I’m another member of ICEY and a blogger on this site. I’m sixteen years old, and I’m in tenth grade at Bloomington South. I do high school gymnastics, study voice, play guitar, and participate in Interact Club when I can. I love to cook, play with my puppy, write and arrange songs, and spend as much time outside as possible.
I’m a member of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Bloomington. I’m part of the childcare team at UUCB, and I love working with the littlest ones in our community. I also try to attend youth group as frequently as I can.
When I first heard about ICEY around this time in 2014, I was excited. I was so happy to finally be able to be a member of a “club” (although that’s not really what we are; we’re a community) since I have such a hard time making it to meetings between gymnastics practices and voice lessons and schoolwork. ICEY was perfect for me: meetings and events on the weekends, time spent with fun, passionate, hilarious people, and most importantly, the most dire cause we as humans have to worry about.
Being a member of ICEY for the past year has been both empowering and humbling. What we’ve done this year, including (but not limited to!) organizing a rally in conjunction with the Climate March in New York City in September, evaluating and helping the Islamic Center here in Bloomington become a greener building (including hopefully getting solar panels!), and training for and organizing a day of weatherization on MLK Day, has shown me what we can do, but also how far we have to go.
It’s a long, hard journey that we’re going to have to take, and much of it is going to rest on our generation, those of us who are young adults and teenagers right now. Sometimes it’s hard not to feel angry that we were left with such a mess, but we have to take that anger and turn it into good. The state our world is in now is not our choice. It wasn’t even the choice of our parents and grandparents. It’s the product of how our society has functioned for the last few hundred years. Our choice is what we can do to change it.
Sometimes it’s hard to make these changes, and I totally understand that. Different individuals and families are going to make different adjustments to reduce their impact on the planet. And that’s okay. Every little thing helps, so even if right now your family can’t help the climate in one way, there’s always another way to help. Some of these things take little to no effort, such as making sure to turn out the lights when you leave the room or turning your phone off when you sleep to save battery. Some of them might take a little more, such as taking military style showers or line drying your clothes, but these are all things we can do, and they all help. It might not sound like much, and sure, what difference will it make if you line dry your clothes one time tomorrow? Not much. But what if you line dry your clothes every time you do laundry for the next six months? The effects will make a difference.
I’m excited for the future. I know that we humans can make a difference and save our planet if we push ourselves to try, so I hope that today, you will take that first step. Double-check for lights left on when you leave the house. Line dry your next load of laundry. Start a compost pile in your backyard or a recycling bin in your kitchen. Once you’ve done that, share. Tell your friends and family what you’ve done, and encourage them to add their actions to the greater good.
I can’t wait to continue to share my experiences with ICEY and the world in future posts. Thanks for reading, and happy spring!