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Ed Oaksford

Canopy Road Crusaders

"To make this world sustainable for my grandchildren's great grandchildren."

Points Total

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Participant Impact

  • up to
    464
    pounds of CO2
    have been saved
  • up to
    1
    documentaries
    watched
  • up to
    5,140
    minutes
    spent exercising
  • up to
    365
    minutes
    spent learning
  • up to
    4,810
    minutes
    being mindful
  • up to
    5,410
    minutes
    spent outdoors

Ed's Actions

Electricity

Learn More about Wave and Tidal Energy

Ocean Power

I will spend at least 60 minutes learning more about the energy generation potential of wave and tidal energy.

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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

Learn More about Micro Wind

Micro Wind Turbines

I will spend at least 30 minutes learning more about the energy generation potential of micro wind.

Completed
One-Time Action

Coastal, Ocean, and Engineered Sinks

Examine Marine Overfishing

Having read the UN report about the state of marine life in our oceans that says "that if we continue industrialized fishing as we are now the ocean will be devoid of harvestable fish by the year 2048." There is now a good documentary describing the impacts of overfishing our oceans called Seaspiracy and I intend to watch that to learn more about the issue.

Completed
One-Time Action

Industry

Research the Climate Impact of Refrigerants

Refrigerant Management

I will spend 90 minute(s) learning about the climate impact of refrigerants and what climate-friendly refrigerants are by using the links below.

Completed
One-Time Action

Food, Agriculture, and Land Use

Learn More about Regenerative Agriculture

Conservation Agriculture, Regenerative Annual Cropping

I will spend at least 90 minutes learning about the need for more regenerative agriculture.

Completed
One-Time Action

Food, Agriculture, and Land Use

Eat Mindfully

I will eat all of my meals without distractions, e.g., phone, computer, TV, or newspaper.

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DAILY ACTIONS

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 169
DAILY ACTIONS

Coastal, Ocean, and Engineered Sinks

Learn about Biochar

Biochar Production

I will spend 60 minute(s) learning about biochar and how it can help sequester carbon.

Completed
One-Time Action

Land Sinks

Explore My Area

Sometimes protecting nature requires feeling connected to nature. I will invest 60 minutes in exploring and appreciating a natural area in my region, whether a forest, wetland, coastal area, or somewhere else.

Completed
One-Time Action

Food, Agriculture, and Land Use

Tend A Garden

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

COMPLETED 169
DAILY ACTIONS

Transportation

Stay on the Ground

Telepresence, High-Speed Rail

Instead of traveling by plane, I will find an alternative way to accomplish the goals of an upcoming trip (i.e. telepresence, vacation locally).

Completed
One-Time Action

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  • Reflection Question
    Electricity Learn More about Wave and Tidal Energy
    What did you learn about wave and tidal energy? How do they compare to other energy sources?

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    Ed Oaksford 7/27/2021 6:17 PM
    Interesting that ocean wave energy is so powerful and constant and it's so difficult to come up with a good solid efficient solution to producing consistent efficient energy. Once that does happen, and it will, this type of energy is just exactly where most of the people of the world are located, in coastal areas.

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    Ed Oaksford 7/23/2021 9:05 AM
    Watched Seaspiracy. Very troubling to see that if fishing is continued at its current rate populations will collapse by 2048. Another good video available on YouTube is "Salmon Confidential", which shows how bad farmed salmon is for natural populations of native salmon and for consumers of  the product.
  • 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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    Ed Oaksford 5/25/2021 10:21 AM
    I'm happy to learn that my very own community is studying the possibility of incorporating this technology into its power generating mix using wast from a sewage treatment plant and a nearby dairy farm.
  • Reflection Question
    Electricity 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?

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    Ed Oaksford 5/25/2021 10:06 AM
    I would love to put a micro wind generator at my home but unfortunately, we do not have the necessary average winds to support such a system. It was interesting to see just what parts of our country are suitable to support this technology.
  • Reflection Question
    Transportation Stay on the Ground
    What was your process like for restructuring your trip? How can you avoid more air travel in the future?

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    Ed Oaksford 5/13/2021 7:24 AM
    Our fourth of July trip to DC will not be plane but via road trip. This will give us the opportunity to see more sites along the way and a chance to put some more miles on our all-electric car. We're looking forward to the adventure and reducing our greenhouse gas emissions 

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      Lucinda Young 5/13/2021 1:08 PM
      Awesome plan! Thank you. I've driven my Bolt EV a few times from San Francisco area to Eugene, Oregon, and to San Diego.  Big increase in charging stations in past 2 yrs which makes it much easier. 
  • Reflection Question
    Industry Research the Climate Impact of Refrigerants
    What did you learn about the climate impact of refrigerants? How do supermarkets contribute to this impact?

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    Ed Oaksford 4/29/2021 12:00 PM
    The greenhouse gas potency of refrigerants, being about 15,000 times, more potent than carbon dioxide frames the importance of prudent use of existing refrigerants of this class. It makes all the ore important developing new refrigerants that have no effect on global warming an can be safely used with no issues of flammability which is common in current refrigerants.
  • Reflection Question
    Land Sinks Explore My Area
    How can spending more time outdoors enhance your sense of place -- your deep knowledge of and appreciation for your surroundings?

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    Ed Oaksford 4/27/2021 4:30 PM
    Enjoyed a long walk with our dog along the Micosukkee Greenway. Spent time trying to decipher the various vegetation assemblages we passed though as we made our way through the trail. It was certainly varied. It was nice to be hiking on a hot day beneath the shade of an overhead canopy of large trees including my favorite the Live Oak.
  • Reflection Question
    Coastal, Ocean, and Engineered Sinks Learn about Biochar
    Can biochar provide additional benefits besides sequestering carbon?

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    Ed Oaksford 4/21/2021 5:33 PM
    Biochar is a miraculous soil amendment. It not only sequesters carbon but holds water, and, in addition it has a large cation exchange capacity which allows it to store and hold many nutrients. That coupled with its large volume of pore space, provides copious housing for the millions of soil's microorganisms to interact with the plant roots in the soil. I watched two workshop seminars on YouTube presented by the Living Web Farm and learned a lot. I highly recommend it to others interested in this topic. 
  • Reflection Question
    Food, Agriculture, and Land Use Learn More about Regenerative Agriculture
    Clean air, clean water and healthy food are just three reasons to care about regenerative agriculture. What are some other reasons? How could/does regenerative agriculture positively impact you and your community?

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    Ed Oaksford 4/19/2021 6:58 AM
    Regenerative agriculture is important because it has a direct bearing on our personal health and the health of all living beings that live in and around an area practicing this approach to agriculture. It effectively breaks the destructive cycle of industrial farming of both commodity crops and animal products.
  • Reflection Question
    Food, Agriculture, and Land Use 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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    Ed Oaksford 4/01/2021 5:17 PM
    It never seems possible to stay ahead of the weeds but I always consider it as an invitation into the garden to get up close and personal with all my plants.