Environmentalism should be present in all schools because not only am I more aware of problems in the world and my community, but I learn many valuable lessons like self-determination and responsibility, and it builds up my confidence. Without this curriculum, I would have not learned that I am passionate about caring for the environment or that I like to speak to people and hear different opinions
When I moved to California after middle school, a family member had introduced me to Environmental Charter High School and I was very lucky to get accepted, but at first I was extremely hesitant. I didn’t want to be a tree hugger and I thought it would be a huge waste of time. I attended anyways and right away I knew this school would be my sanctuary. The curriculum demanded a lot from me and challenged me to work even harder. College was not a matter of if, but when and where.
When you meet someone who carries the same love that you do for the environment it is a beautiful experience. Together we have learned how to fix the world’s problems by attacking them at the roots (literally) such as permaculture which is method of sustainable agriculture that deals with the problems of pesticide use, water management, and monoculture.
After working for Groundwork, I feel empowered to do something big. I believe that, in order to make a sustainable world, we must educate people so that they are willing to sustain it. This means we need to work towards an end to environmental injustice.
Finding that personal connection to the winters I love turned the choice to do something into a moral obligation to advocate for the town and the whole planet. If you look at the big picture, every person has that obligation to do something; we share the same planet.
Green LYFE has big plans to collaborate on statewide campaigns and promote sustainable living across the country. Our first goal is to send a clear message to our local legislators. We need our elected leaders and private sector companies like to STEP UP and protect both PEOPLE and the PLANET from FURTHER HARM. The facts must be heard over the lies that are spread by those whose priority is their own wealth rather than the well-being of our planet.
My scientific research and the experiences I’ve had have all led me to one conclusion: Environmental Science has changed who I am and it has put me on a new and beautiful path in life. I’m on a journey to make a difference in this world and I’m just getting started.
It’s so important for the young people of our nation to have their voices heard. I came out of that day feeling empowered and confident that I had been a part of real change. Too often high school students don’t realize the power they have as citizens, if only we all took an active role in our communities, the potential to make a difference would be enormous.
The Superintendent’s announcement today about the Blueprint for Environmental Literacy is exciting! This plan means that students all across California will have access to the kind of learning that I have experienced through the Green Academy. The service learning and outdoor education opportunities included in the curriculum here are some of my favorite parts of being in Green Academy.
Our generation is the one that will be feeling the most adverse effects of climate change, and unlike so many others, we won’t stand for anything less than change.