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Shannon Poole

Capstone Winter 21

"Pay Attention!"

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  • 40 This Week
  • 172 Total

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Shannon's Actions

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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One-Time Action

A Call to Sustainability

Pay Attention to Current Events

I will watch or read the news each day this week with a specific focus on sustainability issues and happenings.

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One-Time Action

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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One-Time Action

A Call to Sustainability

Talk To Others

I will tell 3 people why sustainability is important to me and what my vision for a sustainable world is.

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One-Time Action

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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    Shannon Poole 1/20/2021 6:52 PM
    What a week this has been! Reading this session on Ecological Principles has been a bit on the terrifying side because the reality of what is happening to our one and only planet is scary. But then watching the videos during class, Liter of Light and then Women Power the Worlds made me hopeful again. And then today, on this Inauguration Day, I am again filled with hope. Today President Biden signed a letter to rejoin the Paris climate accord in 30 days and reinstated ties with the World Health Organization. The permit for the Keystone XL pipeline has been revoked. It is a good day for the environment in the US. 
    After doing my environmental ecological footprint analysis I realized that I have a lot more work to do myself. As, Richard Heinberg says in his interview in the book, “You can’t just do one thing.” So in addition to some of the bigger things I do already, this week I started to look for smaller things that I can do. Like unplugging unused electric items. By being a “localvore” and trying to eat more locally. By trying to understand “systems thinking” and attempting to see the connections between things. This week I also heard about https://www.ridwell.com They will come pick up recyclables monthly (for a fee) that you can’t put out in your bin. I am undecided on signing up but I do think it is a great service.

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    Shannon Poole 1/12/2021 7:37 PM
    My Why is that I want my son to be able to live a long life on the only planet that we have without fear of breathing toxic air, or not having clean water to drink. That is why this week I decided that I would tell others about sustainability and how I'm trying to change some of my habits so that I can do my part. While taking my dog for a walk today, I spent some time explaining to my good friend who lives in Kentucky about this class and what I was doing. I explained to her what sustainability means to me and the changes that I am trying to make in my life, like using less single use plastics (not a ziploc bag to be found in this house!), or like composting. 
    In my personal life I have been trying to stay away from social media; limiting my exposure to platforms that don't seem to bring me very many positive feelings. However, I popped onto Facebook and I posted about this course and I asked that my friends join me in changing a habit to be more sustainable. I hope to get some takers and I will certainly post about it when I do!

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      amy minato 1/15/2021 8:38 AM
      Being a parent does bring this all home.. If you want to shout out to others about this ecochallenge website it's international!