Last evening I went to a lovely event to hear from a young woman name Erin Schrode who is running for U.S. Congress. She is inspiring, dynamic and passionate about the environment, human rights, gender equity, education, workforce development and the need to lead a younger generation to become involved and get excited about politics and legislature. So why am I sharing about Erin?
Because of a post I wrote here, 6 years ago. I was inspired by a group of teenagers who founded a non-profit called Teens Turning Green. They hosted a summit where scientists, entrepreneurs and activists spoke on a myriad of issues from women’s health and nutrition, to products and fashions that were green and sustainable. So turns out Erin was one of the founding members of that group. The group started by educating teens and all ages about the harmful effects of cosmetics and hygiene products, and potential link to cancer. I was certainly in my element for the advocacy of fresh, organic foods but there I also learned about other ways to make my family and lifestyle more healthy for me and the planet. In addition to learning about effects of factory farming and learning greener alternatives to many popular home and healthcare products, I also met the founders of UKonserv and PlanetBox. Two of the companies I still support and promote for reusable, safe food storage. When I went home from the summit, I immediately starting researching and replacing all my cleaning products and cosmetics, with healthier, greener alternatives.
Erin and her friends inspired me with her enthusiasm and activism then and Erin continues to inspire as a activist and politician, 6 years later. Teens Turning Green, now Turning Green has gone beyond cosmetics and is now a student led global movement devoted to education and advocacy around environmentally sustainable and socially responsible choices for individuals, schools, and communities. They created the Conscious Kitchen, a non GMO, organic school lunch program in Marin City. There’s is curriculum and town hall discussions that travel to U.S. high school and university campuses to teach greener lifestyle choices to students. Erin has gone beyond local endeavors and has travelled the world, besides attending NYU. After visiting earthquake torn Haiti, she founded The Schoolbag, a youth education project to provide tools and materials for students in need, She continues to work for global stewardship and environmental curriculum with Palestinian, Israeli, and Jordanian youth, urban recycling infrastructure in Ghana, and recently with Syrian, Iraqi, and Afghan refugees in Greece and Macedonia. She’s only 25, but has made the most of those years. Please click on these links to learn more about Turning Green and Erin.