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Spencer Polk

Community Team

"“Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, Nothing is going to get better. It's not.”"

Points Total

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  • 145 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    30
    minutes
    spent learning
  • up to
    120
    minutes
    spent outdoors

Spencer's Actions

Create Your Own Action

Forage for My Food

I will use the resources below to find where I can forage for my own food locally.

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Food

Watch a Documentary about Food Sovereignty

I will watch 3 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.

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Simplicity

Eat Mindfully

I will eat all of my meals without distractions, e.g., phone, computer, TV, or newspaper.

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Water

Conserve Toilet Water

I will save up to 12 gallons (45 L) of water a day by flushing only when necessary.

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Nature

Explore My Area

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

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Community

Support A Sharing Economy

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

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Energy

Learn About Renewable Energy

I will spend 45 minutes learning more about renewable energy alternatives (i.e. solar, wind, biomass) in my region.

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Transportation

Improve a Bus Stop

I will improve a bus stop in my neighborhood by posting the stop schedule, adding seating or shelter, adding art or flowers, picking up litter, or some other small improvement.

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Health

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?

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Health

Exercise Daily

Exercise is a great stress blaster! I will exercise for 60 minute(s) each day.

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Health

Learn About Local Environmental Justice Concerns

I will spend 45 minutes researching environmental justice and environmental racism concerns in my region, who is affected by them, and local initiatives to address these concerns.

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Food

Whole Food Lifestyle

I will enjoy 1 meal(s) each day free of processed foods.

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Food

Reduce Animal Products

I will enjoy 3 meatless meal(s) and/or 2 vegan meal(s) each day this week.

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Waste

Learn About & Practice Sustainable Fashion

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

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Waste

Compost Food Waste

I will avoid sending up to .69 lbs (.31 kg) of food waste to the landfill each day by composting my food or learning how to.

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Health

Support Pollution Reduction

I will spend at least 30 minutes learning about water and air quality issues in my area, how they are impacting human and environmental health, and how I can help.

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Health

Eliminate Toxic Plastics

I will avoid buying toxic plastics - including polycarbonate, polystyrene and polyvinyl - and instead replace them with durable non-plastic options.

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Health

Healthy Sleep

Effectively working for sustainability requires self care! I will commit to getting 45 more minute(s) of sleep each night to achieve at least 7 hours per night.

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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.

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  • Reflection Question
    Nature Explore My Area
    How might spending more time outdoors enhance your brainpower?

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    Spencer Polk 4/24/2020 11:12 AM
    I discovered a new section of the Winchell trail yesterday along the mississippi, which leads to a spring. 

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      Spencer Polk 4/24/2020 11:13 AM
      whoops didn't answer question. Being in nature enhances mindfulness and sparks curiosity and novelty, helping to make new neurological connections. 
  • Reflection Question
    Community Support A Sharing Economy
    What benefits does a sharing economy offer to your own life? What benefits does it offer to your neighbors' and community members' lives?

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    Spencer Polk 4/20/2020 8:34 AM
    A sharing economy really strengthens community and reduces waste. Not every household needs everything. I am living alone right now and buying for only one can sometimes feel wasteful so I ask to borrow some ingredients in exchange for something. It feels like you're cared for and allows you to care for others. It also saves you money, which you can spend on things you need. I recently exchanged some egg cartons for some bananas with someone who wanted to start growing some plants. It was great.