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October 7 - October 28, 2020

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  • Reflection Question
    Waste Use a Reusable Water Bottle
    While water bottles are needed for health and safety in certain places, we can do more to reduce the unnecessary use of them. What are the barriers to you using reusable bottles and tap water instead of bottled water? How could you make this a permanent habit?

    Lizzie Royster's avatar
    Lizzie Royster 10/21/2020 1:53 PM
    Many people choose to use one-time plastic water bottles for ease and convenience, but it's also easy to choose to use a reusable water bottle. Try filling up your favorite reusable water bottle before you go to bed at night, then put it the fridge so it's ready to grab the next morning. This also helps encourage myself to drink more water during the day.
  • Reflection Question
    Simplicity Buy Used Clothes
    Do people with economic privilege have a responsibility to consume and own less? How can the concept of "reduce" be presented to those who may be struggling to have enough food, clothes, shelter?

    Sam Peters's avatar
    Sam Peters 10/20/2020 7:45 AM
    People who are economically disenfranchised are forced to be sustainable in terms of material possessions and energy usage. However, where they cannot participate in sustainability is in many newer forms of technology that is very expensive, The economically privileged have a responsibility to make these technologies accessible. 
  • Reflection Question
    Water Fix Leaky Faucets
    Fixing leaky faucets is one of the tasks that we can easily put off until later. Good job on completing this action! How will you use the momentum from completing this action to increase your water efficiency in other ways?

    Sam Peters's avatar
    Sam Peters 10/20/2020 7:42 AM
    My apartment has had a leaky showerhead for a while but since my landlord pays the bill I haven't made much motivation to fix it. However, now that I finally did and thought about how much water that saves it makes me think about the cost of wasting water that goes beyond a monthly bill.
  • Reflection Question
    Water Fix Leaky Faucets
    Fixing leaky faucets is one of the tasks that we can easily put off until later. Good job on completing this action! How will you use the momentum from completing this action to increase your water efficiency in other ways?

    Sam Peters's avatar
    Sam Peters 10/20/2020 7:42 AM
    My apartment has had a leaky showerhead for a while but since my landlord pays the bill I haven't made much motivation to fix it. However, now that I finally did and thought about how much water that saves it makes me think about the cost of wasting water that goes beyond a monthly bill.
  • Reflection Question
    Energy Turn It Off
    How is electricity generated where you live? How does it impact the environment, animals, and humans?

    Sam Peters's avatar
    Sam Peters 10/18/2020 10:48 AM
    I switched over to Duke Energy's new program last summer that uses greener energy to heat/cool my home. Its still based on nonrenewable resources but is at least marginally better than before!
  • Reflection Question
    Food Meet My Local Farmers
    When you know who produces your food, you are connecting personally to your complex regional food system. What are the advantages of knowing who produces your food and where it comes from? How can knowing their food producers enable someone to advocate for a better quality of life for those who produce their food, both near and far?

    Sam Peters's avatar
    Sam Peters 10/18/2020 10:47 AM
    Most times our produce isn't coming from the same state or even the same country we live in. Because of this it is very easy for farm workers to be abused, especially undocumented workers living in the US. Knowing the farmers you purchase from and their employees insures that youre buying from reliable employers. 
  • Reflection Question
    Waste Use Reusable Bags
    What do you do if you find yourself in the situation of needing a bag for items but don't have a reusable one with you or aren't allowed to use the one you brought? Carry things out in your hands? In a cart? Accept a disposable one? If you find yourself in this position often, what system could you put in place to try to create a successful habit of not using plastic bags?

    Sam Peters's avatar
    Sam Peters 10/18/2020 10:43 AM
    I keep my reusable bags in my car so that I never have to remember to bring them with me! However, this morning I didn't have enough for the farmer's market so I used a shoe box that I had in my trunk! 
  • Reflection Question
    Community Support Businesses Owned by People of Color
    A recent Keen Independent Research Foundation study found that Minority Businesses Enterprises (MBEs) are more likely to have difficulties in receiving loans or city contracts. In what ways can you work to address systemic racism like that demonstrated in this study?

    Sam Peters's avatar
    Sam Peters 10/15/2020 10:11 AM
    Buying from minority owned stores helps them turn a profit when its easier for people to shop at large retail stores. Especially for stores that are located in areas of the city in communities of color where people don't usually shop. This allows them to reinvest in their communities. However, while generating business is important, so is sharing. I always try to post on social media when I shop small/black owned to generate interest in that business. Especially when I love the product! 
  • Reflection Question
    Action Track: Justice for the Whole Community Support Businesses Owned by People of Color
    A recent Keen Independent Research Foundation study found that Minority Businesses Enterprises (MBEs) are more likely to have difficulties in receiving loans or city contracts. In what ways can you work to address systemic racism like that demonstrated in this study?

    Landis Soto's avatar
    Landis Soto 10/14/2020 7:23 PM
    I believe that in order to address this type of systemic racism we have to be willing to hold our banks accountable, by demanding them to show us how they are actively combating racism. 
  • Reflection Question
    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?

    Sam Peters's avatar
    Sam Peters 10/14/2020 4:41 AM
    Indigenous people care for more of the earth's natural resources and habitats than any other group of people, all while creating the smallest carbon footprint. Learning from their practices, and helping to maintain their ability to live autonomously, can help create a sustainable future.