My relationship with sustainability goes back to by accidentally becoming in charge of my High School’s environmental club, and through that club I’ve learned about the importance of the earth to humanity. This liking for the environment escalated into passion in college when I learned more about the meat industry in America, the structures of capitalism that promote consumerism and more waste in America, and the intersections of human rights and environmental rights.
I have now been a vegetarian for a year to reduce my carbon footprint; my senior thesis for Political Science is all about aiding climate migrants by using environmental racism to claim refugee status for those rendered stateless at the hands of climate change; I try to only buy clothes second hand to reduce the waste and pollution that the fashion industry causes; I attempt to live as waste free as possible by caring around collapsable containers, bamboo utensils, a reusable water bottle, and reusable bags; and I live in the environmental theme house on campus called Ozone House. In a classical sense I suppose I’m a hippie, but I just really love being outside and learning, and in order for me to keep pursuing what I care about the earth needs to be healthy. This is why I declared an Environmental Science and Policy Minor so I could learn more. This learning spawned into activism when I took over our College’s environmental club my sophomore year, and raised $5000 to send a bus of Union College students, Sienna students, and some fellow Schenectadians from a church group to the 2017 People’s Climate March in Washington D.C. with Professor Jeff Corbin because the earth and the people who live on it really matter to me.