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October 3 - October 24, 2018
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Lora Jones

KCIA GREEN TEAM

Points Total

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  • 0 This Week
  • 708 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    240
    minutes
    spent exercising
  • up to
    4.0
    hours
    volunteered
  • up to
    1.0
    documentaries
    watched
  • up to
    240
    minutes
    spent outdoors
  • up to
    230
    minutes
    spent learning

Lora's Actions

Simplicity

Needs Vs. Wants

I will adopt a "Needs Vs. Wants" approach and only buy things I need.

COMPLETED 3
DAILY ACTIONS

Community

Volunteer in my Community

I will volunteer 4 hour(s) in my community during the challenge.

Completed
One-Time Action

Simplicity

Support a Sharing Economy

I will create or support a sharing economy with family, friends, and neighbors.

COMPLETED 4
DAILY ACTIONS

Food

Watch a Documentary about Food Sovereignty

I will watch 1 documentary(ies) about food sovereignty: the right of local peoples to control their own food systems including markets, ecological resources, food cultures and production methods.

Completed
One-Time Action

Nature

Do Nature Activities

I will engage in nature-based activities alone, or with my friends or family, for 120 minute(s) each day. (This can be anything from going on a walk or hike, to noticing the leaves changing color, to reading a book with nature themes.)

COMPLETED 2
DAILY ACTIONS

Health

Exercise Daily

Exercise is a great stress blaster! I will exercise for 30 minute(s) each day.

COMPLETED 8
DAILY ACTIONS

Food

Try a New Way to Prep

I will try a new method of food preparation, such as canning, pickling, or baking bread.

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

Food

Buy From a Farmers Market

I will purchase produce and meat from a local farmers market or food co-op.

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

Health

Learn About Local Environmental Justice Concerns

I will spend 60 minutes researching environmental justice concerns in my region, their causes, and local initiatives to address these concerns.

Completed
One-Time Action

Health

Happiness

I will write down three things every day that I am grateful for, or send one email every day thanking or praising someone.

COMPLETED 10
DAILY ACTIONS

Waste

Launch a Recycling Program

I will start a recycling program at my workplace or school. If a recycling program exists, I will advocate for ways to improve and expand it.

Completed
One-Time Action

Health

Support Pollution Reduction

I will spend at least 20 minutes learning about water and air quality issues in my area, how they are impacting human and environmental health, and how I can help.

Completed
One-Time Action

Nature

Support Local Pollinators

At least 30% of crops and 90% of flowering plants rely on pollinators to produce fruit. I will spend 60 minutes researching which plants support local native pollinators and plant some in my yard.

Completed
One-Time Action

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  • Reflection Question
    Simplicity Needs Vs. Wants
    How is creativity necessary for practicing simplicity?

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    Lora Jones 10/22/2018 6:40 AM
    Creativity is all about ideas or images of what could be. Practicing simplicity allows us to slow down and reflect upon reality, question what is needed and then come up with ideas for alternative ways to meet our needs with less material goods.
  • Reflection Question
    Health Learn About Local Environmental Justice Concerns
    Who is most affected by environmental degration and/or environmental irresponsiblity in your community? How are they affected?

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    Lora Jones 10/20/2018 3:19 PM
    Interestingly, with regard to air pollution in the Sacramento Air Quality DIstrict, the worst air pollution settles in the outlying suburbs and foothills regions where there is generally more affluence. These communities can afford air conditioners and purifiers , as well as, having medical insurance in place to manage the chronic disease that may be worsened with pollution. In contrast, some of the economically disadvantaged inner city neighborhoods may be close to the freeways and busy streets with a higher level of air pollution and tend to have less than adequate health care access. 
  • Reflection Question
    Community Volunteer in my Community
    What is one thing you can do to help your community become more sustainable?

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    Lora Jones 10/18/2018 7:41 PM
    I have been volunteering to keep our school garden going and have seen how much pleasure it can bring to those who experience being in the garden or tasting the fresh produce. Community gardens are a wonderful way to promote sustainability, health and social engagement.
  • Reflection Question
    Simplicity Support a Sharing Economy
    What are some of the barriers to sharing economies? What is your plan for supporting or creating one in your community?

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    Lora Jones 10/18/2018 7:39 PM
    The main barrier to sharing economies is the time factor...Many of us are too busy with our day to day living to reach out. I had heard about the Next Door website and decided to join in and connect with folks nearby.
  • Reflection Question
    Health Exercise Daily
    How can you incorporate other personal values (like quality time with friends or spending time in nature) into your exercise routine?

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    Lora Jones 10/17/2018 5:09 PM
    Many of the times I have exercised by walking or riding the bike in the past few weeks have involved being in nature or with friends. I enjoy exercising outside rather than indoors.
  • Reflection Question
    Food Watch a Documentary about Food Sovereignty
    How does food sovereignty address the complex agrarian transition to modern food systems?

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    Lora Jones 10/15/2018 7:50 PM
    Preserving indigenous culture and traditional ways of producing food with an emphasis on creating food for all on a small scale aids the transition to modern food systems by promoting healthier nutrition and diminishing hunger. By promoting the hunter/gatherer tradition, family, urban or community gardens, organic farming, and the use of heirloom, non GMO seeds, individuals would be empowered to take more responsibility for exposing the injustice of hunger and improving the health of future generations.
  • Reflection Question
    Nature Do Nature Activities
    What did you observe while spending time outside -- through sight, sound, smell and touch?

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    Lora Jones 10/13/2018 9:55 PM
    During our hike in the SIerras above Wright's Lake, I observed an impossibly blue sky, clear green water and glacial granite mountainsides. There was no city sounds only silence, the wind through the trees and the occasional bird or squirrel call. The smell was fresh air and musty tree. The most memorable touch was the feel of the cold water of the lake on my feet.
  • Reflection Question
    Nature Support Local Pollinators
    Why is it important to take care of pollinators?

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    Lora Jones 10/07/2018 10:54 PM
    Without pollinators we would not be enjoying the fruits and vegetables that we so take for granted. Since 90% of flowering plants depend on pollinators, such as, bees, flies, moths, butterflies, bats & birds, to stimulate plant production, it is our responsibility to nurture the kind of environment that supports them and us!
  • Reflection Question
    Health Happiness
    How does/can practicing gratitude keep you centered and motivated to work for a better world?

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    Lora Jones 10/07/2018 10:37 PM
    Appreciating all that we are given is the foundation of expressing what is valued and deserves reverence & protection in this life. 
  • Reflection Question
    Health Support Pollution Reduction
    What environmental factors affect human health in your region, and how do they affect it?

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    Lora Jones 10/04/2018 7:52 PM
    Air quality has had a huge effect on the health of those of us that live in the Sacramento Valley region. There have been 20 spare the air days in the last 5 months when the AQI for ground level ozone reached 126 or above. Certain populations are a high risk during these air alert periods, such as, the elderly, young children, pregnant women and  people with chronic health conditions, such as, asthma or cardiovascular disease. Our concern in the schools is that approximately 10% of our students are diagnosed with asthma and may need to refrain from outside physical activity in the afterschool hours when air quality is the poorest.