LONG BEACH, Calif. — Diana Michelson, a senior at Long Beach Polly High School and founder of the Long Beach Green Schools campaign, recently received the 2022 International Young Eco Hero Award from the nonprofit Action for Nature. did.
In August, the Long Beach Unified School District voted unanimously to commit to using 100% clean, renewable energy in its schools after two years of Michelson and the Green Schools campaign working toward that goal. I voted.
“I hope one day my children will experience the magic of nature and tide pools as I have. See crabs gliding over rocks, sea slugs eating seaweed I want you to see it,” Michelson said. And the only way they can see this is if we take action now. ”
Michelson is one of 16 young environmental activists around the world to receive this award. The Eco Hero Award honors activists from her 8 to her 16 who are taking steps to address environmental issues in their communities. Winners are selected by a panel of judges made up of experts in environmental science, biology and education.
“Young people like Diana show that the next generation of leaders is here to take action around the world to address the climate crisis and solve local, national and global environmental challenges. ,” said Beryl Kay, President of AFN. “Projects created by young people like Diana are making a real and meaningful impact on communities, helping solve global climate problems, and inspiring others, including adults, to do what they can. ”
Since 2003, AFN has recognized over 341 young activists from over 31 countries.