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Making an Impact on Mother Earth

Four students Changing one habit in your daily life can have an impact on the climate. That was the message that four Amherst Central High School juniors had reconfirmed after attending the WNY Youth Climate Action summit.


“Your voice does matter,” said Erina Uddin. “You can change your daily life and have an impact.”


Erina was joined by classmates Sophia Lawrence, Payge Vukelic and Emily Watkins at the youth climate summit organized through the New York State Master Teacher program at Buffalo State College. At the daylong event, there were 140 students studying the science, art, humanity, locality, communities, means of production, agriculture, and social justice surrounding climate change.


Stephanie Reddien, a geometry teacher at ACHS and a master teacher, described the day as an action-focused event that got kids together with other advocates. She praised the four students who gave up a Saturday to attend the summit.


They were involved in developing an action plan for their community, attended workshops and networked with many students from area schools.


“I learned how consumption affects climate,” said Erina.


Plastic in the ocean off the Florida Keys is concerning to Payge, who added that students can share information and demonstrate to each other how easy it is to change habits, like carrying a reusable straw rather than using plastic straws for beverages.


“Changing one little thing can have an impact,” said Payge.