Sustainability​ ​is​ ​the​ ​point​ ​of​ ​equilibrium​ ​between​ ​the​ ​environment,​ ​equity,​ ​and​ ​the​ ​economy; planet,​ ​people,​ ​profit.​ ​Unfortunately,​ ​the​ ​first​ ​two​ ​goals​ ​are​ ​often​ ​dwarfed​ ​by​ ​the​ ​third.​ ​We​ ​live​ ​in a​ ​world​ ​that​ ​values​ ​money​ ​over​ ​biodiversity,​ ​the​ ​one​ ​percent​ ​over​ ​the​ ​ninety-nine​ ​percent,​ ​and new​ ​commodities​ ​over​ ​new​ ​perspectives.​ ​Sustainability​ ​is​ ​about​ ​so​ ​much​ ​more​ ​than​ ​protecting and​ ​maintaining​ ​our​ ​natural​ ​ecosystems,​ ​it’s​ ​also​ ​about​ ​ensuring​ ​that​ ​every​ ​person​ ​on​ ​this wonderful​ ​planet​ ​-​ ​in​ ​this​ ​generation,​ ​as​ ​well​ ​as​ ​those​ ​to​ ​come​ ​-​ ​has​ ​the​ ​chance​ ​to​ ​live​ ​a​ ​life​ ​of dignity​ ​and​ ​opportunity.​ ​I​ ​believe​ ​that​ ​the​ ​first​ ​step​ ​toward​ ​reimagining​ ​the​ ​systems​ ​that perpetuate​ ​inequality​ ​is​ ​education.​ ​Education​ ​is​ ​truly​ ​the​ ​most​ ​powerful​ ​gift​ ​that​ ​we​ ​can​ ​give​ ​to ourselves​ ​and​ ​others​ ​in​ ​the​ ​fight​ ​against​ ​local​ ​and​ ​global​ ​injustices. This​ ​conviction​ ​has​ ​led​ ​me​ ​on​ ​the​ ​path​ ​to​ ​becoming​ ​a​ ​teacher​ ​in​ ​a​ ​very​ ​underserved​ ​community just​ ​north​ ​of​ ​the​ ​US-Mexico​ ​border.​ ​Through​ ​Teach​ ​for​ ​America,​ ​I​ ​will​ ​work​ ​to​ ​bring​ ​a​ ​new environmental​ ​science​ ​program​ ​to​ ​a​ ​high​ ​school​ ​that​ ​hasn’t​ ​yet​ ​been​ ​able​ ​to​ ​teach​ ​this​ ​subject. The​ ​curriculum​ ​will​ ​be​ ​largely​ ​hands​ ​on,​ ​with​ ​a​ ​focus​ ​on​ ​renewable​ ​energy,​ ​organizing​ ​within​ ​our own​ ​communities,​ ​the​ ​intersection​ ​between​ ​racial​ ​justice​ ​and​ ​environmental​ ​justice,​ ​and​ ​tangible methods​ ​to​ ​achieve​ ​sustainability​ ​in​ ​our​ ​own​ ​lives​ ​as​ ​well​ ​as​ ​on​ ​a​ ​larger​ ​scale.​ ​In​ ​order​ ​to become​ ​a​ ​more​ ​effective​ ​teacher​ ​and​ ​mentor,​ ​I​ ​still​ ​have​ ​some​ ​learner​ ​to​ ​do​ ​myself,​ ​and​ ​that’s where​ ​the​ ​Live​ ​like​ ​Ally​ ​Foundation​ ​comes​ ​in! Thanks​ ​to​ ​a​ ​generous​ ​grant​ ​from​ ​LLAF,​ ​this​ ​spring​ ​I​ ​will​ ​be​ ​traveling​ ​to​ ​Iceland​ ​to​ ​take​ ​part​ ​in the​ ​Green​ ​Program​ ​-​ ​an​ ​alternative​ ​education​ ​platform​ ​for​ ​sustainability.​ ​Through​ ​this​ ​program​ ​I will​ ​have​ ​the​ ​chance​ ​to​ ​tour​ ​Iceland’s​ ​leading​ ​hydroelectric​ ​and​ ​geothermal​ ​facilities,​ ​attend lectures​ ​by​ ​some​ ​of​ ​the​ ​industries​ ​leading​ ​experts​ ​in​ ​climate​ ​change​ ​and​ ​renewable​ ​energy, develop​ ​my​ ​own​ ​capstone​ ​project​ ​to​ ​bring​ ​back​ ​home,​ ​and​ ​receive​ ​an​ ​accreditation​ ​from Reykjavik​ ​University.​ ​Additionally,​ ​while​ ​abroad​ ​in​ ​Iceland​ ​I​ ​will​ ​be​ ​working​ ​alongside​ ​local farmers​ ​and​ ​engineers​ ​on​ ​several​ ​sustainable​ ​farms​ ​throughout​ ​the​ ​highlands.​ ​My​ ​goal​ ​is​ ​to learn​ ​as​ ​much​ ​as​ ​I​ ​can​ ​from​ ​this​ ​program​ ​and​ ​the​ ​people​ ​of​ ​Iceland​ ​in​ ​order​ ​to​ ​create​ ​the​ ​best possible​ ​curriculum​ ​and​ ​classroom​ ​for​ ​my​ ​students​ ​next​ ​fall! I​ ​want​ ​to​ ​say​ ​that​ ​it​ ​is​ ​such​ ​an​ ​honor​ ​to​ ​represent​ ​Ally​ ​as​ ​I​ ​go​ ​abroad​ ​and​ ​attempt​ ​to​ ​change​ ​the world​ ​in​ ​my​ ​own​ ​small​ ​way.​ ​To​ ​live​ ​like​ ​Ally​ ​means​ ​to​ ​live​ ​fearlessly,​ ​to​ ​live​ ​for​ ​others,​ ​and​ ​to never​ ​stop​ ​exploring​ ​and​ ​expanding​ ​possibilities​ ​for​ ​making​ ​the​ ​world​ ​a​ ​better​ ​place.​ ​It​ ​means being​ ​grateful​ ​for​ ​everything​ ​we​ ​are​ ​given,​ ​and​ ​knowing​ ​that​ ​it​ ​is​ ​our​ ​responsibility​ ​to​ ​give everything​ ​we​ ​have​ ​in​ ​return.

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