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Page Potter

ERUUF 2021

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Land Sinks

Research Peatlands

Peatland Protection and Rewetting

I will spend 60 minutes researching the environmental benefits of peatlands and what is being done around the world to conserve and restore them.

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Electricity

Choose Renewable Energy or Purchase Renewable Energy Credits

Onshore Wind Turbines, Utility-Scale Solar Photovoltaics

I will sign up for my utility company's clean/renewable energy option. If my utility does not offer one, I will purchase Renewable Energy Credits to match my usage.

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Electricity

Oppose Duke Energy's 15-year IRP

Duke Energy's Integrated Resource Plan (IRP), which lays out its proposal for how it will generate electric power for the next 15 years, must be approved by the NC Utilities Commission. The IRP proposes building NEW FRACKED GAS POWER PLANTS rather than investing in renewables, and the continued burning of coal for electricity generation. I wrote an email to the Utilities Commission urging them to reject the IRP, and also encouraged others in my congregation to do the same.

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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.

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Action Track: Building Resilience

Learn About Drawdown Solutions

I will watch the introductory video on Drawdown Solutions with Dr. Elizabeth Bagley of Project Drawdown. This excellent presentation provides a primer on how Drawdown solutions reverse greenhouse gas emissions and shares stories of congregations and groups putting solutions into action. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FHoA25g1tys

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  • Reflection Question
    Land Sinks Research Peatlands
    Much of Indonesia's peatlands have been drained so they could be replaced with palm oil or pulp and paper plantations. How can you make choices that help to protect peatlands, even if you live far away from one?

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    Page Potter 5/14/2021 8:55 AM
    The destruction of Indonesia's rainforests is a tragedy not only for the climate but for many animal species, especially the orangutan. All three species of orangutan, the most intelligent of the large apes, are now critically endangered. I can avoid buying products that contain palm oil, or look for those that are made with sustainable palm oil certified by the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil.

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    Page Potter 5/13/2021 4:44 AM
    I am already involved in lobbying Congress to pass a national carbon fee and dividend bill to reduce carbon emissions, but since there's only so much I can do there and since action on climate is needed across the board and on every front, and individual actions add up, I decided to join the Drawdown Ecochallenge to see what else I could do as an individual. Over the past two weeks I've learned about peatlands as important carbon sinks. The southeastern Atlantic coast, including eastern North Carolina, is home to many acres of peatlands - marsh, bog and pocosin - that in the past were ditched and drained for agriculture. The North Carolina Nature Conservancy, along with the US Fish and Wildlife Service and the NC Wildlife Resources Commission, are working to restore the natural flow of water in around 20,000 hectares of peatland pocosin in the Great Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge and the Angola Bay Gamelands. One hectare of natural peatland pocosin removes the equivalent of 0.8 passenger vehicle emissions per year, while drained pocosin ADDS the equivalent of FIVE (5) passenger vehicles per year!!! I The restoration work also involves replanting Atlantic white cedars, native to the area. In addition to helping with climate change, restoring these landscapes restores important wildlife habitat and aids in flood control and prevention of wildfires during droughts. I learned that I can contribute to this restoration effort by a donation to the NC Nature Conservancy designated to "NC Peatlands." I decided to make an ongoing regular donation roughly equal to my monthly carbon footprint.  In addition to helping with climate change, restoring these landscapes restores important wildlife habitat. (To donate contact Genevieve Joseph, gjoseph@tnc.org, or send a check to the Nature Conservancy with "NC Peatlands" in the memo line to Genevieve Joseph, The Nature Conservancy NC, 334 Blackwell Street Suite 300, Durham NC 27701.)

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      Thomas Fletcher 5/14/2021 5:26 AM
      Page - this is an awesome post.  Most informative.  I had heard something about the effort to restore peatland  at Pocosin, but nice to read more about it.  Tom F

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    Page Potter 4/23/2021 6:20 AM
    Tuesday evening 4/22/21 I joined 30 other UUs from across North Carolina in an Zoom Action Hour organized by UU Forward Together and GreenFaith in which we learned about Duke Energy's climate-killing proposed IRP (Integrated Resource Plan) and wrote email statements to the NC Utilities Commission urging them to reject the plan. It was great to recognize other ERUUFians on the Zoom, including Bev Wedda and my Chalice Circle friend, Janet Maran, and to know that the NCUC staff would have an email inbox full of messages objecting to Duke's IRP on Wednesday morning! Appreciation to Denise Frizzell and others on the Earth Justice Team for making me aware of the dangers of Duke's plans and how we can oppose it. Go team!