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Lauren Alvarez

Nature and Culture International

"Nature and Culture International works side-by-side with local cultures to protect biodiverse hotspots in Latin America for the well-being of our planet. "

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Lauren's actions

Biodiversity + Wildlife

Beauty and Personal Products

Beauty and personal products can create a lot of waste. I will spend 30 minutes learning about the beauty and body products I use to see if they are refillable or recyclable. If not, I will reach out to the manufacturer to advocate for those options.

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Climate + Air

Online Energy Audit

Energy use and waste is often invisible. I will complete an online energy audit of my home, office, or dorm room and identify my next steps for saving energy.

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Climate + Air

Low Carbon Diet

Carbon is emitted into the atmosphere in a variety of ways, including through the foods we eat and food we waste. I will learn about low carbon foods and replace higher carbon foods with them in my diet.

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DAILY ACTIONS

Climate + Air

Calculate My Carbon Impact

Carbon emissions can show up in many surprising ways in our life. I will calculate the carbon emissions associated with my household and consider how lifestyle changes could reduce the carbon footprint and impacts on the environment.

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Action Track: Community

Volunteer in my Community

I will volunteer 20 hours in my community.

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Freshwater + Oceans

Reduce Pollutants in Cleaning

Understanding cleaning product ingredients and their effect on water and biodiversity is helpful to our consumer choices. I will spend 20 minutes learning about how cleaning products affect our water and try making my own cleaning products to reduce pollutants.

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Freshwater + Oceans

Understand My Water Footprint

Each of us has a water footprint, directly linked to our daily activities as well as the water required in the production of things we use each day. Understanding our water use is important for a healthy planet. I will calculate my water footprint and look for a few ways I can reduce consumption or waste, then share what I learned on the feed.

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Land + Forests

Explore My Area

When we explore natural spaces around us, our connections with them change. I will spend 180 minutes exploring a new area around my neighborhood, office, or campus (e.g., park, water body, nearby trail, community garden, green space, etc.).

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Land + Forests

Regenerative Agriculture and Me

Regenerative agriculture focuses on farming and ranching in a way that supports life and restores the soil. I will spend 20 minutes learning about regenerative agriculture and find out if any nearby farms practice regenerative agriculture.

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Land + Forests

Compost Food Waste

Food in the landfill is one of the main sources of greenhouse gasses. I will avoid sending up to .69 lbs (.31 kg) of food waste to the landfill per day by composting my food.

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DAILY ACTIONS

Land + Forests

Choose Eco-Friendly Wood and Paper

Trees provide food and habitat for local wildlife species, shade our streets and homes, and help keep our air and water clean by capturing pollutants. Buying products that help protect forests makes a difference. I will only purchase wood, furniture, and paper products from ecologically certified sources such as Forest Stewardship Council.

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Participant Feed

Reflection, encouragement, and relationship building are all important aspects of getting a new habit to stick.
Share thoughts, encourage others, and reinforce positive new habits on the Feed.

To get started, share “your why.” Why did you join the challenge and choose the actions you did?

  • REFLECTION QUESTION
    Biodiversity + Wildlife Beauty and Personal Products
    What new insights did you gain about the skincare products you use? Did you reach out to advocate for refillable or recyclable packaging?

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    Lauren Alvarez 4/10/2024 8:36 PM
    TIL that
    1. there's a site that rates skin and hair products, not only for sustainability but also for toxicity to users. I used to spend so much time researching ingredients, but this makes it SO much easier! Check it out - https://www.ewg.org/skindeep/ ; and,
    2. Ulta stores are now staging beauty product recycling bins where we can bring our empties for upcycling. This isn't as ideal as a refillable option, but it's a step for those of us who resort to using products made from non-traditionally recyclable materials.
  • REFLECTION QUESTION
    Climate + Air Calculate My Carbon Impact
    Where in your life do you emit the most carbon? What change are you willing to make in your daily life to reduce this output?

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    Lauren Alvarez 4/08/2024 2:52 PM
    My household's carbon impacts are from travel and eating animal products. We are pledging to reduce the cheese, beef, and pork we consume. But we will also be looking more closely at the environmental impacts of the companies we purchase from, and do our best to move away from those with poor or non-transparent practices.
  • REFLECTION QUESTION
    Freshwater + Oceans Understand My Water Footprint
    What did you learn about your water footprint and what are you going to do to reduce and be aware of the water you use?

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    Lauren Alvarez 4/02/2024 5:40 PM
    As a serial coffee-drinker who is somewhat removed from where it is produced, the reminder that coffee takes a lot more water to produce than alternatives like tea is a good one.

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      Jeanne Poirier 4/02/2024 8:48 PM
      Coffee is my "shank of the morning" so I hear you! Kind of like carbon capture and storage - we want to hope it works, but conviction tells us . . .
  • REFLECTION QUESTION
    Climate + Air Low Carbon Diet
    Which high carbon foods will you eat less of, and what are some low carbon options you'll choose instead?

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    Lauren Alvarez 4/01/2024 5:22 PM
    Wow. According to UN estimates, producing 1 kg (2.2 lbs) of cheese results in 23.9 kg (52.7 lbs) of greenhouse gas emissions. That is 2x the emissions released with every 1 kg of pork produced, 5x the emissions released with every 1 kg of eggs, and nearly 60x the emissions from every 1 kg of nuts!

    As a southern Californian, I am more cognizant of the water costs associated with nut cultivation, especially almonds. However, I haven't spent a lot of time considering the impacts of my love of cheese. Definitely some food for thought.

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    Lauren Alvarez 3/29/2024 5:09 PM
    Very excited to kick off Earth Month next week with my friends and colleagues at Nature and Culture International!