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Maxine Lobel

FL ECA ChangeMakers Team

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Participant Impact

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  • up to
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    spent learning

Maxine's Actions

Food

Buy Unpackaged Produce

I will purchase produce items without plastic packaging, making sure to wash them well before using them.

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DAILY ACTIONS

Food

Ask My Favorite Restaurant to Reduce Plastic Use

I will talk to the owner or manager of a restaurant I frequent to request that they reduce their use of single-use and disposable plastics.

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One-Time Action

Food

Advocate For More Food Packaging Options

I will advocate for alternatives to single use packaging at local grocery stores, markets, or work.

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

Lifestyle

Travel Smart

If traveling, I will bring my own plastic free items (water bottle, grocery bags, collapsible food containers, utensils, straws, etc.) with me.

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One-Time Action

Community

Learn about the Harms of Plastic Production

Plastic production, not just disposal, pollutes communities and harms people. I will learn about the impacts of plastic production on humans, animals, communities, and the environment.

Completed
One-Time Action

Lifestyle

Continue Educating myself about plastocs

I will continue to sign up for webinars and learn as much as I can about the harm that plastic is contributing to the climate crisis. My goal is to be able to share this information with others and influence others to change their relationship with plastic. I choose this because most people I know are unaware of how much they are contributing to the problem of plastic use.

COMPLETED 11
DAILY ACTIONS

Family

Family and Friends Letter regarding plastic awareness

I will write a letter to both friends and family describing the harm that plastics causes. I will provide resources for them to read and watch (YouTube videos) to educate them about this dreadful situation and extend their awareness so that they can change their habits and continue to share this information with others,

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

Food

I will continue to advocate the use of compostable or reusable containers at the community where I live.

My goal is that the food services at the community where I live will invest in compostable or reusable containers for take-out orders or take-home leftover food. The purpose is to reduce and eventually stop using plastic containers. The community provides a great deal of take-out and "doggie-bag" containers.

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One-Time Action

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    Maxine Lobel 7/31/2021 8:29 PM
    I'm glad I participated in this ecochallenge- it energized a daily awareness of the importance of continuing to focus on our relationship to plastic.

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    Maxine Lobel 7/29/2021 8:42 PM
    I think that the Ecochallenge has been a valuable experience following 6 months of our Elders Climate Action FL Chapter Team members learning a great deal about plastics -  from its production through the profound challenge of how to dispose of it.  We now understand its threat to human health as well as planetary health.  I hope that everyone who has participated in this Plastic Free July Ecochallenge will continue to think and act differently when it comes to plastic, and that the US will follow Canada's recent ruling that plastic is toxic.  It is not only we as individual consumers that need to make changes, but it is our laws, the big corporations, and the fossil fuel industry that needs to recognize the devastating impact that plastic has had on our Earth and continues to have.  We must make this stop and pass the Break Free From Plastic Pollution Act!

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    Maxine Lobel 7/19/2021 6:30 PM
    Though I've continued to focus on plastics, and hope to help organize a Plastic Focused Rally in FL in October to draw attention to the BFFPP Bill, I have become extremely interested in Fracking's extraordinary harm to our environment and human health through the "forever chemicals" that are polluting our air and the water we drink - especially in the areas of our most vulnerable communities.  Just watched the film "Dark Waters" - it's extraordinary!  Everyone needs to see it and the evil of corporations that are knowingly putting toxic chemicals into the products we use and into our air and water!
  • Reflection Question
    Food Buy Unpackaged Produce
    Why do you think these produce products started amassing so much plastic packaging? Who is the plastic packaging really serving -- the consumer, the producer, or someone else?

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    Maxine Lobel 7/18/2021 6:18 PM
    This was probably due to a false illusion that plastic packaging was keeping the product fresher and that there was no harm to the earth in using it - also the myths regarding recycling.  Plastic packaging is serving the producer and the plastics industry which is being subsidized by the fossil fuel industry. We, as consumers, can purchase fresh produce using reusable canvas bags or other sustainable, eco-friendly choices if we shop wisely and at places that do not wrap produce in plastic!

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    Maxine Lobel 7/14/2021 1:52 PM
    Continuing to learn more about plastics every day!
  • Reflection Question
    Community Learn about the Harms of Plastic Production
    What did you learn about how plastic production impacts humans, animals, communities, and the environment? Which of these impacts specifically affects your community?

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    Maxine Lobel 7/12/2021 7:04 PM
    I learned that it is the entire lifecycle of plastic that is impacting the health and well-being of humans, animals, communities and the environment from its initial extraction and the toxins released through fracking, to its refining, transportation, packaging, and waste management.  Throughout this entire process, toxic substances are being released into the air, the soil, the water and ingested as microplastics into humans leading to all kinds of serious health issues.  Additionally, there is little transparency regarding all of the additional toxins that are used in the process of making plastics and the oil and gas industry is using their money and power to increase the production of plastic to the detriment of our earth and all life.
    In my community in FL, ocean life is severely impacted, as are communities near incinerators; beaches are becoming covered in plastic waste affecting the tourist economy and humans are ingesting the toxins that are entering our bodies as microplastics through eating seafood, and through the agricultural soil and water used to grow our crops.  Furthermore, we are inhaling the toxins from many stages of the plastic lifecycle that are polluting the air we breathe.

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    Maxine Lobel 7/07/2021 5:38 PM
    I send out a newsletter to my FL Elders Climate Action Chapter to remind them of our ChangeMakers Team commitment, a link to support the Break Free From Plastic Pollution Bill, and important resources to learn more about the relationship between plastics and the climate crisis.

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    Maxine Lobel 7/07/2021 5:36 PM
    I called the manufacturer of a small organic cosmetics company today to inquire if they would be changing their packaging to eliminate the use of plastic.  I decided that I could no longer order products from them unless this happened.  I was happy to learn that they are in discussion with companies that would provide more ecological material for packaging and for the cosmetic containers themselves.

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    Maxine Lobel 6/30/2021 6:27 PM
    Making a commitment to this ecochallenge through our actions is an important way of changing behaviors, creating sustainable patterns of living and being a role model for others.  

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    Maxine Lobel 6/21/2021 7:26 PM
    When the FL Chapter of Elders Climate Action decided to focus our attention on Plastics back in January of 2021, I had no idea how profound the harm plastics was causing our Earth and contributing directly to the climate crisis.  Now, after a great deal of new-found knowledge, I see the world through a new lens, where almost anything plastic registers as more flagrantly harmful than before.  My desire to keep learning, educating myself and others has become paramount in my climate work and advocacy.  We must change our awareness and behaviors and encourage others to do the same! This is an enormous problem and clearly the fossil fuel industry is putting its money and power into the production of more and more plastic!  It is powerful.  We must be even more powerful in protesting these actions and working against the proliferation of the plastic threat to our planet.