Question: What made you decide to join the ISFCollege CAB team?
My desire to make a difference in this planet has urged me to join the ISFCollege CAB team.
Question: What is the most important thing you’ve learned during your term as a CAB member?
Change is the only thing that is constant in this world. These changes could be positive or negative, but there is always something that we can do to stir change to the right direction.
Question: What advice can you share with other College students to crate a better tomorrow?
Every little thing counts. No matter what you do to benefit the environment, do it from your heart.
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Nature follows a systematic protocol of life and death. It is a fact that there is life after death and death after life; it is a never ending cycle. But clarity of what is dead and what is in fact not is important to have! Our body is demolished to ashes, but what never ceases to exist is our soul. Who are we? What are we made of? Or what is it that makes us? It isn’t the physical parameters, it is our conscience that directs our soul to behave, act and perform. Our actions define us, yes, but it is our conscience that makes us who we are.
Hi - I’m Margaret, and I’m a 21-year-old in my senior year at the University of Georgia - a southern girl born and raised. I’ve had a passion for positive, sustainable change since my first volunteer trip to New Orleans for emergency relief and rebuilding after Katrina, but that passion had always been focused on international development and girl’s education. I chose to major in International Affairs at UGA and focus my coursework on these things, and honestly ISF probably never would have crossed my radar until this past summer.
I spent my summer working for a big telecommunications company in their Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) department. CSR in layman’s terms is basically the nonprofit section of each major corporation. My time was spent looking at the environmental effects of the company - their carbon footprint, the recycle-ability of their products, and overall how sustainable the company was. Through this, for the first time, my eyes were open to the terrifying demands we are making on our planet and the importance of saving the environment. I knew that the average college student was a lot like me pre-internship, and I felt it was really important to start spreading this knowledge amongst my peers. Enter ISF, where I’ve had the wonderful opportunity to learn and grow in my own knowledge and share and advocate the things I’ve learned.
The quote that I live my life by is from Arthur Miller and it says “Once and for all you can know there’s a universe of people outside and you’re responsible to it.” So, let’s take responsibility for ourselves, our actions, and our planet & be the change.
With the number of animals bred in mills every year merging into the 5 million mark, it can be difficult to believe we can make a difference, and while animal mills become more and more common, those that suffer in shelters are left missing one very important thing that we often take advantage of: time.
The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) estimates that animal shelters take in 6-8 million dogs and cats every year. Of that 6-8 million, approximately 3-4 million are euthanized; that’s around 10,000 animals a day. And the number continues to grow.
With the idea that ‘the only way to help is to adopt’ lurking around every corner, it can be difficult for teens, college students, and renters to find a way to stop this epidemic. Although rescuing an animal is the best way to ensure its removal from death row, there are many other things we can do to both help the animals and spread the word.
So what can we do?
Fostering is a perfect option for those who have the space and time to care for a pet, but can’t commit to a lifelong partner. Donating your time and home to an animal (or two) gives the gift of time, which is the most precious gift one could give to these helpless creatures.
Unfortunately, millions of animals never make it to the adoption floor, so it’s important to build a relationship with local rescue groups, because not only will you see the animals that are hidden in back rooms, you’ll also be able to assess your new fur-friend before welcoming him or her into your home.
But what can you do if you can’t adopt or foster?
Donating your time to walk dogs, clean out cat boxes, or even complete basic yard work offers a great deal of help that local shelters need. If you have old animal cages and beds, tanks, food and treats, or toys lying around, you can always donate your goods. In fact, basic items such as newspaper, old blankets and towels, laundry soap, and dishes are considered a luxury and go a long way in the health of these shelter animals.
Donating, fostering, or adopting may seem like simple steps toward changing the world, but we can only do it one step at a time. Like we’ve heard time and time again, you may not be able to change the world by adopting or fostering one animal, but for that one animal, you’ve changed his or her world. And it’s important to remember that this world is theirs too.
I am 21-years-old and currently a senior at Purdue University studying Animal Sciences with a concentration in Pre-Veterinary Medicine. After vet school I plan on getting a position as a veterinarian at a zoo. All my life I have wanted to work with animals. Growing up I had always had the dream of being a veterinarian. My parents instilled important values like appreciating all animals and our environment at a young age, as well as equality for all. I have been a vegetarian my entire life as part of my upbringing.
Throughout my life I have exercised my beliefs in appreciating the environment and everyone on our planet through different activities. I have been a member of various organizations and clubs including Girl Scouts. I was very active during my 10 years in 4-H which led to me becoming a beekeeper. Now I have my own website and organization, PeaceBees.org, to educate the world about the honey bee and why they are so important.
My interests other than activism and environment stewardship include reading, writing, playing video games, attending concerts and comic cons, spending time with my family, friends and pets, and watching my favorite tv shows, which I have far too many of. I am very much a pop culture nerd!
Aside from Ghandi, this is my favorite quote: “We make a living by what we get, we make a life by what we give.” -Winston Churchill