2012 was a year full of challenges, triumphs, changes, and new ideas for all of us in the California Student Sustainability Coalition. As we move into 2013, it’s important to reflect on how we can truly be the change we wish to see in the world. All activism and organizing starts within. Here are some New Year’s resolutions from members of the CSSC:
Meredith Jacobson, UC Berkeley: This new year I resolve to be a bridge. I resolve to be a better connector between people of different backgrounds, between different organizations, between different factions and divisions and motives that exist within the same movement toward a better world. The sustainability movement needs more bridges and fewer divides. I resolve to do what I can to be a bridge whenever I can, to connect people and help us all see eye to eye.
Julia Clark, Humboldt State University: I resolve to make a connection with someone in my neighborhood who owns chickens that I could purchase eggs from. Local food is the best!
Kevin Killion, Chico State University: This year will be a year of putting theory into practice. Each day I wish to live intentionally and make the decisions which mindfully bring me closer to genuine fulfillment. I am going to work on limiting my consumption, so that I am more in control of my life and can be more response-able. This year will be about bringing together diverse organizations in common causes, and helping to build the Chico/Butte alliance, with both the youth and our elders. Plan for the worst, Hope for the best, Embrace change and the unexpected, and Accept whatever comes your way. Above all Love Love Love!
Steve Verhoeven, Shasta College: I pledge for the new year of twenty thirteen to take part in the planning and organization of establishing a cooperative/CSA at my school as well as getting my school associated with the Cssc further! Love, peace and trees!
Austin VanDerWouden, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo: My resolution for the year is to continue the progress on my projects at Cal Poly. I want to help our permaculture plot fulfill its potential and maintain the positive atmosphere which it holds. I also plan to do my part it turning the garden at the on-campus apartments into a success by renting a plot and growing some nice plants. I plan on continuing the mentoring program we have where we take children on hikes. I want to be a better mentor by holding more knowledge of nature to pass on to the kids, engaging in less self-destructive habits to be a better example for them, and show them more love. I also hope to get my senior project approved so I can make an examination of the health of Cal Poly’s forest. And hopefully this examination will lead to a healthier forest in the future. I plan to do all this by increasing my mental health, staying positive, not getting distracted by silly things, and by always being grateful for my time on Earth.
Zen Trenholm, UC Berkeley: Work towards a healthy mind, body, and soul. Never stop loving. Live boldly. Live outside of my comfort zones. Make everyone’s lives more enjoyable. Host the most bad-ass convergence, ever. Leave CSSC stronger, more vibrant, and more inclusive than I found it.
What’s your resolution for this fresh new year?