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Karen Chisholme

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participant impact

  • UP TO
    1
    documentary
    watched
  • UP TO
    105
    minutes
    spent learning
  • UP TO
    4
    lightbulbs
    replaced
  • UP TO
    710
    minutes
    spent outdoors
  • UP TO
    630
    minutes
    not spent in front of a screen
  • UP TO
    1
    water footprint
    calculated

Karen's actions

Basic Needs & Security

Calculate Your Water Footprint

SDG 6

I will calculate my water footprint and look for a few ways I can reduce consumption or waste.

COMPLETED
ONE-TIME ACTION

Education & Livelihood

Share Your Eco Habits

SDG 11

Through my Earth Month Ecochallenge feed, I will share with others an environmentally friendly habit I have cultivated.

COMPLETED 1
DAILY ACTION

Health & Equity

Spend Time Outside

SDG 3

I will replace 20 minute(s) per day typically spent inside (computer time, watching television, etc.) with quality time outside exercising, enjoying the sunrise/sunset, gardening, journaling, or practicing gratitude for nature.

COMPLETED 6
DAILY ACTIONS

Health & Equity

Make Cleaning Products

SDG 3

I will make a few homemade cleaning products.

UNCOMPLETED
ONE-TIME ACTION

Health & Equity

Donate Food

SDG 3, 10

I will find out what food programs are in my area and donate food and/or other items that they request.

UNCOMPLETED
ONE-TIME ACTION

Economy & Communities

Choose LED Bulbs

SDG 7

I will replace 5 incandescent light bulb(s) with Energy Star-certified LED bulbs, saving up to $14 per fixture per year.

COMPLETED
ONE-TIME ACTION

Economy & Communities

Analyze Your Utility Bills

SDG 7

I spend 30 minutes analyzing my recent utility bills, which might include electricity, gas, or water to see what my current usage is and determine if I can reduce my energy and water use.

COMPLETED
ONE-TIME ACTION

Climate & Ecosystems

Explore My Area

SDG 14, 15

Each day, I will spend 20 minutes exploring a new area around my neighborhood (e.g., park, water body, nearby trail, community garden, green space, etc.).

COMPLETED 2
DAILY ACTIONS

Climate & Ecosystems

Create & Share A Love Letter, Poem, Song or Picture

SDG 14, 15

I will express my love and gratitude for our planet by writing a love letter, poem, song or taking a picture. I will share this in the Ecochallenge feed or on my social media.

COMPLETED 1
DAILY ACTION

Climate & Ecosystems

Watch a Documentary About Climate Change or Nature

SDG 13, 14, 15

I will watch 1 documentaries about climate change.

COMPLETED
ONE-TIME ACTION

Participant 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?

  • REFLECTION QUESTION
    Economy & Communities Choose LED Bulbs
    Changing lightbulbs is an excellent first step toward energy efficiency! What's next for you?

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    Karen Chisholme 4/25/2023 6:07 AM
    I took an inventory of our light bulbs on the weekend. I still had a few CFLs and a couple of pot light halogens that we needed to convert to LED. My next step is to measure the lighting in each of our rooms and determine if additional lighting is needed. The County's Home Energy Tool Kits, available through the libraries, has a lux meter and guidance on the appropriate amount of light for the type of task.

    This is Welly. You will be seeing a lot of Welly as the County rolls out energy conservation programs. Welly was designed by Melissa Coburn.

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    Karen Chisholme 4/21/2023 10:47 AM
    Looking for an activity to recognize Earth Day tomorrow? The Town of Erin is hosting an Earth Day event between 10 and 3 at the Legion PowerPoint Presentation (erin.ca)
  • REFLECTION QUESTION
    Climate & Ecosystems Watch a Documentary About Climate Change or Nature
    What did you watch, and what was the most important thing you learned in the documentary(ies) you watched? How does what you learned connect to your understanding of climate change and Earth Month?

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    Karen Chisholme 4/19/2023 6:04 AM
    I did not have time to watch a full documentary, but I started watching Down to Earth on Netflix. There is a great episode on innovative solutions. There is a lot of incredible innovation happening in agriculture - seaweed to reduce methane from livestock, bacteria to enhance yield and carbon sequestration in soil. If you are interested in climate and agriculture, I recommend Kiss the Ground (also on Netflix).
  • REFLECTION QUESTION
    Basic Needs & Security Calculate Your Water Footprint
    What is one way you will reduce your water use? What is a practice you already have that helps you reduce your water use?

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    Karen Chisholme 4/19/2023 6:00 AM
    I calculated my household water use for 2022. I was surprised to see that our house of 5 is below the Guelph average and well below the Ontario and Canada average for water use. We use a dishwasher and run it when it is full. We have a high efficiency washer and low water bathroom fixtures and faucets. We never water our lawn and we use collected water for our gardens as much as possible.
  • REFLECTION QUESTION
    Economy & Communities Analyze Your Utility Bills
    What was the most interesting thing you learned from analyzing your utility bill? What are some ways you can save energy and water?

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    Karen Chisholme 4/18/2023 1:24 PM
    I started tracking our home energy usage in 2021. I input our monthly gas and electricity consumption into a spreadsheet to look for seasonal and annual changes. The natural gas usage in the summer months is for water heating and cooking and is significantly lower than the colder months. Our electricity usage increases a bit in August due to our air conditioner usage. Our electricity in 2022 was quite a bit higher than in 2021 in general. I will need to investigate to figure out what has influenced this change.
  • REFLECTION QUESTION
    Education & Livelihood Share Your Eco Habits
    How do you create new sustainability-related habits or change bad habits?

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    Karen Chisholme 4/12/2023 6:22 AM
    To start or change a habit I first think about the entire habit process and what I need to put into place to make it easier to switch. When we first started composting we placed the kitchen compost bin on the counter as a visual reminder and easy access to achieve the new habit. As the habit became routine we moved the compost bin under the sink to free up counter place. We also line the bin with paper to make clean up easy and place the roadside green bin near the back door so make disposal easy (especially in the snow).
  • REFLECTION QUESTION
    Health & Equity Spend Time Outside
    What are the implications for a culture that spends most of its time inside and on screens?

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    Karen Chisholme 4/11/2023 8:18 AM
    The benefits of going outside are improved health from activity and fresh air, and improved mental health from being in sunlight, in-person social interaction. Studies show that hospital patients with access to natural spaces, even through a window or a picture, recover quicker. Humans are social animals who need to interact with the world around them.

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    Karen Chisholme 4/06/2023 6:10 AM
    Salamander season is here! Every spring salamanders emerge from their winter homes deep under the forest and migrate to vernal pools to lay eggs. Rainy mild nights are the best time to see these critters. And last night didn't disappoint. We typically see the most salamander activity around 10pm.
  • REFLECTION QUESTION
    Climate & Ecosystems Create & Share A Love Letter, Poem, Song or Picture
    Why is art an important way for you to express sustainability values?

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    Karen Chisholme 4/06/2023 5:49 AM
    Art can capture the beauty of nature and remind us of its importance when we are unable to be in it.
  • REFLECTION QUESTION
    Climate & Ecosystems Explore My Area
    How can spending more time outdoors enhance your sense of place? Was there a new place in your region that was exciting to learn about and visit?

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    Karen Chisholme 4/03/2023 5:13 AM
    my son and I took our dog for a walk in a new area. My son practiced navigating the neighbourhood in relation to his best friend's house. On the way he met new neighbours, picked up sticks, and told me stories.