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October 6 - October 27, 2021

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  • Gillian Schneider's avatar
    Gillian Schneider 10/27/2021 9:45 AM
    I stayed at a friend's house over the weekend and did not sleep nearly as well as being back at home.  I have to say, memory foam mattress topper is not tremendously comfortable.
  • Reflection Question
    Waste Advocate For More Food Packaging Options
    What concerns you the most about how we are affecting the planet? Consider both local and global actions.

    Divya Ranjith's avatar
    Divya Ranjith 10/25/2021 2:50 PM
    Some local grocery stores use a lot of plastic bags and advocate for little reusable bags, and the amount of plastic being produced from one store is tremendous. When compared to all the stores in the community, plastic use is increasing at a rapid rate and can greatly affect our oceans and everyday life.
  • Reflection Question
    Nature Explore My Area
    How can spending more time outdoors enhance your sense of place -- your deep knowledge of and appreciation for your surroundings?

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    Divya Ranjith 10/23/2021 8:12 PM
    It felt really nice and free spending that much time outside. I explored some new trails because I haven't spent much time around here and it was a great experience. It was sunny today, but there was a chill air and it felt so calming just walking around! It relaxed me much more than usual because I know tomorrow is going to rain, so I'll be studying all day.

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    Gillian Schneider 10/23/2021 4:14 PM
    Went to an archery event with my son today.  What a beautiful day!  What a great group of people.
  • Reflection Question
    Energy Upgrade My Windows
    How does improving your home's energy efficiency help you better live out your values?

    Divya Ranjith's avatar
    Divya Ranjith 10/23/2021 8:13 AM
    Fixing the the amount of energy used in a house hold does have a huge impact when it comes to climate change because it does reduce the amount of fossil fuels exerted

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    Divya Ranjith 10/21/2021 8:27 PM
    Today I spent some time researching how to heat up my house without using much energy because it is starting to get colder. I also made some green beans today because a healthy body is just as important as a healthy earth :)
  • Reflection Question
    Transportation Car Share
    Take a moment to think of places you frequent often (work, grocery store, school, natural areas). Could you choose one or two days a week to schedule driving with a friend, neighbor or co-worker to these places?

    Sanjana Settipalli's avatar
    Sanjana Settipalli 10/21/2021 9:41 AM
    I could, especially to school since it's the main place I go to everyday. And then to the gym, I usually go with a friend so she drives me. So there's a lot of ways I could schedule driving with a friends in efforts to reduce my personal carbon footprint. 
  • Reflection Question
    Food Watch a Documentary about Food Sovereignty
    How does food sovereignty address the complex transition from localized food systems to modern global food systems?

    Sanjana Settipalli's avatar
    Sanjana Settipalli 10/21/2021 9:35 AM
    Food sovereignty requires a healthy, sustainable and diverse rural economy that goes well beyond food production. Most if not all children of farmers want to be educated and to have the option of exploring non-farm occupations to have the opportunity to become doctors and poets and mechanics as their interests and talents would allow. Food sovereignty will not offer a sustainable vision for the future if these activities and options are not part of the larger picture. Rethinking
    food production might help to build a better and more just food system, but sustaining that and including people and sectors not directly (or willingly) linked to the land requires a much broader, multidimensional struggle for land, seeds, rural economies, education, representation, embedded markets and global, regional and local connections.
  • Reflection Question
    Waste Use a Reusable Water Bottle
    While water bottles are needed for health and safety in certain places, we can do more to reduce the unnecessary use of them. What are the barriers to you using reusable bottles and tap water instead of bottled water? How could you make this a permanent habit?

    Sanjana Settipalli's avatar
    Sanjana Settipalli 10/21/2021 9:33 AM
    I think that due to the fact that plastic water bottles are available mostly everywhere, I rely on that instead of just using my reusable water bottle wherever I go. Just making carrying my own water bottle a priority and pushing others to do the same can help me make this a permenant habit. 
  • 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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    Sanjana Settipalli 10/21/2021 9:31 AM
    Especially in America, there is an unfathomable amount of people that are not as healthy as they should be and the primary reason for that is the food. If there were more efforts put to change the ways of food in our society, humans would be slightly better off. Putting your money toward healthy food is much beneficial than already getting malnourished and contribute to the doctors who get paid if the people are unhealthy.