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Michelle Ryan

Green Spoon Crew

"Where we follow our hearts to love and our souls to freedom! "

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Michelle's actions

Just Economies

Read a Book

Starting a new read: All We Can Save; Truth, Courage, and Solutions for the Climate Crisis.

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Just Economies

Get Informed

Watched a doc on MMIW - Missing Murdered Indigenous Women. Women go missing all the time, their story never told. But women of color go missing at much higher numbers. Let's build a community focused on protecting all women, not just white women.

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Just Economies

Watch an Ocean Documentary

Watched a few docs on over-fishing, dying coral reefs, and marine-focus cultures.

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Resilient Communities

Seed Share

Harvested seeds from my garden and shared them with family members as well as neighbors in the community. Also helped neighbors with their own gardens.

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Rights to Nature

Garden

Pulled dead plants from the garden, weeded, and added a fresh round of succession seeds. Recycled old pots for sunflowers seeds harvested from last year's sunflowers.

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Rights to Nature

Feminist Bird Club

Learned about the feminist bird club from this eco challenge and shared the details with a friend of mine who lives in the same area as the club. She is looking into joining.

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Rights to Nature

Compost

Make a compost crate inside of your garden bed so worm castings can be dispersed throughput your entire garden.

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Conservation and Restoration

Learn about the Importance of Public Transportation

Access to public transportation is a social justice issue! I will learn about the need for public transportation in my community and tell 1 friends or colleagues per day about the issue.

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Resilient Communities

Plan for the Future

I will create a climate-focused strategic plan for my business/team/self.

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Conservation and Restoration

Learn more about recycling

I will research my local communities recycling programs and options.

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Conservation and Restoration

Learn more about Conservation

I will learn more about conservation efforts in my local community or state.

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Resilient Communities

Explore Resilient Partnerships

I will explore how resilient partnerships are working to curve the effects of climate change.

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Just Economies

Research the Planet Impact Fund

I will research 1% for the Planets planet impact fund.

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Just Economies

Learn About Sustainable Finances

I will spend 60 minutes reading up on how banking impacts the environment, and looking into options to divest from fossil fuels.

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Just Economies

Support Businesses Owned by People of Color

Racial inequity is both a sustainability and justice problem. I will support businesses owned by people of color (shopping, sharing, writing reviews if purchased).

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Just Economies

Find / Join A Sharing Economy

I will research tool libraries and other sharing economy organizations in my area and rent instead of buy next time I need something they offer.

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Rights to Nature

Know your Rights (to Nature)

I will look into my rights to nature by researching the four linked organizations.

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Rights to Nature

Take the Outdoorist Oath

Take the Outdoorist Oath to understand your impact.

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Conservation and Restoration

Research my local composting options

I will research my local communities composting options.

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Conservation and Restoration

Support Pollution Reduction

I will spend at least 60 minutes learning about water and air quality issues in my area, how they are impacting human and environmental health, and how I can help.

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Conservation and Restoration

Calculate My Water Footprint

I will calculate my Water Footprint to learn about my tap water use and "virtual water" use.

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Just Economies

Research regenerative organic agriculture

I will research what regenerative agriculture is and the impact that it can have on curbing the effects of climate change.

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Resilient Communities

Get to Know Your Local/Regenerative Food Options

I will spend 60 minutes researching local and/or regenerative food options in my community.

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Rights to Nature

Bring the Intersectional Environmentalist Pledge to Your Community

I will commit to sending the pledge to 15 colleagues, friends, etc.

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Rights to Nature

Take the Intersectional Environmentalist Pledge

Take the Intersectional Environmentalist Pledge to understand your impact.

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Rights to Nature

Discover which Native Tribe's land you live on

I will enter my address to find out what Native land I currently live on

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    Michelle Ryan 8/11/2023 11:25 AM
    Bought my "ugly" produce today. Who in the world can even call that sweet, sweet produce ugly anyways?! I love all produce no matter what form or shape it takes - I don't discriminate! Happy Friday, y'all!

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    Michelle Ryan 8/10/2023 4:19 PM
    Caring for our hearts and minds, rejuvenating our bodies, reconnecting with one another, and deepening into our deepest purpose is taking our psyches seriously. This is an act of rebellion against the extinction of soul. That, too, is climate change work. It is culture change work. And it is essential.
    Susanne C. Moser
    "The Adaptive Mind"

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    Michelle Ryan 8/10/2023 12:56 PM

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    Michelle Ryan 8/09/2023 12:33 PM
    Emotional agility means being aware and accepting all of your emotions, even learning from the most difficult ones. It also means getting beyond conditioned or preprogrammed cognitive and emotional responses (your hooks) to live in the moment with a clear reading of present circumstances, respond appropriately, and then act in alignment with your deepest values.
    Susan David
    Emotional Agility

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    Michelle Ryan 8/09/2023 12:26 PM
    Discomfort is the price of admission to a meaningful life.
    -Susan David

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    Michelle Ryan 8/07/2023 1:07 PM

    Being Human by Naima Penniman


    I wonder if the sun debates dawn
    some mornings
    not wanting to rise
    out of bed
    from under the down-feather horizon

    if the sky grows tired
    of being everywhere at once
    adapting to the mood
    swings of the weather

    if clouds drift off
    trying to hold themselves together
    make deals with gravity
    to loiter a little longer

    I wonder if rain is scared
    of falling
    if it has trouble
    letting go

    if snow flakes get sick
    of being perfect all the time
    each one
    trying to be one-of-a-kind

    I wonder if stars wish
    upon themselves before the die
    if they need to teach their young
    how to shine

    I wonder if shadows long
    to just-for-once feel the sun
    if they get lost in the shuffle
    not knowing where they’re from

    I wonder if sunrise
    and sunset
    respect each other
    even though they’ve never met

    if volcanoes get stressed
    if storms have regrets
    if compost believes in life
    after death

    I wonder if breath ever thinks of suicide
    if the wind just wants to sit
    still sometimes
    and watch the world pass by

    if smoke was born
    knowing how to rise
    if rainbows get shy back stage
    not sure if their colors match right

    I wonder if lightning sets an alarm clock
    to know when to crack
    if rivers ever stop
    and think of turning back

    if streams meet the wrong sea
    and their whole lives run off-track
    I wonder if the snow
    wants to be black

    if the soil thinks she’s too dark
    if butterflies want to cover up their marks
    if rocks are self-conscious of their weight
    if mountains are insecure of their strength

    I wonder if waves get discouraged
    crawling up the sand
    only to be pulled back again
    to where they began

    if land feels stepped upon
    if sand feels insignificant
    if trees need to question their lovers
    to know where they stand

    if branches waver at the crossroads
    unsure of which way to grow
    if the leaves understand they’re replaceable
    and still dance when the wind blows

    I wonder
    where the moon goes
    when she is in hiding
    I want to find her there

    and watch the ocean
    spin from a distance
    listen to her
    stir in her sleep

    effort give way to existence

    | Naima Penniman



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    Michelle Ryan 8/07/2023 6:00 AM
    Choose to fight only righteous fights, because then when things get tough - and they will - you will know that there is only one option ahead of you: Nevertheless, you must persist.
    -Sen. Elizabeth Warren

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    Michelle Ryan 8/05/2023 7:32 AM
    Once upon a time, some humans told a story about their relationship to the Earth, and they used it to build a world that was beautiful but flawed. Over time, people realized that was the wrong story and they constructed a new one, one that said they could live in harmony with their environment. And they used the pieces of their old story to help construct their new one.
    -Kendra Pierre-Louis
    "Wakanda Doesn't Have Suburbs"
    All We Can Save

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    Michelle Ryan 8/04/2023 1:59 PM
    Can't wait to garden, cook, read, and hang with the family during this welcomed weekend! Cheers, Earth Lovers!

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    Michelle Ryan 8/03/2023 12:42 PM