My name is Clara Dutton and I’m the Sustainability Education Intern at the EarthWays Center for Fall 2022. I’m from Newton, Massachusetts (just outside of Boston) and I’m an undergraduate sophomore at Washington University in St. Louis. I have always been passionate about the environment, something which was further solidified by my family’s love to spend vacation time hiking anywhere we can. Through my classes in middle and high school on sustainability and biology I learned about just how serious the climate crisis is. Last year I took a class about environmental racism, and it changed my interest towards helping disproportionately affected communities. This combines easily with my interest in conservation and protecting wildlife. Although I am still figuring out what I want to major in, my current plan is to double major in Biology and Anthropology: Global Health and the Environment, and minor in Classics. With these two subjects I hope to protect the environment through conservation and environmental justice.
I am so excited to get more involved off campus and get to know St. Louis better! When I went to the Botanical Garden for the first time, I was with my grandmother, and I immediately told her that I wanted to work there. And now I am so excited to work with the EarthWays Center! I am so grateful to have this opportunity to share my passions with others, and to learn more about the world of sustainability education. I can’t wait to learn more about how the EarthWays Center and the garden implements sustainable practices and to be able to connect with schools and get more involved in a community interested in sustainability.
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