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One Year Raising Voices

This is a guest post by North Carolina Educator Johanna de Graffenreid.

My name is Johanna de Graffenreid and I’m the ACE Educator for our North Carolina Region.

As an ACE educator I present the serious consequences of climate change to hundreds, sometimes thousands of students a week.  At every presentation I have to deliver the crushing news: “We may have less than 10 years to stop climate change.  My generation, your parents generation, we are not making solutions happen fast enough.  That means that it is up to you.”  For many students this may be the first time they are hearing the IPCC forecasts for our planet.  Within an hour they go from thinking that global warming is a problem- but that scientists are going to solve it, to learning that we are in the middle of a climate emergency & are going to have to band together to stop it.

Needless to say presenting this message to over a dozen high schools throughout the course of a semester, sometimes upwards of seven times in one day, can be pretty demoralizing. Then comes the inspiration.

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