"I feel like I have this intrinsic responsibility to help my planet and to help the people in it so ... I'm going to try everything I can to do so."
You can screen Ashley's video in your own community to start a discussion on climate change, the effects of coal mining in communities and on human health, and the effects of our addiction to fossil fuels. Using the screening guide below, and other resources, your community can become more aware of the climate crisis, tell your own story and do something about it.
Ashley's story is one of nine short films about young people across the U.S. who have been affected by climate change. This film series helps to put a human face on climate change to let people know this is about our future survival.
I walk a lot in my small community and once when I was out taking photographs, I noticed an absurd amount of litter in the water and along the side of the road.
And I kept thinking to myself, it wouldn't take that long to clean this up. Just a small group of people together could make the entire area better and improve and help our community as well as the environment. So, I called my friend and we decided to start the "Pollution Patrol."
From there I went to my township and a borough meeting and presented the idea and asked if we could be the clean up crew of Mt. Pleasant and promote environmental stewardship. We became the first "Adopt-a-Community" in Westmoreland County.
You can take action in your community too. Join the iMatter Youth Council to stand up for your future!
I investigated the issues in my town.
Find out what's happening in your town.
I did a lot of research into environmental affects of different types of pollutants in our environment including the larger scale pollutants such as greenhouse gases, and so I kind of started exploring all these different things related to climate change.
I kind of stumbled upon the work of James Hanson because I was involved with an online community through NASA and studied graphs and reports about how much the climate was changing, and how little was being done about it.
My community gets its energy from coal plants, and residents suffer from the effects of extraction. Everything I learned led me to want to do something about climate change.
where does your town get your energy? What do you do if it's DIRTY?