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October 6 - October 27, 2021
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Christina Englehart

CES Team - Concerned Environmental Stewards

Points Total

  • 40 Today
  • 305 This Week
  • 772 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    1
    documentaries
    watched
  • up to
    320
    minutes
    spent exercising
  • up to
    10
    conversations
    with people
  • up to
    570
    minutes
    spent learning
  • up to
    6
    locally sourced meals
    consumed
  • up to
    344
    minutes
    being mindful
  • up to
    3
    pounds of paper
    have been saved
  • up to
    39
    plastic containers
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    348
    minutes
    of additional sleep
  • up to
    1
    waste audits
    conducted

Christina's Actions

Health

Know My Health

I will get my Core Four Biometrics tests (blood pressure, cholesterol, blood sugar and BMI).

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

Health

Go Get a Check Up

I will make an appointment for my annual physical.

Completed
One-Time Action

Health

Take Control

Do at Home

Both systemic and personal sustainability are important! I will develop a plan with my medical professionals to achieve my best health and live my life to the fullest.

Completed
One-Time Action

Food

Plant an Herb Garden

Do at Home

I will plant an herb garden in my home, workplace, or dorm room.

Completed
One-Time Action

Food

Try a New Way to Prep

Do at Home

I will try a new method of food preparation, such as canning, pickling, or baking bread.

Completed
One-Time Action

Food

Buy From a Farmers Market

Do at Home

I will purchase produce and meat from a local farmers market or food co-op.

Completed
One-Time Action

Waste

Personal Waste Audit

Do at Home

I will collect all of my unrecyclable, non-compostable trash to raise my awareness of how much I send to the landfill.

Completed
One-Time Action

Waste

Find Local Recycling Depots

Do at Home

I will find out where to recycle the recyclable items that I can't put in recycling dumpsters or my curbside bin.

Completed
One-Time Action

Waste

Go Paperless

Do at Home

I will reduce the amount of paper mail that I receive by 3.4lbs (1.5kg) a month or 41lbs (18.6kg) a year by opting into paperless billing, ending unwanted subscriptions and opting out of junk mail.

Completed
One-Time Action

Action Track: Healing and Renewal

Engage In Active Listening

Do at Home

I will practice actively listening to a friend, family member, co-worker, acquaintance, or someone who I may disagree with in at least 3 conversations.

Completed
One-Time Action

Action Track: Healing and Renewal

Learn About Constructive Communication

Do at Home

I will spend 60 minute(s) learning about constructive communication.

Completed
One-Time Action

Action Track: Healing and Renewal

Forgiveness

Do at Home

I will begin, or continue, on the journey of forgiving myself and/or other(s). I may do this through journaling, meditation, prayer, and/or talking with a licensed healthcare professional.

Completed
One-Time Action

Action Track: Healing and Renewal

Family Game Hour

Do at Home

I will spend quality time with family and friends by playing low-tech game(s) and/or through the spirit of imagination.

Completed
One-Time Action

Action Track: Healing and Renewal

Go for a Daily Walk Outside

Do at Home

I will take a walk outside for 20 minutes each day.

COMPLETED 11
DAILY ACTIONS

Action Track: Healing and Renewal

Healthy Sleep

Do at Home

Effectively working for sustainability requires self care! I will commit to getting 30 more minute(s) of sleep each night to achieve at least 7 hours per night.

COMPLETED 11
DAILY ACTIONS

Action Track: Healing and Renewal

Nurture Self-Compassion

Do at Home

I will spend 30 minutes nurturing my Self-Compassion.

COMPLETED 10
DAILY ACTIONS

Action Track: Healing and Renewal

Core Values

Do at Home

We may find more meaning and joy in life when our actions are aligned with our personal values. I will determine what my top 3-5 core values are so that I can better align my actions with them.

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

Action Track: Justice for the Whole Community

Reduce Single-Use Disposables

Do at Home

Historically, marginalized and low-income communities live closer to landfills, contributing to a multitude of health problems. I will find out how I can limit single-use items and do my best to limit the waste I generate. I will keep 3 container(s) out of the landfill each day.

COMPLETED 11
DAILY ACTIONS

Action Track: Justice for the Whole Community

Learn More about Food Apartheid

Do at Home

I will spend 30 minutes learning about food apartheid and find out how I can advocate for healthy and fresh food in my region.

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

Action Track: Justice for the Whole Community

Learn About Local Environmental Justice Concerns

Do at Home

I will spend 30 minutes researching environmental justice and environmental racism concerns in my region, who is affected by them, and local initiatives to address these concerns.

Completed
One-Time Action

Action Track: Justice for the Whole Community

Watch a Documentary about Food Sovereignty

Do at Home

I will watch 1 documentary(ies) about food sovereignty: the right of local peoples to control their own food systems including markets, ecological resources, food cultures and production methods.

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

Action Track: Justice for the Whole Community

Learn About Trans, Femme, and Nonbinary Experiences

Do at Home

I will spend 60 minutes learning about the experiences of trans, femme, and/or nonbinary people.

Completed
One-Time Action

Action Track: Justice for the Whole Community

Support Native Communities

Do at Home

I will use the resource links provided and spend 60 minutes learning about the native populations that lived in my area prior to colonization, and what I can do to support those that still exist.

Completed
One-Time Action

Action Track: Justice for the Whole Community

Support Businesses Owned by People of Color

Do at Home

Racial inequity is both a sustainability and justice problem. I will support businesses owned by people of color in my community whenever I shop.

COMPLETED 11
DAILY ACTIONS

Action Track: Justice for the Whole Community

Research Voter Suppression

Do at Home

I will spend at least 60 minutes finding out what local laws, policies, and practices keep people from voting in my community.

Completed
One-Time Action

Action Track: Justice for the Whole Community

Watch a Documentary about Racial Injustice

Do at Home

I will watch 1 documentary(ies) about systemic racism.

Completed
One-Time Action

Feed

  • Reflection Question
    Waste Personal Waste Audit
    Why is it often difficult to understand the impacts our purchases and waste have on other people, animals, and places?

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    Christina Englehart 10/14/2021 9:48 AM
    I believe that most people are just not in touch with what they buy or throw away.  There isn't enough being done to bring it to the attention of people to see the landfills overflowing with wasted products, food, appliances, computers, furniture, clothes. I think it becomes difficult to imagine the footprint you are leaving unless you are made to account for it each and every day. When I did my audit and saw just how much was being thrown away and not used, it has made me buy wiser.  Our society has become one of instant gratification and a disposable generation. Most of what's made is often just thrown away and a new product bought even if the old product is fixable. we always want what's new and of the latest technology, ignoring the still usefulness of a product we already have that could be fixed. I am teaching my daughter that lesson now as her washer broke and legit she kept fixing it until there just was no way to fix it any more (kuddos to her) but then she turned around buying a  brand new set (washer and dryer) even though her dryer was fine. The old dryer still worked, but now sits at a dump somewhere. Her justification, it was a good deal and the dryer would eventually need replacing anyway. 
  • Reflection Question
    Food Buy From a Farmers Market
    What is one food choice that you make, or could make, that would do more good and less harm?

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    Christina Englehart 10/14/2021 9:30 AM
    Eliminating processed foods from my diet which would improve my health as well as  good for the environment by reducing greenhouse gasses.  Buying organic fresh produce whenever possible!
  • Reflection Question
    Action Track: Justice for the Whole Community Support Native Communities
    Indigenous speaker and activist Winona LaDuke says that, "most indigenous ceremonies, if you look to their essence, are about the restoration of balance — they are a reaffirmation of our relationship to creation. That is our intent: to restore, and then to retain balance and honor our part in creation." Why is balance important to sustainability?

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    Christina Englehart 10/14/2021 9:27 AM
    Balance is important for the environment to be protected, for the economy to thrive and our quality of life itself improved.
  • Reflection Question
    Food Plant an Herb Garden
    Consider the ways you can garden: a plot of land? a patio container? hanging basket? windowsill gardens? What would work best for your living situation and lifestyle?

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    Christina Englehart 10/11/2021 5:40 AM
    I decided on a window sill garden as my yard is not large enough for a garden and it is easier to maintain at my windowsill.
  • Reflection Question
    Action Track: Justice for the Whole Community Research Voter Suppression
    What are the ways in which voters are prohibited from or discouraged from voting in your region and/or state? What could be done to get rid of these barriers?

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    Christina Englehart 10/11/2021 5:39 AM
    The only discouragement i could really find was not enough drop boxes for ballots or early voting centers in historically disenfranchised communities where there was questions around them being accessible by public transportation and being placed in areas of dense concentration.  A study would need to be done to determine where the best locations for those boxes and voting centers would be. They should be proportionate  to the population (Baltimore City literally only had one drop box set up)
  • Reflection Question
    Health Take Control
    How do environmental health, community health, and your personal health intersect?

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    Christina Englehart 10/08/2021 6:46 AM
    Environmental pollutants cause health issues such as heart disease, cancer and respiratory issues and strains our medical system and hospitals. An unhealthy environment affects the community and each person in it. I live in a community near industrial sites and have found that when i am home I suffer from more respiratory issues then when i have spent time away from home in the mountains where I am away from all of the pollutants. Talking with neighbors, i hear of many of the same issues, so I know i am not alone or just "imagining" it. 
  • Reflection Question
    Food Try a New Way to Prep
    Canning and pickling food is a great way to have delicious summer fruits and vegetables all year round. Just make sure to follow the canning and pickling guidelines from the USDA or another trusted source. What are some foods that you would like to preserve and enjoy later in the year?

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    Christina Englehart 10/08/2021 6:35 AM
    Looking forward to doing apples, tomatoes and squash!
  • Reflection Question
    Action Track: Justice for the Whole Community Learn About Local Environmental Justice Concerns
    Who is most affected by environmental degradation and/or environmental irresponsiblity in your community? How are they affected?

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    Christina Englehart 10/08/2021 6:30 AM
    People of color are most affected by environmental degradation and environmental irresponsibility and are often the targets of large corporations who are only interested at profits vs the health and well being of those targeted groups.  I found that 3 out of 5 African Americans, Latinos and Native Americans live near toxic waste sites and that 79 percent of African Americans are more likely to live where industrial pollution is the suspected cause of  harmful health effects.
  • Reflection Question
    Waste Go Paperless
    Reducing your paper mail can reduce mental clutter as well as physical waste -- by reducing what is coming in, you can reduce what is going into the recycling bin too. How does it make you feel? What is the next step you will take to reduce your waste?

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    Christina Englehart 10/08/2021 6:21 AM
      I am really looking forward to getting less mail in my mailbox (especially all those Christmas catalogs ) that usually go from my mail box direct to the recycle bin without even being looked at. As i receive the catalogs, I contact the businesses directly and asked that they not send future catalogs to my home.  I also opted out of prescreened credit card and insurance quotes and offers.  My next step is to address the non catalog items that i receive by opting that mail and looking for the phone numbers to call to opt out of receiving future mailings.
  • Reflection Question
    Action Track: Healing and Renewal Forgiveness
    How has the process of forgiving, or contemplating forgiveness, benefited you?

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    Christina Englehart 10/08/2021 6:04 AM
    I am just starting this journey of forgiveness.  I have found in the past that while i said that I forgave, I really deep down did not forgive. The anger and mistrust both lead to depression and anxiety along with a great deal of stress, gave  me the clues that I truly had not forgiven. Seeking help professionally this time to get me truly to the point of saying I really have forgiven that person is my choice action. I also started a journal of my journey and daily feelings and can already feel that there is a path to that forgiveness and have hope.