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April 1 - April 30, 2021

Climate Action in Dufferin Feed

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  • 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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    Jennifer Payne 4/30/2021 10:11 PM
    I walk on my own property, on a trail through fields and trees, so I enjoy every step and wouldn’t change a thing! What I notice are the differences when weather changes, the sounds of critters and birds, the neighbouring properties, the budding trees and the spots where my dog catches a scent.
  • 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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    Jennifer Payne 4/30/2021 10:05 PM
    I don’t think people know about the impact their air conditioners have, not only for energy use but the refrigerants are terrible for the environment when disposed of. There are alternative coolants but nothing yet with much green cred that I’m aware of.  That’s not a “material” but that’s what I thought of.

    Another material that I think might have a high carbon/environmental  foot print is the actual material in the clothes we wear. 
  • Reflection Question
    Health and Education Research Barriers to Participation and Representation
    What are some of the barriers that exist to women's equal participation and/or representation in your community?

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    Jennifer Payne 4/30/2021 9:55 PM
    I think there are still some men (and even women) who are dismissive of women or who feel like their position of authority or power will be undermined or diluted if women add to the competitive field, as though if women get more opportunities, men will have fewer. Sadly, I also think there remains an unconscious bias against women with children and a perception that they will be less reliable, less committed, or somehow distracted at work or in office.
    There are also many (and I’d say/hope more) men who champion for women’s rights, respect their unique perspectives and professional contributions, see them as peers and do not try to undermine their success. So I’m hopeful these barriers will break.
  • Reflection Question
    Transportation Research and Consider Switching to a Hybrid or Electric Vehicle
    Reducing (or eliminating) exhaust emissions and improving public health are two benefits of green vehicles. What other motivators inspire you to consider switching to a more fuel-efficient vehicle?

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    Jennifer Payne 4/30/2021 9:38 PM
    No buying gas, no oil changes and engine maintenance (for all-electric, which is what we’ve decided on), quieter ride and less vibration. I have reservations about lithium, but believe that continued R&D will improve the environmental impact of the batteries.  
  • 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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    Jennifer Payne 4/30/2021 9:29 PM
    If I buy paper I buy recycled, but better still if  I don’t use paper at all.
  • Reflection Question
    Electricity Watch a Video about Methane Digesters
    What does your vision of a sustainable community look like? What would need to be changed in order for such vision to become reality?

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    Jennifer Payne 4/30/2021 9:25 PM
    I think that as our towns and business set good examples and then people want to engage with that, support those efforts and do what they can. That encourages more sustainable businesses and municipal decisions until eventually you tip the scales. I think a sustainable community is also an equitable community, where well-being of people land and water is prioritized higher than economic growth, which does not guarantee a better quality of life for a town, nor benefits across the population. 
  • Reflection Question
    Food, Agriculture, and Land Use Eat Mindfully
    Mindful eating is healthier for us than eating with distractions. How does your eating experience differ when practicing mindfulness?

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    Jennifer Payne 4/30/2021 9:16 PM
    I eat more slowly, and have space to let my mind drift and decide where to land, rather than feeding it more inputs from a device or reading material. I think more about the food I’m eating, and sometimes end up getting more creative about the work issues I broke from to go eat.
  • Reflection Question
    Food, Agriculture, and Land Use Reduce Animal Products
    Why do people in richer countries eat more meat than people in other places? How does eating more meat affect our bodies, our planet, and other people?

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    Jennifer Payne 4/30/2021 9:11 PM
    The big demand for and ubiquitous availability of meat has forced some producers to prioritize efficiency, on concentrated operations that force accelerated growth at lowest cost. If NA ate meat like other healthier  countries do, as a condiment instead of centre stage, then smaller, diverse farms where animals are a key part of regenerative agriculture, could meet the more reasonable level of demand, 
  • Reflection Question
    Coastal, Ocean, and Engineered Sinks Smart Seafood Choices
    Many states and countries have advisories on eating fish. Find out what is advised for your region. Do you think your diet choices fall within these guidelines? What steps do you need to take to make sure that they do?

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    Jennifer Payne 4/30/2021 8:52 PM
    I’m not sure that any guidelines could ensure a sustainable fishery. Even the so-called sustainably-sourced labels are now colluding and unreliable. As long as there is demand for fish, there will be nets and dragging and devastating by-catch.
  • Reflection Question
    Action Track: Climate Resilience Support Businesses Owned by Women, BIPOC, or Immigrants
    Globally, women typically invest a higher proportion of their earnings in their families and communities than men. What have you done in the past to support women-owned businesses? How can you better support communities by supporting women?

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    Jennifer Payne 4/30/2021 8:42 PM
    To help support women-owned businesses, I have switched to giving donations in honour instead of teacher gifts and Christmas gifts (everyone has everything they need, and often more). One of the charities I give to provides micro loans for women farmers in developing countries, or I buy fair trade crafts by women’s cooperatives through our local retailers. I also love out local fierce female farmers, crafters, artists and restaurateurs and try to give them as much business as I can, and recommend them to others.