Author: Tammy Thornton

A Glimpse into the 2019 Youth Assembly

A Glimpse into the 2019 Youth Assembly by Rebecca P. – Project Green Schools National Youth Council Member Last week, I found myself in the cold, gorgeous city of New York. Coming from the San Francisco Bay Area, it took a while for me to get used to the weather. My white sneakers became boots, my hoodie became a sweater, and my windbreaker became a trenchcoat. I was in New York to attend the Youth Assembly. I was barely able to contain my excitement when my uber driver dropped me off at the United Nations, where I would pick up my registration pass to represent the United States  as a Youth Delegate. As a first-time attendee, I was excited to learn about the Sustainable Development Goals, meet other delegates from around the world, hear from prominent individuals, and of course, understand the powers of youth advocacy and involvement in addressing global issues. This year’s theme was “Empowering Youth for Global Development.” I would join over 900 young people from over 95 countries in this three-day assembly. This conference would allow for the opportunity for exceptional youth to interact with UN officials and influential professionals. As youth are 100% of the future, it is important for youth to learn from and discuss with global leaders, and the Youth Assembly provides us with this chance. Our first visit was to the...

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Attending the Youth Assembly

Attending the Youth Assembly by Molly G. – Project Green Schools National Youth Council Member “Being a delegate at the Youth Assembly was nothing less than absolutely energizing! It was impossible to leave without a new sense of inspiration and readiness to get out there and make a difference in the world! I was very lucky to have had this opportunity, and was humbled by the people with such amazing backgrounds around me. Ninety three countries were represented by the nationalities of the delegates, so this was by far the most diversity I’d ever been exposed to and I loved every minute of it! It really is a wonderful thing to be able to hear people that aren’t exactly like you talk about their personal experiences that differ from your own, and relate to them through commonly held values that are unchanged by varied ethnicities. Delegates were able to choose the “sessions” they wanted to attend, to ensure that there was never a moment when you weren’t completely invested in what you were hearing (what you were hearing was a panel of around six people each with a PowerPoint presentation on the incredible and altruistic things they were doing for the good of people and their impact globally.) A highlight for me was hearing from Nadya Okamoto, who is the CEO of PERIOD, the fastest growing organization in the country run...

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My Experience at The Youth Assembly

My Experience at the Youth Assembly by Heather M. – Project Green Schools National Youth Council Member “This previous week I attended the Youth Assembly at New York University, and it was an experience I will never forget. Being surrounded by open minded people, all wanting to see change in the world, was truly inspiring. With 93 different countries present I not only got to observe the cultural differences and similarities across the globe, but also experience it. I found that by establishing a connection with a person, regardless of their origin, a relationship could be formed. I am a sophomore in high school at Oliver Ames High School in Easton, MA, and though my observation regarding human relations may seem very simple to some, for me it will be life altering. I feel privileged to have obtained the knowledge from the Assembly at such a relatively young age. I would love to return to the Youth Assembly with new ideas, and I encourage all people who want to see change in the world to attend and educate themselves on the challenges that face our society from brilliant and inspiring...

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What Really Happens to Your Recycled Plastic?

Written by PGS National Youth Council Secretary, Sarah Up until last year, almost half of the United States’ recycled plastic was being shipped to China for processing. This was until China instituted their Plastic Ban, deciding they no longer wanted to be the world’s dumping ground for used plastics. According to researchers at the University of Georgia, in the next dozen years an estimated 111 million metric tons of plastic waste will be produced worldwide. Since 1992 China has been accepting 45% of this waste, and with this ban countries will now have to find something else to do with these plastics. If a cost-effective method for handling these plastics can’t be found, they will likely be sent to a landfill. Various companies are looking into mixing plastic pellets with asphalt and using them in roads, bike paths, and sidewalks. But for now much of the plastic is being bought by other countries like Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, and Vietnam, which are all in the top 10 for the amount of plastics polluting the ocean. China’s Plastic Ban should serve as a reminder that the best option is always to reduce the amount of plastic we use on a daily basis. Always use a reusable water bottle instead of continuing to buy plastic ones. And it is easier than you think to bring your own reusable cup when getting drinks like...

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PGS Director of Student Engagement Publishes a New Book!

Our North Atlantic right whale is on the brink of extinction. People across the country are taking action to help save this iconic and majestic species.  Local author Angela Kakabeeke has written a children’s book to engage young people and their parents in actions to help protect the right whale.  Whale Alert! (the book has an exclamation point in title) takes kids on an exciting adventure out at sea.  They will learn about the tools marine biologists use as they search for ways to help ocean animals. Angela’s concern for the right whale began while living in Savannah, Georgia.  Georgia’s warm waters provide mother whales with good calving grounds. The whale families then swim up the Atlantic coast making their way to rich feeding grounds. Off the Massachusetts coast the glorious whales can be spotted traveling in large pods. Sadly, their journey is met with many threats, including fishing rope entanglement and ship strikes. As of today only 411 North Atlantic right whales are known to exist.   Each whale has a name and is known by their individual markings. Unfortunately, most have scars from rope entanglement.  The right whale is the most endangered whale in the world. Researchers at the New England Aquarium and along the East Coast are tracking these whales and working to find ways to protect them. Scientists, citizens and kids are waiting anxiously to see if any...

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