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Tasha Kirby

The Salish Sea School's Guardians of the Sea

""When we protect areas of the ocean from people, life comes back.""

Points Total

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  • 65 This Week
  • 771 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    1
    advocacy actions
    completed
  • up to
    5
    bags of litter
    collected
  • up to
    1
    community events
    hosted or attended
  • up to
    1
    documentaries
    watched
  • up to
    22
    conversations
    with people
  • up to
    180
    minutes
    spent learning
  • up to
    120
    minutes
    spent outdoors
  • up to
    3
    hours
    volunteered

Tasha's Actions

Waste

Plan and Host a Recycle Event

Local students will learn about and participate in a candy wrapper recycling event. Halloween candy wrappers will be sent to a TerraCycle recycling center to contribute to the circular economy.

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 4
DAILY ACTIONS

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 5
DAILY ACTIONS

Community

Talk To My Friends and Colleagues

I will research the social or environmental issues in my community and shared ecosystem that matter to me and impact downstream salmon and orcas and tell 1 friends and/or colleagues each day about what I learn.

COMPLETED 2
DAILY ACTIONS

Education

Educate my family or friends

Spend 15 minutes educating my family/friends about Southern Resident Orca Whales and their endangered food supply.

Completed
One-Time Action

Water

Clear Storm Drains

Keep local storm drains clear of debris so that stormwater runoff is not as polluted.

COMPLETED 3
DAILY ACTIONS

Education

Help educate young people

Identify, lead and host simple environmental education activities, that help the Puget Sound and/or Pacific Ocean, for 20 young people I know.

Completed
One-Time Action

Community

Support Native Communities

I will use the resource links provided and spend 60 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

Join the Orca Forum to learn from local researchers

Learn about orca research taking place in the Puget Sound in this workshop put on by Whidbey Island CD in partnership with Northwest Straits Foundation and County Marine Resource Committees. Wednesday, Oct. 14 5:30-7pm

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

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

Community

Volunteer in my Community

I will volunteer 3 hour(s) in my community to help watershed health that leads to the Puget Sound and/or the Pacific Ocean.

Completed
One-Time Action

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    Tasha Kirby 10/27/2020 6:19 PM
    My 7th graders seem excited about recycling candy wrappers. My kids and I are going to decorate paper bags to give to the neighbors for candy wrapper recycling.

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    Tasha Kirby 10/26/2020 4:34 PM
    I introduced the Trick-or-Trash candy wrapper recycling program to three out of my five classes today. I am hoping the stickers I bought will be a good incentive, even though protecting the planet should be incentive enough.

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    Tasha Kirby 10/25/2020 7:39 PM
    So excited!! Just set-up my Trick-or-Trash recycle box for candy wrappers!! Can't wait to tell my students about it tomorrow!!

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    Tasha Kirby 10/25/2020 5:55 PM
    A neighborhood boy saw us picking up trash and asked about organizing a trash clean-up. I will encourage my children to get this going in the next few days.

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    Tasha Kirby 10/24/2020 8:22 PM
    I have noticed more garbage in our neighborhood. It is partially because we have a lot of construction nearby, but also the wind. Garbage gets blown around in the wind which is especially bad if it ends up in the ocean. Picking up litter is essential!

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    Tasha Kirby 10/24/2020 3:46 PM
    I went to the Farmers Market this morning to buy some local honey. I have been reading about the health benefits of locally sourced honey. We also took a walk in our neighborhood. Whoa! It is cold out there today. 

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    Tasha Kirby 10/23/2020 8:30 PM
    We are continuing to watch the Zac Efron Netflix series "Down to Earth" and I had a defeating thought. What if his series is simply for publicity? I hope that is not the case. I would really like to believe that people in Hollywood can both influence and change their own behaviors.

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    Tasha Kirby 10/21/2020 6:47 PM
    We have been watching the Zac Efron Netflix series "Down to Earth" as a family. Each episode focuses on a different element of sustainability. I am consistently impressed with the amazing sustainability efforts of people in other countries. I am not sure why it is taking Americans so long to get onboard with simple Earth-smart behaviors. The people in the featured cultures seem happier and healthier than a lot of Americans. I find myself asking how we can capture these lifestyles and habits locally. Is leaving the U.S. the only way to live a better, more sustainable life?
  • Reflection Question
    Nature Do Nature Activities
    What did you observe while spending time outside -- through sight, sound, smell and touch?

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    Tasha Kirby 10/21/2020 3:47 PM
    Today, I took personal leave from my teaching job and spent the morning walking through the ACFL. The sun was shining and the air was crisp. We were able to convince our teenage daughter to walk with us. That is always a treat these days when she would rather be hanging out with your friends or watching YouTube videos. I have not been in the forest in awhile and it felt like I had forgotten how it feels and sounds. It was a beautiful reminder that I need to add forest walks back into my regular routine.

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    Tasha Kirby 10/18/2020 3:08 PM
    I am finding that people want to engage in meaningful action,  but life is busy and it is hard to find/participate in opportunities. The easier, more straightforward and accessible opportunities are, the more able people can engage.