Richmond High Interns Reflect on Fall Semester

Richmond High finishes a busy Fall Semester with Earth Team

After a semester of 100% virtual instruction, Richmond interns are ready and deserving for rest and relaxation this winter break.

At our last meeting of the year, interns shared some of their highlights from the semester. The team is overall grateful for the opportunity to have something to do to stay busy and social through months of distance learning. Interns specifically enjoyed participating in virtual activities and learning a variety of environmental topics. Amidst the ups and downs this year has brought, our students have proven to us once again how incredibly resilient, passionate, and dedicated they are to protecting the environment.

How Richmond interns describe Earth Team.

See what Richmond interns had to say:

I enjoyed learning about new things and about the food industries impact on climate change.
Richmond High Earth Team Intern

I liked that I was able to do activities with my friend and learned a little more about climate change and air pollution.
Richmond High Earth Team Intern

Our meetings this semester happened weekly over Zoom in compliance with COVID-19 protocols. Interns learned about a variety of environmental topics including wildfires, indigenous ecology and history, food industries impact on climate change, carbon footprints, and environmental racism/justice. Interns also heard from professionals working in environmental and sustainable focused careers.

Additionally, Richmond interns participated in individual litter clean ups throughout the Bay Area. Throughout the fall semester, Richmond Earth Team has clean up over 300 pieces of litter. Interns also practiced research skills through working on Vehicle Miles Traveled (VMT) surveys and waste audits.

Each month Earth Team staff hosted a virtual weekend event where interns across the entire Earth Team program were able to meet, hear from guest speakers, and participate in workshops. Earth Team interns learned about preparing for careers in Environmental Science, applying to college and financial aid, and developing STEM research projects.

We’re excited for what’s to come from the Richmond team in the new year!

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