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Gary EBERLING

The Salish Sea School's Guardians of the Sea

"Learn and lead by example. "

Points Total

  • 0 Today
  • 0 This Week
  • 1,113 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    1
    advocacy actions
    completed
  • up to
    14
    bags of litter
    collected
  • up to
    315
    miles
    not traveled by car
  • up to
    237
    pounds of CO2
    have been saved
  • up to
    1
    donations
    made
  • up to
    250
    minutes
    spent learning
  • up to
    440
    minutes
    spent outdoors
  • up to
    92
    plastic bottles
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    8
    trees
    planted
  • up to
    460
    gallons of water
    have been saved

Gary's Actions

Waste

Use a Reusable Water Bottle

I will keep 4 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 23
DAILY ACTIONS

Water

Collect wasted tap water

I will collect up to 6 gallons of tap water per day by bucket that would otherwise go down the drain wasted. While waiting for my shaving water to preheat and again later my shower water to preheat, I regret seeing all the cold water simply run down the drain. I will use this saved water to flush my toilet as needed every day and to water house plants once a week.

COMPLETED 17
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 23
DAILY ACTIONS

Transportation

Drive Less

I will cut my car trip mileage by only taking necessary trips thus avoid sending exhaust particles and tire pollution into stormwater that impacts Orca and salmon health.

COMPLETED 21
DAILY ACTIONS

Water

Mulch the Base of Trees and Plants

I will prevent harmful storm-water runoff to the Puget Sound and/or Pacific Ocean and increase absorbency by mulching the base of plants and trees at my home or work.

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 23
DAILY ACTIONS

Nature

Leave No Trace

I will practice the seven principles of Leave No Trace when doing nature activities alone or with family and friends to minimize my downstream impact in my watershed.

COMPLETED 22
DAILY ACTIONS

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 22
DAILY ACTIONS

Nature

Plant Trees

I will plant 8 tree(s) in my community, public parks, or backyard to combat climate change and reduce stormwater impacts to Puget Sound and/or Pacific Ocean.

Completed
One-Time Action

Community

Remove invasive weeds

Recruit 2+ friends/family/neighbors and together remove invasive vegetation from our home/apartment building/neighborhood that is in a watershed upstream of downstream salmon and orcas.

Completed
One-Time Action

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

Waste

Pick up Trash

I will pick up and properly dispose of litter on a daily walk through my neighborhood, since stormwater will otherwise carry it to the Puget Sound and/or the Pacific Ocean.

COMPLETED 14
DAILY ACTIONS

Transportation

Fix all car leaks

I will maintain my car/vehicle by fixing all car leaks and avoid leakage draining to the Puget Sound and/or the Pacific Ocean

Completed
One-Time Action

Transportation

I will be Whale Wise as a Marine Boater or Paddler

I will spend 10 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

Education

Learn about my watershed

I will spend 10 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

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    Gary EBERLING 11/05/2020 4:43 AM
    Last chance to be counted, team!   Even though the challenge ends, we want to maintain the small personal changes each of us has made, and strive to make a difference. 

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    Gary EBERLING 11/02/2020 4:46 AM
    Vote tomorrow, if you haven’t already!  Make a difference for our planet. 

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    Gary EBERLING 11/02/2020 4:45 AM
    Watered our new trees. Hard to know if they’re getting the right amount. Hopin* they’ll do well!

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    Gary EBERLING 10/28/2020 7:06 AM
    Sorry, it is spelled piebald. Rare genetic disorder in less than 1% of white-tailed deer causes this coloring, and some other changes like eye color, spinal and leg issues (I looked it up).

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    Gary EBERLING 10/28/2020 6:54 AM
    Great fall days here! Look at this little fellow (piebold deer) that strolled through the neighborhood. :) 

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    Gary EBERLING 10/25/2020 6:36 AM
    We need to be mindful of how our actions affect nature around us, and curtail behavior that causes damage, even if it inconveniences us.  The smallest seemingly innocuous things add up.

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    Gary EBERLING 10/22/2020 1:58 PM
    This has been a most beautiful fall day!  Colors are changing on the hardwood trees and shrubs, the temperature and sun make me want to stay outside.  Picnic lunch was in order today.
  • 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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    Gary EBERLING 10/22/2020 1:53 PM
    I enjoy the tranquility of kayaking.  I always hope to see wildlife, be it turtles, birds fishing, or the deer I'll never forget...in the water up to their chest...cooling off, I suppose, on a hot summer day.
  • Reflection Question
    Nature 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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    Gary EBERLING 10/22/2020 1:47 PM
    I'd like to see use of wood fires greatly diminished.  There is so much danger of forest fires, a lot of lowered air quality (I recall severe smoggy days in Boise, ID when temperature inversions held all the wood smoke in the valley), respiratory irritation especially to those who have chronic lung problems or are sensitive to smoke, and even water quality affected by ash from fires.  
  • Reflection Question
    Transportation Drive Less
    How has your access to various kinds of transportation throughout your life influenced your current attitudes about transportation and your transportation behavior?

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    Gary EBERLING 10/15/2020 6:02 PM
    I’ve travelled extensively. Planes, boats, kayaks, cars, motorcycles, buses, trains, bicycles, rollerblades, walking, running.  My preference depends on my need. I love flying. It was my career choice. When needing distance and speed, it is always my first choice. Cars are generally a convenience choice for more local transport in expedient fashion. When we lived on a local free bus route, I chose that for work transportation. For exercise and enjoyment, I love to ride my bike.  No more motorcycle or rollerblades for me.  Running...just for exercise occasionally. Walking...daily...throughout neighborhood for pleasure, interactions, and mail. When I can reduce trips in the car by skipping or combining errands, I do. Less gasoline, less emissions..