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April 3 - April 24, 2019

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Reflection, encouragement, and relationship building are all important aspects of getting a new habit to stick.
Share thoughts, encourage others, and reinforce positive new habits on the Feed.

To get started, share “your why.” Why did you join the challenge and choose the actions you did?

    Land Use 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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    Maria Gagliardi 4/24/2019 6:51 PM
    I eat beef, coffee, palm oil and chocolate on a regular basis. I am eating less beef and I will try to buy it from sustainable sources. The coffee I buy is shade grown. The tub of palm oil I buy says it is sustainably harvested but I will use less anyway. I will seek out chocolate that is approved by the Rain Forest Alliance.
    Materials Install a Toilet Bank
    How can your region/household prepare for changing water situations in order to become more resilient?

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    Maria Gagliardi 4/24/2019 6:29 PM
    I would like to see more water sensor lawn sprinklers. Many of my neighbors' systems are on a timer and they go off rain or shine.
    Materials Fix Leaky Faucets
    What are other easy and low-cost ways to reduce your water usage at home?

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    Maria Gagliardi 4/24/2019 6:27 PM
    Paying close attention to shutting off lights when I leave a room or just using the daylight coming through the windows. I put seldom used computers and entertainment equipment on power strips that are left off until I use the electronics. No more phantom power usage.
    Electricity Generation Communicate With My Elected Officials
    What inspires you to act on sustainable energy and other energy issues?

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    Maria Gagliardi 4/24/2019 6:25 PM
    A sense of fairness and a responsibility to future generations.
    Buildings and Cities Plan to Insulate
    What are some of the benefits of making your home more energy efficient?

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    Maria Gagliardi 4/24/2019 6:24 PM
    We've added attic insulation and replaced doors and windows. In addition to saving money by using less energy we are more comfortable in the house. The heat is more even and there are no drafts.
    Action Track: Social Justice Contact your Elected Officials
    Do you have any personal connections to a farm or farmland? If so, what are they? What feelings are evoked for you when thinking about declining farmland?

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    Maria Gagliardi 4/24/2019 6:23 PM
    I'm sad about what replaces farmland, which is usually sprawl. There is a finite supply of land that can be farmed and we need to preserve it.
    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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    Maria Gagliardi 4/24/2019 6:21 PM
    I also think about the time and risk involved for women to gather fuel for fires. We have to much we take for granted. We have made carbon fuel so available that we use it freely and it is polluting the atmosphere and others suffer more because of it.

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    Maria Gagliardi 4/24/2019 6:17 PM
    This was a great experience. Like many new habits I've tried to form in the past, I was strong for the first 7-10 days and then faltered. I will keep trying and get better at zero waste meals and eating a plant rich diet.
    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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    Maria Gagliardi 4/24/2019 6:15 PM
    We have a bountiful land and federal subsidies to support a meat based diet. This says that money can buy influence.

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    Beata Bartolome 4/24/2019 6:01 PM