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Aniket Saigal

Climate Action Bruins

"My mission is to continue living a lifestyle that is healthy for both myself as well as our planet, by incorporating more sustainable practices into my day-to-day living. Sustainability is not a novel concept to me. For instance, I walk/use my bicycle to get to the UCLA campus from my apartment, spent over 15 years of my life eating a vegetarian diet, organized a petition in my hometown Gurgaon, India to help curb air pollution and have always been a proponent of recycling household waste. However, there is still a long way to go, and I look forward to contributing more on a personal level in order to lessen my environmental impact. "

Points Total

  • 35 Today
  • 175 This Week
  • 247 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    zero-waste meals
  • up to
    pounds of CO2
    have been saved
  • up to
    being mindful
  • up to
    plastic containers
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    spent exercising
  • up to
    more servings
    of fruits and vegetables

Aniket's Actions

Action Track: Building Resilience

Forest-Friendly Foods 2

Tropical Forest Restoration

I will replace or remove the palm oil, coffee, and cocoa products in my current diet that are known to contribute to deforestation.



Reduce Single-Use Disposables


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


Food, Agriculture, and Land Use

More Fruits And Veggies

I will eat a heart healthy diet by adding 2 cups of fruits and vegetables each day to achieve at least 4 cups per day.


Food, Agriculture, and Land Use

Eat Mindfully

I will eat all of my meals without distractions, e.g., phone, computer, TV, or newspaper.


Food, Agriculture, and Land Use

Zero-waste Cooking

Reduced Food Waste

I will cook 1 meal(s) with zero-waste each day



Go for a Daily Walk

Walkable Cities

I will take a walk for 60 minutes each day and take note of the infrastructure that makes walking more or less enjoyable, accessible, and possible.



Stay on the Ground

Telepresence, High-Speed Rail

Instead of traveling by plane, I will find an alternative way to accomplish the goals of an upcoming trip (i.e. telepresence, vacation locally).

One-Time Action


  • Reflection Question
    Action Track: Building Resilience Forest-Friendly Foods 2
    How difficult or easy was it to change your diet?

    Aniket Saigal's avatar
    Aniket Saigal 1/24/2023 12:19 AM
    I usually have about 3 cups of coffee in a week; which means about 1 cup every alternate day. I did not have coffee or chocolate yesterday, so for the purpose of this goal, I was able to complete it. It wasn't very difficult as I am not dependent on any of these substances; however, I do indulge in them once in a while simply because I like them.

  • Aniket Saigal's avatar
    Aniket Saigal 1/23/2023 2:32 AM
    My drawdown eco-challenge is going well so far. Over the past few days, I have continued taking the following actions:
    1. Along with my roommates, we have reduced the amount of waste our apartment produces each day; and consistently segregated recyclable waste from the non-recyclable trash, and gotten rid of them accordingly.
    2. I ride bird scooters and my bicycle more frequently around UCLA/Westwood, in addition to walking everyday.
    3. Most of my meals in a week are plant-based. I do consider milk and eggs to be healthy in moderation and I continue to eat those as well.
    I shall try to keep up with my other goals as well and track my progress along the way :)

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    Aniket Saigal 1/17/2023 1:09 PM
    My dad taught me how to ride a bicycle when I was about 6 years old. This was a skill that has been my companion for all my life since then. Throughout middle school and high school in India, I often used to ride my bicycle to school early in the morning - this used to make me feel energized as I would start the day off with a light exercise that was fun as well as environmentally friendly.

    Fast forwarding to 2022-2023 in Los Angeles, where I study Molecular Biology at UCLA - I walked/rode my bicycle to get to campus for the majority of my Junior and Senior year so far, which has been a good exercise for the most part, except for the one knee injury I suffered due to an accident I had.

    In addition, I have biked to Marina Del Rey, Santa Monica, Century City, West Hollywood/Beverly Hills to name a few, and have seen many interesting sights and sceneries along the way. I hope to keep this hobby alive in the future as well :)

    Attached here is a picture of my bicycle.

    • Maeve Lohnes's avatar
      Maeve Lohnes 1/17/2023 4:25 PM
      Hi Aniket, this is such a great alternative to driving, and sounds like it has great health benefits as well! What a wonderful way to experience the city. The one thing that concerns me about biking is how crazy the drivers here can be... so please be safe and wear a helmet!! I would love to start biking here, I think it would make the hills a lot easier as opposed to walking to class!