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  • 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?

    Heather Gatland's avatar
    Heather Gatland 12/01/2019 7:01 PM
    Mental health improves with this as well. 

  • Helen Boyd's avatar
    Helen Boyd 11/29/2019 10:49 AM
    Probably the most important thing you could do today to encourage our political leaders to Drawdown our CO2 levels. See you there!

  • Steve Faraher-Amidon's avatar
    Steve Faraher-Amidon 11/29/2019 8:38 AM
    Daily walking has become challenging, with surgery to my nose. I have had to watch for blood pressure increases which can affect my nose repair.  Fortunately I have never been diagnosed with high blood pressure..for exmaple, feeling flushed does not necessarily mean high blood pressure..which for years I thought it did.
    Yet I am endeavoring to continue to improve and sustain the daily walking. It opens up so much to the beauty and connection to our surroundings. However, it is compromised where many of us live in Comox -Courtenay by wood smoke. Thankfully Comox has taken steps by disallowing new stoves in new construction, yet older homes can re stove as they walking requires me to carry a scarf for my nose and throat. That said, the beauty of the area and the frequency of smoke issues integrate in my decisions re walking, where, how long, when. And it does, regardless, reinforce my connection to what can be done, and what must be done, and the reality that changes are happening, though slower than I would like.
  • Reflection Question
    Land Use Learn about Temperate Forests
    As you learn more about the scope and seriousness of the environmental challenges we face, what impact does that have on your thinking and actions? What are the parts that feel overwhelming? What parts help you feel hopeful?

    Steve Faraher-Amidon's avatar
    Steve Faraher-Amidon 11/29/2019 8:32 AM
    The importance of Forestry support cannot be overstated. It is complicated on Vancouver island with the lack of sustainable jobs in the traditional sector, coupled with a failure to embrace (for some) change from traditional sectors such as logging. When i see clear cutting that has been left without reseeding, it is sad and creates concerns.  And yet, years ago when I visited a logging operation in the Kootenays I learned that clear cutting when done "properly" can be helpful, but the seeds that are automatically released in the culling process have to be reinforced with other seed practices. As with so many things, the answers are not often simple, though needed. There must be legitimate dialogue, including First Nations. 
  • Reflection Question
    Electricity Generation Spread the Word about Energy Alternatives
    What inspiration and wisdom can you gather from your family, faith, or community traditions that would help you in both communicating about and addressing our most pressing energy issues?

    Sharon Daly's avatar
    Sharon Daly 11/28/2019 10:08 PM
    Living in the Comox Valley has taught me to be more conscious of my carbon footprint. I can certainly be more pro active with letter writing, but have attended many protest rallies to "show I care". I also use social media, to spread the word. It seems a day rarely goes by, without some conversation, about energy use.  Our Community has been great, with taking charge, environmentally, but so much more needs to be done, with energy production. Offering an electric bike, and car show was an excellent start. I have learned a great deal, by being part of the Eco Challenge. I wish more of the great ideas offered would be utilized, such as biomass conversion, geothermal, wind/wave generation, and solar power. I don't see much of that happening here.
  • 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?

    Sharon Daly's avatar
    Sharon Daly 11/27/2019 9:36 PM
    Much land is taken up, raising livestock. Livestock, in particular, cows, create a great deal of methane, adversely affecting our air, and contributing to a warming climate. People in richer countries can afford meat, or don't have religious rules, forbidding eating red meat. We also have refrigeration, to keep meat lasting longer. We are all different, but certainly a diet, rich in meat, can lead to heart disease, and quite likely cancers. Meat also takes longer to cook, using much more energy, for preaparation, than plant based food.

    • Helen Boyd's avatar
      Helen Boyd 11/28/2019 11:32 AM
      So good to have you back on Ecochallenge Sharon! You summarize your points very clearly. 
  • 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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    Sharon Daly 11/27/2019 9:31 PM
    That money could be used for so many good things, even giving to charities. I try, as best I can to not be wasting food, but sometimes, food from the store turns out to be spoilt, in very little time, Recently, good looking mangoes, on the outside, were not good inside. I wil ltake those mangoes back to the store, otherwise, if something spoils, I put it in the compost bin, for pick up.  I eat what is on my plate, and leftovers get used for soup, etc. 

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    Sharon Daly 11/27/2019 9:26 PM
    My first day feeling able, and having time to attack this, after 8 days in hospital. A friend leant me an Ipad, but it was too hard on my neck to use. I'm feeling good, and now back to my old self, but I doubt I will be able to full in all the days I missed. I will say, I have learned a lot from this Challenge, asnd have chats, with others, even in the hospital, about the various things I have learned. It was hard being in hospital, and seeing so much waste. Even in the little kitchen, we patients could use, there wasn't a bin for recyclables. I brought a couple of things home with me.

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    Sharon Daly 11/27/2019 9:05 PM
    Unfortunately, I was hospitalized for 8 days, during this challenge. I had an Ipad, for part of the time, in hospital, but it was too hard on my neck, to be using it much. Today is the first day, I feel calmed down, with so much to deal with, after leaving hospital, including a trip cancellation ( (just saved some carbon steps, but the plane is going anyway). I wish I could have contributed more, but life seemed to have gotten in the way. Thankfully, all is well now.
  • Reflection Question
    Materials Recycle Everything I Can
    How could you incorporate other "R's" -- reduce, reuse, refuse, repair, repurpose, etc. -- into your lifestyle? How does considering implementing these "R's" make you feel?

    Sharon Daly's avatar
    Sharon Daly 11/27/2019 9:00 PM
    Reduce means using less. I'm cutting down on paper products, as much aspossible. I tear a half paper towel, in half again. I use the same piece of paper, until there is no longer room left. That also falls under the reuse category. I don't generally have more on my plate than I can eat. I make soups, and store them in containers, already purchased, and used again, and again. Anything that can be taken to the recycling depot is taken there, and not thrown out.We are fortunate to have blue bins, in the Comox Valley, touse, for pick up every two weeks, including compost, and yard waste. I certainly avoid buying products that are plastic, or would be harmful in anyway.  I take my cloth bags to grocery stores, and if I forget a bag in the car, I wheel the cart of groceries out to my car, and take back the shopping cart. I'll have t othink more about repairing, and repurposing.