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MEET DIEGO!

Name:

Diego Arias

School:

Sleepy Hollow Middle School
Sleepy Hollow, NY

Age:

12

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Why did you join your schools Eco-Action Team?
I joined my school’s Eco-Action Team to help make Sleepy Hollow and Tarrytown better town to live and learn in.

What projects have you been working on as part of the team?
I have been working on project such as banning plastic bags, making bird observation posts, and producing a kitchen garden.

What inspires you to protect the environment?
What inspires me to protect the environment is knowing that step by step I am helping our planet earth to sustain.

What has been the most difficult part of working to protect the environment?
The most difficult part of working to protect the environment is trying to get everyone in our community involved.

What has been the coolest part of working to protect the environment?
The coolest part of working to protect the environment is building things for our school as a team that we can do for our own house, like a bird feeder.

What is your vision for the world in 20 years? 
My vision for the world in 20 years is us humans living in harmony with the environment and animals while being technologically advanced.

Do you see yourself working to protect the environment when you grow up? In what way?
I see myself working to protect the environment when I grow up by getting my coworkers involved and trying to protect not just the town I live in, but the entire community.


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MEET MAYA!Maya Evans

Name:

Maya Evans

School:

Sleepy Hollow Middle School
Sleepy Hollow, NY

Age:

12

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Why did you join your school’s Eco-Action Team? 
I wanted to make a change in the world.  I knew that acting locally would help people think globally.  

What projects have you been working on as part of the team?  
The Middle School Environmental Action Club is trying to eliminate the use of plastic bags at the checkout counters.  We want to cut down on the amount of waste produced.  People need to bring their own reusable shopping bags.  The Environmental Action Club is also trying to get a Green award for improving recycling at our school and cutting down on the waste.

What inspires you to protect the environment?  
I am inspired by my love for the earth and animals.

What has been the most difficult part of working to protect the environment?  
We have been trying to work with the Mayor and other politicians at the county and state level to agree to pass a law ordinance.  It is also hard to get the people in the town to support our movement.  We are working through the school district to collect used t-shirts.  Then we are going to sew them into reusable shopping bags. 

What has been the coolest part of working to protect the environment?  
I like to work with other people who care about the environment.    It is fun to meet new people at the school and in our community.  When I work with my friends on the project, it makes it more fun and purposeful.

What is your vision for the world in 20 years? 
I hope that our world will be cleaner.  I also hope that more of our energy will come from renewable resources.  

Do you see yourself working to protect the environment when you grow up? In what ways?  
Yes.  I will try to help animals live in cleaner habitats.  The ocean life is suffering because of our overuse of plastic.  I would like to learn more about teaching others about the importance of making small changes that will affect animals, the planet and humans.



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MEET JAYNE!Jayne Knight

Name:

Jayne Knight

School:

Sleepy Hollow Middle School
Sleepy Hollow, NY

Age:

12

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Why did you join your school’s Eco-Action Team?
I love our planet and I believe that it’s our job to take care of it. I wanted to be a part of something that would share my passion for the environment. I when I heard what the Environmental Action Club had been working on, I knew it was the place for me.

What projects have you been working on as part of the team?
This has been an awesome year in the Environmental Action Club. We have built a bird habitat on our school campus, and actively provide food for local birds. Our main project this year is to ban plastic bags from our local markets. We’ve worked actively to educate other students on the importance of the ban. We have also raised awareness in our community. The Environmental Action Club has even met the mayor and discussed our concerns.

What inspires you to protect the environment?
I grew up in Connecticut, and I used to go for walks with my brother in the woods behind our house. There, we would sit and just listen. I guess I fell in love. It makes me sad to think about the negative impact we have on the environment. I want to change that. I want to be its voice. 

What has been the most difficult part of working to protect the environment?
The most difficult part of protecting the environment is getting people to listen. What we are doing is so important for everyone, but sometimes people don’t get it. Also, it’s hard to get people to see past the cost of environmental protection.

What has been the coolest part of working to protect the environment?
The coolest part is just having a voice. I love that I’m not just talking, I’m doing.  Not everybody has the opportunity to take an active role in protecting the environment, I’m really lucky. I also love seeing the change. Since we’ve been working on the ban, I’ve noticed that people are using more reusable bags instead of plastic ones.

What is your vision for the world in 20 years?
In 20 years, I would want to see that people finally get it. Schools and businesses would all be green. I would hope that everyone realizes that the earth is our home, and we only get one, so we need to take care of it. I would also love the idea that being green was normal, and anyone who wasn’t was considered uncool.

Do you see yourself working to protect the environment when you grow up? In what ways?
When I grow up I can definitely see myself protecting the environment. I believe that if I stick with being green, I can make a huge difference. I also hope to become an environmental attorney. The planet can’t speak for itself, I hope to be its voice.



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MEET Marianna!

Name:

Marianna Gilbert

School:

Skyview Junior High School
Bothell, WA

Age:

12

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Why did you join your school’s Eco-Action Team? 

I joined my school’s Green Team so I could be a part of changing my school for the better of the environment. Also, I joined so I could help and monitor our watershed and environment.

What projects have you been working on as part of the team? 

The Green Team of Skyview has recently put up 8 birdhouses and one owl house in our environmental center, and we’ve been monitoring retention pond’s statistics (DO, pH, etc.).

What inspires you to protect the environment? 

Helping the animals on the planet that are endangered from us humans through litter, logging, and overhunting/fishing inspires me to help protect the environment. Also, knowing that I can help make a difference for the world, starting with my school, community, and neighborhood inspires me to help.

What has been the most difficult part of working to protect the environment? 

I would say knowing what I can do to help. Sometimes there are times where I don’t know what to do, but then I look around and get ideas from my backyard, my school, and my neighborhood.

What has been the coolest part of working to protect the environment? 

The coolest part of working to protect the environment is getting in the woods and working to help, hands-on.

What is your vision for the world in 20 years? 

My vision of the world in 20 years is a world where there are more Eco-Action Clubs around the USA and the world. Also, a world where there is cleaner energy; a place that can find alternate eco-friendly materials for building and everyday items to help preserve the natural resources of the Earth.

Do you see yourself working to protect the environment when you grow up? In what ways? 

I do see myself working to protect the environment when I grow up through monitoring  and helping the watershed of Washington, help protect and nourish the Native Growth Protected areas, and help the general health of my community and the world. As my science teacher taught us, “You cannot appreciate what you don’t understand, and you can disrespect what you don’t understand.”




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MEET Sabari! Sabari_Lanier

Name:

Sabari G. Subramanian

School:

Lanier Middle School
Fairfax, VA 

Age:

13

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Why did you join your school’s Eco-Action Team?
I joined because I wanted to make my school and my community a better place to work, to learn, and to live for future generations to come. 

What projects have you been working on as part of the team?
I have worked on project such as the Courtyard Project, which made our courtyard home to native species and a beautiful garden. 

What inspires you to protect the environment?
Knowing that I am putting a hand in what our future generation will live in is what inspires me to protect the environment

What has been the most difficult part of working to protect the environment?
The most difficult part is probably trying to recruit more people to our team.

What has been the coolest part of working to protect the environment?
The coolest part is probably getting the chance to learn, work and hang out with friends all at the same time

What is your vision for the world in 20 years? 
My vision is to see the future generations living in a much cleaner and better looking environment.

Do you see yourself working to protect the environment when you grow up? In what ways?
I can see myself working with the environment by going into the field of Environmental Architecture. In environmental architecture, I plan to design buildings in a more environmentally friendly way. 


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MEET Sarah! Sarah_Mays_Lanier

Name:

Sarah Mays

School:

Lanier Middle School
Fairfax, VA 

Age:

13

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Why did you join your school’s Eco-Action Team?
I like working with plants while learning about the world around me, and I like the feeling of helping the environment.

What projects have you been working on as part of the team?
I have been helping to create a vegetable garden for my school, a compost bin, and a dry bed stream.

What inspires you to protect the environment?
Knowing that people are destroying the environment and not doing anything about it made me want to help and change that.

What has been the most difficult part of working to protect the environment?
Being out when it was rainy or cold made it a little hard, but it was still fun.  Lifting some of the heavy materials such as gravel was also a slight challenge.

What has been the coolest part of working to protect the environment?
Learning about new plants and interesting facts about the environment has been really awesome; it’s definitely one of the coolest benefits when I’m working.

What is your vision for the world in 20 years? 
A better, more eco-friendly world with children and adults being more educated about their world and their impact on it.

Do you see yourself working to protect the environment when you grow up? In what ways?
I do see myself working to protect the environment by working as an environmentalist and working in the peace corps to help the environment and the people in it.



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