November 13, 2020 – Starting on October 1, Project Green Challenge (PGC) will inform, inspire and mobilize high school, college, and graduate school students worldwide. This powerful and diverse call to action features 30 days of environmentally–themed challenges to touch lives, shift mindsets, and equip students with knowledge, resources and mentorship to lead the change on campuses and in communities. Through conscious living, informed consumption, and individual and collective action, PGC participants are challenged to envision and work toward the healthy, just, and resilient future they want to thrive in.
Granada Hills Charter (GHC) student Cameron Child has been selected as one of PGC’s 16 finalists. Cameron is a junior at GHC, and in ninth grade, she began to explore the problems that humans cause in nature and the ways the planet is becoming sick because of those actions. Subsequently, she went vegan after discovering the negative effects the meat and dairy industry had on the environment. She has participated in clubs and her school’s Envirothon team to apply science to real-life management and conservation, and now Project Green Challenge. She hopes to continue to learn about environmentalism, how to consciously shift behavior, limit waste, especially food waste, and take part in impactful actions for the good of the planet, while influencing family, friends, and the greater community.
PGC 2020 finalists won a 3-day trip to San Francisco, slated to happen Spring 2021 (pending COVID-19 and travel restrictions), a selection of organic, fair trade, and zero waste products, and a donation to the World Land Trust in each finalist’s name. At this 3-day, educational summit, finalists will have the opportunity to interact with and learn from esteemed leaders, present experiences from the 30-day Challenge, and work to create platforms for social action. Past speakers have included Annie Leonard, Executive Director, Greenpeace; Gavin Newsom, Governor of California; Lisa Bronner, Author, Dr. Bronner’s; Jessica Shade, Director of Science Programs, The Organic Center, and many more.
Cameron has described her experience with PGC as “informative, empowering, shocking, influential, and exciting.” According to PGC, the empowerment and mobilization of youth to take action inspires them to transition their daily lives from conventional to conscious and helps them understand the significance of daily life choices. If one month can inspire conscious thinking and responsible action, imagine the impact that a lifetime of mindful living can have.