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    Claire Nagel 6/04/2023 7:40 PM
    This week, I decided to find a petition I was passionate about and sign it. The petition I found was about helping sea turtles in Florida. Apparently, 13 Florida homeowners want to install these things called Geotextile tubes. These tubes would lay on the beach and obstruct the area where 90% of sea turtles in the world lay their eggs. These tubes will also contribute to pollution on the beaches. I decided to sign the petition, and if you want to read more and maybe sign as well, here is the link:

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      Ruby Nations 6/04/2023 10:14 PM
      This sounds like a tough situation. After reading the information, I can understand why some homeowners who don't fully understand the situation would want to install them. If only they knew "the geotextile tubes industry has convinced them that their homes are in danger even though every one of the homes is far enough back from the high water line to be safe". How frustrating. Even if this was the case, the effect on the sea turtles would be far more damaging if installed.

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    Claire Nagel 5/28/2023 10:10 PM
    This week, I attended a local vegan event. The event was a potluck and speech. The potluck featured tons of great food. The talk was on a bill that was attempting to be passed in Oregon that focuses on factory farming. It attempted to limit factory farming. Unfortunately, it didn't pass this year, but the organization is attempting to push it through again next year. I learned that dairies and other farms that house animals have no limit on the amount of ground water they can use. This means massive amounts of groundwater are used up. There is also a dairy in Oregon that houses over 50,000 cows in one location! This seems super inhumane. Overall the talk was super informative and I am glad that I went!

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      kerry mccarthy 6/02/2023 8:04 AM
      Hey Claire!
      Great post, and the potluck and speech you went to sound awesome. Good for you for going. I've never been to anything like that. I had never even thought about how much water farm animals consume until I took this class. Wow! It definitely is a huge amount of water. I feel like this country puts farm animals before people and a bunch of other things too, like fossil fuels. 50,000 dairy cows in one location with no limit on groundwater they can use? Horrible and inhumane. That would be awesome if factory farming was limited and monitored more than it is now. Have a great summer, Claire!

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    Claire Nagel 5/21/2023 8:50 PM
    This week, I decided to start my journey of growing my own food by purchasing a blueberry bush! I have never grown something that I can eat before, so I am excited to start trying. I got the bush from a stall at the local farmers market. The person I bought it from said I should get fresh blueberries off of it soon! I am so excited to see it grow and to harvest my home grown blueberries. If this goes well, I might be inspired to buy more food plants!

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      Olivia Monestime 5/21/2023 10:00 PM
      Wooo! Nice Claire :) Since starting my own produce garden is my Eco Challenge I'm so excited for you! A challenge, but so worth it!

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      Randy Lucas 5/21/2023 9:41 PM
      Hey Claire, Good luck with your blueberry bush! I have also never purchased plants with the intention to eat them, but this seems like something I'd wanna try in the summer.

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    Claire Nagel 5/14/2023 9:05 PM
    This week, I challenged myself to reduce the amount of plastic I purchased during my grocery trip. This was pretty difficult. When I looked at what I already had in my pantry, almost everything was wrapped in plastic. I decided to mostly purchase fresh fruits and vegetables this week. That is not usually what I reach for, but I think this will give me a good opportunity to try out some new recipes. There were a couple of small items, like peanut butter, that due to my limitations, I still had to purchase in a plastic container. I also needed bread, which is almost impossible to find not wrapped in plastic, so I decided to go to the farmers market to purchase that. The bread I got was wrapped in paper and was super delicious! Overall, I could see myself shopping like this more often. It was a challenge, but it's nice to know I wont be contributing to as much plastic waste as I was before.

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      kerry mccarthy 5/19/2023 6:48 PM
      Awesome claire. Seriously, everything is wrapped in plastic and most of it is the unhealthy processed stuff. Way to problem-solve and go to the farmer's market for bread. Living sustainably definitely seems to promote good health and make a person think about what they are consuming.

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      Randy Lucas 5/14/2023 10:58 PM
      Hey Claire, it can definitely be challenging to reduce the amount of plastic we purchase because almost everything is wrapped in plastic nowadays but I think as long as were trying our best to be sustainable, that is what is important.

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    Claire Nagel 5/07/2023 2:49 PM
    This week, I decided to watch the documentary Fantastic Fungi on Netflix. It was really interesting. Interestingly, it featured the man from the ted talk we watched on Fungi. This documentary discussed the ways in which fungi are beneficial. One thing I learned was that trees can actually communicate with each other using fungi pathways underground.
    This documentary also talked about the way we use fungi in so much of our everyday lives. Fungi are so important to so many medicines and foods. They are a great food source on their own as well. This documentary also talked about the benefits of psylocibin. Apparently, it can help to cure a stutter!
    This documentary made me feel much more connected to nature. It made me want to go try to go and forage for mushrooms. I want to look into more resources for mushroom foraging in Oregon, so if anyone knows of any good resources, let me know!

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      Ruby Nations 5/07/2023 8:38 PM
      That's awesome! I'll have to check out this documentary sometime. I've heard so much about it but have yet to watch it. I feel that as a whole society, we have yet to tap into the copious benefits of mushrooms, but perhaps the documentary will prove me wrong.

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    Claire Nagel 4/30/2023 8:26 PM
    This week I needed to purchase a new pair of shorts for summer. Rather than buying them new, I decided to thrift them. I got this idea from the ted talk we watched just a few weeks ago. I decided to do some research on the impact of thrifting and found an article by Topic Insight that says that thrifting keeps clothes out of landfills, reduces the carbon emissions from clothing production, and even lowers water consumption. This has inspired me to thrift even more of my clothes in the future!

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      Camden Benesh 5/07/2023 9:46 PM
      Def a power move and often times in experience the drip goes off better at thrift stores, while some can be a little more pricey than normal retail places, I always feel better buying something used than going to amazon.

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      kerry mccarthy 5/06/2023 8:48 AM
      Hey Claire. Good for you and thanks for the info. Everyone I know, rich or poor, buys their clothes at thrift stores it seems. I have never thrift shopped much in my life but my children do, in fact, they really don't buy new clothes. I have a coworker that always has the cutest clothes on and they are always from Good Will. I've been going with my daughter though and always find something cool to decorate with or wear. So I'm coming around. I don't buy clothes nearly like I used to though, so I guess that's an improvement. Thanks, Claire!

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    Claire Nagel 4/23/2023 5:23 PM
    This week I decided to go to the park blocks to connect with nature and do some mindfulness work. I think the park blocks are a beautiful little piece of nature in the middle of the city. I honestly think this experience was very healing for me. I do not have access to nature very often, so it was nice to spend some time soaking in the sights. While I was walking, I noticed a little planter area. I’m not sure what it is growing, but I thought it was really beautiful. I also took some time to journal about my experience while sitting and watching the squirrels. Overall, it was really nice to connect with nature!

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    Claire Nagel 4/16/2023 5:01 PM
    This week I decided to take a look at my trash and see where I could reduce the amount of waste I produce. One thing I noticed is that I had A LOT of coffee cups in my trash. I decided that for this week, I was going to bring my own cup to my favorite coffee shop every time I went. This definitely was a challenge for me because 1. I am shy and was scared to ask them to put my drink in the cup and 2. I almost kept forgetting to bring it. I was able to bring my own cup 4 times this week. Overall, it went really well and this is something I can see myself doing long term.

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      Randy Lucas 4/16/2023 7:47 PM
      Hey Claire, I've also realized that I have a lot of single-use items in my trash because I eat out way too much. Small things, like bringing in your own cup, can definitely help this issue. This week I decided to dine in instead of ordering to go to help reduce my waste.