My name is Erica Christensen and I am from Nashville, TN, but I currently live in Memphis, TN. During my tenure at the University of Memphis, I was extremely involved in the Environmental Action Club (EAC), which ran a successful campaign to get students to voluntarily raise their fees in order to establish a green fee. While with the EAC, I worked to help educate students about various environmental issues such as renewable energy, recycling, environmental justice, food awareness, resource conservation and sustainability.
In 2008, I interned with the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy, which focuses on renewable energy advocacy and education on college campuses. In 2009, I interned with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in the Air Policy Office, where I did research related to air and climate change policy. I plan to attend graduate school in 2011 to study environmental policy, but for now I simply enjoy riding my bicycle to work and tending to my organic fruit and vegetable garden.
By participating in the Tunzana Youth Network, I hope to be able to gain a better understanding of how an international youth movement works and how it can create real, concrete change in communities worldwide. I want to learn as much as possible from the other members and share my own experiences with them so that we can collectively build a sustainable organization that will help educate the youth and make environmental change possible.