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Caeman Lipsey

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Participant Impact

  • up to
    42
    meatless or vegan meals
    consumed
  • up to
    9.0
    miles
    traveled by bus
  • up to
    29
    pounds of CO2
    have been saved
  • up to
    2.0
    documentaries
    watched

Caeman's Actions

Ecological Principles

Practice Gratitude for Earth

This week, I will spend 30 minute(s) each day outside, practicing gratitude (prayer, meditation, journaling, etc.) for Earth and the nature surrounding me.

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Consumption and Economy

Track my Purchases

I will maintain a record of all my purchases.

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Food

Watch a Documentary

I will watch a documentary film about food with family and friends and talk about what we learned.

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Ecological Principles

Support Pollution Reduction

I will learn about water and air quality issues in my area, how they are impacting human and environmental health, and how I can help.

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Food

Reduce Animal Products

I will enjoy 6 meatless meal(s) and/or 0 vegan meal(s) each day this week.

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Transportation

Use Public Transit

I will use public transit 9 mile(s) each day this week and avoid sending up to (___) lbs of CO2 into Earth's atmosphere.

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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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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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One-Time Action

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    Caeman Lipsey 3/08/2022 1:06 AM
    I chose gratitude. I have an amazing backyard, and I have wanted to get out to mediate for a long time, and this last week has been very stressful, full of illness and lateness and stressful planning, so I decided to try and alleviate some of that with mediation outside. This has helped a lot, dealing with the stress seems easier afterwards, and I feel happier over the day, and while I'm not very good at it, spending some time just being present while outside in the sun next a pond is nice and helps me unwind. 

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      amy minato 3/12/2022 10:35 AM
      meditating outside has double benefits!

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    Caeman Lipsey 2/23/2022 11:12 PM
    I have never tracked my purchases before, however, when I started, one thing I noticed quickly was the number of times I used single use items. I normally try to avoid single use plastics, and I am generally successful, but I found it nearly impossible to avoid packaging. Even buying a huge bulk batch of toilet paper still ends up consuming the plastic it's wrapped in. I noticed how much I spend on food, and how little I spent on raw ingredients to make things like soap. It was a generally eye opening activity.

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      amy minato 3/01/2022 5:22 PM
      Caeman  You might look into Who Gives A Crap for toilet paper. It's made of bamboo or recycled paper and wrapped in paper. I'm glad you learned a lot from this activity.

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      Naomi Bojorquez 2/24/2022 12:03 PM
      Tracking my purchases was quite eye-opening for me too. I also noticed that I accumulated a lot of plastic waste. Being more aware of spending habits has a lot of positive effects. I wonder if people were encouraged to track what they buy, they might buy less and contribute less to consumerism and consumer habits wouldn't be so impactful in the U.S. 

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    Caeman Lipsey 2/19/2022 12:05 AM
    This week I watched a number of food based documentaries about food production, the waste and environmental aspects it has, and the effects it has on the environment. One thing I can never understand is how some people are willing to put animals under such cruel, disgraceful, and awful treatment. Murdering millions of baby chickens at birth, having huge industrial scale cattle farms. These facts, and the ones I learned today, are the reason for my eco-project, and my transition away from meat. While it hasn't been easy, especially at the start, I really feel better about my decision 

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      amy minato 2/21/2022 3:05 PM
      did you watch the youtube about "The problem with your cheap chicken?" It talked about how distressing it was for the farmers when the owners force them into cruel practices. Very disturbing. There are a lot of small farmers who are kind to their animals.

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    Caeman Lipsey 2/10/2022 5:41 PM
    For my pollution reduction I decided to switch from my normal type of laundry detergent, with its bulky plastic waste to a more sustainable type. I order a set of paper like detergent sheets, that come with paper packaging I can recycle, and its shipped in bulk using electric vehicles, to help reduce waste in that department as well. In addition, to help reduce water use, I changed how often we do laundry. I have a lot of clothes, but I often wear then wash the ones I like the most. I have started wearing my less worn clothes to reduce the number of wash cycles, and to ensure full loads when washing becomes necessary. 

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      Daniel Tapia Silva 2/12/2022 9:54 PM
      Caeman, as Amy mentioned I think laundry habits can have a big impact. Some newer laundry machines use only the required amount of water which cuts down water waste, and I've learned to give some jeans a second use before washing. Not only does it cut down water use, but the denim lasts longer. 

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      amy minato 2/11/2022 8:39 AM
      Good idea Caeman. Changing laundry habits can have a big impact. In Europe people will rewear clothes several times before washing them. I think with the pandemic folks have eased up on constant washing.

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    Caeman Lipsey 2/02/2022 8:54 PM
    In actuality, I almost never eat meat. The only times I actually eat meat, are sustainably caught small fish, like sardines, or anchovies, bought from sources that are line caught, and sustainable. I almost never eat beef, or pork, usually once or twice a month, and I also hardly eat chicken. This was originally due to cost, but eventually, I got so used to not eating meat, the idea to buy it never even crossed my mind. Even today, the only meat I had was a suitable sardine pack that I had as a snack. Often I will eat the fish for the protein after my workouts, and the Adderall I take to help me concentrate (doctor prescribed for my ADHD), often reduces my appetite, and my fiancee cooks most meals, and she doesn't use meat because I do most of the shopping. Even today we only had avocado toast, and for dinner we had bean noodles with green onions. The only meat today was the sardines. Over the past month I have eaten chicken, beef and pork a combined total of 2 times. Once was a failed attempted at chicken legs, (we haven't cooked chicken in so long we didn't cook it long enough and it was still raw), and the other time was pepperoni on a pizza I ordered. Other than those two times, I ate no meat, only vegetables, eggs occasionally, and the sardines and anchovies I previously mentioned. This dietary change, combined with the exercise have both boosted my mood and helped me feel better about myself. 

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      amy minato 2/04/2022 3:13 PM
      Caeman those small fish are actually quite good for you.  my daughter takes ADD meds and it really impacts her appetite too. its so true that so much of our diet is habit. when i lived in mexico I was so bored at first with the diet then I really looked forward every day to my beans and rice

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      Naomi Bojorquez 2/02/2022 10:34 PM
      It seems like you are finding sustainable ways to eat less meat. I am sure it is helpful having a supportive fiance. My partner has been significant support in trying to be more sustainable. It seems like sustainable changes stick with me better when I save money, and meat can be expensive. I like to hear you talk about the money-saving aspect because I think sustainable switches that save time or money are the most accessible to the average person. 

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    Caeman Lipsey 1/26/2022 2:46 PM
    Each week I used to drive my car to campus, as the pay to park station there is broken, and as such the whole parking lot there is free, however, my car has awful milage, and the bus stop is really close. This week I have, and will only use the bus for transportation. I actually like using the bus, the route is straightforward, and I know a couple of the people at the bus stop. It will also save me money that I would use to fill up the car's gas tank. I work at a grocery store just down the street, and while its a 30 minute walk, its only a 5-10 minute bus ride, and I can take the bus to work as well. If all else fails, I can just walk to work. I would walk back from work some days even when it was a 2 hour walk. 

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      amy minato 1/30/2022 12:30 PM
      Caeman the bus can be fun! and useful. i do a lot of reading on the bus and often meet nice folk. much less stressful than driving.  wow! 2 hour walk!  I've been looking into getting an electric scooter for trips that long but good for you!

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      Sam Galvan 1/26/2022 7:05 PM
      Hey Caeman! I'm an avid user of Trimet and think it's a great option for getting to PSU from most parts of the Portland region so I'm stoked to hear you've started using it! How's it been so far? Do you think you'll stick with it after this week? I always appreciate bus rides as an opportunity to relax and slow down for a bit. I also feel like transit creates more intentional and closer scale interactions with the city than driving so I appreciate it for that as well. Lastly, do you know about the various options PSU students have for getting discounts on transit fares? If not I'd be happy to point you towards some resources!

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    Caeman Lipsey 1/20/2022 11:11 PM
    I chose to start recycling everything I can. This is much more of a formidable goal then it may seem, as my living space is small, and it can be hard to tell what is and isn't recyclable. Many companies prefer you toss things you can't identify as recyclable. However, I am committed. I already return bottles and I haven't thrown out any glass for a long while, but the glass adds up, and without a proper recycling container, maintaining this goal will be tough, but I am sure I can accomplish it. My fiancee also wants to recycle as much as possible, so together I believe we will be able to do it. I already recycled some things today, after I received a number of packages containing school stuff, I made sure to strip of the non-recyclble tape and only recycle the cardboard box.   

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      amy minato 1/21/2022 2:28 PM
      Caeman  the city doesnt pick up your glass containers?  they will also give you containers

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    Caeman Lipsey 1/12/2022 7:21 PM
    I watched the film Fantastic Fungi, very fitting considering I plan to grow edible mushrooms for my eco project. The film was very interesting, and I was glued the whole time. I loved the descriptions of peoples experiences on the psychedelic mushrooms, and I was fascinated by the way it could be used medically. The way that science was shut down due to a fear over a culture shift reminded me of how far the world has gone since then. I wonder how much science could have taken place during those years, and how far research could have gone into these amazing plants that was all wasted and lost because one person, Nixon spread the fear over a culture shift into the heart of America during the cold war. Simply disliking being sent to a war in a far away jungle was enough to be labeled "counter culture" and this term carried a lot of baggage at the time. You would be labeled an enemy of the state, and reviled. Many were abused by police because of this. The medical benefits of turkey tail fungi was also interesting. The use of it during cancer treatment made it seems almost like it was the deciding factor in the recovery, and it may well have been. However, what I found most interesting, was how the psychedelic mushrooms could cause neurogenesis. The ability to create new neurons is almost unheard of in the natural world. Humans create all the neurons we have during our gestation, and once we have what we got, that all we will ever naturally grow. This is why Alzheimers is so devastating. The body has no way to regrow the lost neurons, and so a slow, degenerative process begins, stripping memories and personally away until death eventually claims the sufferer. With the ability to create new neurons, this process can be halted, possibly even reversed, and this has huge potential to change the world. 

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      amy minato 1/13/2022 9:21 AM
      Caeman The link between psychedelics and the war is interesting. Young people in the 60's were living a nightmare so they turned to drugs to escape the stress. then the government, in an attempt to attack youth - particularly black youth, started the War on Drugs to deflect from the atrocities of the war. anyway, that's a great film and Michael Pollan is the best

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      Naomi Bojorquez 1/12/2022 8:10 PM
      Growing mushrooms seems very fun. I look forward to hearing about your journey. It is surprising how social and political opinions can inhibit medical research/science. I have read that we are just discovering the wide breadth of medicinal benefits of fungi in medical science. I hope that science-backed alternative and preventative medicines become normalized.