“I want to make sure beautiful, natural environments, like the Yuba River, are preserved for the species that live there, as well as the enjoyment of sharing these places with friends and family for generations to come. I plan to learn all I can and make a positive impact on the environment. I want to help people realize that no matter how small or big your actions are, they will all connect to the bigger picture.” –Amelia Heinritz, Sierra College Freshman, and 2020 SYRCL Environmentalist of the Year Scholarship Awardee
Today’s youth have inherited a planet deeply impacted by climate change. They have risen to the occasion in unprecedented ways, protesting against government inaction on the climate crisis, and have become one of the most influential global social movements of our time.
September is usually a big month for students—the return to school, the start of a new semester and a chance to connect with like-minded people in after-school clubs and on-campus enrichment or activism opportunities. While some of that may not be possible this year, we want to recognize all the incredible efforts young environmental activists are still putting forth, despite the current challenges they face.
In honor of young activists and “art-i-vists” (or activism at the intersection of social and environmental justice and the arts) mobilizing for vital environmental justice around the world—whether it is through their civic action, their studies or their artistic talents- we are distinguishing the month of September as our “WSFF Youth Environmental Art-I-Vism Month.”
We’re thrilled to feature work from both local students within the Yuba Watershed, and from young environmental activists and filmmakers from all over the U.S. Our “WSFF Youth Environmental Art-I-Vism Month” includes programs featuring:
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We hope you feel as inspired by and called to act as we do when you check out all the fantastic work these local and international youth environmental activists and “art-i-vists” are doing to protect our precious resources, ecosystems and wildlife, both here in the Yuba Watershed and beyond!
If you’d like to learn more about SYRCL’s or WSFF Youth Programming, or how to get involved, check out our SYRCL’s River Education Website , or email Ray Lubitz (SYRCL River Education Manager) at [email protected]