Continuing to be Inspired by Young People

My first (and only until now!) blog post highlighted some of the reasons I was inspired by the young people I was meeting who are making a difference in their schools and communities. That has definitely continued with meeting Hallie Turner and Ari Nicholson at the March for our Planet  last fall in Raleigh.

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Hallie was 9 she read Al Gore's Inconvenient Truth and was motivated to do something locally about climate change. She started a North Carolina chapter of I Matter Youth: Kids vs. Global Warming and enrolled other Triangle area young people in planning the rally and march which took place when she was 11. It was humbling and inspiring to hear 11-16 yr olds speaking passionately about their desires for a healthy planet and their willingness to take bold actions to achieve that.

Ari Nicholson, a student at Carolina Friends School, had already been instrumental in forming North Carolina Students for Climate Action (NCSCA), initially proposed at the Carolina Friends School Climate Conference and Environmental Club Social that took place in March of 2013.  NCSCA has worked with students from a wide range of schools to increase awareness and collectively take action. Ari and fellow student Erin Hazlett- Norman, are currently co-teaching a course on Climate Change at Carolina Friends School with one of their teachers, Randall Williams.

photo to right by Jane Norton: youth with signs at March 


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photo above by John White: Ari is second from right; Randall is behind her.

I was so impressed with Ari's 'take action' approach (she is also a member of NCWARN's Duke Action Group) that I recommended to the Eartheal Board that she join as a Board member and since 2 of them had also seen her in action, it was unanimous. We welcome her perspective on what is important to young people, and will seek ways to support their initiatives.

I am more hopeful of a positive future when I see what young people are doing and want to supprt them in their efforts. Stay tuned for more updates on what these inspirign young people are up to!