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Jill Russo-Downey

UU DD 2021 MVUC

"To be a good CAT member!"

Points Total

  • 0 Today
  • 0 This Week
  • 708 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    1
    documentaries
    watched
  • up to
    121
    minutes
    spent learning
  • up to
    3
    locally sourced meals
    consumed
  • up to
    20
    meatless or vegan meals
    consumed

Jill's Actions

Health and Education

Research Barriers to Participation and Representation

Health and Education

I will spend at least 20 minutes learning more about the barriers to women's equal participation and representation around the world.

Completed
One-Time Action

Buildings

Learn about 'Green Gentrification'

Multiple Solutions

I will spend at least 20 minutes learning about green gentrification and how it relates to city planning for climate action.

Completed
One-Time Action

Action Track: Healing & Renewal

Meditation

I will meditate every day for at least 5 minutes to ground me and to restore my energy to engage in actions helpful to my people and my planet.

COMPLETED 15
DAILY ACTIONS

Health and Education

Summer camp

Co-create a summer camp based on the Drawdown initiatives to educate and empower kids.

Completed
One-Time Action

Industry

Find a Local Climate-Friendly Supermarket

Refrigerant Management

I will explore the interactive map in the links below to find a supermarket that does not use HFC refrigerants near my home.

Completed
One-Time Action

Health and Education

Connect With A Nonprofit

Health and Education

I will connect with a local nonprofit working on issues affecting women, girls, and/or trans/nonbinary people in my community, and find out how I can get involved or become a member.

Completed
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 Geothermal Energy

Geothermal Power

I will spend at least 15 minutes learning more about the energy generation potential of geothermal energy and consider investing in this technology.

Completed
One-Time Action

Food, Agriculture, and Land Use

Support Local Food Systems

Plant-Rich Diets

I will source 10 percent of my food 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 3
DAILY ACTIONS

Land Sinks

Forest-Friendly Foods 2

Tropical Forest Restoration

I will replace or remove the palm oil, coffee, and cocoa products in my current diet that are known to contribute to deforestation.

COMPLETED 2
DAILY ACTIONS

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.

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

Health and Education

Learn about the Need for Family Planning

Health and Education

I will spend at least 15 minutes learning more about the need for family planning globally.

Completed
One-Time Action

Food, Agriculture, and Land Use

Reduce Animal Products

Plant-Rich Diets

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

COMPLETED 17
DAILY ACTIONS

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  • Jill Russo-Downey's avatar
    Jill Russo-Downey 5/18/2021 12:14 PM
    So grateful to have the CAT at MVUC - such education and inspiration!

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    Jill Russo-Downey 5/02/2021 11:04 AM
    I've been studying our garbage the past three week to see what we're routinely throwing out and how I can reduce or replace those items. So far I've moved to bamboo paper towels, increased my composting, bought shampoo bars instead of plastic bottles, changed to products with less packaging or at least recyclable non-plastic packaging, and found more local places to take recyclables (shoes and clothes too worn to donate, etc.) It also makes me realize how we need to lobby corporations to be accountable for their raw materials and packaging and to close their manufacturing production/waste loops. Locally, we need to push lawmakers to improve community compost/recycling systems and make them more widespread and accessible to all households.

    • Robin Roberts's avatar
      Robin Roberts 5/07/2021 7:11 AM
      Admirable Jill! The level of awareness brought on by ‘Ecochallenge’ has certainly changed habits…in both your household as ours. Great story Jill.

    • Jill Russo-Downey's avatar
      Jill Russo-Downey 5/06/2021 7:27 PM
      Most MOMs Organic markets will take shoes and all H&M stores will take clothing.

    • Beck MVUC Mordini's avatar
      Beck MVUC Mordini 5/06/2021 3:45 PM
      Wow Jill!  Where are you taking clothes that are too worn to donate/resell?
  • Reflection Question
    Food, Agriculture, and Land Use Reduce Animal Products
    Why do people in richer countries eat more meat than people in other places? How does eating more meat affect our bodies, our planet, and other people?

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    Jill Russo-Downey 4/19/2021 9:37 AM
    Definitely noticed this when living in Korea and Japan. They don't have the epidemic obesity and cardiovascular issues we do in the US. I know meat takes up SO many resources (land and water) and releases methane. Not to mention the animal cruelty involved.
    I currently eat seafood and some turkey, but am working to minimize this as well as make what I do eat environmentally sustainable and ethical as possible.

    • Kristin Rosenthal's avatar
      Kristin Rosenthal 4/19/2021 3:27 PM
      One of my cookbooks for Chinese food says, "Flesh makes you fleshy." I wonder if protein was a status thing in European countries? There also was a Depression area promise: "A chicken in every pot on Sunday".  The promise wasn't beef and pork and lots of it every night! I eat a lot of tofu in a great variety of ways, and prefer it to animals.