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October 1 - October 31, 2023
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Lori Nitchals

Team NCW

"“Climate Justice is Social Justice”"


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Research Retrofitting Incentives

Building Retrofitting

I will spend at least 60 minutes finding out if my city, region, state, or country offers incentives for retrofitting existing buildings.



Find a Local Climate-Friendly Supermarket

Refrigerant Management

I will explore the interactive map in the links below to find a supermarket that does not use HFC refrigerants near my home.



Contact Fossil Fuel Companies

Methane Leak Management

I will contact the fossil fuel companies that supply energy in my community and ask how they manage and reduce methane leakage.



Calculate My Household Carbon Footprint

I will calculate the carbon emissions associated with my household and consider how different lifestyle choices could reduce our carbon footprint and our impact on the environment.


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    Lori Nitchals 10/31/2023 7:33 AM
    A fun month sharing what we have learned, creating new habits, and getting to know each other better!
    And the planet thanks us for it!

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    Lori Nitchals 10/30/2023 7:13 AM
    A good day to make soup and get the fire going. Years ago I added an EPA certified wood burning fireplace insert to my fireplace. It very efficient and burns clean with only a couple puffs of smoke when it starts. It is my heat backup when power goes out. And great comfort on cold mornings…nothing warms as well as wood heat, in my opinion.

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      Jeanne Poirier 10/30/2023 7:05 PM
      It's so great to dry clothes too. While I know we want to stop burning things, when it is a threat (wildfire) and can be used - I'm so very grateful to the huge work it takes and the primal comfort it brings.

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    Lori Nitchals 10/29/2023 7:19 AM

    Around 50 folks showed up for the rally for a ceasefire in Gaza yesterday. Faith leaders spoke. Dr. Saba Lohdi, the rally’s organizer, made a passionate plea for a ceasefire. Martha Flores read her poem, “Peace.” It was a powerful show of solidarity for those whose lives have been disrupted forever by war.

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      Jeanne Poirier 10/29/2023 7:06 PM
      Silence is violence - great sign and thank you for this action in our community!

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    Lori Nitchals 10/28/2023 7:52 AM
    Heading out soon to help set up for the interfaith rally for the humanitarian crisis in Gaza…Memorial Park at 10am. Please join us if you can!

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      Jeanne Poirier 10/28/2023 6:12 PM
      Hope you had a good turnout and apologize for not making it today. If there are any photos would appreciate seeing them - and continue to pray for peace, here - and there! Thanks for all you are doing Lori!

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    Lori Nitchals 10/27/2023 8:10 AM
    Another day of prepping harvested herbs for freezing and drying!

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    Lori Nitchals 10/26/2023 9:23 AM
    Since the Hamas-Israeli war is definitely affecting the climate as well as millions of people, I want to share information on a local interfaith rally coming up on Saturday here in Wenatchee. If you can attend and can note your faith community on your signs, that would be great!
    Hope to see you there!

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    Lori Nitchals 10/25/2023 9:00 AM
    Getting ready for winter…irrigation lines blown out, covered my patio furniture, took in hoses, put out snow shovels, and charged the lithium battery for my snow blower, raised veggie beds cleaned up…leaves get cleaned up in spring. I do prune back most of my perennials now, because when I wait for spring, it is too overwhelming for me with all the other spring chores. (My yard is like a park, with several hundred shrubs and perennials.) Critters have plenty of food and shelter on my property and places to find seeds and berries. Hummingbirds feed on my winter heather when it blooms, much to my delight!

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      Sue Kane 10/25/2023 8:44 PM
      Sounds like you're redy for a "...long winter's nap". Knowing you, I bet that's not happening!

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    Lori Nitchals 10/24/2023 4:25 PM
    I just started making my own ‘Shrub’- a concentrated, fermented syrup with fruit, a sweetener, and vinegar, also known as a ‘drinking vinegar.’ I add a tablespoon to a large glass of sparkling water. I use maple syrup, frozen berries, and apple cider vinegar. Healthy, delicious, and so refreshing!

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      Merry Roy 10/25/2023 9:36 AM
      Our good friend (recently deceased) Pat Rasmussen made Shrub when she would stay with us at Christmas time. That was my introduction. Go Lori!

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      Jeanne Poirier 10/24/2023 6:43 PM
      First heard of this at 2022 Farmers Market and it sounds so good!! Especially great with your sparkling water maker!!

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    Lori Nitchals 10/23/2023 9:05 AM
    One important thing I took away from the the numerous Zoom climate workshops with activists and climate scientists from around the world that I have attended was that the most important action needed to address the climate crisis was the education of women and children and women’s reproductive rights.

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      Jeanne Poirier 10/23/2023 4:19 PM
      Yahoo Lori - this and talk about it!
      Thanks for being here and sharing your great wisdom.
      Congratulations on being #12 out of 3476 participants!!

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    Lori Nitchals 10/22/2023 7:48 AM
    For deodorant, I use Ethique brand in a paper tube.
    I love lotion bars in a tin for travel.
    For face serum, I use serum bars in a tin.