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April 3 - April 24, 2019
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Celia Laval

Comox Valley Unitarians, Comox United Church & Friends

Points Total

  • 0 Today
  • 0 This Week
  • 733 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    1,453
    pounds of CO2
    have been saved
  • up to
    1
    documentaries
    watched
  • up to
    30
    minutes
    spent learning
  • up to
    3
    lightbulbs
    replaced
  • up to
    20
    meatless or vegan meals
    consumed
  • up to
    3
    people
    helped
  • up to
    3
    public officials or leaders
    contacted

Celia's Actions

Materials

Properly Dispose of Refrigerants

#1 Refrigerant Management

I will spend at least 5 minutes learning how to properly dispose of my refrigerator, freezer, and other refrigerants at the end of their useful lives.

Completed
One-Time Action

Transport

Use Muscle Power

#49 Cars

I will cut my car trip mileage by only taking necessary trips, and I will only use muscle-powered transportation for all other trips.

COMPLETED 4
DAILY ACTIONS

Materials

Go Paperless

#70 Recycled Paper

I will reduce the amount of paper mail that I receive by 0.11lbs (0.05kg) a day or 41lbs (18.6kg) a year by opting into paperless billing, ending unwanted subscriptions and opting out of junk mail.

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

Transport

Research and Consider Switching to a Hybrid or Electric Vehicle

#26 Electric Vehicles

I will spend at least 15 minutes researching and weighing my options to see if a hybrid or electric vehicle makes sense for my lifestyle.

Completed
One-Time Action

Transport

Purchase a Carbon Offset

#43 Airplanes

If I buy a plane ticket, I will purchase a carbon offset.

Completed
One-Time Action

Electricity Generation

Communicate With My Elected Officials

#2 Wind Turbines (Onshore)

I will write or call 3 elected official(s) telling them not to support fossil fuel subsidies and instead support wind energy generation.

Completed
One-Time Action

Buildings and Cities

Choose LED Bulbs

#33 LED Lighting (Household)

I will replace 3 incandescent lightbulb(s) with Energy Star-certified LED bulbs, saving up to $14 per fixture per year.

Completed
One-Time Action

Electricity Generation

Learn More about Micro Wind

#76 Micro Wind

I will spend at least 5 minutes learning more about the energy generation potential of Micro Wind.

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 10
DAILY ACTIONS

Women and Girls

Give a Microloan

#62 Women Smallholders

I will give 3 microloan(s) to women who need help starting a business.

Completed
One-Time Action

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 10
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

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    Celia Laval 4/24/2019 8:58 PM
    Mmmm. Getting competitive here! go team.

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    Celia Laval 4/21/2019 9:30 PM
    I'm feeling quite inspired about our collective efforts at making one step at a time changes.  I love this saying, "If you can't life five hundred pounds all at once, but you can lift one pound five hundred times."   Well it's paraphrasing.  Looking forward to the potluck to capture more inspiration. Lets make a ripple effect turn into a tidal wave! xo


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    Celia Laval 4/20/2019 9:26 AM
    I joined ecochallenge because I know we all have a part to play in the shift. Just read an article in the Guardian saying if we want to stick to 1.5 degrees celsius, we need all hands on deck! That means individual and collective action are a must.  I love feeling connected by community. When I talk to others about climate and they go blank, I feel alone. When I connect with the likes of you, I feel energized and inspired! thank you. :)
  • 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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    Celia Laval 4/20/2019 9:24 AM
    It's habit, tradition and convenience.  
    I'm not sure I like the reflection question but what I would say is the more plant based i eat the more in line with my values I feel. I appreciate vegans who have showed us so much in this regard!

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    Celia Laval 4/13/2019 11:48 AM
    I was really inspired by giving microloans as part of my ecochallenge! I highly recommend this action. Very cool, :D

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      Celia Laval 4/13/2019 1:59 PM
      Cory, people should take you more seriously. Besides you are a teenager now!


    • Cory McAllister's avatar
      Cory McAllister 4/13/2019 1:58 PM
      I already try to give micro loans but few people take me seriously because I'm a kid :(
  • Reflection Question
    Women and Girls Give a Microloan
    Globally, women typically invest a higher proportion of their earnings in their families and communities than men. Why do you think that is?

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    Celia Laval 4/03/2019 8:46 PM
    Boy. That question makes you think.  It's hard to answer. Possibly because women are often more involved than men in childrearing (not in your case Dan Vie) and sonwoman are mmore  emotionally invested.  Part of the solution is around work with men too, right?

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      Kasia Stepien 4/04/2019 8:03 AM
      I agree Celia! I think there is a mix of history and biology at play with females as traditional caregivers. However we can shift our societies towards more equitable investment in our families and communities, by making it safe and supported for men to take on more traditionally feminine roles, and vice versa.  
  • Reflection Question
    Food Keep Track of Wasted Food
    An average American throws out about 240 lbs of food per year. The average family of four spends $1,500 a year on food that they throw out. Where would you rather use this money?

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    Celia Laval 4/03/2019 8:44 PM
    I would rather use this money on massages! (Juliana!)
  • Reflection Question
    Electricity Generation 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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    Celia Laval 4/03/2019 8:43 PM
    We can talk more to our neighbours, grow our food, and do more local things. Could be fun!