Carrying my trash with me today was not only educational, but it also felt good to be making a change. I knew that by participating in this “Trash on Your Back” campaign, I would be making myself an environmental leader, activist, and educator in my community. At first, however, to be honest, I was a little bit nervous about hauling my trash around all day long– especially at school. I was worried that people might judge me or view me as weird when I told them what I was doing.
I would tell kids who say that they are not interested in climate change, that they can do little things here and there to make a difference now. Many students may be busy, but more open to action once they realize how easy it is to make a difference.
Going from eating fast food nearly every day to cutting it out of my life has been a huge change for me, and it’s something I am very proud of. Hopefully with what I learned with ACE, and what I will learn in college, I can continue to educate the public, and in the future make a difference in the lives of the people in my community and maybe even the world.