Nearly 3,000 students signed petitions calling Indiana University and Purdue University to become carbon neutral. We selected only twelve. Learn about one of those students below. Learn about the others too.
Reflection After First Week
"Human beings, by changing the inner attitudes of their minds, can change the outer aspects of their lives." -William James
How would you like to be introduced on stage?
Now presenting Sydney Johnson, an upcoming Junior at Indiana University. Sydney is currently pursuing a major in Psychology and in the future hopes to combine the fields of Psychology and Climate Science to encourage more people to get involved in the fight against climate change. She is passionate about and dedicated to collecting empirical, research based evidence that can be utilized to improve the quality of both human lives and the natural environment. Her main goal in life is to have a positive influence on as many people, and plants, as possible.
Why did you decide to participate in CNI's Learn / Hustle / Grow summer program?
The #1 reason I decided to participate in CNI's LHG program is because I am passionate about both spreading knowledge about the science behind climate change and using this knowledge to implement effective, practical solutions to the current climate crisis. Additionally, I believe the LHG program will not only allow me to participate in the climate movement, but it will also allow me to further develop and improve my leadership and teamwork skills.
What might we accomplish together this summer?
My dream is to see Indiana enact a 100% carbon neutrality goal. While this goal has a highly unpredictable timeline, I believe the contributions that CNI has already made/will make will greatly increase the speed with which we achieve 100% Carbon Neutrality. I can imagine us speaking to policy makers and getting other Hoosiers motivated to reduce carbon emissions. I see CNI effectively communicating how the needs of the planet can be met while still satisfying the needs of our people. Even if we do not establish 100% Carbon neutrality in Indiana this summer, the households, academic institutions, and businesses that do become carbon neutral will demonstrate a significant advancement in the climate movement.