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Becci Larreau

Kitsap Conservation District

"That reminds me of a story..."

Points Total

  • 0 Today
  • 0 This Week
  • 1,288 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    228
    miles
    not traveled by car
  • up to
    239
    pounds of CO2
    have been saved
  • up to
    1
    community events
    hosted or attended
  • up to
    24
    disposable cups
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    240
    minutes
    spent learning
  • up to
    19
    locally sourced meals
    consumed
  • up to
    10
    hours
    volunteered
  • up to
    500
    gallons of water
    have been saved

Becci's 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 19
DAILY ACTIONS

Waste

Use a Reusable Mug

I will avoid sending 1 disposable cup(s) to landfills by using a reusable mug.

COMPLETED 24
DAILY ACTIONS

Food

Locally-Sourced Meals

I will source 1 meal(s) per day from local Puget Sound producers.

COMPLETED 19
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 24
DAILY ACTIONS

Water

Eco-friendly Gardening

I will plant native species, landscape with water-efficient plants, and stop using fertilizers so my footprint in my ecosystem doesn't harm the Puget Sound and/or Pacific Ocean downstream.

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

Food

Learn More about Food Deserts

I will spend 120 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

Meet My Local Farmers

I will visit my nearest Puget Sound farm to learn about locally produced food and the quality of life of all involved in producing it to make better choices for Puget Sound when I shop.

Completed
One-Time Action

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

Nature

Join An Outdoor Project

I will join an outdoor restoration project in my community.

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 25
DAILY ACTIONS

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    Becci Larreau 11/05/2020 4:32 PM
    watching "A Plastic Ocean". It's a bit depressing, but felt it apropos on this last day of the challenge.

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    Becci Larreau 11/04/2020 9:40 PM
    This morning, I startled a local celebrity. I managed to snap a 'razzi shot as they fled, but the quick getaway resulted in some blurred legs.
  • Reflection Question
    Nature Join An Outdoor Project
    How well do you know the area you live in? In what ways is a deep knowledge of your surroundings -- known as a 'sense of place' -- important to you?

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    Becci Larreau 11/04/2020 9:32 PM
    I was raised here. My sense of place is very strong and I know this area like the back of my own hand. I was brought up under the principle of noblesse oblige. That is, you have an obligation of service to that which has ennobled you. My family has been tremendously enriched, both tangibly and intangibly, by the maritime landscape and I feel a duty to conserve/preserve what I can for future generations.
  • 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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    Becci Larreau 11/04/2020 9:24 PM
    Yes, socioecologically-linked frameworks in the context of food security and resilience. Hungry people bother me and the idea that climate change may likely lead to widespread agricultural failure just exacerbates that unease. 
  • 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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    Becci Larreau 11/04/2020 9:10 PM
    I was raised in a ferry town, but the surrounding area is fairly rural. Growing up, we did not have a public transportation system. All of our "trips to town" were consolidated as much as possible. I still get uncomfortable when I can't accomplish more than one thing per trip. I don't mind exploring new routes, but I hate backtracking and will plan commutes to limit travel miles.
  • Reflection Question
    Waste Use a Reusable Mug
    Maybe you've heard how good it is to switch from a single use coffee cup to a reusable one, but it's just hard to make the switch. What stands in your way of making this a habit? By identifying the challenges, you can begin to work through them to have better success in taking this action. Knowing the difference you are making, how does it make you feel?

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    Becci Larreau 11/04/2020 7:31 PM
    I have a super cute travel mug for hot bevvies (purple with silver snowflakes) that I absolutely adore and it's been easy to incorporate daily. The fact that I've cut back on corporate coffee and have been making it at home really helps. Honestly? I should be more conscientious about my water bottle. But I'm doing good with the hot beverages.
  • Reflection Question
    Water Eco-friendly Gardening
    What are the most prominent water concerns in your area? Examples include drought, flooding, pollution, access, security, and privatization.

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    Becci Larreau 11/04/2020 7:19 PM
    Definitely pollution. Specifically, non point source such as roadway runoff. In our county, we also have many older onsite septic systems that have reached the end of their lifespans. Some of these are on waterfront properties and garner lots of attention when they begin seeping effluent into the Sound. However, most are are on old rural homesteads. these are legacy polluters, steadily leaching nutrients into the water table.
  • Reflection Question
    Food Meet My Local Farmers
    When you know who produces your food, you are connecting personally to your complex regional food system. What are the advantages of knowing who produces your food and where it comes from? Do you think this might enable someone to advocate for a better quality of life for those who produce their food, both near and far?

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    Becci Larreau 11/04/2020 7:10 PM
    As a person who has volunteered with local food co-ops, I am acquainted with several local farmers. When you know who produces your food, you are more readily assured that it is grown "cleanly". That is, without harmful environmental pollutants and within a humane standard of labor practice. Consumers do have the ability to change lives just with the power of their purse. By supporting ethical and sustainable production, buyers can improve the lives of producers.
  • Reflection Question
    Food Locally-Sourced Meals
    If you were to only eat what is in season locally, what would be the hardest food item for you to give up?

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    Becci Larreau 11/04/2020 7:04 PM
    I consider coffee to be its own category, so will exclude that. I think blueberries would be the hardest to give up. It's one fruit that I eat year-round, even fresh out-of-season. I suppose I could switch to frozen, but it would be a sacrifice. 
  • Reflection Question
    Food Learn More about Food Deserts
    What are the implications of access to nutritious food for a community?

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    Becci Larreau 11/04/2020 7:00 PM
    One clear implication is an increase in intellectual capacity. When a community has access to nutritious food, their children are less apt to suffer neuro-deficiencies that may affect cognition.

    https://books.google.com/books?hl=en&lr=&id=LhSuBAAAQBAJ&oi=fnd&pg=PA1&dq=nutrition+and+brain+development#v=onepage&q=nutrition%20and%20brain%20development&f=false