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30 Day Climate Care Challenge - INTRODUCING SOMETHING NEW
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Travel: Arrange a lift with someone when possible
At Home: Use natural products like vinniger baking soda for cleaning. Cheaper an environmentally friendly.
Don't reach for paper towels so often.  Use small towels (kitchen sized) and a squirt bottle of water with a few pumps of liquid dish detergent and whatever sanitizer you use. In the kitchen most spill areas need to be cleaned after being cleaned as well, not just wiped up with paper. Let's cut down the landfill refuse and the use of more caustic cleaners. I clean mirrors, counter tops (works well on any surface except wood), floor spills, smudges on walls. etc. 
Ziplock bags can be thoroughly washed and reused countless times.  However, if raw meat has been bagged, dispose of the bag. 

Always use a bowl or other large container to scrape and rinse dishes.  Use the quick cycle and turn off the heat element on your dishwasher.  This saves water and electricity.
Today We Will is a newsletter that makes it easier for us to live more sustainably. In four lines or less, it shares creative sustainability tips that are simple enough for us all to use.
5-20-2020
Recycle
 
Recycle difficult-to-recycle waste streams, such as beauty and bathroom products, through TerraCycle.com: TerraCycle
 
America’s Killer Lawns
Homeowners use up 10 times more pesticide per acre than farmers do. But we can change what we do in our own yards.
Read the rest by clicking on the link above
Sweep (then vacuum)

WHY More than 758,506 metric tons of CO2* are used to power vacuums in the US annually. We will reduce emissions by sweeping (then vacuuming if needed).
*That's like driving over 1.8 million miles in a passenger vehicle. (Based on 30-minute vacuum use per week/household.)

HOW Sweep dirt up into a pile. Then, vacuum just the pile. Or, collect the dirt pile in a broom pan

 
 
SOMETHING NEW
1.  Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI)

       *  OLLI Web site
       *  free OLLI classes
2.  Are you weighed down by climate grief? click here
3.  Mr. Trash Wheel
4.  The Great Realization


TRAVEL
1.  Do errands together with family instead of separately.
2.  Use ebike



AT HOME
1.  Use reusable Stashers instead of ZipLock bags
2.  Use dryer balls to replace dryer sheets
3.  National Geograpic Magazine -
March 2020


FOOD
1. Use washable plastic mesh bags for produce instead of plastic bags
    * Etsy Mesh Bags
    * Amazon

WATER
1.  SOURCE water panels
2.  Power for earth from the ocean tides
3.  Recent PBS series of three one-hour programs--
     Click on the link: PBS series

Part 1
"H2O, The Molecule That Made Us."  I have viewed all the episodes twice now, and will view them again.  It made me so aware of how close we are to the tipping of fresh water supply--mainly from our pumping ground water for agriculture, much of it to feed the cattle industry. Some countries are finding alternatives to field agriculture. During its formation process, Earth became covered in water, with most of it (outside the oceans) stored underground.
 
Part 2
Showed we are using up our underground storage--now using more
(primarily through agriculture) than can be replenished.

Part 3
Is titled "Crisis." The planet’s changing water cycle is forcing us to change our relationship with water. An increasingly, globalized agricultural industry has become expert at turning precious water reserves into profit, “mining” water faster than it can be replaced

Be sure to check out the "Explore More" suggestions further down on the home page.  Especially relevant for our SOS Climate Care is "What Is Your Water Footprint?"


Mary Ann Gieszelmann

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