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April 3 - April 24, 2019
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Kadijah Spence

Bardians and Our Community

"At the end of the challenge, I hope to have cooked some tasty vegetarian meals, walked a little each day and buy eco-friendly products. In the long run, I believe that my every day actions will become a regular routine that others can follow. "

Points Total

  • 0 Today
  • 0 This Week
  • 448 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    14
    meatless or vegan meals
    consumed
  • up to
    12
    zero-waste meals
    consumed
  • up to
    18
    plastic containers
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    45
    minutes
    spent learning

Kadijah's Actions

Food

Reduce Animal Products

#4 Plant-Rich Diet

I will enjoy 1 meatless or vegan meal(s) each day of the challenge.

COMPLETED 14
DAILY ACTIONS

Materials

Eliminate Toxic Plastics

#47 Bioplastic

I will avoid buying toxic plastics, including polycarbonate, polystyrene and polyvinyl and instead replace them with bioplastic or durable options.

COMPLETED 6
DAILY ACTIONS

Transport

Explore Other Transport Solutions

All Transport Solutions

I will spend at least 15 minutes researching other Drawdown Transport Solutions.

Completed
One-Time Action

Land Use

Forest-Friendly Foods 1

#5 Tropical Forests

I will spend at least 15 minutes researching the impact of my diet to see how it contributes to deforestation.

Completed
One-Time Action

Food

Explore Other Food Solutions

All Food Solutions

I will spend at least 15 minutes researching other Drawdown Food Solutions.

Completed
One-Time Action

Materials

Choose Recycled Paper

#70 Recycled Paper

I will plan ahead to only use paper products made from post-consumer recycled paper for my home or office.

Completed
One-Time Action

Food

Zero-waste Cooking

#3 Reduced Food Waste

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

COMPLETED 12
DAILY ACTIONS

Transport

Use Muscle Power

#49 Cars

I will cut my car trip mileage by only taking necessary trips, and I will only use muscle-powered transportation for all other trips.

COMPLETED 15
DAILY ACTIONS

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  • Kadijah Spence's avatar
    Kadijah Spence 4/17/2019 9:17 AM
    Walking had been easier since the weather is warming up. Instead of using plastic or paper products, I use fabric products that can be washed. Zero waste meals are becoming easier as I do it every day. Looking for recommendations of how to eat meat on zero waste diet. 
  • 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?

    Kadijah Spence's avatar
    Kadijah Spence 4/15/2019 2:29 PM
    When cooking in a rudimentary way, health issues can stem from the smoke and animal waste used as fuel for the fire. These elements can affect the lungs, mouth and nose and cause contamination of the food and areas surrounding the fire.  This is not to say that you rudimentary ways of cooking are wrong, but proper sanitation methods that consider the effects on human health and the environment should be taught, learned and practiced to ensure a suitable way of life and nutritious diet. 

  • Kadijah Spence's avatar
    Kadijah Spence 4/12/2019 8:17 PM
    Walked instead of driving and eating a meatless meal helps me to explore different vegetables as a part if my diet.
  • Reflection Question
    Transport Use Muscle Power
    How do your transportation choices affect your engagement in your community? Does your experience or enjoyment differ while walking, riding transit, biking or driving?

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    Kadijah Spence 4/03/2019 6:16 PM
    I walk alot because the places I need to go are close by. I take public transportation when I need to go to the city and when I am home. Living in the mid-Hudson Valley region makes it difficult to take the bus places. I have to drive to get where I need to go and sometimes it bothers me that there isn't a better and extensive bus system.

    • Kadijah Spence's avatar
      Kadijah Spence 4/12/2019 8:24 PM
      Laurie, the dutchess county bus doesn't run often. But when I've had to use it, I schedule my time around the bus so I get to places on time. I do wish there was a bus to go into Kingston on a regular basis, currently there is no public bus to Kingston from Red Hook. 

    • Carolyn Ryan's avatar
      Carolyn Ryan 4/03/2019 7:11 PM
      I'll always be your walking-to-campus buddy!

    • Laurie Husted's avatar
      Laurie Husted 4/03/2019 6:20 PM
      Thanks Kadijah.  Have you had any good experiences taking the Dutchess County Loop bus?  Is it too infrequent or not go where you need to go?  We put the schedule on our Drawdown Support page: https://sites.google.com/view/dutchessdrawdown/transport  Would love your feedback to let others know when it can work or what improvements could be made. We're also hoping 511NYRideshare will get stronger over time as more people sign on to it.  In fact, they're offering to add a widget to our transportation site - will see if we can check it out tomorrow!
  • 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?

    Kadijah Spence's avatar
    Kadijah Spence 4/03/2019 6:14 PM
    In America, eating meat is a sign of wealth. Meat is expensive especially red meat and can only be afforded by people who are employed. Sometimes our society places a high value on what is on our plate in connection to our health. You can be healthy and not eat meat.

    • Kadijah Spence's avatar
      Kadijah Spence 4/12/2019 8:27 PM
      Yes, I saw that. My only concern is that it is most likely going to be cooked on the grill with meat burgers

    • Laurie Husted's avatar
      Laurie Husted 4/03/2019 6:24 PM
      btw
      did you see the Burger King Impossible Whopper?  more protein, less fat than a traditional burger and made with no animal products and using plant heme!