“The more we increase the active participation and partnership with young people, the better we serve them... the more comprehensively we work with them as service partners, the more we increase our public value to the entire community.”
— Carmen Martinez
— Carmen Martinez
Ian Clarke is a junior at Baltimore city college. He has been doing photography since he was younger, but got his first camera two years ago and has been invested and interested in it ever since. Ian has been taking photos at rallies and feels compelled to use his voice to speak out again climate change. Ian stated, " One rally that has had an impact on my photography journey was the climate strike in downtown Baltimore. Overall, I use my photography as a way to show others the way I view the world when I may not be able to describe it with words."
Thank you Ian for using your voice and camera to participate in these important conversations. Using your skills as a photographer is an impactful way to communicate the action and collective voice in the movement.
Kaitlyn Leitherer is a Sophomore at Bryn Mawr school. She's always been invested in sustainability, but recently in February of 2020, she started her project "Eco Fabulous.", with a goal to educate and provide not only accessible, but trendy second hand clothing to high school students around Baltimore.
"I believe that knowledge is the basis of our actions, and that’s why I’m working to make basic environmental education accessible to everyone."
In The Community
"Trash is everywhere in my neighborhood. 'Trash be the king and stray cats be its knights' was something an old man who lives across the street from me said once. Trash rules my neighborhood more than drugs do. And that's saying something."
-Submitted by J. Noel, student
"The amount of trash I see in Baltimore City upsets me, so I work to reduce trash in my community. I make sure to recycle whenever possible and I pick up trash on trails during my runs."
-Submitted by R. Brody, student
"I am trying to get my family to use less plastic and Styrofoam plates, so now we use paper plates (which are compostable)."
"...At 66 I have been using cloth bags since I was 19 - almost 100%. To train myself to remember my bags, I would get cardboard boxes from the produce dept if I had no bags...I speak out, and have, for years. Decades ago I would have to wait for a manager when i wanted to leave the store with a pack of bandaids and NO bag. When my daughter was at BU a decade ago, I would save all my styrofoam, aluminum foil, and plastic tubs that Baltimore county did not take and would fill my car with it when I went up to visit my daughter. Boston did recycle all that. Now I drive my styrofoam (pellets go back to fed ex stores) to the 28th street collection site. My husband is not very on board so we still generate trash, but not too bad. 1 trash can every 8 weeks (no plastic bag - the men pick up can and dump trash into the compactor) and 2 cans recycling every 3 weeks... Again, thank you for your great work. Keep it up and never give up..."
-Submitted by C. Chambreau (edited for length)
"Sometimes my neighbors leave lots of trash in our yards. They throw their trash right next to the trash cans. I usually pick up and throw away the trash I see unless it is something extremely gooey or liquidy."
-Submitted by J. Gashins, student
"I see a lot of trash and empty water bottles on the ground around my neighborhood. This upsets me because we have people come to our homes specifically to pick up trash and recycling, yet people still decide to leave their trash on the ground. To help combat this, I try to pick up as much trash as I can that is in my neighborhood when I see it, and I put out recycling for the trucks to pick up."
-Submitted by B. Prestbury (edited for length)
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