03 Mar March Member of the Month: Anna Rose Mohr-Almeida
Written by Anna Rose Mohr-Almeida |
I started activism in the third grade because I was worried about animals. I saw a Michael Jackson video, Earth Song, and in the music video there were all these dead elephants who were killed for their tusks. It made me really sad. Then I became attached to pandas and was worried they would become extinct. I started making bracelets and necklaces at school out of recycled materials, and sold them. In about 3 months, I had made about 85 dollars, which I decided to send to Best Friends Animal Sanctuary in Utah, because the pet population problem also really bothers me.
Sharing my concerns at rallies and demonstrations really made an impact and it felt great! The next thing I knew, my family and I were marching in the New York City climate march, which was an amazing experience.
It didn’t take long for me to figure out that a lot of the problems animals face is because of climate change. In 5th grade, an opportunity to talk to the people in Arizona who are in charge of coal-fire plants came up. I spoke at the Arizona Corporate Commission and asked them to think about the polar bears and people who get sick from breathing dirty air and stop polluting the air. Next I testified at an EPA hearing, and then I became a keynote speaker at an event at Arizona State University. Sharing my concerns at rallies and demonstrations really made an impact and it felt great! The next thing I knew, my family and I were marching in the New York City climate march, which was an amazing experience. Since then, I have participated in several marches, continued to speak in public about climate change, have created a group of other concerned kids who are ready to take action and speak out about climate change, and have the help of some really wonderful adults.
Next Thursday we will be protesting at an event being called a “Funeral for Solar,” in Tempe. Our public utility is trying to kill solar and renewable energy by taxing it out of existence. My youth council and I are going to lay on the ground in body bags to show people how many deaths in Arizona are connected to burning coal for energy. Doing activism, speaking out, protesting, and organizing my community is very important and fun. I get to stay connected to kids I know from grade school who are now on my youth council. We get to do fun and unusual things in the community, hang out together, and we usually get ice cream when we are done with our work.