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Ellen Rathbone

LN's Team of One

Points Total

  • 0 Today
  • 0 This Week
  • 187 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    12
    pounds of trash
    have been saved
  • up to
    2,964
    gallons of water
    have been saved

Ellen's Actions

Waterwise Community

Litter Removal

I will organize or participate in a volunteer litter clean up to keep trash from entering our storm drains and waterways.

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DAILY ACTIONS

Waterwise Community

Take the Wyland National Mayor's Challenge for Water Conservation

I will discover the power of my community working together by completing the WNMC Pledge and pledging to save 500. gallons of water.

Completed
One-Time Action

Waterwise Home

Install a Toilet Tank Bank

I will reduce the amount of water flushed and save up to 11 gallons (41 L) of water each day by installing a toilet tank bank.

Completed
One-Time Action

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  • Reflection Question
    Waterwise Community Litter Removal
    How do you feel about your community when you see lots of litter? How does litter find its way downstream?

    Ellen Rathbone's avatar
    Ellen Rathbone 8/12/2020 8:03 AM
    Litter makes me cringe.  I grew up with Woodsy Owl (Give a Hoot, Don't Pollute), and all those ads in the '70s.  To this day, I just don't understand how those campaigns didn't effect lasting change!  I watch adults drop litter while out on our trails - not accidentally, but intentionally, but perhaps not even aware that they did it - like breathing, for them the action was automatic.  I watch people toss stuff out car windows.  I see the trash along our streets and in the drainage ditches.  I used to pick up trash all the time, but got tired of being the only person doing it.   Plus, once you start, you can't stop - and the bags of trash you drag along with you on every walk become ridiculous!  But, I will make an effort to take a bag along with me when I walk the dog in the neighborhood and start to pick up trash once more.  I have a neighbor who does it...I will help her out (there is certainly plenty to go around).
  • Reflection Question
    Waterwise Home Install a Toilet Tank Bank
    Name some of the human activities impacting the health of water systems, both locally (your watershed) and globally (freshwater and oceans). What can you do to improve the health of water systems?

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    Ellen Rathbone 8/12/2020 7:53 AM
    Earth's water systems are impacted by runoff (roads, agriculture), waste (litter, industrial, sewage), erosion, overfishing, boat/ship motors/engines, fossil fuel leakages (pipelines, tankers, et al), underwater sonic tests/explosions, climate change (acidification of oceans due to increased ice melt), loss of aquifers (over-pumped), change in rainfall (climate change - deforestation).  The list goes on. 

    What can I do to improve our water systems?  I keep thinking I have already done everything I can - low use water at home, planting native plants, using reusable bottles (dishes, cutlery, straws), using energy efficient car, using energy efficient lightbulbs, picking up litter, and teaching water education programs.  I guess I just keep doing what I'm doing!
  • Reflection Question
    Waterwise Community Take the Wyland National Mayor's Challenge for Water Conservation
    Water is a free resource, but what are the steps needed to get water to your home? What other resources are needed to ensure you have access to water? Energy? Infrastructure? What are some of the ways smart water use helps the national economy?

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    Ellen Rathbone 8/12/2020 7:44 AM
    Living in a city, I have little control over how I get my water.  It comes from an aquifer, and is processed via the city's water utility.  However, I can control how much I use.  When I moved in, I installed a water-saving showerhead, and for many years I have practiced water conservation:  "if it's yellow, let it mellow...";  showers are as needed; dishes are washed as needed; laundry is done once a week, full loads only.  But I have it easy - I am an environmental educator.  Yet after all the years I have done EE, I remain amazed at the sheer number of people who do not know any conservation practices at all!  Education is the big thing - we have to get people to know about the issues and what they can do.  When enough people know, they can vote for the changes on larger scales, which is where the big differences lie.  The key is to figure out how to get people to move from "yeah, I hear what you are saying," to actually taking action and making the changes.

    • Steve Creech's avatar
      Steve Creech 8/26/2020 2:27 PM
      You may be a team of one, but you are setting such a great standard for all of us to follow!