Meet the Interns!

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Allison Lopez – My name is Allison Lopez I am a sophomore. I joined earth team because I started realizing that there was a lot of trash in my community and I felt disgusted so I decided to do something about it. A fun fact is that i love animals doesn’t matter if they are ugly or creepy they are all the same.

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Ashly Rivas – My name is Ashly Rivas and I am a sophomore. I joined Earth Team because I wanted to be more involved in nature. I love listen to music and dancing even though I can’t.

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Bryant Martinez – My name is Bryant Martinez and I am a senior. I joined earth team because I want to gain new experience and do outdoor activities. A fun fact about me is I love outside activities. I like to hike, watch anime, play sports, and hangout with friends.

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Daphne Munguia – Bio coming soon!

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Dzalia Araujo – My name is Dzalia Araujo and i am a in 12 grade. I joined Earth Team because I love trees and I care about the environment. Fun fact about me is I like to paint and draw.

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Guadalupe Miranda – My name is Guadalupe Miranda and I am a junior. I joined Earth team because I care about my community and the environment. I also do it because I want to do something after school and go out in adventures. I also like drawing and I like to go hiking. I was born on Mexico and I am the oldest of two. I also want to learn experience on going camping.

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Guillermo Calderon – Bio coming soon!

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Isabel Araujo – Bio coming soon!

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Linda Marquez – My name is Linda Marquez I joined Earth team because i enjoy doing my part for the environment. I was born in Oakland and my family roots are Mexican. I love animals and nature, dancing to banda, reading, and listening to music.

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Marianna Mendez – My name is Mariana Mendez and I am a Senior. I joined Earth Team because I love meeting new people and being informed about our environment. This is my 3rd year part of Earth Team. I was born in Oklahoma and I have done a pre-college course at Brown University. I watch anime and C dramas. I go hiking with my family on the weekends.

 

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Arbor Day 2018: Richmond H.S. Tree Planting With Groundwork Richmond

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If someone were to tell you that only a handful of youth directly made an impact on Richmond’s air quality, you wood not believe it. On the 20th of October, Groundwork Richmond branched out to Earth Team and invited them to this hear’s Arbor Day Tree Planting event. Our primary objective – to plant 20 trees and assess several more along the Richmond  Greenway, for the benefit of the next generation of the Richmond community.

IMG_1874.jpg As with every successfully curated event, the hosts provided refreshments for the Arbor Day enthusiasts who woke early to be present that morning, including Richmond and Kennedy High School. Once bellies were full and hands filled with the compulsion to bring more life to the Richmond Greenway, Groundwork Richmond staff welcomed all and immediately got down to business; but first, tree planting tutorials were of first priority. Richmond interns Fernando and Ashly absorb all that they can on properly executing a tree planting.

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Interns were excited for their first tree planting of the year. For Richmond intern Daphne, it was mulch madness! Every group of interns had various duties: digging the hole, priming the saplings, staking the wooden poles, watering, etc.

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The day felt it flew by, but the work was no doubt physically demanding; however, that made the reward of seeing ~20 beautiful along the Richmond Greenway all the more satisfying! Richmond interns Guadalupe and Daphne are in congratulatory mode after a job well done.

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The day was christened off by Richmond’s Mayor Tom Butt, who stopped by to say a few words, and those words were nothing but impactful; for he said the official Arbor Day Declaration, making the city of Richmond an official Arbor Day Site!

Special thanks to all community members who were right beside Earth Team in planting trees, residents who paused their morning family bike ride to help out, and Groundwork Richmond for curating and hosting one of many eventful tree plantings. Great job!

Joint Richmond-Kennedy High School Waste Action Leaders Take On Rumrill

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The intersection of Rumrill Blvd. and San Pablo Ave. had the chance to finally have a breath of fresh air for the first time in a long while on the 12th of this month; and Richmond / Kennedy interns have to be thanked for that!

2 interns from Richmond H.S. and 1 from Kennedy devoted their Friday afternoon to give Rumrill Blvd. some tender love and care (TLC) by conducting yet another litter assessment.

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These aren’t your typical interns; even in the face of disgust, they saw the beautiful and fun. Richmond intern Daphne insisted on making a game out of it. Whoever picked up litter in the most creative way would be crowned the winner!

Team work makes the dream work, and that’s exactly the motto interns had that day. While 2 conducted the litter assessment, the other had the handy dandy Marine Debris Tracker app and was documenting every piece of litter.

“Plastic cup!”

“Newspaper!”

“Food wrapper!”

Types of litter were thrown to garbage bags so often, one would think these interns were baseball players.

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As the old adage goes, “less is more”; and those 3 interns are the epitome of that saying: within the span of 2 hours (with the help and guidance of their coordinator) they collected over 8 bags of trash. That’s over 670 pieces of litter! Thanks to Daphne, Brittany, and Fernando to their diligent effort in cleaning up Rumrill!

Interns Spearhead Their Own Abyss of The Unknown on Marine Debris

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If an adjective had to be chosen to describe the aura of this year’s Richmond ET interns, bets would be placed on mettlesome – fiery and full of spirt. Fiery in the sense of the burning sensation that is their conscious, as can be seen through their excitement. Full of spirit from how they refuse to not understand the issues their community faces. In this meeting’s case, it’s how long marine debris lasts in the ocean.

Continuing with ocean waste education, it was unanimous that an interactive activity was in order to learn about how long marine debris truly lasts in the environment.

They were given a short list of items most commonly found in marine debris sites (glass bottle, plastics, rope/fishing nets, etc.), and a list of durations (3 months, 50 years, 200 years, etc.). The goal was simple: match each marine debris item with their corresponding timeframe. Interns wasted no time in figuring out the timeline.

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Team work was extremely prevalent;  interns Allison, Daphne, Bryant, and Guadalupe delegated tasks for a quicker turnaround time. The pressure was building as each team were inching nearer to completion, but that did not mean the timeline presented itself with some curveballs! Make no mistake; without any prior knowledge of marine debris, it would be an extremely difficult task to complete.

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They had to discuss, critically think, use their deduction skills (and not to mention their gut), to crack the timeline. Interns Linda and Mariana were constantly in debate while Dzalia ferociously contemplated the duration of a monofilament fishing line.

Once all was said and done, they were excited to see the fruit of their labor come to fruition. The highest scoring team got 5 correct; but it wasn’t the amount right that mattered. Interns were shocked to find out that no expert knows how long a glass bottle lasts as marine debris! Interns were in disarray, to say the least.

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From this experience, their sense of agency overpowered the sense of despair, for now they felt equipped with the knowledge they accumulated from this meeting to take action! Great job to all interns!

 

Waste Action Youth Conduct Litter Assessment in Richmond

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This was only the second meeting for the Richmond High School (RHS) Earth Team interns and they are already hitting the ground running! This was first meeting after the Coastal Cleanup Day, and they reflected on how much litter they collected. All interns communicated and were in consensus that more should be done regarding litter, and that 3rd meeting was their lucky day!

These intelligent interns got down to business and immediately took them only several minutes to learn how to use the Marine Debris Tracker App, an application developed in part by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to increase public engagement in citizen science.

It did not take long at all before Richmond’s waste action leaders took to their campus and conducted their first litter audit! They immediately knew where the hotspots might be – the sports complex, including the football field and stadium, cross country track, and the surrounding green area. Those pesky football players!

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They split up in groups of 3-4 and within the hour and it was not long after that they needed more trash bags! No bush was unchecked; and indeed they searched every nook and cranny! ET interns Elly, Guadalupe, and Allison (left to right) conducted an in-depth assessment of a bamboo patch and found many items.

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Teamwork was extremely prevalent during the assessment. Interns Bryant, Mariana, and Marisol worked together tirelessly and made it their mission to collect more litter than any other group!

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All in all, interns appreciated the fact that they got to go outside and make a positive impact on their campus. They collected a total of 6 trash bags and over 900 pieces of litter! Great job to every waste action leader!

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2018- 2019 Richmond High School Program Kick-off

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Earth Team is back at Richmond High School for another year of hard work and fun! Mina Nada, Project Coordinator and Richmond H.S. project lead, presented to 4 classes reaching about 484 students for this years program. After receiving over 26 applications we narrowed it down to 14 amazing interns!

Our team spent our first meeting getting to know one another, participating in team building activities, setting group agreements for the year, and learning about the program logistics.

We look forward to another great year at Richmond High School!

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Richmond Air Quality Interns Conduct Transportation Surveys

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The Transportation Action Plan (TAP)

Earth Team inters worked diligently in the data collection for the TAP calculator which, in short, calculates the pounds of CO2 emitted per week by forms of transportation. Inters are focusing on collecting data in order to create, lead, and implement a plan that will reduce CO2 emissions by persuading and encouraging students to use alternative modes of transportation but first, pizza!

The interns collect data such as, miles traveled to and from school daily, and mode of transportation. They will then input data into the TAP calculator which consists of an excel spread sheet that will then give students the ability to create graphs in order to run community outreach campaigns. Earth Team pushes to not only inspire students to create change but to also make sure they are using the proper tools to back up their movement towards a cleaner environment. Creating change in the environment such as air quality also improves health for example, by reducing the asthma rates in high vulnerable communities.

 

Air Quality Interns Calculate Carbon Sequester Efforts of Earth Team Trees

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If climate change is the result of humans adding carbon dioxide to the atmosphere, is there a way to take some of that stuff out of the air? Yes, there is! Trees absorb CO2 from the air and store the carbon in their biomass (wood). Trees are actually part of a carbon cycle: they absorb carbon during their lifetime and then release that carbon after they die and decompose. Still, trees may be an affective strategy for soaking up carbon in the short interim.

The Air Quality Interns at Richmond High School learned about trees ability to sequester carbon, and began a project to calculate the amount of carbon absorbed by certain trees.

The interns started with a list of trees planted by the Urban Forestry Internship. Using the data from those trees, the interns began using a tool developed by US Forest Service and Cal Fire to calculate tree carbon sequestration of these trees over the next 40 years. Stay tuned for the results!

 

 

Air Quality Rolls the Dice on Climate Change

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Climate change is a difficult topic to comprehend for many reasons, but especially because there many interconnected parts that are not obviously related. How does the invisible emissions from my car contribute to drought conditions on the other side of the world? Another difficult part to understanding the problem, is that many of the consequences are not yet realized and difficult to imagine. What does an increase of temperature look like in my city in 10 year, 20 years, 50 years?

To address these issues, another Earth Team Internship, Skyline, helped create an educational board game that mimics environmental conditions in cities. Players roll a dice to determine the temperature, air quality, and precipitation in their imaginative city. Players also can add things like trees and bikes to their game board to help control heat and pollution from reaching unsafe levels. The object of the game is to increase your city population, which requires the players to keep their city safe from hazardous conditions.

The Air Quality Interns helped the board game entitled Save Our City, to test the rules and make suggestions. They also learned quite a lot about how the pieces of a city fit together to help or hurt urban residents.