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April 3 - April 24, 2019
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Iris Ushizima Sabino

Reinhabitors-2019

Points Total

  • 0 Today
  • 0 This Week
  • 631 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    90
    miles
    not traveled by car
  • up to
    90
    miles
    traveled by carpool
  • up to
    18
    pounds of CO2
    have been saved
  • up to
    1
    documentaries
    watched
  • up to
    1
    donations
    made
  • up to
    25
    minutes
    spent learning
  • up to
    17
    meatless or vegan meals
    consumed
  • up to
    567
    gallons of water
    have been saved

Iris's Actions

Women and Girls

Fund Family Planning

#7 Family Planning

I will donate to supply a community with reproductive health supplies.

Completed
One-Time Action

Transport

Try Carpooling

#75 Ridesharing

I will commute by carpool 15 mile(s) per day and avoid sending up to 3.04 lbs of CO2 into Earth's atmosphere.

COMPLETED 6
DAILY ACTIONS

Food

Learn More about Silvopasture

#9 Silvopasture

I will spend at least 20 minutes watching videos and/or reading about the environmental benefits of silvopasture.

Completed
One-Time Action

Electricity Generation

Watch a Video about Methane Digesters

#30 Methane Digesters (large), #64 Methane Digesters (small)

I will watch a video about methane digesters (also commonly known as anaerobic digesters).

Completed
One-Time Action

Food

Learn More about Regenerative Agriculture

#11 Regenerative Agriculture

I will spend at least 30 minutes learning about the need for more regenerative agriculture.

Completed
One-Time Action

Food

Reduce Animal Products

#4 Plant-Rich Diet

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

COMPLETED 17
DAILY ACTIONS

Materials

Fix Leaky Faucets

#46 Water Saving - Home

I will fix faucets or report leaky faucets to facilities that have been wasting up to 9 gallons (34 L) of water per faucet every day.

Completed
One-Time Action

Materials

Recycle Everything I Can

#55 Household Recycling

I will recycle all materials that are accepted by local haulers or drop stations in my community.

COMPLETED 18
DAILY ACTIONS

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.

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

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    Iris Ushizima Sabino 4/17/2019 10:23 AM
    I actually had two meatless meals yesterday, one was totally vegan... salad makes me feel refreshed.
  • Reflection Question
    Transport Try Carpooling
    List some of the places you frequent often (work, grocery store, natural areas). Could you choose one or two days a week to schedule driving with a friend, neighbor or co-worker to these places?

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    Iris Ushizima Sabino 4/16/2019 8:56 AM
    I carpool to school every other week. I try to carpool to extracurriculars, but when that's not possible, I always take a shared uber ride.
  • Reflection Question
    Food Learn More about Silvopasture
    Had you heard of the term "silvopasture" before now? After learning more about it, what do you think is the biggest advantage of silvopasture?

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    Iris Ushizima Sabino 4/16/2019 8:53 AM
    This is the first time I've heard of silvopasture! I think the biggest advantage is the minimum waste produced in this interconnected system, but another huge advantage is the amount of food you can sustainably produce on such a limited amount of land.
  • Reflection Question
    Food Learn More about Regenerative Agriculture
    Clean air, clean water and healthy food are three reasons to care about regenerative agriculture. What are some other reasons?

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    Iris Ushizima Sabino 4/14/2019 2:26 PM
    Humane farming practices! Incredible returns on investment! Personal relationship with the soil, the plants, the animals, etc.! Feeding the soil, allowing it to produce more and more food each year instead of the inverse! Toppling herbicide, pesticide, and fertilizer monoliths that make money off of pretending their products don't cause cancer and other terminal illnesses (which they do!) !
  • Reflection Question
    Electricity Generation Watch a Video about Methane Digesters
    What does your vision of a sustainable community look like? What would need to be changed in order for such vision to become reality?

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    Iris Ushizima Sabino 4/14/2019 2:23 PM
    A sustainable community should be self-sustaining (or at least 90% self-sustaining) in terms of food and resources, and ideally 100% self-sustaining in terms of energy. A sustainable community should aim to incorporate green roofs, vertical gardens, and other forms of plants/planting into urban/suburban areas. Finally, everyone should share the common value that the earth is our second mother, and we should care for her as we would our own mother.
    Mainly, we need a change in mindset for this vision to become reality. People prioritize money over sustainability and that's kind of a sick societal side effect of capitalism. Not that capitalism is all bad, but there's a way to live in a capitalist system such that our livelihood isn't compromised.
  • Reflection Question
    Materials Recycle Everything I Can
    How could you incorporate other "R's" -- reduce, reuse, refuse, repair, repurpose, etc. -- into your lifestyle? How does considering implementing these "R's" make you feel?

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    Iris Ushizima Sabino 4/14/2019 2:18 PM
    I feel very productive pondering how to incorporate "reduce-reuse-recycle" into my life, as if I were getting something done that I, as an inhabitant of this earth, am obliged to do. Like filing eco-taxes.
    I do a lot to recycle, including preferring things packaged in cardboard, paper, glass, and aluminum. When given the option, I purchase sodas in cans or glass bottles as opposed to plastic bottles. Another instance: we buy Straus Family Farms milk which comes in glass bottles that we return to the supermarket for 50¢ so the farm can bottle more milk in the same bottle.
    Reusing is something I've been moving towards. I shop primarily at second-hand stores (my mom recently watched a documentary about the pollution produced when manufacturing clothes), and instead of throwing out plastic produce bags (the ones you get when you shop for carrots and broccoli and stuff), I keep them in a bigger bag to use as makeshift lunchboxes, dirty laundry bags, and bags to hold wet clothes when I travel.
    "Refuse" is something I should do more. A lot of places just give you straws without asking (yikes!) and I'm always afraid to stop them because I don't want to seem rude. It's time to be rude in the name of eco-friendliness, I guess...

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    Iris Ushizima Sabino 4/14/2019 2:12 PM
    I've been busy nonstop this week so I haven't been updating regularly, but I've committed fully to both recycling and semi-vegetarianism. If the points accurately reflected my actions, I'd have 40 more points. But that's ok! Cause the earth is always counting points.

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      Stephanie Goulet 4/14/2019 2:37 PM
      I started incorporating more plants in my diet too! I feel it's really not as hard as a lot of people led me to believe, which is a very empowering motivation to keep going. I think vegetable stir fry is my favorite thing to make so far; so many possible varieties and it's so easy. Good luck!
  • Reflection Question
    Materials Fix Leaky Faucets
    What are other easy and low-cost ways to reduce your water usage at home?

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    Iris Ushizima Sabino 4/05/2019 2:20 PM
    Plugging up the sink when washing dishes with running water helps reduce water waste. The low-flow shower head also helps. Reusing boiling water to steam/cook several different foods also works (I've been known to do this... each food item leaves its little flavor on the next one to use the water but it actually tastes pretty good).
  • 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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    Iris Ushizima Sabino 4/05/2019 2:17 PM
    Food consumption is sometimes a function of economics. Meat is expensive! North America is a relatively rich continent, so more people can afford the luxury to eat meat. In other countries, meat is rare, costly, and viewed as a delicacy more so than an everyday thing. We take it for granted that meat *can* be such a big part of our diets.

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    Iris Ushizima Sabino 4/05/2019 2:15 PM
    I don't usually eat meat for breakfast, so the 1 vegetarian meal a day is easy, but two days ago I had a ~vegan~ dinner! It's not that hard. You can get protein from beans and mushrooms :) and salads can be delicious.