April 4 - April 25, 2018
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Terry Parker

Eugene Green

Points Total

  • 0 Today
  • 20 This Week
  • 783 Total

Challenges

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Food

Reduce Animal Products

#4 Plant-Rich Diet

I will enjoy 1 meatless or vegan meal(s) each day of the challenge.

COMPLETED 7 OF 22
DAILY CHALLENGE

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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.

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Forest-Friendly Foods 1

#5 Tropical Forests

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

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Forest-Friendly Foods 2

#5 Tropical Forests

I will replace or remove products in my current diet that are known to contribute to deforestation.

COMPLETED 6 OF 22
DAILY CHALLENGE

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Support Indigenous Peoples' Land Management

#39 Indigenous Peoples' Land Management

I will donate to The Nature Conservancy, which works with Indigenous Peoples to secure land tenure and resource rights, support improved governance and local institutions, assist in natural resource mapping, planning and management; and strengthen livelihoods and sustainable economic development.

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Buildings and Cities

Go by Bike

#59 Bike Infrastructure

I will commute by bike 5 mile(s) per day and avoid sending up to 2.66 lbs of CO2 into Earth's atmosphere.

COMPLETED 8 OF 22
DAILY CHALLENGE

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Eliminate Toxic Plastics

#47 Bioplastic

I will avoid buying toxic plastics, including polycarbonate, polystyrene and polyvinyl and instead replace them with bioplastic or durable options.

COMPLETED 4 OF 22
DAILY CHALLENGE

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Share Bioplastic Disposal Tips

#47 Bioplastic

I will spend at least 30 minutes researching how to properly dispose of bioplastics in my city and share this information with 10 friends, family and/or colleagues.

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Recycle Everything I Can

#55 Household Recycling

I will recycle all materials that are accepted by local haulers or drop stations in my community.

COMPLETED 11 OF 22
DAILY CHALLENGE

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Explore Other Food Solutions

All Food Solutions

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

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Support Nutrient Management

#65 Nutrient Management

I will buy from organic and local farmers who have made the decision to not use synthetic nitrogen fertilizers.

COMPLETED 1 OF 22
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Learn the Truth About Expiration Dates

#3 Reduced Food Waste

I will spend at least 30 minutes learning how to differentiate between sell by, use by, and best by dates.

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Electricity Generation

Watch a Video about Methane Digesters

#30 Methane Digesters (large), #64 Methane Digesters (small)

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

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Learn More about Biomass

#34 Biomass

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

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Learn More about Wave and Tidal Energy

#29 Wave and Tidal

I will spend at least 30 minutes learning more about the energy generation potential of wave and tidal energy.

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Feed

  • Terry Parker 4/22/2018 8:45 PM
    British Columbia - Seymour Inlet
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    • Karen Austin 4/22/2018 9:57 PM
      Are you sailing there now Terry? Looks lovely. 
  • Terry Parker 4/19/2018 8:22 AM
    Kudos to Karen for keeping us "in the game"!🌻🌼🌷Been spending more time out and about in my bike and loving It! (Sunshine & blue skis help.) 
  • Terry Parker 4/16/2018 11:58 AM
    I have had so many conversations from wind power to biodigesters, to the sequestration of carbon in wood built structures. I think I'm starting to actually GET some of it. Anybody have a favorite shade grown, Fair Trade coffee? I'm now choosing to buy Organic Choice tea. Based in Seattle, Washington, they are one of the few tea companies that packages teas in the U.S. 

    Here is a review: https://runtomunch.com/2013/02/14/choice-organic-teas-review/  Has anyone else found earth friendly favorite products that they would like to share?  

    Best,
    Terry 

    • Karen Austin 4/16/2018 2:28 PM
      Cafe Mam coffee which is organic, fair trade, shade-grown, and comes in 100% recyclable or compostable packaging materials (compostable lining). This local company donates 2% of sales to nonprofit organizations dedicated to organic agriculture, social justice, and environmental causes.

    • Wow, thanks for sharing Terry, sounds like some a-ha moments! :-)
  • Terry Parker 4/15/2018 9:31 PM
    It was exciting to learn about  emerging wave and tidal energy technologies. And it happening here, on the Oregon Coast. Listen to this:
     "Capturing wave energy is the next frontier in the quest for new safe, clean energy sources,” Roblan said. “This project is supported by Fishermen Involved in Natural Energy and a broad coalition of commercial fishermen. It also will, we hope, make Oregon the first choice for wave energy pioneers who need to test and demonstrate their devices’ ability to harness the energy of the ocean to power our communities.” 
    Posted March 2018 by Oregon Coast Daily News. 
  • Terry Parker 4/11/2018 1:41 PM
    Go Eugene Green! I am finding that "general busy-ness" started getting in my way this week so wanted a check-in to say that what I have learned this far. There is so much to learn! That having this go to place with so many resources and information really has streamlined the effort. (I can go shallow or deep.) I am particularly interested in the health of our oceans and waterways:

    Did you know?
    "Trash accumulates in 5 ocean garbage patches, the largest one being the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, located between Hawaii and California. If left to circulate, the plastic will impact our ecosystems, health and economies." https://www.theoceancleanup.com/

    And about our FOOD, of course. Always interested in food. ;)
         

    • Karen Austin 4/11/2018 4:44 PM
      Great job Terry! I agree with you, that Drawdown has streamlined learning (and provided a focus) with this a go to place  I was staying away from learning about the garbage patches in the ocean but being a regular NPR listener I finally learned something and got online briefly to learn more. I think about those garbage patches every day and wonder how we can do something to reduce the size and prevent garbage from continually heading out to sea. I also think about the small plastic bits in the expensive sea salt that I purchase. OK, I'll look at the web site you provided. Thanks!
  • Terry Parker 4/08/2018 11:35 AM
    I fed eight people an all organic vegetarian dinner and dessert (with local wine, of course). Laughed and played games for a non-media evening of fun! AND shared my new found knowledge on food labeling myths. There is joy in ECOChallenge!
    Terry  ;)

    • Karen Austin 4/08/2018 2:53 PM
      Way to have fun and earn points Terry! 

  • Terry Parker 4/06/2018 9:30 AM
    If you didn't catch it last evening at the Bijou find an opportunity to see the film "Wasted! The Story of Food Waste." Shocking, entertaining, irreverent and hopeful. I am so impressed on how dedicated people are meeting this global challenge. 

    http://www.wastedfilm.com/

    For the Trailer:
    http://www.wastedfilm.com/videos/

    Terry 

    • Terry Parker 4/08/2018 11:38 AM
      Yes, I used this to support one of my food education challenges. It was a fun way to do it! I think you can watch this at home, too. 

    • Karen Austin 4/06/2018 8:45 PM
      And you're doing really well on accruing  points. Go Green Team!

    • Karen Austin 4/06/2018 8:43 PM
      I had it on my calendar but got behind in other things. I will try and see it online or elsewhere. Glad you liked it! Thanks for the links. Did you get to use going to the film for one of your challenges?
  • Terry Parker 4/04/2018 10:50 AM
    This isn't as easy as it seems on the surface. It isn't the diet part as much as the finding and  elimination of ingredients in food such as palm oil. Likewise biting the bullet of giving up that "great buy" on coffee to make sure shade grown, organic, Rainforest Alliance and Fair Trade applies. I've learned a lot already! I persevere. 

    • Karen Austin 4/04/2018 11:08 AM
      Thanks for sharing this information on the effects of purchasing food. It is more expensive to avoid processed food with palm oil and to choose organic, Fair Trade. 

    • Terry Parker 4/04/2018 10:53 AM
      RE:  Forest-Friendly Foods 2
      #5 Tropical Forests
      I will replace or remove products in my current diet that are known to contribute to deforestation.
  • Terry Parker 4/03/2018 9:41 AM
    Riding my bike and walking makes me feel healthier and more aware of my surroundings. I feel like I have so many mobility options that it frees me from thinking I am reliant or dependent on my  car.

    • Karen Austin 4/03/2018 4:01 PM
      I agree Terry about biking and walking. I have let my bike get lonely in the garage so it's time to challenge myself and earn points for our team. Alternative transportation is often, but not always, slower but so much healthier.