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  • Reflection Question
    Climate & Ecosystems Support Local Pollinators
    Why is it important to take care of pollinators? Do you have a favorite pollinator?

    Katrin Werlen's avatar
    Katrin Werlen 4/27/2022 5:58 AM
    We have our own little wild bees at home. They are of course my favorites. They are solitary bees and they don‘t sting.
    I love to watch them, when they are busy collecting food for their „babies“.
    Of course I try to keep all those important plants on my balcony so they don‘t habe to fly too far.

  • Melinda Finlay's avatar
    Melinda Finlay 4/27/2022 3:29 AM
    Remember everyone to check in daily!  You get 25 points for every check-in.  You can check in for past days  you forgot or missed by hitting the arrow keys by the date.
  • Reflection Question
    Education & Livelihood Plan A Staycation in Your Community
    What place in your region are you most excited to visit during your staycation?

    Katrin Werlen's avatar
    Katrin Werlen 4/21/2022 8:11 AM
    we visited the western part of Switzerland. it is only 2 hours drive from our home but it feels like abroad (they speak french, so obviously already the language makes you feel in a different place).
    We had a wonderful time there and although we only spent a weekend there it felt like a long holiday (without the hassle of flying or driving for hours :-))
  • Reflection Question
    Climate & Ecosystems Learn About Invasive Species
    What is one invasive species in your region and how does it impact your region's ecosystem?

    Katrin Werlen's avatar
    Katrin Werlen 4/21/2022 8:03 AM
    many invasive species are brought in through our gardens. They look nice, have nice flowers, but they are mostly useless for the local bees and they push away local species. 
    the question of course when you call it an invasive species as many species have been introduces hundreds of years ago, so are they still called invasive?
    Interesting to read that the Quagga shell came in via boats and is now a problem in our waters. 
  • Reflection Question
    Education & Livelihood Research Impact Investing
    After learning more about investing, how can you increase positive impacts and decrease negative impacts?

    Katrin Werlen's avatar
    Katrin Werlen 4/21/2022 7:41 AM
    The measurement of the impact remains a challenge. Also in a traditional investment set-up you need an exit possibility if things don't go the way you think, however if you want to have an impact this is a lot about long term commitment and often investor don't want to stay in for that long, so there has to be a balance between the two to be successful.
  • Reflection Question
    Basic Needs & Security Know Your Produce
    What surprised you about the two produce lists? How will you use these lists for your grocery shopping? Have you used these lists before?

    Katrin Werlen's avatar
    Katrin Werlen 4/21/2022 6:39 AM
    it shows again that it is worth to buy locally and know your producer. 

  • Melinda Finlay's avatar
    Melinda Finlay 4/20/2022 6:02 AM
    I am taking on the Kerry Challenge in aid of Debra Ireland to support the 300 people living with EB across Ireland. This involves 3 days of hiking the wild Kerry terrain in Dingle.  Please visit my page www.idonate.ie/fundraiser/11431443
    Great for mental health and work life balance all in a good cause!
  • Reflection Question
    Basic Needs & Security Calculate Your Water Footprint
    What is one way you will reduce your water use? What is a practice you already have that helps you reduce your water use?

    Katrin Werlen's avatar
    Katrin Werlen 4/19/2022 12:25 AM
    most of my water footprint is actually composed of "grey" water, so not water I directly use but is used to i.e. produce the food I eat. 
    Less meat, local, and seasonal is also important when it comes to water usage. 
  • Reflection Question
    Health & Equity Learn About Participation and Representation
    What are some of the barriers that exist to women and girl's equitable participation or representation in your community? Do you experience these barriers?

    Richard Lange's avatar
    Richard Lange 4/17/2022 1:37 PM
    Leaving the reflection question, whilst going though number of articles and googling further, I ran into an article from 2019 on safety measures in cars and how they better protect men than women. 

    https://www.cbc.ca/news/business/automobile-accident-crash-collision-gender-safety-injuries-1.5183079

    Would never have assumed inequality on this topic....... One learns! 
  • Reflection Question
    Health & Equity Communicate Constructively
    What is easy for you to do when having a constructive conversation and what is challenging? What tips do you have for having a constructive conversation?

    Richard Lange's avatar
    Richard Lange 4/14/2022 11:58 AM
    listening in at all times, whilst challenge to keep giving sufficient space to others in the conversation.