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Vicki Cheng

FMS Green Team

"Greta Thunberg -On impact: "I have learned you are never too small to make a difference." -On unity: "Together and united, we are unstoppable." -On change: "Right here, right now is where we draw the line. The world is waking up. And change is coming whether you like it or not.""

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Participant Impact

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    30
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    spent exercising
  • up to
    120
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    spent learning
  • up to
    300
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    not spent in front of a screen

Vicki's Actions

Simplicity

De-Clutter My Home

I will de-clutter, clean, and donate or recycle unneeded items in my home.

COMPLETED 3
DAILY ACTIONS

Health

Audit Toxic Cleaning Products in my Home

I will spend 30 minutes researching toxic chemicals found in cleaning supplies and personal care products and remove them from my home.

Completed
One-Time Action

Simplicity

Needs Vs. Wants

I will adopt a "Needs Vs. Wants" approach and only buy things I need.

COMPLETED 5
DAILY ACTIONS

Simplicity

Less Screen Time

I will replace 30 minute(s) of screen time each day with other activities.

COMPLETED 10
DAILY ACTIONS

Food

Watch a Documentary about Food Sovereignty

I will watch 1 documentary(ies) about food sovereignty: the right of local peoples to control their own food systems including markets, ecological resources, food cultures and production methods.

Completed
One-Time Action

Health

Exercise Daily

Exercise is a great stress blaster! I will exercise for 30 minute(s) each day.

COMPLETED 1
DAILY ACTION

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  • Reflection Question
    Food Watch a Documentary about Food Sovereignty
    How does food sovereignty address the complex agrarian transition to modern food systems?

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    Vicki Cheng 4/28/2021 5:00 PM
    I've been slowly chipping away at Seaspiracy and it's quite an eye opener. Less than 3% of pacific bluefin tuna remains. Compared to decades ago, it was once thriving. The documentary focused on a Japanese fishing town where they blame dolphins for eating too many fishes. In reality, the tuna industry are using dolphins as a scapegoat for their overfishing. Hence, dolphins are slaughtered on a daily basis and the tuna industry can wash off ecological responsibility. 

    • Teresa A.'s avatar
      Teresa A. 4/29/2021 12:09 PM
      I have that documentary on my watch list. O_O

    • Jenifer P.'s avatar
      Jenifer P. 4/29/2021 7:17 AM
      Tuna has been an issue since I was a kid and it is sad to see it has gotten so much worse!

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    Vicki Cheng 4/27/2021 2:56 PM
    Since the pandemic, I've switched over to buying dried fruits, nuts, and seeds from Sun and Swell Foods. The food packaging is compostable and so is the shipping tape! I'm trying out a shampoo soap bar from them. It doesn't smell as nice as my bottled shampoo... 
  • Reflection Question
    Health Audit Toxic Cleaning Products in my Home
    To what extent do you believe that environmental factors contribute to your own health or issues with health?

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    Vicki Cheng 4/27/2021 2:42 PM
    Air quality is a big environmental factor on our health. We might not realize it, but items we purchase effects our air quality and that means our lungs. 
    In 2018, I purchased a guest bedroom set. Till this day, I leave the window open to air out that piece of furniture. Whatever paint/chemical the manufacturer used, it triggers my air purifier as high levels of VOC in the air. High levels of VOC is irritating to the respiratory system. We spend 6-8 hours a night breathing in that chemical and not realize it.  
    Another example we can all relate is the mask we wear. We're trying to find the most comfortable mask that won't fog up our glasses. However, have you considered the material before purchasing? Is it synthetic or organic cotton? If it's synthetic, these are chemically treated and we're breathing the fibers into our lungs. 
     




    • Jenifer P.'s avatar
      Jenifer P. 4/27/2021 3:32 PM
      Great point about the mask materials and the fact we are breathing that in.

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    Vicki Cheng 4/21/2021 1:34 PM
     As the pandemic is still going on, we are washing hands frequently and that means more plastic bottles. Prior to the pandemic, I've switched over to using Blueland's soap products. The soap dispenser is made from glass, and the soap are refill tablets. The tablets are individually packaged, however, it is compostable. This has helped cut down on single plastic use in my home. 

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      Jenifer P. 4/21/2021 3:44 PM
      What a great idea! I agree we wash our hands so much....to the point I now need lotion as my hands get so dry. I went shopping to find hand soap that is not as drying.

    • Teresa A.'s avatar
      Teresa A. 4/21/2021 1:35 PM
      Interesting! I love glass containers. :)
  • Reflection Question
    Simplicity Less Screen Time
    What did you notice in implementing this challenge? Was it hard to choose other activities over screen time? How did you decide to spend your time?

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    Vicki Cheng 4/21/2021 1:17 PM
    My eyes are not as tired from staring at a screen all day. It wasn't hard at all to choose other activities, because there are plenty of things to clean, rearrange, fix around the house. I was gathering old clothes to donate. Made some fresh jalapeño (from my Gardyn) and cheddar bread. 
  • Reflection Question
    Simplicity De-Clutter My Home
    How can you prevent yourself from accumulating more things in the future?

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    Vicki Cheng 4/21/2021 1:02 PM
    Start with want vs. need. Try not to buy things that are not necessary or something that is higher quality. If items are not used in a year, time to donate or see if a friend/family member could use it. 

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    Vicki Cheng 4/19/2021 3:25 PM
    My eco challenge is going great! No carbon output from my car since I'm working from home. 90% of my meals are vegetarian or vegan. I grocery shop once a week, but if I ever run out of veggies, I'll supplement with my Gardyn.