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Mona Ching

Seattle Aquarium

Points Total

  • 0 Today
  • 0 This Week
  • 516 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    20
    gallons of water
    have been saved
  • up to
    1.0
    documentaries
    watched
  • up to
    220
    minutes
    spent outdoors
  • up to
    215
    minutes
    spent learning

Mona's Actions

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 1
DAILY ACTION

Nature

Do Nature Activities

I will engage in nature-based activities alone, or with my friends or family, for 20 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 8
DAILY ACTIONS

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

Waste

Support Pollution Reduction

I will spend 15 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 local orca food sources

Attend Cedar River Salmon Journey webinar series to keep up to date on what is happening with the salmon populations that the local Southern Resident orca pods depend on, in order to be able to pass this information on to friends and family and the public.

Completed
One-Time Action

Community

Support Native Communities

I will use the resource links provided and spend 15 minutes learning how Washington’s Indigenous Communities are working to support Orca health, and what I can do to support them.

Completed
One-Time Action

Education

Educate my family or friends

Spend 45 minutes educating my family/friends about Southern Resident Orca Whales and their endangered food supply.

Completed
One-Time Action

Community

Learn About Local Environmental Justice Concerns

I will spend 25 minutes researching environmental justice concerns that effect people and the connection to downstream fish and wildlife, their causes, and local initiatives to address these concerns.

Completed
One-Time Action

Transportation

I will be Whale Wise as a Marine Boater or Paddler

I will spend 25 minutes learning about local marine laws pertaining to orcas, responsible boat maintenance techniques, and will follow the Be Whale Wise guidelines.

Completed
One-Time Action

Transportation

Use a Carwash

When I wash my car I will always take it to a commercial car wash facility to avoid driveway drainage of toxic chemicals entering the storm drain and local waterways, poisoning fish and Orcas in Puget Sound and/or the Pacific Ocean.

COMPLETED 0
DAILY ACTIONS

Food

Start or Tend a Garden

I will tend to a garden each day, or work on starting one to keep my food local, minimize my climate carbon footprint and therefore reduce my impact to the Puget Sound and/or Pacific Ocean.

COMPLETED 6
DAILY ACTIONS

Feed

  • Reflection Question
    Water 5-Minute Showers
    Five minute showers are an impressive step toward reducing your water footprint. What is the next step you can take?

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    Mona Ching 11/05/2020 10:04 PM
    Installing a low-flow shower head (done), not showering daily if not needed, and using the valve on the shower head to cease or decrease the water flow when lathering up
  • Reflection Question
    Nature Do Nature Activities
    What did you observe while spending time outside -- through sight, sound, smell and touch?

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    Mona Ching 10/27/2020 11:22 AM
    Birdwatching affords so much pleasure these days, and along with the usual suspects around my bird feeder, I noticed an Anna's hummingbird hovering around as well! I also heard some new calls I couldn't place.
  • Reflection Question
    Waste Support Pollution Reduction
    What environmental factors affect human health in your region, and how do they affect it?

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    Mona Ching 10/27/2020 11:18 AM
    Air quality, water quality, climate, and access to healthful food come to mind. Recent wildfires emphasized how much we take clean air for granted, as the resulting smoke greatly reduced our everyday functioning. Orca and their food sources are affected by the same environmental factors that humans are.
  • Reflection Question
    Food Watch a Documentary about Food Sovereignty
    In what ways does your community practice food sovereignty and what would happen if you could not access those foods?

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    Mona Ching 10/21/2020 7:51 PM
    In the early days of the pandemic and supply chain disruptions, the fear of not having reliable access to fresh, healthful foods made me appreciate even more how important it is to support local farms and food sources within my community. As well there is a safety and comfort to be gained from raising your own fruits and vegetables, and preserving them for the winter months. Food sovereignty is necessary for security, self-agency, and freedom.
  • Reflection Question
    Community Support Native Communities
    Indigenous speaker and activist Winona LaDuke says that, “most indigenous ceremonies, if you look to their essence, are about the restoration of balance — they are a reaffirmation of our relationship to creation. That is our intent: to restore, and then to retain balance and honor our part in creation.” Why is balance important to sustainability?

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    Mona Ching 10/11/2020 10:21 PM
    Environmental sustainability means preserving resources to maintain an ecological balance for current and future generations. We cannot thoughtlessly consume resources and expect the earth to provide endlessly; we must take responsibility for our part in retaining balance in the natural world. 
  • Reflection Question
    Transportation Use a Carwash
    Where does the greywater go after you wash your car in a driveway? Did you know that most of our street sewage heads to the Puget Sound?

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    Mona Ching 10/10/2020 10:53 AM
    Water flows over non-permeable surfaces into street drains, most (or all?) of which go directly into our waterways and Puget Sound. During the pandemic summer I washed my car on my lawn using biodegradable camp soap, but now that car washes are back open I will go there. 
  • Reflection Question
    Transportation I will be Whale Wise as a Marine Boater or Paddler
    Why do you love spending time on the water? What draws you to paddle and boating? What are you hoping to see? What memories of wildlife leave an infinite impression on you?

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    Mona Ching 10/10/2020 10:46 AM
    I love the smell of the ocean and its life, and the different sounds you hear than from being on land and away from civilization. Kayaking allows me to feel the water through my paddle like a fin extension, and I enjoy that primal feeling of moving through the ocean. I love watching the density gradient changes in the water, the swirling puffs of seafoam, and of course all the wildlife interactions people don't normally get to see. One fond memory was watching a bald eagle swim for quite a distance after an unsuccessful dive for a fish. Eagles are great swimmers!
  • Reflection Question
    Food Start or Tend a Garden
    Have you ever had a significant experience in nature that altered your perspective or focus? If so, please describe it.

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    Mona Ching 10/10/2020 10:33 AM
    yes, after moving to the Pacific Northwest and taking up hiking and other outdoor activities, I have built a connection with the natural world and see myself and other humans as a piece of it instead of apart from it. one particular experience was seeing orca while paddling, and being struck with the perspective of their largeness against my own insignificance in their world, the ocean.