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October 5 - October 26, 2022



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  • October 28 at 8:47 AM
    I learned a great deal in doing this challenge. I enjoyed Jane Goodall's podcasts, and watching a film about indigenous food sovereignty; YouTube videos with Robin Wall Kimmerer, indigenous plant ecologist and author of Braiding Sweetgrass. I couldn't find much on nature on the ballot, but I did research individual candidate's positions on...
  • October 26 at 8:28 PM
    I learned an enormous amount about a variety of subjects, and enjoyed this Ecochallenge
  • October 26 at 1:07 AM
    Wow! I watched a PBS documentary on Native American foodways in Northern Minnesota. It was powerful! Besides learning a great deal about the food history of the Red Lake Tribe, including the connection between government commodity food supplies and rampant diabetes and heart disease, I learned about the taking back of traditional foodways....
  • October 25 at 1:08 AM
    Indigenous wisdom balances the rigorous scientific approach. Robin Wall Kimmerer, author of Braiding Sweetgrass, a book of indigenous plant wisdom, is also a plant ecologist and botanist, trained in Western scientific traditions. She represents to me the balance of nature and science: how to live in this world utilizing the best of both worlds.
  • October 17 at 7:20 PM
    Everyone should get to be comfortable with their own identity, and not have an identity imposed upon them by society. That would seem to be the basis of a just and equitable society. 
  • October 17 at 7:09 PM
    There isn't anything on the ballot to do with the natural world or the climate crisis for the upcoming voting day here in Vermont, unless you count a constitutional amendment on a woman's right to bodily integrity and abortion, as a natural phenomenon. I suppose in a way it is indirectly related to the climate emergency: If women are compelled...
  • October 17 at 6:49 PM
    I watched several YouTube videos on foraging diverse food plants. Wild plants generally are more nutrient dense than their grocery-store counterparts. Stinging nettle, for example, has huge amounts of nutrients, much more than cultivated spinach. And wild parsnips-- called poison parsnips around here, because the second-year plants cause...
  • October 16 at 7:59 PM
    I listened to the Bioneers podcast on the Green New Deal, with Tom Hayden and Demons Drummer. Fascinating! It compares the Green New Deal to the New Deal of the 1930's.
  • October 15 at 2:17 AM
    I have not been able to find much on the state ballot about sustainability or nature. I have tried various resources, including talking in person to the Democratic candidate for state representative. Vermont did pass a major climate bill last session, but there seems to be nothing new on that front.
  • October 13 at 9:24 PM
    Agricultural biodiversity is a fascinating subject. Apples are a prime example: There are hundreds of varieties, all of which are different from one another. In our orchard, we have an early Macintosh that ripens in late July, and is sweet and yummy. Then there are Empires and Delicious and Paula Reds that are tart and not fully ripe until...

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