Engaged Citizenship Journey

Throughout ESST 317 I found myself in many peaks and valleys in my engaged citizenship journey. I posted a video that gives more information on my overall journey.


Things are starting to work out!

This last week has gone a little bit better then the last now that I am getting used to having nearly no meat. I want to first point out that I volunteered out at Caring Hearts Camp so I treated myself to the selection of meat that they offered at every meal. However, what I noticed is that meat is starting to taste gross to me. It’s as if there is this taste that I can’t get out of my mouth once I have it (I also have a weird body sensation similar to a food coma almost whenever I do decide to cheat and have some meat). I am unaware of why this is, whether it is my mind playing tricks on me or if it is an actual reaction to the meat. One thing I want to dedicate myself to is researching why meat is giving me this weird feeling. On a plus note I did decide to look into how much someone should be eating in a day, and I figured out how to receive a majority of my calories so that I don’t starve myself. Beans and rice are kind of the golden ticket in a vegetarians life so they kind of saved me from feeling like crap (supposedly from calorie deficit or stress). Overall I am still enjoying my journey becoming a less impactful human being.

First week into being an official Vegetarian.

Considering this is just a check in blog on how my active citizenship pledge is going I am going to make it pretty basic; I have been following my pact for the most part (broke only one day of my streak), but I am finding it difficult. To be completely honest I kind of forgot being a vegan is more hardcore than a vegetarian and I was honestly being a vegan for a little bit (yay?). That being said I was having trouble feeling full without fulfilling my protein barrier. Considering I was avoiding anything that came from an animal I was avoiding milk, cheese you name it. However now realizing that I was being extra hardcore makes the future a little easier. My next step in my pact is to educate myself on how much/what foods I should be eating considering I don’t have meat to provide me with Iron and certain vitamins/minerals. I believe in the last little bit I have been eating way less food that I am used to and considering there is no meat involved that means I’m probably not getting enough calories (which is definitely not a good thing). A deficit in calories means my body will start eating itself before it goes for my fat storage. This being said I am going to devote at least a half hour a day to find out about how much food/vegetables I should be eating and what vegetables are higher in certain nutrients.

Needless to say my fridge has like 10 cucumbers in it.

Living a life with a carbon deficit.

Over the years it is quite clear that humans have made a major contribution towards the current global warming crisis. I believe one of the many troubles our society is facing is the fact that we appear to be living in a global warming crisis and there is no clear evidence of action or change. In ESST we are being given the opportunity to create a commitment that will not only make us more active community members but will be beneficial for the growth of society. I believe it is my duty as a future educator to educate the next generation on how to properly use resources that limit their carbon usage (ex. electric vehicles, minimalism, growing their own food).

In order to cut down on our carbon usage as a society, we must find methods to combat carbon usage; I believe becoming vegetarian will undoubtedly reduce the amount of carbon I produce. I believe vegetarianism will be the first step in my activism to limit my carbon usage due to current day agriculture playing a considerable role in greenhouse emissions (5.1% linked directly to livestock). I want to begin the active citizenship journey by becoming a vegetarian which will not only cut down on my carbon usage, but also expose me to more resources that will aid my carbon deficit journey.

My connection to the curriculum can be expressed through the social studies outcomes:
– Analyze the social and environmental consequences of living in the Canadian mixed market economy based on consumerism.
– Critique the approaches of Canada and Canadians to environmental stewardship and sustainability.
These outcomes give a clear understanding of the Canadian Identity and how our current way of living is effecting the land. In the future I won’t necessarily be pushing vegetarianism, but I will be pushing the idea of how we impact the land as Treaty 4 partners.

** I got my statistics from this study**