Joan Qazi

WVC Geographers

"Think Globally and Act Locally"

Points Total

  • 0 Today
  • 0 This Week
  • 454 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    1
    documentaries
    watched
  • up to
    1
    donations
    made
  • up to
    140
    minutes
    spent learning
  • up to
    4
    plastic containers
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    2
    hours
    volunteered
  • up to
    7
    pounds
    waste composted

Joan's Actions

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.

COMPLETED 7
DAILY ACTIONS

Energy

Donate to or Volunteer for Low-Income Solar Initiatives

Whether it's by donating or volunteering, I will research the benefits of low-income solar and find out how I can support low-income solar initiatives in my area.

Completed
One-Time Action

Health

Learn About Local Environmental Justice Concerns

I will spend 50 minutes researching environmental justice and environmental racism concerns in my region, who is affected by them, and local initiatives to address these concerns.

Completed
One-Time Action

Food

Watch a Documentary about Food Sovereignty

I will watch 1 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.

Completed
One-Time Action

Waste

Reduce Single-Use Disposables

Cheap, single-use items and disposable packaging end up blowing around as litter more often in poor and POC-majority neighborhoods. I will find out how I can limit single-use items and do my best to limit the waste I generate.

COMPLETED 0
DAILY ACTIONS

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  • Joan Qazi 6/02/2020 9:16 AM
    For the most part, I don't use single-use plastic, but I signed up for this goal because during the pandemic I am challenged to continue using my canvas bags at the grocery store.  I only go to the grocery store once every two weeks and am shopping for six people in two households.  But when I bring my own bags, I have to unload my cart, place all the items on the cashier's counter, work the credit card machine, bag all the items myself into my bags and load my cart (often two carts). It is stressful when someone is waiting in line behind me.  I am not convinced that the single-use plastic bags are any safer than canvas bags for the retail workers and they are a lot worse for the environment. Does anyone have scientific data on this beyond the study that shows how long the virus lasts on glass, cardboard, etc.? 

  • Joan Qazi 5/05/2020 2:44 PM
    Today, I learned more about the Grid solar power initiative for low-income households.  The program works mostly in California, Colorado, and Washington DC.  Our SNAP program that was part of Chelan County PUD was curtailed a couple years ago, so I don't know that we have anything similar here.  I was able to direct my donation to tribal communities which I appreciated.
  • Reflection Question
    Waste Reduce Single-Use Disposables
    What single-use items (e.g. straws, coffee cups, vegetable bags, plastic bags) do you regularly use? What did you substitute or could be substituted instead?

    Joan Qazi 4/21/2020 11:25 AM
    If I was travelling and bought coffee, I would use a disposable coffee cup.  I will now keep a reusable one in my car to substitute instead.  I hope they will fill them during the pandemic?