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  • Reflection Question
    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 idea?

    Leigh Marthe 5/16/2019 3:15 AM
    Food is medicine. What we put into our mouths will heal us. 
  • Reflection Question
    Food Choose Organic Ingredients
    It is often said that “you can’t feed the world with just organic food.” What is your response to that statement?

    Leigh Marthe 5/16/2019 3:13 AM
    It needs to feed the world. 

  • Benjamin Greene 4/04/2019 6:48 AM
    I live on an eighteen acre swath of land, so I have plenty of room to walk in the woods.
  • Reflection Question
    Nature Explore My Area
    How might spending more time outdoors enhance your brainpower?

    Isaac Nold 3/15/2019 3:23 AM
    Spending more time outside helps us to feel more connected to our environment and our community. Studies have shown that there is a correlation between the decreasing amount of time people spend outside and how connected they feel to the environment and the community they live in. A significant factor for this decrease is that many cities and other places have become less walker and biker friendly due to vehicle centric design. This disconnection from the environment and community could explain why there is an increasing amount of cases of depression in our country and others. We need to work towards helping people feel welcome in their community if we want to truly make progress in the world.
  • Reflection Question
    Water Brush My Teeth Without Running Water
    What is the main water source in your region? If you don't know, how could you find out?

    Fred Taylor 3/13/2019 7:36 AM
    My water source has changed recently, since we moved from a house in the country to a condo in the city. Out in the woods, we had a dug well, and so we always had fresh water, right out of the spring fed ground. Now that we live in the city, it's a different story, and I'm not sure the answer. But I think Brattleboro's water comes from the Pleasant Valley reservoir, just outside of town.
       Interestingly, the two water sources have different challenges for us. In the country, our water was very hard, and so our pipes, our appliances, (and our insides
    ?) were corroded, and that was always a source of concern, even though I loved the fresh spring water. Now in the city, our water isn't hard, so it's easier on the system, but is chlorinated, as city water needs to be. So we have to use a water filter to make it more healthy. Either way, we're clear that drinking water out of the tap is better for us and the environment than from plastic bottles. So let's hear it for fresh water right from a local source!

  • Ryan Magoon 12/17/2018 12:54 PM
    I have noticed that alot of these challenges I already do on a daily basis. But there are a few that I have ran into that I am going to start doing. This eco- challenge has given me a lot of really great ideas on how to become more sustainable.
  • Reflection Question
    Water 5-Minute Showers
    Five minute showers are an impressive step toward reducing your water footprint. What is the next step you can take?

    Ryan Magoon 12/17/2018 12:52 PM
    Now that I have lowered my showers down to 5 minute showers I can also cut back on the amount of water I use to wash my dishes. I can do this by turning off the water while I wash the dishes and only turn on the water when I am ready to rinse a entire sink full. Not leaving the water running the entire time will save ALOT of fresh water.
  • Reflection Question
    Water Say No to Plastic Straws
    What single-use items (e.g. straws, coffee cups, vegetable bags, plastic bags) do you regularly use? What could be substituted instead?

    Ryan Magoon 12/17/2018 12:51 PM
    I will substitute plastic grocery bags with reusable grocery bags. This will cut back on the amount of plastic and paper that goes in the trash. I will also replace coffe cups with reusable ones. This saves money and also cuts down on waste and helps save the planet.
  • Reflection Question
    Food Choose Organic Ingredients
    It is often said that “you can’t feed the world with just organic food.” What is your response to that statement?

    Ryan Magoon 12/17/2018 12:47 PM
    Yes Organic farming can feed the world. If everyone grew their own produce and fruits, vegies and herbs in the comfort of their own home, they would ultimately save hundreds of dollars each month and they would be able to supply nearly 20% of their family's food with just home grown organic foods that they grew themselves. If everyone did this then we would save food and cut down on waste.
  • Reflection Question
    Food Reduce Animal Products
    Why do people in richer countries eat more meat than people in other places? How does eating more meat affect our planet and other people?

    Ryan Magoon 12/17/2018 12:45 PM
    We can shift a meat-focused food culture by opening more food options to the public. Rather than having so many fast food joints that sell meats and unhealthy, greasy foods, we can open salad bars and other places that serve healthy food choices and organic options.