"We plant the seeds that one day will grow. We water seeds already planted, Knowing that they hold future promise." -Oscar Romero, “Future Not Our Own”
In the summer of 2018, I joined the APEN (Asian Pacific Environmental Network) youth intern program. One of my biggest takeaways from being a youth intern was going on a Just Transition tour to actually see the toxic impacts that big corporations and organizations have on Richmond. I learned that a just transition is necessary because we need cleaner ways to get our energy and having a big pollutant like Chevron in our communities is harmful and downright terrible on our health. Everyone deserves a healthy and stress-free life free from the need of capitalist greed and polluters like Chevron.
As a current fellow for the '19 Seeding Change Followship cohort, I am incredibly grateful to have such an inspiring and supportive group of individuals during this transformative experience. I've learned so much in the span of just one month that I will forever take with me, as well as the new relationships I've developed. If it weren't for this fellowship, I would have never had the opportunity to take a step out of my comfort zone and publish my political journey growing up as a Mien-American growing up Richmond, which you can find here: https://medium.com/@APEN4EJ/intergenerational-voices-for-a-just-transition-in-richmond-21c9be4630f0
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