After our visit to Indianapolis, we took the long drive to our nation's capital. We were exhausted, but super excited to set up Branching Together at the White House. We set up the display this morning on the sidewalk in front of the White House and its many tourists. D.C. is such a great city for Branching Together because we had the opportunity to reach both local people as well as visitors from all around the world.
We spoke to people from Kansas City, Baltimore, Virginia, India, Europe and more. So many people gave incredible feedback about the display. Branching Together is the kind of demonstration that people are not used to seeing, because of its unique nature. Many people were surprised that we were out there, but also really excited and encouraged that environmental justice is something that people are working toward. A few people even said, "Finally, something out here that I agree with!" Many people took pictures of the display as well as they took in the sights.
While we were out there, we met an employee of a large wildlife foundation, a developer of the UN's Sustainable Development Goals, and others from all walks of life. Toward the end of the morning, a family was walking by. The two young boys in the family were trying to read the display, and pulled their dad by the hand over to us.
The boys, dressed in suits for a White House tour, read the entire display. Then, we brainstormed with them about what they can write on their leaves of vows of change. They were concerned about how plastic doesn't decompose in the earth. So, one of the brothers wrote that he will no longer use plastic straws. The other brother said he had some trees, but kept forgetting to water them. So, he wrote that he will water his trees!
Today was very encouraging because we met so many people who are ready to make a change in their lives to be more sustainable. Everyone seemed to be really supportive of Branching Together and happy to see young people taking action to make the world a better place. Meeting those two kids especially was awesome. They are the future, and it was amazing to meet these passionate world changers!
We'll talk after Philly!
Cheyenne and Susie