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Barb Munn

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"Minimize harm"

Points Total

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Participant Impact

  • up to
    1
    documentaries
    watched
  • up to
    1
    donations
    made
  • up to
    3,220
    minutes
    spent exercising
  • up to
    435
    minutes
    spent learning
  • up to
    200
    meatless or vegan meals
    consumed
  • up to
    1,460
    minutes
    spent outdoors
  • up to
    3
    public officials or leaders
    contacted

Barb's Actions

Buildings

Learn about 'Green Gentrification'

Multiple Solutions

I will spend at least 20 minutes learning about green gentrification and how it relates to city planning for climate action.

Completed
One-Time Action

Buildings

Learn about the Legacy of Redlining

Multiple Solutions

I will spend at least 30 minutes learning about the legacy of redlining and how city planning and environmental justice issues are interconnected.

Completed
One-Time Action

Industry

Learn About & Practice Sustainable Fashion

Multiple Industry Solutions

I will learn about sustainable fashion and begin trying to practice it in my own life.

Completed
One-Time Action

Action Track: Healing & Renewal

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 57
DAILY ACTIONS

Coastal, Ocean, and Engineered Sinks

Learn about Biochar

Biochar Production

I will spend 45 minute(s) learning about biochar and how it can help sequester carbon.

Completed
One-Time Action

Electricity

Explore Other Electricity Solutions

All Electricity Solutions

I will spend at least 20 minutes researching other Drawdown Electricity Solutions.

Completed
One-Time Action

Electricity

Watch a Video about Methane Digesters

Methane Digesters

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

Completed
One-Time Action

Electricity

Support Microgeneration in Low Income Countries

Small Hydropower, Micro Wind Turbines, Microgrids

I will make a donation to a nonprofit that installs microgeneration in low income countries.

Completed
One-Time Action

Action Track: Healing & Renewal

Tend A Garden

I will tend to a garden, or prepare for one, each day using sustainable gardening practices.

COMPLETED 58
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!

Completed
One-Time Action

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 76
DAILY ACTIONS

Land Sinks

Forest-Friendly Foods 1

Tropical Forest Restoration

I will spend at least 30 minutes researching the impact of my diet to see how it contributes to deforestation.

Completed
One-Time Action

Land Sinks

Learn about Temperate Forests

Temperate Forest Restoration

I will spend at least 30 minutes learning more about the environmental services provided by and the environmental issues affecting temperate forests.

Completed
One-Time Action

Land Sinks

Advocate for Forest Protection

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, as well as the rights of local people to protect and restore the land in their communities.

Completed
One-Time Action

Land Sinks

Research Peatlands

Peatland Protection and Rewetting

I will spend 30 minutes researching the environmental benefits of peatlands and what is being done around the world to conserve and restore them.

Completed
One-Time Action

Land Sinks

Learn More about Silvopasture

Silvopasture

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

Completed
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.

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DAILY ACTIONS

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

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: Healing & Renewal

Explore My Area

Sometimes protecting nature requires feeling connected to nature. I will invest 180 minutes in exploring and appreciating a natural area in my region, whether a forest, wetland, coastal area, or somewhere else.

Completed
One-Time Action

Industry

Offset for climate justice

Greenhouse gases found in old refrigerants are up to 10,900 times more potent than carbon dioxide. I will help eliminate these gases through the purchase of offset credits to ensure we all have a planet we can thrive on.

Completed
One-Time Action

Food, Agriculture, and Land Use

Compost Eggshells

I have a compost, but have not been adding egg shells, because they take so long to break down and we are wary about salmonella. I will research composting egg shells and then begin doing it!

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

Health and Education

Donate to Population Connection

Population Connection is an organization that works to empower girls and women to make reproductive choices. They address unmet needs for family planning around the world. According to their website: "Until everyone, everywhere, has access to affordable and appropriate contraceptives, comprehensive reproductive health care, and equal opportunity in education and employment, global environmental crises, food and water shortages, and entrenched poverty will continue unabated. We must dedicate every available resource to advocating in Washington, DC, for dramatic increases in family planning aid and to educating tomorrow’s leaders about the troubling realities of rapid population growth." I usually give a one time donation at the end of the year, but my action on learning about the need for family planning during this challenge called me to donate mid year as well.

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.

Completed
One-Time Action

Health and Education

Learn about the Need for Family Planning

Health and Education

I will spend at least 30 minutes learning more about the need for family planning globally.

Completed
One-Time Action

Electricity

Exploring Carbon Offsets

I will spend an hour exploring the efficacy of carbon offsets - their pros and cons.

Completed
One-Time Action

Action Track: Building Resilience

Forest-Friendly Foods 2

Tropical Forest Restoration

I will replace or remove the palm oil, coffee, and cocoa products in my current diet that are known to contribute to deforestation.

COMPLETED 12
DAILY ACTIONS

Electricity

Calculate the carbon footprint of my household

I will calculate the carbon emissions associated with my household and consider how different lifestyle choices could reduce our carbon footprint and our impact on the environment.

Completed
One-Time Action

Action Track: Building Resilience

Learn More about Regenerative Agriculture

Conservation Agriculture, Regenerative Annual Cropping

I will spend at least 84 minutes learning about the need for more regenerative agriculture.

Completed
One-Time Action

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  • Reflection Question
    Buildings Learn about 'Green Gentrification'
    Cities and towns need to plan for climate change. How can your city or town make its climate action plans equitable and socially just?

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    Barb Munn 6/30/2021 12:26 PM
    Greeness has come to be equated with whiteness, driving out lower income residents from areas provided with large scale development in the form of green areas and climate change resilience.  Policies prior to development need to be included in any plan that put the people first, include residents in the conversation, and provide for lower income housing within the area being developed (rather than displacing them out of the area through gentrification).  I found these two sites interesting, one discusses work done on this in LA and the other highlights NYC:  https://shelterforce.org/2020/09/08/green_gentrification/  AND   https://wesleyan.maps.arcgis.com/apps/Cascade/index.html?appid=8c42302e9a1549f7952d74e9bd35c6bd
  • Reflection Question
    Industry Learn About & Practice Sustainable Fashion
    How can you express your personality, creativity, and values in ways that don't require fast fashion or buying more clothes and accessories?

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    Barb Munn 6/29/2021 7:15 PM
    I already shop at thrift stores for most of my clothing - didn't think about how that is sustainable shopping!
  • Reflection Question
    Buildings Learn about the Legacy of Redlining
    How does city planning and design relate to equity and climate change?

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    Barb Munn 6/29/2021 11:08 AM
    I am so glad to have done this action - I was not completely aware of what redlining was and how it led to segregation and cyclic feedbacks leading to poverty and disenfranchisement.  Studies showed that areas that were redlined in the 30's went into decline and suffer from a multitude of environmental health problems including higher heat levels (as much as 13 degrees hotter than other areas of a city) due to lack of investment in parks (part of urban planning) - trees in a park lower temperatures due to their ability to absorb heat without raising temperatures (has to do with unique properties of water, which is present in the vegetation in parks).  That is just one example of the negative health effects on people unable to receive loans to improve their neighborhoods starting in the 1930's when their neighborhoods were redlined - lots of policy changes (and follow through) are necessary to right these injustices which began so long ago.
  • 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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    Barb Munn 6/10/2021 7:18 PM
    I learned that the soil is a living thing, so important not to till you garden, but to gently aerate and use lots of compost and mulch to keep your garden healthy.  I have mulched around our garden plants and have not pulled vegetables (like lettuce) up by the roots - left the roots in the ground to nurture the microorganisms and bugs that give the soil life.  Regenerative gardening could also be called carbon farming - keeping the soil healthy, not tilling or uprooting keeps organic matter (carbon) in the ground where it can nurture future plants.
  • Reflection Question
    Electricity Support Microgeneration in Low Income Countries
    How can micro energy solutions reduce inequities? Why is this important to you?

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    Barb Munn 6/06/2021 7:16 PM
    Inequities are reduced when all have access to reliable energy.  Reliable energy also leads to economic stability, which is good for everyone.  Also, microgrids use renewable energy which means less fossil fuel is burned.  I donated to Green Empowerment - based out of Oregon with a 100 out of 100 rating on Charity Navigator.
  • Reflection Question
    Action Track: Healing & Renewal Tend A Garden
    Have you ever had a significant experience in nature that altered your perspective or focus? If so, please describe it.

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    Barb Munn 5/31/2021 1:57 PM
    The most significant experiences in nature for me have been hiking to the top of something and looking out across the landscape.  Definitely gives you focus.  The other night we watched the starlink satellites  stream in a long chain across the starry sky - I wonder how much more stuff we can put up in orbit over the earth?
  • Reflection Question
    Action Track: Healing & Renewal Go for a Daily Walk
    What have you noticed on your daily walks? What have you enjoyed? What infrastructure changes could make your walks more enjoyable or possible?

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    Barb Munn 5/31/2021 1:53 PM
    On our walks, I have been noticing the birds, flowers, and everybody's gardens.  I enjoy just getting outside.  Sidewalks would be a plus in the sections that we walk through town, but I am thankful to the people who allow us to walk through their wooded property so I get the feeling of being in the wild for short stretches.
  • Reflection Question
    Electricity Watch a Video about Methane Digesters
    What does your vision of a sustainable community look like? What would need to be changed in order for such vision to become reality?

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    Barb Munn 5/17/2021 2:29 PM
    The information about methane digesters showed how things can be created and reused in a closed loop - manure and organic waste put through a digester create biogas, which can be used for electrical power, and solid digestate, which can be used as nutrient-rich fertilizer to grow more food (and create more organic waste) which can be cooked using the energy from the biogas.  Sustainbility to me looks like this - no waste products, all have a use.
  • Reflection Question
    Coastal, Ocean, and Engineered Sinks Learn about Biochar
    Can biochar provide additional benefits besides sequestering carbon?

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    Barb Munn 5/16/2021 2:55 PM
    yes, it can increase soil fertility, agricultural productivity, and provide protection against some soil-borne diseases.

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    Barb Munn 5/14/2021 12:36 PM
    Today I finished my second book about regenerative gardening.  This one was a bit on the technical side and discussed how to make nutrient and mineral-rich amendments from local materials to spray on or drenching your plants.  It was over the top for my level of gardening, but maybe I will get there some time in the future! I am going to read about perennials next.