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October 7 - October 28, 2020

NDA SoCal Feed


Reflection, encouragement, and relationship building are all important aspects of getting a new habit to stick.
Share thoughts, encourage others, and reinforce positive new habits on the Feed.

To get started, share “your why.” Why did you join the challenge and choose the actions you did?

  • Alondra Saldivar's avatar
    Alondra Saldivar 10/28/2020 11:10 PM
    Not going to lie, but having this be a challenge between teams was great!
    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?

    Reyna Carrillo's avatar
    Reyna Carrillo 10/28/2020 1:04 PM
    I don't have a lot of space as I live in an apartment with two others. However, having the same goal of sustainability helps us plan our space. We have a small planter where we can grow herbs. It's not a lot, but it's a start! Even a small plot with ONE type of herb or produce can help you take control of your carbon footprint and diet. 
    Food 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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    Reyna Carrillo 10/28/2020 1:03 PM
    It's unfair for someone on the coast to determine the diet and agricultural methods of someone living in the desert. Only the people living in the community know what needs to be done to support their diet. If we support food sovereignty, people will be able to take on more responsibility for their food and body. This type of independence allows community members to flourish and create a stronger bond with their neighbors. 
    Community Watch a Documentary about Racial Injustice
    What did you learn about racial injustice in the documentary(ies) you watched? How does what you learned connect to your understanding of sustainability?

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    Reyna Carrillo 10/28/2020 1:00 PM
    There is no environmental justice without the acknowledgment of environmental racism. What communities live near factories? Agricultural fields? What are the social and racial factors that influence environmental racism? Kids of color and who live in under-resourced communities tend to have more pollution in their air and lungs. This affects their neurology and how well they do in school. Which can affect their future outcome!! Everything is connected. 
    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?

    Reyna Carrillo's avatar
    Reyna Carrillo 10/28/2020 12:56 PM
    Many people will act as if sustainability is new. That is obviously not the case. When thinking about ways to rebalance the give and take relationship between us and our environment, we need to listen to our Native communities! We shouldn't work towards never eating meat. That isn't being realistic and excluding many communities that either 1) don't have the same resources as us or 2) cultural relationships with their food. The goal should be minimizing the exploitation of resources than an outright ban of them. 
    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.

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    catalina gutierrez 10/28/2020 12:55 PM
    The amount of single plastic we use because most “recyclable” plastic ends of in the landfill. The idea of recycling certain materials was a corporate ply to make the public believe that they are more earth friendly . It is important for people to educate themselves on the trash they are creating because it only ends up in the ocean, the landfill, or in the streets, which are all detrimental to their surroundings. 
    Waste Reduce Single-Use Disposables
    What single-use items (e.g. straws, coffee cups, vegetable bags, plastic bags) do you regularly use? What did you substitute or could be substituted instead?

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    catalina gutierrez 10/28/2020 12:52 PM
    I use reusable lunch utensils and containers. Most importantly I use a reusable water bottle and tumbler. 
    Action Track: Healing and Renewal Research Restorative Justice
    How can Restorative Justice help foster the well-being of both people and planet?

    Reyna Carrillo's avatar
    Reyna Carrillo 10/28/2020 12:51 PM
    Restorative justice focuses on healing and forgiveness! That changes the way we view crime and being hurt by others. I think it can elevate social and environmental justice efforts by putting the responsibility on both participants! 
    Health Happiness
    How does/can practicing gratitude keep you centered and motivated to work for a better world?

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    catalina gutierrez 10/28/2020 12:50 PM
    It’s a daily reminder to be conscientious of other people and their experience. To know that others coexist in a world, allows for people to pay it forward and live, not only for oneself but for others. 
    Health More Fruits and Veggies
    How does eating more fruits and vegetables and less meat positively affect yourself, other people, and our planet?

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    catalina gutierrez 10/28/2020 12:48 PM
    Reducing meat intake and increasing fruit and vegetable intake not only betters an individual’s health, but also reduces our carbon footprint. This healthy practice can be most beneficial to low income household and people of color that are historically known for having chronic diseases.