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    Karina Cortez-Aguilar 12/01/2022 2:14 PM
    from the beginning to today I have developed new habits that make me an even more sustainble individual. I have connected more with the community as well strenghten not just my social relationships but skills as well :D
  • 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?

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    Karina Cortez-Aguilar 12/01/2022 2:11 PM
    I dont remember but my roomate did mention it once. I could do a search of my neighborhood water source or ask my roomate again to refresh. :D
  • Reflection Question
    Nature Do Nature Activities
    What did you observe while spending time outside -- through sight, sound, smell and/or touch?

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    Karina Cortez-Aguilar 12/01/2022 2:10 PM
    I took a hike after my morning volunteer at the Lyon Arboretum and the smell there in general is much different for how pungent the smell of the rich humid soil is. its the first thing I smell when I drive into the entrance of the facility. there are so many Hawaiian endemic plants around with vibrant colors or complex structure, leaves a smile on my face. the location was once a place for exotic birds but they got rid of it and released them in the wild so, today you can hear callings of birds that you might not hear anywhere else!
  • Reflection Question
    Nature Enjoy the Sunrise/Sunset
    Father Thomas Berry says, "... our primary purpose is celebration. Celebration of the dawn and the sunset and the different seasons of the year is a religious ritual, a way in which humans can establish their integral relationship with the universe, with the planet Earth." What is your response to Berry's assertion?

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    Karina Cortez-Aguilar 12/01/2022 2:07 PM
    I intepret in what we invest into ourselves each day and in comparison to what we accomplished in the past seasons. the sunrise and the sunset for most indicates the beginning and the end of our activities and its up to us really what we do with it. sometimes we forget the basic process of nature or physics really since of the gravitational pull of the planets and their alignments.
  • Reflection Question
    Waste Choose Two-Sided Printing
    Choosing two-sided printing can be an easy adjustment on your computer settings. How can you help others make this same switch? Can it be encouraged company wide?

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    Noemi Vanessa Becerra Nunez 11/30/2022 1:26 PM
    I can help others make the same switch by showing them how much paper is going to waste by not choosing to do a two sides printing paper. It can most certainly be encourages to companies world wide.
  • Reflection Question
    Waste Use Reusable Bags
    What do you do if you find yourself in the situation of needing a bag for items but don't have a reusable one with you or aren't allowed to use the one you brought? Carry things out in your hands? In a cart? Accept a disposable one? If you find yourself in this position often, what system could you put in place to try to create a successful habit of not using plastic bags?

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    Noemi Vanessa Becerra Nunez 11/30/2022 1:24 PM
    I could find other ways to carry my groceries. But most importantly, I can always carry a reusable bag in my car, or purse wherever I go.
  • Reflection Question
    Waste Use a Reusable Mug
    Maybe you've heard how good it is to switch from a single use coffee cup to a reusable one, but it's just hard to make the switch. What stands in your way of making this a habit? By identifying the challenges, you can begin to work through them to have better success in taking this action. Knowing the difference you are making, how does it make you feel?

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    Noemi Vanessa Becerra Nunez 11/30/2022 1:23 PM
    What stand in my way of making this a habit is the need to carry it around. By knowing the difference I am making, it makes me feel good to know I'm being sustainable and encouraging those around me to do the same.
  • Reflection Question
    Waste Use a Reusable Water Bottle
    While water bottles are needed for health and safety in certain places, we can do more to reduce the unnecessary use of them. What are the barriers to you using reusable bottles and tap water instead of bottled water? How could you make this a permanent habit?

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    Noemi Vanessa Becerra Nunez 11/30/2022 1:21 PM
    Some barriers to using reusable bottles and tap water instead of bottled water are promoting the pros of it more. I could make this a permanent habit by representing how much more we can save money wise and helping the planet.

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    Noemi Vanessa Becerra Nunez 11/30/2022 1:15 PM
    My eco-challenge is going very well. I try to check in at least twice a week.
  • Reflection Question
    Health Happiness
    How does/can practicing gratitude keep you centered and motivated to work for a better world?

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    Karina Cortez-Aguilar 11/28/2022 11:55 AM
    It humbles me because I really realize how life is short in our lifespans in the trees lifespans and how everything will continue to grow after we are gone. life keeps going and its up to us how we want to live ours. Our impacts change paths all the time and this is taking in consideration of the things and people it effects. its best to be happy in the end