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April 3 - April 24, 2019
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Maggie Godsil

Lucky's Market

"Eat better food!"

Points Total

  • 0 Today
  • 0 This Week
  • 529 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    30
    minutes
    spent learning
  • up to
    38
    meatless or vegan meals
    consumed
  • up to
    17
    zero-waste meals
    consumed

Maggie's Actions

Food

Smaller Portions

#3 Reduced Food Waste

I will use smaller plates and/or serve smaller portions when dishing out food.

COMPLETED 16
DAILY ACTIONS

Food

Keep Track of Wasted Food

#3 Reduced Food Waste

I will keep a daily log of food I throw away during the EcoChallenge, either because it went bad before I ate it, I put too much on my plate, or it was scraps from food preparation.

COMPLETED 19
DAILY ACTIONS

Food

Reduce Animal Products

#4 Plant-Rich Diet

I will enjoy 2 meatless or vegan meal(s) each day of the challenge.

COMPLETED 19
DAILY ACTIONS

Women and Girls

Learn about the Need for Family Planning

#7 Family Planning

I will spend at least 30 minutes learning more about the need for family planning globally.

Completed
One-Time Action

Materials

Mulch the Base of Trees and Plants

#46 Water Saving - Home

I will prevent water runoff and increase absorbency by mulching the base of trees and plants in my yard.

Completed
One-Time Action

Food

Zero-waste Cooking

#3 Reduced Food Waste

I will cook 1 meal(s) with zero-waste each day

COMPLETED 17
DAILY ACTIONS

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  • Reflection Question
    Women and Girls Learn about the Need for Family Planning
    What did you learn about the need for family planning? Share some of the learning with your friends!

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    Maggie Godsil 4/10/2019 2:31 PM
    The need for family planning should not be a political battle, but rather a social, economic, and enviromental issue that demands more resources. Increasing family planning resouces would actually save dollars spent on medical procedures, on top of the obvious cost of having and raising a human. In the developed world, the need for family planning is often stigmatized due to religious reasons; often education programs are banned from schools in favor of promoting abstinence. In less developed nations, there aren't resources or tools to provide education, let alone resources such as doctors, medications, and personal barriers. The perspective on family planning needs to become positive - we can talk about how family planning prevents abortions and unwanted pregancies, we can raise money to send FP resources to countries that need them. We have the power to make these changes, which will ultimately save the planet! 

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    Maggie Godsil 4/08/2019 12:22 PM
    I am enjoying this learning experience! I wish it was easier for all TMs to participate. 

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      Maggie Godsil 4/09/2019 6:10 AM
      It's hard for store-level TMs to spend any time on the computer. We're all so busy and focused on the custoemr and the store conditions,  it's difficult for even store-level management to spend time on this. Maybe we could have planned rally topics around these ideas - or some kind of bulletin board, write-in-you-response kind of interaction. 

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      Kristen Tetrick 4/08/2019 2:49 PM
      I'm so glad you love it! ... How can we make it easier for more TMs? What are the roadblocks from getting others to participate? (in your opinion)
  • Reflection Question
    Food Smaller Portions
    Fun fact: Your brain and stomach register feelings of fullness after about 20 minutes of eating. While dishing food out, we tend to load our plates with more than we need. Using smaller plates helps to mitigate this. Aside from the environmental benefits, what other benefits might come out of eating smaller portions?

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    Maggie Godsil 4/08/2019 12:18 PM
    Smaller portions will help me keep my weight in check. Even though I am healthy and active, I only need a certain amount of nuterients to sustain life. It is more than easy in American society to induldge in more nutrients (and sometimes ice cream) than necessary. Using smaller plates, opting for smaller portions, and restricting the amount of food first consumed will let the brain and stomach feel that 'fullness', therefore even if you thought you could eat three helpings of grandma's mac'n'cheese, you may only eat one and feel the same level of satisfaction. 
  • Reflection Question
    Food Reduce Animal Products
    In your opinion, what contributes to people in North America eating more meat than any other countries? What does this say about North American values and ways of living?

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    Maggie Godsil 4/08/2019 12:10 PM
    I think accessibility and popular culture influence the amount of meat eaten in North America the most. Meat is abundantly available; it is often one of the least expensive options available at stores and restaurants. This is liekly due to the dark side of fast farming - growth hormones, poor diet, inhumane living quarters, etc. It's a shame that animals aren't treated with more respect and dignity than they are. That is why it is important for consumers to choose higher quality meats, which unfortunately come at a higher price tag. Pop culture influences the amount of meat eaten in NA through media. Influence comes from sources such as celebrities, advertisements, and movies/television. The internet also contributes - there is a linguistic phenomenon 'beacause x' that has been incorprorated by bacon lovers (because bacon) that is widespread and highly utilized by service industry to drive bacon sales. These kinds of influences reflect the American capitalistic idealology. Bigger is better, faster is better, cheap production equals high profit margins, etc. etc. I would like to see America evaluate how these 'easy' choices impact the global community and how we can improve quality of life here at home as well as abroad. 
  • Reflection Question
    Food Zero-waste Cooking
    How are environmental issues like black carbon and other emissions from cooking fires or rudimentary cookstoves also human health and social justice issues? Why do these issues matter to you?

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    Maggie Godsil 4/07/2019 1:11 PM
    Flint, Michigan is the perfect example of how enviromental issues are also human health and social justice issues. Flint is a lower-income neighborhood whose drinking water is contaminated and not usable. There isn't funding going to fix these issues, which is argued because of the lower-income nature of the neighborhood. These kinds of injustices matter to me because it does not represent the American idealogy of equality. There is clearly unequalities when it comes to social and economic class and access to health. For example, if a lower-income family has x amount of dollars for food, it is more easily accessable for them to purchase fast food, or low-quality processed food versus fresh fruits and vegtables and grains that provide nutrients. This is an injustice that should be fought against. 
  • Reflection Question
    Materials Mulch the Base of Trees and Plants
    Name some of the human activities impacting the health of water systems, both locally (your watershed) and globally (freshwater and oceans). What can you do to improve the health of water systems?

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    Maggie Godsil 4/07/2019 12:41 PM
    Trash islands in the ocean are disgusting - and I am buying into them, literally. If we all purchased products that had eco-sensitive packaging, then our water would be less contaminated. 
  • Reflection Question
    Food 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. Where would you rather use this money?

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    Maggie Godsil 4/07/2019 12:40 PM
    Documenting my food waste has heightened my awareness to what all I buy, cook, and eat. I have a better understanding of 'less is more' and also cook less, eat what's there, then make more if necessary. If I saved $1,500 from not wasting food, you know I would buy some red bottoms. Or a vacation!