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October 3 - October 24, 2018

PCC Eco Panthers Feed


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?

  • Charlotte Becker's avatar
    Charlotte Becker 10/24/2018 10:00 PM
    PCC  is awesome. The school gave me my first chance at higher ed. I will always be grateful! I chose the challenges I did because I need to focus on everyday ways to make a difference for the environment. Everyone can make a difference! Thank you all for being part of the solution.

  • Charlotte Becker's avatar
    Charlotte Becker 10/24/2018 9:55 PM
    So glad I could help the PCC team. I am an alum. PCC was my first college experience when I was 31. I still love PCC! Hope the team makes it to the top in the stats!
    Nature Explore My Area
    How can spending more time outdoors enhance your sense of place?

    Charlotte Becker's avatar
    Charlotte Becker 10/24/2018 9:50 PM
    I wasn't able to complete this; however I did accomplish 1 task I was putting off...I cleaned the stone pillars at the entrance to our subdivisionthat  and reset one of the stones in the facade that had fallen off in preparation for the installation of a new sign. This was a real challenge for me, and I did get a couple hours of exercise scrubbing the stones. My shoulders still hurt! Ugh.
    Community Support A Sharing Economy
    What benefits does the sharing economy offer to your own life? To your neighbors' and community members' lives?

    Kim Burroughs's avatar
    Kim Burroughs 10/24/2018 9:41 PM
    Example: I was able to loan out a big folding table to a neighbor yesterday. They didn’t go out and buy a new one adding more plastic into the environment, and it helped me connect with a neighbor I wouldn’t have otherwise. They posted on our community page online. I feel like I can ask to borrow things too because I shared. This also saves money! Why would everyone need a folding table they only use once or twice a year?
    Health Eliminate Toxic Plastics
    What single-use items (e.g. straws, coffee cups, vegetable bags, plastic bags) do you regularly use? What could be substituted instead?

    Charlotte Becker's avatar
    Charlotte Becker 10/24/2018 9:39 PM
    Skipped the bottled water at the grocery and am buying beverages in glass and aluminum cans. Stuff tastes better in glass and it's recyclable. Portland has its own glass plant. 
    Food Advocate for More Food Options
    Given the impact of pesticides, herbicides and fertilizers on both the natural world and our food systems, what do you think about the use of these products in agriculture?

    Moonrose Doherty's avatar
    Moonrose Doherty 10/24/2018 4:22 PM
    The impact of pesticides, herbicides, and fertilizers on us and the natural world has been devastating and continues to impact us in ways that we are just now allowing to come to light. The impacts are most heavily felt in communities of color and low-income and is environmental injustice/environmental racism. 

  • Louise Adkins's avatar
    Louise Adkins 10/24/2018 2:52 PM
    Today has gone well in terms of each of the challenges, I've eaten 3 of my 4 fruit/veggie servings so I definitely expect to meet the 4 servings at dinner. I also woke up earlier than usual accidentally and so I had plenty of time to meditate in the morning.

  • Moonrose Doherty's avatar
    Moonrose Doherty 10/24/2018 10:48 AM
    Thanks Eco-Panthers for being such a great team. I look forward to next year.
    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?

    Moonrose Doherty's avatar
    Moonrose Doherty 10/24/2018 10:40 AM
    Attended a lecture by Dr. Denise V. Rodgers:  "Persistent Health Disparities: Understanding the Role of Social Determinants, Implicit Bias and Racism" which addressed the role of inequality in social determinants as contributors to disparities in outcomes by race/ethnicity, and the role of discrimination, racism and implicit bias as contributors to inequality in social determinants and health outcomes.
    Health Learn More about Food Deserts
    What are the implications of access to nutritious food for a community?

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    Moonrose Doherty 10/24/2018 10:26 AM
    Learned a little bit more about the food desert in our community, one of which is located east of 82nd Avenue and how food deserts impact our community members not only by restricting access to nutritious food, but how every little piece has a ripple: traveling further to get to a grocery store turns a 14 hour day into a 16 hour day and determines what you purchase if you are carrying your groceries and that lack of access to nutritious foods effects a child's ability to study and effects health outcomes. Also, maps of food desert locations often coincide with neighborhoods that are predominantly low-income and  people of color. So the food desert conversation is a conversation about racial justice and health disparities.