This semester, I enrolled in a new one credit environmental class centered on climate change activism called “Words on Paper.” I knew absolutely nothing about what I signed up for, other than the fact that I was interested in doing something about climate change. Since I enrolled, the class has evolved into much more than a one credit class. I did not expect to have a hand in planning a movement on grounds called #writeclimate that aims to get the community at UVA involved in supporting climate change mitigation through art and awareness.
Led by Professor Deborah Lawrence, #writeclimate is still evolving. We started tabling this week, getting members of the UVA community to affirm their support for the fight against climate change. Professor Lawrence was inspired by the work of Morgan O’Hara, who demonstrated the power of words through her reaffirmation of the Constitution, writing out the entire document by hand. Using this idea, we encourage UVA students to take whatever time they have, even if it’s only a minute, to write or draw something that inspires them to fight against climate change, or to talk to us to learn more about what they can do. We want to create unity and community in order to address the issue of climate change, and get hundreds, and eventually thousands, to join us as we #writeclimate for the right climate. Please follow us on our various social media accounts. More will be posted on the accounts in the near future, we just need your support to get up and running! And keep an eye out for us as you walk around grounds so you can stop by and join us!
Sarah Lang is a 1st year student and a prospective environmental major who is interested in climate change and clean energy. In addition to Green Grounds, Sarah is also involved in Madison House and Club Running. She also loves hiking and the beach and wants to do what she can for the planet so that future generations can appreciate those things too.