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Samantha-Lynn Martinez

Seattle Aquarium

Points Total

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  • 0 This Week
  • 831 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    1
    advocacy actions
    completed
  • up to
    260
    miles
    not traveled by car
  • up to
    298
    pounds of CO2
    have been saved
  • up to
    3
    community events
    hosted or attended
  • up to
    3
    documentaries
    watched
  • up to
    2,055
    minutes
    spent learning
  • up to
    2
    trees
    planted
  • up to
    3
    hours
    volunteered
  • up to
    450
    gallons of water
    have been saved

Samantha-Lynn's Actions

Nature

Plant Trees

I will plant 2 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

Nature

Join An Outdoor Project

I will join an outdoor restoration project in my community.

Completed
One-Time Action

Nature

Organize a Trash Cleanup Event

I will organize a trash clean up effort with friends, family, and neighbors at my favorite local trail or salmon stream to keep trash from flowing downstream via storm drains to Puget Sound and/or Pacific Ocean.

Completed
One-Time Action

Water

Install a Low-Flow Showerhead

I will save up to 15 gallons (56 L) of water a day by installing a low-flow showerhead.

Completed
One-Time Action

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 26
DAILY ACTIONS

Community

Support Environmental Initiatives lead by People of Color

Racial inequity is both a sustainability and justice problem. I will support and seek out conservation organizations lead by people of color in my community, as their efforts address environmental justice, Puget Soundand/or Pacific Ocean health.

COMPLETED 26
DAILY ACTIONS

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

Community

Learn About Local Environmental Justice Concerns

I will spend 45 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

Education

Share my connection with Orcas through art

I will make a piece of art that connects my life to the life of Orcas and Salmon, and share it on social media.

Completed
One-Time Action

Education

Participate in Orca Trivia Night

Get your trivia on! In partnership with Northwest Straits Foundation, Whidbey Island Conservation District is holding a trivia night themed all things Orca, Salmon, and Marine Habitat. Thursday, Oct. 15 at 7pm.

Completed
One-Time Action

Transportation

Learn about boat noise impacts

I will spend 120 minutes learning about how boat noice impacts Orcas and then I will change my boating habits to reduce my impact.

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 27
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 26
DAILY ACTIONS

Food

Smart Seafood Choices

I will visit seafoodwatch.org or download the app and commit to making better seafood choices for a healthier ocean since the Puget Sound is connected to all!

COMPLETED 27
DAILY ACTIONS

Food

Watch a Documentary about Food Sovereignty

I will watch 3 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

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  • 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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    Samantha-Lynn Martinez 11/03/2020 11:41 PM
    In the driveway, all of the water from washing your car goes straight into storm drain and systems that lead right into waterways. Having nearly no filter, this water carrying harmful chemicals can harm the marine and wildlife of our surrounding environments. These chemicals can disrupt biological functions of these animals, and can ultimately decimate an ecosystem.
  • 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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    Samantha-Lynn Martinez 11/03/2020 11:38 PM
    I'm quite familiar with my surroundings, especially since I've grown up in the same neighborhood since I was little. I think being familiar with the world around you is very important because it helps me notice a change or the environment slowly showing signs of damage.
  • Reflection Question
    Food Smart Seafood Choices
    Many states and countries have advisories on eating fish. Find out what is advised for your region. Do you think your diet choices fall within these guidelines? What steps do you need to take to make sure that they do?

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    Samantha-Lynn Martinez 11/03/2020 11:36 PM
    Personally, I find that I don't eat as much seafood as the rest of my family, but when we do eat seafood together, we make sure to keep an eye out for where the food is coming from is if they are good alternatives for human consumption. My parents and I made a pact to not eat Chinook Salmon for at least a year, and longer if it's possible! It's so helpful to have the Seafood Watch App!
  • Reflection Question
    Transportation Learn about boat noise impacts
    Do you know how orcas communicate? If you found your food, communicated with your family, learned of safety all through sound, but that sound was interrupted or muffled on a regular basis, would you imagine that to impact your ability to eat and navigate?

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    Samantha-Lynn Martinez 10/07/2020 11:50 AM
    Orcas communicate/find food mainly by sound/echolocation (alongside occasional tactile touch). This reliance on sound and the dynamics of sound is often threatened by vessel noise and disturbance, and I can imagine that impacts nearly every aspect of their daily life and survival. I think vessel noise is an essential topic piece for orca and marine mammal conservation, and sometimes it is not spoken about enough. Initiatives like BeWhaleWise.org and other organizations educating people on vessel noise/disturbance are amazing for boaters/non-boaters alike!

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      Nora Nickum 10/08/2020 1:53 PM
      Great points! And so important right now when the orcas are spending some time in the inland waters where there are lots of boats! 
  • 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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    Samantha-Lynn Martinez 10/07/2020 11:38 AM
    I can certainly say that as I've gotten older and more independent from my parents, the options of transportation have become wider, but I chose to keep it to carpooling and public transportation as much as I possibly can. I'm thankful that I live in a region/city where public transportation serves as the circulatory system of my community, so getting around with an Orca Card is extremely helpful to me and my commitment to public transportation. Opportunities in my school district also offer free orca cards to high school students, so there is a general reliance and support for taking public transportation whenever possible. Plus, it is always fun to run into a couple of friends on the bus on the way to school/work!
  • Reflection Question
    Community Learn About Local Environmental Justice Concerns
    Who is most affected by environmental degration and/or environmental irresponsiblity in your community? How are they affected?

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    Samantha-Lynn Martinez 10/07/2020 11:31 AM
    At my school's environmental club, we have been tackling these issues of environmental degradation and its effects on people of color, and how it disproportionately affects them at higher rates than other communities and white communities. Understanding the ever-present impact of racism in every bit of life including environmental issues is absolutely crucial to gaining a broader perspective on what needs change. Low-income neighborhoods are often close in proximity to harmful facilities where aire or water is polluted, and the health of these communities is the number one indicator of where we are at our fault. A fight for our environment and our orcas is also a fight for racial and social justice, and that is something everyone must recognize for us to make a change in our communities, our sound, and beyond.