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“Do not look the other way; do not hesitate. Recognize that the world is hungry for action, not words. Act with courage and vision.”
~ Nelson Mandela
These days, it seems like you can’t watch or listen to news without being reassured that doomsday is right around the corner, or already here. Perhaps you have even felt that way as you navigate through the challenges of your day and understand how they correlate with a social or environmental crisis that requires immediate action! But while it’s true that “the stakes for our planet have never been higher,” as NextGen America Founder Tom Steyer puts it, “the bad only covers half the story”.
The other half is the good, the innovation, inspiration, and solutions. And while these stories rarely make it into mainstream media, they are happening everywhere, from the largest cities to the most rural settings. Extraordinary humans across race, ethnicity, religion, and gender are rising up to meet today’s challenges with incredible passion, compassion, dedication, and intention. The solutions to today’s challenges exist, are economically viable, scientifically sound, and provide an opportunity to create a just and thriving planet.
With each Challenge, whether you know it or not, you are changing the world. By rethinking your own practices, you influence everyone around you (think ripple!). Today, we want you to feel the satisfaction of knowing that you, your voice and actions are enormously powerful. You, along with many other incredible humans working to create a more ethical world, are the solution. So what exactly does that mean and where do we begin. For the past few weeks, you have practiced and in the process learned about yoursef, your planet, your resilience, ability to influence, and to accomplish. Now what?
This challenge is an opportunity to think about next steps. What do you need to do to keep the PGC momentum going? Let’s get started.
Innovation can be as simple as changing your personal habits or as complex as solar and electric cars. It can power our economies and offers us myriad reasons to have hope for a sustainable future. We want you to take some time to explore creative solutions that people have developed to protect the earth. One place for inspiration is a best selling book and website called Project Drawdown, a compilation of collective wisdom to help reverse global warming. Drawdown uses systems thinking and analysis from scientists and policymakers to identify, measure, model, and communicate the 100 most substantive solutions to humanity’s greatest challenge: climate change.
Today, we’ve partnered with Project Drawdown to focus on the good, the hopeful, and to bring the solutions into the limelight.
Inspiration doesn’t happen in a vacuum. You often need to observe how other people are using resources and innovative thinking to solve pressing problems. That’s what makes resources like Project Drawdown so powerful — they offer a glimpse into a world of creative problem solving you may never have stumbled across.
Upload a PDF document with your responses. Please include your name (or team name), username, email address, and school.
As you reach the end of what we hope has been an extraordinary PGC journey, here is something for you to ponder as you think about your path forward. What would you do for the planet if you knew you couldn’t fail?
Upload a PDF document with your idea to help heal the planet. Please include your name (or team name), username, email address, and school.
Up to 200 points will be awarded for excellent work.
Last spring, one of our Turning Green intern applicants posed a question. It went something like this; what happens to the thousands of PGC participants each year that don’t make it to the finals, how do you stay in touch and keep them mobilized after the challenge is over?” It’s a question that we wanted to be able to answer with a positive response. Through the summer, the student that posed the question focused her internship on starting to frame a solution. It’s an idea that we want to bring to life right after the PGC Finals. And we want your input and, if you desire, your participation.
We named it Project Green Network – driven, bold and empowered young leaders who aim to propel powerful action, tangible change and quantifiable outcomes on campuses across the globe. Now we want to develop the goals, leadership and potential outcomes. In the process we want to build momentum with each of you and many of the TG alums who have been such an integral part of our journey. We want to create significant positive impact that will happen when a lot of commited students come together with a diverse collection of skills.
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Upload a PDF document with your responses and ideas. Please include your name (or team name), username, email address, and school.