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April 3 - April 24, 2019
Karina Thygesen's avatar

Karina Thygesen

Comox Valley Unitarians, Comox United Church & Friends

"Go Green!"

Points Total

  • 0 Today
  • 0 This Week
  • 878 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    31
    conversations
    with people
  • up to
    2.0
    trees
    planted
  • up to
    330
    minutes
    spent learning

Karina's Actions

Transport

Research and Consider Switching to a Hybrid or Electric Vehicle

#26 Electric Vehicles

I will spend at least 30 minutes researching and weighing my options to see if a hybrid or electric vehicle makes sense for my lifestyle.

Completed
One-Time Action

Materials

Properly Dispose of Refrigerants

#1 Refrigerant Management

I will spend at least 20 minutes learning how to properly dispose of my refrigerator, freezer, and other refrigerants at the end of their useful lives.

Completed
One-Time Action

Women and Girls

Learn about the Need for Family Planning

#7 Family Planning

I will spend at least 30 minutes learning more about the need for family planning globally.

Completed
One-Time Action

Food

Learn More about Regenerative Agriculture

#11 Regenerative Agriculture

I will spend at least 30 minutes learning about the need for more regenerative agriculture.

Completed
One-Time Action

Electricity Generation

Spread the Word about Energy Alternatives

All Electricity Generation Solutions

I will research and tell 2 people each day about the benefits of alternative energy sources like wind turbines, solar energy, geothermal energy, and methane digesters.

COMPLETED 13
DAILY ACTIONS

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 5 friends, family and/or colleagues.

Completed
One-Time Action

Food

Explore Other Food Solutions

All Food Solutions

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

Completed
One-Time Action

Buildings and Cities

Explore Other Buildings and Cities Solutions

All Buildings and Cities Solutions

I will spend at least 40 minutes researching other Drawdown Buildings and Cities Solutions.

Completed
One-Time Action

Electricity Generation

Learn More about Wave and Tidal Energy

#29 Wave and Tidal

I will spend at least 30 minutes learning more about the energy generation potential of wave and tidal energy.

Completed
One-Time Action

Land Use

Plant Trees

#15 Afforestation

I will plant 2 tree(s) in my community, public parks, or backyard.

Completed
One-Time Action

Electricity Generation

Explore Other Electricity Generation Solutions

All Electricity Generation Solutions

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

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

Materials

Become A Master Recycler/Composter

#55 Household Recycling

I will sign up for a Master Recycler/Composter program in my area.

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

Transport

Explore Other Transport Solutions

All Transport Solutions

I will spend at least 40 minutes researching other Drawdown Transport Solutions.

Completed
One-Time Action

Materials

Research Cement Alternatives

#36 Alternative Cement

I will spend at least 30 minutes researching cement alternatives that reduce the carbon footprint of concrete.

Completed
One-Time Action

Materials

Mulch the Base of Trees and Plants

#46 Water Saving - Home

I will prevent water runoff and increase absorbency by mulching the base of trees and plants in my yard.

Completed
One-Time Action

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  • Reflection Question
    Materials Become A Master Recycler/Composter
    What could you do differently to waste less?

    Karina Thygesen's avatar
    Karina Thygesen 4/23/2019 7:19 PM
    I could not find any master recycler / composter courses in our area. 

    • Celia Laval's avatar
      Celia Laval 4/23/2019 9:52 PM
      I love to compost.. Hmmm. I wonder who we could talk to about this.


    • Kasia Stepien's avatar
      Kasia Stepien 4/23/2019 8:48 PM
      I couldn't find one either. I would like to become one eventually and fill that role in our community... one day!

  • Karina Thygesen's avatar
    Karina Thygesen 4/20/2019 8:19 AM
    Here's what happens to e-waste in Canada. I think reducing is the most important of the 3 R's.
    https://www.cbc.ca/news/technology/what-happens-to-the-e-waste-you-drop-off-for-recycling-1.5101357

    • Kasia Stepien's avatar
      Kasia Stepien 4/23/2019 9:46 PM
      Yes yes yes to consuming less! I agree it's the most important of the 3 R's.

    • Celia Laval's avatar
      Celia Laval 4/20/2019 9:27 AM
      Absolutely, the no-waste people are inspiring! And my hero Greta Thunberg is all about eating vegan, no flying, and no buying new stuff.  It's a good wake up!

  • Karina Thygesen's avatar
    Karina Thygesen 4/14/2019 12:33 PM

    • Kasia Stepien's avatar
      Kasia Stepien 4/15/2019 9:33 PM
      Good point Karina... there are lots of ways microplastics end up in our waters. 

      Heather, I will pick up a guppyfriend bag for you if they have any! I'm staying quite close to their Vancouver store. And I'd love to get in touch with the person who has a built in filter... can you put us in touch by email?

    • Heather Kennedy-MacNeill's avatar
      Heather Kennedy-MacNeill 4/15/2019 11:15 AM
      That was a good article Karina - thanks...especially re: washing less etc. And Kasia, if you could pick up one of those bags, it would be great although when I went to the Patagonia website, they were out of stock so hopefully Vancouver store has some.  Also I saw one of those big filters at somebody’s house this week - it was about $180 made in the Maritimes. It looked like a big deal to connect and I think you’d have to get a plumber. If you want the contact # of the person who has the filter, I’ll send it to you. He was keen to show it off!

    • Karina Thygesen's avatar
      Karina Thygesen 4/15/2019 8:26 AM
      Even if the microfibers go in the trash, they end up in the landfill and could wash into the water system that way. It's hard because microfiber clothes are great in some ways. 

    • Kasia Stepien's avatar
      Kasia Stepien 4/15/2019 8:22 AM
      Thank you Karina for sharing that! I've been using a GUPPYFRIEND laundry bag for almost a year now. It's quite easy to use, but sometimes I forget, so I'd love to create a filter like the man in the article did!

      If anyone is wants to start filtering the microplastics in their laundry, you can get a laundry bag through Patagonia:
      https://www.patagonia.ca/product/guppyfriend-washing-bag/O2191.html?dwvar_O2191_color=000&cgid=luggage-gear-care#start=1

      Also, I'll be in Vancouver this week, and could pick some up at the Patagonia store if anyone wants one and would like to skip the shipping costs and extra packaging!