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.
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.
he Earth is not for you to use even though you think she doesn’t hurt
because we do not see the damage we are doing does not mean it isn’t there
it just doesn’t mean anything to us because we don’t hear screaming
and we think this is our right
but listen to me when I tell you that we do not own anything,
there is no justification for destroying something that has never done anything but give
there is no reason to not be gentle with something you love
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.