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Kara, Robert and Story Veeder

Lilac goes Green

"Live Kind. Love Kind."

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Participant Impact

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    90
    minutes
    spent learning
  • up to
    1
    people
    helped
  • up to
    270
    gallons of water
    have been saved

Kara, Robert and Story's Actions

Food

Keep Track of Wasted Food

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.

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DAILY ACTIONS

Materials

Research Cement Alternatives

Alternative Cement

I will spend at least 30 minutes researching cement alternatives that reduce the carbon footprint of concrete.

Completed
One-Time Action

Materials

Fix Leaky Faucets

Low-Flow Fixtures

I will fix faucets or report leaky faucets to facilities that have been wasting up to 9 gallons (34 L) of water a day or 270 (1,020 L) gallons of water a month per faucet.

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One-Time Action

Land Use

Learn about Local Indigenous Practices

Indigenous Peoples' Forest Tenure

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

Completed
One-Time Action

Land Use

Support Indigenous Peoples' Land Management

Indigenous Peoples' Forest Tenure

I will donate to Native American Rights Fund, which protects tribal natural resources and environmental rights and promotes Native American Human Rights.

Completed
One-Time Action

Land Use

Forest-Friendly Foods 1

Tropical Forest Restoration

I will spend at least 30 minutes researching the impact of my diet to see how it contributes to deforestation.

Completed
One-Time Action

Women and Girls

Give a Microloan

Sustainable Intensification for Smallholders

I will give 1 microloan(s) to women who need help starting a business.

Completed
One-Time Action

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  • Reflection Question
    Materials Research Cement Alternatives
    Concrete is a good example of a material that most of us encounter every day, but its carbon footprint may not be obvious. What other everyday materials might have a large carbon footprint? How can you find out more?

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    Kara, Robert and Story Veeder 4/30/2020 2:47 PM
    Pavement for highways, roads and city streets.  I can research more about this to find out some details.  
  • Reflection Question
    Land Use Forest-Friendly Foods 1
    How is your diet currently impacting deforestation? What can you do to decrease your negative impact and increase your positive impact?

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    Kara, Robert and Story Veeder 4/30/2020 2:13 PM
    Our diet contains coffee and chocolate and I am sure many of our household products contain some variant of palm oil.  We will be way more invested in searching for better alternatives (though our coffee is currently sustainable harvested.). I was thrilled to learn more about the rainforest alliance seal and am glad to know it exists and can simplify finding better choices.  We don't eat a ton of processed food but we will be more aware of how to make better choices with those moving forward.  I wrote that I'd study for 30 minutes on this but it was fascinating and I think I read down rabbit holes for well over 90 minutes!

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    Kara, Robert and Story Veeder 4/29/2020 8:41 AM
    Just wanted to check in today and say hello and that it is cool to have a list of concrete ideas to learn about here.  Thanks for the opportunity!
  • 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?

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    Kara, Robert and Story Veeder 4/26/2020 11:21 AM
    Well, there are large parts of our lives that do not contribute to sustainability- for example, we drive cars, we use grocery stores, we buy things that often come in packaging.  To me, this statement about balance being important to sustainability it to minimize the areas that are not-sustainable (ie. drive less, support local farmers, buy or trade second-hand goods) and increase the areas that are.  We are transitioning to getting food from a local food collective, we try to carpool (when we're not self-isolating) and we try to minimize packaging by buying in bulk, second-hand or trading items with others.  We are currently working on a garden to provide ourselves and our neighbors with food this summer, further reducing our carbon footprint. 
  • Reflection Question
    Food Keep Track of Wasted Food
    An average American throws out about 240 lbs of food per year. The average family of four spends $1,500 a year on food that they throw out. Where would you rather use this money?

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    Kara, Robert and Story Veeder 4/22/2020 5:53 PM
    I'd rather use it to give back to my community in charitable giving, either locally or globally.  

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    Kara, Robert and Story Veeder 4/22/2020 7:24 AM
    Hi all!  Robert and Story and I are looking forward to making small changes and additions to our lives each day to help the planet and her inhabitants.  Thanks Harley!  Excited to learn along with my friends.