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October 6 - October 27, 2021
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Patricia Hofmeister

Saint Louis Zoo Volunteers Team

"To help make this world a better place for my grandchildren."

Points Total

  • 5 Today
  • 235 This Week
  • 789 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    35
    advocacy actions
    completed
  • up to
    2
    documentaries
    watched
  • up to
    35
    donations
    made
  • up to
    1,115
    minutes
    spent exercising
  • up to
    300
    minutes
    spent learning
  • up to
    22
    plastic containers
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    33
    more servings
    of fruits and vegetables

Patricia's Actions

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

Nature

Support Local Pollinators

Do at Home

At least 30% of crops and 90% of flowering plants rely on pollinators to produce fruit. I will spend 30 minutes researching which plants support local native pollinators and plant some in my yard.

Completed
One-Time Action

Community

Raise Money For a Nonprofit

Do at Home

I will raise money to support Ecochallenge.org or another nonprofit.

Completed
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 2 container(s) out of the landfill each day.

COMPLETED 10
DAILY ACTIONS

Health

Reduce Refined Sugar

Do at Home

I will adopt a diet free of refined sugars, which eliminates sweetened beverages, candy, and processed foods.

COMPLETED 10
DAILY ACTIONS

Health

Know My Health

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

Completed
One-Time Action

Health

Exercise Daily

Do at Home

Exercise is a great stress blaster! I will exercise for 60 minute(s) each day.

COMPLETED 10
DAILY ACTIONS

Health

More Fruits and Veggies

Do at Home

I will eat a heart healthy diet by adding 2 cup(s) of fruits and vegetables each day to achieve at least 4 cups per day.

COMPLETED 10
DAILY ACTIONS

Health

Happiness

Do at Home

I will write down three things every day that I am grateful for, or send one email every day thanking or praising someone.

COMPLETED 10
DAILY ACTIONS

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    Patricia Hofmeister 10/15/2021 10:27 PM
    Watched my now 5 year old granddaughter tonight.  Discussed her nature walk and how she learned about littering.  We are going to make plans to make a visit to our zoo and pick up trash.  
  • Reflection Question
    Health Know My Health
    How do you deal with the physical and emotional stress of the big problems we face? How can you help others cope?

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    Patricia Hofmeister 10/14/2021 7:50 PM
    I am a retired psychotherapist.  I made a living helping other people identify their issues and helped with solutions.  I deal with the physical and emotional stress of the the big problems we face in many ways.  My faith helps me greatly.  I also draw strength from my family and friends.  Exercise, expecially playing tennis is a great stress reducer.

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    Patricia Hofmeister 10/13/2021 3:51 PM
    Just saw a news program that reinforces my last post.  In Benton Harbor, Michigan, a predominantly black community, the water pipes are so rusty that water contains a great deal of lead.  Residents are given bottled water (so much plastic!) to use to cook, brush their teeth and bath.  It is especially dangerous for the children.  The mayor was interviewed.  Five million dollars was allotted during the Obama administration to address this issue.  The money is just now being received.  No American citizen should have to live this way.
  • Reflection Question
    Action Track: Justice for the Whole Community Watch a Documentary about Racial Injustice
    What did you learn about racial injustice in the documentary(ies) you watched? How does what you learned connect to your understanding of sustainability?

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    Patricia Hofmeister 10/13/2021 1:06 PM
    I watched two programs on racial injustice.  I was amazed by the different experiences of various aged African Americans.  I learned that we can't truly move forward as a movement without acknowledging our shared past and working to solve its most fundamental problems.  When we talk about environmental racism, we're talking about the disproportionate burden of environmental hazards placed on people of color.  Race is often a more reliable indicator of proximity to pollution than income alone.

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    Patricia Hofmeister 10/12/2021 2:29 PM
    The main reason I am taking this challenge is to make the world better for my grandchildren.  I was so excited when my daughter texted me that my youngest grandchild, Lucy, who turned 5 on Oct. 11. did a nature walk with her preschool classs.  The teacher talked about cleaning up trash to help our planet.  That night during her older sister's soccer practice,  she went around the grounds picking up wrappers and other litter and throwing it in the trash!  So proud.  I need to get her to come to the zoo with me and do that!

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    Patricia Hofmeister 10/12/2021 2:12 PM
    one of my challenges is helping pollinators.  One of their favorites in the spring is the crocus.  Today, I planted 60 crocuses and 16 daffodils.  If they come up, I should have some very happy bees!

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    Patricia Hofmeister 10/10/2021 8:22 PM
    My husband is great, but still uses plastic bags and isn't big on recycling.  So I was so proud of him when he cleaned up after dinner last night
    (something I usually do) and disovered that he placed leftovers in a plastic container that I am reusing.  As to the plastic bags, I have a friend whose sister uses them to make twin size mats for the homeless.  She needs 850 bags for 1 mat so I am making the best of that issue!

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    Patricia Hofmeister 10/08/2021 11:44 AM
    Watched a great webinar presented by Stl Zoo's Dr. Spevak, Curator of Invertebrates.  It was part of a program sponsored by Native American Studies at SIUE entitled "Native Foods, Native People, Native Pollinators."  Gave me some new ideas about plants for our pollinators.
  • Reflection Question
    Nature Support Local Pollinators
    Why is it important to take care of pollinators?

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    Patricia Hofmeister 10/06/2021 2:01 PM
    I learned that pollinators are really important for creating and maintaining the habitats and ecosysems that many animals rely on for food and shelter.  Worldwide, over half the diet of fats and oils comes from crops pollinated by animals.  They facilitate the reproduction in 90% of the world's flowering plants!!  The bottom line is that we can't live without them!
  • Reflection Question
    Health Happiness
    How does/can practicing gratitude keep you centered and motivated to work for a better world?

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    Patricia Hofmeister 10/06/2021 1:55 PM
    It helps me focus on positives.  I appreciate my friends and family and others that I meet.  When I feel positive, I have more energy to tackle world issues.