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October 6 - October 27, 2021
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Ariel Miller

Cincinnati Area Faith Communities Go Green (FCGG)

"I will equip people with hope and specific actions they can take to reduce their carbon footprint."

Points Total

  • 0 Today
  • 100 This Week
  • 347 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    125
    minutes
    spent learning
  • up to
    21
    meatless or vegan meals
    consumed
  • up to
    11
    organic meals
    consumed

Ariel's Actions

Transportation

Buy a plug-in hybrid

I bought a plug-in hybrid and now average 99 miles per gallon of gas.

Completed
One-Time Action

Food

Choose Organic Ingredients

Do at Home

I will enjoy 1 meal(s) cooked with organic ingredients each day.

COMPLETED 8
DAILY ACTIONS

Food

Reduce Animal Products

Do at Home

I will enjoy 2 meatless meal(s) and/or 0 vegan meal(s) each day this week.

COMPLETED 10
DAILY ACTIONS

Community

Learn About Constructive Communication

Do at Home

I will spend 30 minute(s) learning about constructive communication.

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

Research Local Waste Sites

Do at Home

I will spend 30 minutes finding out where landfills and/or toxic waste sites are situated in my region and which communities are most impacted by these sites.

Uncompleted
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 30 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.

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

Action Track: Justice for the Whole Community

Learn About Local Environmental Justice Concerns

Do at Home

I will spend 120 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

Offset for Climate Justice

Do at Home

Greenhouse gases found in old refrigerants are up to 10,900 times more potent than carbon dioxide. I will help eliminate these gases through the purchase of offset credits to ensure we all have a planet we can thrive on.

Uncompleted
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 1
DAILY ACTION

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

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  • 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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    Ariel Miller 10/26/2021 3:23 PM
    Barriers and deterrents include having to provide voter ID, including bills that require two forms for absentee voting, and Ohio's prohibiting counties from having ballot and registration drop boxes in multiple locations. I have been advocating on this problem for years. One path is the passage of the Freedom to Vote Act at the Federal level which sets a national standard for convenience of voter registration, two weeks of early voting, and protections against purging of eligible voters from the rolls.
  • 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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    Ariel Miller 10/26/2021 3:20 PM
    World Overshoot Day is a marker of the date in which our emissions and consumption overshoot the planet's capacity. This year it happened in mid-summer.  Obviously the climate crisis is because of our imbalance: that we are using more resources and polluting so much that the planet can't absorb our impact without severe consequences. The acidification and warming of the oceans, melting of glaciers, and deforestation are signs of this imbalance, as are the increasing multitude of climate refugees.
  • Reflection Question
    Food Choose Organic Ingredients
    Many people say that “you can’t feed the world with just organic food.” How would you respond to that statement?

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    Ariel Miller 10/26/2021 3:17 PM
    Fertilizer and pesticide runoff are endangering the bodies of water on which we all depend to live.  I think the "Green Revolution" of the second half of the 20th century made farmers in Africa and Asia heavily dependent on chemical inputs that cost them a lot of money.  Traditional and new sustainable farming methods could make their input costs more affordable and sustainable and protect their land and water supplies.
  • Reflection Question
    Action Track: Justice for the Whole Community Offset for Climate Justice
    What did you learn from the resources? What did you discover from the offset calculator?

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    Ariel Miller 10/26/2021 3:14 PM
    I was shocked to learn how big my carbon footprint was before the pandemic because of air travel. This week I learned about a calculator developed by an Episcopal diocese which I will be sharing with Episcopalians I work with regionally and nationally.
  • Reflection Question
    Action Track: Justice for the Whole Community Support Businesses Owned by People of Color
    A recent Keen Independent Research Foundation study found that Minority Businesses Enterprises (MBEs) are more likely to have difficulties in receiving loans or city contracts. In what ways can you work to address systemic racism like that demonstrated in this study?

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    Ariel Miller 10/26/2021 3:12 PM
    I interact with a lot of businesspeople through the Rotary Club, and am also a graduate of Leadership Cincinnati, a program of the Cincinnati Chamber.  I can advocate with these colleagues, and also can support City Council candidates next week who support MBE programs and contracting by the City.
  • Reflection Question
    Waste Find Local Recycling Depots
    Our ability to recycle certain things ebbs and flows based upon many factors, including market demand for recyclables. Luckily there are places that accept uncommon things to recycle or dispose of in a less harmful way. What did you find when looking for places to recycle items that can't be recycled in your curbside bin?

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    Ariel Miller 10/26/2021 3:09 PM
    Cincinnati has a new Recycle Hub in Delhi which accepts items that won't be picked up curbside.   A fellow Rotarian has just secured the permits and financing to build a biogas facility to produce renewable natural gas and divert food and liquid wastes from disposal.

    • Fred Desai's avatar
      Fred Desai 10/26/2021 10:04 PM
      Also, the Cincinnati recycle and reuse hub is an excellent place to take almost all plastics and even other materials like styrofoam packing materials. It is near the museum center. 

      All the materials need to be clean, dry and separated by recycling number. 

      Please check their hours before going there. as they are open only for a few hours everyday. It is run by dedicated volunteers. 
  • Reflection Question
    Community Learn About Constructive Communication
    How can you, your loved ones, the community, and environment all benefit from constructive communication?

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    Ariel Miller 10/26/2021 3:07 PM
    If we can get more people believing they are respected and can be a vital part of a solution, we can work together on the many paths towards a solution. Last week I attended a presentation by evangelicals through the Yale Center for Climate Change Communication. They recommended speaking to people's identity and value, and reaching out through people they trust.  
  • 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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    Ariel Miller 10/26/2021 3:04 PM
    The huge amount of water and grain consumed by animals like cattle has a terrible environmental impact including global warming. Animal husbandry is a huge driver of deforestation

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    Ariel Miller 10/26/2021 3:02 PM
    I have only eaten one meal since Oct. 6 that had meat or fish in it. I didn't post daily and I am not succeeding in posting for the days I didn't do at the time. 

    • Fred Desai's avatar
      Fred Desai 10/26/2021 10:06 PM
      Unfortunately u can only go back about 3 days to check a completed daily activity. 

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    Ariel Miller 10/13/2021 6:44 PM
    I have gone seven days without eating meat or fish. I bought almond milk instead of whole milk for our coffee, but I am still using some butter and a little bit of cheese.

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      Deborah Jordan 10/18/2021 9:14 AM
       My friend just told me about another protein source made locally out of pumpkin seeds - it was at Clifton Market so I'm going to try it.  Then maybe I can learn to make it if we like it.  Called pumfu.

    • Fred Desai's avatar
      Fred Desai 10/14/2021 10:24 PM
      I had read an article in the Atlantic a few months ago that mentioned that we would have a bigger carbon footprint reduction by eating a vegetatian diet and not wasting food compared to if we did these 3 things combined—1) put solar panels on our roof,2) drove electric car snd 3) recycled everything we can. 

      Even just eating one less meat meal a week can make a difference.