My name is Zion Smith. I am a sophomore at Baltimore City College High School, I am an intern with BRANCHES at the Parks and People Foundation, I am a student at the Medical Education Resource Initiative for Teens (MERIT), and I am a proud team member of the Baltimore BioCrew at the Baltimore Underground Science Space (BUGSS).
There is nothing I value more than the protection and restoration of our environment.. I was born and raised in Baltimore, and all of my life I have seen so much beauty in our community. I have always enjoyed bike riding nearby our Inner Harbor, jogging around Druid Hill Park's reservoir, exploring the trails of the Jones Falls, and in the summer time taking refreshing dips in the Chesapeake Bay when I visit Annapolis. I love the city of Baltimore, and I am an advocate for bettering the environmental condition of the city. There are a lot of issues within the environment, but an alarming issue in Baltimore is the extreme presence of plastics and waste. Plastics are everywhere; in our harbor and bodies of water, on our streets, and they have even become a part of the food chain for our marine life. These plastics are dangerous, as they harm the aquatic life, create an abundance of pollution, and degrade the health and beauty of our environment.
In my future I want to be a strong advocate for the health of the communities within Baltimore. When I grow up I want to be a health care professional. I value the health of not only the environment, but also of the amazing people in my community. I look forward to creating a solution for the issue of health inequity, as well as promoting well-being, without judgement of race, ethnicity, social status, gender, orientation, religion or ability. In order to do this I want to create a push for the improvement of the environment of Baltimore, and erase the environmental disparities of my city.
An essential step to improving Baltimore's community is to take initiative. Everyday I participate in doing this, whether I am at my environmental internship assessing the physical, chemical, and biological quality of a stream or at BUGSS on a saturday discussing our next steps for the project. I am proud to be apart of the Baltimore Biocrew at BUGSS, as we take the issues in our environment very seriously. Everyday we are making decisions, working hard, and getting creative to make a direct impact on the major environmental issue of of the city of Baltimore. The Baltimore Biocrew is taking initiative. We are a group of diligent like minded students that are trying to solve the growing issue of plastic waste. I am very excited to present our project at the iGEM competition and raise attention to all of the great things being done in Baltimore, and the importance of creating a healthier environment.
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