Mississippi Teens Take a Stand Against Climate Change
Duck Hill is a small 1,000-person town in the middle of Mississippi that I wouldn’t expect you to know about. I certainly didn’t before reading about it.
However, their community is routinely hit by flooding which is only being made worse by climate change issues.
Despite 15-inch rainwater that regularly shuts down schools and businesses, local teenagers and community activists are taking a stand against climate change and looking to educate the town.
Back in 2018, a group of local teens and community leaders started a group called ASEEDS, which stands for “Achieving Sustainability Through Education and Economic Development Solutions.”
According to Huffington Post, “[The group] includes about 20 kids between the ages of 12 in 18, led by local leaders and funded through grant money. Its goal is to build a more sustainable future in the area. But it has also managed to foster a new generation of climate experts in a state where politicians continue to push climate change denialism and where science education on the topic is decidedly light.”
Mississippi and climate change are usually two words that don’t go together, but not anymore.
With 90% of students unable to access reliable internet when the schools are forced to close, I can only hope that Duck Hill residents start to listen to ASEEDS and get wise.
Joe is passionate about environmentalism and the effect it has on our planet. He’s been a vegetarian for 10 years and is very strict about recycling in his apartment. As well as writing, he likes to spend time singing, playing the guitar, and defending pineapple on pizza.