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April 3 - April 24, 2019
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Cory McAllister

Comox Valley Unitarians, Comox United Church & Friends

Points Total

  • 0 Today
  • 0 This Week
  • 744 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    38
    meatless or vegan meals
    consumed
  • up to
    1.0
    documentaries
    watched
  • up to
    10
    minutes
    spent learning

Cory's Actions

Transport

Improve a Bus Stop

#37 Mass Transit

I will improve a bus stop in my neighborhood by posting the stop schedule, adding seating or shelter, adding art or flowers, picking up litter, or implementing some other small improvement.

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 22
DAILY ACTIONS

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 20
DAILY ACTIONS

Land Use

Choose Better Wood Products

#38 Forest Protection

I will only purchase wood and paper products from ecologically certified sources like Forest Stewardship Council.

Completed
One-Time Action

Food

Learn More about Silvopasture

#9 Silvopasture

I will spend at least 5 minutes watching videos and/or reading about the environmental benefits of silvopasture.

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 19
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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  • Cory McAllister's avatar
    Cory McAllister 4/13/2019 1:57 PM
    Well, today was the first time I rode in a car for the past two weeks!

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    Cory McAllister 4/08/2019 3:13 PM
    Wow, am I really leading the team in points?  Thanks for the acknowledgement!

    • Dan Leahy's avatar
      Dan Leahy 4/13/2019 7:18 PM
      I agree with Kasia. We should give you a big shout out :-)

    • Kasia Stepien's avatar
      Kasia Stepien 4/08/2019 9:55 PM
      Well done Cory! You got a shout out at Sunday's service too :D
  • 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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    Cory McAllister 4/05/2019 12:18 PM
    A sustainable community would be one where we use too technology, grow our own food, and could function without the "outside world".
  • Reflection Question
    Transport Use Muscle Power
    How do your transportation choices affect your engagement in your community? Does your experience or enjoyment differ while walking, riding transit, biking or driving?

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    Cory McAllister 4/03/2019 3:08 PM
    I do enjoy riding my bike places.  This may partly be because I can't drive, and can't really use the transit system. (see my last post).  I don't really enjoy walking places, though.

    • Kasia Stepien's avatar
      Kasia Stepien 4/07/2019 7:40 AM
      I love riding my bike too! It's way more fun than being stuck in a car. 

      It's harder though now that I live in the boonies. I chose this same challenge for myself, and so far I have reduced my car trips (just by combining multiple trips into one). But I still haven't gotten out on my bike since this challenge began. I should force myself to bike to tonight's Unitarian service!

    • Dan Vie's avatar
      Dan Vie 4/03/2019 8:38 PM
      I love bikes too. 
  • Reflection Question
    Transport Improve a Bus Stop
    How can you advocate for transportation systems which minimize environmental impact while also meeting human needs?

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    Cory McAllister 4/03/2019 3:05 PM
    I'm not sure how exactly I can advocate the bus system here in Courtenay.  The bus goes  through the stop by our house twice per day.  If the bus system was improved, however, then it would actually meet human needs.

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      Cory McAllister 4/08/2019 3:15 PM
      Well, I just took the bus home from swim lessons up at the Aquatic Centre.  We took the bus as far as the Driftwood Mall, and needed to either walk the rest of the way or wait 2 hours for the next bus.  :(

    • Dan Vie's avatar
      Dan Vie 4/03/2019 8:41 PM
      P.S.  Celia wrote that.  Pretty good, eh?  Sounded just like me.

    • Dan Vie's avatar
      Dan Vie 4/03/2019 8:40 PM
      I know man. But if we ride more, they may fund more. I can get you the councillors emails, or you can use this link.   https://www.courtenay.ca/EN/main/city-hall/mayor-council/contact-mayor-council.html
      I think if you tell them you are 13 they will pay attention more. Good luck!
  • 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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    Cory McAllister 4/03/2019 2:43 PM
    I'd rather spend it on things to make life more fun.
  • Reflection Question
    Land Use Choose Better Wood Products
    Beyond carbon sequestration, what other benefits do forests offer you personally?

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    Cory McAllister 3/28/2019 10:49 AM
    I don't thin forests have any other benefits to me.

  • Cory McAllister's avatar
    Cory McAllister 3/28/2019 9:20 AM
    Yes, it should be part of the way we live, but a lot of people need things like this to get started.

    • Cory McAllister's avatar
      Cory McAllister 4/03/2019 2:39 PM
      Well, you have to start with your personal life!  If you go out to McDonalds every day but tell everyone you meet to eat less beef, hen you aren't really doing much!

    • Kasia Stepien's avatar
      Kasia Stepien 4/03/2019 11:38 AM
      I agree Cory. I have made quite a few changes in my lifestyle over the last few years to reduce my footprint (decreasing consumption, transitioning to a plant-based diet). But I haven't done much beyond my personal life. I'm using this challenge to get started on community and political level action!

  • Cory McAllister's avatar
    Cory McAllister 3/27/2019 11:34 AM
    I think projects like this should have started a long time ago.

    • Dan Leahy's avatar
      Dan Leahy 3/28/2019 8:33 AM
      Maybe it shouldn't even be a project. Maybe this should just be a part of our ongoing culture, a part of the way we live.
  • 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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    Cory McAllister 3/27/2019 11:20 AM
    I have not heard of silvopasture before now.  I think that the biggest benefit of it is to increase farmland productivity.