Help fund my travel to Mt. Hood, Oregon for this life-changing experience!
Aloha! My name is Doorae Shin, and I'm currently a student at the University of Hawaii at Manoa studying Political Science and creating a major in Sustainability and Ecology with a hope to obtain a certificate in Peace Studies. I am a self-proclaimed activist and try my best to take every opportunity to speak up for justice - and this passion has been heavily focused on environmental justice. As a leader of the Surfrider Foundation at UH Manoa and an intern for the Oahu Chapter of the Surfrider Foundation, I work at the campus and state levels on various issues surrounding sustainability. This year, we successfully organized a campaign against EPS foam (a.k.a. styrofoam) and passed a policy banning any foam products at foodservice locations on our campus. We also introduced three bills around EPS foam at the state level and testified for these bills during the legislative session. I hope to continue my work by promoting a campaign to bring reusable bags, bottles, and containers to offset the plastic pollution and single-use waste being created at UH Manoa. My vision is to see a drastic reduction in plastic waste as well as composting sites all over the city and county of Honolulu and even improved recycling programs to really make Hawaii a sustainable paradise that can be enjoyed by future generations.
As a ReCharge! delegate this year, I hope to share my experiences as a Politico, but above all, I hope to learn from others doing amazing work across the country. After college, I hope to travel to several countries and cities around the world that have created sustainable models in order to bring some of the same policies and planning back to the U.S. I see myself being an activist and community organizer for the rest of my life! Through Focus the Nation and the 2013 ReCharge! Retreat, I'd like to gain knowledge on zero-emission and carbon neutral forms of transportation and energy use to make for a sustainable future.
If I had to pick one breakfast to eat everyday until I graduate, I think it would be a fruit and kale smoothie! Sweet, colorful, and refreshing =)