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Victoria Przydanek

Valentia

"I love my planet."

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Participant Impact

  • up to
    3,718
    minutes
    spent exercising
  • up to
    5
    lightbulbs
    replaced
  • up to
    192
    plastic containers
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    540
    gallons of water
    have been saved

Victoria's Actions

Health and Education

Women are at the front of Farmer's Protests in India

Read the article below and reflect on the event with your advisory and independently.

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Health and Education

Research Barriers to Participation and Representation

Health and Education

I will spend at least 10 minutes learning more about the barriers to women's equal participation and representation around the world.

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Health and Education

Why have the accomplishments of African Civilizations been obscured?

Harvard professor and filmmaker Henry Louis Gates Jr. is interviewed by Audie Cornish about his series Africa’s Great Civilizations.

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Electricity

Carbon Footprint Calculator

Use the link below to calculate your own Carbon Footprint.

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Health and Education

Jaysa Miller and Youth Voices for the Planet

Climate Change and pollution disproportionately affect Black Americans and communities of color. Young people like Jaysa Miller have had enough. Miller is working to unveil and hold developers, policymakers, and factory owners accountable for the risk they put communities in. Learn about her work by watching the video below!

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Food, Agriculture, and Land Use

We are all connected: Wangari Maathai

Wangari Maathai was the first African woman to receive a Nobel Peace Prize. Of course, she was not the first African woman to deserve a Nobel Peace Prize but racism, colonialism, and sexism have long played into this award. Read about Maathai, a biologist and activist, and reflect on what Americans can learn about her work and apply to our own hemisphere.

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Action Track: Healing & Renewal

BLM/BHM

The Black Lives Matter Movement drafted 13 Guiding Principles. These principles were created in order to heal and sustain our communities. Read through the Guiding Principles. Choose at least one to reflect upon.

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Industry

Time's Kid of the Year: Water Quality Tester Engineer

Gitanjali Rao is the first “Time’s Kid of the Year”. She is being recognized for inventing a device that detects lead in drinking water.

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Action Track: Healing & Renewal

Climate Change Action

Watch the film and respond to the reflection question :)

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One-Time Action

Food, Agriculture, and Land Use

Eliminating food waste during Thanksgiving (or other big meals!)

Watch the video and respond to the reflection questions below :).

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One-Time Action

Food, Agriculture, and Land Use

Keep Track of Wasted Food

Reduced Food Waste

I will keep a daily log of food I throw away during Drawdown Ecochallenge, either because it went bad before I ate it, I put too much on my plate, or it was scraps from food preparation.

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DAILY ACTIONS

Land Sinks

Learning to Fly

Our surroundings, the environment--natural and manmade---have a huge impact on our life story. Watch the video together and then share a memory of your home, your neighborhood, or another special place that has helped you become who you are today.

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Industry

Reduce Single-Use Disposables

Bioplastics

I will avoid buying and using 5 single-use plastics and instead replace them with durable options.

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Action Track: Justice for the Whole Community

Voting Rights

After you listen to the StoryCorp episode about voting rights, reflect on what it means to vote. Check in with the adults in your life-are they planning on voting? Why or why not?

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One-Time Action

Action Track: Justice for the Whole Community

Native Land and Practices Acknowledgement

Native Land Acknowledgement means to learn about, talk about, and show respect for the Native inhabitants of an area of land. We do this for many reasons: to correct history, protect and preserve the culture and identity of native peoples, acknowledge the role of European colonization in the loss of native lives and lands. For this activity, read about the Lenape. The tribe indigenous to Brooklyn, Queens , and Manhattan. Who are they, what was NYC like before colonization? How can we honor the Lenape today? (links below)

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Health and Education

Sir David Attenborough: The Voice of Planet Earth Speaks on Climate Change

After you watch the video with your advisory, answer the reflection question below. For additional points, respond to a teammate's post!

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Food, Agriculture, and Land Use

Climate Change and Wildfires: How is climate change affecting you? Our hometown? And what can we do now?

First, the article about the CA wildfires and climate change. Climate Change In Your Hometown The featured article discusses the connection between climate change and California wildfires. Another Times article, from 2018, lets you track how the number of days when temperatures hit 90 degrees Fahrenheit (32 degrees Celsius) or higher changes in your hometown over your lifetime. As you look at the graph created based on your hometown and the year you were born, what do you notice? (If you want, try entering the birth year of your parents or grandparents as well.) Then, scroll to see the climate predictions for your hometown when you are 80 years old. Continue to scroll to learn more about these predictions, and then see how your hometown compares to other parts of the country and the world using the interactive globe.

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Health and Education

Become a certified Climate Ambassador!

The Climate Museum in NYC is working with local teens to form a Climate Volunteer Coalition! The first step is to educate yourself on the main talking points around climate change. Next, share your knowledge! To help you do this, the Climate Museum has produced a pocket-sized "Climate Ambassador" card. Read the instructions, print the card, cut/fold, and start talking to the people! If you don't have a printer--make your own! https://climatemuseum.org/ambassador **With parent permission** You can also sign up on the Climate Museum website for more info. You can even post a reflection that the Museum will publish on their website for all to see!

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Action Track: Justice for the Whole Community

Sustainable BUGS

The goal of this action to create a more sustainable school experience for our students and staff :)

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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.

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One-Time Action

Transportation

Go for a Daily Walk

Walkable Cities

I will take a walk for 15 minutes each day and take note of the infrastructure that makes walking more or less enjoyable, accessible, and possible.

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Industry

Practice the 5 R's

Recycling

I will Practice the "5 Rs" — refuse, reduce, reuse, repurpose, and recycle — to reduce my waste more than I can with just recycling alone.

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Electricity

Choose LED Bulbs

LED Lighting

I will replace 5 incandescent lightbulb(s) with Energy Star-certified LED bulbs, saving up to $14 per fixture per year.

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Coastal, Ocean, and Engineered Sinks

For the love of nature

Post a photo of something from nature that you love and want to protect.

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DAILY ACTIONS

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  • Reflection Question
    Action Track: Healing & Renewal BLM/BHM
    How can this guiding principle show up in our school community on a regular basis?

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    Victoria Przydanek 2/03/2021 6:30 AM
    The guiding principle of diversity can show up in our school community on a regular basis by incorporating the principle into the curriculum. Maybe read more texts/books that are by African American authors or make the writing topic about diversity so we can research the topic on our own/write a story about a time when we overcame diversity, and teach our peers. Anything that can change the curriculum a bit, will make a difference in our understanding and helps the school community.
  • Reflection Question
    Industry Time's Kid of the Year: Water Quality Tester Engineer
    If you suddenly had the ability to invent a device that helps humanity, what would it do? (draw a pic and upload it you can!)

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    Victoria Przydanek 12/09/2020 6:04 AM
    If I had the ability to invent a device that helps humanity it would be a tiny monitor/patch that can be put on a patient's skin after an accident to determine what is going on inside their body by intercepting their nerve impulses.

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      Jess Norris 12/09/2020 7:08 AM
      Wow! I feel like a read a sci book or watched a movie where this was a thing. It's so so close to reality!  Spot on Victoria!

      https://roboticsandautomationnews.com/2020/03/09/how-ai-technologies-accelerate-progress-in-medical-diagnosis/31184/#:~:text=AI%2Ddriven%20software%20can%20be,processing%20photos%20of%20skin%20lesions.
  • Reflection Question
    Action Track: Healing & Renewal Climate Change Action
    What's one thing you can do in your daily life to slow down and appreciate our world--the people and the planet? How can you concentrate on doing more "good" instead of competing for "the best"? How has competing to be the best contributed to human impact on the environment?

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    Victoria Przydanek 12/02/2020 6:07 AM
    Something that I can do in my daily life to slow down and appreciate the world is by educating myself more on what people are going through in their daily lives in other countries, how global warming and poverty are making people's lives harder, how corrupt governments aren't helping their people only themselves. Something I can do to appreciate the planet is starting to find more sustainable substitutes in my life so I can help the planet. I can concentrate on doing more "good" by doing projects and doing my goal with my family, when there are people around me trying to do the same goal, I feel like we don't compete to be 'the best,' we are trying to do more 'good.' Competing to be 'the best' impacts the environment because back then, people were using glass for milk and other products, but people wanted to find "the best" material, so they found plastic, it's faster to produce, cheaper, but there were bigger consequences. So competing to be "the best" might not always be the best thing for the plant.
  • Reflection Question
    Land Sinks Learning to Fly
    Watch the video together and then share a memory of your home, your neighborhood, or another special place that has helped you become who you are today.

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    Victoria Przydanek 10/28/2020 5:49 AM
    A memory of a special place that has helped me become who I am is in Doylestown, Pennsylvania. When I was 7, I started going to a sleep-away camp, and I was really scared because I'm just this little girl, going out of state, I barely know anyone, and every day I just wanted to go home. But once I started interacting with people and getting to know them, I wasn't as scared anymore because I've learned that meeting new people is actually fun; learning about where they come from and hearing their story opened my eyes to the world that I have never known, and to this day, I try to be as open as I can to people because as I get to know you better, I want to know your story.
  • Reflection Question
    Action Track: Justice for the Whole Community Voting Rights
    What does it mean to be able to vote? Should the voting age be lowered to 16?

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    Victoria Przydanek 10/21/2020 5:42 AM
    To vote means to be able to have your voice heard by being able to decide who you are for and what you believe in. I think that the voting age should be lowered to at least 17, not 16 because when you're a senior in high school you are around 17/18 and that is when you should be able to vote. Also if your birthday is late, you wouldn't be able to vote until 4 years later. So the proper age to vote should be lowered to 17.
  • Reflection Question
    Action Track: Justice for the Whole Community Native Land and Practices Acknowledgement
    Write a native land acknowledgement. I stand on ___________ land. The _________________ took care of the land by _______________. I promise to preserve the story and culture of the Lenape by ___________.

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    Victoria Przydanek 10/14/2020 5:55 AM
    I stand on Native American land. The Indigenous took care of the land by preserving the land. I promise to preserve the story and culture of the Lenape by telling others about the Lenape and do more research about them.
  • Reflection Question
    Health and Education Sir David Attenborough: The Voice of Planet Earth Speaks on Climate Change
    What question would you ask Sir David Attenborough? Post a picture of your favorite outdoor spot in NY

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    Victoria Przydanek 10/07/2020 6:10 AM
    My question to Sir David Attenborough would be, what would you want to see happen to our planet in the future? Whether it's clean energy or the temperature lowering?
    And this is my favorite place in NY- Sunset Park
  • Reflection Question
    Action Track: Justice for the Whole Community Sustainable BUGS
    What is one action you want to see happen this year to help sustain the BUGS community? It can be something that sustains the people in our community or the environment. *remember: to "sustain" means to keep going. In this case how to we keep going this year in a healthy and happy way?

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    Victoria Przydanek 9/25/2020 5:58 AM
    If we are going back into the building, then I would maintain social distancing.