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Christine O'Neill

First Church Belmont

"I'm trying to do more to protect the environment in order to reduce current and future human and animal suffering and learning more about our amazing planet and people in the process."


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Christine's actions


Calculate My Household Carbon Footprint

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.


Health and Education

Read an Ecochallenge Learn More article every day.

It is something I can do easily every day. I have challenged my book group to this action. I love reading and I love learning about solutions. I know this category is about improving education for others but it suits me, too.


Food, Agriculture, and Land Use

Reduce Food Waste

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, and commit to reducing my food waste throughout the challenge.



carbon offset for travel

I will purchase a carbon offset for my recent car trip to New Hampshire and Vermont.



Share to social media: transportation

I will share what I've learned about the transportation sector and solutions once each week



Improve a Bus Stop

Public Transit

I will improve a bus stop in my neighborhood by posting the stop schedule, adding seating or shelter, adding art or flowers, picking up litter, or implementing some other small improvement.


Participant Feed

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    Christine O'Neill 4/10/2024 8:29 PM
    You win some; you lose some:) On Monday, I thought to grate the rind of a lemon when I only needed the juice, but there was no refrigerator or freezer with which to save it. I was visiting someone else's home and couldn't think of a way to use the rind. In contrast, I got to raid their compost bin in the kitchen and use green onions from an onion that had sprouted!
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    After you determined your carbon footprint, did you see what different choices you can make in order to reduce it?

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    Christine O'Neill 4/04/2024 8:31 PM
    My carbon footprint was higher than I thought it would be using the calculator included in the Ecochallenge. So it makes me see more clearly that it will really help to drive less and eat lower on the food chain and that's motivating.

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    Christine O'Neill 3/25/2024 12:24 PM
    I read a fascinating and inspiring article today about the new satellite, MethaneSAT, which is monitoring methane emissions around the world. The satellite is important for identifying where methane leaks are. Previously we've had estimates only. This data will help with accountability and show where we need to act. It's the result of a collaboration between universities, governments, and ngos. Here is the article:

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    Christine O'Neill 3/24/2024 5:33 AM
    I've missed a couple of days from the 40 for the Earth because of a couple of pressing deadlines, but I'm back! It makes me wonder, how do I incorporate eco-smarter living when pressing deadlines are a part of life?

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    Christine O'Neill 3/19/2024 6:37 AM
    Today I read a fascinating article about microgrids. This type of energy production exists in the developed and less developed world. In Yemen, they are literally empowering women!

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    Christine O'Neill 3/13/2024 7:20 PM
    I read an article about improving access to family planning and education as being critical for helping people deal with our future. Now I have to put my money where my mouth is, which I think will be UNICEF.

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    Christine O'Neill 3/13/2024 6:36 PM
    Today I had a new perspective with lunch with my family at a restaurant. The amount of food that was left on the plates was astonishing and horrifying to me because I understand more about the impact of food waste. Most of an order of French fries remained because they are pretty miserable leftovers. Maybe next time I can ask if we can share the things we won't eat.

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    Christine O'Neill 2/17/2024 6:59 AM
    It's easier to notice the food that ends up getting thrown away than the smart moves I've made to avoid food spoilage. In the win department, we created a threefer pasta sauce, combining spinach and mushrooms left from a restaurant meal, the less than one serving size of TJ's red pepper pesto, the less than one serving of commercial pasta sauce. It all went into a homemade pasta sauce base.

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    Christine O'Neill 2/08/2024 9:01 PM
    It's disheartening to find that I haven't used food before it goes bad!

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    Christine O'Neill 1/26/2024 6:24 AM
    I appreciate the reminders and encouragement to act. Thank you, ecochallenge!