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October 6 - October 27, 2021
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Caroline Folger

PCC SOC 228 Intro to Environmental Sociology

Points Total

  • 0 Today
  • 0 This Week
  • 651 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    1
    advocacy actions
    completed
  • up to
    480
    pounds of CO2
    have been saved
  • up to
    65
    minutes
    spent learning
  • up to
    7
    locally sourced meals
    consumed
  • up to
    19
    meatless or vegan meals
    consumed
  • up to
    3
    pounds of paper
    have been saved
  • up to
    24
    whole food meals
    consumed

Caroline's Actions

Transportation

Choose a Carbon Offset

If buying a plane ticket, I will also buy a carbon offset.

Completed
One-Time Action

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 0
DAILY ACTIONS

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

Waste

Prevent Recycling Contamination

Do at Home

Contamination prevents what is recyclable from being recycled. I will spend 30 minutes researching which materials are accepted by local haulers or drop stations in my community and recycle only those items.

COMPLETED 1
DAILY ACTION

Waste

Advocate For More Food Packaging Options

Do at Home

I will advocate for alternatives to single-use packaging at local grocery stores, markets, at work, or on campus to reduce pollution in the environment and in local communities.

Completed
One-Time Action

Food

Whole Foods Diet

Do at Home

I will enjoy 1 meal(s) each day free of processed foods.

COMPLETED 12
DAILY ACTIONS

Food

Locally-Sourced Meals

Do at Home

I will source 1 meal(s) each day from local producers.

COMPLETED 6
DAILY ACTIONS

Food

Meet My Local Farmers

I will visit my nearest farm to find out who produces my food, and will learn about the quality of life of those around the world who produce my food in order to make better choices when I shop.

Completed
One-Time Action

Food

Reduce Animal Products

Do at Home

I will enjoy 1 meatless meal(s) and/or 1 vegan meal(s) each day this week.

COMPLETED 12
DAILY ACTIONS

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    Caroline Folger 10/21/2021 1:19 PM
    I went through the fridge last night, organized and cooked several different vegetables that needed to be used. Now that they are prepped and ready to go, I will be much more likely to eat them   

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    Caroline Folger 10/19/2021 12:56 PM
    I’m really noticing how much food my household wastes! Some of it is due to my child throwing food on the floor or asking for something then not eating it, and some waste is from losing things in the back of the fridge or not using things before they go bad. I definitely want to work on it and waste less food. 
  • Reflection Question
    Food Locally-Sourced Meals
    If you were to only eat what is in season locally from now on, what would be the most difficult food item for you to give up? Why?

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    Caroline Folger 10/18/2021 6:52 AM
    My child really loves berries! Next year I’d like to harvest more ourselves and freeze them. 
    we also eat bananas almost every day. They are a easy snack and we use them in smoothies and oatmeal. I’ve been experimenting with adding local fruit instead like apples and pears. 

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    Caroline Folger 10/16/2021 7:23 AM
    I’m becoming more conscious of my footprint in many aspects of my life. When my daughter needed some new winter items the other day, I went to a resale shop instead of buying new. I’ve also been driving less and making sure to carpool!

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    Caroline Folger 10/12/2021 11:17 AM
    It’s going well! The challenge is motivating me to do some actions that I’ve been meaning to do for a while now, like purchase carbon offsets, eat less meat, research the most effective organizations to donate to and email some local businesses about providing more eco friendly packaging options. 
  • Reflection Question
    Food Reduce Animal Products
    Why do people in richer countries eat more meat than people in other places? How does eating more meat affect our planet and other people?

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    Caroline Folger 10/10/2021 10:08 AM
    Meat is expensive in comparison to many plant foods. Subsidies in the USA make the cost of meat artificially lower for consumers. Raising animals for meat requires a lot more energy per calorie than growing and consuming plant foods directly. 

    • Ashley Schultz's avatar
      Ashley Schultz 10/10/2021 11:18 AM
      I did not consider raising animals requiring a lot of energy! Great insight! :)

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    Caroline Folger 10/08/2021 3:45 PM
    Today I made a quinoa chicken soup using meat from a whole organic chicken, locally grown vegetables and broth made from stewing the chicken. I always eat the organs that are included with the chicken. I froze some extra broth and meat. It feels good to use the chicken to make multiple meals and to use all parts of it. Soup is also a good way to make less meat go further. 
  • Reflection Question
    Food Whole Foods Diet
    Michael Pollan states that “it is better to pay the grocer (our edit: or the farmer!) than the doctor.” What are your thoughts on this assertion?

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    Caroline Folger 10/08/2021 3:41 PM
    Eating a healthy diet is a great way to prevent health issues, and it is true that prevention is the best medicine!