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  • Reflection Question
    Transportation Learn about Carbon Offsets
    What are some attributes of an offset that you should consider before purchasing them?

    Lea  Calhoun's avatar
    Lea Calhoun 3/18/2021 12:21 PM
    I really like that carbon offsets are a way to help reduce your carbon footprint by advocating and paying for the carbon you used by using it in a way to create renewable energy. I would like to try to purchase carbon offsets to help reduce my CO2 footprint after taking flights to France. 
  • Reflection Question
    Transportation Go for a Daily Walk
    What have you noticed on your daily walks? What have you enjoyed? What infrastructure changes could make your walks more enjoyable or possible?

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    Lea Calhoun 3/18/2021 12:18 PM
    On my daily walks, I always notice the weather and the birds. If it's a nice day out there are so many birds, if it isn't as nice there are fewer birds. I also notice that on nice days there are a lot more people enjoying the nice weather than on other days. I think going outside even if it's snowing is so much fun. Running is a little hard when it's icy and snowy out, but it is so beautiful. I wish there were more flowers and pretty plants planted in the are. 
  • Reflection Question
    Electricity Invite a friend to calculate the carbon footprint of their household
    What kinds of discussions did you have, or are you hoping to have with friends about climate change?

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    Lea Calhoun 3/18/2021 12:15 PM
    I had a great conversation with my best friend from home. She realized the amount of driving she did was really necessary and harmful. I spoke to her about carbon offsets and she said that she would talk to her parents and see what they could do every time they took a plane. I think sometimes it's hard to see how much we do to destroy the Earth instead of helping and hurting it. 
  • 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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    Lea Calhoun 3/18/2021 12:13 PM
    I honestly really enjoyed eating more fruits and vegetables. I had a lot more energy, I would be able to go on longer runs, and it just made me feel overall better. I used to eat meat with every meal, I also tried new alternatives of ground beef and got ground tofu instead. Eating less meat, especially pork and beef, are huge greenhouse gas admirers. If we all reduced the amount of meat we ate, we would be helping ourselves and the Earth. 
  • Reflection Question
    Land Sinks Learn about Temperate Forests
    As you learn more about the scope and seriousness of the environmental challenges we face, what impact does that have on your thinking and actions? What are the parts that feel overwhelming? What parts help you feel hopeful?

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    Makenzie Wilson 3/18/2021 11:16 AM
    As I learn more, I realize that the issues are much bigger and more serious than I ever thought and it has me thinking about these issues a lot more frequently and wondering more often what I can do to help. The parts that most overwhelm me, are how much damage simple things we do in our daily lives can actually cause so much damage and also the fact of how little a lot of people care, including government systems that put economy and power over the environment which controls our entire existence. What gives me hope, is how many people are starting to care and all of the movements and transitions to eco-friendly options that are starting to set forth around the world.
  • Reflection Question
    Land Sinks Support a Community Garden
    What are the multiple benefits of community gardens, including carbon sequestration? Why do these benefits matter to you?

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    Makenzie Wilson 3/18/2021 11:11 AM
    Community gardens bring people together, bring natural beauty to the area (a good distraction from the filth, garbage, and industrialization), and give hope for a more green environment. This matters to me because I grew up in a very green area and have always had an appreciation for plants and greenery, so seeing community gardens in a more urban area like Brockport or Rochester makes me feel at home and happy with the world.
  • Reflection Question
    Action Track: Healing & Renewal Plant Trees
    How is planting trees good for your mental, physical, and spiritual health?

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    Makenzie Wilson 3/18/2021 11:07 AM
    Planting trees helps you keep in touch with the Earth, it allows you watch the growth of a life you have created/supported, it gets you outside and breathing fresh, clean air while also adding in an element that will help clean the air, and it also gives you a peace of mind and allows you to escape the craziness of the rest of the world by just focusing on one simple part of the Earth. 
  • Reflection Question
    Electricity Choose LED Bulbs
    Changing lightbulbs is an excellent first step toward energy efficiency! What's next for you?

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    Makenzie Wilson 3/18/2021 11:03 AM
    My next stop would be trying to convert my electricity source as a whole to green energy. 
  • Reflection Question
    Action Track: Healing & Renewal Tend A Garden
    Have you ever had a significant experience in nature that altered your perspective or focus? If so, please describe it.

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    Lea Calhoun 3/17/2021 7:17 PM
    During the summer I work for my grandmother, she has a little garden and a huge backyard. During the summer I tend to her garden and grass. The lawnmower constantly gets stuck with fresh grass. From now on I will make sure that we are recycling all the excess that gets leftover. I have really enjoyed being outside and taking care of the beautiful flowers and plants. For the future, I am going to make a compost bin so when my grandmother has to produce bits to throw out we can put them in her soil to fertilize the garden.,
  • Reflection Question
    Action Track: Healing & Renewal Go for a Daily Walk
    What have you noticed on your daily walks? What have you enjoyed? What infrastructure changes could make your walks more enjoyable or possible?

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    Alex Clarke 3/15/2021 12:04 PM
    My daily walks have given me time to slow down and enjoy/appreciate the natural world around me more. Most of the time I get to share these walks with my son and teach him new things about nature, like which animals are which and types of plants, trees, flowers, etc. An infrastructure change that could make these walks more enjoyable would be if I had closer access to a park where I could get away from the hustle and bustle of the streets and more into a natural environment.