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Misha Skinner-Gehr

Capstone Fall 20

"Live sustainably, do what you love, give back."

Points Total

  • 0 Today
  • 30 This Week
  • 274 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    28
    meatless or vegan meals
    consumed
  • up to
    14
    petitions
    signed

Misha's Actions

Food

Whole Foods Diet

I will enjoy 1 meal(s) free of processed foods each day this week.

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One-Time Action

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.

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

Consumption and Economy

Track my Purchases

I will maintain a record of all my purchases.

Completed
One-Time Action

Community

Sign a Petition

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

Completed
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.

Completed
One-Time Action

Water

Say No to Plastic

Plastic bags and small plastic pieces like straws are most likely to get swept into our waterways. This week, I'll say "no" to plastic bags at the store and plastic straws in all of my drinks.

Completed
One-Time Action

Consumption and Economy

Personal Waste Audit

I will collect all of my unrecyclable, non-compostable trash to raise my awareness of how much I send to the landfill.

Completed
One-Time Action

Food

Reduce Animal Products

I will enjoy 3 meatless meal(s) and/or 1 vegan meal(s) each day this week.

Completed
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.

Completed
One-Time Action

A Call to Sustainability

Sign a Petition

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

Completed
One-Time Action

A Call to Sustainability

Start a Sustainability Journal

I will start a sustainability journal, capturing my thoughts, concerns and learning about sustainability issues.

Completed
One-Time Action

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    Misha Skinner-Gehr 10/22/2020 8:54 PM
    I didn't actually successfully accomplish either of the challenges that I picked out this week. 1) 30 outside enjoying nature every day and 2) 1 meal a day free from processed food. It wasn't a complete failure though, because I learned several things, even though I didn't accomplish the challenges. I now know: I don't know what exactly is considered processed food, or and I didn't know how much of it was in my diet (yogurt? tofu? jam? I'll have to do more research and planning before I try this one again); I also realized that I don't normally get outside every day, especially when I have school and work and I do both of those from my desk: it's very easy to stay tied there all day. 

    But, I can always try again and learn from what didn't work. 

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    Misha Skinner-Gehr 10/18/2020 11:44 AM
    Yesterday I spent a large portion of my day--more than I meant to--doing yard work. We are working on transforming our front yard into something that is both aesthetic and productive. We have a growing midden of leaves, weeds, and plant matter in the backyard, as well as a compost bin. One of my goals is that as little biotic material as possible leaves the property, so anything that we generate can be put back into the earth eventually. 
    I also planted bulbs, flowers, and seeded bread-seed poppies in the front and side yards to come up in the spring. We plan on making herb and flower beds in the front yard eventually, but that will take more time. 
    While working I spent quite a while contemplating indigenous land management practices, how I can implement them on a small scale, how they could be used on a large scale, and how people could be educated about them, as well as contemplating Land-Back initiatives in general. 

    • amy minato's avatar
      amy minato 10/20/2020 8:25 AM
      you could look into the 3 sisters system (corn for structure, beans for nitrogen, squash for shade)

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    Misha Skinner-Gehr 10/16/2020 1:21 PM
    There's a strong homesteading mindset in my household: Composting, gardening, rotating crops, permaculture, handcrafting items, etc. We had a garden over the summer that was quite productive, and I learned a lot on what to do, what not to do, and what I can do better. Just recently we put in over-winter crops (onions and garlic) and I harvested all the green tomatoes for them to finish ripening inside. I also grew flint corn (more commonly called indian corn) and got a pretty decent harvest considering how depleted the soil in our yard is. My goal is to make tamales with the cornflour and the corn husks. Waste not want not! I'm looking forward to seeing how much we can expand and improve our garden next Spring, and how much we can subsidize our produce with home grown foods.  

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      amy minato 10/20/2020 8:29 AM
      i recommend that you plant a cover crop to restore your soil. red clover is very pretty.. or mulch it

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    Misha Skinner-Gehr 10/15/2020 5:15 PM
    1) current events: I get emails from the sierra club and from the Center for Biological Diversity, which keep me up to date on a number of environmental and conservation issues going on, including threatened species, new protections,, and climate threats. I also keep up with news on social media through live streams and various activist accounts. I don't know how much people are hearing about what's going on in Nigeria and #EndSars, but I would suggest looking into it. 
    2) Petitions: Similar to what I've posted about before, I get emails with petitions and letters to send, and I used to just delete them all, but now I'm taking the extra 5 minutes a day to go through and sign them. I haven't gotten around to searching out petitions, but it's on my list of things to do. 
    3) Purchase tracking: I have been budgeting really hard this week, after doing my budget and seeing where my finances were actually at (ouch). SO this week the only thing I purchased was food for my snake: One rat for $8.99. 

    • amy minato's avatar
      amy minato 10/20/2020 8:33 AM
      i want to bring back snakes to the city to eat the rats....please tell the class about Nigeria and #EndSars.
      I sign petitions every morning from my email before i start the day. not enough but something to move us toward change.

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    Misha Skinner-Gehr 10/08/2020 5:07 PM
    1) meatless and vegan meals worked well this week. I'm usually pescatarian towards vegetarian, but this week I make more small shifts to cook vegan (olive oil instead of butter, plant based milk instead of creamer, tofu instead of eggs, etc.). Attached is Vegan Mac and collards:

    2) Less plastic: I haven't been at the store that much, and I don't get takeout very often (none this week) so this was a really minor change. I didn't struggle with it at all because these aren't things I normally do. However, I did reuse the plastic packaging I received in some packages I ordered, and it will go into packages that I need to send out, rather than the waste bins. 
    3) Personal waste audit was interesting: I became a lot more conscious about what I throw away in the kitchen, bathroom, bedroom, etc. and compiling it all in my room's waste bin so I could see how much trash I was producing as an individual. Attached is how much waste has been generated this week. 
     

    • amy minato's avatar
      amy minato 10/12/2020 12:26 PM
      Misha I really appreciate the visuals!  I have a lot of collard greens let me know if you want some...

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    Misha Skinner-Gehr 10/02/2020 3:10 PM
    We've had an obtuse amount of recycling/trash at our house the past few weeks due to people moving, but I've been doing my best to recycle what I can, and to reuse parts of packaging to reduce how much is wasted. 

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      amy minato 10/08/2020 9:26 AM
      neighborhood house and other food distributors are collecting boxes to fill with food for people in need

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      Sondra Curran 10/06/2020 3:37 PM
      That's awesome! My grandma and best friend from high school live with me so they order things off amazon and buy packaged food and I am finding better ways to educate them so they feel more intrigued to do more sustainable options on their own!! We're 10 months in, I've seen little changes but patience be with me! 

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    Misha Skinner-Gehr 10/01/2020 3:40 PM
    1) Skimmed through my inbox to find all the relevant petitions I could sign, and messages I could send to officials. 
    2) Started being more mindful with recording sustainability thoughts, ideas, and projects in my journal, keeping a running list of projects/improvements/habits that could be done in my household to make us more sustainable. Many of them are one time, many are more longterm and ambitious projects. I've wanted to incorporate more sustainable behaviors into the house for a while. In conjunction, I also mentioned the class and the projects to my roommates so they are aware of what I'm doing and they're onboard with being more mindful with things. 
    3) Working on being more mindful with dispersement of household waste: Recycle in the recycle, compostable in the compost, re-using where we're able, etc. This mindfulness will also help with how full/overfull our trash gets. 

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      amy minato 10/08/2020 9:27 AM
      i love the idea of a sustainability journal. this could be part of your eco change