Pledge Activism

For this project, I asked my subjects to answer 2 questions: 1. What are your biggest concerns in this current political climate? 2. What do you pledge to do in the upcoming year to make the change you'd like to see? I would like to thank my volunteers for taking the time to sit in front of my camera and share with me their thoughts and hopes. I plan on expanding this project as long as I can find people who would like to participate in it. Please contact me through this website if you would like to volunteer to be a subject in my project.

We are here as young students and young members of this planet watching our own kind burn its last resources, poison its fresh air, and pollute its vast oceans, driving wildlife species and thousands upon thousands of people out of their homes as a result. When  we were young kids, we were not taught about these realities of the world; we lived our lives in oblivion and ignorance, just like much of the population today. However, with the education and experience we have acquired throughout our high school years, we cannot simply continue to look away and do nothing about climate change. It is real. Thus, we pledge to give to others what we once received: awareness. For this project, we are focusing on delivering that to those who will likely suffer the most from the collective destructive actions of humankind - that is, we are focusing our efforts towards children.
Our project is to create books for kids, in which we will be using words and art to tell the story of our global sorrow. Don’t worry, we are not here to break young children’s hearts and crush their dreams - instead, we wish to bring hope, guidance, and motivation to those who have not yet become blinded with indifference and paralyzed by fear. We believe that THIS generation has the power to make a difference, and that belief is the FIRST step toward action. The more young people we can get to share our belief, the more likely we are to succeed in saving the planet.

- Maddie and Mariah
I am concerned that we are normalizing a culture of hate. The fact that we elected a man who ran on a platform of lies, bullying, and xenophobia makes me sick. As a young woman, a person of color, and a member of the LGBTQ community, I am concerned that the next few years will be a regression for minorities in America, rather than the progress we need
Music has been the single most positive influence in my life for the past few years, so I would like to bring that positivity to other people. With my band, I will write and perform music that brings people hope, inspiration, and catharsis, as much as music is my own form of catharsis. I believe that music has great power to bring positivity and change into the world.

My biggest concerns in our current political climate address the worsening burden placed upon minority groups. Many of the president’s policies do very little to advocate for people like women, people of color, LGBTQ+, and others.
To affect positive change in the next year, I plan to educate myself further on these issues so that I will be able to properly defend and protect the rights of those who are negatively affected. I also plan to go to as many marches and protests as I can in order to increase my experience as an activist.

- Emma
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