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Lucinda Young

UU Church of Berkeley

" A long-time environmentalist, I'm participating in this challenge because I am deeply concerned about the climate crisis & feel it is an ethical and moral imperative to reduce our carbon footprint & live lightly on the planet. For me, it's inseparable from my spiritual practice. I have found the Drawdown Project, based on the Drawdown book, hopeful because it shows us that we have, right now, the tools to avert the crises. At Sheila's request I've agreed to serve as co-captain of the UUCB team and look forward to helping, motivating & supporting our team efforts. One of my favorite quotes by Dr. Seuss: "Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, Nothing is going to get better. It's not" "

Points Total

  • 0 Today
  • 0 This Week
  • 1,887 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    2
    advocacy actions
    completed
  • up to
    50
    miles
    traveled by bus
  • up to
    50
    miles
    not traveled by car
  • up to
    622
    pounds of CO2
    have been saved
  • up to
    1
    donations
    made
  • up to
    41
    conversations
    with people
  • up to
    225
    minutes
    spent learning
  • up to
    102
    meatless or vegan meals
    consumed
  • up to
    314
    minutes
    being mindful
  • up to
    860
    minutes
    spent outdoors
  • up to
    6
    public officials or leaders
    contacted

Lucinda's Actions

Transportation

Express My Support For Walkable Cities

Walkable Cities

I will find out who in my city makes decisions that impact neighborhood walkability and express my support for better walking infrastructure.

Completed
One-Time Action

Industry

Advocate for legislation reducing single-use disposable plastics

Goal is to get state legislation passed which addresses the plastic pollution crisis by reducing single-use disposable plastic products & shifting the burden of their disposal to the companies profiting from sale of these items.

COMPLETED 8
DAILY ACTIONS

Industry

Research the Climate Impact of Refrigerants

Refrigerant Management

I will spend 45 minute(s) learning about the climate impact of refrigerants and what climate-friendly refrigerants are by using the links below.

Uncompleted
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

Industry

Learn about the impact of old refrigerants

I will spend 60 minute(s) learning about the climate impact of refrigerants and what climate-friendly refrigerants are by using the links provided

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

Transportation

Purchase a Carbon Offset

Efficient Aviation

If I buy a plane ticket, I will purchase a carbon offset.

Completed
One-Time Action

Transportation

Use Public Transit

Public Transit

I will use public transit 10 mile(s) per day and avoid sending up to 0.0 lbs of CO2 into Earth's atmosphere.

COMPLETED 4
DAILY ACTIONS

Transportation

Learn about Carbon Offsets

I will visit Tradewater’s website to learn more about carbon offsets, and why they are a necessary solution in combating a climate crisis.

Completed
One-Time Action

Electricity

Advocate for Solar Installation

Distributed Solar Photovoltaics

I will create a plan to and advocate for solar installation at my business, apartment building, or campus.

Completed
One-Time Action

Electricity

Spread the Word about Energy Alternatives

All Electricity Solutions

I will research and tell 01 people each day about the benefits of alternative energy sources like wind turbines, solar energy, geothermal energy, and methane digesters.

COMPLETED 16
DAILY ACTIONS

Electricity

Advocate for legislation supporting rooftop solar

contact my legislators

COMPLETED 5
DAILY ACTIONS

Health and Education

Fund Family Planning

Health and Education

I will donate to supply a community with reproductive health supplies.

Completed
One-Time Action

Transportation

Advocate For Greener Vehicles

Electric Cars, Hybrid Cars, Efficient Trucks

I will assess the vehicles used by my company or college and advocate for a purchasing policy focused on electric and fuel-efficient vehicles

Completed
One-Time Action

Transportation

Express My Support For Equitable Biking Infrastructure

Bicycle Infrastructure

I will find out who in my city makes decisions that impact bike routes and express my support for better biking infrastructure.

Completed
One-Time Action

Industry

Advocate For More Packaging Options

Multiple Industry Solutions

I will advocate for alternatives to single-use packaging at local grocery stores, markets, at work, or on campus.

Completed
One-Time Action

Transportation

Stay on the Ground

Telepresence, High-Speed Rail

Instead of traveling by plane, I will find an alternative way to accomplish the goals of an upcoming trip (i.e. telepresence, vacation locally).

Completed
One-Time Action

Action Track: Healing & Renewal

Explore My Area

Sometimes protecting nature requires feeling connected to nature. I will invest 60 minutes in exploring and appreciating a natural area in my region, whether a forest, wetland, coastal area, or somewhere else.

Completed
One-Time Action

Land Sinks

Buy Bamboo

Bamboo Production

When they are available, I will purchase products made from bamboo instead of wood, plastic, or metal.

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

Buildings

Research Heat Pumps

High-Efficiency Heat Pumps

I will spend at least 60 minutes researching heat pumps to see if installing one makes sense for my home/building.

Completed
One-Time Action

Food, Agriculture, and Land Use

Learn the Truth About Expiration Dates

Reduced Food Waste

I will spend at least 15 minutes learning how to differentiate between sell by, use by, and best by dates.

Completed
One-Time Action

Food, Agriculture, and Land Use

Reduce Animal Products

Plant-Rich Diets

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

COMPLETED 42
DAILY ACTIONS

Food, Agriculture, and Land Use

Eat Mindfully

I will eat all of my meals without distractions, e.g., phone, computer, TV, or newspaper.

COMPLETED 18
DAILY ACTIONS

Food, Agriculture, and Land Use

Tend A Garden

I will tend to a garden, or prepare for one, each day using sustainable gardening practices.

COMPLETED 26
DAILY ACTIONS

Food, Agriculture, and Land Use

Mulch the Base of Trees and Plants

Farm Irrigation Efficiency

I will prevent water runoff and increase absorbency by mulching the base of trees and plants in my yard.

Completed
One-Time Action

Electricity

Rooftop Solar Consultation

Distributed Solar Photovoltaics

After researching the incentives at the federal, state, utility, and local levels, I will contact a local installer/distributor for a solar panel installation consultation on my house.

Completed
One-Time Action

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    Lucinda Young 10/12/2021 8:39 PM
    Emailed Governor Newsom a few days ago urging him to sign climate legislation on his desk

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    Lucinda Young 10/07/2021 2:40 PM
    Spoke today with neighbor who is interested in rooftop solar & shared my positive experience. Also made her aware that even without rooftop solar, she can opt up to 100% solar & wind energy with our city's electricity provider, East Bay Community Energy, for only a few more dollars a month.    
    An acquaintance mentioned he needs to buy a new car. I shared my positive experience with my all electric vehicle & really encouraged him to consider an EV, or at the very least a hybrid. 
    I emailed our Governor today encouraging him to sign the climate bills on his desk. 

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    Lucinda Young 9/25/2021 1:19 PM
    Today I participated in Watershed Project's clean-up in our local park.  Learned location of the oil refineries in our area and that their locations correlate with low-income neighborhoods. Picked up large amounts of plastic bags, take-out containers, plastic cups, plastic straws & stirrers, plastic cutlery, plastic food wrappers, cigarette butts,, and so many tiny pieces of plastic. As part of the program we sorted the trash that we collected that had a producer's name on it and tallied it. The biggest producer of the litter we collected was Nestle & almost all of it was plastic. I learned that the biggest producer of litter collected worldwide is Coca cola.  We also picked up a lot of McDonald's plastic litter.  We were encouraged to write letters to these companies urging them to switch to sustainable packaging,
    I invited someone at the event to join the Ecochallenge. 
  • Reflection Question
    Transportation Express My Support For Equitable Biking Infrastructure
    What do you like most about biking in your city? What would you like to improve?

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    Lucinda Young 9/24/2021 11:50 PM
    In addition to being fossil fuel free, I get exercise & avoid parking headaches & am in a much better mood after getting to my destination by bike rather than car.  I'm fortunate to live in a fairly bike-friendly area with a year-round mild climate. However, improvements are needed in making more streets safer for cyclists, like adding more protected bike lanes and bike routes with no car through traffic, having places to safely secure your bicycle, and making it easier to take your bicycle on public transit.

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    Lucinda Young 9/24/2021 10:18 PM
    The mayor of my town  is hosting a discussion on climate change by several guest speakers next week. I posted notices of this event on social media & emailed my friends.   Our town has a climate action plan with the goal of zero emissions by 2045. 

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    Lucinda Young 9/23/2021 1:13 AM
    I have not driven a car in over a week .  My EV has been in shop for repair which means the only car I have access to burns fossil fuels.    I have been fine getting around by bike or BART (our light rail system) for all transportation. 

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    Lucinda Young 9/23/2021 1:07 AM
    Emailed my city transportation commission to express support for the parklets & outdoor dining in our commercial district.  These were established during the pandemic and are being evaluated to determine if they will continue or if they'll be eliminated & returned to parking spaces. The changes have made the district more pedestrian & bike friendly, & with less parking people I think are more likely to walk, bike or take public transit

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    Lucinda Young 9/16/2021 10:28 PM
    Picked up a large amount of waste, mostly plastic (bags, cups, bottles, bottle caps, straws, cutlery, take-out food containers) while taking an hour walk through local park. Distressing  that these single use plastic items, which have become so ubiquitous,  are made from fossil fuels & have a useful life of only a few minutes & last on the planet for hundreds of years.  

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    Lucinda Young 9/16/2021 10:17 PM
    Participated in monthly meeting of Albany/Berkeley single use plastic reduction group 

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    Lucinda Young 9/15/2021 12:53 AM
    Emailed Gov Newsom today urging him to sign two bills on his desk: AB 343, the Truth in Recycling labeling bill, & AB 1276, which requires take-out accessories to be provided only upon request.  Waste reduction is an important part of achieving a low carbon footprint.