A little bit about me
My name is Sheel Patel. I am a high school student attending John T. Hoggard High School in Wilmington, North Carolina. I live with my mother, father, and older brother. My hobbies include reading (especially magazines about our environment), tennis, karate, piano, meditation, and practicing heart-rate variability. I am also an avid reader, a traveler, 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 nature. 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 emerging advocate of several nonprofit organizations. This includes being a North Carolina Climate Ambassador! I have always tried to do what I can to help our environment.
I am supportive of numerous environmental issues, but my focus lies in 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.
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. As a career, I hope to go into the medical field but simultaneously continuing to be a steward of the environment.
Full Credentials and Experiences
- Founder of Our Beautiful Earth, Our Beautiful Earth, (July 2020 - present)
- North Carolina Climate Ambassador, Path to Positive Communities, (June 2021 - present)
- Climate Justice Academy (CJA) Program Certification, Sierra Student Coalition, 2021
- Bomb-Ass High School Organizer Award, Sierra Student Coalition, 2021
- American Climate Leadership Awards Nominee 2022, ecoAmerica
- September (SPROG) Program Certification, Sierra Student Coalition, 2021
- NCGreenPower Outstanding Achievement Award ($1,210 raised in funds), John T. Hoggard High, (September 2021)
- Operation Climate Research Intern and Post-Intern Ambassador, Operation Climate (June 2021 - present)
- Youth Delegate of the International Wood Pellet Forum, Communities Against Wood Pellets (May 2020 - present)
- Spokesperson and Volunteer (focused on combating the wood pellet industry), Southern Forests Conservation Coalition, (May 2020 - present)
- Hoggard Envirothon Club - Treasurer (December 2021 - present)
- Hoggard ECO Club - Outreach Coordinator (January 2021 - present)
Full Credentials and Experiences