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LAURA | MANSFIELD, OHIO

LAURA | MANSFIELD, OHIO

"I’m a Baptist. What God created is amazing. My job is to respect that. I’m also a scientist. I’m blown away by how amazing the world is. People say, ‘Why aren't you focusing on abortions?’ Let’s say we save 60 babies this week. They’re going to need homes and will live in a town that is polluted. They are exposed to chemicals and their brains are impacted. So, sure, you save them from being aborted, but you’ve put them into a life where there are problems. When you think about the big picture and about how we have to ‘save all these children,’ we need to consider the quality of life they would have."

WILLIAM | DETROIT, MICHIGAN

WILLIAM | DETROIT, MICHIGAN

"A friend of mine, a local poet and activist, David Blair, passed away in a heat wave. He did not have air conditioning in his house and he went to a local hotel to get air conditioning. But, overnight, he passed from heatstroke. He had cooled down too late and had suffered too much heat. It took me a while to realize how personal infrastructure, lack of social support, and lack of public support, relate to climate change. It has such high costs."

SARA | NEW YORK, NEW YORK

SARA | NEW YORK, NEW YORK

"I saw a YouTube video that one of my cousins posted. I could see this muddy, brown sea with debris floating in it. As the helicopter dropped lower, I realized that the “debris” was people standing on rooftops because the water had risen that high. The people in the video looked just like my family. I tracked it over the next couple of days and it was so hard to find coverage of the storm. For the first time in my life I realized, “wow, my family’s home could literally be swept away by flood waters and no one would know. No one would talk about it.”

EVAN | 25 | O’AHU, HAWAII

EVAN | 25 | O’AHU, HAWAII

"A year ago, I was back home for the holidays with my mom and we were walking on the beach like we used to when I was a little kid. I was holding my mom’s arm because she has trouble walking... We were walking down this one stretch of beach and the beach just dropped off very sharply, like a three-foot drop, because of damage and the way it’s falling into the ocean. It was a vertical drop. As you look down the beach, there are these trees that are like roots sticking out across the sand, reaching into nothingness because they no longer have anything to root into."

GUILLERMO | MONTEVERDE, COSTA RICA

GUILLERMO | MONTEVERDE, COSTA RICA

One has to define one’s own values, one’s own goals. I cannot tell someone to worry about the future of the planet if their values are something else, right? Therefore, I tell people: “define your values, define your principles, figure out what it is that makes you happy, not just in the moment, but something that, when you think back on it tomorrow, will also make you happy.

Uno tiene que definirse sus propios valores, sus propias metas. No puedo decir a alguien que se preocupe por el futuro del planeta si sus valores son algo más, ¿verdad? Entonces, yo digo: “defina sus valores, defina sus principios, encuentre lo que le hace feliz no solamente en el momento, pero que mañana cuando lo recuerda, también lo hace feliz."

ESAU SINNOK | 18 | SHISHMAREF, ALASKA

ESAU SINNOK | 18 | SHISHMAREF, ALASKA

"In 2007, my uncle and some of his friends were going to the mainland to go duck and geese hunting. And on their way back, my uncle fell through the ice. The ice would usually be frozen where he fell through, but it wasn’t. He lost his life on that day. One of the reasons why I do climate advocacy work is because of him. His name was Norman.”