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April 1 - April 30, 2021

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  • Reflection Question
    Industry Practice the 5 R's
    What are some more "R's" you could add to your daily practice to reduce your waste?

    Valerie Autieri's avatar
    Valerie Autieri 4/30/2021 7:25 PM
    I find it difficult to reduce the plastic of food packaging. I always try to buy food that is not packaged but I find a lot of organic produce comes packaged in plastic.   


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    Valerie Autieri 4/30/2021 7:14 PM
    During this challenge I have tried to eat more vegetarian meals. This week I have had vegetarian meals for 5 consecutive days.  It has already been a few years that I have stopped eating red meat and pork almost completely.
  • Reflection Question
    Food, Agriculture, and Land Use Eat Mindfully
    Mindful eating is healthier for us than eating with distractions. How does your eating experience differ when practicing mindfulness?

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    Valerie Autieri 4/30/2021 7:10 PM
    I realized that prior to this challenge I did not participate in mindful eating very much.  This past month I have made an effort to practice mindfulness during my meals.  One of the benefits I found that there was more conversation during our meals.
  • Reflection Question
    Transportation Research and Consider Switching to a Hybrid or Electric Vehicle
    Reducing (or eliminating) exhaust emissions and improving public health are two benefits of green vehicles. What other motivators inspire you to consider switching to a more fuel-efficient vehicle?

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    Valerie Autieri 4/30/2021 7:03 PM
    The main reason I am choosing to purchase an electric car as my next vehicle is definitely because they are more environmentally friendly.  However I also like the technology of electric cars.  Other benefits are that they are low maintenance and there isn’t the cost of fuel.
  • Reflection Question
    Land Sinks Advocate for Forest Protection
    Higher standards of living are very often dependent on moving our environmental costs elsewhere. What are some specific ways in which the environmental impacts of your own lifestyle might be shifted elsewhere?

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    Solveig Christina Voss 4/30/2021 6:05 PM
    I am still buying jeans in fast fashion stores every other year or so because that's the only places I know so far where I can (without a lot of effort) find trousers my size. Knowing that someone and their environment suffered to sew some of my clothes sucks. The same goes for other products and foods we buy that have been manufactured or produced in countries that lack environmental standards. We usually always check where something was made and try to go either with local products or companies or products from countries we know to adhere to certain standards.

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    Sandra Mascarenhas 4/30/2021 3:50 PM
    Thanks all for the inspiration to work through this challenge and for setting it up. What a great learning experience. So many valuable insights from the feeds as well. Hoping to keep the challenge going beyond Earth Month. 

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    Lucrezia Chiappetta 4/30/2021 11:44 AM
    YAY! We have reached the final day of the Earth Month EcoChallenge!

    I just wanted to say how inspired I was by all the actions we took as a team and all the support, comments, and reflections that came through on the Team Feed. I have learned so much from the Challenge and my team mates. Thank you for all your hard work making positive change!

    • Valerie Autieri's avatar
      Valerie Autieri 4/30/2021 7:18 PM
      I really enjoyed participating in this challenge.  I have gained so much knowledge and feel hopeful by all the articles I read of solutions that are in place around the world.

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      Solveig Christina Voss 4/30/2021 6:07 PM
      I am so glad I got to be a part of this! Inspiring and motivating month!

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      Carolyn Wadley 4/30/2021 11:54 AM
      I second that emotion, Lucrezia!  Thank you to all who participated.  I learned a lot through the month.  Many thanks to Amy for extending an invitation to our village to participate.  I’m glad I did. 😃 
  • Reflection Question
    Industry Share Bioplastic Disposal Tips
    What concerns you the most about how we are affecting the planet? Consider both local and global actions.

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    Lucrezia Chiappetta 4/30/2021 11:28 AM
    What concerns me most is that people, companies, politicians won't act in time to prevent the worst impacts of climate change. 

    That being said, I'm super grateful for challenges like this where I not only learn new habits that are better for the planet but also learn about all the innovative groups out there trying to make positive change. 
  • Reflection Question
    Land Sinks Forest-Friendly Foods 1
    How is your diet currently impacting deforestation? What can you do to decrease your negative impact and increase your positive impact?

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    Lucrezia Chiappetta 4/30/2021 11:23 AM
    Big thank you to Val for sharing the list she found of products that contain palm oil. It is quite shameful that companies have found ways to use palm oil using other names :(

    I will use the list to continue to eliminate these products from our household. 
  • 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?

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    Solveig Christina Voss 4/30/2021 8:50 AM
    Looking into seafood consumption was my last goal, which I decided to add after watching Seaspiracy. I spent a couple of hours digging deeper into the possibility to source truly sustainable seafood and wrote a small summary on my blog: https://needleandnotion.wordpress.com/2021/04/29/%f0%9f%93%ba-movie-talk-seaspiracy/

    As for fish-eating advisories, Canada has quite some resources. There is a map for advisories in Ontario: https://www.ontario.ca/environment-and-energy/eating-ontario-fish
    An Excel spreadsheet that provides information on contamination and lists "mercury" quite a few times:
    https://open.canada.ca/data/en/dataset/d4551ff4-be93-4d16-ad84-812e5ba0b1d5
    More information on Mercury in fishes with links to further guides: https://www.canada.ca/en/environment-climate-change/services/pollutants/mercury-environment/health-concerns/fish-consumption-advisories.html

    Bottom line: I will decide on a case-by-case basis whether or not to eat fish. Unless I am certain seafood is sourced sustainably and healthy, I'll pass.