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April 3 - April 24, 2019

CGCAN = Columbia Gorge Climate Action Network Feed


Reflection, encouragement, and relationship building are all important aspects of getting a new habit to stick.
Share thoughts, encourage others, and reinforce positive new habits on the Feed.

To get started, share “your why.” Why did you join the challenge and choose the actions you did?

    Food Support Local Food Systems
    Dependable fresh food, supporting local farmers and building resilient communities are just a few benefits of local food systems. Which of these (or other) advantages inspire you the most?

    Kalama Reuter's avatar
    Kalama Reuter 4/24/2019 11:56 AM
    Today I went to a first foods celebration with the Rock Creek band.  The foods were totally local sourced -- salmon, local desert parsleys, choke cherries, bitterroot, huckleberries and even water was honored.  And shared with gratitude!

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    Gigi Pomerantz 4/22/2019 10:08 PM
    Life got in the way.  I have been unable to follow through

    • Krista Thie's avatar
      Krista Thie 4/23/2019 7:17 PM
      Not to worry = 5 minutes a month so as not to get overwhelmed! You do lots!
    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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    Kalama Reuter 4/22/2019 12:38 PM
    I really like this idea of maximizing energy and use from waste products.  This adds to the vision of a sustainable community -- best scenario would be no waste and makes its own energy and clean water.  Shades of the bubble cities of science fiction.

    I am part of visioning a co housing development that hopes to grow some of our own food and share electric vehicles, tools and skills.  Embracing our interdependence and valuing diversity can open new more efficient ways of accomplishing group tasks. Hopefully everyone can do what they love and be productive!

    Change from focus on immediate expense to focus on long term rewards and moving toward wholeness in our perspectives instead of individual benefits.

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    Krista Thie 4/22/2019 8:53 AM
    I would like to have even more impact....After listening yesterday to Greta Thurnberg it is beyond time that we act decisively and reduce our atmospheric gas emissions. How to motivate and move us collectively?
    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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    Kalama Reuter 4/21/2019 8:32 AM
    I do eat meat, but have given up dairy -- now wondering what are the impacts of my milk alternatives (coconut or almond milk)?   I am eating 2 -3 vegan meals a week encouraged by the Challenge and creating a habit to be more and more aware of these daily choices.

    I don't drink coffee, but do buy occasional red meat when it is in the last chance bin.  Doing my part to decrease waste.
    Land Use Local Perennial Biomass
    Climate scientist Katharine Hayhoe states that "The reason we care about climate change is because it affects the people and places that we care about." What is happening (or will happen) in your area that will affect the people and places you care about?

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    Kalama Reuter 4/21/2019 8:27 AM
    My area lies in the Cascade Mountain range and is heavily forested.  As the years of drought and low snow pack add up, the health of the forests is threatened by insect infestation and forest fires.  In fact one careless spark has destroyed 50,000 acres of 100 year old forest two years ago.

    I was appreciating a large deciduous tree out my window -- not yet leafed out for spring.  What if trees could no longer muster the energy?  Our oxygen supply would be compromised.  We are part of a web and keep poking holes in it, expecting the net to continue to hold us up!
    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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    Kalama Reuter 4/21/2019 8:21 AM
    Hopefully less waste!  I even found a Best if Used by date on a water bottle.  We are really in trouble if water expires!!  Of course we are all exposed to the plastic toxicity that is leaching into the bottled water.
    Action Track: Social Justice Advocate for Forest Protection
    Higher standards of living are very often dependent on moving our environmental costs elsewhere. What are some specific ways in which the environmental impacts of your own lifestyle might be shifted elsewhere?

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    Kalama Reuter 4/21/2019 8:18 AM
    I am very concerned about plastics' life cycle as the mountains of undegradable materials mount up and end up inside other animals and oceans and us.  I find I am offended by people using bottled water and throwing away a container that can no longer be recycled by shipping overseas.  I wish we would ban the use of those plastics we do not have the capacity to recycle!  The upside is that these materials are in fact sequestering carbon, but like nuclear waste, we need to store them safely away.  (Melt them into roadways??)

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      Addy Davidson 4/21/2019 11:13 AM
      Yes, please!  Let's make roads out of the stuff, which has been proven to work elsewhere.

    Transport Stay on the Ground
    What was your process like for restructuring your trip? How can you avoid more air travel in the future?

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    Kalama Reuter 4/21/2019 8:12 AM
    This is a trip across the country to attend a conference in W Virginia.  Instead of a thoughtless expensive blimp and big CO2 balloon.  I will take the opportunity to travel on the ground and see the National Parks along the way.  Slowing down, touching the Earth.  Being where I am instead of anticipating where I am going.
    Transport Advocate For Greener Vehicles
    How does advocating for green vehicles in your community connect to your values? How might you be able to get others involved in advocating for the shift to fuel-efficient vehicles?

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    Eric Strid 4/20/2019 7:47 PM
    The EV transition is the quickest path to decreasing our largest climate and toxic emissions, even while saving massively by not buying gasoline or diesel fuel.
    See how Norway has incentivized EV purchases better than any other country.
    Learn how China is planning to set the pace of EV adoptions worldwide.