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October 3 - October 24, 2018

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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?

    Waste Use Reusable Bags
    What do you do if you find yourself in the situation of needing a bag for items but don't have a reuseable one with you? Carry things out in your hands? In a cart? Accept a disposable one? If you find yourself in this position often, what system could you put in place to try to establish this a successful habit?

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    James Hadfield 4/17/2019 1:49 PM
    Just get in the routine of choosing a reuseable bag, before you leave your house, I have 62p to spend at my local food shop, so in eleven minutes, I will be using my Green Party bag: The future is Green  slogan says on it ! This group !
    Food Whole Foods Diet
    Michael Pollan states that "it is better to pay the grocer (our edit: or the farmer!) than the doctor." What are your thoughts on this?

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    James Hadfield 4/10/2019 2:40 PM
    Doctor and Hospitals last resort, focus on keeping healthly through local own grown farmer food !

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    James Hadfield 11/05/2018 2:27 PM
    You are inspired to become even more Greener and  to promote a circular closed loop way of living for Planet Earth and all connected to it, which is everything anyway ! :-)
    Nature Support Local Pollinators
    Why is it important to take care of pollinators?

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    HILARIE BOWMAN 10/24/2018 1:45 PM
    I planted some clover and vetch and broad bean seeds in an empty bed . They should flower early for the first bees of spring.
    Water Install a Low-Flow Showerhead
    How can your region/household prepare for changing water situations in order to become more resilient?

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    Kirsty Forshaw 10/24/2018 1:45 PM
    We should better prepare for changing water situations and become more resilient by all doing our bit to help save water in our own households and workplaces.

    I think it's crucial that we are better educated to be made more aware of our “water footprint” as much as we are with our carbon footprint. This way we would be in a better position to all take responsibility for saving water ourselves and play our part in water saving activities (eg. Showering with less water, turning off taps when brushing teeth, only boiling what's needed, installing a low-flush toilet and saving up the washing for full loads etc etc.)

    From a development point of view, building developers should be thinking more responsibly to help us save water and prevent wasting it. Things like greywater storage tanks should be in every house, as should water butts for collecting rainwater. 

    On a larger scale, sewage treatment could be zero energy if we used constructed wetlands and reed bed systems. Similarly, a completely new way of thinking about how we treat sewage could be adopted so that we compost faecal biomass and store urine separately from flush water in order to reuse them safely in agriculture.

    As with a lot of these things, we should look at our purchasing habits as well. For example, we should really be discouraging the more harmful ingredients that can end up in our waterways and even consider making our clothing purchases from more sustainable (less water consumptive) sources as well.  (When I read up on this I was amazed to learn that hemp requires about 50% less water to grow than cotton, and only a quarter of the water needed for processing!)
    Food Try a New Way to Prep
    Canning and pickling food is a great way to have delicious summer fruits and vegetables all year round. Just make sure to follow the canning and pickling guidelines from the USDA. What are some foods that you would like to preserve and enjoy later in the year?

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    Kirsty Forshaw 10/24/2018 1:17 PM
    Some foods that I would like to preserve and enjoy later in the year are: raspberries, blackcurrants, strawberries, tomatoes, squash, elderflower and sloes! :)
    Community Support A Sharing Economy
    What benefits does the sharing economy offer to your own life? To your neighbors' and community members' lives?

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    Kirsty Forshaw 10/24/2018 1:14 PM
    The sharing economy offers me more sense of community and togetherness with the people I share with. I find is especially beneficial that the more I share, the more others tend to as well. I've learnt a lot from the people I share with and feel closer to them for it.  I've also found it an interesting way of challenging how we tend to think of things selfishly as it encourages us to collaborate better.

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    Jean-louis Button 10/23/2018 1:55 AM
    Keep it up team, not long to go until it's over now!

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    HILARIE BOWMAN 10/23/2018 1:37 AM
    My newly planted winter crops are doing well in our mild autumn. So they'll keep drawing down some CO2 over the winter until we eat them
    Nature Explore My Area
    How can spending more time outdoors enhance your sense of place?

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    HILARIE BOWMAN 10/21/2018 11:59 AM
    I took a walk around the Ham Lands at tewkesbury. One side is bounded by the river severn and the other by the Avon. Rivers define the area here and walking round lets my brain absorb the topography better and see the abbey from quite a different side.