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April 1 - April 30, 2020

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  • Storie Madrid's avatar
    Storie Madrid 4/04/2021 11:02 AM
    Reinforcement of existing practices - a reminder of why it's important to compost!
  • Reflection Question
    Food Compost Food Waste
    New to composting? Be sure to check out the action resource links to learn tips and more about it. As you transition from throwing food away to composting, what do you notice about how much you are tossing? How will you use your compost once it is ready?

    Storie Madrid's avatar
    Storie Madrid 4/04/2021 11:01 AM
    I've been composting food waste for several years since the city collects our food and yard waste. My goal is to always try to limit our household food waste by: not buying more food that we need; prioritizing what to cook/eat based on what would go bad the fastest; freezing vegetables from my CSA if I know I won't be able to use them quickly enough; and finding ways to use things that often go to waste, such as making carrot top pesto. It's not always easy, but it's worth the effort.
  • 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?

    Fern Khaoroptham's avatar
    Fern Khaoroptham 5/01/2020 1:41 AM
    Why do people in richer countries eat more meat than people in other places?

  • Patt Herdklotz's avatar
    Patt Herdklotz 4/30/2020 11:24 PM
    I chose the goal of connecting with at least one person a day, because I was aware of not keeping meaningful contact with friends and family between visits, holidays, or even more separation if people lived far away.  I found that it had been easy to allow great amounts of time between contact with people I actually treasure.  I chose the goal of getting outside at least 20 minutes a day, because I can spend entire days involved in inside activities.  My nutritionist had noted that I needed outside, daylight exposure for good health.  I had help with this task: nice and warm weather, so gardening and getting my husband to go for walks were some fine accomplishments.  We discovered little parks and trails that we didn't  realize existed in our part of town!  My hands are sore (I like to feel the earth, etc. when I garden), but it's nice to see the yard taking shape and the new potted plants are looking good.  As our area of Oregon moves into a badly dry season, I'll be keeping up the garden and yard with prudent use of water, and watching indoor water use as well (an added action/goal to begin right at the end of this month).

  • John Wienert's avatar
    John Wienert 4/30/2020 9:28 PM
    Going well... and I think my better half uses water-friendly beauty products, but I will check with her in the morning.
  • 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?

    Dawni Smart-Callaghan's avatar
    Dawni Smart-Callaghan 4/30/2020 4:51 PM
    COYOTE - A very dominant wild animal where we live.  We see them cross the roads and hear them at night.  I have had a lot of friends lose their pets to coyotes, so I decided to try to get to know them a little better rather than automatically dislike them.  
    Interesting facts about our canine brother:  Like most dogs, they are EXTREMELY smart and cunning.  Despite the attempts of hunters to decrease the population, their population is higher than ever.  Knowing from experience, they team up to get their prey from "city limits" or just away from their home.  One coyote plays hurt while the others wait for the pet to respond.  It's very sly and sneeky the way they round up their prey.  Even though most people really dislike coyotes, they are important in our area to keep the natural order of things in the wild.
    As long as they leave my animals alone, I like them just fine :)
  • 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's avatar
    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's avatar
    Brenda Young 4/30/2020 4:25 PM
    shared with college students in class
  • 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?

    Dawni Smart-Callaghan's avatar
    Dawni Smart-Callaghan 4/30/2020 4:23 PM
    I totally believe what Rachel Carson said about needing the beauty and mysteries of the natural world for our spiritual and emotional development.  I have always very much in tune with nature, especially wind (my element), but living in the country helps me love my surroundings even more.  Mother nature is the most beautiful woman on earth (LOL) and I feel a need to help her beauty grow. 
  • Reflection Question
    Wildlife Support Pollinators
    Why is it important to take care of pollinators?

    Dexter Kosk's avatar
    Dexter Kosk 4/30/2020 3:03 PM
    because honey tastes food, I love fruit and veggies, they make great memes, buzzing and fluttering are a great part of summer