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SHERROD SESSION

Bruins For a Just Transition

Points Total

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  • 0 This Week
  • 216 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    2.0
    meatless or vegan meals
    consumed
  • up to
    50
    minutes
    being mindful
  • up to
    30
    minutes
    spent outdoors
  • up to
    27
    minutes
    spent learning

SHERROD's Actions

Action Track: Healing & Renewal

Explore My Area

Sometimes protecting nature requires feeling connected to nature. I will invest 5 minutes in exploring and appreciating a natural area in my region, whether a forest, wetland, coastal area, or somewhere else.

Completed
One-Time Action

Food, Agriculture, and Land Use

Reduce Animal Products

Plant-Rich Diets

I will enjoy 5 meatless or vegan meal(s) each day of the challenge.

COMPLETED 2
DAILY ACTIONS

Health and Education

Learn about the Need for Family Planning

Health and Education

I will spend at least 10 minutes learning more about the need for family planning globally.

Completed
One-Time Action

Electricity

Learn More About Geothermal Energy

Geothermal Power

I will spend at least 10 minutes learning more about the energy generation potential of geothermal energy and consider investing in this technology.

Completed
One-Time Action

Food, Agriculture, and Land Use

Eat Mindfully

I will eat all of my meals without distractions, e.g., phone, computer, TV, or newspaper.

COMPLETED 3
DAILY ACTIONS

Food, Agriculture, and Land Use

Smaller Portions

Reduced Food Waste

I will use smaller plates and/or serve smaller portions when dishing out food.

COMPLETED 2
DAILY ACTIONS

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  • Reflection Question
    Food, Agriculture, and Land Use Eat Mindfully
    Mindful eating is healthier for us than eating with distractions. How does your eating experience differ when practicing mindfulness?

    SHERROD SESSION's avatar
    SHERROD SESSION 5/24/2022 7:53 PM
    This is by far the most consistent of my ecochallenges. I have been able to eat without using my phone for over 3 months now. I start to get repulsed by people who use their phone while they eat. I think this speaks to peoples need to constantly be entertained or occupied. It seems that our generation does not know how to deal with boredom anymore because we have instant dopamine access. I find this troubling because we are supposed to be the future. I fear for our future because most of us can't do something as simple eat without distraction. 
  • Reflection Question
    Health and Education Learn about the Need for Family Planning
    What did you learn about the need for family planning? How do the needs of different people in different places compare to each other?

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    SHERROD SESSION 4/11/2022 4:33 PM
    I want to approach this question from a more critical standpoint. The assumption of family planning is premised on the idea that we as a species need population control. It assumes that the climate is the one determining that we are over-populated and that we need family planning as a means to combat this. Although I recognize the utility of planning a family (from an economic standpoint), I do not see how this is directly correlated to climate change. The reason why we waste resources (that ultimately pollute the planet) is not due to population, but it is the fact that we manage them on a abstract premise of economics i.e. profit. We have more than enough food and land to sustain a population of humans much bigger than what we have now, yet "challenges" such as these make it seem like its the individuals fault for being born as opposed to the governments and corporations who distribute resources so inefficiently. Overall, the needs of the people vary on the account of the governments access to resources. 

    • Boston Taylor's avatar
      Boston Taylor 4/11/2022 11:11 PM
      I could not agree more! The idea that a family of 12 in the Congo Basin consumes the same amount of food or gasoline as a middle class family of 4 in Los Angeles is quite absurd. I think there needs to be a reframing of the issue because simply individualizing the issue allows for this notion of consumer to even exist within the climate crises. The individuals consumption habits are the issue, not the corporations that manipulate markets in order to sell more products. Also, it seems to be an interesting take on human reproductive habits for humans compared to that of other animals on the planet. 
  • Reflection Question
    Electricity Learn More About Geothermal Energy
    Geothermal energy is reliable, abundant, and efficient. Project Drawdown states that public investment will play a crucial role in its expansion. In what ways (i.e. with money, time, advocacy) can you invest in geothermal energy?

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    SHERROD SESSION 4/11/2022 4:17 PM
    • It is difficult for an individual such as myself to invest or advocate for geothermal energy. I will say that if I did have the ability to contribute to making this more of a global phenomenon, I would create a political campaign surrounding the feasibility and benefits of geothermal energy.  In other words, what is truly stopping this change in energy production are governments and their corporate counterparts. If I were given the support of the masses and a budget that is at least 10% of the US military budget, I would ensure every possible cite for geothermal energy was capitalized on. It would take a lot of time and dedication to from those who would design and labor to build these facilities, but if it means becoming independent from fossil fuel consumption. The article that I chose to screen shot shows how cost effective geothermal power plants could potentially be. Overall, this form of energy would seem like a common sense transition however, our global political-economic climate prevents it.

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      Quinlan Parker 4/11/2022 4:56 PM
      I agree with your sentiment about geothermal energy! It almost seems like a no-brainer that we should use geothermal energy instead of fossil fuels based on this article. It is cleaner and can generate much cheaper energy than gas-powered energy plants. The reduced emissions that a wide shift to geothermal away from oil and gas would be incredible for sure. I also agree that governments and corporate supporters are the major roadblock between widespread adoption. If more funding was given toward this power production and tax incentives were also created, I have a feeling geothermal would catch on quickly. It won't be quick for this transition to happen but it should be continually advocated for. It is still daunting as individuals to take action that would have a meaningful impact in the fight against the oil and gas industry.
      I think that the difficulty of providing geothermal energy to communities worldwide is currently a roadblock. I read the geothermal article in Regeneration about how a company has developed small, modular geothermal energy units to provide electricity to communities in virtually any environment. The only need for these modules is to drill deep enough to source ambient heat to boil water, the basis of geothermal energy. Making this technology cheaper and easy to set up can lead to its widespread adoption, a crucial step for any climate regenerative motion. Harnessing the constant renewable energy at a community scale gradually seems more doable than immediately divesting from fossil fuels. I think a great use of these smaller units would be to install them in communities around the world that are without power currently.


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      Matthew Gillette 4/11/2022 4:36 PM
      I think geothermal is a very interesting idea for a renewable energy source. The more I read and learn about in this class the more I have been thinking "small scale" instead of "large scale".  That is, I'm not sure about the viability of geothermal in California, but we can definitely benefit from expanded solar power here as its sunny 350 days a year. But I can totally see advocating for geothermal in the areas where it makes sense to transition away from fossil fuels at any cost necessary. 
  • Reflection Question
    Food, Agriculture, and Land Use Reduce Animal Products
    Why do people in richer countries eat more meat than people in other places? How does eating more meat affect our bodies, our planet, and other people?

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    SHERROD SESSION 4/11/2022 3:37 PM

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      SHERROD SESSION 4/11/2022 3:55 PM
      Edit: Sorry for some reason my response didn't post along with the photo. I stated that since the countries that we live in have modern groceries and fast food restaurants, it becomes much easier to consume meat. I started eating at least one plant based meal a day because I noticed how bad my diet was. I recently learned that eating mainly meat and bread can cause life-long health complications such as colon cancer and heart disease. Eating plant based meals will help balance out nutritional loads on ones organs . Since I intend on living a long and healthy life, it would benefit me greatly if I reduced my meat intake. I think that individually, this ecochallange has inconsequential impacts on the broader climate. However, collectively, if more people were more committed to eating more plant based meals, then it might lower the demand for meat and animal farming.

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    SHERROD SESSION 4/03/2022 9:29 AM
    Overall, I have a very pessimistic outlook on our response to climate change. I chose the daily and one time actions which were most feasible to a college student who is dependent on the resource consumption of the university. I honestly do not think any of this will help the overall broader climate, being as that I am one person. And even if we were to all do the challenges that I selected, realistically it would not put a dent in reversing the pending calamity. I think it is cruelly optimistic to suggest these "strategies" without understanding the more complex political-economics of climate change. In other words, I think this is another way to "respond" to the climate crisis uncritically. And ultimately distracting us from a cohesive political resistance to corporate and state exploitation of the planet.

    • Jake Hawley's avatar
      Jake Hawley 4/03/2022 2:43 PM
      Hi Sherrod, I totally understand your perspective as I too shared that same opinion. I always thought that one person's actions about billions of people would surely not have an impact. In the grand scheme that is absolutely true. I think the meaning is not found in one person's actions but in the collective one person can create. If one person makes a change for the better then maybe someone else will also learn from them. Starting a snowball effect to create a cleaner environment is what I believe to be the best strategy. All you can do is try, so anything moving in a positive direction is a good thing.

    • Boston Taylor's avatar
      Boston Taylor 4/03/2022 2:39 PM
      I would agree with your outlook on the "individual strategies" when addressing climate change. They seem to be a moral plea rather than a concerted effort of political action that will hold corporations and the state accountable. I do not like to use this word very often but I think it stems from a privileged position of upper middle class individuals who can divert much of their time to this problem. The everyday working people who's very lives are dependent upon these carbon emitting infrastructures are made to seem as if they are bad in a moral sense.