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Leaders in Environmental Action for the Future 

The Nature Conservancy asked Maya Rucker a few questions about her upcoming LEAF internship in Georgia. Here's what she had to say:

What are you hoping to learn from your experience as a LEAF intern?


I hope to learn different ways to reduce my carbon footprint, and be environmentally friendly at home and everywhere I go. I also hope to learn different conservation and environmental leadership skills. And since I’ll be living on my own, I hope to learn how to cook, and also become more independent while I’m out there in Georgia.

How do you think this experience will help you in choosing a career?


I think it will help me narrow down what field of engineering I want to study. Whether I study biology or environmental engineering, I figure this experience will help me get a better idea of what I want to do.

Why do you think conservation and restoration is important?


It is so important because if our environment depletes to such a level, I don’t know what we are going to do. We can’t live without other ecosystems; we can’t live without nature, period. We need fresh air; we can’t just live in a bubble and have fresh air pumped to us. The best way to breathe is from trees, from plants. So we need a way to keep those trees around, to manage or conserve them, in order to keep breathing.

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