I hope to … encourage others to consider a vegetarian or vegan diet and to be better caretakers of the planet.
14 years old
I started a club at my school that is called Students for the Protection of Animals and the Environment (S.P.A.E.) which does activities to help protect the animals and environment.
What inspired you to do what you do?
I love animals and I feel they are not treated correctly by people.
What are some of the biggest challenges you face (or have faced) in doing it?
I am actually a very shy person, so it was kind of hard to get everything started. Fortunately, I had the support and guidance of my school district superintendent. He already served as an advisor for the high school chapter of the club, and agreed to do the same for me at the middle school.
What are your biggest fears and/or hopes around the work you are doing?
I hope that our club will actually make a difference in the way animals and the environment are treated by society, which will also have a positive effect in the fight against climate change.
What have you learned about yourself as a result of this work?
I have learned that I am getting better at talking to people because of this club. For example, two years ago I was the top youth fundraiser in Los Angeles for Farm Sanctuary, and to do that I had to speak with others and really go outside of my comfort zone.
What’s next for you and the work that you do?
I plan on joining the high school branch of the S.P.A.E club to continue my work. I hope to use our family’s website to spread the message and try to encourage others to consider a vegetarian or vegan diet and to be better caretakers of the planet.
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