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April 3 - April 24, 2019

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  • Joan Hogue's avatar
    Joan Hogue 4/25/2019 8:24 AM
    With all the great participation, it gave me hope that we truly can help this beautiful planet... and so many ways to do it!ūüėć
  • Reflection Question
    Women and Girls Fund Family Planning
    When family planning focuses on healthcare provision and meeting the expressed needs of women, it results in empowerment, equality, and well-being, and the benefits to the planet are side effects. Why is family planning an important civil rights consideration?

    Joan Hogue's avatar
    Joan Hogue 4/24/2019 4:14 PM
    Family planning should be available to everyone in this country regardless of who they are
  • Reflection Question
    Transport Use Public Transit
    How has your access to various kinds of transporation throughout your life influenced your current attitudes about transportation and your transportation behavior?

    Lauren Kottwitz's avatar
    Lauren Kottwitz 4/24/2019 2:30 PM
    I grew up with cars. That's it. There was no public transportation in Covington, and even now only has a couple of lines running through it. So, I grew up yearning to drive, then learning to drive, in order to escape. Cars represent freedom to me, and to many Americans. The feeling of not being beholden to anyone else is freeing. 

    I started riding the bus out of necessity when I was accepted to Cornish in downtown Seattle where there is an infamous lack of easy or affordable parking. And I realized then that I liked it most of the time. Not having to deal with idiot drivers, not having to pay attention to the road at all, it's nice. But there are terrible things about public transportation too - primarily other humans and their bad behavior. Smelly people, loud talkers, rude young folks who refuse to move their stuff, etc. 

    I think I will probably always prefer to drive if I can. It's a deeply-held love. But luckily for the planet, driving is only getting more and more expensive and frustrating. :)
  • 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?

    Lauren Kottwitz's avatar
    Lauren Kottwitz 4/24/2019 2:25 PM
    I am a millennial, so I grew up with the [then three, now five] "Rs." It was part of my general public education. So I've been a reduce/reuse/recycler forever. What I could definitely do is incorporate more repurposing into my life. Old containers become new containers, old sheets become new rags, etc. I don't do as much of that as I could, or would like to, so I'm going to start. It doesn't make me feel any particular way, really. I would feel proud, but dampening that pride is an overwhelming concern that it simply isn't enough.
  • Reflection Question
    Transport Use Public Transit
    How has your access to various kinds of transporation throughout your life influenced your current attitudes about transportation and your transportation behavior?

    Angela Dellinger's avatar
    Angela Dellinger 4/24/2019 2:15 PM
    Growing up in a small town in Texas, we didn't really have public transportation, other than the school bus.  Even in Houston, options were pretty limited and most people drove - parking was rarely an issue.  I always wished there were better public transportation options because I don't really like driving in traffic, and it seemed so much more efficient.  I'm grateful to have convenient public transportation into Seattle.

  • 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?

    ann tran's avatar
    ann tran 4/24/2019 12:32 PM
    my city does not provide mandatory recycling as some cities.  I would like to see a much more strict rules around recycling and enforce fee(s) if not followed.
  • Reflection Question
    Transport Use Public Transit
    How has your access to various kinds of transporation throughout your life influenced your current attitudes about transportation and your transportation behavior?

    Jennifer Fredericks's avatar
    Jennifer Fredericks 4/24/2019 11:22 AM
    I love the subway in NYC and other big cities, where it just works and driving is not a realistic option... Seattle just has a long way to go, its still faster to go by car to a lot of locations. My last job, I could drive there in 30 minutes or take the bus for 60+ minutes. Its hard to commit to that extra time. Once Seattle hits the point with bus frequency and accessibility I think we will see more usage. In fact I think we are starting to for many locations.
  • 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?

    Brenda  Jensen 's avatar
    Brenda Jensen 4/24/2019 11:15 AM
    I discovered/confirmed by keeping the food waste log that very little of our food goes into the garbage as we compost and have chickens/dogs/cats that all benefit from the food we don't consume.  So that made me feel good.  What I do see is that there is a lot of food packaging in the garbage so want to focus more on buying items whenever possible with less packaging and/or providing my own reusable package when purchasing/storing.  To help with that, I did purchase reusable mesh bags to put produce in so I don't use the plastic ones provided in the grocery store.  This was a good exercise for me!

  • Bart Smith's avatar
    Bart Smith 4/24/2019 10:53 AM
    Last day of the EcoChallenge! 

  • Chris Kelling's avatar
    Chris Kelling 4/24/2019 9:27 AM
    There's a famous plot/chart by Michael Mann known as the "hockey stick" graph that shows how humans have affected global warming.  It's called the Hockey stick because its shape is composed of one long gradual cooling trend in global air temperature over the last 1,000 years (the 'handle'), until the last 150 years which show an abrupt spike upward in temperature that began in the mid 1800s (the 'blade' of the stick).  This abrupt change in the general cooling direction cannot be attributed to any natural cycles or causes, but coincides with the industrial revolution and the uptick in use of coal and increased industry -- human, anthropogenic influence.