Savannah Palmer

Monte del Sol

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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.

One-Time Challenge

A Call to Sustainability

Research Local Organizations

I will learn what local organizations are working on sustainability issues and how I can get involved.

One-Time Challenge

A Call to Sustainability

Talk To Others

I will tell 5 people why sustainability is important to me and what my vision for a sustainable world is.

One-Time Challenge

A Call to Sustainability

Explore My Area

I will explore at least one new hiking trail or nature walk in my area.

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  • Savannah Palmer 9/13/2019 9:17 PM
    My ecological footprint is 4.5. I was super sad when I found out that my living habits are not good for the earth. My main contributor to my ecological footprint is my carbon footprint. I drive a lot in my week. I drive to school, work, soccer practice, and to my grandmas house, My main goal this year was to find a way to get around more sustainably. I live too far for a bus to come get me, and in order to bike around town Id need a lot more time in my schedule to do so. I wanted to be more sustainable, so I started carpooling a lot. I try to take as many cars are necessary and no more. I carpool to work, practice, and sometimes school. 
    I would like my house to be more sustainable as well. My family is really good at using only what we need. We never use an air conditioner or the heater, so weŕe usually roasting or freezing. We ́re always in the dark because we don't use the lights much, and we all take quick showers in order to use less water. So basically weŕe cold, blind, and stinky. We eat meat a few times a week but weŕe trying to cut back.
    My grandma recently moved from petroleum to solar and she loves it. Her electricity bills are usually five dollars or less. She also has these awesome lightbulbs that generate energy as their on, so when you turn the lights off, they will stay on from that built up energy. 
    If everyone lived like me, we´d be screwed. I´m trying though!

  • Savannah Palmer 8/26/2019 8:55 PM
    Also, for one of my challenges, I explored somewhere new! On the 12th grade camping trip, we went on a hike. We hiked up to a couple of caves and got to explore them. Nancy told us they were naturally made and they were super interesting to look at but very muddy and moist. Some of my friends and I ran down the mountain on the way back. It was a blast!
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    • Rhonda Crespo 9/02/2019 7:39 AM
      Our school has been doing this trip for years, and I have always wanted to go there and check out the caves. How far in could you go and explore the cave? 

  • Savannah Palmer 8/26/2019 8:47 PM
    I was not present for the circle question, so I will upload my response to it here :)
    I find my deepest connection to the world in nature, and mostly to animals. I spend a lot of my time outside. When I train for marathons, I am running outside. I play soccer outside and I walk my dog outside. I'm going to sound like a broken record, but traveling has impacted my connection to the world greatly. Although I loved Japan, my connection to the world was strong in Bali. I woke up every morning at 5:30, went for a mile run, then met my friends back at the hotel to go for a morning walk. Running and walking early in the morning was unbelievably tranquil. Taking the time to listen to everything, the light breeze, the rustling banana tree leaves, and the ducks splashing around in the rice paddies was surreal. Animals are amazing, they have no idea about the complications we have in our society. They act purely on instinct and survival. The other day, a spider made a huge web above my garage, attached to my car. It was beautiful and unreal that something so small could make something so complex and  stunning. I find myself feeling more connected with the world when I take the time to realize how significant and beautiful animals are.
    image of banana tree leaves in bali :)

  • Savannah Palmer 8/18/2019 9:22 PM
    If anyone wants to sign petitions, I always am looking at Care2. They have many petitions to sign. Lots are focused on the environment and endangered animals.

  • Savannah Palmer 8/16/2019 11:22 AM
    After this course I hope to be more sustainable in the way I love, and hopefully I can spread my new found practices to my family. I would like to learn about how my actions impact the earth so I can change accordingly. In order to create a shift for a more sustainable world, I need to start with my own actions. I want to able to think about possible futures, predict outcomes, and gain responsiblity for my choices. I want Monte to be cleaner, I'm super happy that we have compost and reusable silverware rather than single use plastic. The littering is still out of hand and I would like for Monte to be environment friendly in that sense. 
    Of course I would like to make a bigger impact on the community, but that starts with my individual efforts. I want to drive less because I want to lower my carbon emmissions. I'm very busy and am usually all over town, but I want to change my gas usage into a more sustainable practice. I would also like to reduce my waste, use less single use plastic, and eat less animal products. 
    I'm super excited to be in this class. I think it would be very beneficial because it will go hand-in-hand with my Economics class and my AP Environmental class. 
    In terms of my own contribution, I believe its beneficial that I've had experiences outside of the United States. My trip to Japan and to Bali have had a lasting impact on me, especially environmental wise. Japan was very cleanwith little to no litter, they didn't eat a lot of animal products, and they had many people going to work on bikes or public transportation. As for their carbon emmissions, I'd have to do research. In Bali, there was litter everywhere, people were always in their cars or on their motorcyles, but they ate little to no animal products. Most of their food was locally grown vegetables. Every country has its ups and downs in terms of sustainability and I think my experience can help me see things in a different light. 

    • Rhonda Crespo 8/16/2019 1:57 PM
      I agree, I have enjoyed seeing more sustainable practices implemented around school. I think with a community this size, we have a lot of autonomy and flexibility to enact changes. You are correct about the diet too. The American diet is not near as healthy as a lot of our Asian counterparts. We are going to learn more about that in the semester.