My Climate Journey & Muncie Climate Camp

by Aiste Manfredini

Every year there seems to be a significant increase of kids in Indiana who are engaged with climate action initiatives in their communities. I believe Indiana is gaining momentum in acting on climate change while building connections with people of all ages and walks of life to improve the well being of its communities and environment.

Last Thursday, leaders of Youth Power Indiana and I gathered at Oakwood Center in Selma, Indiana, for the 9th annual Camp Prairie Creek. The camp is a free youth environmental day camp for youth going into 1st through 8th grade and sponsored by the Muncie Sanitary District and Stormwater Management. We were excited for the opportunity to introduce over 100 kids living in Delaware County to Climate Camp as part of their camp’s program.

Our Climate Camp activities throughout the day included showing campers Sam Miro’s film “Little Warriors,” playing interactive games like Climate Change Jeopardy and demonstrating climate change in a glass jar. We wrapped up our time at Camp Prairie Creek with a nature walk through the woods (where mosquitos were also quick to join us). Despite the rainy weather, it was an eventful day full of hiking, collaborating and learning. Big thanks to Jason Donati, stormwater and recycling educator of Muncie Sanitary District and Stormwater Management, for leading such an amazing camp!

The Climate Camp at Oakwood Center also served as part of my capstone creative project called “My Climate Journey” for my master’s degree at Ball State University. My Climate Journey is a digital storytelling campaign for Youth Power Indiana that aims to inspire young people in Indiana to take climate action in their communities and share their climate action stories. Our goal is to inspire kids in every city of Indiana to take climate action – whether that entails starting an anti-idling initiative at school or proposing a climate recovery resolution or ordinance like the kids have done successfully in Indianapolis, Columbus and Carmel. Now we encourage you, your family and your friends to participate in the campaign!

Here’s how: Show us what you are doing or have done to fight climate change in your community by posting a video or photo on Instagram, Twitter or Facebook. Be sure to include your response in the caption along with your city and the hashtag #MyClimateJourney. All social media submissions will appear in the website’s Share page. Don’t have a social media account? Email us your photo or video and response at aiste.manfredini@gmail.com.

Climate action stories will be continuously displayed at http://www.myclimatejourney.com. We look forward to seeing them!

Shannon Anderson