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  • Andre Cantuniar's avatar
    Andre Cantuniar 8/17/2020 10:10 PM
    Be ready for outages this week guys. Conserve energy wherever you can to help relieve stress on the grid! 

    • Professor  Morrell's avatar
      Professor Morrell 8/18/2020 1:59 PM
      Thanks Andre - Im part of Ohm (encourage everyone to look into it) - I am powering down and leaving my house for 3 to 4 hours during peak periods to help the grid. Thanks to everyone for conserving energy and I hope you are spared from an outage!

  • Hilery Dan's avatar
    Hilery Dan 8/13/2020 8:33 PM
    Some pictures of my garden, the only plant that stuck with me from the beginning is the green bell peppers the rest didn't fare out so well,  some are just planted about a week ago. I tried to grow: tomatoes, bell peppers, baby beets, chives, zucchini, and egg plant. 

  • Andre Cantuniar's avatar
    Andre Cantuniar 8/13/2020 7:54 PM
    I just had a random idea. Why don't all new houses include a smart meter that not only gives standard info like temperature but a simple breakdown of what sources the electricity being used is sourced from? Like if you were to check at 5 pm, in San Diego it would probably be around 75% fossil fuel sourced. If you checked at 6 am, it would be more proportionately renewable-based. I think this could be implemented relatively quickly and would increase household resource awareness. If we wanted to get creative, we could even have a minute by minute counter of how many lbs of CO2 our household is emitting at any given time. This part might be controversial, but local energy providers could implement a surcharge based on how many hours a household is operating above a certain C02 per minute threshold. To not disproportionately affect lower-income households with more family members, there could be a surcharge tax break implemented if a family's total income is below a certain amount. Thoughts? 

  • Christine May's avatar
    Christine May 8/13/2020 7:22 PM
    Enough
    Broken bottles and rusted pieces of glass
    Crumpled up newspaper lost in the grass
    Flooding concrete plaguing our trees
    Can this be the environment that goes on around me?

    Toxins and insecticides splashed onto our food

    oceans filling with black grim oil
    Sea life headed doe fatal doom
    This is what we are to consume?

    Mills bleeding out iron casting out fumes
    Airlines leaking destructive gases
    Weapons of devastation tested at isolated sites
    And this is the air that sustains life?

    Is there something we can do 
    Maybe raise awareness to those closes to you
  • Reflection Question
    Water 5-Minute Showers
    Name some of the human activities impacting the health of water systems, both locally (your watershed) and globally (freshwater and oceans). What can you do to improve the health of water systems?

    Morrow Botros's avatar
    Morrow Botros 8/13/2020 11:40 AM
    The next step would be recycling my shower water. And recycle rain water in the winter. I'm also working towards fixing any leaky fixtures in my home. 
  • Reflection Question
    Health Reduce refined sugar
    Before you started this challenge, did you think you were 'addicted' to sugar? How do you feel now?

    Morrow Botros's avatar
    Morrow Botros 8/13/2020 11:39 AM
    I feel great cutting down my sugar intake. I don't have that "crash" I would feel mid day! 
  • Reflection Question
    Health Healthy Sleep
    Consider how many hours of sleep you get now. How would you like to shift your sleep patterns? What are you finding works for you to be successful in this action?

    Morrow Botros's avatar
    Morrow Botros 8/13/2020 11:38 AM
    I would like to sleep for 8 hours every night. I found that not looking of being active on any type of electronics before bed has helped me fall asleep quicker

  • Andre Cantuniar's avatar
    Andre Cantuniar 8/11/2020 12:07 AM
    Went to Lowe's to pick up some more seeds today. All sold out. Apparently the home harvesting craze is on. Not sure if people are just bored at home because of COVID or if it's a trend that will stick long term. Hopefully, it's the latter. Everyone with a garden should be growing their own food nowadays. 
  • 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?

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    Nickolas Amen 8/08/2020 5:42 PM
    It is nice to have two locations to go to, especially since one is coastal and one is inland. If its foggy at the coast, it more than likely sunny and 10 degrees warmer at the inland location which makes it easier to enjoy the outdoors.

  • Andre Cantuniar's avatar
    Andre Cantuniar 8/07/2020 2:05 AM
    I hit a slight speed bump in my quest to becoming a master harvester. My zucchini plant's leaves got ill from mildew so I had to pull most of them before it spread. Luckily the roots were not affected and the plant appears to be recovering and producing. Sometimes I forget how vulnerable these types of plants can be. If I fail to water and check on them for even a day, things can take a turn for the worst. 100 percent still worth the effort though!