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Festival for the Eno – July 4 and 7, 2018

https://www.enofest.org

Climate Cooperators’ Booth

 

Our goal for participating in the Festival for the Eno was to raise awareness of Climate Cooperators’ mission and to tap into this community’s needs, issues, and great ideas pertaining to climate change

We collected ideas with our Great Ideas contest

Here are the Great Ideas submitted by our booth visitors…

 

Q1. Participate in roadside cleanups and Don’t Litter       2.8
Q2. Find and/or develop Rammed Earth building technique applicable to our
humid/rainy environment.
   3.2
Q3. Solar-powered bicycle         3.2
Q4. Pick up trash when you see it.         2.25
Q5. Encourage NCSU to push no-till  farming.        3.6
Q6. Stop voting for people who don’t believe in <climate change>
Stop having more than two children
   4
Q7. Promote EVs for municipal workers – many city workers use
fossil fuel-burning vehicles (meter reading, utilities, … .
Avoids parking issues, reduces maintenance costs, reduces CO2.
4.2
Q8. Work to determine best renewable energy source for different climates
and then implement best energy sources for the area.
4
Q9. Connect cities in the Triangle with light rail; provide
electric carts and bikes at stations.
    3.8
Q10. You could try to power something without gas or batteries.      2.8
Q11. Be mindful about the products you purchase. Are they sustainable?
How long do you plan on keeping them?
  4.2
Q12. Use solar energy for airplanes to conserve energy.       3.2
Q13. Using Mycelium to imitate Styrofoam. 100% biodegradable,
grown from scraps and organic waste.
  4
Q14. I have an electric car, and I want to promote installing more charging stations
all over NC to encourage more people to make the leap of buying EVs.
4.6
Q15. Stop mowing so much lawn space. Instead, provide incentives for people to
turn lawns into growing space so folks can share locally grown fruits and veggies
with neighbors, food pantries, schools, prisons, …    🙂
4.2
Q16. Roof-top gardening on all buildings -> use to feed restaurants below.
Call it “Roof to Table” or “Roof to Floor”.
 4
Q17. Stop using one-time-use plastics! They are literally everywhere.     4.6
Q18. Electric plug-in hybrid- energy efficiency        3.2
Q19. – Transit options- Plant-based diet- Walkable neighborhoods- Bike highways    3.8
Q20. – People can stop littering- When you are done using the faucet, turn it off.     2.8
Q21. One car per household instead of multiple       3
Q22. No more single-use plastics (takeout containers, bags, straws, etc.)     4
Q23. Plant trees. Lots of them.         3.2
Q24. Work with farmers near towns to improve urban/rural cooperation and
determine locations for solar and wind farms and dedicated urban <demand?>
3.6
Q25. Plant-based eating 🙂         3.6
Q26. Rein in Power of Big Corporations!        3.4
Q27. 1. Market human as “learning animals”.
2. Glamorize “challenge” as the drive of humans and “making things better”.
3. Honor “adding value” rather than money! Measure it! Use technology
to provide alternative approaches!
4. Celebrate relations 
5. Being uncomfortable is good. Keep pushing the edge, keep learning,
keep contributing.
3.6
Q28. – Cooking: Use solar oven. In climate like NC, it can be used for
cooking 5-6 months out of the year.-
Just say no to those free ballpoint pens. Buy refills instead.
3
Q29. Let’s drop leaflets on the White House so they know this is a real concern!     2.4
Q30. Install EV stations at RDU airport        4.2
Q31. Girl/Boy Scouts-like achievement badges for adults to
experiment & experience bunches of different ways of doing
climate-respecting activities
3.8
Q32. Pass laws that would allow groups of individuals to purchase shares
in rural solar installations and then share the power through net metering.
3.4
Q33. Use EVs on guideways as an alternative to light rail.      3.8
Q34. – Wash clothes by hand and line dry.
– Keep a minimum number of lights on
– Eat vegetables raw when possible
 3.4
Q35. Reduce A/C at night.         2.4
Q36. Pass a carbon tax on the Federal level. Support Citizens’ Climate Lobby.     4

 

The winners of our Great Ideas Contest are…

 

Marilyn Grubbs: I have an electric car, and I want to promote installing more charging stations all over NC to encourage more people to make the leap of buying EVs.

 

April Hamblin: Stop using one-time-use plastics! They are literally everywhere.

 

David Brown: Promote EVs for municipal workers – many city workers use fossil fuel-burning vehicles (meter reading, utilities, …). Avoids parking issues, reduces maintenance costs, reduces CO2.

 

Brianna Underhill: Be mindful about the products you purchase. Are they sustainable? How long do you plan on keeping them?

 

Ben Johnston-Krase: Stop mowing so much lawn space. Instead, provide incentives for people to turn lawns into growing space so folks can share locally grown fruits and veggies with neighbors, food pantries, schools, prisons, …    🙂

 

Brian Sharp: Install EV stations at RDU airport

 

Cayla Kitts: No more single-use plastics (takeout containers, bags, straws, etc.)

 

Mike Pototta: Pass a carbon tax on the Federal level. Support Citizens’ Climate Lobby.

 

Thanks very much for your time and creativity. Please see our Great Ideas page on this website to follow and participate as we move forward.

Mike and visitor at booth
Mike at booth
Electric overboard donated to ENO Festival raffle
Bob demonstrating prize EV (Solar Rover)

Past Events

Durham Earth Day Festival – April 2018

Climate Cooperators was represented on April 22 by Mike Rychener, our Founder. Joining him was Joe Durham, of Driver’s Network Auto

 

Climate Cooperators friend Joyce Kuhn

 

Climate Cooperators Founder Mike Rychener

https://youtu.be/AXLZdStwetw

NC Climate Summit, November 17-19, 2017, Haw River State Park, Brown Summit, NC

With youth and adults from across NC, dive deep into multi-racial and intergenerational learning.  Together, explore grassroots solutions that make our communities more resilient, equitable, and powerful, as we work to avert climate chaos.  Register Now!

Reuse!  A Documentary Screening  Because You Can’t Recycle the Planet, November 17, Durham Central Park, 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Co-Sponsored by Durham Originals,  DontwasteDurham.org , and The Scrap Exchange.  Also, see DurhamGreentoGo.com

Earth Care Witness Forum,  11:45 a.m. – 1:00 pm, Sunday, November 5

Sponsored by the Durham Friends Meeting

Come join us as Rebecca Dodder leads us in the energy options game, GENERATE!

The game, developed by Rebecca and her colleagues at EPA, engages players ages 12 and older in planning for their own energy system, while balancing economic realities with the environmental consequences of their decisions. While it doesn’t ignore the difficult and complex choices, it breaks them down in an interesting and fun way that encourages dialogue around our energy choices. How we, as a community, state, and a nation, build our energy system over the next several decades will have profound implications for the health of our air, water, land, and climate.

The Durham Friends meetinghouse is the large building found at the back of the property at:
404 Alexander Avenue
Durham, NC 27705

Bill Powers : Friday, November 3, 2017, 7:00 p.m.

  • author of North Carolina Clean Path 2025:  Achieving an Economical Clean Energy Future
  • The Friday Center at the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill

EcoChallenge 2017 : October 11 – 25, 2017

  • EcoChallenge Durham Launch the FutureJoin the Durham Launch the Future Team … or form your own and compete!
  • Choose your own daily or one-time challenges to get points for the team
  • See how many things you are already doing that make a difference
  • Challenge yourself to try something new!
  • Invite friends and family and challenge them!

Bike Durham Fall Social : October 7, 2017  Bike Durham Fall Social

Visit our table at the Durty Bull Brewing Company, 206 Broadway, Durham.

This is a fabulous place to hang out, hear live music, enjoy local brew, food & friends!  Bring your bike!  Or your dog!