February Great Story

February Great Story by Andrew Hatt, 2018-19 Central Inland Climate Fellow In the run up to Mid-Year Gathering, I was honestly conflicted about how to feel about the whole thing, and whether I even wanted to go or not. I had been looking forward to it all year, but then after seeing the schedule, I…

An Alley-Oop for Nature

February Great Story by Matthew Kubasak, 2018-19 Sacramento Climate Fellow At Saint Augustine High School, I heard a lot about the namesake. His most interesting story is about wandering a beach full of dying starfish after a terrible storm had washed them ashore. Augustine saw a kid running around throwing the starfish into the ocean.…

Community Workshop in Albany

January Great Story by Lizzie Carrade, 2018-19 Bay Area Climate Fellow Right around 6:59pm on January 16, the City of Albany Council Chambers was filled with community members eager to learn more about and participate in the planning process for the City’s Climate Action and Adaptation Plan, “CAP 2.0”. As my site supervisor and I…

Big Small Town

January Great Story by Andrew Wakelee, 2018-19 Central Coast Climate Fellow My hometown of Ventura is a big small town. When both sets of my Grandparents arrived here in the early 1960s from upstate New York and Ohio to find better weather and opportunities, Ventura was a rural town of a mere 20,000 people. Today…

When Will I Move Mountains?

December Great Story by Naomi Lopez, 2018-19 Central Inland Opportunity Access Fellow Moved by Mountains; When Will I Move Mountains? I was excited to be back in Southern California and close to my family and to get out of this NorCal weather. I should be used to it by now, but every year it?s the same…

Count Down

December Great Story by Sierra Huffman, 2018-19 North Coast Climate Fellow Count Down Dancing in the night, Before the year comes to an end, Rewind the clock,To where the month began,Nose to the grindstone, And face towards the screen, Researching, Accounting, And writing summaries, I know so much more,Than I did at the startAll the months hard work Has carried me here,Dancing till the…

New Year New Way of Thinking

December Great Story by Marjan Kris Abubo, 2018-19 Greater Los Angeles Water Fellow I wipe the sweat off my brow and stare into the distance so I could readjust my eyesight after staring at a small plot of weeds I had been pulling for the past thirty minutes. For the past couple months, I’ve been volunteering…

Back in the IE

November Great Story by Mairany Anaya, 2018-19 Inland Empire Climate Fellow Recently, a co-worker and I were having a conversation about what we wanted to be when we were growing up. When it was my turn to answer the question, I replied with “I wanted to be a chef in the 6th grade for reasons…

November Great Story

November Great Story by Sarah Risher, 2018-19 Sacramento and Sierra Climate Fellow It started raining as we drove into Paradise. In place of traffic lights and stop signs, National Guards directed the vehicles coming in and out of the incinerated town. The roads were lined with crews tagging and removing trees that posed any risk…

Annabel Drayton

Annabel was raised in Pennsylvania and moved to California to serve as a CivicSpark Fellow in the 2017-2018 cohort. After her time as a Fellow, Annabel continued working with the Ventura County Regional Energy Alliance where she’s focused on developing strategies that help the region transition to a clean energy future. She graduated from Penn…
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