OUR Experience

One of the biggest goals of Seattle Youth Climate Action Network is encouraging teens to become interested in climate change and to begin taking action steps towards solving this issue. To reach new and existing youth participants (and the world), we decided to create this blog that would highlight the efforts of various organizations and youth in the Seattle area. On this blog, you will be able to learn more about us, up coming events and opportunities(check the calendar and future posts), climate change issues and local opportunities to take action.

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My name is Masayuki and since I am leading the reigns on this blog, you will hear from me often. In this blog post, I want to describe what my experience has been with the Seattle Youth Climate Action Network (SYCAN) Leadership Team , so that you can learn a bit more about the group. To start with, I am in love with the environment. This love began to develop on my hike down the Grand Canyon. I don’t know if it was the red and orange natural beauty that painted the rocks, the clarity of the stars, or the peacefulness that instilled the air that got my attention. It was something that changed my heart into thinking that the environment is worth caring about.

Around that time, the Woodland Park Zoo, Pacific Science Center, and the Seattle Aquarium were developing Seattle Youth CAN and a chance to join a leadership team that would help teens develop environmental awareness and action plans. I thought this was a perfect opportunity to really make a change in my new found love. This group has made me think that change is possible. The first big project that the team created was the 2015 Transportation Challenge. In this challenge, we encouraged teens who lived all over the Seattle area to take public transit, walk, carpool, or ride their bicycle. This way we could be more environmentally friendly with our transportation. To track our results, we logged our trips on Rideshareonline.com. The effect that it had was absolutely shocking.  According to the website, during this one month duration, our group had 1,315 trips not driven alone, 23,206 miles not driven alone, 12,128 pounds of CO2 saved from admittance into the air, 617 gallons of Gasoline saved, and $4,728 saved. During that month, I rode the bus every single day, and I still continue to do this.

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My experience in this group has been tremendous, and since the day that I joined, I feel that I have been able to make a change in this fight against Climate Change. We want Seattle Youth CAN to be OUR experience and this Blog and upcoming events and actions are your chance to get involved! If you want to join our email list or want to write a guest post on this blog, email us at seattleyouthcan@zoo.org

-Masayuki

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed citizens can change the world; indeed, its the only thing that ever has.” Margaret Meed

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