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Amanda Adolfo

Low Energy Enthusiasts

"College student aspiring to find and learn about new + creative ways to be sustainable!"

Points Total

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  • 766 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    3
    donations
    made
  • up to
    300
    minutes
    spent learning
  • up to
    11
    meatless or vegan meals
    consumed
  • up to
    180
    minutes
    spent outdoors
  • up to
    270
    gallons of water
    have been saved

Amanda's Actions

Action Track: Healing & Renewal

Explore My Area

Sometimes protecting nature requires feeling connected to nature. I will invest 120 minutes in exploring and appreciating a natural area in my region, whether a forest, wetland, coastal area, or somewhere else.

Completed
One-Time Action

Health and Education

Make School More Affordable

Health and Education

I will raise funds to help make school affordable for girls around the world.

Completed
One-Time Action

Buildings

Fix Leaky Faucets

Low-Flow Fixtures

I will fix faucets or report leaky faucets to facilities that have been wasting up to 9 gallons (34 L) of water a day or 270 (1,020 L) gallons of water a month per faucet.

Completed
One-Time Action

Buildings

Learn about 'Green Gentrification'

Multiple Solutions

I will spend at least 120 minutes learning about green gentrification and how it relates to city planning for climate action.

Completed
One-Time Action

Transportation

Learn about Carbon Offsets

I will visit Tradewater’s website to learn more about carbon offsets, and why they are a necessary solution in combating a climate crisis.

Completed
One-Time Action

Industry

Invite a friend to calculate the carbon footprint of their household

Individual actions are important, but people and organizations working together can make a real impact. I will share a carbon calculator with a friend and invite them to calculate the carbon footprint of their household.

Completed
One-Time Action

Food, Agriculture, and Land Use

Support Indigenous Peoples' Land Management

Indigenous Peoples' Forest Tenure

I will donate to Native American Rights Fund, which protects tribal natural resources and environmental rights and promotes Native American Human Rights.

Completed
One-Time Action

Food, Agriculture, and Land Use

Reduce Animal Products

Plant-Rich Diets

I will enjoy 1 meatless or vegan meal(s) each day of the challenge.

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DAILY ACTIONS

Land Sinks

Support a Community Garden

Multiple Solutions

I will support a community garden by volunteering, donating, or advocating for a new or existing one.

Completed
One-Time Action

Action Track: Building Resilience

Support Microgeneration in Low Income Countries

Small Hydropower, Micro Wind Turbines, Microgrids

I will make a donation to a nonprofit that installs microgeneration in low income countries.

Completed
One-Time Action

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  • Reflection Question
    Land Sinks Support a Community Garden
    What are the multiple benefits of community gardens, including carbon sequestration? Why do these benefits matter to you?

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    Amanda Adolfo 5/31/2021 3:49 PM
    I found this fundraiser on GoFundMe. Basically, these partners, Ashley and Andy turned an old lot into a community garden with fruits and vegetables. They named it Barcelo Gardens. Ashley shared that their passion started for growing a garden started when they grew their own curbside plot on an abandoned bit of sidewalk in LA. They said that they were inspired by a technique coined by green activist Ron Finley, called "guerilla gardening." Guerilla gardening, described by Ron, is an adaptable way to garden. His philosophy is that you can use any open soil, whether it's a parkway or a sidewalk plot, to grow fresh fruits and vegetables. Honestly, I think this is a great idea because there is so much space and soil to start a garden! 

    I looked into Ron Finley's work in his community in South Central LA. Basically, he and fellow green activists created a petition to demand the right to garden and grow food in his neighborhood. He also addressed, "the lack of fresh produce" and how hard it was to "drive 45 minutes to get a fresh tomato." To me, it's absurd that the community had to petition for their right to grow food on empty soil. Fortunately, they earned the right to grow these fruits and vegetables on any lot. I've attached a photo below of some plants in the bottom of an empty swimming pool, so you can better see Ron Finley's work and the idea of guerilla gardening.

    After Ashley and Andy followed Ron Finley's garden growing tips, they eventually relocated to the 9th ward of New Orleans and realized there were not many real grocery stores there, which gave them the idea of starting a community garden. Also, local co-ops in the area had expensive and inaccessible fresh produce. They were describing a food desert, or a lack of access to healthy foods. 

    I donated to this GoFundMe because I saw how the creators of this community garden/farmer's market were helping their community in many ways. They also described how during the pandemic, Black businesses were hit hard. Their farmer's market features, "Black farmers, growers, and makers as their majority. It is a safe space for them to sell their food(s) and network."

    Ultimately, my funds will help Ashley and Andy to build a community garden and create a space for a farmer's market. Along with carbon sequestration, this garden can help alleviate the food desert in this community. That way, the health of the community can also be improved and it fosters local economy. Low income and BIPOC communities are disproportionately impacted by the effects of climate change, so it's important to address issues like food deserts, where accessibility and affordability can be barriers to getting healthy, sustainable food. These benefits matter to me because I believe healthy food should be accessible to everyone.


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      Amanda Adolfo 5/31/2021 3:50 PM
      I forgot to link it, but if you are interested in learning more about Barcelo Gardens, you can at their Facebook page here
  • Reflection Question
    Action Track: Healing & Renewal Explore My Area
    How can spending more time outdoors enhance your sense of place -- your deep knowledge of and appreciation for your surroundings?

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    Amanda Adolfo 5/31/2021 3:06 PM
    This weekend, my roommate and I went hiking in Solstice Canyon, which is located in the Santa Monica Mountains. This place is really interesting because it has architectural ruins from the 1920s. There were some houses up in these mountains that were destroyed by a wildfire. I'm intrigued that people lived this high up in the wilderness in the mountains, but the privacy and the nature seems nice. The houses are also in a prime location because they offer such a great view of the ocean. This would make me feel a greater appreciation for nature.

    This past year, I spent a lot of time outside in the nature, either hiking or going to parks. It made me more in tune with my surroundings and appreciative of nature. Things that I had not noticed before, like birds chirping, running water, or even insects on the ground became more apparent to me. I guess I never noticed it as much because my life used to be so fast that I didn't have the time to stop and look around. I never hiked as much as I did this past year.

    I realized how much of the outdoors is alive, even in man-made parks or on campus. This year, I finally noticed how many different species of plants and trees there are. I also noticed that there's a lot of animal life on campus like squirrels, birds, and lots of bugs. Sometimes I'll go out to do work in sculpture garden and I get so distracted by the squirrels running around. It's so interesting and fun to see them interact. There are also a lot of colors from the plants on campus. My favorite are the light purple flowers or bright yellow flowers on the trees. The pink flower bushes in front of Royce and around the quad are also very beautiful.

    I think having a greater appreciation of nature makes me want to preserve it more. It would be really sad and disheartening to see the outdoor habitat get degraded or wither away. Nature is really grounding and a great stress reliever. Just being out in the sun for 15-20 minutes a day makes me in a better mood. In the morning I like to go out on my deck and do some yoga or meditation and at the end of my practice I lie down on my mat and look up at the big tree that provides shade on my deck. It's so beautiful looking up at this huge tree, the birds, and the sky. It's so relaxing, grounding, and stress-relieving that it's something I've incorporated into my daily routine. It's true that the dead leaves from the tree shed onto our deck, but honestly it does not even bother me anymore because I am so happy that the tree provides shade and brings the nice sound of chirping birds.

    I think it's important for people to be more appreciative of nature because it is being threatened by human activities, such as fossil fuel emissions or pollution. Nature provides a lot of resources for us, but it's important that take care of it too because we just keep taking from it. It needs nourishment and care too, so that we can restore its health and beauty.

    The picture below is an ocean view from our hike this weekend.
     

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    Amanda Adolfo 5/28/2021 3:33 PM
    Today I enjoyed some noodle stir fry. The ingredients are staples that I normally use: red bell pepper, zucchini, onion, and broccoli. I got the coconut aminos at Trader Joes because it sounded fancy and healthier than soy sauce. I looked up the health benefits recently. Since it has the word amino in it I thought maybe it had something to do with the protein of the coconut. I learned that coconut aminos are found in the sap of the coconut and not the actual coconut. Apparently, there are only many claims about coconut aminos, but not a lot of published research. That's okay, though, because I read the label and it has less mg of sodium per serving compared to the same serving of soy sauce, so I guess that's one benefit. 

    Now that I'm trying to eat more plant-based, I find myself reading the labels of food and products more. Before, I rarely read labels because I didn't care as much if my food was vegan and I also don't have any allergies. It honestly doesn't take more than a few seconds to see if there are any animal products in my food! Also, you can look for the certification stamps. A product that is vegan typically is marketed vegan because it has the green "V" or it says the word "vegan" on the label. I guess that it is pretty helpful for people who are strictly plant-based or vegan. As I've said before, I feel like eating plant-based in LA is pretty easy because I feel like the city caters to vegans. More and more places are becoming like this, which is good, because even if you're not plant-based, at least you have the option to try it out. This has been the case for my brother, who typically eats meat every day. He was at the Burger King drive thru and saw their Beyond Meat burger and got it out of curiosity. Although it wasn't a super healthy plant-based meal, he really liked it, so it opened the door for more opportunities to try plant-based food. 
  • Reflection Question
    Action Track: Building Resilience Support Microgeneration in Low Income Countries
    How can micro energy solutions reduce inequities? Why is this important to you?

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    Amanda Adolfo 5/27/2021 10:00 PM
    I hope that micro energy solutions can reduce inequities. From what I learned, they are one of many great solutions for climate change, however, these solutions are often not afforded to low income or BIPOC communities first, due to existing racial and social inequities.

    I donated to a company called GRID Alternatives. They thrive to offer community-based solutions through installing renewable energy power grids. They strive for economic and environmental justice. They make solar energy affordable and accessible for low-income communities, as well as creating jobs. GRID is addresses and acknowledges upstream, systemic inequities are a part of the problem in climate change and that the affected to communities need to be a part of the solution. Hence, they are targeting their solutions at the community level, which is a huge part of microgeneration. Overall, they reduce inequities by providing affordable solar power and increasing jobs.

    This is important to me, because as I have said before, climate change is a multiplier of racial and environmental injustice. I learned this from my climate action event, a speaker series at UCSF Population Health & Health Equity: Climate Change and Health. They really stressed that affected communities need to be involved in planning and carrying out climate solutions. Not only does microgeneration create jobs, it also creates opportunity for leadership.
     

    • Alice Ma's avatar
      Alice Ma 6/02/2021 11:30 PM
      Hi Amanda! It’s amazing that you were able to donate to GRID Alternatives to support their community-based solutions of installing power grids! I recently learned about community solar through an event I’d attended and the work that GRID Alternatives does sounds super similar! Community solar is almost like a microgrid where solar panels are installed on city or private property and community members can pay to own a small piece of the panel and use the energy that comes from that piece. It’s meant to be a great way to supplement traditional energy grids in a more environmentally friendly way and can also be much cheaper than traditional electricity from the main power grids. I love that GRID Alternatives is also providing jobs to communities to help with economic sustainability as well as environmental. 

      Like you mentioned, the inherent inequities in access and affordability of electricity are something that affects a lot of people, especially BIPOC communities. I honestly had no idea that microgeneration could be such an amazing way to give resources and opportunities to communities across the country. One thing that I think would be a great way to better support these organizations and companies that work in microgeneration is to offer governmental incentives or create policies that allow these companies to thrive. I know that oil and gas are huge lobbyists of politicians and they are most likely not very happy with the competition that microgeneration brings but if those big companies could consider offering microgeneration or greener energy solutions, I think it would not only be amazing for climate change and the environment, but also for their own business and revenue! I know that my local energy company, PG&E from NorCal, is looking into investing in greener energy and trying to transition away from using nonrenewable sources of energy that are harmful to the environment. Hopefully, we will see more companies follow suit and take even more action against using fossil-fueled electricity in the future! 

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      Suraj Doshi 5/29/2021 12:00 AM
      Hi Amanda,

      It was neat to read about GRID Alternatives and why you chose to donate to them. I think they have a fantastic mission. Through my own research for my GrammarB and Annotated Bib I found that alternative solutions for marginalized are out of their reach as they do not have the financial resources to get these items. With that being said, I think alternative energy solutions should be something that the government funds so that everybody has equal access to them. I like how you also mentioned that beyond the environmental concerns that microgeneration in the marginalized communities will have, there will be many opportunities for individual growth and improvement that will lead the communities out of financial concerns. This will revolutionize communities as a whole as they will be able to escape the ‘shackles’ of poverty and will also be able to contribute to the environmental crisis in a good way. 

      I think that we need more organizations like GRID that take a stance in stopping the system inequalities that are present in the marginalized communities. Individuals can start by coming together and addressing the individual items that they improve upon and then create an organization that addresses these issues. Then they can gather funding, either through donations or through fundraisers and start to solve the issues. Beyond just their responsibility, I feel like the government should also help subsidize some of the costs and should allocate some of their money towards helping the communities microgeneration. 

  • Reflection Question
    Health and Education Make School More Affordable
    Why is it important that girls have equal access to education in order to reduce our global greenhouse gas emissions?

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    Amanda Adolfo 5/27/2021 9:41 PM
    It is important for girls to have equal access to education for so many reasons, GHG's being only one of them. As I have learned, girls in poverty are the most vulnerable to impacts of climate change. It is also sad because these girls are often not included in climate change solutions. 

    Girls' education can reduce climate change because it can empower and advance their reproductive health and rights. In low and middle income countries, some girls skip attending school when they have menstruation. The reason is that they cannot afford/do not have access to menstrual products (pads, tampons, etc). When they miss a lot of school, sometimes they do not end up finishing the course of their education. Also, at school girls can learn more about family planning and sexual education. With these tools, they can reclaim their sexuality and have control over their own bodies. 

    Empowering young girls is important for leadership as well. First, their representation is needed in planning and executing climate change solutions. Women also go to school so that they can learn about green jobs and possibly enter green career fields.
  • Reflection Question
    Food, Agriculture, and Land Use Reduce Animal Products
    Why do people in richer countries eat more meat than people in other places? How does eating more meat affect our bodies, our planet, and other people?

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    Amanda Adolfo 5/27/2021 9:31 PM
    People in richer countries eat more meat than people in other places because meat is overall more expensive that plant-based foods. Meat is considered a delicacy/a luxury. I think it is more expensive because it's arguably harder and more expensive to farm animals than plant vegetables/fruits. Animals require a lot of resources like water, food, and land, so that would probably make them more expensive. 

    Both my parents are from the Philippines and my mom told me that when she was growing up, she didn't have a lot of meat in her diet because it was expensive. The staples that were more inexpensive were meatless products, like rice and local vegetables. Although inexpensive, this diet was healthy. I remember that she told me that her grandparents lived into their 90's because all they ate was this traditional veggie soup. 

    For me, I noticed eating meat makes me more tired and full (but like a heaviness). Meat also has higher cholesterol levels and if you don't cook it through it's dangerous. Animal agriculture is a large driver for climate change because it contributes greatly to carbon emissions through water wastage, destruction of land, erosion, and deforestation amongst other things. I didn't really realize it until college, but basically all the meat we consume comes from large, condensed animal "farms." I use the word farms because I'm not really sure what else you would call the land that animals for agriculture are raised on, but it's not the kind of farm that has a lot of space and grazing area. In fact it's quite the opposite. 

    I still eat meat sometimes because I was raised eating meat and I've become so accustomed to the taste, but, over the past few years I've realized that I could go for a long time without consuming meat and eating plant-based. Especially in LA, I've enjoyed some vegan food and I can see that with a little research and experimentation, eating plant-based can taste so good. It also makes you feel healthier because you're nourishing your body with vitamins and minerals and your body doesn't feel as heavy or tired after.

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      Katherine Jordak 5/29/2021 1:49 PM
      Hi Amanda! Thank you for your post. It makes sense that meat is considered a luxury in some places. I've noticed that now that I am in college, paying for my own groceries, and cooking my own meals, I eat significantly less meat than I did growing up. Buying meat is often one of my biggest expenses at the grocery store, so I have looked into buying cheaper sources of protein instead. I also don't like cooking meat because it takes so much longer to prepare than throwing together a salad or veggie wrap. 

      I also think people who grow up in California might not realize how much harder it is to be a vegetarian/vegan in other places. It is very normal for restaurants to offer many vegetarian and vegan alternatives. However, in Georgia where I am from, that is not the case a lot of the time. Meat is a staple of most meals in restaurants and in home cooked meals. 
  • Reflection Question
    Buildings Fix Leaky Faucets
    What are other easy and low-cost ways to reduce your water usage at home?

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    Amanda Adolfo 5/27/2021 9:18 PM
    Like I said in my earlier post for this challenge, it's important to reflect on where there is a lot of extra water coming from. We use a lot of extra water when we wash the dishes, especially big pots, so it's nice to try and save it and water the plants outside. In my earlier post, I said my dad collects the water in a large Home Depot bucket and waters the trees outside since we don't get much rain in the desert.

    Another way my family has been saving water is to take out the grass. As aforementioned, we live in the desert so we opted for desert landscaping. It is still really nice because we have some succulents that don't require a lot of water and the grass was replaced with stone. Lawn grass takes a lot of water because it requires sprinklers and is somewhat high maintenance.

    Another source of water wastage is the shower or faucets. I never let the water run when I'm brushing my teeth or washing my face. It's something that I've always had a habit of doing and it feels wrong if I let the water run for a long time because I know it is quite a bit of water! I remember in the dorms at UCLA, they had stickers up on the mirror that recommend taking shorter showers. I think this is also a great way to save water, plus, shorter showers are better for your skin (I have heard).  

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    Amanda Adolfo 5/24/2021 3:02 PM
    I donated to the "Keep Her In School Campaign" Fund on GoFundMe. This project consists of a partnership between #KeepHerInSchoolCampaign, My Zambia My Responsibility organization, Lis Sanitary pads (Zambian owned) and a community in rural Zambia. I liked their mission because they want to ensure that these girls receive a quality education. This is not a "bandaid" solution. In other words, this partnership is working to create a long-lasting solution that will ultimately produce generations of graduates and keep girls in school.

    I learned that the poverty in Zambia is 78%, resulting in girls dropping out of school before they become teens, which continues the cycle of poverty from their parents. These girls end up having a lack of occupational skills and higher teen pregnancy rates. Additionally, they pointed out that a lack of menstrual products like sanitary pads keeps girls from going to school (and staying at home) until menstruation stops. That is a lot of school missed every month. The organizer provided the solution of providing these girls with menstrual pads.

    Again, I recommend doing a bit of extra research to smaller projects that need more donations, as opposed to funds that already get a lot of traction. The fund has reached only about a quarter of their goal, so they are still accepting donations. So far, a recent updated that was posted said they exceeded their goal of helping 4,500 girls and actually reached about 11,500 girls. This was all possible through GoFundMe donations. On the page, they also describe where the money is being used. $14 can support one girl to have a starter kit of menstrual pads. By donating to this fund, you are supporting these girls in their educational journey! I also linked one of the organizer's Facebook page, My Zambia My Responsibility. 


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    Amanda Adolfo 5/24/2021 3:01 PM
    I donated to the "Keep Her In School Campaign" Fund on GoFundMe. This project consists of a partnership between #KeepHerInSchoolCampaign, My Zambia My Responsibility organization, Lis Sanitary pads (Zambian owned) and a community in rural Zambia. I liked their mission because they want to ensure that these girls receive a quality education. This is not a "bandaid" solution. In other words, this partnership is working to create a long-lasting solution that will ultimately produce generations of graduates and keep girls in school.

    I learned that the poverty in Zambia is 78%, resulting in girls dropping out of school before they become teens, which continues the cycle of poverty from their parents. These girls end up having a lack of occupational skills and higher teen pregnancy rates. Additionally, they pointed out that a lack of menstrual products like sanitary pads keeps girls from going to school (and staying at home) until menstruation stops. That is a lot of school missed every month. The organizer provided the solution of providing these girls with menstrual pads.

    Again, I recommend doing a bit of extra research to smaller projects that need more donations, as opposed to funds that already get a lot of traction. The fund has reached only about a quarter of their goal, so they are still accepting donations. So far, a recent updated that was posted said they exceeded their goal of helping 4,500 girls and actually reached about 11,500 girls. This was all possible through GoFundMe donations. On the page, they also describe where the money is being used. $14 can support one girl to have a starter kit of menstrual pads. By donating to this fund, you are supporting these girls in their educational journey! I also linked one of the organizer's Facebook page, My Zambia My Responsibility. 


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      Alice Ma 5/31/2021 11:26 PM
      Hi Amanda! Love that you donated to that specific campaign! It’s heartbreaking to see that girls are unable to have the same quality of and access to education due to having to experience their periods on a monthly basis. It’s definitely put my experiences and my privilege into perspective. I did some research into solutions to this barrier to girls’ education and found this article detailing a few key solutions. Other than ensuring girls have access to sanitary products, sanitation, and privacy, another huge hurdle to overcome is the stigma surrounding menstruation. The lack of knowledge and education about women’s reproductive health and menstruation is a huge cause for the stigma surrounding it which limits the resources and solutions that could be directed towards making menstruation less of a challenge for girls. 

      While I was reading your response about the impact of menstruation on education when there is a lack of access to menstrual hygiene products, it made me think of the difficulties women who are unhoused face when it comes to managing their periods. I did some research into local efforts near me and found a Bay Area organization called the Blossom Project that seeks to help alleviate that concern. I definitely recommend people checking it out and donating if they have the means to! Being able to donate is definitely a privilege, and even knowing that I have access to menstrual products, sanitation, and privacy when I need it is a huge privilege.

      Another topic that I thought of while reading your post is the “pink tax” or “tampon tax” in the United States that makes period products more inaccessible to women by pricing them higher than they should be. Increasing access to menstrual products and decreasing the stigma around it are great solutions to empowering women which translates into solutions to climate change. I think a lot of people (especially politicians) don’t make the connection between gender equality and climate change because it’s not a clear one to see, but women being more educated and empowered is a great solution to decrease the rapid population growth. Like Abigail mentioned, the ultimate form of empowerment is giving women and girls the choice to have children and ensuring that they have all the necessary means to make that an informed choice. 

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      Abigail Urbina 5/24/2021 4:43 PM
      Hi Amanda, 

      Thank you for donating to such a wonderful cause! I feel extremely privileged to have received a college education, and I hope that more and more girls around the world can take advantage of any educational opportunities at their disposal. Your donation is indirectly helping to attenuate the climate crisis. If our donations and funds continue to support more girls’ educations, these young women will ultimately learn more about how to take control over their reproductive health. Your donation supports an education that will help girls to consciously decide whether they want to have kids, when they want to have such kids (if any), and how many kids they would like to have. I never truly realized how menstrual products are not as widely available in other parts of the world; it truly is a privilege to be able to walk into any grocery or convenience store and find tampons or pads for sale. Dealing with the inconveniences of menstruations should not bar young females from receiving a quality education, so I applaud you for doing your research and finding this amazing campaign! I am going to check out the GoFundMe page you linked, and I would love to make a donation to support this cause.

      I recently donated money to the United Nations Population Fund because I wanted to support educational programs for women centered around family planning and environmental resilience. From what I remember, you want to pursue a career in obstetrics and gynecology, so I feel like their cause would definitely be something you would be interested in supporting. I donated to this reproductive health and rights agency because women deserve the option to have children voluntarily. These educational programs will teach young women what the causes of pregnancy are as well as how to properly use contraception to prevent unintended pregnancies. A lack of education is not the only reason that unintended pregnancies occur, but it is certainly a contributing factor that drives this phenomenon to exist. After I did a bit of research on this matter, the link between reproduction and climate change became much more apparent to me: large population sizes put a strain on our environment. I know that many people operate under very tight budgets, so I feel privileged to even have the means to donate to these causes. I want to find different campaigns that I can donate to so that I can continue to support educational programs for females around the world. Maybe I’m just biased, but I think that women ultimately play a very large role in combating global warming and pollution.

      Also, here is the donation page for the United Nations Population Fund: https://donate.friendsofunfpa.org/us-en/general

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    Amanda Adolfo 5/24/2021 2:20 PM
    Yesterday, I reported a leaky faucet to my apartment management. We noticed it for awhile, but over time the leaking water was coming out faster and at a higher volume! As you can see, the message was brief, but I did try to emphasize that the water was coming out faster. Honestly, we should have addressed the problem when we first noticed it because we could have saved so much water.

    On the bright side, when the faucet was leaking, I placed a large tub in the sink to collect the water. I used the water for my many house plants, so at least that water went somewhere. I learned this from my dad at home. He is pretty handy, so he likes to fix leaky things by himself, but when there's a time delay to fix it, he puts a large bucket underneath the leak. He uses the collected water to put it on his plants (we have a lot both outside and inside). At least this was a good use of the water.

    There are lots of ways to reuse water. I have also noticed that when we wash big pasta pots, my dad collects the water in a large bucket and brings it outside to water his plants. In my home in Las Vegas, it is a desert, so we try to conserve what we can!

    Back at my apartment, the maintenance crew is quick and responsive! They are very nice and fixed our leaky faucet the next day after I placed the order. I am glad for this because we stopped the problem. I never realized how much water we saved when we fixed our faucet, I wish I would have done it earlier. For Westwood residents especially, from time to time please check your faucets/tubs/toilets because the pipes in the buildings are old and things tend to leak often! I think part of solving the problem is to not ignore it and try to fix it right away. It also will prevent your water bill from going up! That is more incentive to try and fix these things.