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  • 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?

    Emily Pierpont's avatar
    Emily Pierpont 3/13/2021 11:12 AM
    I think that people in richer countries eat more meat because meat is less expensive to them and it is easier to access. In low income families, people tend to avoid consuming a lot of meat because it is so expensive due to limited availability.  I think that a properly portioned amount of meat is good for people, especially red meats and chicken. I think it keeps your body strong and healthy and feeds the carnivore side of your body. Eating meat is not as good for the planet because the way that some farms treat the animals that they are getting the meat from is bad and negatively affects the environment. Also, the factories that process meat create a lot of pollution. One good thing about people eating meat is that it is population control. 
  • 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?

    Emily Pierpont's avatar
    Emily Pierpont 3/13/2021 10:59 AM
    My family and I can try to use less electricity by switching to LED bulbs, turning lights off when we leave the room, avoiding leaving on electronics, and even carpooling with each other more often! We can also install better windows and doors that don't allow air to seep through as much. We have already switched to mostly LED light bulbs and tried to remember turning off lights behind us.
  • Reflection Question
    Food, Agriculture, and Land Use Smaller Portions
    While dishing food out, we tend to load our plates with more than we need. Using smaller plates helps to mitigate this. Aside from the environmental benefits, what other benefits might come from eating/serving smaller portions?

    Emily Pierpont's avatar
    Emily Pierpont 3/11/2021 12:43 PM
    Eating smaller portions can not only benefit the environment, but it benefits your body and your nutrition. It helps your body see and get used to the fact that you only need a small/normal amount of food at a time to keep your body energized. This results in less consumption of foods that aren't so good for your body, and it helps you be healthier, overall.
  • Reflection Question
    Electricity Choose LED Bulbs
    Changing lightbulbs is an excellent first step toward energy efficiency! What's next for you?

    Emily Pierpont's avatar
    Emily Pierpont 3/11/2021 12:41 PM
    I aim to ensure that all of the light bulbs in my household are LED and energy efficient. I might even start changing the bulbs in my spouse's house! :)
  • Reflection Question
    Transportation Purchase a Carbon Offset
    A round-trip flight from New York City to Los Angeles emits just over 1.5 tons of CO2—per person. That’s a lot of carbon! What can you do to reduce the number of flights you take per year?

    Kennedy Clark's avatar
    Kennedy Clark 3/10/2021 4:13 AM
    When taking multiple trips a year, to lessen the amount of flights taken, I can decide which ones are possible to drive. With work it is hard to always take off that extra day for the driving, but with a more planned out trip, driving could work out. For example, we have a family house in Cape Cod, MA, instead of flying every single time, we choose to drive and we take an extra day off to do so. As for like Florida this year, we chose to fly because we don't have enough time to take off of work, so I bought a carbon offset to help the carbon emissions from the flight. 
  • Reflection Question
    Health and Education Help Students Overcome Health Barriers
    In what other ways could you help girls overcome health barriers to being able to attend school?

    Kennedy Clark's avatar
    Kennedy Clark 3/09/2021 11:52 AM
    I was doing some research and saw that another issue with girls and attending schools is the issue of early marriages in some areas. I know there is not much I can do as one person, but even finding a place to donate money to, to help put an end to early marriages so these young girls can go to school. There are so many reasons they can not go and it is not fair. With enough research anyone can find a way to help in just the smallest way. It will be my goal to save up a little money and donate towards an end to young marriages. This was just one of the many articles I read, https://www.worldbank.org/en/news/immersive-story/2017/08/22/educating-girls-ending-child-marriage 
  • Reflection Question
    Action Track: Healing & Renewal Explore My Area
    How can spending more time outdoors enhance your sense of place -- your deep knowledge of and appreciation for your surroundings?

    Kennedy Clark's avatar
    Kennedy Clark 3/09/2021 11:40 AM
    It can help enhance your sense of place by watching how the wildlife works. How they're so adapted to that space of their own, it shows you that your place is not within their space. It's like a wake up call that wilderness does need its own area and many people should want to stop invading it. We as people would not appreciate other species coming in and taking over our land, so we should not do it to every piece of space that nature has. Nature is good for your mind and body. It helps heal you without knowing it. It takes your mind off things and shows you that sometimes things aren't so bad. It's a step away from reality. It also deepens your knowledge because you're seeing first hand the actions that go on within the forest, woods, wetlands etc., that you're studying. I know that on my daily walks in the wildlife refuge walk that when I decided to step off the trail and explore deeper, that my appreciation grew more for nature/wildlife and I'm going to take the actions I need to do to make these beautiful areas remain intact. 
  • Reflection Question
    Action Track: Healing & Renewal Plant Trees
    How is planting trees good for your mental, physical, and spiritual health?

    Kennedy Clark's avatar
    Kennedy Clark 3/09/2021 11:28 AM
    For me planting trees and being around them helps decrease my stress. I love taking my walks in a wildlife refuge nature trail walk because not only is the walking good for my health but the scenery too is just beautiful and decreases anxiety and stress. Nature is just a key component in everyday life that many do not realize. That is why I will be planting my three trees along with my brothers and his wifes, to add to the beauty of nature. 
  • Reflection Question
    Electricity Choose LED Bulbs
    Changing lightbulbs is an excellent first step toward energy efficiency! What's next for you?

    Kennedy Clark's avatar
    Kennedy Clark 3/09/2021 11:28 AM
    So after changing my bedroom and bathroom lights, I decided that I would purchase more to continue providing my whole house with LED light bulbs. Once I finish that project, I want to look into fixing leaky sinks, it will save on a ton of water. Then maybe once that project is complete, it will be warm enough out, I can begin planting some trees and starting a garden. 


  • Reflection Question
    Transportation Test Drive an Electric Bike
    Half of all trips made in the US are three miles or less; 72% of them are driven. Private vehicles account for 60% of trips of a mile or less. Do you often drive short distances instead of biking or walking? If so, how might incorporating an electric bike into your lifestyle help you make more climate-friendly choices?

    Kennedy Clark's avatar
    Kennedy Clark 3/09/2021 11:27 AM
    Yes, I often find myself driving short distances instead of biking or walking. I did recently in Cape Cod, MA, test out an electric bike. It was pretty cool but honestly I would rather use a regular bike or walk. I think those are better for exercising for me. As for incorporating an electric bike, I could use one to go visit my grandma who lives down the road, or to see my nephews who live a few miles over. I may not use an electric bike, but a bike for me would be good, even walking would be great. An electric bike just doesn’t seem like good exercise, although it would be nice instead of using so much muscle.