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Carrie Loomis

ENST 246: Fall 2020

Points Total

  • 0 Today
  • 0 This Week
  • 800 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    2
    advocacy actions
    completed
  • up to
    24
    miles
    not traveled by car
  • up to
    38
    pounds of CO2
    have been saved
  • up to
    300
    minutes
    spent learning
  • up to
    53
    meatless or vegan meals
    consumed
  • up to
    100
    minutes
    being mindful
  • up to
    390
    minutes
    spent outdoors
  • up to
    34
    plastic containers
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    2
    public officials or leaders
    contacted
  • up to
    1,085
    minutes
    not spent in front of a screen
  • up to
    360
    gallons of water
    have been saved

Carrie's Actions

Nature

Explore My Area

I will explore at least one new hiking trail or nature walk in my area.

Completed
One-Time Action

Simplicity

De-Clutter My Home or Dorm Room

I will de-clutter, clean, and donate or recycle unneeded items in my home or dorm room.

COMPLETED 7
DAILY ACTIONS

Transportation

Drive Less

I will cut my car trip mileage by only taking necessary trips.

COMPLETED 7
DAILY ACTIONS

Action Track: Justice for the Whole Community

Learn More about Food Apartheid

What can lack of access to nutritious food affect a community? How can having access to nutritious food help a community become more resilient?

Completed
One-Time Action

Action Track: Justice for the Whole Community

LEARN ABOUT TRANS, FEMME, AND NONBINARY EXPERIENCES

I will spend 30 minutes learning about the experiences of trans, femme, and/or nonbinary people.

Completed
One-Time Action

Simplicity

Meditate

I will meditate or create a moment of silence for 10 minute(s) each day to reflect on things important to me.

COMPLETED 13
DAILY ACTIONS

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 13
DAILY ACTIONS

Health

Take Control

Both systemic and personal sustainability are important! I will develop a plan with my medical professionals to achieve my best health and live my life to the fullest.

Completed
One-Time Action

Water

5-Minute Showers

I will save up to 20 gallons (75 L) of water each day by taking 5-minute showers.

COMPLETED 18
DAILY ACTIONS

Community

Express My Support

I will find out who in my state makes decisions that impact the environment and express my support for more environmental actions.

Completed
One-Time Action

Food

Reduce Animal Products

I will enjoy 2 meatless meal(s) and/or 1 vegan meal(s) each day this week.

COMPLETED 18
DAILY ACTIONS

Waste

Prevent Recycling Contamination

Contamination prevents what is recyclable from being recycled. I will spend 30 minutes researching which materials are accepted by local haulers or drop stations in my community and recycle only those items.

COMPLETED 24
DAILY ACTIONS

Energy

Learn About Renewable Energy

I will spend 30 minutes learning more about renewable energy alternatives (i.e. solar, wind, biomass) in my region.

Completed
One-Time Action

Waste

Use Reusable Bags

If at all possible, I will not accept any disposable bags when making purchases.

COMPLETED 23
DAILY ACTIONS

Waste

Learn About & Practice Sustainable Fashion

I will learn about sustainable fashion and begin trying to practice it in my own life.

Completed
One-Time Action

Simplicity

Limit Social Media

I will limit my social media use to once each day reducing my daily use by 60 minute(s)

COMPLETED 30
DAILY ACTIONS

Nature

Enjoy the Sunrise/Sunset

I will enjoy the sunrise and/or sunset each day.

COMPLETED 29
DAILY ACTIONS

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  • Carrie Loomis's avatar
    Carrie Loomis 9/20/2020 7:41 PM
    This week I was really surprised by my eco challenge. I have been really noticing the changes I mad up until this week. I chose to add taking 5 minute showers and eating 1 vegan meal every day. I usually take pretty short showers so that was not a challenge at all. I thought that eating a vegan meal everyday would be hard for me, but I was pleasantly surprised at how natural it felt. I think I must have been eating a vegan meal everyday without thinking much about it  previously. In the upcoming weeks, I may try to upgrade to 2 vegan meals a day to give myself a bit more of a challenge. 

    My one time challenge this week was to contact elected officials. I was also surprised at how natural this challenge felt. I tend to contact my elected officials fairly often, probably once every one or two months. At the start of this week, I thought that I would not have anything to say when I contacted them, but I totally forgot to do it for eco-challenge. Saturday night, I had contacted my senators to express my opinion on a particular policy and I only realized the morning after that I had fulfilled my one time challenge. 

    This week, I am taking on more spiritual challenges.  I was inspired by our conversations last week about expressing gratitude. Because of this, I chose to try and express three things that I am grateful for every day. I also chose to meditate every day and I am hoping to meditate for 10 minutes every day. My one time challenge is going to be to make a health plan with my primary care physician. I am hopeful that this week will go just as good if not better than last week.


    • Carrie Loomis's avatar
      Carrie Loomis 10/05/2020 2:54 PM
      I had read through a few academic articles about being vegan. The most inspiring thing for me was to read about how cholesterol and saturated fats are typically lower in vegan diets. When I transitioned to becoming vegetarian, I did not do it in the "Best way" and ended up substituting fats for protein. This definitely was not the greatest for me and I still need to work everyday to be better with my diet. 
      I also had read this article about the amount of water that is used when you shower (https://www.portlandoregon.gov/water/article/305153#:~:text=According%20to%20a%20national%20study,of%20the%20water%20used%20indoors.). It is scary to think about how much clean and potable water literally gets washed down the drain when we shower. I also had never quite realized the effect that the shower head used had on water usage. 


    • Maggie Hopkins's avatar
      Maggie Hopkins 10/02/2020 7:52 AM
      Hi Carrie! I really enjoyed reading your journal entry! That’s great that you were able to eat some vegan meals so easily and could even maybe do more. That is something I feel like many people do not know makes such a big difference. There are so many far reaching effects of cutting meat and animal products from your diet. Not only can it reduce groundwater contamination and help save forests, but by reducing the need for livestock farming the emission of greenhouse gases can be brought down. I’m so glad to hear that contacting officials went well for you. That’s such a great natural skill to have. This is something I want to get more comfortable doing because it seems like a good option of a low stakes action which can actually make substantial changes if enough people participate. I was also glad to read about your spiritual challenges. This was one aspect of the Eco-Challenges that surprised me. I normally would not have associated mental well being with having a positive impact on the environment. However, the idea that we can all “live simply so that others may simply live” seems to hold a lot of truth. If more people could simplify their lives we would lessen our impact on the environment through reduced consumerism and consumption of products. It’s great that you were able to do the challenge of writing down three things that you’re grateful for and meditate! These actions are definitely especially important right now as the world around us is so uncertain. I hope you have a great weekend! 

    • Andrew Stuhl's avatar
      Andrew Stuhl 9/21/2020 12:13 PM
      Good for you Carrie! Glad to hear the gratitude chat inspired you! Can you add here in the comments some connection between your challenges last week and the 'resources' or readings you did associated with those challenges? I didn't see that in your original post. Happy to talk more about this!


  • Carrie Loomis's avatar
    Carrie Loomis 9/14/2020 11:25 AM
    This week was much more challenging than last week. Mostly because classes are beginning to pick up and I have less time to set aside to manage the challenges. Both of my daily challenges this week were about waste. They were to prevent recycling contamination and use reusable bags. Preventing recycling contamination was relatively easy since I eat most meals in my apartment and can wash containers out before recycling them. This is something that I did most of the time before this but it was not yet a consistent habit. The bag challenge was much harder. On the off chance I go to the caf, I usually mindlessly grab a bag while I walk through the line. I think one day last week I grabbed the bag on accident and was immediately upset about it. I also went o the grocery store with a friend and we forgot all of our bags except for one giant IKEA bag. We fit all our food for the week in that one big bag (it was the heaviest bag of groceries I've ever held). I did not have to feel guilty afterwards for using extra plastic bags though, so it was worth it. 
    My one time challenge this week was to learn about renewable energy. My high school used geothermal to heat he buildings and I never really understood how it worked, so I learned about geothermal. Its really interesting because it seems like it have very few drawbacks compared to other forms of energy. At my school, they put the geothermal pipes under the baseball fields so they had essentially no above ground land use, which I now realize is really cool!
    It is really cool to see that the challenges that I implemented the first week, enjoying the sunrise and limiting social media, are becoming second nature now! I hope that this happens throughout the whole challenge and I can leave the challenge with many new good habits.  


  • Carrie Loomis's avatar
    Carrie Loomis 9/07/2020 11:29 AM
    My daily challenges for the last week were to limit my social media and enjoy either the sunrise or sunset every day. My one time challenge was to learn more about sustainable fashion and try to practice it in my life. Limiting social media has been difficult. When I am away from friends and family I use social media as a method of staying connected. However, social media definitely negatively impacts my mental health and limits the amount of time that I spend with my friends here. Limiting it has definitely been weird, especially when my friends aren't in the same situations. Watching the sunrise/sunset everyday is really easy and really nice for me. I wake up before the sun rises on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday for my morning classes. I sit after I wake up and watch the sun rise while I have a cup of coffee and it is a really good time to relax and center myself for the busy days I usually have. On Tuesday, Thursday, and the weekends, I have been watching the sunset instead which is a nice and peaceful way to finish the day as well. 
    Learning about sustainable fashion was interesting to me. It was a weird challenge to undertake since I don't shop very often at school and especially with the public health crisis right now. Mostly I used this as a chance to try and learn something I had never known before and/or would not have learned otherwise. One of the things that I have been having trouble with grappling with is that to practice sustainable fashion, most people focus on thrifting and reusing. The large issue with this is that by shopping at thrift stores, we are often taking clothes away from the communities that these stores serve. For example, when I go and shop at goodwill, I am taking away from clothes that someone going through economic hardship could likely use better than I can. Do you think that there is a balance when it comes to this?
    This week my challenges are to recycle and try to not use any plastic bags. This is especially hard on campus because of the dining situation. I already messed up today when I got lunch because I grabbed a plastic bag for my food. I think that throughout the upcoming weeks, I am going to have to focus and think through my actions more thoroughly to avoid slipping up again. 

    • Nicole Snyder's avatar
      Nicole Snyder 9/25/2020 9:55 AM
      Interesting question that you posed towards the end of your piece. I too struggle with this idea that if I am able to buy new clothes for myself then I should not be taking lower priced items from others who may not be able to afford anything else. When you say is there anything we can do to combat this I think would only be buying clothes when we actually need them and not just because we are bored of what is in our wardrobe. With this idea, we may still be adding to fast fashion but not in extreme ways if you are only limiting shopping to when it is necessary and not just because the season changes. Also, by doing this you do not need to shop at stores such as goodwill and therefore are allowing individuals who are in dire situation to have access to better clothing items. 

    • Lizzy Rojas's avatar
      Lizzy Rojas 9/14/2020 12:11 PM
      I enjoyed reading your thoughts about the first week of the eco-challenge! I know limiting social media can be difficult, as I have tried doing the same (apart from the eco-challenge). It’s become such an instinct to get on social media - it’s like my fingers naturally know to click on each app. However, there are down time (to schedule time away from the screen) and app limit (setting a time limit for apps) features on the iphone, if you do have one. I have yet to try these but am planning on doing that ASAP. Watching the sunrise and/or sunset everyday seems so amazing! I try to do that as well, not on a daily basis though. I would love to watch the sunrise and drink a cup of tea, especially before it gets cold. Thanks for the motivation!

      I appreciate your thoughts on sustainable fashion. I appreciate you posing that question about whether we’re doing harm by thrifting and taking away resources from people more in need than us. I’m pondering upon this question myself. I feel as if as long as you limit yourself to what you purchase, then you’re doing what you can do to keep the community and others in mind. 


    • Andrew Stuhl's avatar
      Andrew Stuhl 9/07/2020 12:37 PM
      Appreciate this journal Carrie! I'm so glad you were able to keep up with the daily sun appreciation and that it was a source of calm and centering for you. So important right now with the very stressful world / lives we are in. It is so obvious to say this, but sometimes it bears repeating: if it weren't for that giant ball of fire, none of us would be here.
      I'm also glad you got to dig in to sustainable fashion! Curious to hear more. As for Goodwill / thrift stores and clothes -- that's a very good question and I can tell it comes from a place of wanting to be fair and just. Check out this 2016 article from HuffPost about GoodWill's process of how they deal with clothes donations. In short, they have waaaaay too many clothes donations to sell them all, and, sadly, a lot goes to the landfill eventually. I don't think your purchasing a shirt is taking an opportunity for someone else to get a shirt (though, of course, that *particular* shirt is now yours):  

      https://www.huffpost.com/entry/what-does-goodwill-do-with-your-clothes_n_57e06b96e4b0071a6e092352