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April 3 - April 24, 2019
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Jeanette Butterworth

Blue Dot Ontario

" we are standing with people across our country who are asking all levels of government to recognize our right to breathe fresh air, drink clean water and eat healthy food."

Points Total

  • 0 Today
  • 0 This Week
  • 807 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    39
    meatless or vegan meals
    consumed
  • up to
    72
    miles
    traveled by bus
  • up to
    72
    miles
    not traveled by car
  • up to
    50
    pounds of CO2
    have been saved
  • up to
    1.0
    donations
    made
  • up to
    10
    conversations
    with people
  • up to
    4.0
    people
    helped
  • up to
    1.0
    documentaries
    watched
  • up to
    185
    minutes
    spent learning

Jeanette's Actions

Action Track: Social Justice

Support Indigenous Peoples' Land Management

#39 Indigenous Peoples' Land Management

I will donate to The Nature Conservancy, which works with Indigenous Peoples to secure land tenure and resource rights, support improved governance and local institutions, assist in natural resource mapping, planning and management; and strengthen livelihoods and sustainable economic development.

Completed
One-Time Action

Land Use

Forest-Friendly Foods 1

#5 Tropical Forests

I will spend at least 60 minutes researching the impact of my diet to see how it contributes to deforestation.

Completed
One-Time Action

Food

Reduce Animal Products

#4 Plant-Rich Diet

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

COMPLETED 13
DAILY ACTIONS

Electricity Generation

Watch a Video about Methane Digesters

#30 Methane Digesters (large), #64 Methane Digesters (small)

I will watch a video about methane digesters (also commonly known as anaerobic digesters).

Completed
One-Time Action

Transport

Use Public Transit

#37 Mass Transit

I will use public transit 6 mile(s) per day and avoid sending up to (___) lbs of CO2 into Earth's atmosphere.

COMPLETED 12
DAILY ACTIONS

Food

Keep Track of Wasted Food

#3 Reduced Food Waste

I will keep a daily log of food I throw away during the 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 9
DAILY ACTIONS

Materials

Share Bioplastic Disposal Tips

#47 Bioplastic

I will spend at least 60 minutes researching how to properly dispose of bioplastics in my city and share this information with 10 friends, family and/or colleagues.

Completed
One-Time Action

Food

Learn More about Silvopasture

#9 Silvopasture

I will spend at least 30 minutes watching videos and/or reading about the environmental benefits of silvopasture.

Completed
One-Time Action

Women and Girls

Give a Microloan

#62 Women Smallholders

I will give 4 microloan(s) to women who need help starting a business.

Completed
One-Time Action

Food

Learn the Truth About Expiration Dates

#3 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

Buildings and Cities

Express My Support

#54 Walkable Cities

I will find out who in my city makes decisions that impact neighborhood walkability and express my support for better walking infrastructure.

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

Buildings and Cities

Research Retrofitting Incentives

#80 Retrofitting

I will spend at least 60 minutes finding out if my city, region, or state offers incentives for retrofitting existing buildings.

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

Buildings and Cities

Research Heat Pumps

#42 Heat Pumps

I will spend at least 30 minutes researching heat pumps to see if installing one makes sense for my home/building.

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

Transport

Explore Other Transport Solutions

All Transport Solutions

I will spend at least 30 minutes researching other Drawdown Transport Solutions.

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

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  • Reflection Question
    Action Track: Social Justice Support Indigenous Peoples' Land Management
    Indigenous speaker and activist Winona LaDuke says that, "most indigenous ceremonies, if you look to their essence, are about the restoration of balance — they are a reaffirmation of our relationship to creation. That is our intent: to restore, and then to retain balance and honor our part in creation." Why is balance important to sustainability?

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    Jeanette Butterworth 4/17/2019 5:33 PM
    I learned that although indigenous communities have a much smaller carbon footprint than non indigenous, they are the most harmed by deforestation and animal habitat loss. They are also leaders in the fight against these things and are usually on the front line of defending our natural resources, whole most of us watch the news of these fights from a disinterested distance. Indigenous peoples have been at this fight  to protect the balance between man and nature for years, and they have a deep understanding of its importance.  Balance is important because when one organism is lacking it is unable to thrive, and thus feed /protect or replenish the other organisms that it has a symbiotic relationship with.  
  • Reflection Question
    Food 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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    Jeanette Butterworth 4/16/2019 4:17 PM
    I had never heard of Silvopasture. All it is really is planting/growing lumber tree on your farm and letting the animals you raise graze on the forest. It captures the methane 10 times better than open fields, provides shade for the livestock and regenerates the soil. soil. As well it provides added income to the farmer at the time the lumber is sold. 

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    Jeanette Butterworth 4/15/2019 6:40 PM
    It is so much easier to just do nothing-I'll be dead in about 30 years give or take a few-but I brought two daughters into this world . I have to, at the very least, go down swinging. And here I have found like minded people which gives me hope. It's a wonderful movement and I'm grateful for this challenge.
     
  • Reflection Question
    Food Reduce Animal Products
    In your opinion, what contributes to people in North America eating more meat than any other countries? What does this say about North American values and ways of living?

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    Jeanette Butterworth 4/05/2019 7:47 AM
    Not too difficult for me as we eat very little animal protein-a little free range chicken or fish sometimes. I've founding eating more plant based has made me a more adventurous cook. You need to look at different seasonings/sauces and use more salt and vinegar base because you loose a certain depth of flavour without meat. I'm guessing it's easier if you were raised vegetarian because you can't miss what you never had:) Here's an excellent tofu recipie (I only like firm/extra firm myself) that everyone in my family likes.
    https://www.onegreenplanet.org/vegan-recipe/tofu-vegetable-kebabs-with-peanut-sauce/

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      nelson chew 4/16/2019 7:42 PM
      Even Mike liked it! Haha. Reminds of that old cheese commercial...."let's give it to Mikey. He won't like it...he hates everything....hey Mikey! He likes it!"  It went something like that. 

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      Jeanette Butterworth 4/05/2019 8:29 AM
      realized I didn't actually answer the question. I think it's partly geography-in the old days northern places had a herd time getting fresh fruit/veg in winter, so we probably developed as more meat consuming society for that reason. We were primarily a religion (Christian)  not offended by eating animal products. Lately I think people are quite disconnected with where there food comes from and is raised and slaughtered. Not many people who still eat meat are willing to look at a video of factory farmed pigs/cattle, because they know it will effect how they enjoy the next bacon double cheeseburger that they eat. And factory farmed meat is CHEAP. An animal life sold off at $1.99 a pound for chicken legs-who cares that it's full of superbug producing antibiotics-it's very affordable and it's the flavours we're used to. If we went back to raising  hunting and killing our own food-things would be very different. 
  • Reflection Question
    Buildings and Cities Express My Support
    How could better walking infrastructure make your city both more enjoyable and more equitable?

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    Jeanette Butterworth 4/03/2019 8:02 PM
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wai4ub90stQ
    Really enjoyed this TED Talk buy a city planner who gave stats on studies done on how walkability related to health of the population. The correlation was HUGE! Obesity and disease is much higher in suburban populations than in the dense cities. And CO2 emissions per household were lower overall as well.




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      nelson chew 4/16/2019 7:44 PM
      Nothing better than foot or pedal power I always say....good for your health, the planet and your wallet!!
  • Reflection Question
    Transport Use Public Transit
    How has your access to various kinds of transporation throughout your life influenced your current attitudes about transportation and your transportation behavior?

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    Jeanette Butterworth 4/03/2019 1:42 PM
    I find that I need to plan ahead a little more when I ride a bike or take a bus in place of driving the car, but it's usually very doable, and since I hate driving downtown Toronto, if I'm going there I find it more relaxing to TTC.

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    Jeanette Butterworth 3/18/2019 4:46 PM
    Wow- I am considering going vegan for the challenge and watched this video to understand the effects on the environment of animal agriculture. Quite interesting.... if you're interested:)
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NxvQPzrg2Wg

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    Jeanette Butterworth 3/03/2019 7:45 PM
    Alright all you lovers of this precious Blue Dot- time to show the love by taking part in the DRAWDOWN ECOCHALLENGE! We'll embrace the changes an sacrifices together with enthusiasm and support and a little bit of friendly competition ;) I can't wait to see what we can make happen together.

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      Andrea Stephens 3/04/2019 6:47 AM
      Love, love, love the beautiful imagery to support the mindful & powerful words! Thankful to all the hopeful humans in our Blue Dot family! 
      🌱❤️🌎