Marlize Velasco

Marlize Velasco is a student that works with the Santa Cruz County Office of Education's Youth for Environmental Action (YEA) group. By empowering her peers to come together and develop ideas for environmental action, she hopes to set an example for younger kids, especially in low-income communities, for sustainability.

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California Youth Lead the Movement for Environmental Action

Across California, young people are making change happen in their communities, and leading the way on environmental action. We interviewed four student leaders in Alameda, Orange, and Santa Cruz Counties who are transforming their communities by cultivating native gardens, teaching sustainable household practices, organizing climate conferences, and more. Hear their thoughts on environmental literacy, engaging young people, social justice, and what we all can do to help create a better tomorrow.