Today we’re recognizing one of Ignition Green’s special members: Taigen Galvan! Taigen is a member of the Events team under Director Jack Si.
A Lifetime of Exploration
In her free time, Taigen enjoys lounging in bed and watching Netflix. However, you might be surprised to learn that she also enjoys hiking 14,000ft mountains, chasing glaciers, and everything in between! At school, running Cross Country and Track is Taigen’s biggest focus.
Away from the classroom, Taigen is an avid explorer. A frequent visitor to her Mother’s land of New Zealand, where she has driven and explored almost the entire country, viewing Fjord’s, backpacking subtropical rainforest, and conquering volcanic traverse. According to her, she has “conquered 7 14’ers in just 2 years” and “doesn’t intend to slow down anytime soon”. Over the summer break, she traversed a glacier on Mt. Baker in Washington. For her 16th birthday, she walked across a frozen lake to the face of a glacier and viewed the Northern Lights while in temperatures of -40 degrees Fahrenheit. For her 17th birthday, she hiked rim to rim of the Grand Canyon, tallying up a total of 48 miles in just 2 days. Recently, she returned from Texas’ own Big Bend National Park where she covered almost 30 miles in just 3 days! What a series of athletic accomplishments!
A Passion for Green
Taigen’s interests are all directly related to the environment and the splendor that our world has to offer. Her inspiration to preserve and protect the environment comes from the places she’s been and the people she’s met. In fact, after chasing glaciers, she came to realize that future generations deserve to see what the world has to offer. She engages in a reduced carbon footprint throughout her daily life, influencing those around her in hope that generations also receive the opportunity to enjoy nature’s beauty.
Ignite and Impact
Ignition Green gives Taigen a platform in which she is afforded the opportunity to engage in youth from an educational perspective. She believes that education is key and that every person playing their part, especially in America where our carbon footprints are large, can and will make a world of difference. Based on what she has seen and learned during her travels and life experiences she sees a way to impact society in a way that can only benefit our environment.
On a daily basis, Taigen models environmentally friendly behaviors, most of which learned from her own family. She has become so accustomed to her behaviors that they have become routine. Her eco-friendly behaviors range from not letting a scrap of food get wasted to hanging the clothes out on the line to dry. She passes information and techniques on directly to her peers and others she engages with in hopes to encourage sustainability for the environment.
Thanks for reading about the daily life of one of Ignition Green’s members! Stay tuned for the next one!
Featured Image: Taigen (bottom right) poses for a picture with Ignition Green teammates after a meeting at the park.