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Courtney Baxter

The Nature Conservancy in Washington

Points Total

  • 0 Today
  • 0 This Week
  • 929 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    2
    advocacy actions
    completed
  • up to
    1
    documentaries
    watched
  • up to
    1
    donations
    made
  • up to
    410
    minutes
    spent learning
  • up to
    780
    minutes
    spent outdoors
  • up to
    80
    plastic bottles
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    7
    public officials or leaders
    contacted
  • up to
    14
    pounds
    waste composted
  • up to
    480
    gallons of water
    have been saved

Courtney's Actions

Waste

Use a Reusable Water Bottle

I will keep 5 disposable plastic bottle(s) from entering the waste stream, and downstream in Puget Sound and/or the Pacific Ocean, by using a reusable water bottle.

COMPLETED 16
DAILY ACTIONS

Waste

Recycle Everything I Can

Contamination prevents what is recyclable from being recycled. I will research and recycle all materials that are accepted by my local haulers or drop stations in my community.

COMPLETED 14
DAILY ACTIONS

Waste

Compost Food Waste

I will avoid sending up to .69 lbs (.31 kg) of food waste to landfills per day by composting my food, which reduces my climate footprint ultimately helping salmon and orcas.

COMPLETED 14
DAILY ACTIONS

Education

Contact my elected officials

I will contact my local elected officials and explain why I care about Salmon/Orcas and how investment in habitat restoration and acquisition is needed for their survival.

Completed
One-Time Action

Water

5-Minute Showers

I will save up to 20 gallons (75 L) of water each day by taking 5-minute showers to minimize my water footprint, as in many watersheds, a drop for me is one less for salmon, which then warms streams or impairs salmon streamflows.

COMPLETED 24
DAILY ACTIONS

Waste

Support Pollution Reduction

I will spend 20 minutes learning about water and air quality issues in my area, how they are impacting orca and environmental health, and how I can help.

Completed
One-Time Action

Education

Learn about my watershed

I will spend 30 minutesIdentifying what sub-basin I live in and learning about my watershed's water quality, fish habitat problems, and options for volunteering.

Completed
One-Time Action

Food

Learn More about Food Deserts

I will spend 15 minutes learning about food deserts and find out how I can advocate for healthy and fresh Puget Sound food in my region.

Completed
One-Time Action

Food

Watch a Documentary about Food Sovereignty

I will watch 1 documentary(ies) about food sovereignty: the right of local peoples to control their own food systems including markets, ecological resources, food cultures and production methods.

Completed
One-Time Action

Transportation

Learn about boat noise impacts

I will spend 15 minutes learning about how boat noice impacts Orcas and then I will change my boating habits to reduce my impact.

Completed
One-Time Action

Education

How does my local government support Orcas?

I will spend 30 learning about how my government is supporting watershed and orca health and encourage them to do more.

Completed
One-Time Action

Community

Express My Support

I will write or call my elected officials to express my support for environmental action that impacts orca and/or salmon habitat in both policy and practice.

Completed
One-Time Action

Nature

Do Nature Activities

I will engage in nature-based activities alone, or with my friends or family, for 30 minute(s) each day to connect with the shared ecosystem in which I live and rely on. (This can be anything from going on a walk or hike, to noticing the leaves changing color, to reading a book with nature themes.)

COMPLETED 26
DAILY ACTIONS

Education

Donate to Environmental Education organizations

I will research and donate to an organization providing environmental education to underserved audiences in my area.

Completed
One-Time Action

Transportation

Contact my elected officials

If in Washington, I will contact my elected officials to communicate the need to create an annual Orca Protection Endorsement for all recreational boaters in Puget Sound, ensuring boaters are educated on limiting their Orca impacts

Completed
One-Time Action

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  • Courtney Baxter's avatar
    Courtney Baxter 10/19/2020 5:25 PM
    If anyone needs any guidance on what to say to elected officials, I sent this:

    "Hello,

    I am writing to encourage our leaders to invest more time, money and effort into the recovery of our region's most iconic creature: the Southern Resident Orca. As you probably know, their numbers are dwindling and it's only a matter of time when we can only see an orca in videos or photos. I dread the day my grand kids ask me what a killer whale or an orca is. Don't you dread that day too? Orcas are effectively the elephants of the Puget Sound. This place simply would not be the same without them. Not to mention our tourism rates would drastically decrease and the ecological domino effect is presumed to be catastrophic. So please, I deeply urge you to take more action. Yes, we are taking great action but it is not enough. We must be bolder.

    Thank you"