John Jay HS Prep Days

Our Outreach Director Jackson went to John Jay Science and Engineering Academy in San Antonio, Texas to spread Ignition Green’s message and get the students hyped about environmental science and fighting climate change! Along with preparation for the school year, Jay students were able to learn more about the challenges our climate faces and how to combat them. We wish all students a great school year, and we’re looking forward to further collaboration with John Jay SEA to fight climate change!

 

CPS Energy Flex Plan Event

Ignition Green members made their way to downtown San Antonio today to attend CPS Energy’s public hearing on their new “Flexible Path” energy plan for the city! We advocated that CPS Energy revise the plan to better combat climate change in San Antonio by going coal-free by 2025 and fossil-fuel free by 2030.

 

Featured Image: Members Sofi Angeles, Jackson Monas (Outreach Director), Jack Si (Events Director), and Elaine Zhang pay close attention to the Flex Plan hearing.

Clean Energy for All!

Ignition Green had an awesome time tabling at the Clean Energy for All Workshop hosted in partnership with Climate Action SA in downtown San Antonio, Texas! We discussed multiple local implementations of clean energy to solve the climate crisis: wider usage of solar energy in San Antonio, going coal-free by 2025, and transitioning to a carbon-free electricity plan by 2030. A big thank you to our partners in Climate Action SA for the opportunity!

Featured Image: Executive Director Matthew Su in front of the event banner.

Earth Day!

Ignition Green attends the annual city-wide Earth Day celebration hosted by Westside Dev Corps in San Antonio, Texas! There they meet other environment enthusiasts and publically introduce their mission of incorporating the youth into the green movement. Alongside a funk “trashion” show, earth friendly art activities, and social bike rides, Ignition Green makes a big splash on the city stage. Garnering attention from local college professors and county officials, it is a big step in the right direction!

 

Featured Image: Events Director Jack Si pours seeds for eager children at Ignition Green’s activities table.

 

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Race for Rwanda

Ignition Green teams up with another noble cause and sponsored the 2017 Race for Rwanda! Two of our team members ran a booth at this 5K race, which donates all proceeds to the Africa New Life Family Center in Kigali, Rwanda established for local women and their children. This center exists to “break the cycle of poverty by providing education, spiritual care and basic necessities to children and families”. Climate change is a global challenge and must be tackled by a global community, and education is a vital first step. This event also marked the first sale of Ignition Green water bottles, made to be fully reusable!

 

Featured Image: Marketing director Ben Walls and member Elaine Zhang smiling at the table.

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Health Careers Discusses Invasive Species

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Here’s what Ignition Green’s day-to-day looks like: Ignition Green Health Careers is hard at work at one of their after school meetings. This meeting, we took a small detour from our usual climate focus and discussed invasive species.

Invasive Species

Invasive species are non-native plants, animals, or other organisms introduced to an ecosystem by outside means. Because these species are not adapted to fit into the ecosystem’s food web or fill a specific ecological role, they can “invade” or spread throughout the ecosystem. This often causes lasting damage to the ecosystem, leading to negative effects on the local environment, economy, and public health.

Invasive Species and Climate Change

In fact, the effects of climate change can make ecosystems more vulnerable to invasive species. The changes in atmospheric carbon dioxide levels, temperature, and nutrient availability stress ecosystems and make them more vulnerable to invasion. Additionally, increasing global temperature and humidity can allow plant and animal species to migrate northward, disrupting colder ecosystems. This is just one of many negative effects that climate change can have on our environment. It’s important to remember that ecosystems and our environment are complex systems and can be easily disrupted by seemingly minute changes; even though a “few degrees” increase in global temperatures due to climate change may seem trivial, it can leave lasting scars on Earth.

Kudos to Health Careers for discussing this important facet of climate change along with their usual planning and coordinating!
To learn more about the relationship between invasive species and climate change, visit http://climate.org/archive/topics/ecosystems/invasivespecies.html

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Happy Valentine’s Day from the Ignition Green family! Valentine’s day is a celebration of love– love for each other, but also love for our Earth. So enjoy this day, but also remember that the environment should occupy a place in our hearts just as close as friends and family.

Show your love

Here are some ways you and your loved ones can #showyourlove for Earth today!

  • Purchase a recycling bin if you don’t already have one (and use it!)
  • Start a garden with your loved ones
  • Have an organic, sustainably-sourced Valentine’s Day dinner
  • Buy your roses from organic, sustainable florists
  • Recycle all those chocolate and candy wrappers
  • If you’re going to light a candle, go for coconut oil candles. They’re vegan and burn cleaner than other candles!

Love our Earth

When you care for the Earth, you help fight climate change and prevent its devastating environmental effects, creating a better future for yourselves and your loved ones. (And appreciating your loved ones doesn’t get much better than that!) So protect our Earth and spread the love!

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Ignition Green Health Careers visits Rhodes Elementary

Ignition Green Health Careers in San Antonio, Texas made a trip to local Rhodes Elementary to host a day of climate action and awareness for the young students. Students learned about climate change and the importance of caring for Earth. We even signed a class Climate Constitution and made promise bracelets to the Earth, pledging to work towards a happy, healthy planet! We’re looking forward to seeing all these young activists will grow up to accomplish. Go, Rhodes and Health Careers!

 

Featured Image: The Rhodes ES class poses with their newly made climate constitution.

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Second Video Shoot

Ignition Green is back “onstage” to collect more clips for our upcoming video on our mission, purpose, and story. It’ll be the editing stage soon! Thank you to all who participated in the filming, and stay tuned for release!

 

Featured Image: Ignition Green members Elaine Zhang, Ben Walls, and Kelsey Xie (left to right) prep for the camera.

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Ignite Health Careers!

And we have Ignition! Ignition Green’s chapter at Health Careers High School in San Antonio, Texas has launched. Led by passionate coordinator Chloe Craig, these bright students are fired up about fighting climate change. Many Health Careers students aspire to be doctors and save lives when they grow up, but we’re even more excited to see the steps they’ll take to save our Earth.

 

Featured Image: Ignition Green Health Careers officers Thalia Stogsdill, Anne Gao, Jeffrey Vanegas, Daria Locha, Julia Schmelter, and Chloe Craig (chapter coordinator).