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  • Ruth Gibson's avatar
    Ruth Gibson 4/30/2021 8:13 PM
    Truthfully, I mostly chose actions that are already habitual (a daily meatless meal, no wasting food).Smaller servings of food helped me flatten the rising weight gain trend and has motivated me to make stringer commitment to getting back to a healthier weight. Perhaps because I have been paying more attention to environmental happenings around me, I noticed that the Farmer's Market is inviting people to bring in compostable food waste collection point. So I look forward to a greener disposal of egg shells, tea bags, apple cores, and dead flowers.
  • Reflection Question
    Land Sinks Forest-Friendly Foods 2
    How difficult or easy was it to change your diet?

    Valerie Vickers's avatar
    Valerie Vickers 4/29/2021 12:28 PM
    For me, I find changing my diet to be more local and centered on what I grow to be fun and more healthy.

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    Valerie Vickers 4/29/2021 12:27 PM
    So glad to be a part of this experience for Earth Month. Our vegetable garden is growing well, and we are planning to change our grass yard into a native pollinator garden within the next month.  We have 2 bluebird houses and are glad to have no electricity bill as we have solar panels now.  We can still lower our footprint and will keep trying.
  • Reflection Question
    Action Track: Climate Resilience Tend A Garden
    Have you ever had a significant experience in nature that altered your perspective or focus? If so, please describe it.

    Laura  Gilliom's avatar
    Laura Gilliom 4/28/2021 5:37 PM
    One of my favorite nature memories of all time is snorkeling off St. John on our honeymoon.  It was my first time snorkeling and I was blown away by the brilliant colors and varieties of fish and other sea life.  Seeing a sea turtle up close was magical.  I am heartbroken about the dying of reefs all over the world due to climate change.

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    Valerie Vickers 4/26/2021 12:45 PM
    So far this month our solar panels have produced 681.1 kWh of electricity and we have consumed 0 so all seems exported that is equivalent to saving 12 trees or running a refrigerator for 5 months.

  • Ruth Gibson's avatar
    Ruth Gibson 4/25/2021 1:03 PM
    The zero waste and daily meatless meal challenges I thought would be pretty easy, because both are part of my usual MO. I don't do most of the cooking, except for breakfast, so I figured any time dinner and supper both had meat, I'd skip having bacon for breakfast.  Usually supper is a salad and sandwich, also easily meatless..but sometimes instead if a sandwich, I have a leftover serving of yesterdays dinner. There have been a lot of leftover servings because of the Smaller Helpings part of the challenge. So this week on the day  when I was in charge of the days meals, I planned for meatless dinner and said to myself "Bacon for breakfast!" And Gracious !! It was all gone green and mouldy. Well, half of it was, anyway. I ended up pitching out 6 slices of bacon.

  • Peter Bird's avatar
    Peter Bird 4/24/2021 4:25 AM
    I read this morning that 51% of survey respondents in the US would be willing to buy an electric vehicle, up from 34% just a year ago (Oliver Wyman Forum as published in the Wall Street Journal 4/24/21).  Impressive gains, but still the lowest figure among the other countries listed, including China (92%), Italy (78%) and the UK (54%).

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    Peter Bird 4/23/2021 3:27 AM
    I was very encouraged by President Biden's bold promise to cut emissions by at least 50% from 2005 levels by 2030.  Nice to have presidential leadership on climate again.
  • Reflection Question
    Action Track: Accelerating Solutions Conduct Virtual Meetings
    How can you ensure that your virtual meetings honor your values and your company's culture?

    Valerie Vickers's avatar
    Valerie Vickers 4/22/2021 11:26 AM
    By including the natural world and values that conserve as part of each meeting

    • Laura  Gilliom's avatar
      Laura Gilliom 4/23/2021 3:13 PM
      Wow, I didn’t know you could get points for virtual meetings!  
  • Reflection Question
    Buildings Research Heat Pumps
    Why is taking action on climate change important to you? Why do you care?

    Valerie Vickers's avatar
    Valerie Vickers 4/22/2021 11:25 AM
    A life-long love of plants and wildlife