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Welcome Clark High School!

Welcome Clark High School in San Antonio, Texas to the Ignition Green gang! Excited students gathered after school for the first meeting where chapter coordinator Gabbie Gonzalez and co-coordinators (insert names here) presented on Ignition Green’s climate mission and discussed ways to make Clark High School more climate-friendly. Students planned upcoming events to promote climate awareness and actions in the local Clark community. Clark High School, we’re looking forward to seeing you shine!

 

Featured Image: Ignition Green Clark members pose for a picture after a successful first meeting. From left to right: Gabbie Gonzalez, Mckenna Mosely, Catherine Gibson, Dafne Villanueva.

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Beyond Coal!

Ignition Green tabled at the Beyond Coal event cohosted by Sierra Club and Climate Action SA in San Antonio, Texas! We worked with 22 other organizations and discussed how to transition San Antonio to coal-free by 2030, including retiring San Antonio’s two current coal plants: Spruce 1 and Spruce 2.

Coal is one of the most dangerous fossil fuels because its combustion is extremely inefficient, meaning that relatively large amounts must be burnt to produce adequate energy. Additionally, coal combustion releases greenhouse gases (contributing to global warming) as well as toxic particulate matter, which contributes severely to air pollution.

Stay tuned for more Ignition Green adventures!

 

Featured Image: Ignition Green members Sebastian Lopez, Benjamin Walls, Jackson Monas, and Calli Recore with some Beyond Coal swag!

Climate Action SA

Ignition Green joins Climate Action San Antonio, dedicated to ensuring community involvement and climate justice in San Antonio!

Climate Justice

You may ask, what is climate justice? The term frames climate change as an issue that is not only environmental, but also ethical, social, and political in nature. Specifically, the ability of a community to adapt to climate change is shaped by factors like race, income, social class, and political representation. Low-income communities and communities of color have the least resources available to combat climate change and, in times of crisis, often receive less disaster relief and recovery assistance.
Thus, climate justice calls for a “human-centric” approach to climate change, protecting our most vulnerable communities and sharing the burden of climate change (and our world’s resources) equitably and fairly. Climate justice also encompasses other concepts like human rights, gender equality, and education. To learn more about climate justice and its role in the climate movement, visit:
The Bali Principles of Climate Justice http://www.ejnet.org/ej/bali.pdf
The Mary Robinson Foundation for Climate Justice https://www.mrfcj.org/principles-of-climate-justice/

Sustainable San Antonio

Along with climate justice, Climate Action SA is working to incorporate greater use of carbon-free energy in San Antonio. This includes:

  • Going coal free by 2025
  • Closing San Antonio’s two remaining coal power plants, Spruce 1 and Spruce 2
  • Transitioning San Antonio to 100% carbon-free energy generation by 2030

In the coming months, we’ll be working closely with local communities to mitigate climate change and address climate justice issues faced by San Antonio’s most vulnerable demographics. Visit Climate Action SA here.

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Video Shoot!

Lights, camera, Ignition! Led by Director of Marketing Benjamin Walls, Ignition Green members met this past weekend to film a video on our mission, purpose, and story. Stay tuned for the video to be uploaded to our website soon!

 

Featured Image: Marketing director Ben Walls and his assistant Peyton Pfeiffer fiddle with the audio setup.

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We go to Rawlinson Middle School!

Ignition Green went to Rawlinson Middle School in San Antonio, Texas to spread our mission of climate awareness! We educated students on climate change, its causes, and its ramifications, and we held group discussions on how individuals can make a difference for the environment. We hope the students will take these valuable lessons home and help their families and households be more eco-friendly.

But wait, there’s more! This trip marks the beginning of Ignition Green’s new outreach program for middle and elementary schools! High school members of Ignition Green will be taking regular trips to local elementary and middle schools to spread climate awareness and love for Earth to the younger generations. Stay tuned for our future excursions!

 

Featured image: Ignition Green members Gabbie Gonzalez, Kate Cazares, Catherine Gibson, Dafne Villanueva, and Steven Maclin (left to right) pose for a selfie in the car after the Rawlinson trip.

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Public Citizen Texas Climate Change Tour

Executive director Matthew took Ignition Green to Public Citizen’s Texas Climate Change tour, where he spoke to climate leaders from across Texas to promote youth climate involvement and kickstart the development of San Antonio’s first Climate Action Plan. We look forward to helping transform San Antonio into a sustainable city!

 

Featured Image: Matthew with Luis Castilla, the event organizer. We also had some great dialogue with Councilwoman Ana Sandoval (District 7) and Doug Melnick, San Antonio’s Chief Sustainability Officer.

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Prep Days at Clark HS and Harlan HS

Ignition Green went to “prep days” at Clark High School and Harlan High School in San Antonio, Texas to promote climate awareness and sustainable living! While students collected textbooks and received their schedules for the upcoming year, they also got to hear from us about the dangers of climate change and how to live more sustainably. We wish everyone a good school year, and we’re looking forward to creating even more positive change in the coming months!

 

Featured Image: Ignition Green members Mckenna Mosely, Dylan Watson, and Gabbie Gonzalez (left to right) working a table at the Clark prep day.

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Launch T-shirts Arrive

Our first line of t-shirts has arrived! These shirts commemorate the launch of Ignition Green and the beginning of a new youth climate movement. You can pick one up at our online store! Your contribution will help us grow and inspire more youth to fight for change.

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Ignition Green Showcase: Taigen!

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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.

Living Green

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.

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Ignition Green Showcase: Kelsey!

Kelsey Xie

Today we’re recognizing one of Ignition Green’s special members: Kelsey Xie! Kelsey was an early supporter of Ignition Green and has since joined the Marketing team to help out director Ben Walls.

Hobbies

Kelsey is an avid musician, beginning to sing at the age of 12 and playing piano at the age of 6. She is heavily involved in her high school choir, and often performs solos and volunteers her time toward the betterment of this program. She plays tennis as well, representing her school’s varsity team for the past 3 years. Similarly, she enjoys taking care of children, spending time with loved ones, makeup artistry, writing, and exploring the outdoors in her free time.

Kelsey’s love for the Earth

Kelsey spent much of her childhood in nature. She went on adventures with other neighborhood children, biked to chosen destinations, and participated in outdoor sports. She has always admired nature, and because of this, she wishes to preserve and maintain its beauty for future generations to enjoy. Due to its detrimental effects on Earth’s flora and fauna, climate change is a “herculean inhibitor” (as she says) to her wish. “Therefore,” she adds, “it must be stopped no matter what!”

Ignition Green Goals

As an Ignition Green member and youth climate activist, Kelsey hopes not only to bring awareness to the subject, but to advocate and inspire more “green” practices and policies. By speaking this gospel, she hopes people will think twice before littering, cutting down trees, driving cars with high carbon emissions, and more. Furthermore, she hopes governments around the world will be inspired to implement more eco-friendly programs.

A Green Future

Kelsey’s neighborhood was once surrounded by forests, and everyday, looking out the car window on the way home, she would delight in the green beauties before her. However, over the years, these forests have been cut down and replaced by newly-constructed buildings, and this, for Kelsey, has been extremely upsetting to see. This experience epitomizes the recurring battle between industry and the environment; one should not be so overpowering. Kelsey wishes to save the remaining forests in the world, and she hopes no other children will have to say goodbye to their green friends.

Thanks for reading about the daily life of one of Ignition Green’s members! Stay tuned for the next one!

 

Featured Image: Kelsey (center) discusses a new marketing idea with her teammates.