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April 3 - April 24, 2019
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Anne-Louise Blue

Blue Dot Ontario

"To advocate for earth-friendly legislation."

Points Total

  • 0 Today
  • 0 This Week
  • 718 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    44
    meatless or vegan meals
    consumed
  • up to
    420
    minutes
    spent exercising
  • up to
    90
    minutes
    spent learning

Anne-Louise's Actions

Land Use

Learn about Temperate Forests

#12 Temperate Forests

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

Materials

Properly Dispose of Refrigerants

#1 Refrigerant Management

I will spend at least 30 minutes learning how to properly dispose of my refrigerator, freezer, and other refrigerants at the end of their useful lives.

Completed
One-Time Action

Land Use

Advocate for Forest Protection

#38 Forest Protection

I will contact 2 congress people or representatives to advocate for public policy that protects forests and the enforcement of existing anti-logging laws.

Uncompleted
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

Food

Reduce Animal Products

#4 Plant-Rich Diet

I will enjoy 2 meatless or vegan meal(s) each day of the challenge.

COMPLETED 22
DAILY ACTIONS

Land Use

Learn about Local Indigenous Practices

#39 Indigenous Peoples' Land Management

I will spend at least 90 minutes learning how local indigenous tribes are caring for the land by attending a training, workshop, or presentation.

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

Buildings and Cities

Go for a Daily Walk

#54 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 21
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 0
DAILY ACTIONS

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  • 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?

    Anne-Louise Blue's avatar
    Anne-Louise Blue 4/24/2019 5:12 PM
    The environmental cost of meat eating is out of the sight line of most North Americans. In Canada, the new food guide may help point people toward vegetables and grains. 


    • Jim McPhail's avatar
      Jim McPhail 4/24/2019 9:09 PM
      Maybe if we held tons of veggie food fairs with recipes to go with each dish. Let folks try the foods & show easy ways to prepare them. Have packages of the ingredients to pick up there? Whatcha think Anne-Louise?
      Jim
  • Reflection Question
    Buildings and Cities 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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    Anne-Louise Blue 4/22/2019 12:57 PM
    I'm grateful for the walkable areas of Toronto.  With the population growing, we need to find ways to locate people and jobs closer together so that walking to work is more often an option. 

    • Jeanette Butterworth's avatar
      Jeanette Butterworth 4/24/2019 5:42 PM
      Ya, especially Toronto-the amount of commuting is hideous. And i see soooooo many cars with single occupants:(

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    Anne-Louise Blue 4/21/2019 8:36 PM
    Native spring ephemeral Virginia Bluebells reappearing in my garden after a long winter. 
  • Reflection Question
    Materials Properly Dispose of Refrigerants
    How do you address your own feelings of concern, fear or despair about climate change?

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    Anne-Louise Blue 4/21/2019 9:07 AM
    Given that refrigerant management is #1 on the Drawdown list I expected to find more info available on how to ensure proper disposal.  Refrigerators are lumped in with other appliances on my city's waste website.  The only special mention is that the door should be removed when leaving at the curb for pick up - will contact the city to suggest adding further info.    

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    Anne-Louise Blue 4/14/2019 9:05 AM
    There's an event coming up in Hamilton that may be of interest to those who took the Indigenous people's land management challenge: Six Nations Land and Resource Rights: Moving from the Caledonia Crisis to Consensus in Urban and Environmental Planning     
    https://www.eventbrite.com/e/six-nations-land-and-resource-rights-moving-from-the-caledonia-crisis-to-consensus-in-urban-and-tickets-59861992832

    • Anca Radu's avatar
      Anca Radu 4/17/2019 6:33 PM
      This sounds like a great event! Unfortunately, I don't think I will meet the target for that particular challenge in the time that is left. :( But, I'm going to keep an eye out for these events in the future and attend one. Thank you for finding it!

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    Anne-Louise Blue 4/10/2019 9:04 AM
    Words to inspire us from an environmental activist who lived to 108, working until almost the end of her life for Everglades restoration

    • Arlene Noble's avatar
      Arlene Noble 4/13/2019 7:02 AM
      I love this poster. I just don’t want to live to be 106!  However if I do I hope I can be as engaged. Amazing. 
  • Reflection Question
    Food 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?

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    Anne-Louise Blue 4/08/2019 9:56 AM
    BB in the fine print on packaging stands for Best Best Before!  Seems obvious now. :)  I’m determined to reduce my food waste.

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    Anne-Louise Blue 4/07/2019 10:27 AM
    Does anyone have suggestions about how to learn about local indigenous land practices?  The best resource I've found so far is an online course developed by the U of Alberta that includes a segment on the indigenous relationship to the land (below). I'm learning a lot, but would also be interested in a live presentation.  Any leads?     
    https://www.coursera.org/lecture/indigenous-canada/indigenous-relationship-to-the-land-part-1-ecibF 

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    Anne-Louise Blue 4/04/2019 8:33 PM
    Day 2 discovery - yellow curry with tofu is even better than yellow curry with chicken. :)

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    Anne-Louise Blue 4/03/2019 7:41 AM
    Day 1 - lettuce with brown around the edges is trending after Jeanette's description of her lunch!    Here's to minimizing food waste...