Sarah was in SCA's Boston Community Program (Harbor Island Ambassadors) this summer and with this essay, she won 2nd place in the Boston Youth Essay Contest.
By Sarah Park
I promise to konservieren sie, conservi, and behoud. It does not matter what language conservation is said in, it needs to be done, and it is time for the human population to clean up the messes we have created. Most people they are just one and their actions do not have a big effect. If everyone starts to think that way their numbers will add up. I refuse to be one of those numbers.
We need to stop taking this world for granted because we are destroying it. We must ensure future generations do not have to suffer for our generation's actions. We need to start conserving and preserving the land, sky, and waters, which provide life.
This is the first entry in our ongoing series, Photographs Fantastique, in which we count down 50 days until the Unofficial Official Start of High Season for conservation programs.
A-Fig (pictured below) was a member of the 2008 Boston Commuter Crew. The BCC attended the Conservation Commencement 2008 in Charlestown, NH on August 13, 2008.
Gloria Flora was the featured speaker. Gloria is the Director of Sustainable Obtainable Solutions, a nonprofit dedicated to the sustainability of public lands and of the plants, animals and communities that depend on them.
SCA again engaged local students (ages 15-19) from the Boston area in community conservation projects around the city. Students provided hands-on service doing meaningful environmental work projects such as trail building and restoration, invasive plant removal, revegetation projects, construction, and were engaged in weekly environmental education activities. Field trips also complemented this 6-week summer program. The program is designed to provide employment and education to develop conservation and community leaders as well as develop local community land stewards. Most importantly, students have fun!
Students are recruited by SCA staff from local neighborhood schools, church groups and community centers in and around Boston. Crews of ten will each be led by two crew leaders who will provide students with environmental education opportunities related to the work projects. Environmental education days and field trips will be conducted once a week in order for students to understand how their projects relate to conservation in the Boston area.
We would like to thank our 2009 collaborators Boston Youth Fund and City of Boston Parks and Recreation. Photo credits: Kate England, Emerald Necklace Conservancy
For more information, please email Laura Herrin.