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  • Reflection Question
    Health Happiness
    How does/can practicing gratitude keep you centered and motivated to work for a better world?

    Shane Brill 4/27/2020 9:01 AM
    By expressing gratitude, we receive a gift otherwise unclaimed, and gather a surfeit of joyous intention to share. 
  • Reflection Question
    Waste Personal Waste Audit
    Why is it so difficult to understand the impacts our purchases and waste have on other people, animals, and places? How might your experience with this challenge impact your future consumption and choices?

    Pamela Holland 4/27/2020 7:13 AM
    It's rather difficult to find places that allow more eco-friendly shopping such as bring your own container, and the amount of gas burned to get to the closest place offering that option defeats the point.
  • Reflection Question
    Waste Compost Food Waste
    New to composting? Be sure to check out the action resource links to learn tips and more about it. As you transition from throwing food away to composting, what do you notice about how much you are tossing? How will you use your compost once it is ready?

    Pamela Holland 4/27/2020 7:10 AM
    The compost is going into existing garden space. We have noticed that most of the items being used for composting are rinds and cores of fruits and veggies (and coffee grounds).
  • Reflection Question
    Food Plant an Herb Garden
    Consider the ways you can garden: a plot of land? a patio container? hanging basket? windowsill gardens? What would work best for your living situation and lifestyle?

    Pamela Holland 4/27/2020 7:08 AM
    I think since our yard tends to flood it may be best to build raised beds around the existing garden space (which contains plants suited to swampy ground).
  • Reflection Question
    Nature Go for a Daily Walk
    How do you experience your neighborhood or city differently when walking instead of driving?

    Luis Machado 4/27/2020 6:45 AM
    I'm always amazed by how slow I am at first, especially if I haven't gone for a walk in a while. And then, I'm amazed by how far I've walked through the halls of my mind. And then by how sore my body can feel. It matters less where I walk because as I move I fall further and further into my own mind. 
  • Reflection Question
    Food Smart Seafood Choices
    Many states and countries have advisories on eating fish. Find out what is advised for your region. Do you think your diet choices fall within these guidelines? What steps do you need to take to make sure that they do?

    Luis Machado 4/27/2020 6:43 AM
    As I increasingly read more about food import guidelines, I find myself reducing the amount and types of food I'm willing to consume. I keep a guideline of seafood according to SeaFood Watch in my wallet and at least for seafood, I don't eat anything from the list of things to avoid. It's a small step. 
  • Reflection Question
    Waste Visit a Waste Management Facility
    Field trip! What a fun way to learn about our impact and consumption! What facility did you visit? What did you learn? Did you take anyone with you?

    Benjamin Ford 4/27/2020 3:29 AM
    I visited our local recycling center AND a wastewater treatment plant. Both are fascinating.
  • Reflection Question
    Community Help Others
    In your opinion, how do social inequalities diminish a strong sense of community?

    Benjamin Ford 4/27/2020 3:29 AM
    Social inequalities serve to allow us to designate people as "other", when in fact, there's very little that separates us.
  • Reflection Question
    Simplicity Support a Sharing Economy
    What are some of the barriers to sharing economies? What is your plan for supporting or creating one in your community?

    Benjamin Ford 4/27/2020 3:26 AM
    I've lent out a number of tools and equipment to friends and borrowed some in return rather than purchasing something new.
  • Reflection Question
    Waste Go Paperless
    Reducing your paper mail can be such a freeing action to take -- by reducing what is coming in, you can reduce what is going into the recycling bin too. How does it make you feel? What is the next step you will take to reduce your waste?

    Benjamin Ford 4/27/2020 3:26 AM
    I have not used a piece of paper in two months.