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October 3 - October 24, 2018

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  • Reflection Question
    Simplicity Less Screen Time
    What did you notice in implementing this challenge? Was it hard to choose other activities over screen time? How did you decide to spend your time?

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    Duy Tran 10/22/2018 12:44 PM
    I typically enjoy reading news and stories on my mobile devices because the internet makes things so much more accessible. This time around, I have read more from news papers and books.
  • Reflection Question
    Nature Enjoy the Sunrise/Sunset
    Father Thomas Berry says, "...our primary purpose is celebration. Celebration of the dawn and the sunset and the different seasons of the year is a religious ritual, a way in which humans can establish their integral relationship with the universe, with the planet Earth." Respond to Berry's assertion.

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    Duy Tran 10/22/2018 12:42 PM
    People will be a lot happier in life if they slowed down and enjoyed more of the simple things in a mindful manner.
  • Reflection Question
    Energy Turn it off
    How is electricity generated where you live? How does it impact the environment, animals, and humans?

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    Duy Tran 10/22/2018 12:38 PM
    A large portion of energy in Oregon comes from hydroelectric sources. This is good because it has a smaller environmental impact compared to fossil fuels. Dams can have an impact on fish ecosystems however.
  • Reflection Question
    Energy Power Down the Computer
    What are other easy things you could do to save energy and reduce your environmental footprint?

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    Duy Tran 10/22/2018 12:35 PM
    Do work in areas that are naturally lit to reduce the amount of artificial light use. Turn off and unplug unused electronics.
  • Reflection Question
    Food Reduce Animal Products
    What do you think contributes to people in North America eating more meat than in other places, and what does this say about North American values and ways of living? How do we start shifting a meat-focused food culture?

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    Duy Tran 10/22/2018 12:33 PM
    I think there is an image that eating meat has in America; a stereotype that it makes you more manly. This has perpetuated a culture that eats too much meat with every meal. There is also the fact that affordable vegetables are harder to obtain versus cheaper processed foods in more impoverished communities. We can shift to more plant based diets by making produce more affordable and teaching and educating people about more plant based diets and their benefits.

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    Sophia Suhu 10/22/2018 8:43 AM
    Question for anyone trash minded....my can is tiny and only picked up once every two weeks. Cleaning up the neighborhood is filling my can and the public cans in the neighborhood are overflowing already. What are my options for disposing of neighborhood trash? I am separating recyclables but most of the trash is real trash.

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    Sophia Suhu 10/22/2018 8:29 AM

    More garbage from my neighborhood, filled the 5 gallon bucket three times this weekend. Cigarette butts and single use plastic  wins the trash race.

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    yukari kubo 10/19/2018 9:40 AM
    It has been great for me and the office to have this little reminder/push to do something small every day - I think it actually helps with enforcing habits and establishing new ones. I was very motivated by getting rid of clutter and have been on a rampage emptying out closets and donating boxes and boxes of stuff!! 

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    Sophia Suhu 10/15/2018 12:34 PM
    Filled my five gallon bucket twice on Saturday picking up trash in my neighborhood. Not obvious from these photos but cigarette butts wins for most (quantity) trash in my neighborhood.

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    Sophia Suhu 10/02/2018 2:08 PM
    Based on this blog: https://adventuresinthumbholes.com/pack-it-out/ I am going to photograph my weekly trash hauls and share with the community.