The Tidal Wave
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Not Solved The Tidal Wave
June 30th is a day that will live long in my memory. It was a day full of celebration, full of miserable goodbye's one after the other, but nonetheless full of hope. I hope every WYSE delegate took away similar things to what I did from our experiences and at the very least found the courage to go back home and change some of the unjust practices happening in their hometown because they're happening everywhere no matter where you look. No one is exempt from climate change, no amount of money can get you a pass away from it.This morning started off with a final breakfast at Southside, where I ate with some friends from my color group, the high and mighty green group. We then grouped together for the last official color group meeting with our fearless leaders Erica and Diego. We each passed around our WYSE shirts and signed them, so when we're all famous environmental scientists we can sell the shirt with the famous 22  environmental advocates. Our color group meeting ended after everyone shared their favorite experience of the week, although I couldn't come up with a specific favorite moment because every moment was so uniquely sublime in its own way. Although, I told the group My favorite part was visiting the Smithsonian Conservation Biological Institution, where I saw the maned wolves and cranes.The finale meeting of WYSE was just an emotional tidal wave the swept everyone under without warning. First, there was a speaker who spoke about the way we can change our communities and apply what we've learned at WYSE. Next the Dean of admissions at George Mason University, Ay Takayama-Perez spoke about how close everyone had come over the week and she read some of the blog posts (Including one from my blog!) which was a real tearjerker, but just shallow waters compared to what had yet to come. Ms. Takayama-Perez ended by introducing, Doctor Richard Friesner the WYSE program director. Over the course of the week Richard had come to leave a lasting impact on me and became somewhat of a role model/inspiration to most delegates I assume. Richard came on stage and began telling us of how he got into environmental science, the area he received his Ph D in, and he claims to trace it all back to familiar tale I'm sure all have heard: The Lorax. The Lorax is always a great book the employs environmental theories in the perfect way every time you read it, but when Doctor Richard Friesner read it a whole new story was revealed to me. But what really pulled me under was when the staff handed every delegate an acorn with a piece of paper saying one simple word with a one concrete simple meaning: Unless. The riptide had at this point pulled the many of the delegates swiftly under. Final goodbyes were being said and it was like the Tidal wave, driven by an aftershock. I let friends go that I may never see again and others that I will do anything to reach again in the future. The whole experience was one of the best I know I will ever participate in. I only wish I could share it with more people. WYSE left me with the greatest gift: Inspiration. The inspiration to pursue my dreams in the only field that has ever held any importance to me, a field with only the noblest of motives, a field that urges for equality and respect for all things, the only field that can ultimately save the world. It's going to be a huge struggle, but with patience, passion, and dedication I believe people will understand what climate change poses to the world. After all, We can't eat money nor can we drink oil.
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