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Week 1: Getting to Know Yourself

by Sherri Jackson & Laurel Hood


Today is the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day. This year's theme is Climate Action.


For the first challenge, you’ll see how much you know about climate change, and some of the daily choices you make.


The four biggest contributors to greenhouse gases (GHGs) are travel, home, food, and consumption. We’ll focus on these areas over the next year.


Challenge 1:


First, try some of these quizzes, and note your results. They’ll help you discover what you already know, and how your current decisions impact emissions. Then have a look around the Earthday site.

https://www.earthday.org/earth-day-quizzes/

https://foodprint.org/quiz/

http://www.eatlowcarbon.org/take-the-quiz/


Next, read the following articles. Begin thinking about a ten year plan. What could your goals be as individuals (good) as a family (better) as a community/office/school (best)?


This article was originally published in 2008 reprinted in 2018. It addresses 2 of the 4 main GHG contributors. It does not include food or consumption, but the idea of change over time is still relevant.


We’re currently dealing with an unprecedented crisis with the pandemic. The correlations between climate action and COVID-19 are many. Here’s a way to address coronavirus as well as climate change with kids. It’s a great analogy, even if you don’t have kids.


And finally, here’s how the coronavirus is having a positive, albeit temporary impact on pollution, and is there something we can learn from self-isolation that we can carry forward into our daily lives.


Good luck! Keep us updated on your progress over the year. See you next week! Happy Earth Day.


Sherri Jackson is a writer, speaker and musician. She is the Candidate of Record for Simcoe-Grey. and communications coordinator for our EDA. She is a member of the Collingwood Climate Action Team. Laurel Hood is our researcher. She is a retired teacher, Volunteer Coordinator for the EDA, climate activist and transportation lead for CCAT. Join the challenge at http://bit.ly/52WeeksofClimateAction.


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