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    Sheila Tarbet 10/20/2021 10:00 AM
    I'm checking in today for the first time in quite a while! I know I should check in more often, but I have been very busy working on behalf of the planet. The main achievement I have to report is that we have seriously worked to decarbonize the energy use in our home. We have just now switched our heating system to a heat pump heater/AC system. Along with that we have a new, more accurate thermostat. And we installed a heat pump water heater as well. Both of these appliances, while functioning, were old. The heater was at least 30 years old, probably older, and the water heater had been improperly installed. These are still very new in our home, but so far they are functioning very well!

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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. 
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    Transportation Express My Support For Equitable Biking Infrastructure
    What do you like most about biking in your city? What would you like to improve?

    Lucinda Young's avatar
    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