Agostino Schito

Climate Reality Montgomery County

Points Total

  • 0 Today
  • 0 This Week
  • 1,059 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    86
    meatless or vegan meals
    consumed
  • up to
    1,140
    minutes
    spent exercising
  • up to
    5
    lightbulbs
    replaced
  • up to
    90
    minutes
    spent learning

Challenges

Food

Reduce Animal Products

#4 Plant-Rich Diet

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

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DAILY CHALLENGES

Buildings and Cities

Go for a Daily Walk

#54 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 0
DAILY CHALLENGES

Food

Smaller Portions

#3 Reduced Food Waste

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

COMPLETED 0
DAILY CHALLENGES

Buildings and Cities

Choose LED Bulbs

#33 LED Lighting (Household)

I will replace 5 incandescent lightbulb(s) with Energy Star-certified LED bulbs, saving up to $14 per fixture per year.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Food

Learn More about Silvopasture

#9 Silvopasture

I will spend at least 90 minutes watching videos and/or reading about the environmental benefits of silvopasture.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Food

Explore Other Food Solutions

All Food Solutions

I will spend at least 60 minutes researching other Drawdown Food Solutions.

Uncompleted
One-Time Challenge

Food

Learn More about Regenerative Agriculture

#11 Regenerative Agriculture

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

Uncompleted
One-Time Challenge

Feed

  • Reflection Question
    Buildings and Cities Choose LED Bulbs
    Changing lightbulbs is an excellent first step toward energy efficiency! What's next for you?

    Agostino Schito 10/14/2019 8:59 AM
    It took me a little while to find 5 remaining incandescent light bulbs to change since we had replaced the vast majority of them withw  low power CFL years ago. However I had missed one of the bulbs in the garage, one closet, and 3 outdoors. So we are all done now.
    Next I am researching the possibility to switch my utility to  Green Choice. Still not clear how it actually works.
  • Reflection Question
    Food Learn More about Silvopasture
    Had you heard of the term "silvopasture" before now? After learning more about it, what do you think is the biggest advantage of silvopasture?

    Agostino Schito 10/02/2019 6:16 PM
    I had never heard of the term silvopasture before. It seems a more sustainable type of farming. I watched a movie called "revolution food" which showed how several farms use integrative methods to produce more sustainable and natural meets and vegetables.

    Another interesting finding is that there seem to be only one example of silvopasture in Maryland
    https://www.jehovahjirehfarm.com/category/silvopasture/
  • Reflection Question
    Food 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?

    Agostino Schito 9/29/2019 6:53 AM
    My wife and I have been eating mostly vegetarian for over 1 year. We eat fish 2/3 times a week but no meat. We strive to eat good food, fresh and organic as much as possible.

    I believe that in the US access to cheap meat and other cheap food from industrial farming and package food is encouraging excessive consumption, however this type of food has little nutritional value and in many cases contain chemicals and toxins that may negatively impact our health. This is particularly dangerous for young children.

    In conclusion: eating less using fresh and organic food is better for our health and is more sustainable for our planet.
  • Reflection Question
    Food 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?

    Agostino Schito 9/29/2019 6:53 AM
    My wife and I have been eating mostly vegetarian for over 1 year. We eat fish 2/3 times a week but no meat. We strive to eat good food, fresh and organic as much as possible.

    I believe that in the US access to cheap meat and other cheap food from industrial farming and package food is encouraging excessive consumption, however this type of food has little nutritional value and in many cases contain chemicals and toxins that may negatively impact our health. This is particularly dangerous for young children.

    In conclusion: eating less using fresh and organic food is better for our health and is more sustainable for our planet.
  • Reflection Question
    Buildings and Cities Go for a Daily Walk
    What have you noticed on your daily walks? What have you enjoyed? What infrastructure changes could make your walks more enjoyable or possible?

    Agostino Schito 9/29/2019 6:31 AM
    We live in a nice neighborhood and have plenty of space for an enjoyable and safe walk using quite large sidewalks. What is missing is a bike lane, so sometimes we are sharing the side walk with young bike riders that, of course, prefer to use the side walk instead of the road. Not a real problem but something that could potentially be improved by having safe bike lanes for bikers and young riders
  • Reflection Question
    Buildings and Cities Go for a Daily Walk
    What have you noticed on your daily walks? What have you enjoyed? What infrastructure changes could make your walks more enjoyable or possible?

    Agostino Schito 9/29/2019 6:31 AM
    We live in a nice neighborhood and have plenty of space for an enjoyable and safe walk using quite large sidewalks. What is missing is a bike lane, so sometimes we are sharing the side walk with young bike riders that, of course, prefer to use the side walk instead of the road. Not a real problem but something that could potentially be improved by having safe bike lanes for bikers and young riders

    • Agostino Schito 10/14/2019 8:46 AM
      This is interesting. Bike lanes must be understood and respected. It is a cultural change. When I was walking in Amsterdam recently I was almost hit by a bike runner. I did not realize that on a pedestrian walk, cars must stop but bikes in bike lanes don't. It seems to make sense if you think how much it takes for a biker to stop and restart, however it want not obvious for me as a pedestrian not used to the bike lanes rules of the road...

    • Addy Davidson 10/06/2019 1:44 PM
      I am lucky to live near a university, so the city has put in quite large bike lanes.  I take my dogs for their morning trot on my bike each day in a nice loop around my house, using these lanes.  Now, if we could just convince people the lanes are not the right spot for the trash can pick up each week!