Feature Friday: South Side Environmental Education Directive (SEED)

At the start of the quarantine, 19-year-old Iván did what so many of us did: embraced the novelty of the pandemic and binge-watched the latest Netflix shows to pass the time. Now that the novelty has worn off, Iván has worked hard to create structure, self-reflect, and find what brings him true joy. All of this inspired him to combine his passion for science and the environment with his joy of working with lower and middle school children. The end result is a project that, while still in the early stages of development, deserves to be in the spotlight! The South Side Environmental Education Directive (SEED) is a wonderful way to encourage other young people to get outdoors, to explore nature among Chicago’s concrete jungle, to think scientifically, and to care about the environment. Check out my interview with Iván to hear all about his initiative, what inspired him, and why it matters. Give some love and support to Iván by visiting his YouTube channel linked here.

Are you a young person or do you know a young person who’s doing something that deserves to be in the spotlight? Simply email readytorisemovement@gmail.com for more information on how you or someone you know can be featured in the next Feature Friday!

Kermit Says: Make Earth Day Every Day!

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Dr. Seuss is one of my favorite authors. I know, I know. Of all the authors, this English teacher’s favorite is Theodore Seuss Geisel, an American artist and children’s author known for greats like Green Eggs and Ham, The Cat in the Hat, and (of course) How the Grinch Stole Christmas. His texts are not merely filled with imaginative characters and silly rhymes, but instead are allegories that explore highly political and social issues. His subversive works challenge readers to think critically about racial and religious equality, materialism, and environmentalism and, in some ways, even empowers readers to affect change. The 1971 classic, The Lorax, is one of those stories that does just that!

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