Shining examples who inspire hope
Negative stories often dominate the news so I was heartened on a recent Saturday by two articles in the Valley Voices section of The Bee. In the first, John Minkler described his civic education program, in which students are taught to be participants in our democracy, not just passive observers. These fortunate students are learning by doing, the best kind of learning there is. Kudos to those teachers he works with who are willing to put in the extra time and energy that this kind of program requires.
Then to my surprise, an article directly below Minkler’s described an inspiring example of this type of active citizenship. Pauline Torres, fresh out of high school, described her concern about her future and the future of others in regard to climate change. Her care and concern took her to Washington, D.C., where she advocated for a House bill, the Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act. Pauline is working toward solutions for this global crisis.
It is easy to despair and become cynical when faced with such problems. But I feel more assured of our capacity to solve these problems when I read about people such as John Minkler and Pauline Torres. – Pat Reeves, Fresno