I am enormously thankful that I had this experience

No Barriers Youth Climate Change Response Program Alaska 2015My most impactful moment was our hike up Exit glacier. I remember running my hands along the rough sides and feeling the rush of frigid water pouring out of a crevice.

Most of all I remember staring into the deep blue interior and feeling so very tiny in the grand scheme of life.

The sheer enormity of the glacier was shocking, especially when I considered the vulnerability of the whole ecosystem to human impact. This moment really got me thinking about the responsibility humans have given the power we yield over the planet.
If something so magnificent is in our hands, why not do what we can to protect it?

No Barriers Youth Climate Change Response Program Alaska 2015The trip definitely changed my life. Our daily lives are so disconnected from nature that I think sometimes we don’t realize the reality of our interconnection. Getting far away from everything I know opened me up to the world in a new way, I got to experience first hand the impact my actions have around the globe.

Not only that, I formed strong bonds with my group and gained the invaluable insight of people who share my values and ideas and challenge me to push my limits and explore. I never imagined the effect this trip would have on me but I am enormously thankful that I had this experience.