NSHSS co-founder Claes Nobel, who was known to use “Good Earth to you!” as his favorite greeting, encouraged all of us to treat every day as if it were Earth Day by taking action and doing our part to preserve, protect, and tend to this beautiful planet we call home.
For Earth Day this year, NSHSS will host our annual virtual panel featuring three NSHSS scholarship winners with moderation by Captain Planet! Each student panelist earned a scholarship or grant for their creative solutions to the environmental issues in their communities and the globe! The Captain Planet Foundation was founded based on the critically-acclaimed animated series Captain Planet and the Planeteers and now works collaboratively to engage and empower young people to be problem-solvers for the planet.
In this special Earth Day conversation on April 20, the panelists will talk about what inspired them to get involved in environmental issues, the inception of their projects, what they did in high school, college, or internships to give back to their community and promote sustainability, discuss a handful of ways students could get involved in their local communities to give back to our planet, and more, followed by a live Q&A!
Earth Day Is Every Day Virtual Panel
“In the grand scheme of life, the good earth is our most cherished prize. I like to greet people by saying, ‘Good Earth!’ Say it now. Out loud! GOOD EARTH! It feels good. Those positive feelings (caused by endorphins) can help you do great things.” –Claes Nobel, NSHSS Co-founder
Sixteen-year-old Chase Hartman co-founded a non-profit called Eco Brothers and an award-winning book distribution project called “read.repeat.” and has been focused on improving literacy rates and helping the environment for the past six years. He’s collected and distributed more than 200,000 books and impacted the lives of more than 45,000 students in Hillsborough County, Florida. Chase champions the need for more books-with-diversity and dual language books in local Title-1 schools and has worked to raise more than $110,000 to support this cause and various environmental projects. Chase is an Eagle Scout and Student Government Vice President at Sickles High School in Tampa, Florida. The following awards have recognized his community service: the Tampa Bay Lightning Hockey Team Community Hero of Tomorrow award, Florida’s Prudential Spirit of the Community honoree, and the EPA’s President’s Environmental Youth Award winner. He serves on the Points of Light Youth Council, promoting volunteerism to young people across the country. Chase’s goals are to continue competing in swimming at the collegiate level and earn bachelor’s degrees in Journalism and Psychology.
Niveda Mahesh is a high school senior attending Woodbridge Senior High School in Woodbridge, VA. She is a three-sport varsity athlete in rowing, field hockey, and basketball. She loves strength training at her local gym if she does not compete on the water, field, or court. She is a passionate leader in her school and community. She is currently the President of her school’s National Honor Society. As the Founder and President of her nonprofit organization – 4Girls 4Change (www.4G4C.org), since February 2021, she has helped raise over $18,000 to support several ongoing projects in her local community. Today, these projects support a wide range of healthy community-related activities, including – homeless shelter and support services, food donation drives, COVID-19 relief efforts, and clothing drives for Afghan refugees. Niveda has also been an active Girl Scout since third grade. In August 2022, she won the most prestigious Gold Award for her “Reducing Food Wastage in Local Restaurants” project. She is a passionate environmentalist at heart and plans to major in college in environmental science, with a focus on policy, governance, and sustainability. Her long-term goal is to become the Chief Sustainability Officer of a socially responsible and earth-centric company.
Sankalp is a global youth leader, changemaker, and entrepreneur. He created the Global Sachh Foundation to work on the 17 Sustainable Development Goals with young leaders worldwide. The organization is now in over ten countries and has positively impacted millions through its work. Their campaigns, such as a food donation drive, educational drive, clothing donation drive, educational sessions, and natural calamities action campaign, have been recognized by President Obama, Vice President Al Gore, and numerous other world leaders.
Claes Nobel, of the Nobel Prize family and Co-founder of NSHSS, was a passionate advocate for environmental causes. In fact, his favorite greeting was “Good Earth to you!" He encouraged all of us to treat every day as if it were Earth Day by taking action and doing our part to preserve, protect, and tend to this wonderful planet we call home. Watch the video for Mr. Nobel's special message.
Be sure to tell NSHSS about your climate action and sustainability efforts and initiatives you are doing for the good of the Earth so we can share with others. For example, how are you bringing awareness for environmental issues and solutions in your own community? We want to hear from you! Fill out this form and you may be included on this page, in the next NSHSS News & Press Blog, Scholar's Journal or social media.
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