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Debbie Cravey

Educated Choices Program

"This beautiful planet belongs to all its inhabitants -- all species, all identities -- and I feel it's my duty to work toward making it a just and equitable world that we all can enjoy and cherish."

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Debbie's actions

Just Economies

Research regenerative organic agriculture

I will research what regenerative agriculture is and the impact that it can have on curbing the effects of climate change.

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Just Economies

Review your impact

I will review the impact that I have had so far on perpetuating just economies during the Ecochallenge.

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Conservation and Restoration

Learn about the Importance of Public Transportation

Access to public transportation is a social justice issue! I will learn about the need for public transportation in my community and tell 1 friends or colleagues per day about the issue.

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Resilient Communities

Share your Knowledge

I will share with others what I have learned about resilient communities during the Ecochallenge.

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Just Economies

Commit to the future

I will commit to shop at minority owned businesses after the Ecochallenge is finished.

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Rights to Nature

Review your impact

I will review the impact that I have had so far on perpetuating rights to nature during the Ecochallenge.

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Rights to Nature

Share your Knowledge

I will share with others what I have learned about rights to nature during the Ecochallenge.

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Just Economies

Research the Planet Impact Fund

I will research 1% for the Planets planet impact fund.

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Rights to Nature

Know your Rights (to Nature)

I will look into my rights to nature by researching the four linked organizations.

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Rights to Nature

Take a Hike

I will explore my local hiking trails.

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Conservation and Restoration

Repurpose or Repair an Item to Keep it out of the Landfill

I will repair or mend items that would have otherwise been thrown away.

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Just Economies

Support a Justice-Centered Organization or Individual

I will donate 25.00 to climate justice.

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Resilient Communities

Explore Resilient Partnerships

I will explore how resilient partnerships are working to curve the effects of climate change.

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Conservation and Restoration

Research my local composting options

I will research my local communities composting options.

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Conservation and Restoration

Learn more about recycling

I will research my local communities recycling programs and options.

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Conservation and Restoration

Learn more about Conservation

I will learn more about conservation efforts in my local community or state.

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Conservation and Restoration

Support Pollution Reduction

I will spend at least 15 minutes learning about water and air quality issues in my area, how they are impacting human and environmental health, and how I can help.

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DAILY ACTIONS

Conservation and Restoration

Calculate My Water Footprint

I will calculate my Water Footprint to learn about my tap water use and "virtual water" use.

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Resilient Communities

Take Time to Address Possible Cultural Biases Within your Organization or in your Personal Life

Making lasting change means having diverse voices leading the charge. Learn about and then implement ways to make your workplace/community a more accessible and diverse place.

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Resilient Communities

Learn About Trans, Femme, and Nonbinary Experiences

I will spend 15 minutes learning about the experiences of trans, femme, and/or nonbinary people.

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Resilient Communities

Get to Know Your Local/Regenerative Food Options

I will spend 15 minutes researching local and/or regenerative food options in my community.

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Resilient Communities

Learn About Constructive Communication

I will spend 15 minute(s) learning about constructive communication.

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Just Economies

Watch a documentary on the factory farm meat industry

I will watch a documentary on how the factory farm meat industry contributes to climate change.

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Rights to Nature

Get Gardening

I will start my own, or join a local community garden in order to lessen my food impact.

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DAILY ACTIONS

Rights to Nature

Discover which Native Tribe's land you live on

I will enter my address to find out what Native land I currently live on

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Rights to Nature

Take the Intersectional Environmentalist Pledge

Take the Intersectional Environmentalist Pledge to understand your impact.

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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?


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    Debbie Cravey 8/09/2023 5:18 AM
    The assignment to research regenerative organic agriculture introduced me to Mad Agriculture, a Boulder, Colorado-based non-profit that helps farmers transition to more sustainable practices and to implement regenerative and organic practices on their land. I was particularly fascinated by their ancient and heritage grain revival guide, which helps "preserve local biodiversity and improve the nutritional value of crops." So much better than industrial scale farming.

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    Debbie Cravey 8/06/2023 6:21 AM
    The assignment here is to tell friends and family about the importance of public transportation, but I think all of us at ECP already know the widespread benefits transit brings to a community. Whether it's relieving road congestion, reducing air pollution, or improving community mobility, it's hard to beat having this resource available. I've always loved Trimet, our local transit system, and I am grateful that it has endured and grown here since 1969. I also love it when I see buses driving around town spreading messages of kindness and peace, a long tradition I try to capture whenever I see it pass by: (One image is from this year's Pride festivities, and another was from Thanksgiving 2017.)



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    Debbie Cravey 8/02/2023 5:23 AM
    For me, one of the tricky parts of growing food is knowing the optimal time to harvest and being available to get out there and gather it. The weather and my own schedule have been a bit unpredictable this year, and I haven't been able to keep as close an eye on the plants as usual. This week I think I was a little late on these 3 figs and I got a bit over-enthusiastic with the blueberries, grabbing some too early. I'll enjoy them anyway. :)


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    Debbie Cravey 8/01/2023 6:23 AM
    In the same way that humans often rip down trees for a development project and then name the new asphalt & concrete streets after those trees, our country is filled with modern places named for the indigenous people who once called them home. Using the Native Land Digital Map for my zip code shows many tribal names I see every day: Multnomah (the name of my county), Clackamas (the name of the nearby Mall), Umatilla (the name of a defunct US Army chemical weapons depot now a Superfund Site)...

    It feels right that many of the events I attend these days start with an acknowledgment statement naming the ancestral tribal heritage of the land where we are gathered. Still, I am moved to seek out ways to do more than give it a moment of respect and refection before moving on to the "real" activities of the day.

    Participating in this 1% for the Planet challenge has introduced me to many organizations and opportunities I hadn't known before, and has shown me actions I can take to be part of the solution. One such organization, listed here under Know Your Rights (to Nature), is the Indigenous Peoples Power Project, a nonprofit whose mission "is to provide nonviolent direct action training, campaign strategy, and community organizing tools to support Indigenous communities taking action in defense of their homelands." They provide several resources on their website for learning and taking action, such as their Climate Justice Map that shows areas needing attention around the world.

    From their Youtube channel, here is a 6 minute video that shows one such action undertaken by the "Kayaktivists" in defense of water rights (filmed, incidentally, on another site local to me with an indigenous ancestral name, the Willamette River.): https://youtu.be/xBubnlZleqg


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    Debbie Cravey 7/26/2023 5:46 AM
    Shoutout to the Feminist Bird Club (FBC), which is the first resource listed under the Know Your Rights (to Nature) action here. Their blend of intersectional environmentalism with social justice awareness offers a wonderful opportunity to learn and support one another while enjoying nature. They have local chapters all over the world, and their new book, Birding for a Better World, will be released on September 5th.


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    Debbie Cravey 7/24/2023 5:36 AM
    Well, I have been officially living under a rock. I watched the short video here under Research My Local Composting Options and then noticed a recommended channel on the side for an organization called Kiss the Ground. (Any project that gets its name from a Rumi quote gets my attention.) :)
    Honestly, I don't know how they have escaped my notice all this time, and I spent hours yesterday poring over the resources at their website and watching their film on Netflix. (They say that 10 million people have viewed it, so now it's 10 million-and-one.) I learned a lot about regenerative agriculture and the urgent imperative of rebuilding healthy soil to reign-in climate disaster. It gave me a lot of ideas and even some hope.

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    Debbie Cravey 7/21/2023 5:51 AM
    I have so much gratitude for the number of farmer's markets in my city. (According to PDX Parent, we have 37!) Any day of the week and in every part of town, a farmer's market is available. I wish this embarrassment of riches for every community. My latest "city hike" took me to one of my favorites, the Woodstock Farmer's Market, which isn't the closest to my house, but features one of my favorite vendor's, Squirrel and Crow Tempeh. (Their logo is so lovable, I think I'd be tempted to buy some even if it weren't delicious.)


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    Debbie Cravey 7/20/2023 8:54 AM
    Yes, we can talk about my compulsive habit of mail ordering delicious vegan candy bars from Sweet Hazel Bakeshop in Midvale, UT, but today I reached maximum capacity for storing the gel ice packs that keep them cool in shipping. (I already keep a bunch in the freezer for emergencies, camping coolers & picnic baskets, first aid compresses, etc.) My research this morning led me to a site called Dispose it Well that gave me some new ideas. I didn't know that many hospitals and animal shelters need and accept them for their patients. I'll plan to donate them from now on!



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    Debbie Cravey 7/19/2023 5:43 AM
    One of my favorite actions in this list is "Repurpose or repair an item to keep it out of the landfill." The Right to Repair movement is dear to my heart, and I don't think there are many items in my house I haven't taken apart to fix at some point, rather than just go buy new ones. My 4 year old phone was running out of juice too quickly, so I took a heat gun and a torx screwdriver to it to replace the battery. Now it runs all day again!

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      Debbie Cravey 7/20/2023 2:07 PM
      <3 That's why we make such a great team. All my attempts at sewing look like a kid's summer camp project, lol.

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      Maddison Chaffin 7/20/2023 1:59 PM
      Debbie you look so cool doing that lol!! I LOVE mending and repairing... Mostly clothes because I'm more of a sewer than a tech repairer myself.

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      Casey Clemens 7/20/2023 4:23 AM
      Amazing! It is incredible how, in a fairly short period of time, more and more of our devices have become so hard to repair ourselves. Remember when cellphone batteries just popped in and you could replace it whenever? Now we use more battery life than ever and it is harder than ever to fix.
      You've inspired me to try this when my current phone inevitably starts to give out!

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    Debbie Cravey 7/18/2023 5:30 AM
    Today I learned a bit about Sphagnum Moss and its role in protecting the carbon stored in the peat bogs of the UK. The short video by Coldhouse Collective for Moors for the Future gives a really beautiful glimpse of "Britain's rainforest."