Welcome to our website! We, David and Cristina, hope to raise awareness about our environment and the effect of government policy on keeping our world healthy. On the sidebar, you will find some articles that helped us a lot in understanding the topics at hand, information about Greenpeace, short biographies about us (Cristina and David), succinct reports about the the topics we're dealing with, a calender showing hours and days we served, blogs for both Cristina and David, video and written interviews that will also serve as helpful, as well as a sitemap to guide you through it all (whew!). Thanks for stopping by!
Early in the year, us two 9th graders (David and Cristina) were assigned a service project. The idea was to help make a difference in our community. Not the most social pair,we were both interested in helping out our environment, although we soon learned that this type of activism requires a lot of people skills. Cristina had previously attended a Greenpeace meeting and we soon contacted some activists she had met there. Before long, the two of us were propelled into the activist network, a melange of odd-jobs that were all geared towards political activism.
Throughout the entire span of our service project, we have not only learned more about the environment and climate, but about how much people affect the two. In addition, we have a new-found respect for ALL activists. As Dr. Seuss's Lorax said, "Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot,
Nothing is going to get better. It's not." Both of us also greatly appreciate all of the assistance that Manny, Kathy, Aslinn and the whole Greenpeace team have given us in this project.
We both had thought we were pretty green people, but when the project got started, we began to feel SUPER bad. Were we the the dirtiest, most wasteful people on this earth? But our fears were soon comforted as we learned more about what action we could take to protect our future. Once you get ahold of information, the lifestyle doesn't seem so intimidating.
What surprised us most was the caliber of people-skills are required to be an activist. Just getting people to listen to you is one of the hardest, most frustrating, yet most rewarding things we've ever been involved in. And there is an amazing amount of organization involved in political action groups. Our full respect goes out to those who work use their administrative/ charisma skills for this kind of action.
Lastly, our general knowledge of what is going on in our government and our natural world has increased greatly. When we first got started, we kind of just went along with the toolkits and information that Greenpeace had told us. But as we learned more about the bad stigma of Greenpeace's fact accuracy , we turned more to independent research. Gladly, most of the information they had given us was correct, just hyperbolic. Now all in all, Greenpeace may, to an extent, be sensationalist and inaccurate, but their intentions are good, and the experience, if anything, helped us build our research skills and imprinted the importance of independent, skeptical thought on us. We will keep active in Greenpeace, but will advocate more sound research (with sources cited so people don't have to go out and find sources themselves) and try and rid Greenpeace of its bad stigma.
1. Greenpeace Logo. Digital image. Cabral.ro. Web. 16 Feb. 2011. <http://www.cabral.ro/wp-content/uploads/2010/09/logo-greenpeace.jpg>.
2. Seuss, Dr. The Lorax: . New York: Random House, 1971.
3. Dilger, Daniel Eran. "Top Secret: Greenpeace Report Misleading and Incompetent." Roughly Drafted. Daniel Eran Dilger, 2 Sept. 2006. Web. 22 Apr. 2011. <http://www.roughlydrafted.com/RD/Home/29C5599A-FCD8-4E30-9AD5-5497999ABA1B.html>.
4. Erikson, Cheryl. "Nuclear Power." Personal interview. 31 May 2011.