The Power of “Preaching to the Choir”


My name is Cristopher and I am currently an Earth Team intern. I’m a junior at Pinole Valley High School, who loves nature and is passionate for learning new things. Our school is really close to Pinole Creek, therefore we focus a lot on creek monitoring and water quality testing. Recently we had a presentation to give to Friends Of Pinole Creek, a group from the community that’s devoted to the creek and helps in preserving it. We talked about what Earth Team is and also shared personal experiences and also experiences we’ve had with Earth Team, such as participating in a Coastal Cleanup, we also talked about how we monitor Pinole Creek on a weekly basis, and much more.

Personally it was a really cool experience and I learned a lot of different things. I learned how to go up and present in front of people, and not be nervous. It was also really fun getting up there and making the crowd laugh and be entertained, but at the same time be able to see how serious they took what we were talking about and how much they liked the fact that there are young people that are also engaged in the community and are passionate for the environment. Perhaps the biggest lesson of the day, was that I learned that there are a lot of people with the same vision we have, it was cool to see that there are other people in our community that care about our environment but more specifically our creek. It was a really cool experience and I really enjoyed presenting and just having a great time with my fellow interns.

-Cristopher G.

A big thanks to Friends of Pinole Creek for inviting our students to speak at their April meeting.

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