Once I did the math, I felt disgust. Then I did some research. I discovered that some of the chemicals in the trays are known carcinogens and others have been linked to ADHD. When you put hot foods on styrofoam it causes these dangerous chemicals to leech into your food and then end up in your stomach. It made me horrified to consider eating mashed potatoes off those styrofoam trays.
I am appreciative to Earth Watch for giving me an indispensable research experience that will undoubtedly shape my career aspirations and for giving me the opportunity to learn about the disastrous effects of climate change so that I can help mitigate those effects for our generation’s posterity.
Sometimes you can get lost in the maze that is the suburbs full of bright lights and the never ending amount of houses, it seems that nature is just the world’s accessory and fashion statement. I want to live in a place where nature and humans can become one with each other in a balance that you only hear from a storybook like Snow White.
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.
I have an inexpressible gratitude for these opportunities and eager individuals in my life. They have shaped me into a girl more excited about polar bears than anything. I am ready to act, preserve our natural world, and uplift people with positive solutions, even if it is just buying one organically grown carrot.
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.