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October 7 - October 28, 2020

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  • 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.

    Alexa Koskewich's avatar
    Alexa Koskewich 10/28/2020 10:57 PM
    That because of covid people are not even trying to be conscientious of the disposables.  They toss them anywhere.  Retailers, manufacturers, and policy makers have reverted to archaic packaging, bagging, and general shopping practices.  Making it near impossible to reduce plastic waste.

  • A lot of life changes happened this month for me, so I didn't get to all the actions I set out for myself. But I'm glad I completed some and got to be a part of such an awesome, supportive community! 

  • Jeffrey Kohne's avatar
    Jeffrey Kohne 10/28/2020 9:03 PM
    As I wrap up this ecochallenge and look back on my goals from previous years, I believe I can say that things DO sink in over time.  Inspired by my previous goals, I now drive a more fuel efficient hybrid vehicle as well as consume much less meat (almost none) and less dairy too.  And I don't feel like I'm actually "giving up" anything -- I've learned to truly like different things.  It's a win-win.
  • Reflection Question
    Simplicity Core Values
    What are your top 3-5 core values? How did you narrow it down to those as being your core values?

    Kate McGrath's avatar
    Kate McGrath 10/28/2020 7:08 PM
    My top core values seem to include: hospitality, learning new things and orderliness.  Of course there are many more, but these are three that seem to be lacking lately and really make me feel like I'm failing when I don't work at them.  So these are the values give some exercise for now.  How did I come to this?  Rather than doing as the article suggested, I just thought about what made me feel bad at the end of the day, and what I needed to change to increase a sense of connection and peace.  It actually really has helped because in the days since I determined this I have felt less overwhelm and more direction when it comes to free time.
  • Reflection Question
    Simplicity De-Clutter My Home
    How can you prevent yourself from accumulating more things in the future?

    Kate McGrath's avatar
    Kate McGrath 10/28/2020 7:02 PM
    This is oh so hard- especially when you have children.  I need to stop impulse buying and stick to the idea of only getting needs, not things I want.  I also need to be certain I check what I have, and try to use what we own before I buy new things.  I need to buy items that can have multiple uses (the right water proof hiking boots can double as snow boots in our climate).  Also, perhaps I will encourage family members to give a lesson, a membership or an experience in place of one toy (that way it can be a gentler, more gradual family culture change rather than a demand). Finally, each of my two children has a subscription box that comes each month - one for STEAM and one for culture and cooking.  But after this year, perhaps we will take a break and try to be creative with all the skills (and supplies) accumulated this year!  Lastly, when we get clothes that a child dislikes, there is no use in having them clutter the closet.  I would like to find them a new home sooner rather than waiting for them to outgrow the garment before we sent in on to the next kid who might enjoy it more.

  • Kate McGrath's avatar
    Kate McGrath 10/28/2020 6:47 PM
    Thanks people's ecochallenge for the opportunity to participate on your community team! I learned a lot and will be taking away new habits for my everyday life. Keep up the good work!
  • Reflection Question
    Water Mulch the Base of Trees and Plants
    Where are your nearest natural bodies of water? How might they be affected by runoff?

    Kate McGrath's avatar
    Kate McGrath 10/28/2020 6:45 PM
    My nearest body of water is the the Herring Run, which runs into Baltimore Harbor and then to the Chesapeake Bay.  During my research I found that stormwater runoff is probably the biggest area that needs to be addressed in this region because, while the bacteria levels have been improving, the water health is still being dragged down by the runoff.
  • 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?

    Sherry Liptan's avatar
    Sherry Liptan 10/28/2020 6:33 PM
    I have learned from being a home gardener the importance of balance. You can create a garden that flourishes using the relationship of the fruits and vegtables. Using a no dig method along with cardboard and compost created a rich soil with so many worms.

  • Sherry Liptan's avatar
    Sherry Liptan 10/28/2020 6:18 PM
    This challenge helped me be accountable to some personal goals - reducing screen time on my phone. The biggest was limiting social media. I also walked more and ate more fresh fruits and vegtables.
  • Reflection Question
    Action Track: Healing and Renewal Go for a Daily Walk Outside
    Fresh air and movement are good for our entire being and can help us think more clearly and creatively. How does taking a walk each day affect yourself and/or your work?

    Ideally I'd like to take a walk in the middle of the day or during my lunch break to recharge, but these days I find myself walking at the close of the day, with the late afternoon light. I usually walk with my dog, and it can be really lovely to smell the air and be mindful of my senses and where we are in the world; to leave the work day behind, re-center, and appreciate our neighborhood.