April 3 - April 24, 2019

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  • Inge Winters 3/19/2019 7:34 AM
    I have supported Nature Conservancy in the past in their local efforts for preservation. This fits in with my outdoor lifestyle.

  • Beth Beek Blackford 3/14/2019 10:15 AM
    I recently made a new friend while on vacation in Mexico.  She runs several BnB guesthouses as well as an upscale restaurant - a remarkable ball of energy!  What's more, she has organized plastic bottle recycling in her little coastal town by engaging children and their mothers, primarily.  Slowly but surely they are making a difference among the local population of fishermen and shop owners, but there's still a long way to go.
    She's inspired me, and I've already given her links to some resources I know of first-hand that will help her with her goals.  And I'm wondering about inviting her to participate in this Drawdown EcoChallenge, but thinking it might be too technical and confusing for a first-timer.  Maybe she'd be more successful with the regular October EcoChallenge, and would have plenty of time to plan for it.  Not sure if there will be a language problem.  Any thoughts out there?
  • Reflection Question
    Land Use Plant Trees
    How is planting trees good for your mental, physical, and spiritual health?

    Calla Felicity 3/11/2019 11:51 PM
    The outdoors air is cleanest during this time of year, locally. Birds are everywhere. Robins engaged in food searching alight on the bare branches of a bareroot cherry tree we've already planted. 
    We had to deforest our bluff/cliff property because the existing trees were the types of evergreens that explode in a fire, and they were planted very close to our home. We are burning their wood in our modern, efficient appliance (extremely low carbon emissions) and the logs explode in there. And the trees shaded so much of the growth s[paces here that gardening was very challenging. We plan to replace the conifers with low silhouette fruit-bearing trees to supplement flowering trees that also attract and feed local pollinators. I love envisioning the life cycle of these new trees, and their deciduous natures will make for better year-round pollinator and food plantings. It is good to envision the future, as sometimes the climate crisis looms so depressingly in my dreams. I am an old woman, an earth witch, envisioning life going forward past the current climate crisis, and hoping that birds and insects and people will all benefit from my labor and care of these trees. I hope to live long enough to see them flower, fruit, and grow sturdy enough to withstand the ferocious stormwinds we sometimes experience. I think of their diversity amidst the nearby conifer forests, and hope for compatibility with the other casual and ecologically sound landscape of our mountainside yard.

  • Beth Beek Blackford 2/14/2019 8:27 AM
    This is my 2nd time enrolling in the Drawdown Challenge, and I am feeling better prepared to research my tasks more carefully to sustain my actions.  I am also inviting key friends to give it a try so they will spread the word!

  • Welcome to Drawdown EcoChallenge, let's rise to the challenge together!

    • Laurie Husted 3/16/2019 8:35 AM
      Happy to be here!  Thanks for acknowledging our local website.  I want to give big thanks to Sarah Duffer from Ashville HS who shared her google support site with us.  We are modifying it to work for our region and so grateful to her for making it easier for us to do this!  https://sites.google.com/view/dutchessdrawdown/home