I am a fourteen-year-old girl with a desire to save the world. I have been vegan for the past two and a half years (after turning vegetarian 3 years before.) I am currently the only vegan in my family, but I hope to change that! I made this seemingly extreme lifetsyle choice because I know that it is one way that I can make the most difference in the world. The practice of factory farming causes most of the greenhouse gases (which cause global warming), not to mention the inhumane treatment of animals or the resources sucked up in the process. Controlling the foods I eat is an easy way I protest against these practices in order to benefit the world. I also organize events like food drives, beach cleanups, and homeless feedings. Last year, I was the president of our school's one club, Ecology Club, in which I organized service events, including a food drive that collected more than 500 pounds of food in eight hours. I was recently elected President of the HEAR (Human Environment and Animal Rights Club) in which we hold, and volunteer at, advocacy and service events. Although I run for charities and volunteer at soup kitchens over the holidays, I still feel as though I am not contributing enough to the betterment of our planet. At YEA Camp, I hope to be able to improve my leadership skills and obtain advice to rally young people to fight pollution and world hunger! From the knowledge gained at camp, I plan to convert my school's cafeteria to meatless (starting with Mondays and transitioning to vegan all-week), start a shool Vegetarian Society, create a program in which excess lunch food would be donated to shelters and food banks, and help children in third-world countries. I know that, if we all work together, we can make a difference in the world, no matter our age or nationality!
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