"Our generation, and that of our children, will face its share of crises, just like every generation in the past. When those calls come, will you be ready? The answer depends on how we educate the next generation.” - Oliver DeMille
As we continue to navigate the changing tides of our planet, it becomes ever more prevalent that we need to place emphasis on protecting our home. Fortunately, even as challenges continue to arise and present themselves, heroes begin to appear from unexpected places, such as our local high schools.
Cindy Su and Michel Liao, both 17, are taking these matters into their own hands by creating a non-profit devoted to educating and informing our future generations about the importance of living sustainably with our environment.
System Green, started in early March 2022, is a non-profit designed to help citizens get engaged with advocacy. The group plans to host events, volunteer efforts, and more to help to illustrate the benefits and importance of our natural world.
“Kids are trying to make a difference for our future,” shared Michel, with passion in his eyes. “We’d like to promote added solar power in the Valley and help to educate companies on better, more sustainable practices.” While their goal list continues to grow, they take solace in being on the right path toward a long-term, sustainable future - one where we live harmoniously with the Earth and our natural environment.
“We’re dedicated to bettering the quality of life in our area and youth engagement is so important to that goal,” Cindy said. “We want to lower costs, get more businesses to go green, and help everyone practice living more sustainably.”
Alongside their Board of Directions (Sneha Sharma, Audrey Plass, and Annie Birch Wright), Cindy and Michel are working toward added community involvement. “All interested businesses and organizations should absolutely reach out!”
While both Michel and Cindy have lofty goals for their futures in academia, they are both dedicated to System Green and fostering a community that cares deeply about the environment. Their immediate plan is to get the non-profit off the ground including finalizing their branding, T-shirt (and other merch) designs, and to begin necessary fundraising efforts.
For more information about System Green and its founders, visit them online at SystemGreen.org.
[Pull Quote: “Kids are trying to make a difference for our future,” shared Michel, with passion in his eyes. “We’d like to promote added solar power in the Valley and help to educate companies on better, more sustainable practices.”]