Los Angeles, CA
2023, Senior, Art
Climate Hero: Dominique Palmer, Fridays For Future International; Climate Justice Circle
My grandmother, a woman born and raised in Martinique, first introduced me to art when I was a little girl, and her passion resonated with me. I am inspired by the artistic culture of the people of Martinique, expressed through the way they dress but also their rhythms, lyrics, unique dances, and stunning art. My passion for art is so fundamentally rooted in my culture and in my family, that it has molded me into who I am today, which consequently allows me to express myself. For this artwork, I was mainly inspired by Dominique Palmer, her relationship with nature, and how active, passionate, and unwavering she is about protecting the environment. I admire her work in promoting the arts and sustainable fashion, and her dedication to improving the world around her. I realized that it was complacency that was stopping me from doing more. I felt proud of doing the bare minimum, and never went the extra mile to actually get my hands dirty and work to actually make the planet a better place. As I read about Dominique Palmer, it became increasingly obvious that she does not just work to make the world a cleaner place, she also works to change the people living in it. Overall, Dominique Palmer's efforts make me hopeful for the future, despite the chaos in the world. I hope that by supporting her and supporting other people who are willing to be the change they want to see in the world, we can work to save our oceans, the creatures in it, and promote a sense of responsibility and accountability in the hearts of people all around the world. Because Earth belongs to those who have come before and those who will come after, and it is our job to keep it clean for them.