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April 1 - April 30, 2021

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  • Reflection Question
    Health and Education Research Barriers to Participation and Representation
    What are some of the barriers that exist to women's equal participation and/or representation in your community?

    Patti Jo Tennyson's avatar
    Patti Jo Tennyson 4/30/2021 5:31 PM
    Barriers include structural issues in society and in corporate settings. They are demonstrated by prevailing perceptions of gender and leadership. They are presented in forms of prejudices and discrimination. Women's responses to these barrier also complicate the issue.
    The difficulty in juggling work and personal life, particularly caring responsibilities for children and aged parents; The lack of support among women, women's lack of self-confidence and lack of sponsorship for women in workplaces.  There is lack of commitment from leaders and executive teams towards gender diversity.

  • Reflection Question
    Action Track: Accelerating Solutions Choose Renewable Energy or Purchase Renewable Energy Credits
    Your utility company is able to tell you your average energy usage. Ask them how your energy usage compares to others in your ZIP code, region, and/or state. What other steps can you take each day to reduce your electricity usage?

    Patti Jo Tennyson's avatar
    Patti Jo Tennyson 4/30/2021 5:18 PM
    Here are some steps I can take each day to reduce my electricity usage:
    Shutdown my computer.(Computers are some of the biggest energy users in office buildings).
    Choose energy efficient lighting.
    Unplug idle electronics.
    Use a power strip to reduce your plug load.
    Turn off the lights.
    Use a programmable or smart thermostat.
  • Reflection Question
    Coastal, Ocean, and Engineered Sinks Smart Seafood Choices
    Many states and countries have advisories on eating fish. Find out what is advised for your region. Do you think your diet choices fall within these guidelines? What steps do you need to take to make sure that they do?

    Deborah Clevenger's avatar
    Deborah Clevenger 4/30/2021 5:18 PM
    In our region you can look up online to see what is advised by area and what is safe to eat for adults, woman and children. I’m not a huge fan of seafood but what I do eat follows guidelines. However I am working on incorporating additional seafood choices into our dinner menus. 
  • Reflection Question
    Food, Agriculture, and Land Use Zero-waste Cooking
    In North America, up to 65% of food waste happens at the consumer level. Chef Steven Satterfield advocates for utilizing every part of a vegetable. How can you incorporate using an entire vegetable, including the skins, tops, and stalks during your next meal prep?

    Deborah Clevenger's avatar
    Deborah Clevenger 4/30/2021 5:15 PM
    We use the left over vegetable pieces when we make homemade soup or just broth. We also use the leftover parts of fruit for baking muffins. When we make mashed potatoes we use the whole potato skin and all. 

  • Patti Jo Tennyson's avatar
    Patti Jo Tennyson 4/30/2021 5:07 PM
    Going paperless....
    One more item on the list of living a more sustainable life.
    This month, I have consciously begun to choose electronic billing statements instead of paper statements.  Saves paper and postage.

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    Patti Jo Tennyson 4/30/2021 5:02 PM
    Donate unused items
    After a long, busy month of the Eco Challenge and preparing our dad's home for sale due to his passing, the house sold and we will donate the items that were left to stage his home.
    Number 18 on the list of ways to live amore sustainable life.
  • Reflection Question
    Food, Agriculture, and Land Use Keep Track of Wasted Food
    An average American throws out about 240 lbs of food per year. The average family of four spends $1,500 a year on food that they throw out. How would you rather use this money?

    Deborah Clevenger's avatar
    Deborah Clevenger 4/30/2021 4:48 PM
    I’d rather use this money on things I like to do, day trips, travel, by books, donate to charities etc. 
  • Reflection Question
    Health and Education Make School More Affordable
    Why is it important that girls have equal access to education in order to reduce our global greenhouse gas emissions?

    Patti Jo Tennyson's avatar
    Patti Jo Tennyson 4/30/2021 4:30 PM
    Research suggests that education helps women better understand the dangers of global warming and prepare for disasters. 
    In Drawdown, Hawken argues that one of the most effective solutions to climate change is educating women and girls.
    Education and environmental education empowers women and girls to be more effective and resilient stewards of food, soil, trees, and water, even as nature's cycles change and reduces greenhouse gas emissions.
  • Reflection Question
    Health and Education Connect With A Nonprofit
    What are the most pressing issues for women, girls, and trans/nonbinary people in your community?

    Patti Jo Tennyson's avatar
    Patti Jo Tennyson 4/30/2021 4:21 PM
    Domestic violence against women is "any act of gender-based violence that results in, or is likely to result in, physical, sexual, or mental harm or suffering to women, including threats of such acts, coercion or arbitrary deprivation of liberty, whether occurring in public or in private life." Body image is one issue related to girls and young  women.
    While attitudes are largely positive, large sects of the population still believe transgender people have a mental illness, or are committing a sin.  As for trans/nonbinary, the term gender binary describes the system in which a society allocates its members into one of two sets of gender roles, gender identities, and attributes based on the type of genitalia.  All issues people in our community are facing.
  • Reflection Question
    Action Track: Accelerating Solutions Contact your Elected Officials
    Do you have any personal connections to a farm or farmland? If so, what are they? What feelings are evoked for you when thinking about declining farmland?

    Patti Jo Tennyson's avatar
    Patti Jo Tennyson 4/30/2021 3:55 PM
    I have connections to both farms and farmland.
    I was born and raised on a dairy farm.  Generations of my family
    were dairy farmers.
    As an adult, I married into a family with property of several hundred acres of farm land, bordering state land in the Adirondacks.  No longer an operating sheep farm, it's a NYS designated tree farm with a saw mill.  The woodlands have been carefully logged and maintained with a select forester.
    Declining farmland is called abandoned or derelict farmland.  This land often is an environmental liability, in need of remedy.
    Abandoned farmland has experienced at least two changeovers.
    First, when its natural vegetation was removed to create farmland and then again when agricultural crops no longer were cultivated.  When thinking about declining farmland, it  invokes a feeling of sadness for me.