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April 1 - April 30, 2021

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  • Andrea Stephens's avatar
    Andrea Stephens 4/30/2021 8:25 PM
    Well we did it - great job team DrawdownTO! We’ve made it to the end of our Earth Month Eco Challenge with over 9000 points, in 36th place out of hundreds of teams, and having saved almost 2,500 pounds of CO2 from going up into the atmosphere! Amazing! 🤗

    Hopefully you’ve found actions over this past month that speak to your passions, priorities, and that you’ll continue to explore going forward! I’m thankful to have been in collaboration with you all! Together Possible! 
    Andrea
    ❤️🌎🌱
  • 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?

    Andrea Stephens's avatar
    Andrea Stephens 4/30/2021 8:09 PM
    Even though I’ve taken the time to learn more about this topic, I still find it hard to know what truly is the most sustainable type of fish to buy and am conflicted between wild and farmed - both are labeled sustainable depending on where the fish or seafood is sourced. This has always led me to purchase less fish then I would if I truly believed I was making the most “sustainable” choice! 
  • 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?

    Zachary Rosenfeld's avatar
    Zachary Rosenfeld 4/30/2021 6:46 PM
    It allows you to use a more common sense approach to consuming what is still fresh and good enough to eat. It’s often just about an individual’s mindset to push the boundaries of what manufacturers deem appropriate. 
  • Reflection Question
    Food, Agriculture, and Land Use Composting
    Producing food that goes uneaten squanders many resources—seeds, water, energy, land, fertilizer, hours of labor, financial capital. Which of these kinds of waste most motivates you to change your behavior regarding food waste? Why?

    Zachary Rosenfeld's avatar
    Zachary Rosenfeld 4/30/2021 6:42 PM
    All of it combined! Reducing food waste is such an easy and accessible solution - that everyone can participate in - it starts with being more mindful and eating what we buy and composting only what is unavoidable waste, like bones, coffee grounds, etc. 
  • Reflection Question
    Land Sinks Forest-Friendly Foods 2
    How difficult or easy was it to change your diet?

    Zachary Rosenfeld's avatar
    Zachary Rosenfeld 4/30/2021 3:05 PM
    The difficulty was in remembering to pay attention to ingredients lists - sometimes we aren’t aware of what’s used to make our packaged food, or from where it comes, or if it’s sustainable sourced! 
  • 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?

    Andrea Stephens's avatar
    Andrea Stephens 4/30/2021 2:52 PM
    The higher average income of citizens of developed countries, allows extra money to pay for more expensive foods like meat. Unfortunately, the average North American eats far too much meat, which contributes to poorer human health, and also contributes to climate change as ruminating animals produce a huge amount of methane - causing much more potent emissions than regular CO2. 
  • Reflection Question
    Food, Agriculture, and Land Use Smaller Portions
    While dishing food out, we tend to load our plates with more than we need. Using smaller plates helps to mitigate this. Aside from the environmental benefits, what other benefits might come from eating/serving smaller portions?

    mohamed taarji's avatar
    mohamed taarji 4/30/2021 9:53 AM
    It allows to eat mindfully without getting full.
  • Reflection Question
    Food, Agriculture, and Land Use Zero-waste Cooking
    In North America, up to 65% of food waste happens at the consumer level. Chef Steven Satterfield advocates for utilizing every part of a vegetable. How can you incorporate using an entire vegetable, including the skins, tops, and stalks during your next meal prep?

    mohamed taarji's avatar
    mohamed taarji 4/30/2021 9:52 AM
    It's going to be a big challenge.
  • Reflection Question
    Food, Agriculture, and Land Use Composting
    Producing food that goes uneaten squanders many resources—seeds, water, energy, land, fertilizer, hours of labor, financial capital. Which of these kinds of waste most motivates you to change your behavior regarding food waste? Why?

    mohamed taarji's avatar
    mohamed taarji 4/30/2021 9:51 AM
    Water and energy, because they are the two motives that make life expand, they are the two triggers that caused most wars on earth.
  • 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?

    mohamed taarji's avatar
    mohamed taarji 4/30/2021 9:48 AM
    I taste and enjoy tasting each meal I eat.