April 4 - April 25, 2018

Mike Refsland

Miller Dunwiddie

Points Total

  • 0 Today
  • 0 This Week
  • 1,783 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    43
    pounds of CO2
    have been saved
  • up to
    50
    miles
    travelled by bike
  • up to
    410
    minutes
    spent learning
  • up to
    26
    meatless or vegan meals
    consumed
  • up to
    6
    locally sourced meals
    consumed
  • up to
    4
    public officials or leaders
    contacted
  • up to
    10
    miles
    travelled by bus
  • up to
    1
    donations
    made
  • up to
    1
    documentaries
    watched

Challenges

Buildings and Cities

Online Energy Audit

Multiple Solutions

I will complete an online energy audit of my home, office, or dorm room and identify my next steps for saving energy.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Materials

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 6 OF 22
DAILY CHALLENGE

Buildings and Cities

Go by Bike

#59 Bike Infrastructure

I will commute by bike 10 mile(s) per day and avoid sending up to 8.23 lbs of CO2 into Earth's atmosphere.

COMPLETED 5 OF 22
DAILY CHALLENGE

Transport

Improve a Bus Stop

#37 Mass 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 some other small improvement.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Transport

Use Public Transit

#37 Mass Transit

I will use public transit 10 mile(s) per day and avoid sending up to 2.53 lbs of CO2 into Earth's atmosphere.

COMPLETED 1 OF 22
DAILY CHALLENGE

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).

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Electricity Generation

Support Companies Leading in Green Energy

#8 Solar Farms

I will use my spending power to reward companies leading in purchasing green energy and incentivize others to invest more in green energy.

COMPLETED 3 OF 22
DAILY CHALLENGE

Transport

Research and Consider Switching to a Hybrid or Electric Vehicle

#26 Electric Vehicles

I will spend at least 30 minutes researching and weighing my options to see if a hybrid or electric vehicle makes sense for my lifestyle.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Transport

Research and Advocate for High-Speed Rail

#66 High-Speed Rail

I will spend at least 15 minutes researching and advocating for a comprehensive high speed rail network in my country/region.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Food

Explore Other Food Solutions

All Food Solutions

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

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Women and Girls

Support Women-Owned Businesses

#62 Women Smallholders

I will support women-owned businesses when I shop this month.

COMPLETED 4 OF 22
DAILY CHALLENGE

Land Use

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.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Land Use

Learn about Temperate Forests

#12 Temperate Forests

I will spend at least 30 minutes learning more about the environmental services provided by and the environmental issues affecting temperate forests.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Land Use

Local Perennial Biomass

#51 Perennial Biomass

I will spend at least 30 minutes finding out if anyone is working on perennial biomass projects in my region and how I can get involved.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Food

Reduce Animal Products

#4 Plant-Rich Diet

I will enjoy 2 meatless or vegan meal(s) each day of the challenge.

COMPLETED 13 OF 22
DAILY CHALLENGE

Land Use

Learn about Local Indigenous Practices

#39 Indigenous Peoples' Land Management

I will spend at least 30 minutes learning how local indigenous tribes are caring for the land by attending a training, workshop, or presentation.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Land Use

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.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Land Use

Advocate for Forest Protection

#38 Forest Protection

I will contact 2 congress people or representatives to advocate for public policy that protects forests and the enforcement of existing anti-logging laws.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Women and Girls

Research Barriers to Participation and Representation

#6 Educating Girls, #7 Family Planning, #62 Women Smallholders

I will spend at least 30 minutes learning more about the barriers to women's equal participation and representation around the world.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Women and Girls

Learn about the Need for Family Planning

#7 Family Planning

I will spend at least 30 minutes learning more about the need for family planning globally.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Food

Learn More about Regenerative Agriculture

#11 Regenerative Agriculture

I will spend at least 30 minutes learning about the need for more regenerative agriculture.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Food

Learn More about Silvopasture

#9 Silvopasture

I will spend at least 30 minutes watching videos and/or reading about the environmental benefits of silvopasture.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Food

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.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Food

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.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Electricity Generation

Learn More about Wave and Tidal Energy

#29 Wave and Tidal

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

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Electricity Generation

Communicate With My Elected Officials

#2 Wind Turbines (Onshore)

I will write or call 2 elected official(s) telling them not to support fossil fuel subsidies and instead support wind energy generation.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Food

Smaller Portions

#3 Reduced Food Waste

I will use smaller plates and/or serve smaller portions when dishing out food.

COMPLETED 11 OF 22
DAILY CHALLENGE

Food

Support Local Food Systems

#4 Plant-Rich Diet

I will source 1 meal(s) from local producers each day. This could include signing up for a local CSA, buying from a farmer's market, visiting a food co-op, foraging with a local group, or growing my own ingredients.

COMPLETED 6 OF 22
DAILY CHALLENGE

Feed


  • Mike Refsland 4/25/2018 10:02 AM
    Put some clothes out on the line to dry instead of using the gas dryer. No points for this, but a great activity to reduce your carbon footprint! Plus a little breeze makes the clothes smell awesome.
  • Reflection Question
    Women and Girls Research Barriers to Participation and Representation
    What are some of the barriers that exist to women's equal participation and/or representation in your community?

    Mike Refsland 4/25/2018 9:59 AM
    MPR is currently airing an interview about the incredible number of women running for political position this year, from local neighborhood groups to US Senators and beyond!
  • Reflection Question
    Land Use Learn about Temperate Forests
    As you learn more about the scope and seriousness of the environmental challenges we face, what impact does that have on your thinking and actions? What are the parts that feel overwhelming? What parts help you feel hopeful?

    Mike Refsland 4/25/2018 9:57 AM
    It does feel overwhelming from time to time, but people banding together (such as this challenge) can make a remarkable positive impact!
  • Reflection Question
    Land Use Support Indigenous Peoples' Land Management
    Indigenous speaker and activist Winona LaDuke says that, "most indigenous ceremonies, if you look to their essence, are about the restoration of balance — they are a reaffirmation of our relationship to creation. That is our intent: to restore, and then to retain balance and honor our part in creation." Why is balance important to sustainability?

    Mike Refsland 4/25/2018 9:57 AM
    Balance is fundamental in sustainability, particularly between our built and natural environments. However "balance" does not mean things remain equal and balanced at all times. Just as in ecosystems, there will be disturbances that require resilience. In ecology, diversity builds resilience, which reduces the impact of disturbances.
  • Reflection Question
    Transport Improve a Bus Stop
    How can you advocate for transportation systems which minimize environmental impact while also meeting human needs?

    Mike Refsland 4/24/2018 5:20 AM
    I advocate for transportation with lower environmental impact by contacting my state legislators to support transit legislation. I also volunteer to help promote bike networks through my city and state. 
  • Reflection Question
    Land Use Local Perennial Biomass
    Climate scientist Katharine Hayhoe states that "The reason we care about climate change is because it affects the people and places that we care about." What is happening (or will happen) in your area that will affect the people and places you care about?

    Mike Refsland 4/24/2018 5:16 AM
    Minnesota will be both a winner and loser with long term climate change. We are known for our diverse ecosystems, from the prairies of the southwest to the pine forests of the north. Much of this forest will retreat northward with climate change, as the state warms. We are also getting many more "Mega Rain" events than the historical average, causing catastrophic damage to southern Minnesota and the Duluth area in the last several years.
  • Reflection Question
    Land Use Learn about Local Indigenous Practices
    What did you learn about indigenous peoples' land management that you can apply in your own life?

    Mike Refsland 4/24/2018 5:13 AM
    I learned a great deal about Ojibwe hunting and fishing treaty rights in Wisconsin. The rights were granted with their treaty in 1837, but the Ojibwe people did not get full rights until the lat 1960s after a series of lawsuits. 

  • Mike Refsland 4/22/2018 5:40 PM
    Planted our cold frame today and started early season veggies, can't get much more local than that!

  • Mike Refsland 4/21/2018 1:11 PM
    60F and sunny= biking all over town today! Ran several errands by bike instead of the car and it was awesome. No stinky exhaust, bypass traffic in the bike lane, birds singing in the trees.
  • Reflection Question
    Food Explore Other Food Solutions
    What did you find out? What is the most interesting fact you learned?

    Mike Refsland 4/20/2018 6:37 AM
    I have started to drink a little less coffee every day (gasp!), since I was blind to the giant carbon footprint of our coffee. We drink locally roasted coffee from a company that pays higher than Fair Trade wages, but does not describe any environmental policy on their website. Therefore, i'm reaching out to the company today to see what they can do to improve, and to push for stronger environmental policy from the consumer side. Vote with your wallet.

    • Hi Mike, Good idea about reaching out to your local coffee company - vote with your dollar! I'm a big coffee drinker and always buy Equal Exchange - I think they have sound policies all around (btw, they have great chocolate, too). You might see if you can buy its coffee locally > http://equalexchange.coop/