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Mike Hurst

Co-op Climate Action Network (CCAN) - Organic Valley

"Committed to thoughtfully changing tomorrow's world, by mindfully living one today at a time."


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Electricity Generation

Learn More about Wave and Tidal Energy

#29 Wave and Tidal

I will spend at least 60 minutes learning more about the energy generation potential of wave and tidal energy.


Electricity Generation

Explore Other Electricity Generation Solutions

All Electricity Generation Solutions

I will spend at least 60 minutes researching other Drawdown Electricity Generation Solutions.


Land Use

Local Perennial Biomass

#51 Perennial Biomass

I will spend at least 60 minutes finding out if anyone is working on perennial biomass projects in my region and how I can get involved.


Land Use

Learn about Temperate Forests

#12 Temperate Forests

I will spend at least 60 minutes learning more about the environmental services provided by and the environmental issues affecting temperate forests.


Land Use

Forest-Friendly Foods 1

#5 Tropical Forests

I will spend at least 60 minutes researching the impact of my diet to see how it contributes to deforestation.



Keep Track of Wasted Food

#3 Reduced Food Waste

I will keep a daily log of food I throw away during the EcoChallenge, either because it went bad before I ate it, I put too much on my plate, or it was scraps from food preparation.


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To get started, share “your why.” Why did you join the challenge and choose the actions you did?

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    Mike Hurst 4/23/2018 3:49 PM
    There's many ways to thoughtfully use our natural resources, and there's systems in place to do so. This challenge challenged me to flip through my old issues of Biomass mag. We need to support these systems, vote them into place, and do our part to make recycling work. 
    Land Use Forest-Friendly Foods 1
    How is your diet currently impacting deforestation? What can you do to decrease your negative impact and increase your positive impact?

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    Mike Hurst 4/16/2018 2:57 PM
    Eating anything processed is possibly impacting deforestation. We're avid label readers, always looking for indications such as Rainforest Alliance Certifications. Also eating fresh and local to reduce possible deforestation. 

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    Mike Hurst 4/16/2018 1:26 PM
    Regarding bamboo. We've been using bamboo in kitchen ware, and absolutely love it! We've also grown it at a previous place we've lived. It's quite amazing. It is "a grass", and literally grows as fast as grass. 

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    Mike Hurst 4/11/2018 11:31 AM
    Composting success story... 
    A few years back, some friends of ours asked me and my wife to "house sit" their new home while they went on a mission trip. The home was newly built, the entire grounds was a barren disaster (from construction equipment, etc). Long story short, we rock-picked the grounds by hand, and composted everything, every day. We even added vermiculture to the mix. At first I felt bad dumping worms onto that "dirt", because at that point it was not much more than dead dirt. I'm happy to say though, that when our friends returned 2yrs later, they had a grounds full of living soil, veggies growing and a nice selection of pollinator-friendly perennials such as lavender and hyacinth. The transformation from dead dirt to living soil was amazing!

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    Mike Hurst 4/07/2018 8:00 AM
    Well, well, well...The Challenge is expanding me! Found out today, the United States leads the world in the amount of electricity generated with geothermal energy. I had no idea. Thought it the leader would be Iceland, or one of the other Nordic countries. 

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    Mike Hurst 4/07/2018 7:29 AM
    I joined the Challenge because I feel we're all in this together. We're all sharing the same planet and we all need to responsibly share the stewardship of it together. By mindfully and purposefully living each day, in our own individual spheres and collectively in our own communities, we inherently create positive change! We can all deliver small, positive, daily input toward the Greater Good!