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  • Reflection Question
    Buildings Learn about 'Green Gentrification'
    Cities and towns need to plan for climate change. How can your city or town make its climate action plans equitable and socially just?

    Barb Munn's avatar
    Barb Munn 6/30/2021 12:26 PM
    Greeness has come to be equated with whiteness, driving out lower income residents from areas provided with large scale development in the form of green areas and climate change resilience.  Policies prior to development need to be included in any plan that put the people first, include residents in the conversation, and provide for lower income housing within the area being developed (rather than displacing them out of the area through gentrification).  I found these two sites interesting, one discusses work done on this in LA and the other highlights NYC:  https://shelterforce.org/2020/09/08/green_gentrification/  AND   https://wesleyan.maps.arcgis.com/apps/Cascade/index.html?appid=8c42302e9a1549f7952d74e9bd35c6bd
  • Reflection Question
    Industry Learn About & Practice Sustainable Fashion
    How can you express your personality, creativity, and values in ways that don't require fast fashion or buying more clothes and accessories?

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    Barb Munn 6/29/2021 7:15 PM
    I already shop at thrift stores for most of my clothing - didn't think about how that is sustainable shopping!
  • Reflection Question
    Buildings Learn about the Legacy of Redlining
    How does city planning and design relate to equity and climate change?

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    Barb Munn 6/29/2021 11:08 AM
    I am so glad to have done this action - I was not completely aware of what redlining was and how it led to segregation and cyclic feedbacks leading to poverty and disenfranchisement.  Studies showed that areas that were redlined in the 30's went into decline and suffer from a multitude of environmental health problems including higher heat levels (as much as 13 degrees hotter than other areas of a city) due to lack of investment in parks (part of urban planning) - trees in a park lower temperatures due to their ability to absorb heat without raising temperatures (has to do with unique properties of water, which is present in the vegetation in parks).  That is just one example of the negative health effects on people unable to receive loans to improve their neighborhoods starting in the 1930's when their neighborhoods were redlined - lots of policy changes (and follow through) are necessary to right these injustices which began so long ago.
  • Reflection Question
    Industry Listen to the Planet Money Podcast – “Sell Me Your Climate Bombs”
    What was the most surprising thing you learned from this podcast?

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    Joan Lacktis 6/20/2021 3:46 PM
    That people are doing so many interesting things to reduce greenhouse gases. I also didn't know that there were all these tanks lying around
  • Reflection Question
    Land Sinks Regenerative Gardening
    What did you learn about regenerative gardening? Were you able to put any into practice? How does this relate back to climate action?

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    Barb Munn 6/10/2021 7:18 PM
    I learned that the soil is a living thing, so important not to till you garden, but to gently aerate and use lots of compost and mulch to keep your garden healthy.  I have mulched around our garden plants and have not pulled vegetables (like lettuce) up by the roots - left the roots in the ground to nurture the microorganisms and bugs that give the soil life.  Regenerative gardening could also be called carbon farming - keeping the soil healthy, not tilling or uprooting keeps organic matter (carbon) in the ground where it can nurture future plants.
  • Reflection Question
    Electricity Support Microgeneration in Low Income Countries
    How can micro energy solutions reduce inequities? Why is this important to you?

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    Barb Munn 6/06/2021 7:16 PM
    Inequities are reduced when all have access to reliable energy.  Reliable energy also leads to economic stability, which is good for everyone.  Also, microgrids use renewable energy which means less fossil fuel is burned.  I donated to Green Empowerment - based out of Oregon with a 100 out of 100 rating on Charity Navigator.
  • 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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    Maureen Bauman 6/04/2021 1:46 PM
    I love my daily walks even though they start on the busy Taylor Rd. Sharing the bike lane is sometimes challenging. Be nice to have space identified for both walkers and riders
  • 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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    Barb Munn 5/31/2021 1:57 PM
    The most significant experiences in nature for me have been hiking to the top of something and looking out across the landscape.  Definitely gives you focus.  The other night we watched the starlink satellites  stream in a long chain across the starry sky - I wonder how much more stuff we can put up in orbit over the earth?
  • 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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    Barb Munn 5/31/2021 1:53 PM
    On our walks, I have been noticing the birds, flowers, and everybody's gardens.  I enjoy just getting outside.  Sidewalks would be a plus in the sections that we walk through town, but I am thankful to the people who allow us to walk through their wooded property so I get the feeling of being in the wild for short stretches.

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    Janet Russell 5/23/2021 8:38 PM
    Things have been crazy, so while I am thinking and working on actions, I don't always get to the computer to log things.  I'm going to try to do more this week!

    • Barb Munn's avatar
      Barb Munn 5/24/2021 9:17 AM
      You can backlog daily actions up to 4 days in the past!