Mid-Ohio Valley Climate Corner: Climate Ambassadors Wanted! | News, Sports, Jobs

Have you ever wondered what a high school student could do in our community to fight climate change?

If you’ve read these columns, you know that Mid-Ohio Valley Climate Action is a grassroots non-profit organization whose goal is to address the danger and urgency of climate change, especially in the Mid-Ohio Valley. .

My name is Michaela Hess. I am majoring in Political Science and minoring in Environmental Science at Marietta College, and am having the pleasure of interning with MOVCA this semester. I have been passionate about the environment all my life.

When I was in elementary school, I was thrilled to receive a sapling each spring and come home to plant it in my yard. In high school, as part of the National Honor Society, we went to the elementary school in our district and were able to read to the students for Arbor Day. My passion continued to grow when I took a course called Aquatic Ecology one summer in high school and experienced working in the field for the first time.

Since I was a student at Marietta College, I have developed a particular interest in environmental policy and law. It is vital for the future of my generation and for generations to come that our politicians take action to look after the health of our planet. It is their responsibility and ours to ensure that this planet is safe, healthy and beautiful. The decisions they make impact us all and it is up to us to ensure that they represent our best interests.

My goal as an intern at MOVCA is to start a youth climate ambassador program. We hope this program will empower high school students to develop leadership skills and inspire others to take action on climate change. It’s a great opportunity to serve the community and build relationships with people who share similar passions.

Becoming a Climate Ambassador will provide students with the support and skills to develop and implement a project in their community that addresses some sort of climate-related issue. For example, they could organize a campaign to reduce single-use plastics, create a plan to encourage walking or cycling to school instead of driving, or have a litter-free lunch program one day a month. They could add more recycling bins in their school/community or replace old light bulbs with more efficient ones. They could also plant pollination gardens around town or set up native bird feeders to help our native species suffering from climate change here in the MOV.

The opportunities are endless!

A Google Forms application is available at: https://tinyurl.com/42xu5ezu. The deadline is March 25. There will also be an interview component in the selection process for the Climate Ambassador(s).

Once selected, Climate Ambassadors will attend an orientation this spring, where they can interact with other Climate Ambassadors and learn skills that will help them develop and implement their project proposal. The goal is for these students to start implementing their project no later than the fall 2022 semester.

They will have all summer to prepare and plan for the success of their program. Upon completion of the projects, students will be eligible to receive a stipend for their hard work. Funding to implement student-generated projects is also available if needed.

A climate ambassador position is ideal for students who have a keen interest in climate change, who are driven and motivated, and who are willing to learn and have fun! MOVCA hopes to continue the program and recruit new Climate Ambassadors every year. If you have any questions or would like more information, please contact me at [email protected]

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