My term might be over, but I'm not done yet

They say all good things must come to an end. And yes, my term as Green For All College Ambassador has been a very good thing. It's been an interesting year and if someone had told me a year ago that I'd meet 29 of the most passionate and driven young HBCU students in the country, hang out with Green For All associates and strategize on how to make environmental issues more relatable, I would probably have doubted that person. But it happened. Why did I volunteer at recycling events and speak to classes about sustainability? Why did I sign up to be a Green For All College Ambassador? Because this fight is important. This is our moment as young people to ensure our children and their children have a world to live in. One with air that isn't coated in soot and smog, one where the water is clean. I volunteer and speak and join to help further those causes. People of color in America, indigenous people of Latin America, Caribbean people (like myself), and others are getting caught in the pollution deluge. The decisions, and the pollution, are coming from elsewhere and dropped in our backyards or on our lawns and we are told, "Hey, it's okay. Don't worry." And we don't worry until breathing becomes hard and environmental illnesses become more frequent. I may not have accomplished everything I’d hoped during my term as a College Ambassador, but I learned a lot—including the importance of finding balance in life. A great author, Maxwell Maltz, reminds us that "Life is Long"—meaning simply that there is time to do the things you're most passionate about. You never need to rush and try to cram everything together. That was my big lesson: The importance of finding balance that will help me pursue my activism for years into the future. Even though my term with Green For All has come to an end, I will continue to speak about sustainability. I will continue to live green and encourage others to do the same. It's the only way I know how to live. I want to thank Green For All staff  Markese Bryant, Julian McQueen, Rosa Gonzalez, and Seema Rupani for an incredible training weekend. I wish the rest of my fellow Green For All Ambassadors luck, and I look forward to doing more work with Green For All in the near future.

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