Taking Climate Change Personally, vol. 4 - February 2019

The latest edition of TCCP marks the end of a long, wet Philipstown winter with deep dives into fascinating climate change-related topics and the perfect (and low-emissions) late winter recipe. Click here to view and download this month’s installment of Taking Climate Change Personally (vol. 4, February 2019), which includes:

  • Renovate, Rethink, Recycle! Catherine draws on her interior design expertise to give us a comprehensive review of natural stone as a building material, from its extraction to re-use of old stone.. It’s beautiful and stately, but how sustainable is natural stone? Read on to find out.

  • The rains in Iowa. Ongoing changes to our climate are making impacts on human life that have far-reaching implications. More rainfall in the agricultural region of the U.S. midwest is an example of one such impact: what does it mean for food production, farmers’ livelihoods and water pollution in the Gulf of Mexico? The answers may surprise you.

  • Cook-tribute. What to do with the random assortment of winder fruits and vegetables accumulating in your kitchen? Make a Buddha Bowl (a.k.a. “a big bowl of ‘whatever’”): a healthy, delicious, vegetarian dish with a tiny carbon footprint.

Taking Climate Change Personally vol. 4 - February 2019

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Taking Climate Change Personally vol. 3 - December 2018

As 2018 comes to a close, Catherine has another dose of useful and thought-provoking info for us! Click here to view and download this month’s installment of Taking Climate Change Personally (vol. 3, December 2018), which includes:

  • Climate-Conscious Gardener. Guest author Janis Butler, a Master Gardener Volunteer at the Cornell Cooperative Extension of Putnam County, lays out many reasons to take a light-touch approach to the late fall “tidying up” of our gardens and yards. Pruning, mowing and leaf-clearing take away many potential advantages your yard can provide to beneficial organisms during the coming winter.

  • Cook-tribute. The European tradition of serving roast goose for Christmas dinner is highly preferable to the American traditional dishes of turkey and ham in terms of climate and sustainability. Read about why and find a delectable recipe for French roast stuffed goose with prunes in armagnac!

  • Did you know? The U.S. department of transportation recently removed several pages about climate change from its website. Head to the Union of Concerned Scientists to learn why the removal is a problem and how it fits into a larger pattern of the federal government’s denial-by-removal approach to valuable climate science and information.

    Taking Climate Change Personally - vol. 2 - November 2018: click to view and download

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Taking Climate Change Personally vol. 2 - November 2018 (Thanksgiving edition!)

Catherine’s second installment brings us new gardening and design guidance, along with some recipes tips for sustainable cooking and eating, just in time for Thanksgiving! Click here to view and download this month’s installment of Taking Climate Change Personally (vol. 2, November 2018), which includes:

  • Renovate…don’t deteriorate. A detailed look at wood as a design and building material—which wood is the most sustainable choice?

  • Cook-tribute. Thanksgiving’s almost here! Tips for choosing a sustainably-raised turkey while watching your wallet, and two delicious meat-free recipes for The Big Meal: scrumptious and colorful brussels sprouts and cranberry sauce.

  • Did you know? In terms of GHG emissions, operating a gas-powered lawn mower for one hour is equivalent to driving a car 200 miles.

Taking Climate Change Personally - vol. 2 - November 2018: click to view and download

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Taking Climate Change Personally vol. 1 - September 2018

Climate Smart Task Force member Catherine Serreau Thomson is a professional interior designer who makes sustainability of design a top priority. She’s also an avid gardener and cook—two activities that have deep implications for climate change and sustainability at the local, regional, national and global level. To share her experiences, expertise and insights on those three important topics, Catherine will be periodically publishing installments in a news column series called Taking Climate Change Personally. Click here to view and download the first installment in the series (vol. 1, September 2018), which includes:

  • Introduction: Our collective action does matter. If we all do a few little things to help mitigate climate change, together we can make a big difference.

  • Renovate…don’t deteriorate. Check back every month for sustainable home design tips.

  • Constant (&) Conscious Gardener. Check in each month for earth- and climate-friendly gardening guidance.

  • Cook-tribute: Delicious recipes that trim your carbon diet. This month’s recipe: sweet potato sandwiches.

  • Did you know? The world’s top five dairy and meat producers together emit more GHGs than Exxon-Mobile.

Taking Climate Change Personally - vol 1. - September 2018: Click to view and download.

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