River Stewart

Fantastic No Plastics

"I like biking to school. I would like to get to the point where I bike/walk places more than I drive places."

Points Total

  • 0 Today
  • 0 This Week
  • 835 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    1
    documentaries
    watched
  • up to
    23
    conversations
    with people
  • up to
    23
    minutes
    spent learning
  • up to
    54
    meatless or vegan meals
    consumed

Challenges

Food

Learn the Truth About Expiration Dates

#3 Reduced Food Waste

I will spend at least 10 minutes learning how to differentiate between sell by, use by, and best by dates.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Transport

PUBLIC TRANSPORT

I will use a form of public transport to reduce emissions.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Materials

Share Bioplastic Disposal Tips

#47 Bioplastic

I will spend at least 5 minutes researching how to properly dispose of bioplastics in my city and share this information with 23 friends, family and/or colleagues.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Transport

fix a bike

I will fix my bike so that I can ride i.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Transport

Walk Or Ride

I will walk or ride 1 time instead of driving.

COMPLETED 0
DAILY CHALLENGES

Materials

Properly Dispose of Refrigerants

#1 Refrigerant Management

I will spend at least 3 minutes learning how to properly dispose of my refrigerator, freezer, and other refrigerants at the end of their useful lives.

Completed
One-Time 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

Food

Reduce Animal Products

#4 Plant-Rich Diet

I will enjoy 3 meatless or vegan meal(s) each day of the challenge.

COMPLETED 0
DAILY CHALLENGES

Food

Keep Track of Wasted Food

#3 Reduced Food Waste

I will keep a daily log of food I throw away during Drawdown Ecochallenge, either because it went bad before I ate it, I put too much on my plate, or it was scraps from food preparation.

COMPLETED 0
DAILY CHALLENGES

Materials

Use Less Power

I will use as little power as possible. Examples turning off lights or using candles instead of lights, not using water on my toothbrush, and collecting rainwater so a hose isn't necesary.

COMPLETED 0
DAILY CHALLENGES

Feed


  • River Stewart 1/16/2020 9:24 PM
    Hi, does anyone have any ideas for fun crafts to do to reuse non-recyclable material? Like ways to repurpose an object after it's been used? 

    • Erin M 1/18/2020 2:13 PM
      Check out this artwork by Joel Glassman! I was lucky and stumbled upon his art show up in Grants Pass - LOVE the work! http://www.inthisplayground.com/portfolio/joel-glassmans-menagerie/
  • Reflection Question
    Food Learn the Truth About Expiration Dates
    How does knowing the difference between use by, sell by, and best by dates empower you to make better decisions?

    River Stewart 1/14/2020 9:30 PM
    I can make sure that I don't buy a product that I can't finish before the product goes bad. Also, I can buy food that is near its due date if I know I can use it quickly.

  • River Stewart 1/14/2020 9:28 PM
    I just learned about the differences between the best by, sell by, use by, and expiration dates.
    Sell-by date: The purpose of the sell-by date is to tell the store when the product should be sold to keep customers from complaining about its condition. Stores also use this to tell when to rotate their products.
    Best-by dates: these dates are for the customer, they inform them when the product tastes the best or closest to what the brand wants it to taste like.
    Use-by dates: When an item is past its use-by date it could be a  little iffy and up in the air if you should use it. These signify when the product should be used to ensure the safety and prevention of food poisoning.
    Expiration dates: When a product expires it is no longer entirely safe to consume it. Still, if you want to use it it's probably ok.
    All these dates are put in place to help people to not waste food. If your not sure you can use the product before it goes bad and you have to throw it out you really shouldn't buy it. The harvesting, transportation, packaging, and production that goes into wasted food makes up to 3.3 billion metric tons of Co2 annually. 

  • River Stewart 1/09/2020 9:42 PM
    I have been really bad about walking or riding my bike places. Does anyone have any suggestions of how to remind yourself?

    • River Stewart 1/14/2020 9:00 PM
      Thanks, that's a good idea. I will try that tomorrow. Also thanks Erin for getting me and my family into this amazing program.

    • Erin M 1/11/2020 2:43 PM
      You could park your bike in your front hallway...? : ) Or maybe just put your helmet there as a trigger?
  • Reflection Question
    Materials Share Bioplastic Disposal Tips
    What concerns you the most about how we are affecting the planet? Consider both local and global actions.

    River Stewart 1/07/2020 6:10 PM
    I fear that my children or grandchildren are going to live in a world where there is no way to improve the climate and rising heat. I really hope that there will be a human race in the next century.

  • River Stewart 1/07/2020 6:08 PM
    I hadn't heard about bioplastic before today but I did some research and apparently it's not actually that much better for the planet. it takes fuel to ship it and it often uses GMOs in the process of production. Also, it often requires a special plant to break it down. So really it doesn't have enough pros to weigh out the con. It's not a sustainable bioproduct.

    • Davis Wilkins 1/12/2020 5:05 PM
      I appreciate reading your analysis; it makes me want to read about it myself.

    • Davis Wilkins 1/12/2020 5:05 PM
      I appreciate reading your analysis; it makes me want to read about it myself.

  • River Stewart 1/07/2020 5:51 PM
    how come you can only have five daily challenges?! Also, I only have four and it's telling me that I have five and that I cant select another one!

  • River Stewart 1/06/2020 8:24 PM
    this challenge has been super fun and super eye-opening! I've enjoyed the friendly rivalry aspect of it and have also liked completing the learning actions. I have already learned a lot that I wouldn't have known without this challenge encouraging me to make better decisions for our beautiful planet.

    • Robert Wildman 1/09/2020 9:08 PM
      Totally agree River!  I just talked with Erin and gave her big appreciation for starting this whole thing and getting us all engaged.  I should be a lasting thing for all of us and we have her to thank!  And she it just getting started!  Go Erin!
  • Reflection Question
    Materials Properly Dispose of Refrigerants
    How do you address your own feelings of concern, fear or despair about climate change?

    River Stewart 1/05/2020 8:51 PM
    I select new actions and try and do them and then I tell myself that it is best to lead by example and that I am doing good for the world by even thinking or trying to solve this horrible climate crisis.

    • Erin M 1/06/2020 5:14 PM
      River you are so awesome! I'm with you 100% - I also like to lead by example, and do good by trying. I have hope! : ) You are an inspiration, so glad you are sharing your thoughts!
  • Reflection Question
    Electricity Generation Watch a Video about Methane Digesters
    What does your vision of a sustainable community look like? What would need to be changed in order for such vision to become reality?

    River Stewart 1/05/2020 6:35 PM
    A sustainable community is a community where every part is collaborating with the others. There is no waste and everyone is aware of their impact on one another. basically everyone would need to be much more attentive and caring.