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‹ AAC-PTS Class of 2015
AAC-PTS Class of 2015 – Maria Miranda
Maria is a senior at Palmer Trinity School. She is set to graduate in 2015 and hopes to become an Agent of Change. When asked about what first drew her to the program, she said the program “teaches students that they can make a difference and I want to start my own ripple in the ocean of change.” She is not looking forward to going back to the everglades, “a mosquito invested town” in her own words but she was inspired to join the program by a video on how Lonesome George & Co. came to be. She knows she is not going to change the world in one day but with this program, she knows she can at least keep extinctions like Lonesome George for happening. Progress and change take time but she wants to commit her time to get a step further.
My initiative is Panirama
Parinama was founded on the basis of a paradigm shift. It is the Sanskrit word for change. A change of mindset. Our goal is to inspire people to change the way they see three specific environmental problems: trash in beaches, plastic bag pollution, and sea level rise. To achieve our goal we will host beach cleanups to collect trash which will be upcycled by students to create art pieces. The art made by students and professional artists will be sold at our event Save the Beach Miami Art Gala at the Biscayne Nature Center, in Key Biscayne Florida. We will also work to address the source of the problem, where the trash, especially plastic, is coming from. We will reach out to local pharmacies, major contributor of plastic bags, in order to reach a compromise on an alternative: paper bags. Lastly, to raise awareness about sea level rise we will create a website that contains facts about how sea level rise affects the coast of South Florida. We will also give presentations to schools about these topic, because the sooner we educate the younger generation, the better.