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  • Jake Ryan 10/14/2019 7:38 AM
    This challenge has really opened my eyes on the things I do already, and the endless things I can do in order to make this world better. I found out the little things count.
  • Reflection Question
    Nature Spend Time Outside
    Rachel Carson said that we need the beauty and mysteries of the natural world for our spiritual and emotional development. Does that ring true for you? What are the implications for a culture that spends most of its time indoors?

    Sean Collins 10/10/2019 1:47 PM
    I think that that is true. Days where I do not get fresh air and do not disconnect from electronics and unwind, I feel more stressed and as though something is missing. When I am able to be outside and relax I feel less stressed. I also find that I sleep better when I spend more time outdoors. People who remain indoors do not get that fresh air that humans require. We also don't get as many personal interactions with our environment or the people in it. It makes you feel cooped up. 
  • Reflection Question
    Simplicity Eat Mindfully
    Mindful eating is healthier for us than eating with distractions. How do your eating experiences differ when practicing mindfulness?

    Sean Collins 10/10/2019 1:43 PM
    First off, I get to think about and more thoroughly enjoy the food that I am eating. It gives me time for myself to think about the things I need to do, rather than mindlessly stare at the tv, phone, etc. It is quiet and relaxing. 
  • Reflection Question
    Nature Go for a Daily Walk
    How do you experience your neighborhood or city differently when walking instead of driving?

    Sean Collins 10/10/2019 1:41 PM
    You can actually use your senses and get a good understanding of what is going on around you. You get the opportunity to not have to think about driving or what others are doing, and enjoy/ observe what is around you. You get to experience the world rather than just travel through it. 
  • Reflection Question
    Food Meet My Local Farmers
    When you know who produces your food, you are connecting personally to your complex regional food system. What are the advantages of knowing who produces your food and where it comes from? Do you think this might enable someone to advocate for a better quality of life for those who produce their food, both near and far?

    Sean Collins 10/08/2019 3:26 PM
    Knowing who produces your food and where and how it is produced is important because it helps create connections among you, those people and the food being produced. This helps give you insight and allows you to actually see who is making the food and gives you an appreciation for that food and everything that those farmers do. Yes, it would definitely motivate someone to advocate for higher quality life conditions for those who produce the food, and their families. 
  • 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?

    Sean Collins 10/08/2019 3:22 PM
    I used to use plastic grocery bags, but now I either bring my own or use paper. If you want to use those items that is okay, but companies should try and make their products environmentally safe and decomposable. 

  • Reflection Question
    Energy Heat and Cool Naturally
    What are other ways you could use the power of the sun to reduce your own environmental footprint?

    Sean Collins 10/07/2019 1:29 PM
    Instead of using a heater, I could keep my windows closed and keep my blinds open, In order to capture the concentrated heat of the sun in my apartment. 
  • Reflection Question
    Energy Turn it off
    How is electricity generated where you live? How does it impact the environment, animals, and humans?

    Sean Collins 10/07/2019 1:27 PM
    Energy where I live is fueled through the use of natural gas, coal, nuclear and hydro, as well as wind power and solar. Some of these are better on the environment, such as hydro, wind, and sun powered forms of energy. These are better for the environment and everyone that lives in it. 
  • Reflection Question
    Energy Choose LED Bulbs
    Changing lightbulbs is an excellent first step toward energy efficiency! In what other ways can you exercise your civic duty to protect the environment and reduce carbon emissions?

    Sean Collins 10/07/2019 1:24 PM
    I can do this by riding my bike or walking to class, rather than driving my car. I can also turn off all electronics and lights in my apartment when I am not there or when they are not being used. 

  • Reflection Question
    Water Use Reusable Bottles
    What are some of the needs that water meets or benefits that water provides for you?

    Sean Collins 10/07/2019 1:23 PM
    Water is needed for our survival. Without water I would die. Our bodies require it to perform functions related to basic living.