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Aaron Liu

AVOCADO

"Create a just, equitable, and sustainable planet for everyone"

POINTS TOTAL

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  • 1,300 TOTAL

participant impact

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    1.0
    documentary
    watched
  • UP TO
    25
    dollars
    donated
  • UP TO
    11
    local or diverse businesses
    supported
  • UP TO
    60
    minutes
    spent exercising
  • UP TO
    1,335
    minutes
    spent learning
  • UP TO
    60
    minutes
    spent outdoors
  • UP TO
    43
    pounds
    food waste prevented

Aaron's actions

Conservation and Restoration

Review your impact

I will review the impact that I have had so far on perpetuating conservation and restoration during the Ecochallenge.

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Conservation and Restoration

Share your Knowledge

I will share with others what I have learned during the Ecochallenge.

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Conservation and Restoration

Take civic action against pesticides

I will write a letter to my local officials requesting the elimination of pesticide use on public owned land.

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Resilient Communities

Share your Knowledge

I will share with others what I have learned about resilient communities during the Ecochallenge.

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Resilient Communities

Support Vermont Communities

I will research how I can help support Vermont communities impacted by recent flooding.

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Just Economies

Share your Knowledge

I will share with others what I have learned about just economies during the Ecochallenge.

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Just Economies

Commit to the future

I will commit to shop at minority owned businesses after the Ecochallenge is finished.

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Rights to Nature

Explore our waterways

I will explore my local waterways by either researching or participating in water conservation efforts near me.

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Rights to Nature

Share your Knowledge

I will share with others what I have learned about rights to nature during the Ecochallenge.

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Just Economies

Watch a documentary on the factory farm meat industry

I will watch a documentary on how the factory farm meat industry contributes to climate change.

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Just Economies

Support a Justice-Centered Organization or Individual

I will donate 25 to climate justice.

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Rights to Nature

Discover which Native Tribe's land you live on

I will enter my address to find out what Native land I currently live on

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Conservation and Restoration

Support Pollution Reduction

I will spend at least 30 minutes learning about water and air quality issues in my area, how they are impacting human and environmental health, and how I can help.

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DAILY ACTIONS

Resilient Communities

Get to Know Your Local/Regenerative Food Options

I will spend 60 minutes researching local and/or regenerative food options in my community.

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DAILY ACTIONS

Conservation and Restoration

Learn more about recycling

I will research my local communities recycling programs and options.

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Conservation and Restoration

Research my local composting options

I will research my local communities composting options.

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Conservation and Restoration

Repurpose or Repair an Item to Keep it out of the Landfill

I will repair or mend items that would have otherwise been thrown away.

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Conservation and Restoration

Calculate My Water Footprint

I will calculate my Water Footprint to learn about my tap water use and "virtual water" use.

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Resilient Communities

Learn About Constructive Communication

I will spend 240 minute(s) learning about constructive communication.

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Rights to Nature

Take a Hike

I will explore my local hiking trails.

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Conservation and Restoration

Buy Ugly Produce

I will swap out 5 pieces of produce with produce that might not have been purchased otherwise. (Don't forget to weigh it at the store!)

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DAILY ACTIONS

Just Economies

Shop Locally Owned Businesses

I will swap a regular purchase with something from a locally owned business.

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DAILY ACTIONS

Just Economies

Open up a sustainable banking account

I will open up a bank account that gives back and avoids investments that are harming people and the planet.

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Just Economies

Support Businesses Owned by People of Color

Racial inequity is both a sustainability and justice problem. I will support businesses owned by people of color (shopping, sharing, writing reviews if purchased).

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DAILY ACTIONS

Just Economies

Research regenerative organic agriculture

I will research what regenerative agriculture is and the impact that it can have on curbing the effects of climate change.

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Resilient Communities

Plan for the Future

I will create a climate-focused strategic plan for my business/team/self.

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Participant Feed

Reflection, encouragement, and relationship building are all important aspects of getting a new habit to stick.
Share thoughts, encourage others, and reinforce positive new habits on the Feed.

To get started, share “your why.” Why did you join the challenge and choose the actions you did?


  • Aaron Liu's avatar
    Aaron Liu 8/10/2023 2:45 PM
    Now that we're coming to the end of the EcoChallenge, is there a lifestyle change you think will stick? Or something you'll be more conscious about? I'll go first. The hidden water usages in our life sometimes exceed the obvious ones. For instance it can take up to 2,600 gallons of water to produce a pair of jeans. That's more water than an average person uses for laundry in a YEAR. Reducing the amount of unnecessary clothes we buy and repairing the clothes we already have goes a long way to save freshwater for the planet. Especially since the cotton farms and denim factories are usually in impoverished areas which lack clean water.

    • Ruby Lin's avatar
      Ruby Lin 8/11/2023 9:50 AM
      I'm determined to not buy in to "fast fashion," as much as possible. Yes its cheap and convenient, but is it worth the damage to our earth for my own personal satisfaction? Not quite. Taking better care of clothing, and repairing and repurposing as much as possible is the way to go!

    • Jose Moreno's avatar
      Jose Moreno 8/11/2023 8:23 AM
      I agree with this 100%.

      Personally, I want to be more conscious of how I am utilizing the 3 R's. I want to continue to recycle and reuse things in my home that can utilized in such a way. Reducing my footprint is another goal of mine, and I am grateful that I have the opportunity to learn different ways to accomplish that.

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    Aaron Liu 8/09/2023 8:03 AM
    Every gardener loves compost and it's so easy to make at home. It is the cornerstone of regenerative agriculture. Here are some of the tangible benefits of composting according to the EPA no matter what scale you do it at.
    • Improves the structure and health of your soil by adding organic matter.
    • Helps the soil retain moisture and nutrients.
    • Attracts beneficial organisms to the soil and reduces the need for pesticides and fertilizers.
    • Reduces the potential for soil erosion.
    • Sequesters carbon in the soil.
    • Builds resiliency to the impacts of climate change.

  • Aaron Liu's avatar
    Aaron Liu 8/07/2023 1:00 PM
    Going to turn a cubic yard of compost later by hand, wish me luck

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    Aaron Liu 7/25/2023 10:57 AM
    My hot compost pile is HOT! It was visibly steaming yesterday even though it was close to 90 degrees outside.

    • Elisa Liu's avatar
      Elisa Liu 8/10/2023 11:22 AM
      urn, this work is nice

    • Aaron Liu's avatar
      Aaron Liu 7/28/2023 2:36 PM
      If it gets TOO hot, 160F+, the microbes begin to die off, microbial activity decreases causing less heat to be generated. It is sort of self regulating.

    • Ruby Lin's avatar
      Ruby Lin 7/28/2023 2:31 PM
      Is there a point when it can be TOO hot for whatever's breakdown the compost?

    • Brian Slingluff's avatar
      Brian Slingluff 7/26/2023 6:41 AM
      Nice work, Aaron.

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    Aaron Liu 7/20/2023 9:38 AM
    LA County has a recurring webinar series on growing food. Composting, small space gardening, water management, etc

    https://pw.lacounty.gov/epd/sg/webinars.cfm

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    Aaron Liu 7/18/2023 7:43 AM
    I bought a watermelon that looked like it had been shipped across the country by FedEx. Tested pretty good though.

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    Aaron Liu 7/17/2023 8:10 AM
    Went to the Long Beach Aquarium this weekend, they have a great interactive demonstration of So Cal's watershed and the marine biology conservation efforts in our region. Super educational and a great time for the family too!!

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    Aaron Liu 7/13/2023 9:46 AM
    We should start an Avocado gardening club