ava gannon

Monte del Sol

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Watch The Story of Bottled Water

I will watch The Story of Bottled Water to learn more about bottled water's impacts on the environment.

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Reduce Animal Products

I will enjoy 21 meatless meal(s) and/or 5 vegan meal(s) each day this week.

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Ecological Principles

Recycle Everything I Can

I will recycle all materials that are accepted by local haulers or drop stations in my community this week.

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Ecological Principles

Reduce My Footprint

I will calculate my ecological footprint and talk with my family or roommates about way we can reduce our negative enviromental impact.

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A Call to Sustainability

Sign a Petition

I will sign petitions in support of an environmental or social initiative in my state.

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A Call to Sustainability

Watch a Documentary

I will watch a movie about a sustainability issue I would like to know more about.

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  • ava gannon 10/07/2019 2:15 PM
    My water footprint is about half of the national average. It's 1,138 gallons a day, and national avg. is above 2,000. Most of my water usage from virtual water, meaning from my household's diet. Though my dad is pretty much the only one who eat's meat, he eats enough to have a large footprint. I also use a lot of water in my commute - driving about 60 miles each day. My outdoor and indoor use are not nearly as high,  only about 350 gallons. This is because we have low flow water spouts, and we don 't have a dishwasher. No one in my family takes very long showers, but this changes during the winter when we have to take baths because our pipes freeze for the shower outside and we have to take baths. I know we could drastically change this by putting a spout inside and not take so many baths in the winter. As far as my commute, i could try and carpool more, but it's challenging because I can usually get a ride in but not back to my house. We don't have a lot of plants outside but we do have a water catchment system for most of this. Another option is drip irrigation, which saves a lot of water for gardens. I'd say the most inefficient part of my household is our energy/electricity, which all comes from propane. The hope is that we can switch to solar within the next year.

  • ava gannon 9/18/2019 2:54 PM
    Ecological Footprint
    My ecological footprint is 3.9 gha, my carbon footprint is 7.4 tonnes(emissions), which was 65 percent of my footprint. I'd expected to have a lower footprint than i do, but I'm also unsure of some of my exact contributors, like how far i drive weekly and how efficient my house is. I do think i could carpool more often, but as i just got a car it's a little hard to give up that freedom and be dependent on someone to always pick me, and living out of town it's just inconvenient for everyone. Also, my dad has been trying to convert our house to solar and rain collection for a while, but it's still unfinished. If everyone lived like me we would need 2.4 Earths to sustain us. This is depressing as shiii cause I always thought i was doing an effective job at producing a very little footprint on the world. As far as the the impact of what i eat, I seem to be doing pretty good. I don't eat any meat and rarely do so with fish: but even the transportation of dry good and other foods that i substitute for meat still has a huge impact on the world. If i could do as much locally and seasonally produced food then I could lower this by a lot. Food and transportation are the biggest contributors to my footprint, and I could definitely help this.

  • ava gannon 8/19/2019 10:15 PM
    Watched the documentary Generation Wealth, not necessarily about sustainability but about consumerism and how our society is based of the idea of worshipping other peoples lives and what they have/we don't. It explains how our culture has a need for material things and how this is supposedly the key to happiness, but in reality these people we worship are the most unhappy. The wealthiest people in our society are not happy, but only struggling like the rest of us. I think this pertains to sustainability in that the reason we cannot focus on sustainability in our society is because we were raised to consume and want more, not protect and be content.

    • ava gannon 9/04/2019 10:55 PM
      More for Eco challenge:
      I signed a few petitions to support opposition to logging/burning of the Amazon rainforest. I think that everyone who has access to a computer should be involved or informed on what is happening in the Amazon.  This single rainforest produces at least 20% of the worlds oxygen. This situation is also speeding of the process of extinction, while simultaneously  displacing and killing communities of indigenous people. I've also signed  some petitions that just say I do not support some of the legislature being passed, some of which are very harmful to immigrants and others that are in favor of cleaner energy - specifically solar.

    • Rhonda Crespo 9/02/2019 7:46 AM
      This goes back to the what Winona LaDuke described as the industrialized view of progress and linear thinking. We will have a whole session in our textbook where we study consumerism, its roots and impacts on our culture. 

    • I appreciate this insight, Ava!

  • ava gannon 8/15/2019 9:53 PM
    From this sustainability course I'm hoping to get some real life experiences of putting sustainable thinking into sustainable practices. I don't feel like I know how to make a larger impact; in that I regularly do small things like recycling and composting, but I want to be able to reach other people and have a bigger impact with my actions. I'm also hoping to get more experience in gardening because I can't keep any plants alive. I hope that if I'm able to learn more about working with plants that I can pass it on to other people in my life. As far as making a bigger impact I don't necessarily know what that will look like, but maybe a program that reaches out to the larger Santa Fe community and to people that have less access to sustainable practices.
    For myself I'd like to support products[like food] that have sustainable practices, and also support more local when I can. I think it's harder to be passionate about bigger practices when you yourself don't make the effort in your own life. For the group I hope to contribute new ideas and realistic perspective.

    • Rhonda Crespo 8/16/2019 8:21 AM
      Ava, I felt the same way when I started teaching sustainability this past summer. However, you will be surprised about how much more we can still do in addition to recycling and composting. We will also have guest speakers and field trips, which should give you some ideas on how to apply sustainable practices in our community.