This cold and snowy morning, we had the pleasure of presenting to two classes at the University of Dubuque in Dubuque, Iowa. Our friend, Shauna, is an admissions advisor at the school, and she connected us with a professor of science and environmental courses.
We set up in the first classroom, spoke to the students about Branching Together, and answered their questions. Then, they filled out leaves, and we discussed practical steps they can take to live sustainably. We then set up the project in an atrium, where the next class would be viewing the display. In between, we connected with some passers-by about the project. In the second class, Environmental Literature, they are currently reading a work by Wendall Berry, which we were able to connect to our project.
We really enjoyed connecting with these students who are working to be difference-makers in their own community. The professor was so welcoming to us and was excited about Branching Together. It was truly a pleasure to speak with these incredible people about how, collectively, we can make a difference.
One of the words that kept showing up in the vows they wrote on leaves is "conscious." They said things like "I will be conscious of the products I buy in stores to reduce waste" and "I will be more conscious of recycling." It's incredible to see people becoming more aware of the change that they can affect on our earth. Can't wait to meet more people at our next stop, Indianapolis!
Cheyenne and Susie