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Eric Nilsson

Elders Climate Action

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Eric's Actions

Action Track: Justice for the Whole Community

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.

One-Time Action


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.



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    Eric Nilsson 2/06/2020 7:37 AM
    While I don't post every day, every day, I'm taking action to impact the draw down of carbon.  Most recent examples include:
    1)  I do most of my errands on bike thanks to a couple of hearty baskets.
    2)  This morning I contacted local representatives from Sunrise to encourage their attendance at next week's local Climate Action Commission meeting.
    3)  Last week, nine of us spent the day at Chico High School in "listening sessions" with high school students.  The Chico Climate Action Commission has asked us to share local green house gas emission data with young people and ask them for their ideas related to mitigation and sequestration of carbon.  
    4) I am advocating for local and national candidates who want to legislate to bring us to a clean energy economy and sustainable world.
    5) I facilitated the meeting on Sunday.

    I continue to be inspired by so many others who are also making significant contributions.  Collectively, we can make such a difference in the presence of the very real challenges we face.

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    Eric Nilsson 1/06/2020 12:09 PM
    Chico, California has implemented a Climate Action Commission.  I, along with several others from Sunrise, Butte350 and Butte Environmental Council had our first listening sessions with high school students about a month ago when we spoke with over 300 seniors about ways to mitigate carbon.  I plan on taking these sessions to more high schools in the area. Their feedback will go back to the Climate Action Commission.
  • Reflection Question
    Action Track: Justice for the Whole Community Advocate for Forest Protection
    Higher standards of living are very often dependent on moving our environmental costs elsewhere. What are some specific ways in which the environmental impacts of your own lifestyle might be shifted elsewhere?

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    Eric Nilsson 10/09/2019 11:08 AM
    For awhile now, I've been shopping for clothes at second hand stores.  The rampant consumption of our society, while for a long time, a definition of higher standard, really quite the opposite.  And the purchase of inexpensive new clothes is only supporting sweatshops and slave labor in other countries.  This is also why I am focusing on local purchasing, especially when it comes to fresh foods. There are so many benefits to this - less transportation impacts, less packaging, less waste.  My only regret?  That I didn't come to this kind of mindfulness much sooner.
  • Reflection Question
    Transport Use Muscle Power
    How do your transportation choices affect your engagement in your community? Does your experience or enjoyment differ while walking, riding transit, biking or driving?

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    Eric Nilsson 10/09/2019 11:03 AM
    Mostly, I ride my bike and have increased the number of errands I do on the bike.  I have two roomy baskets to help carry stuff.   It slows me down, and I can see more of the detail of this wonderful town I live in.  It provides my body with a gentle workout.  It is, simply, a more human pace.