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April 1 - April 30, 2021
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Amy Darrell

ecoCaledon

"There are no passengers on Spaceship Earth. We are all crew. - Marshall McLuhan"

Points Total

  • 0 Today
  • 0 This Week
  • 910 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    1
    documentaries
    watched
  • up to
    99
    minutes
    spent learning
  • up to
    70
    locally sourced meals
    consumed
  • up to
    69
    meatless or vegan meals
    consumed
  • up to
    639
    minutes
    spent outdoors

Amy's 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 27
DAILY ACTIONS

Food, Agriculture, and Land Use

Support Local Food Systems

Plant-Rich Diets

I will source 60 percent of my food from local producers each day. This could include signing up for a local CSA, buying from a farmer's market, visiting a food co-op, foraging with a local group, or growing my own ingredients.

COMPLETED 25
DAILY ACTIONS

Electricity

Watch a Video about Methane Digesters

Methane Digesters

I will watch a video about methane digesters (also commonly known as anaerobic digesters).

Completed
One-Time Action

Action Track: Climate Resilience

Learn More about Biomass

Biomass Power

I will spend at least 14 minutes learning more about the energy generation potential of biomass.

Completed
One-Time Action

Land Sinks

Advocate for Forest Protection

Forest Protection

I will contact 3 congress people or representatives to advocate for public policy that protects forests and the enforcement of existing anti-logging laws, as well as the rights of local people to protect and restore the land in their communities.

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

Land Sinks

plawking for a greener outside space

"plawking" is the trend that brings together walking and litter picking.

COMPLETED 3
DAILY ACTIONS

Electricity

Calculate My Carbon Footprint

All Drawdown Solutions

I will calculate the greenhouse gas emissions associated with my household and consider how different lifestyle choices could reduce my negative impact on the environment.

Completed
One-Time Action

Land Sinks

Explore My Area

Sometimes protecting nature requires feeling connected to nature. I will invest 240 minutes in exploring and appreciating a natural area in my region, whether a forest, wetland, coastal area, or somewhere else.

Completed
One-Time Action

Coastal, Ocean, and Engineered Sinks

Learn about Biochar

Biochar Production

I will spend 14 minute(s) learning about biochar and how it can help sequester carbon.

Completed
One-Time Action

Land Sinks

Forest-Friendly Foods 1

Tropical Forest Restoration

I will spend at least 14 minutes researching the impact of my diet to see how it contributes to deforestation.

Completed
One-Time Action

Buildings

Online Energy Audit

Multiple Solutions

I will complete an online energy audit of my home, office, or dorm room and identify my next steps for saving energy.

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

Buildings

Learn about 'Green Gentrification'

Multiple Solutions

I will spend at least 14 minutes learning about green gentrification and how it relates to city planning for climate action.

Completed
One-Time Action

Buildings

Replace Manual Thermostats

Smart Thermostats

I will replace manual thermostats with smart ones.

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

Buildings

Plan to Insulate

Insulation

I will find out how to make my home more energy efficient through better insulation and weatherization.

Completed
One-Time Action

Industry

Research Cement Alternatives

Alternative Cement

I will spend at least 14 minutes researching cement alternatives that reduce the carbon footprint of concrete.

Completed
One-Time Action

Transportation

Use Muscle Power

Multiple Transportation Solutions

I will cut my car trip mileage by only taking necessary trips, and I will only use muscle-powered transportation for all other trips.

COMPLETED 25
DAILY ACTIONS

Food, Agriculture, and Land Use

Reduce Animal Products

Plant-Rich Diets

I will enjoy 2 meatless or vegan meal(s) each day of the challenge.

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

Food, Agriculture, and Land Use

Learn the Truth About Expiration Dates

Reduced Food Waste

I will spend at least 14 minutes learning how to differentiate between sell by, use by, and best by dates.

Completed
One-Time Action

Food, Agriculture, and Land Use

Keep Track of Wasted Food

Reduced Food Waste

I will keep a daily log of food I throw away during Earth Month Ecochallenge, either because it went bad before I ate it, I put too much on my plate, or it was scraps from food preparation.

COMPLETED 27
DAILY ACTIONS

Electricity

Solar Water Consultation

Solar Hot Water

I will contact a local installer/distributor to see if a solar water heater makes sense for my house.

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

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  • Reflection Question
    Buildings Replace Manual Thermostats
    How do you anticipate replacing your thermostats for smart ones will positively impact your life?

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    Amy Darrell 4/29/2021 7:04 PM
    We will be able to maintain a comfortable temperature in the most efficient way possible. Half of our house is also a short-term rental unit so is not occupied all of the time. With a smart thermostat, we can better manage the temperature when guests do arrive even when we are away from home.  

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    Amy Darrell 4/26/2021 7:15 AM
    Turns out my brother has also done some experimenting with biochar in his RED gardens project. Check out his video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lZlJSo8RNAY. If you are interested in growing food he has a ton of information on his RED Gardens youtube channel https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCq9U-gJ1LtDCE4W5BhEDFSQ
  • Reflection Question
    Coastal, Ocean, and Engineered Sinks Learn about Biochar
    Can biochar provide additional benefits besides sequestering carbon?

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    Amy Darrell 4/26/2021 7:12 AM
    • Improvement of soil fertility
    • increase of crop yields
    • better water retention and drainage
    • reduction of soil acidity
    • absorption of soil pollutants
    • increase in plant disease resistance
  • Reflection Question
    Buildings Plan to Insulate
    What are some of the benefits of making your home more energy efficient?

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    Amy Darrell 4/22/2021 6:08 AM
    I heat my home with an oil furnace. To have that heat pouring out of low insulation spots is bonkers. In our case insulating the trouble spots is not difficult. We improve our carbon footprint, save money, and our toes will no longer freeze in the kitchen. 

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    Amy Darrell 4/22/2021 5:59 AM
    Happy Earth Day everyone! Even though I know you all celebrate Earth Day every day. 

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    Amy Darrell 4/13/2021 7:03 AM
    Has anyone done the Online Energy Audit action? I thought there would be a tool like the Footprint calculator suggested in the "Learn More" but there isn't. I can't seem to find a good one for the area. Does anyone have any suggestions?

  • Reflection Question
    Buildings Learn about 'Green Gentrification'
    Cities and towns need to plan for climate change. How can your city or town make its climate action plans equitable and socially just?

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    Amy Darrell 4/09/2021 11:14 AM
    By making extra effort to ensure that the process in inclusive. Identifying what the barriers to participation are (time, knowledge, language, learning differences, income, childcare, transportation, access to information...) and making efforts to lessen these. 
  • Reflection Question
    Action Track: Climate Resilience Learn More about Biomass
    Had you ever heard of biomass technology before you took this challenge? What did you learn that surprised you? Share your new knowledge with your friends!

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    Amy Darrell 4/07/2021 6:08 AM
    Interesting that this is a potential bridge solution to help us wean off of fossil fuels while other technology (energy storage etc) develops further. I am a little wary of the  amount of resources that might be invested in developing biomass tehnology/industry. Will this divert attention from longer term solutions.  Although I appreciate the use of waste products and I wonder if we can use invasive species such as phragmites.


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    Amy Darrell 4/05/2021 6:44 AM
    What did everyone put for this question of the footprint calculator? Most of my electricity would come from hydroelectric which I guess is considered renewable, except for my oil furnace. So what do you all think is 75% renewable a fair answer. Or does anyone know a simple way to figure this out more accurately?

    • Lucrezia Chiappetta's avatar
      Lucrezia Chiappetta 4/05/2021 10:54 AM
      Hey Amy. According to the Canada Energy Regulator...In 2018, about 96% of electricity in Ontario is produced from zero-carbon emitting sources: 60% from nuclear, 26% from hydroelectricity, 7% from wind, and 2% from solar. The remainder is primarily from natural gas, with some biomass

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    Amy Darrell 4/01/2021 5:41 PM
    Tried this plant-based recipe tonight. It was yummy. https://eatwithclarity.com/sweet-potato-black-bean-burrito-bowl/

    • Lucrezia Chiappetta's avatar
      Lucrezia Chiappetta 4/02/2021 5:57 AM
      I'll have to check it out! Always looking for new recipes to add to the dinner rotation :)