I am a sophomore at Mater Dei High School in Santa Ana. I was first inspired by my older brother to learn about climate change and the problems associated with harmful greenhouse gases. When I was 12, I attended a 3-day conference in Seattle sponsored by the Climate Reality Project where I learned that climate change causes more than just air pollution. It spreads diseases, destroys animal habitats, impacts our food supply, causes extreme weather, and results in the loss of land due to rising ocean levels. I left the conference with a deeper understanding that my lifestyle choices are directly impacting our planet. As the video intern for ENC, I hope to combine my growing skills as a videographer and photographer to support ENC in its mission to educate our community about our environment and sustainable practices for protecting it for future generations. I look forward to this challenge and hope that my work at ENC will have a positive influence on you and our community. – Emma Zebrowski
We do not usually accept high school students as Video Interns, but Emma’s resume and reference from her teacher convinced us otherwise. In addition to being a Climate Reality Leader for The Climate Reality Project (which is SUPER awesome), she is on the Principal’s Honor Roll and a member of the National Honor Society and California Federation Scholarship. She participates in Advanced Studio Production at Mater Dei High School, where she is responsible for providing content and filming for her school’s daily morning show, Monarch Television. Her experience includes: camera operator, audio technician, technical director, script writing, directing, lighting, and floor director. She films and edits a weekly segment titled, Time for Change, about the climate change crisis using materials from the Climate Reality Project. Over the summer of 2018 she participated in the Orange County School of the Arts Film and Television Program where she developed skills in filming, editing, lighting, screen writing, film composition, and teamwork. We couldn’t be more grateful to have Emma with us as a Video Intern. Stay tuned for her projects on our YouTube channel!