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  • Reflection Question
    Climate & Ecosystems Support Local Pollinators
    Why is it important to take care of pollinators? Do you have a favorite pollinator?

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    Sarah Irwin 4/29/2022 1:34 PM
    I love the hummingbirds and bats!
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    Basic Needs & Security Calculate Your Water Footprint
    What is one way you will reduce your water use? What is a practice you already have that helps you reduce your water use?

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    Sarah Irwin 4/29/2022 1:29 PM
    I was glad to see that I had a low water footprint. I would like to set up a gray water system as well as rain barrel catchment
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    Health & Equity Spend Time Outside
    What are the implications for a culture that spends most of its time inside and on screens?

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    Sarah Irwin 4/27/2022 1:32 PM
    I worry about the mental health of people who spend all day inside and/or on screens. You need fresh air, sunshine and connections to people/pets to improve your mood and health
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    Education & Livelihood Work-Life Balance
    How does practicing a work-life balance create a more sustainable life for you? How might it contribute to sustainability more broadly?

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    Sarah Irwin 4/26/2022 3:52 PM
    I need to take a break to rest my eyes and brain - trying to do a quick yoga at lunch or just sit in the backyard and pet my dogs!
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    Health & Equity Support Indigenous & First Nations Communities
    Why is it important to honor native and indigenous peoples and cultures? What have you learned that is important to you? If you identify with or are a member of an indigenous group, how does your community practice sustainability?

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    Samantha Smith 4/25/2022 10:23 AM
    It's important to honor native peoples since they are the original and best stewards of the land. We need to help them retain their knowledge and practices so that we can educate ourselves and heal the earth. I learned about the Suscol Intertribal Council in Napa and their efforts to restore their heritage in the area. I also put their annual Pow Wow on my calendar and hope to attend to support their efforts.
  • Reflection Question
    Climate & Ecosystems Reduce Single-Use Plastics
    What plastic or single-use items do you regularly use? What did you substitute or could be substituted?

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    Sarah Irwin 4/21/2022 1:27 PM
    I love emergen-C but hate that they come in single use packets. I have written to them to see if they would create bulk powder. 
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    Climate & Ecosystems Know Your Sustainable Seafood Options
    What was the tastiest sustainable seafood meal you ever had or had recently? Did you make it? Can you share a recipe?

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    Sarah Irwin 4/21/2022 1:18 PM
    We made a shrimp stir fry with cabbage and red peppers using garlic black bean sauce. yum
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    Basic Needs & Security Get To Know Your Watershed
    What watershed do you live in presently? What is something interesting or unique about your watershed?

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    Samantha Smith 4/21/2022 10:24 AM
    I live in Napa watershed and knew we had a local reservoir, Lake Hennessey, but was surprised to read that we also get water from the State Water Project. I have been involved with the Sierra Club who is opposing a new pipeline that aims to take more water out of the fragile Delta for Southern California. I watched a documentary on this recently and it is mostly industrial farms that want the water to grow crops that we send overseas like almonds and pistachios. It's very maddening as I don't think the general public knows this and assumes the water is for residential growth, which it is not. Residents have actually been doing a great job conserving yet they are going to foot the bill for big ag.
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    Climate & Ecosystems Learn About Invasive Species
    What is one invasive species in your region and how does it impact your region's ecosystem?

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    Samantha Smith 4/19/2022 8:13 AM
    French Broom is a very invasive shrub in our area. I spent a volunteer day recently pulling it out of a local open space nearby. It was introduced as an ornamental plant and for erosion control and is very hardy and fast growing. Unfortunately it can quickly grow and crowd out other species and is also a fire hazard as it grows in forests under trees and can feed fires. 
  • Reflection Question
    Climate & Ecosystems Create & Share A Love Letter, Poem, Song or Picture
    Why is art an important way for you to express sustainability values?

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    Samantha Smith 4/19/2022 7:48 AM
    I love photos and enjoy sharing them with others. I want to inspire people to love the outdoors and protect them for future generations. I hope that I'm doing that.