my region, including both public and private land.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Food

Reduce Animal Products

#4 Plant-Rich Diet

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

COMPLETED 22 OF 22
DAILY CHALLENGE

Feed


  • James McPhail 4/25/2018 10:19 PM
    Got my 1st lengthy government reply to emails I sent with concerns about our farming & forestry practices. What bamboozling! Some of the claims might have flown 20 years ago but are long defunct. Lots of dross that meant nothing in real terms. Talk of policy intentions as actions or results. I'll seek help in detailed response on each point.
  • Reflection Question
    Women and Girls Research Barriers to Participation and Representation
    What are some of the barriers that exist to women's equal participation and/or representation in your community?

    James McPhail 4/25/2018 10:15 PM
    Culture is the biggest - gender stereotypes held by both genders. Unequal opportunities. 
  • Reflection Question
    Materials Install a Toilet Bank
    How can your region/household prepare for changing water situations in order to become more resilient?

    James McPhail 4/25/2018 10:09 PM
    I'd like to see the waterless composting toilets being promoted. Double gains - less water use & more compost for farms & gardens. Yeah, there would be a major shift of supporting infrastructure but easy to explain & accomplish.
  • Reflection Question
    Transport Explore Other Transport Solutions
    What did you find out? What is the most interesting fact you learned?

    James McPhail 4/25/2018 10:05 PM
    I was most surprised to read how much electric bikes have taken off in many countries. They are uncommon here still. An awareness campaign could make great strides. I think our municipal government would be the best leader, tying this to its focus on the new bike lanes out in the last 2 years.
  • Reflection Question
    Women and Girls Learn about the Need for Family Planning
    What did you learn about the need for family planning? Share some of the learning with your friends!

    James McPhail 4/25/2018 10:02 PM
    What struck me was the strong link between family planning and the economic & physical well-being of the children. The increased educational levels were related in some locations.
  • Reflection Question
    Food Learn More about Regenerative Agriculture
    Clean air, clean water and healthy food are three reasons to care about regenerative agriculture. In what ways can you support your closest regenerative agriculture farm?

    James McPhail 4/25/2018 9:31 PM
    Purchase their produce - mostly would have to seek them out directly or at special markets as they are too small to get space at larger grocery chains. I thought to approach chains about this produce but find that I seldom get a reply, much less a positive response.
  • Reflection Question
    Electricity Generation Learn More about Micro Wind
    Micro turbines can be placed on large structures to take advantage of stronger, steadier breezes. The Eiffel Tower now sports vertical axis turbines that produce electricity for use on site. Where could micro turbines potentially be installed in your city?

    James McPhail 4/25/2018 9:28 PM
    Our city, Calgary, gets lots of wind blowing through. Certain areas receive strong, frequent winds - our NW, hilly areas. Micro turbines would be easy to install in fairly open areas or even with municipal & private lands and buildings
  • Reflection Question
    Electricity Generation Learn More about Wave and Tidal Energy
    What did you learn about wave and tidal energy? Were you surprised by the information you found?

    James McPhail 4/25/2018 9:25 PM
    The enormity of the potential energy for relatively low investment was not a surprise. As ever, I'm hit by how little attention is given where it is low hanging fruit

  • James McPhail 4/25/2018 8:59 PM
    I wonder if the app SuperBetter could add the competition aspect for increased drive for some its users? It has gotten this household pushing harder
  • Reflection Question
    Buildings and Cities Research Heat Pumps
    Why do you care about taking action on climate change?

    James McPhail 4/25/2018 8:57 PM
    Future generations' lives, murder of entire species, overthrown ecosystems,