Jersey Girl Joins over 300,000 Activists at the Historic #PeoplesClimate March

I have never seen so many people in the same place for the same cause at the same time in my twenty four years on Earth. The #PeoplesClimate March blew my mind. In the best way possible. My good friend and fellow 20-something environmentalist, Carrie and I made plans on my birthday to travel to [...]

Birding…For Science!

Do you love birding? Can't wait to add to your life list or ID a new species? Consider taking your love for all things with wings to the next level: volunteer with the National Audubon Society's Citizen Science program! Citizen Science projects recruit volunteers to collect ecological information. For example, the New Jersey Audubon Citizen [...]

Keeping the ‘Garden’ in ‘Garden State’

Today is a weird day.  I feel thankful, blessed, guilty and angry all at the same time.  It is the year anniversary of Superstorm Sandy.  I rent an apartment on one of the Barrier Islands in New Jersey - a small shore town 3 miles long - called Sea Bright. One year ago today I [...]

A 20-something Environmentalist at Blue Vision Summit 4

By now, you have all been bombarded by the phrases "go green" and "be sustainable" in the media, in advertising and from peers, but have you heard of the phrase "go blue?" Not to give you all horrible SAT flashbacks, but "blue" is to the ocean as "green" is to the environment. So, when I [...]

What Democracy Looks Like: Forward on Climate Rally

A 20-something environmentalist's experience as a part of the largest climate rally in U.S. history “Hey Obama, we don’t want no climate drama!” and  “Hey, hey, ho, ho, KXL has got to go!”  were two of my favorite chants from my first rally.  On Sunday, February 17, 2013, I traveled with Delaware Sierra Club and [...]

Bill McKibben Asks Rutgers University to “Do The Math”

“All we're asking for is for the type of planet we were born on. It's not radical,” said Bill McKibben in the Rutgers University Student Center (New Brunswick, NJ) on Monday, February 4, 2013. “Radicalism is the scientists of fossil fuel companies who are altering the chemical composition of the atmosphere more than any human has [...]

Bottled Water? What’s next? Bagged Air?

In college, I was involved with the Delaware Environmental Institute Student Programs Committee, where we encouraged students to become more "bottled water aware" and offered alternatives to buying bottled water (see Bottled Water Awareness on Campus).  After graduation, I began working for an ocean advocacy non-profit, where we also try to discourage our network of citizens, [...]

How to Help Restore the Shore

Through all of the destruction and heartbreak caused by Super storm Sandy, I hope that we learn to respect nature's boundaries.  Sandy has brought an opportunity to rebuild smartly and stop over building in  floodplains.  The storm has also shown the value of wetlands and their ability to store and absorb rainwater.  I hope that [...]

Climate Change Education

Below is my perspective on climate change education.  I gave this speech at the MADE CLEAR (Maryland and Delaware Climate Change Education, Assessment and Research) Climate Change Education Summit at the University of Maryland on September 19, 2011.  I felt honored to be one of four panelists, and the only undergraduate student, that spoke at [...]