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Chris Cruz

WVC October EcoChallenge '21

"What did I do to take care of the Earth today?"

Points Total

  • 0 Today
  • 0 This Week
  • 212 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    122
    minutes
    spent exercising
  • up to
    555
    minutes
    spent outdoors
  • up to
    32
    minutes
    not spent in front of a screen

Chris's Actions

Nature

Do Nature Activities

I will engage in nature-based activities alone, or with my friends or family, for 90 minute(s) each day. (This can be anything from going on a walk or hike, to noticing the leaves changing color, to reading a book with nature themes.)

COMPLETED 1
DAILY ACTION

Nature

Practice Gratitude for Earth

I will spend 90 minute(s) per day outside, practicing gratitude (prayer, meditation, journaling, etc.) for Earth and my natural surroundings.

COMPLETED 3
DAILY ACTIONS

Nature

Join An Outdoor Project

I will join an outdoor restoration project in my community while observing best practices in my region for not spreading COVID-19.

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

Nature

Spend Time Outside

I will replace 90 minute(s) each day typically spent inside (computer time, watching television, etc.) with quality time outside.

COMPLETED 5
DAILY ACTIONS

Nature

Go for a Daily Walk

I will take a 90-minute walk outside each day.

COMPLETED 5
DAILY ACTIONS

Nature

Leave No Trace

I will practice the seven principles of Leave No Trace when doing nature activities alone or with family and friends.

COMPLETED 1
DAILY ACTION

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  • Reflection Question
    Nature Do Nature Activities
    What did you observe while spending time outside -- through sight, sound, smell and/or touch?

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    Chris Cruz 10/12/2021 7:36 PM
    I saw lots of acorns on the ground and tree branches as a result of recent high winds. The setting sun displayed some great colors.
  • Reflection Question
    Nature Spend Time Outside
    Rachel Carson said that we need the beauty and mysteries of the natural world for our spiritual and emotional development. Does that ring true for you? What are the implications for a culture that spends most of its time indoors?

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    Chris Cruz 10/12/2021 7:35 PM
    Nature is critical to our spiritual and emotional development. It is absolutely important to me. If we connect with the land we will always care for it. I have the good fortune to have lived and worked in some of the most amazing places on planet earth.
  • Reflection Question
    Nature Practice Gratitude for Earth
    Kathleen Dean Moore says that a sense of gratitude leads to a sense of moral obligation. Do you agree? How can we cultivate a sense of gratitude as individuals, and as a society?

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    Chris Cruz 10/12/2021 7:32 PM
    Every day I am thankful for what the earth provides. I wish that others would feel the same. It is my mission as a steward of the earth to share that gratitude with my students in the field.
  • Reflection Question
    Nature Go for a Daily Walk
    How do you experience your neighborhood or city differently when walking instead of driving?

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    Chris Cruz 10/12/2021 7:29 PM
    I can see the daily changes easier. People take care of the land in different ways. Some not at all.
  • Reflection Question
    Nature Leave No Trace
    Educator Stephanie Kaza advises her students to focus on what they care about most when addressing the enormity of ecological problems. Is there a specific area you feel particularly called to work on?

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    Chris Cruz 10/12/2021 7:27 PM
    Climate Change-Looking at changes in the earth. Regenerative Agriculture. Food choices and Carbon Footprint.