A little bit about me
My name is Sheel Patel. I am a high school student in Wilmington, North Carolina. By now you probably now I love being involved in environmental advocacy but I also have a wide number of other hobbies. These include reading (especially about our environment), tennis, karate, juggling, meditation, and practicing heart-rate variability. I am also an avid reader and a person who wishes to explore the world.
Ever since I was old enough to comprehend what nature is, I have been fascinated by it. However, my travels through various national parks across the U.S were what made me see the beauty and importance of protecting nature. Over the course of my childhood I have seen how much the environment has changed. In an industrializing world we are putting the care for our environment to the side. Due to my interests for preserving and taking care of our environment I am a North Carolina climate ambassador, president of my school's ECO club, and an author for an eBook on the environment. I am always trying to make an impactful difference on the planet we call home.
My primary environmental focus involves combating the biomass industry. Through the Cape Fear chapter of the Sierra Club and the Southern Forests Conservation Coalition, I have been able to be a prominent youth advocate on this issue. As this is an issue that has been publicly submerged, has severe environmental repercussions, and disproportionately affects communities, I felt that this issue was something I had to take action in. Logging, due to the production of wood pellets, is the third biggest carbon emitter in North Carolina. In general, I love to be an advocate whenever I have the opportunity.
I was spurred to create this website "Our Beautiful Earth" not only to inform other people about what the Earth's current issues are but to also show various ways for how people can help by making small variations in their everyday life. The topics are almost all large-scale topics because places across the world all have different local, regional, and even national problems, but all of the world faces the same global problems. Through Our Beautiful Earth we also host Zoom webinars in order to interact with the community and discuss our opinions on major environmental issues. Part of taking steps forward to improve the environment, hearing and understanding collective and individual opinion is a necessity.
My long term goal is to spread my environmental knowledge to youth and guide them in the process of taking meaningful action. Currently I am also trying to increase community climate action involvement in Wilmington, North Carolina and develop a nonprofit with a research colleague of environmental action in the political sphere. As a career, I hope to go into the medical field but simultaneously continuing to be a steward of the environment.