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  • Reflection Question
    Food Support Organic Growing Methods
    It is often said that “you can’t feed the world with just organic food.” What is your response to that statement?

    Megan Gessin's avatar
    Megan Gessin 2/26/2020 2:52 PM
    I think this statement is beyond ridiculous. Organic food is incredible for people and for the environment. I recognize the challenges with only using organic food but I think the benefits outweigh any challenges and I am sure in time we will come up with solutions to these problems.
  • Reflection Question
    Transport Stay on the Ground
    What was your process like for restructuring your trip? How can you avoid more air travel in the future?

    Megan Gessin's avatar
    Megan Gessin 2/26/2020 2:48 PM
    It is incredibly time consuming and expensive to travel cross-country when using a vehicle. Because of this I would often prefer to use an airplane. If I travel to California it will take me nearly a week to get there when that is the entire time I have for my trip. In situations like this it is very difficult for me to justify not buying a plane ticket because I simply do not have consecutive weeks to take off and travel. In this situation I decided to drive somewhere closer where I could spend more time enjoying the final destination.

  • Reflection Question
    Buildings and Cities 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?

    Ashley Carlson's avatar
    Ashley Carlson 2/25/2020 10:55 AM
    I have noticed that the weather has been very enjoyable. I think I would enjoy walking better if I lived more in the country. I don't live in the city but I would so much rather walk on long dirt roads.

  • Megan Gessin's avatar
    Megan Gessin 2/24/2020 8:00 PM
    I like to think of myself as relatively aware of my impact in the environment. I do the best I can to improve the environment and also my community. 

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  • Reflection Question
    Women and Girls Research Businesses Owned by Women, POC, or Immigrants
    Globally, women typically invest a higher proportion of their earnings in their families and communities than men. What have you done in the past to support women-owned businesses? How can you better support communities by supporting women?

    Ashley Carlson's avatar
    Ashley Carlson 2/20/2020 4:37 PM
    Honestly I don't remember supporting any women-owned businesses in the past. But I can definitely search local women-owned businesses and either purchase things from them or make donations. 
  • Reflection Question
    Materials Reduce Single-Use Disposables
    What single-use items (e.g. straws, coffee cups, vegetable bags, plastic bags) do you regularly use? What could be substituted instead?

    Steven Daniszewski's avatar
    Steven Daniszewski 2/20/2020 10:23 AM
    I've tried reducing as much as I can, but I occasionally buy snacks that come with plastic wrappers, toothpaste tubes, etc. I've eliminated shopping bags, coffee cups, switched to bar soap packaged in a cardboard box. I also recently switched to a fountain pen from disposable ballpoints- the fountain pen has a cartridge that can be refilled from a glass bottle. 
  • 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 bodies, our planet, and other people?

    Steven Daniszewski's avatar
    Steven Daniszewski 2/16/2020 1:42 PM
    People in richer countries have access to a larger market and more resources than those in poorer nations- including agricultural industries developed enough to enable mass industrial farming and the ability to refrigerate raw meat; additionally, wealthier nations tend to have a cultural focus on meat, structuring their diets around meat and have a common definition of a meal as something served with meat. Eating meat has a controversial effect on the body- some scientists contend the natural human habitat is rich in animal products and low in domesticated grains and vegetables, but others hold the consensus a plant rich diet is both more natural and more healthy. The planet sees almost all agricultural waste and pollution caused by animal agriculture- crops grown to feed to animals as well as pollution from the animal waste itself. Even deforestation is caused more by animal farming than for the classically considered markets of pulp and lumber. Pictured, hummus, kinda-greek salad, and falafel. 

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    Ashley Carlson 2/12/2020 8:21 AM
    i enjoyed reading about micro wind. It sucks that it is so expensive to use wind turbines because of how much better it is for our ecosystem than using our typical sources of energy.