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April 1 - April 30, 2021
Sofia McVetty's avatar

Sofia McVetty

JAC Sustainability

"looking forward to making a change!"

Points Total

  • 0 Today
  • 0 This Week
  • 1,422 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    2
    advocacy actions
    completed
  • up to
    2
    documentaries
    watched
  • up to
    305
    minutes
    spent exercising
  • up to
    10
    conversations
    with people
  • up to
    275
    minutes
    spent learning
  • up to
    71
    locally sourced meals
    consumed
  • up to
    76
    meatless or vegan meals
    consumed
  • up to
    590
    minutes
    being mindful
  • up to
    430
    minutes
    spent outdoors
  • up to
    50
    zero-waste meals
    consumed

Sofia's Actions

Food, Agriculture, and Land Use

Learn More about Regenerative Agriculture

Conservation Agriculture, Regenerative Annual Cropping

I will spend at least 20 minutes learning about the need for more regenerative agriculture.

Completed
One-Time Action

Food, Agriculture, and Land Use

Support Nutrient Management

Nutrient Management

I will research and support local farmers who have made the decision to not use synthetic nitrogen fertilizers.

Completed
One-Time Action

Action Track: Accelerating Solutions

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.

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 21
DAILY ACTIONS

Transportation

Muscle Power on Earth Day

I will cut green house gas emissions related to my commute to John Abbott College on Earth day, April 22. I will only use muscle-powered transportation (walk, bike, skateboard) for my commute.

Completed
One-Time Action

Action Track: Accelerating Solutions

Save Rigaud Mountain

Rigaud Mountain is an expansive natural resource that we rely upon to run many of our Outdoor Education courses, here at JAC. It is under extreme pressure from development and mismanagement, and in desperate need of protection. Facing COVID and the Climate Crisis, the need to protect our few remaining local intact forests, is more stronger than ever. We need them, for our health and wellness, and they are disappearing. If you are able, please support this important cause and take a few moments to forward this letter to others who understand its importance. The petition and funding pages are accessible through the "Learn More" button.

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 26
DAILY ACTIONS

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

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 17
DAILY ACTIONS

Industry

Research the Climate Impact of Refrigerants

Refrigerant Management

I will spend 30 minute(s) learning about the climate impact of refrigerants and what climate-friendly refrigerants are by using the links below.

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 18
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

Electricity

Learn More About Geothermal Energy

Geothermal Power

I will spend at least 30 minutes learning more about the energy generation potential of geothermal energy and consider investing in this technology.

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

Land Sinks

Explore My Area

Sometimes protecting nature requires feeling connected to nature. I will invest 60 minutes in exploring and appreciating a natural area in my region, whether a forest, wetland, coastal area, or somewhere else.

Completed
One-Time Action

Industry

Recycle Everything I Can

Recycling

Contamination prevents what is recyclable from being recycled. I will research and recycle all materials that are accepted by local haulers or drop stations in my community, making sure to not contaminate recyclables with non-recyclables.

COMPLETED 13
DAILY ACTIONS

Industry

Research Cement Alternatives

Alternative Cement

I will spend at least 30 minutes researching cement alternatives that reduce the carbon footprint of concrete.

Completed
One-Time Action

Land Sinks

Learn about Temperate Forests

Temperate Forest Restoration

I will spend at least 30 minutes learning more about the environmental services provided by and the environmental issues affecting temperate forests.

Completed
One-Time Action

Land Sinks

Forest-Friendly Foods 1

Tropical Forest Restoration

I will spend at least 30 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 30 minutes learning about the legacy of redlining and how city planning and environmental justice issues are interconnected.

Completed
One-Time Action

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 30 minutes learning how to differentiate between sell by, use by, and best by dates.

Completed
One-Time Action

Action Track: Climate Resilience

Learn More about Biomass

Biomass Power

I will spend at least 30 minutes learning more about the energy generation potential of biomass.

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 13
DAILY ACTIONS

Transportation

Go for a Daily Walk

Walkable Cities

I will take a walk for 20 minutes each day and take note of the infrastructure that makes walking more or less enjoyable, accessible, and possible.

COMPLETED 9
DAILY ACTIONS

Action Track: Climate Resilience

Support Businesses Owned by Women, BIPOC, or Immigrants

Sustainable Intensification for Smallholders

I will spend 30 minutes researching businesses owned by women, immigrants, and Black, Indigenous, and people of color that I can support when shopping.

Completed
One-Time Action

Buildings

Learn about 'Green Gentrification'

Multiple Solutions

I will spend at least 60 minutes learning about green gentrification and how it relates to city planning for climate action.

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

Food, Agriculture, and Land Use

Support Local Food Systems

Plant-Rich Diets

I will source 75 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 22
DAILY ACTIONS

Food, Agriculture, and Land Use

Zero-waste Cooking

Reduced Food Waste

I will cook 2 meal(s) with zero-waste each day

COMPLETED 20
DAILY ACTIONS

Health and Education

Host a Film Screening

Health and Education

I will host a virtual film screening and discussion about women's and gender equality issues.

Completed
One-Time Action

Land Sinks

Learn More about Silvopasture

Silvopasture

I will spend at least 60 minutes watching videos and/or reading about the environmental benefits of silvopasture.

Completed
One-Time Action

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.

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

Food, Agriculture, and Land Use

Composting

Composting, Reduced Food Waste

I will start a compost bin where I live.

Completed
One-Time Action

Food, Agriculture, and Land Use

Reduce Animal Products

Plant-Rich Diets

I will enjoy 3 meatless or vegan meal(s) each day of the challenge.

COMPLETED 26
DAILY ACTIONS

Feed

  • Reflection Question
    Transportation Muscle Power on Earth Day
    Did you have any obstacles getting to and from campus with your "muscle transportation" of choice?

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    Sofia McVetty 4/30/2021 7:34 PM
    I didn't have any reason to be on campus on the 29th but I biked to campus earlier this week and my only 'obstacle' was how out of practice I was! I hadn't been out biking in a long time so it took a little while to get used to the motion of it again:)
  • Reflection Question
    Action Track: Accelerating Solutions Advocate For More Packaging Options
    What concerns you the most about how we are affecting the planet? Consider both local and global actions.

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    Sofia McVetty 4/30/2021 7:30 PM
    This is a really big question! I think what concerns me most is that there's irrefutable science showing that the status quo clearly isn't working out too well for the environment and yet so many people are still reluctant to change their behaviours and mindsets (both on an individual level and a societal one).
  • Reflection Question
    Industry Research Cement Alternatives
    Concrete is a good example of a material that most of us encounter every day, but its carbon footprint may not be obvious. What other everyday materials might have a large carbon footprint? How can you find out more?

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    Sofia McVetty 4/29/2021 4:44 PM
    Plastics have a pretty big carbon footprint and though I'm not sure if it would be considered a material or not, so does hard cheese! The GHG produced by the cows needed to produce 1kg of cheese is about the same amount as a car travelling for 6 km.  A lot of clothing materials, such as polyester, also have quite a large footprint! All in all, to find out more I think we just need to do a bit of research when we're thinking of buying things, be it groceries, clothing or other stuff. For example, a 2 minute google search would show you that soft cheese has a much lower footprint that hard cheese!
  • 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?

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    Sofia McVetty 4/29/2021 4:34 PM
    I learnt that refrigerants have a much more detrimental impact on the environment than I thought! I knew they weren't good but watching the video with the talking polar bear made me realize how big of a role they play in global warming. Supermarkets contribute to this negative impact by continuing to use synthetic refrigerants. Looking at the climate impact of the different chain supermarkets in the US, I was saddened to see that a lot of them aren't even trying to phase them out :(
  • Reflection Question
    Food, Agriculture, and Land Use Tend A Garden
    Have you ever had a significant experience in nature that altered your perspective or focus? If so, please describe it.

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    Sofia McVetty 4/28/2021 4:56 PM
    When I was younger, I went to visit my grandparents who lived in the Eastern Townships. They had a little house on top of a tall hill. One morning, while the sun was rising, I went out in their front lawn which was covered in wildflowers and tall grasses with my grandmother and just started running around and rolling down the hill and when I stopped at the bottom there was this beautiful butterfly that landed on my arm and I just remember thinking that the world is so incredibly beautiful! That was one of the first times I think I fully grasped how wonderful nature truly is.

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      Melissa Tomecz 4/28/2021 5:19 PM
      I always feel that sense of "awe" when I am near running water (or the beach) and mountains.  I also LOVE the smell of pines in the forest!  My favourite places where I connected the most to nature was in South Carolina and Iceland :)
  • Reflection Question
    Industry 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?

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    Sofia McVetty 4/27/2021 8:23 AM
    I could try to be more mindful of my consumption! This ties in quite well with reducing and refusing. Being more conscious of what I buy (food, clothing, etc.), where I buy it from and why I feel like I need it is one of the first steps to changing my behaviours. I feel like overall I don't consume many unnecessary things; I rarely get new clothes and when I do I buy them second-hand, I try to plan my meals in advance so I can reduce the amount of waste produced, and I only buy other things on occasion, but there's always more I can do! I have mixed feelings considering implementing these "R's". On the one hand, I feel hopeful when thinking about everything I can do to reduce my environmental impact, but on the other hand, it's a bit discouraging knowing that no matter how many individual actions I do, It'll barely do anything in the big picture if corporations keep polluting on the level they currently are.

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      Melissa Tomecz 4/27/2021 1:19 PM
      That is why we have to change corporations' minds.  You sending a letter to tell them you refuse to buy their product any longer, unless they change their packaging is a nice start, but one person won't change a company's mind---a petition just might do it, though!  The more people on board forcing companies to change their production, the less money they make--which can change their tune.
  • Reflection Question
    Land Sinks Learn More about Silvopasture
    Had you heard of the term "silvopasture" before now? After learning more about it, what do you think is the biggest advantage of silvopasture?

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    Sofia McVetty 4/21/2021 9:09 PM
    I had heard of it before but I didn't know much about it! I personally believe that the biggest advantage of silvopasture is its potential for wildlife habitat and forest restoration!
  • 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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    Sofia McVetty 4/21/2021 9:04 PM
    I've noticed how different things look every day, especially this time of year! Every time I go outside there's new life. Even just the other day I noticed my neighbour's wildflowers had started blooming and their birdhouse was receiving any more visitors than before! I've really enjoyed taking the time to disconnect from my screens and take the time to connect with nature. In terms of infrastructure, I think that having separate walking and bike paths on busier streets would make me feel a lot safer while on my walks!
  • Reflection Question
    Action Track: Accelerating Solutions Save Rigaud Mountain
    After signing a local petition, how does it make you feel?

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    Sofia McVetty 4/19/2021 8:43 PM
    It felt great to support a local initiative! It would be such a shame to lose Rigaud mountain, it's such a beautiful place!

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    Sofia McVetty 4/11/2021 8:02 PM
    Some pictures from my walk today:) The weather was so lovely and I was lucky enough to find a bunch of different types of mushrooms! I ended up reading in the woods on a mossy tree stump for an hour and it was so calming.