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April 1 - April 30, 2021
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Debra Kralka

Climate Action in Dufferin

"Consistent small actions for big results."

Points Total

  • 0 Today
  • 0 This Week
  • 1,183 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    1,020
    minutes
    spent exercising
  • up to
    155
    minutes
    spent learning
  • up to
    61
    meatless or vegan meals
    consumed
  • up to
    655
    minutes
    being mindful
  • up to
    360
    minutes
    spent outdoors
  • up to
    3
    pounds of paper
    have been saved

Debra's Actions

Industry

Go Paperless

Recycled Paper

I will reduce the amount of paper mail that I receive by 0.11lbs (0.05kg) a day or 3.3lbs (1.6kg) a month by opting into paperless billing, ending unwanted subscriptions and opting out of junk mail.

Completed
One-Time Action

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 6
DAILY ACTIONS

Coastal, Ocean, and Engineered Sinks

Learn about Biochar

Biochar Production

I will spend 30 minute(s) learning about biochar and how it can help sequester carbon.

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

Land Sinks

Explore My Area

Sometimes protecting nature requires feeling connected to nature. I will invest 30 minutes in exploring and appreciating a natural area in my region, whether a forest, wetland, coastal area, or somewhere else.

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

Land Sinks

Support a Community Garden

Multiple Solutions

I will support a community garden by volunteering, donating, or advocating for a new or existing one.

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

Land Sinks

Local Perennial Biomass

Perennial Biomass Production

I will spend at least 15 minutes finding out if anyone is working on perennial biomass projects in my region and how I can get involved.

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

Land Sinks

Forest-Friendly Foods 1

Tropical Forest Restoration

I will spend at least 15 minutes researching the impact of my diet to see how it contributes to deforestation.

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

Buildings

Learn about the Legacy of Redlining

Multiple Solutions

I will spend at least 15 minutes learning about the legacy of redlining and how city planning and environmental justice issues are interconnected.

Completed
One-Time Action

Industry

Research Cement Alternatives

Alternative Cement

I will spend at least 60 minutes researching cement alternatives that reduce the carbon footprint of concrete.

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

Industry

Choose Recycled Paper

Recycled Paper

I will plan ahead to only use paper products made from post-consumer recycled paper for my home or office.

Completed
One-Time Action

Industry

Advocate For More Packaging Options

Multiple Industry Solutions

I will advocate for alternatives to single-use packaging at local grocery stores, markets, at work, or on campus.

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

Industry

Properly Dispose of Refrigerants

Refrigerant Management

I will spend at least 10 minutes learning how to properly dispose of my refrigerator, freezer, and other refrigerants at the end of their useful lives.

Completed
One-Time Action

Industry

Find a Local Climate-Friendly Supermarket

Refrigerant Management

I will explore the interactive map in the links below to find a supermarket that does not use HFC refrigerants near my home.

Completed
One-Time Action

Industry

Research the Climate Impact of Refrigerants

Refrigerant Management

I will spend 15 minute(s) learning about the climate impact of refrigerants and what climate-friendly refrigerants are by using the links below.

Completed
One-Time Action

Industry

Practice the 5 R's

Recycling

I will Practice the "5 Rs" — refuse, reduce, reuse, repurpose, and recycle — to reduce my waste more than I can with just recycling alone.

COMPLETED 25
DAILY ACTIONS

Transportation

Go for a Daily Walk

Walkable Cities

I will take a walk for 30 minutes each day and take note of the infrastructure that makes walking more or less enjoyable, accessible, and possible.

COMPLETED 20
DAILY ACTIONS

Transportation

Improve a Bus Stop

Public Transit

I will improve a bus stop in my neighborhood by posting the stop schedule, adding seating or shelter, adding art or flowers, picking up litter, or implementing some other small improvement.

Completed
One-Time Action

Food, Agriculture, and Land Use

Eat Mindfully

I will eat all of my meals without distractions, e.g., phone, computer, TV, or newspaper.

COMPLETED 27
DAILY ACTIONS

Food, Agriculture, and Land Use

Learn the Truth About Expiration Dates

Reduced Food Waste

I will spend at least 30 minutes learning how to differentiate between sell by, use by, and best by dates.

Completed
One-Time Action

Food, Agriculture, and Land Use

Smaller Portions

Reduced Food Waste

I will use smaller plates and/or serve smaller portions when dishing out food.

COMPLETED 26
DAILY ACTIONS

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 26
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

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

Action Track: Climate Resilience

Learn about 'Green Gentrification'

Multiple Solutions

I will spend at least 30 minutes learning about green gentrification and how it relates to city planning for climate action.

Completed
One-Time Action

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  • Reflection Question
    Industry Research the Climate Impact of Refrigerants
    What did you learn about the climate impact of refrigerants? How do supermarkets contribute to this impact?

    Debra Kralka's avatar
    Debra Kralka 4/30/2021 6:53 PM
    Refrigerant emissions are a substantial contributor to climate change through production, leaks (during their use cycle) and improper disposal at the end of use.  Supermarkets are full of refrigerators and the ones that I have surveyed in my town, all use high warming HFC refrigerants.  Supermarkets have the opportunity to reduce their impact by having less refrigerators (use big data to help supply management to reduce refrigerated stock and waste), ensure that refrigerators are properly disposed of at end of life, and replace with appliances using low-warming HFCs/new cooling agents/non-HFC substances. 
  • Reflection Question
    Industry Properly Dispose of Refrigerants
    How do you address your own feelings of concern, fear or despair about climate change?

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    Debra Kralka 4/29/2021 5:11 AM
    I try not to think of the catastrophic implications of climate change and focus on small everyday actions.  Through this challenge, I have learned that there are so many ways to help fight it, so I will keep learning and acting.

    • That's such a great perspective to have, Debra! Getting caught up in the doom and gloom narrative around climate change makes it really difficult for anyone to act. 

      I always find hope by thinking about how we each have different roles and actions available to us. From individuals, businesses, governments, etc.,  together, our impact can add up to big change. 

      NET-ZERO kind of change!



  • Reflection Question
    Industry Properly Dispose of Refrigerants
    How do you address your own feelings of concern, fear or despair about climate change?

    Debra Kralka's avatar
    Debra Kralka 4/29/2021 5:11 AM
    I try not to think of the catastrophic implications of climate change and focus on small everyday actions.  Through this challenge, I have learned that there are so many ways to help fight it, so I will keep learning and acting.
  • Reflection Question
    Food, Agriculture, and Land Use 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. How would you rather use this money?

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    Debra Kralka 4/24/2021 7:20 PM
    There are so many ways that I would rather spend money, than on food I throw out.  I could donate to supply a community with reproductive health supplies, buy and plant trees, fund microloans to women who need help starting a business, create experiences that connect people with their natural surroundings...and so much more!
  • Reflection Question
    Food, Agriculture, and Land Use Learn the Truth About Expiration Dates
    How does knowing the difference between use by, sell by, and best by dates empower you to make better decisions?

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    Debra Kralka 4/20/2021 5:59 PM
    I chose this action because I had not looked at this topic for some years and was curious if anything had changed - not really.  It did re-affirm what I already know; that food is expired when it is rotten, not because of a date.  I look for opportunities to purchase items beyond their sell date to prevent them from going to waste and it helps to lower my food bill.
  • Reflection Question
    Industry Choose Recycled Paper
    Good job on choosing recycled paper! How can you take your action a step further?

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    Debra Kralka 4/19/2021 7:39 PM
    On top of choosing recycled paper, I can take the action further by reducing my paper consumption overall.  I have unplugged and stored my printer; now, printing involves the onerous task of setting it all back up or requires asking favours from friends or paying steep prices at the print shop.
  • Reflection Question
    Industry Go Paperless
    What do you want to prioritize over material 'stuff' in your own life?

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    Debra Kralka 4/14/2021 7:01 PM
    I want to prioritize connecting with nature, spending time with friends and family, new experiences and learning over material stuff.  

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    Debra Kralka 4/12/2021 7:42 PM
    Does anyone know how to access the resources that are provided in the "Learn More" button after you have a completed a challenge?  The only way I can see to do it is to undo my action.

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    Debra Kralka 4/10/2021 7:42 PM
    How many cigarette butts do you think were collected, in 1 hour, at the busstop outlined in the photo?
  • Reflection Question
    Transportation 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?

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    Debra Kralka 4/09/2021 8:48 PM
    I love my daily walks by the creek, at Island Lake, or along the large-tree lined streets of downtown, especially when shared with friends.  One easy change to help the flow of foot traffic is to change the timing on the walk signal buttons at First Street and Mill St at Broadway.