It has been an unforgettable experience working with Ecology Action. My team and I had the chance to camp in what I think is the coolest bit of land just south of the city at Circle Acres. This reclaimed landfill is now a thriving wetland and a sanctuary to many birds and native plants. It has been the most refreshing experience to be so close to nature but at the same time close to the city.
My team and I did the majority of our work at Ecology Actions’ drop off recycling center. Personally this was my first exposure to the after life of “trash”. Previously my ideas about the material I was throwing away ended at the trashcan, or the one stream-recycling bin, eventually to be forgotten about. My hands on experience with Ecology Action has taught me a great deal about the materials we are using and how they can and cannot be recycled. Moreover how communities and consumers can come together to effectively produce the smallest amount of waste.
It has been a privilege to work alongside TJ, Alden, Joaquin and Carlos. Their attitudes, knowledge, and commitment to reclaimation and sustainability have been inspiring. I look forward to the great things Ecology Action is going to accomplish.
“The problems of the world cannot possibly be solved by skeptics or cynics whose horizons are limited by the obvious realities. We need men who can dream of things that never were.”– JFK
To learn more about the AmeriCorps NCCC program, please visit their website! We hope to have the opportunity to work with many more AmeriCorps NCCC teams in the future.