Sao Mai Tara Jessop Nguyen

Team 50 Shades of Green,
Junior, Greengates School, Naucalpan, Mexico

Sao Mai is a Vietnamese-Mexican-British student at Greengates, an International-British School in Mexico City in her first year of the International Baccalaureate Diploma. As a child, Sao Mai developed a deep interest in environmental issues when she learned about the plight of her favorite animals – the polar bears. Knowing that her peers often worry endlessly about the state of her future, Sao Mai opts to serve as a source of knowledge and inspiration. Sao Mai firmly believes that every action she undertakes contributes significantly to creating a more sustainable world, and hopes to be able to use her privilege to aid those disproportionately and unjustly affected by environmental issues.

What are five words that describe your PGC experience?Educational, Inspiring, Fun, Challenging, and Revealing. 

Has your perception of the world around you changed? If so, share how.
I have noticed that I genuinely perceive the world differently. Particularly in the way I consume. Before Project Green, I was quite pessimistic about Climate Change and thought that it made no real difference in how I consumed. And, while it remains true that the fault does not rely on the consumer, we still hold a certain degree of responsibility. Why shouldn’t I choose a more ethically sourced sunscreen? I notice that I tend to look at labelling more, that I refrain from buying items that I do not need, and that I get curious and research the production of certain brands and where they source their ingredients and labour. 

Climate Action Project: Creciendo Raíces

“Creciendo Raíces” aims to strengthen the well-being of the community of Raíces, located at 3530m (11,500ft) above sea level on el Nevado de Toluca, a volcano in the State of Mexico. Due to adverse weather conditions, the community experiences limited agricultural diversity and heavy reliance on cultivating oats and potatoes which exacerbates food insecurity due to the lack of dietary variety. To address these issues, Creciendo Raíces aims to initially plant three-year-old fruit trees by April, and provide organic pesticides and fertilizer for long-term environmental sustainability. Beyond the immediate initiatives, Creciendo Raíces will extend its efforts post-April to tackle the persistent challenges of food insecurity and irregular access to running water.

CAP Presentation Video: here