April 1 - April 30, 2020

Brenda Young

Community Team

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Brenda's Actions

Action Track: Building Resilience

Connect While Social Distancing

I will connect with at least 3 person/people a day through phone call or video chat to support mine and other’s mental and emotional health during this challenging time.

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Wildlife

Research a Wild Animal

I will spend at least 20 minutes learning about a wild animal I find interesting, including their life cycle, habitat, ecosystem functions, and interactions with humans (if any!).

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Action Track: Building Resilience

Spend Time Outside

I will replace 30 minute(s) each day typically spent inside (computer time, watching television, etc.) with quality time outside that follows CDC guidelines for preventing disease spread.

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Food

Reduce Animal Products

I will enjoy 1 meatless meal(s) and/or 1 vegan meal(s) each day of the challenge.

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Climate

Choose LED Bulbs

I will replace 1 incandescent lightbulb(s) with Energy Star-certified LED bulbs, saving up to $14 per fixture per year.

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Action Track: Building Resilience

Research Local Climate Issues

I will spend at least 15 minute(s) a day researching climate issues or climate solutions in my local area and share with others through my team feed, social media, or conversations with my peers.

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Forests

Explore My Area

I will explore at least one new hiking trail or nature walk in my area while following CDC guidelines for social distancing.

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One-Time Action

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  • Reflection Question
    Action Track: Building Resilience Connect While Social Distancing
    How does connecting with others help your own mental and emotional health? How can it help support others?

    Brenda Young 4/30/2020 4:25 PM
    although virtual, shared with others
  • Reflection Question
    Action Track: Building Resilience Research Local Climate Issues
    In what ways is your local community resilient to shock events like we’ve experienced recently? How could you help it become more resilient?

    Brenda Young 4/30/2020 4:25 PM
    shared with college students in class
  • Reflection Question
    Food Reduce Animal Products
    Why do people in richer countries eat more meat than people in other places? How does eating more meat affect our planet and other people?

    Brenda Young 4/17/2020 2:47 PM
    Meat is often the most expensive part of the diet so developing countries can't afford as much in their diet.  They don't have CAFOs and larger livestock facilities that lower the price of meat.  Habitat destruction, methane release, agricultural inefficiencies of raising grain to feed livestock, manure/nutrient runoff and antibiotic use with livestock all impact the planet.
  • Reflection Question
    Forests Explore My Area
    How can spending more time outdoors enhance your sense of place?

    Brenda Young 4/17/2020 2:45 PM
    Nearby paths have been too crowded so I've gone further afield to walk more remote paths.  Got to hear frogs calling in temporary ponds and wetlands and have spotted the early flowers that bees are visiting.
  • Reflection Question
    Climate Choose LED Bulbs
    Changing lightbulbs is an excellent first step toward energy efficiency! In what other ways can you exercise your civic duty to protect the environment and reduce carbon emissions?

    Brenda Young 4/17/2020 2:43 PM
    encourage incentives for installation of photovoltaics or lighting improvements.
  • Reflection Question
    Wildlife Research a Wild Animal
    What interesting facts did you learn about the animal you researched? What are some of your favorite things about this animal?

    Brenda Young 4/17/2020 2:41 PM
    The aye-aye, a small lemur on Madagascar, has modified digits helpful in feeding.  A thin middle finger is used for tapping and the fourth digit is long and hooked to pull insects out of trees.
  • Reflection Question
    Action Track: Building Resilience Spend Time Outside
    Rachel Carson said that we need the beauty and mysteries of the natural world for our spiritual and emotional development. Does that ring true for you? What are the implications for a culture that spends most of its time indoors?

    Brenda Young 4/07/2020 6:45 AM
    I have always relied on spending time in nature to relieve stress.  Seeing the beauty and diversity among organisms provides inspiration to me.  For those that remain indoors, they lose their connection with natural cycles, food system and the web of life.