Climate Action Team, 1/18/21 Agenda

Boise Unitarian Universalist Fellowship (BUUF)
Climate Action Team (CAT)
Monday, January 18, 2021 NEW TIME: 7:30-8:30pm
Via Zoom teleconferencing



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  1. Sign In/Chalice Lighting/Reading/Introductions
  2. Updates
    1. “Meatless Monday: A Night in Sorrento,” Monday, December 14 6-8pm: was a lot of fun.  Still waiting to post on BUUF-Bulletin
  3. Save The Date
    1. Feedbacks Between Terrestrial Ecosystems and Climate Change”  by  Marie-Anne de Graaff, Ph.D.  Saturday, January 23, 2021 10-noon MST via Zoom.  Partnering with Citizens Climate Lobby (CCL)
      This is a topic that fits with the AG theme and can be cross promoted with CCL and Project Drawdown Treasure Valley.  Rick, Gail and Dennis and Sharon will work on this along with CCL volunteer Kayti Didricksen. 
      Share with your networks.  Gail suggests putting the flyer into your email rather than sending as an attachment.  Registration is through Eventbrite to capture names and emails of attendees.  Affiliation isn’t one of the fields so might need to ask attendees to indicate their affiliation in chat or in their name.
      Here is the link to register: reserve your FREE ticket at
      1. Current Eventbrite Registration – Rick
    2. Green Sanctuary (GS) Projects – send any updates to to be included in NOTES of this meeting
    3. Earth Month Planning in 2021:  April 22 (Thursday) – May 16 (Sun) 2021 –Ideas So Far
      1. Vegetarian/vegan cookbook of tried and true recipes from our members.  We could sell them in the spring during earth month.  Or collect recipes between now and May and publish them on the calendar of events of things to do/try that Cathy and Scott put out last year.  VOL ?
      2. Cooking Demo – Chef Michael Alvarado and Rev. Sara offered to do a cooking demo again.  VOL ? 
      3. By-Blocks Project new information from Catherine Chertudi    VOL?
      4. Drawdown #1 solution – Refrigerant Management
        1. Local Rotary groups are looking at ways to safely deal with appliances (contact Laurie Zuckerman to discuss) – Sharon update
        2. Republic Waste Management ask how they deal with issue in Boise;  VOL ?
        3. Does the new stimulus bill have something about reducing pollution from refrigerants;  VOL?
        4. Reuseum – local business that accepts used appliances/electronics – how do they deal with pollutants?  VOL ?
        5. Eileen mentioned that collaborating with other groups is part of the new Green Sanctuary suggestions. Contact Project Drawdown Treasure Valley to collaborate?  VOL ?
    4. Provide a “calendar” of suggestions similar to 2020 done by Cathy and Scott – VOL ?
  4. OTHER
    1. Google Docs – Sharon
    2. Meeting Time Change discussion – it was decided to move the meeting to 7:30pm for a few months and see how that effects attendance.  Please send any thoughts or suggestions to Dennis at  Thanks for your flexibility!
    3. CAT webpage progress – Sharon/Tom
    1. February 15 at 7:30-8:30pm (Monday)
    2. March 15 at 7:30-8:30pm (Monday)


Updated 9/21/2020


  1. Start a book group – could be books, tapes, videos, etc.
  2. Share sustainably raised meat/produce

Plants and Air

  • Healthful indoor plants
  • plant trees and native plants – Jessica suggested looking at Compassion Tree Project
  • demo pollinator information/beekeeping
  • raised bed gardening


  • Farmers Union Canal/Boise City on water contamination
  • Water wise plants and landscape design

Soil/Sustainable Agriculture

  • Dirt to soil (preservation of topsoil)
  • USDA presenter on current issues in corporate agriculture in Idaho
  • Mining issues
  • Rev. Sara has a BSU Soil scientist contact she could reach out to


  • Reduce single use plastics/extend existing plastic life before recycling (Claudia)

Climate Change

  • Pizza and Poster party to produce signs for rallies, action events
  • CCL En-ROADS Policy Solutions Simulator workshop (60-90 min)
  • Letter Writing campaign for specific local issues
  • Advent Calendar for Climate Change: could be digital, could include all of our scheduled events
  • Resource table with static display of various issues, brochures, sign-ups etc.

Another Idea

  1. take the Project Drawdown Solution (below); 
  2. find presenter, film, source to discuss;
  3. scale to individual or BUUF action;
  4. perhaps have follow-up discussion on results.

Drawdown Top Ten Solutions To Reverse Climate Change

  1. Refrigerant Management
  2. Wind Turbines (Onshore)
  3. Reduced Food Waste
  4. Adoption of a Plant-Rich Diet
  5. Tropical Forest Restoration
  6. Educating Girls
  7. Family Planning
  8. Solar Farms
  9. Silvopasture (forest grazing)
  10. Rooftop Solar