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  • Addy Davidson's avatar
    Addy Davidson 9/18/2020 10:49 AM
    I have checked out from the library (now that they are staffed again) over 20 books on various eco-related subjects: eco-retrofit for existing buildings, building green in the first place, hydroponics, aquaponics, fire mitigation strategies for homeowners, building with SIPS, strawbale construction.  I have purchased used books on homesteading, home butchering, canning/preserving.  Covid isolation time is good reading time.

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    Eric Nilsson 2/06/2020 7:37 AM
    While I don't post every day, every day, I'm taking action to impact the draw down of carbon.  Most recent examples include:
    1)  I do most of my errands on bike thanks to a couple of hearty baskets.
    2)  This morning I contacted local representatives from Sunrise to encourage their attendance at next week's local Climate Action Commission meeting.
    3)  Last week, nine of us spent the day at Chico High School in "listening sessions" with high school students.  The Chico Climate Action Commission has asked us to share local green house gas emission data with young people and ask them for their ideas related to mitigation and sequestration of carbon.  
    4) I am advocating for local and national candidates who want to legislate to bring us to a clean energy economy and sustainable world.
    5) I facilitated the meeting on Sunday.

    I continue to be inspired by so many others who are also making significant contributions.  Collectively, we can make such a difference in the presence of the very real challenges we face.

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    Eric Nilsson 1/06/2020 12:09 PM
    Chico, California has implemented a Climate Action Commission.  I, along with several others from Sunrise, Butte350 and Butte Environmental Council had our first listening sessions with high school students about a month ago when we spoke with over 300 seniors about ways to mitigate carbon.  I plan on taking these sessions to more high schools in the area. Their feedback will go back to the Climate Action Commission.

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    Addy Davidson 12/04/2019 10:49 AM
    I'm feeling very depressed about our collective future.  Some years back, we all 'needed' to do was drive about 15% less to affect the outcome.  Now we could drive 50% less and still not hit the target.  How likely is that to happen?  It's not.  I'm so depressed to see so few people caring about the issue, and I live in California where we DO care, and DO have lots of electric vehicles, and DO support solar (because we have sunshine.  I'm not wagging my finger at people covered in snow at the moment!)   And still too many people don't have this on their radar.

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    Addy Davidson 12/01/2019 9:57 AM
    We had 20 for Thanksgiving, and people were front-loaded to bring their own to-go containers for the leftovers.  Now we are making turkey stock from the 2 carcasses, and my dear husband will make soup for the next month.  It's my favorite holiday.  But still, no waste if we can help it!

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    Addy Davidson 11/22/2019 8:28 AM
    What do people think about "easier to make a great decision once than many good decisions many times"?  Someone told me that - I'm sure it's a garbled version of some aphorism -- in relation to buying an electric car.  How you decide about a car once every 6-7-8 (12-14-18) years, but you have to decide to bring your fabric bags every day that you go shopping.  Really rang a bell with me.  Of course, one can do both things -- make great decisions AND good decisions.   But why wait on the big ones?

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    Frances Stewart 11/11/2019 6:51 PM
    Busy day today at Citizens' Climate Lobby Day, but it gave me lots of opportunities to walk and to use public transit. I had two vegetarian meals and one vegan meal.

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    Frances Stewart 11/10/2019 7:53 PM
    It was a beautiful day for walking. I walked and took Metro into DC to watch Anote's Ark, the movie for the first night of CCL's Lobby Days. I had one vegetarian and two vegan meals today. Tomorrow - lobby training!

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    Frances Stewart 11/06/2019 5:40 PM
    It was another cool, sunny day. I walked for about an hour and twenty minutes and had two vegetarian meals.

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    Addy Davidson 11/06/2019 9:58 AM
    We have "Farm Fresh To You" in my area, which is where you sign up online for a box of locally grown produce.  You can customize it each week for what you want, and how much.

    And we have "Sprouts", which is a farmer's market-style grocery store that has lots of produce as well as bins of grains/flours, etc, that you weigh out how much you want.

    I usually go to Sprouts, and I have made reusable net bags for my produce, and reusable cotton bags for my grains/flours.  But I noticed that not all of the produce there comes from local farms.  They ship in produce from all over.

    So, I started up with Farm Fresh, since that's local.  Two deliveries now, and unfortunately, I have found they package things in plastic.  So the potatoes are local, but they're in plastic bags, a big "NO" in my book.  It's #5 recycleable plastic, but still.  Plastic just for portioning?

    If I'm concerned about my personal carbon footprint, which way should I go?