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Lily Nauta

West Coast NDA

POINTS TOTAL

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  • 40 THIS WEEK
  • 346 TOTAL

participant impact

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    advocacy action
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    Carbon Footprint
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    energy audit
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    hours
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    340
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    spent learning
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    45
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    spent outdoors
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    70
    pieces of litter
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    water footprint
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Lily's actions

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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ONE-TIME ACTION

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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ONE-TIME ACTION

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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ONE-TIME ACTION

Action Track: Community

Join a Cleanup Effort

I will organize or participate in a trash pickup at a local river, beach, or natural body of water.

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ONE-TIME ACTION

Land + Forests

Explore My Area

When we explore natural spaces around us, our connections with them change. I will spend 15 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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ONE-TIME ACTION

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 minutes learning about regenerative agriculture and find out if any nearby farms practice regenerative agriculture.

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ONE-TIME ACTION

Land + Forests

Borrow Before I Buy

Why buy something I will only use once or a few times if someone nearby has it for me to borrow, and why not share something I have that someone may only need a few times a year? To reduce my consumption and waste, I will create or support the sharing economy with friends, family, colleagues or neighbors.

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ONE-TIME ACTION

Land + Forests

Keep My Community Clean

At times it may not feel like it's up to us to keep our community clean and healthy, but we all have a role to play. Each day I am outside, I will pick up any litter I see.

COMPLETED 2
DAILY ACTIONS

Land + Forests

Plant Trees

Trees capture carbon and produce oxygen that is essential to life on earth. I will support this important piece of nature by organizing or joining a community group to plant 1 native trees in my community, public parks, office location, campus or backyard.

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ONE-TIME ACTION

Biodiversity + Wildlife

Grow Local

I will research and plant a garden filled with native fruits, vegetables, and flowers to nurture local wildlife and ecosystems. I will find nearby nurseries that offer plants native to my area.

COMPLETED 2
DAILY ACTIONS

Biodiversity + Wildlife

Endangered Species

Wildlife and biodiversity play an important role on our planet and are being threatened each year. I will spend 15 minutes each day learning about the current status of local or global wildlife and how I can align my actions to support their livelihood.

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ONE-TIME ACTION

Biodiversity + Wildlife

Learn about Native Species

The world is full of unique species. I will spend 15 minutes each day learning what the native plants and wildlife are in my region.

COMPLETED 3
DAILY ACTIONS

Biodiversity + Wildlife

Leave No Trace

I will respect and protect biotic communities by practicing the seven principles of Leave No Trace whenever I am outside.

COMPLETED 3
DAILY ACTIONS

Biodiversity + Wildlife

Volunteer in my Community

I will volunteer 2 hours in my community.

COMPLETED
ONE-TIME ACTION

Biodiversity + Wildlife

Biodiversity and Me

I will spend at least 15 minutes each day researching what biodiversity is, how biodiversity positively impacts our world, and how the loss of biodiversity harms it. I will share what I learn on the feed.

COMPLETED 1
DAILY ACTION

Biodiversity + Wildlife

Save the Bees

Bees are vital to ecosystems. To help save the bees, I will learn which local flowers provide nectar and plant them in my backyard or in a pot on my balcony.

COMPLETED
ONE-TIME ACTION

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?


  • Lily Nauta's avatar
    Lily Nauta 4/17/2024 7:33 AM
    My earthmonth ecochallenge has been an informative and grounding experience. Learning about different conservation issues and engaging in ways to make positive change has been really valuable. This has helped me keep sustainability at the forefront of everything I do throughout the day. The challenge of actually taking positive steps towards sustainability has also given me more of a sense of agency in conservation and sustainability.
  • REFLECTION QUESTION
    Biodiversity + Wildlife Learn about Native Species
    What did you learn about a native plant or animal species in your region?

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    Lily Nauta 4/12/2024 7:29 AM
    Today I researched about the California poppy, which is in bloom right now. I am interested in herbal medicine, so a lot of my research involved their uses and history in Native traditions and herbal medicine.
  • REFLECTION QUESTION
    Biodiversity + Wildlife Endangered Species
    What endangered species did you learn about and what did you learn?

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    Lily Nauta 4/11/2024 7:53 AM
    One animal I learned about was the Southern Sea Otter. I was somewhat surprised that it was endangered, since I have seen them quite a number of times. On the other hand, I know the highly polluted revers of SCC often flow directly into the ocean threatening the wildlife. This is especially dangerous for the Southern Sea Otter, as I learned they take refuge in Kelp and are harmed by the pollution in our waters.




  • REFLECTION QUESTION
    Climate + Air Online Energy Audit
    Where did you do an energy audit (work, home, school, other) and what did you learn?

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    Lily Nauta 4/06/2024 1:06 PM
    I did an energy audit of my family's home. My family's home is part of the mass-produced tract homes built in the 80's. It is not originally energy efficient, but my family has made some changes to make it more efficient. Through the energy audit, I learned we could change out the windows with thicker alternatives that would help maintain temperatures better.
  • REFLECTION QUESTION
    Biodiversity + Wildlife Volunteer in my Community
    How does volunteering enhance your community and/or change your relationship with it?

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    Lily Nauta 4/05/2024 8:36 PM
    In my area, all of the services for low-income people are concentrated in one area. Because of this, all of the people who rely on those services tend to reside in the areas the services are. Witnessing this made me question the intentions behind my city's design.
  • REFLECTION QUESTION
    Land + Forests Explore My Area
    Where did you go for your walk or hike in nature? What were the benefits of doing so?

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    Lily Nauta 4/04/2024 11:06 AM
    There are quite a few desert fields around my area that I often walk my dogs when I am visiting family. One of these areas includes the Ana Verde hills near the aquaduct. Typically, I walk along the aquaduct on an established trail, but today I ventured into the field on some less traveled paths. I definitely felt connected to the area in a different way. Although it was the same area I've visited for years, I was able to see it from a new angle. The benefits of doing this include creating a more well-rounded connection to the land around you, sparking new curiosities, relationships, and experiences with the plants and wildlife you (which you otherwise may not have interacted with at all).
  • REFLECTION QUESTION
    Land + Forests Regenerative Agriculture and Me
    What did you learn about the practice and benefits of regenerative agriculture? How can you support healthy farming practices for people and the planet?

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    Lily Nauta 4/03/2024 9:02 PM
    Regenerative agriculture is a major interest of mine so I enjoyed this opportunity to do some extra research. Today I focused my research towards the impacts of small-scale community and backyard gardens on greener communities and climate resiliency. Agricultural skills help build people's self sufficiency when systems fail us by backing large scale industrial industrial agriculture. Supporting regenerative agriculture promotes biodiversity, food security, and communal healing.
  • REFLECTION QUESTION
    Land + Forests Borrow Before I Buy
    How did you participate in the sharing economy? (Consider posting a photo!) What are the benefits of a sharing economy? How could a sharing economy change the dynamics you have with friends, family and/or neighbors?

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    Lily Nauta 4/03/2024 8:55 PM
    I have a coworker who works at a women's center and often brings clothing to me that she thinks I might enjoy. For the items that did not fit me, I offered them to family and friends. My mom ended up with several new pieces she was really excited about.
    A sharing economy would make a huge positive difference in our communities by orienting them around communal support and care and away from individualism and consumerism.
  • 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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    Lily Nauta 4/03/2024 8:46 PM
    I emit the most carbon through transportation. This is especially the case when I visit my hometown, as it is even less walkable than Watsonville and is spread out more geographically. Luckily I live at my site so I do not commute to work, however my weekend travel, flights, and hometown visits add up. I am willing to opt for more public transportation and looking into trains and busses as alternatives to flying.

    • Ajay Patidar's avatar
      Ajay Patidar 4/03/2024 9:19 PM
      Great progress by taking the first step - identify.
      first thing it takes to repair a leak is to identify it first.
  • REFLECTION QUESTION
    Biodiversity + Wildlife Leave No Trace
    Educator Stephanie Kaza advises her students to focus on what they care about most when addressing the enormity of ecological problems. Is there a specific area you feel particularly called to work on?

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    Lily Nauta 4/02/2024 11:47 PM
    I feel called to address food access and food insecurity as they relate to the climate crisis. People often think of themselves as inherently separate from the natural world and I believe it is important to remind others (and myself) of our interdependence with plants. Food access also highlights the lack of equality that currently exists in our world and how much this can be worsened by climate change