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October 2 - October 23, 2019

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  • Reflection Question
    Food Watch a Documentary about Food Sovereignty
    How does food sovereignty address the complex agrarian transition to modern food systems?

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    virginia Munson 10/23/2019 2:45 PM
    It gives people a voice in how their food is produced, and what sustainable harvesting practices look like.
  • Reflection Question
    Waste Learn About & Practice Sustainable Fashion
    How can you express your personality, creativity, and values in ways that don't require fast fashion or buying more clothes and accessories?

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    virginia Munson 10/23/2019 2:42 PM
    I've found that thrift shopping or second had stores have amazing stuff! I shop second hand before buying something new.
  • Reflection Question
    Energy Choose Clean/Renewable Energy
    How might you be able to get others involved in advocating for the shift to clean energy?

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    Abigail Bokman 10/23/2019 9:53 AM
    Well, the conversations are happening everywhere. I was riding my bike home yesterday and heard two women walking down the street talking about how Mississippi is sinking. The awareness is more broad than ever and people are starting to act. There's a petition circulating to get Oregon to produce only green energy by 2035. That's a start.
  • Reflection Question
    Energy Turn it off
    How is electricity generated where you live? How does it impact the environment, animals, and humans?

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    Abigail Bokman 10/23/2019 9:51 AM
    Hydro, wind, natural gas, coal, solar... hydro impacts fish, wind impacts birds and bats, natural gas is an extractive energy, coal is dirty and putting towns out of work with their automation, solar is limited to daylight. There's no one solution that will work for everything, but smart combinations of green energy plus micro-grids to help small community resilience is the future.
  • Reflection Question
    Health Reduce refined sugar
    Before you started this challenge, did you think you were 'addicted' to sugar? How do you feel now?

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    virginia Munson 10/23/2019 7:48 AM
    Yes i felt like i was addicted to sugar, and I say that because the first few days of cutting back I would have cravings for it. I feel better not, although I haven't completely cut sugar out... it is hot coco season after all. :)
  • Reflection Question
    Transportation Go by Bike
    How do your transportation choices affect your engagement in your community? Does your experience differ while walking, riding transit, biking, or driving?

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    Abigail Bokman 10/22/2019 9:56 AM
    I only drive twice a week because it is the fastest way to get where I need to be on those two days. I ride to work via the incredible bike infrastructure in the close-in neighborhoods. I think about the heavy bike traffic and wonder how much worse the car traffic would be if each of us were in our cars every day. Riding to work and home everyday helps to clear my mind and make me present when I arrive at my destination.
  • Reflection Question
    Health Happiness
    How does/can practicing gratitude keep you centered and motivated to work for a better world?

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    Abigail Bokman 10/22/2019 9:53 AM
    Gratitude directs us to lead our lives with love. It helps to give us perspective that we are a tiny part of this big world and small actions of love have big impact.
  • Reflection Question
    Food Locally-Sourced Meals
    If you were to only eat what is in season locally, what would be the hardest food item for you to give up?

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    Abigail Bokman 10/22/2019 9:51 AM
    The hardest food item for me to give up would be coffee.

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    Abigail Bokman 10/22/2019 9:45 AM
    Turned off the lights in empty rooms, had a meatless Monday, played a few tough rounds of Boggle with the kids ("shoelace" = 5 points!). Pretty good ecochallenge Monday!
  • Reflection Question
    Waste Carry my Trash
    What one thing could you do right away to reduce your waste?

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    Zeta Fernando 10/21/2019 3:25 PM
    This has been a real struggle so far, and I tend to keep a lot of plastic containers rather than throw them away.