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October 7 - October 28, 2020
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David Tesner

State of Oregon Employees

"Create more environmental and social good."

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Participant Impact

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    315
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David's Actions

Waste

Tour a Waste Management Facility

Do at Home

I will spend at least 30 minute(s) touring (virtually or in person) a local dump/transfer station, material recovery facility, and/or landfill to learn about our local waste and waste recovery streams.

Completed
One-Time Action

Action Track: Justice for the Whole Community

Learn More about Food Apartheid

Do at Home

I will spend 30 minutes learning about food apartheid and find out how I can advocate for healthy and fresh food in my region.

Completed
One-Time Action

Action Track: Justice for the Whole Community

Watch a Documentary about Food Sovereignty

Do at Home

I will watch 3 documentary(ies) about food sovereignty: the right of local peoples to control their own food systems including markets, ecological resources, food cultures and production methods.

Completed
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.

Completed
One-Time Action

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  • Reflection Question
    Waste Tour a Waste Management Facility
    Field trip! What a fun way to learn about our impact and consumption! What facility did you tour? What did you learn?

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    David Tesner 10/28/2020 11:20 AM
    I took virtual tours of J.P. Mascaro & Sons TotalRecycle MRF in Birdsboro, PA, the CSWD MRF in Williston, VT, and the Miramar Landfill in San Diego, CA.  I learned that MRF is pronounced "merf".  I also learned that MRFs consists of several screens and sorts to separate recyclables.   The Old Corrugated Cardboard (OCC) screen separates out OCC based on its large size and rigidity.  The Glass Breaker screen separates out glass.  The Office and NewsPaper (ONP) screen separates "fiber" from containers.  Four autosorters sort out 2D sheet paper / 3D box board, PET plastics, HDPE plastics, and PP plastics.  Overbelt Magnets pull out ferrous metals.  Eddy Current Testing identifies aluminum.  Finally, Balers create bales of most of the aforementioned materials, which bales are sold to manufacturers who will use them to make new materials.
  • 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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    David Tesner 10/27/2020 5:37 PM
    Balance with respect to creation means we don't do too much or too little.        It may or may not be good for an ecosystem if mankind introduces a species to it or increases or decreases the number of species within it.        It may or may not be good for an ecosystem if there is a fire.      Balance demands that mankind understand Earth's reaction to actions that we take or not.   So balance is important to sustainability, because a lack of it can impact mankind as well as other life on earth.
  • Reflection Question
    Action Track: Justice for the Whole Community Watch a Documentary about Food Sovereignty
    How does food sovereignty address the complex transition from localized food systems to modern global food systems?

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    David Tesner 10/26/2020 1:03 PM
    With the modern global food systems, generally food production involves chemicals and genetic modifications.  Also typical consumer's access to food is dependent on transportation from a far away place to a local retailer, which implies dependence upon fossil fuels.  Food sovereignty puts food production in the hands of the local community, which results in organically grown food that is readily available without transportation from a far away place.
  • Reflection Question
    Action Track: Justice for the Whole Community Learn More about Food Apartheid
    What can lack of access to nutritious food affect a community? How can having access to nutritious food help a community become more resilient?

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    David Tesner 10/12/2020 4:57 PM
    Lack of access to nutritious food results in community health issues such as obesity, diabetes, and impairment of everyday human performance.  Health issues, in turn, result in extra costs for medical treatment and pharmaceuticals.  
  • Reflection Question
    Action Track: Justice for the Whole Community Learn More about Food Apartheid
    What can lack of access to nutritious food affect a community? How can having access to nutritious food help a community become more resilient?

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    David Tesner 10/12/2020 4:57 PM
    Lack of access to nutritious food results in community health issues such as obesity, diabetes, and impairment of everyday human performance.  Health issues, in turn, result in extra costs for medical treatment and pharmaceuticals.