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CLIMATE AMBASSADOR PROJECTS

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2023-2024

GIANNA, PARKERSBURG HIGH SCHOOL

Gianna is organizing efforts to bring biodiversity to the area by building two butterfly gardens/sanctuaries – one at Emerson Elementary and another located at a favorite camping spot. She will also provide a plaque or signage that explains the importance of these pollinator gardens.

AARON, PARKERSBURG HIGH SCHOOL

Aaron is working to build and install birdhouses in various parks in the Mid-Ohio Valley region. His goal is to provide safe and stable housing for birds who may have lost their habitats. He also aims to provide a plaque with these birdhouses that will explain the importance of preserving habitats.

MATTHEW, WILLIAMSTOWN HIGH SCHOOL

Matthew is currently focusing on building on the Environmental Program within his school to promote overall awareness of climate-related issues. He plans to recruit new members and develop activities to get other students involved in the club to create a successful, long-term group of local activists. He is also working alongside Senior Ambassador, Alayna, to help implement his plans. He attended the Marietta Earth Day event.

NADIA/RILEY, WARREN HIGH SCHOOL

Nadia and Riley are working together with the Warren Environmental Club to create a school garden using eco bricks. Eco “bricks” are made by filling bottles with non-recyclable, single-use plastics. They hope that the garden can be used as a learning tool to educate students and club members about the process of growing and harvesting food, and the impact that using food from non-local sources have on the environment. The goal is to create active and open conversations about pollution, climate change, and food sovereignty.

SENIOR AMBASSADORS

Nate, Parkersburg High School and Alayna, Williamstown High School are MOVCA’s Youth Climate Senior Ambassadors. They assist the first-year ambassadors with resources for their projects. Nate and Alayna will be focusing on organizing a group activity and leading efforts to engage public officials. Nate attended E-Day at the WV Capitol to talk to area organizations who are also advocating for climate-related concerns, and talk to Senators about relevant legislation. He also arranged for the PHS Nature Club and Envirothon Teams at PHS to attend the Annual Arbor Day event held by the Parkersburg Tree Committee to plant 5 new trees at Quincy Hill Park.

Alayna created the environmental club last year for Williamstown High School and has actively recruited members to grow the club for years to come. They have built pollinator gardens that will be tended to by WHS students. She has also spearheaded a survey to the local community to gauge interest in bringing curbside recycling to their neighborhoods. The Environmental Club will be attending the July Williamstown City Counsel Meeting and present the results
of their survey. She also has maintained weekly school newspapers entries regarding climate-related issues and the club efforts.

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2022-2023

NATE,

PARKERSBURG HIGH SCHOOL

Nate is working on bringing bat boxes to the campus of PHS. Bat boxes help to compensate for the loss of trees due to deforestation and urbanization, creating a human-made home for them where nature is no longer available. While bats may have a misunderstood and “scary” reputation, they are actually very important to our ecosystem and if they were to disappear, there would be serious consequences!

Nate also assisted in bringing a Kitchen Klimate Science presentation to PHS.

ALAYNA,

WILLIAMSTOWN HIGH SCHOOL

Alayna is working on creating an environmental club at her school to increase awareness of climate and other environmental issues among her peers and to give those who are interested in these issues a place to join with other like-minded students. She proposed several ideas for the club, including publishing an environmental zine, working with the art club to create “trash art” sculptures out of single use plastics, and developing a pollinator garden while using composted cafeteria food scraps, just to name a few.

LILLIAN,

PARKERSBURG HIGH SCHOOL

Lillian’s project is to create a sustainable coffee stand before school hours to promote awareness of the climate crisis. She will use sustainable materials to reduce waste, and will use the stand to spread her message to a wider audience than what she might have a chance to do during the normal course of the day. Lillian wants to use the proceeds from her project to fund additional climate ambassador projects or to donate to other climate-related nonprofits.

ANNA,

PARKERSBURG HIGH SCHOOL

Anna is working with her school to cultivate a biodiversity garden on campus. She has proposed bringing other students into the project by, for example, commissioning art students to design informational posters after she determines what they should contain. While preparations have been ongoing throughout the year, planting for the garden would begin in February/March of 2023.

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