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April 3 - April 24, 2019
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Samuel Thomson

Reinhabitors-2019

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  • 319 Total

Participant Impact

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    3
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  • up to
    100
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Samuel's Actions

Land Use

Forest-Friendly Foods 1

#5 Tropical Forests

I will spend at least 20 minutes researching the impact of my diet to see how it contributes to deforestation.

Completed
One-Time Action

Land Use

Buy Bamboo

#35 Bamboo

When they are available, I will purchase products made from bamboo instead of wood, plastic, or metal.

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

Land Use

Forest-Friendly Foods 2

#5 Tropical Forests

I will replace or remove the palm oil, coffee, and cocoa products in my current diet that are known to contribute to deforestation.

COMPLETED 1
DAILY ACTION

Materials

Share Bioplastic Disposal Tips

#47 Bioplastic

I will spend at least 20 minutes researching how to properly dispose of bioplastics in my city and share this information with 3 friends, family and/or colleagues.

Completed
One-Time Action

Food

Learn the Truth About Expiration Dates

#3 Reduced Food Waste

I will spend at least 20 minutes learning how to differentiate between sell by, use by, and best by dates.

Completed
One-Time Action

Transport

Purchase a Carbon Offset

#43 Airplanes

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

Uncompleted
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.

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DAILY ACTIONS

Food

Learn More about Regenerative Agriculture

#11 Regenerative Agriculture

I will spend at least 20 minutes learning about the need for more regenerative agriculture.

Completed
One-Time Action

Land Use

Local Perennial Biomass

#51 Perennial Biomass

I will spend at least 15 minutes finding out if anyone is working on perennial biomass projects in my region and how I can get involved.

Completed
One-Time Action

Food

Learn More about Silvopasture

#9 Silvopasture

I will spend at least 15 minutes watching videos and/or reading about the environmental benefits of silvopasture.

Completed
One-Time Action

Electricity Generation

Learn More about Wave and Tidal Energy

#29 Wave and Tidal

I will spend at least 10 minutes learning more about the energy generation potential of wave and tidal energy.

Completed
One-Time Action

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  • Samuel Thomson's avatar
    Samuel Thomson 4/18/2019 1:29 PM
    Some interesting things I have learned while reading about carbon offsets: Lyft and Etsy both have began offsetting 100% of their emissions (caused by driving and shipping, respectively) which is awesome. There is also a big fad about planting lots of new trees. ( Buy this and a tree is planted, watch this and a tree is planted, etc...). Yet one thing I learned this summer and have just been reminded of is that while this practice is noble, it isn't necessarily the best thing to do with your money or when you buy offsets. The reason is that the trees planted, as WIRED puts it "take around 10 to 20 years to sequester meaningful amounts of carbon from the atmosphere". From an internship I did this summer I also learned that when trees are planted, there is no guarantee they survive. This organization (Point Blue Conservation Science) aimed for around 70% survival, although it varies based on how much maintenance they receive.  Things that might be more worthwhile in investing your money are clean cookstoves in developing nations or wind farms. There is also a UN mandate that by 2020 international flights will have to be offset by the airline that flies them. 

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    Samuel Thomson 4/18/2019 1:01 PM
    I couldn't find anything talking about local perennial biomass. Did anyone else?

    • Paul Scott's avatar
      Paul Scott 4/19/2019 12:48 PM
      Interesting, Samuel. I have never heard of any companies or nonprofits developing biomass digesters for generating energy except the big operation down at the EBMUD wastewater treatment site near the Macarthur Maze at the start of the Bay Bridge. Next time you drive by that complex (where the sewage from 685,000 East Bay residents gets treated) you will see a structure that looks a bit like a huge golf ball. That is a biogas digester and it is generating energy as it treats waste. In fact, that digester is generating more than enough power to run the entire facility there, so that whole place is a net energy generator! Pretty cool.
  • Reflection Question
    Land Use Forest-Friendly Foods 1
    How is your diet currently impacting deforestation? What can you do to decrease your negative impact and increase your positive impact?

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    Samuel Thomson 4/18/2019 9:06 AM
    I first started reading about silvopasture, and how cows are the largest reason for deforestation (the grain needed to grow for food) and that cows use so much more land because 10kg of grain will yield 1kg of beef, as opposed to 2kg for 1kg of chicken, and 4kg to yield 1kg of pork. I have already been doing this, but being even more thorough about eating less beef and pork, and when I do making sure it is sourced in a way that does not cause significant environmental impact. 
  • Reflection Question
    Materials Share Bioplastic Disposal Tips
    What concerns you the most about how we are affecting the planet? Consider both local and global actions.

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    Samuel Thomson 4/17/2019 10:48 AM
    The article I read about bioplastics was super interesting. It pointed out that in many cases, bioplastics don't really make much of a difference, and can actually be harmful in composting facilities. Since bioplastics can be so varied in their manufacturing process, one bioplastic item can contaminate whole bins, leading to that compost being thrown in landfill. I think the best solution is to minimize as much as possible single-use items, and maximize using things like reusable water-bottles and utensils. 

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    Samuel Thomson 4/17/2019 10:40 AM
    Cole Hardware in Oakland will recycle your used toothpaste tubes. If you collect your used tubes and give it to them they will send it to a facility that can recycle your used tubes! Great way to help alleviate the problem of single-use plastics.