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  • Reflection Question
    Water Collect Rain Water
    Trace the water that flows down the drain from your house to the largest body of water nearby. What is the route it takes?

    Emmanuel Larsen's avatar
    Emmanuel Larsen 5/05/2021 2:16 PM
    The rainwater that flows down from my house must mostly go through subterranean channels, since there are no large rivers between my location on the Waterville Plateau and the Colombia River. Its also possible that some of it is sequestered in underground reservoirs. 
  • Reflection Question
    Waste Compost Food Waste
    New to composting? Be sure to check out the action resource links to learn tips and more about it. As you transition from throwing food away to composting, what do you notice about how much you are tossing? How will you use your compost once it is ready?

    Emmanuel Larsen's avatar
    Emmanuel Larsen 5/05/2021 2:14 PM
    I haven't really thrown food away for quite some time, but composting makes use of some organic matter that people don't usually eat. While it takes a couple years for compost to fully be broken down, it can be useful as fertilizer quite soon, especially if enough high carbon plant material is added. 
  • 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?

    Emmanuel Larsen's avatar
    Emmanuel Larsen 5/05/2021 1:54 PM
    The primary barrier is the fact that many events provide plastic water bottles, so its a lot easier to just use them instead of bringing along a reusable water bottle. Therefore, I'd say you just need to think a little more about that kind of thing.

  • Trina Henley's avatar
    Trina Henley 7/27/2020 1:04 PM
    Hi- just wanted to say that I have been trying to pick up 5 to 10 pieces of garbage every day since I started the ecochallenge. It is going really well. I find myself going for it more than I usually would. I feel like a perfect person every time I grab something and pick it up and throw it away. I could technically hang on to this habit and not let go. Picking up garbage is the best thing that ever happened to garbage that is left on the ground. I use my reusable face mask too while I am out. I have not purchased any water bottles during this time when I am thirsty to save a plastic water bottle each day. I am completely fine with using a scooper to pick up animal feces everyday if it is more sanitary and healthy safest. I last of all learned pretty much learned what social justice of the people of the world is by reading and watching a video. So that sums up how my ecochallenge has been incorporated.

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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.? 
  • Reflection Question
    Food Plant an Herb Garden
    Consider the ways you can garden: a plot of land? a patio container? hanging basket? windowsill gardens? What would work best for your living situation and lifestyle?

    Abby Morales's avatar
    Abby Morales 5/13/2020 8:10 PM
    I bought wood and decided to make a small Garden box. My dad helped me make it and my mom helped planting seeds. Now I can see small sprouts growing. I’m excited to see the prosees.

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    Abby Morales 5/13/2020 8:04 PM
    I saw myself purchasing alot  of plastic water bottles, and noticed how much more efficient and healthy is to carry a water bottle with you. I think it’s important to limit the purchase of harmful products and it’s also cheaper to have reusable things on hand.

  • Emily Villalobos's avatar
    Emily Villalobos 5/13/2020 8:40 AM
    I have been composting for a while, and now my family know what to put into it, and EVERYONE is involved!

  • Stacy Parker's avatar
    Stacy Parker 5/12/2020 8:44 AM
    I'm going to explore Sauer Mountain this week!  This challenge has pushed me to explore my surrounding area and I am grateful.  

  • Emily Villalobos's avatar
    Emily Villalobos 5/06/2020 8:27 PM
    Everytime I write three things Im grateful, it adds stability, focus, and gratitude into my day. Also I complete this challenge in the morning, making me feel the slightest bit more accomplished before I start my day.