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Max Weisberg

Bruins For a Just Transition

"Hello, my name is Max Weisberg. My goal is to learn how I can get more involved in my community with fighting climate change. I'm a firm believer in change having to start at home first and I think that's how we can make a more meaningful impact."

Points Total

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  • 0 This Week
  • 756 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    42
    meatless or vegan meals
    consumed
  • up to
    2,090
    minutes
    spent exercising
  • up to
    156
    more servings
    of fruits and vegetables
  • up to
    185
    minutes
    spent outdoors
  • up to
    400
    minutes
    spent learning

Max's Actions

Action Track: Building Resilience

Learn More about Regenerative Agriculture

Conservation Agriculture, Regenerative Annual Cropping

I will spend at least 200 minutes learning about the need for more regenerative agriculture.

Completed
One-Time Action

Buildings

Learn about 'Green Gentrification'

Multiple Solutions

I will spend at least 200 minutes learning about green gentrification and how it relates to city planning for climate action.

Completed
One-Time Action

Food, Agriculture, and Land Use

Reduce Animal Products

Plant-Rich Diets

I will enjoy 2 meatless or vegan meal(s) each day of the challenge.

COMPLETED 22
DAILY ACTIONS

Action Track: Healing & Renewal

More Fruits And Veggies

I will eat a heart healthy diet by adding 4 cups of fruits and vegetables each day to achieve at least 4 cups per day.

COMPLETED 33
DAILY ACTIONS

Action Track: Healing & Renewal

Explore My Area

Sometimes protecting nature requires feeling connected to nature. I will invest 180 minutes in exploring and appreciating a natural area in my region, whether a forest, wetland, coastal area, or somewhere else.

Completed
One-Time Action

Electricity

Calculate the carbon footprint of my household

I will calculate the carbon emissions associated with my household and consider how different lifestyle choices could reduce our carbon footprint and our impact on the environment.

Completed
One-Time Action

Transportation

Go for a Daily Walk

Walkable Cities

I will take a walk for 60 minutes each day and take note of the infrastructure that makes walking more or less enjoyable, accessible, and possible.

COMPLETED 34
DAILY ACTIONS

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  • Reflection Question
    Action Track: Building Resilience Learn More about Regenerative Agriculture
    Clean air, clean water and healthy food are just three reasons to care about regenerative agriculture. What are some other reasons? How could/does regenerative agriculture positively impact you and your community?

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    Max Weisberg 5/11/2022 5:14 PM
    Regenerative agriculture is really a step toward a global-community that is more in touch with the world. A huge reason for people's apathy towards the world is capitalism's role. Corporations have told us that they can replace the need for being in touch with the world by selling us products that replace it. They have told us that the earth is dirty and continually pushed us further and further from the natural. This has led to feelings of anxiety. At the end of the day we are still animals who need to be close to the earth we evolved from. I think a huge reason practices like meditation, and even just touching grass, relieve these feelings of anxiety, is they bring us closer to our natural state of who we are. I'm a big believer that we need to do what we can to get back to that on a more regular basis in order to be more grounded. We can't just replace the earth. We are not above it. We treat the world like we are gods, but I think it's very important that we work with the earth rather than against it. Take what the earth gives us rather than tearing down its natural resources. This would bring us much more happiness and community. Community is hugely important again, because of our evolution. We evolved as community-based species, and we still need that. We will feel so much better about ourselves if we work with community and do better for it. It brings us a sense of accomplishment and meaning within our lives that everyone is looking for.

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    Max Weisberg 5/11/2022 5:02 PM
    I really enjoy eating a more plant-rich diet. It makes me feel a lot better, and it allows me to learn how to cook in different ways that you didn't used to. I can already tell a difference in how I feel less lethargic and more energetic. It's something you really don't notice all that much until you do it. Americans have a very engrained version in their heads of what a balanced meal is and it always includes a big piece of meat. This really isn't in line with what actual health-experts say, especially when it comes to red-meat which is really bad for our heart-health. We also have very preconceived notions of what meat-less diets look like, usually bland salads with 0 flavor. I credit this to America's terrible diet culture that basically tells us we have to eat food we don't want to in order to lose weight. I grew up with a dad from Houston who's a very picky eater and pretty much exclusively eats unseasoned meat and fatty foods. This is mostly how I grew up eating, but never enjoyed it too much. Once I started cooking for myself, I realized how I actually enjoyed fruits and vegetables, as well as how much better they made me feel. I've learned how to cook thins that not only make me feel good, but taste good as well. I'd definitely consider myself a foodie, and I love meat, but there's so much good plant-based food out there. America is very meat-based in how we approach food, but other cultures get so much incredible flavor out of meat-less dishes. Indian is one of my favorite cuisines and the vast majority of things I order at an Indian restaurant contain no meat. Learning to cook in these types of cuisines has given me a new perspective on plant-based diets. So much of it in America is just trying to imitate meat, but the best meat-less foods are the ones that utilize the great flavors from the vegetables and fruits. I've made many different types of dishes during this process including: salads, stews, chili, curry, tofu tacos, and many more. These are potato and vegan cheese flautas I made with my roommate, as well as a strawberry daiquiri for Cinco de Mayo:
  • Reflection Question
    Electricity Calculate the carbon footprint of my household
    After you determined your carbon footprint, did you see what different choices you can make in order to reduce it?

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    Max Weisberg 4/10/2022 5:31 PM
    I used the carbon footprint calculator to find that my apartment is equivalent to 7,124 gallons of gasoline consumed. I have 4 roommates who all drive their own cars and all eat meat. While paying the 89.69$ to offset the carbon footprint of 5.28 tons of CO2 sounds good, it is not realistic for me or many other people right now. I’m a college student who’s already scraping by paying exorbitant LA rent. Me and my roommates simply can’t afford an extra 89.69$ a month, I don’t think it’s realistic to expect the average person to be able to. I work a job that I have to drive to, I don’t have time to take public transportation because I’m already a full time student and LA is a city that’s incredibly hard to operate in without a car. I think if these measures of offsetting our carbon footprint are going to be done properly, it must be done at a governmental level. The amount of people who are willing and able to pay 90 dollars a month to lower their carbon footprint is few to none. This has to be a huge publicly funded, tax movement. We also need to put sanctions on corporations and force them to bring their carbon footprint to 0, otherwise the individuals don’t matter. I feel this should be privately funded by the company however rather than the government. Corporations should not be getting public money in any circumstance, if they can’t afford the change they shouldn’t be allowed to continue operations. The public has already been screwed over by the government taking the side of the corporations too many times, we can’t let this movement be another one that benefits the profits of billionaires rather than the public. That will just make the average person more apathetic to the climate change movement. If we keep piling bills onto the people no one is actually gonna want to participate. The climate change movement is one that must be led by the government, but done in a way that benefits the average person. 
  • Reflection Question
    Action Track: Healing & Renewal 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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    Max Weisberg 4/10/2022 4:23 PM
    Eating more fruits and vegetables really just in general makes me feel better. I feel less sluggish and lazy, like I’m doing something that’s helping my body. I like to meal prep for the week so I don’t have to cook when I’m busy. This week I made a big bolognese pasta. I put a bunch of spinach, carrots, and tomatoes in it to get the veggies. I’m not the biggest fan of eating vegetables, but there’s a lot of ways to eat them where you don’t even really taste them. When they’re in the pasta sauce they really just blend in with everything else. You have to season them properly and they can become delicious. I also usually either make smoothies or avocado toast in the mornings. This is a good way to start off my day because I’m not just weighing myself down with processed food that makes me feel bad for the rest of the day. It also sets a good example for the people around me. My roommates eat a lot of meat and processed foods, when they eat my food and see that it can still taste good while getting them the nutrients they need, it makes them want to cook with more fruits and veggies. 

    Eating more fruits and veggies is much more sustainable. It’s one of the easiest ways for an individual to make a difference in emissions. We vote with our dollar, we gotta let the food companies know that we are not okay with their unsustainable practices. Cutting down on meat and other processed food not only sends the right message, but actively helps the planet. It might feel insignificant because a whole world of people needs to do the same, but it needs to start somewhere. We can’t let the weight of the issues deter us from doing our part, no matter how insignificant it might seem. Change always starts with one person and it will always be that way, if each individual does what they can to combat the climate crisis we can do it. I think we also have to educate ourselves on how to eat better. Not just telling people what’s good and bad, but actually implementing cooking classes in schools that show people how to cook delicious, healthy meals.There is a stigma in America against sustainable eating, whenever we see it, we see food that can’t be made to be delicious. There’s cultures across the world that have made these foods the basis for their diets and made them some of the best foods in the world. We just have to do a better job of imitating that, rather than going to McDonalds whenever we can.

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      Deema Daher 4/10/2022 7:56 PM
      I also enjoy eating fruit because I feel as though fruits make me more energized and fill me up. I find it harder to eat more vegetables, especially when living on campus but try my best to incorporate some type of veggies when I do eat. There are certain vegetables I would rather not eat but do know they are good for me which include eggplant, spinach, mushroom, etc.   I think with a more positive approach like you said I can really set my mind to anything and eat more vegetables and fruit while helping the environment.  

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    Max Weisberg 4/09/2022 4:39 PM
    I went on a long hike in Van Nuys to get a better feel for my environment. The hike wound far up a mountain, about 7 miles and 70 floors according to my phone's pedometer. It's very cool to learn about the environment we live in. I used to go on hikes almost everyday before I moved to LA, but ever since I moved here its been hard to get out and do it. It's almost essential to get out very early and hike in LA because it's hard to get to the trails with all the traffic. A lot of times in LA doing things that get you more connected to nature take burning fossil fuels and other resources to actually do. It's a weird dichotomy because you obviously want to feel connected to your home, but it's hard to do in a place like this. We are very separated from nature here. Once I got to the trails however, it's a very different experience. It's such a different experience than the Bay Area, where I would hike in lush redwood forests. LA has very different vegetations and climates so I get to see whole new things. The trails are much rockier and sandier and the landscapes much more brown because it's more of a dessert climate. I love being able to see these differences and point them out because they allow us to feel more of a connection to our environment. I plan on getting out into nature a lot more and I feel it's essential for us as humans to feel connected to this part of ourselves. At the end of the day we're all ape-brained people living in a world with technology that's almost moved past our basic needs. I like the idea of getting out into nature simply just to feel like a human again, rather than a robot constantly plugged into technology and 21st century problems. We need more easily accessible nature in our cityscapes. Regeneration had an article called the "Nature of Cities" where it discussed putting nature at the forefront of our city-planning. We build around nature rather than bulldozing it over for a new skyscraper. This is something I want to see put in action and I believe is necessary for climate change action. We need people to see the beauty and importance of nature in our humanity for it to become something they want to save.

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    Max Weisberg 4/03/2022 5:01 PM
    Since my senior year of high school I've watched fire season get increasingly worse in my home of California. Being from the surrounding suburbs of San Francisco, I've watched my neighboring towns be devastated by fires on a yearly basis. These fires have slowly gotten closer and closer to my home of Novato, California. One of my rival high school's even burned down in the fires. It's terrifying knowing that it's only a matter of time before this hits my mother's house. I've lived my life the past few years under the assumption that within my lifetime, my home of California will be ash.

    These fires are obviously only one facet of climate change, and there's even more destructive things happening around the world. However, I believe the only way for true change to happen is for us to organize within our communities and push change at the local level. The national and international levels are almost too abstract and far away for any individuals to force change, but on a local level we can actually mobilize to make real change. Even though a movement toward green energy would be a huge boon for the economy, there's a ton of old money holding us back to the fossil fuel industry and other non-renewable sources. This has become an incredibly politicized and money-driven issue.

    We are on our way to mass-extinction. This should not be a bi-partisan argument, it's an argument of life or death for billions. It's also an argument that only the most powerful handful of people in the world are allowed to participate in on a meaningful level. Many of these people being the ones who benefit from not implementing green energy. If we start mobilizing from the bottom however within our communities, I think we have a much better shot of making meaningful change. Once we make change within our own communities, we can move to these bigger entities. I don't think these higher institutions are ready to reason with the changes yet because of the money involved, but if we start from the bottom we can force the issue.

    • Olivia Hay's avatar
      Olivia Hay 4/04/2022 10:31 AM
      Hi Max, 

      I absolutely love your "why" and I agree! I am lucky enough to have grown up in New Zealand and not had to experience the fires here in calirfornia but they are something which look very terrifying. These fires are deffinitly evident from climate change which is expidentially occuring more, and as like you said the more these are ocuring the more things that are being destoryed in both the natural and cultural world. I love how concered you are with how much of an impact these fires are having, as they are a product of how our world is changing and they can't be ignored. Starting small at a community level, making an impact there and then look at moving bigger is a good plan to start. Sometimes that is the hardest part... 

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      Mark Xiong 4/04/2022 12:37 AM
      Hey Max,

      I relate heavily with your concern about the increasing severity of fire season. I have also watched fire season become increasingly worse in my hometown, and I too am fearful of what will happen to my parents' home and many other peoples' homes if things don't change. I have already seen countless people be forced to evacuate as a result of the worsening of fire season, and I am sure things will only get worse for those people if the trend continues. I agree with your point about how change must be enacted from the local level, and what you said reminds me of something that Paul Hawken said in Drawdown. Hawken talked about how individuals can create a movement, regardless of the actions of large multibillion-dollar corporations, and create real change as long as we each believe in each other. I think that this is true, and this idea relates to your beliefs about how change should be organized at the local level by individuals passionate about promoting change and making a difference. I think that it will be individuals that will get the ball rolling on the fight against climate change, and I am hopeful for the future seeing more and more people become aware of the need to push for change in hopes of creating a better future.