A little bit about me
My name is Sheel Patel and I am an incoming freshman to the University of Pennsylvania's Class of 2028. I am passionate about environmental advocacy and have a wide range of hobbies including reading about the environment, playing tennis, practicing karate, meditation and monitoring my heart rate variability. I am also an avid traveler and enjoy exploring the world.
Ever since I was young, I have been fascinated by nature and my travels through various national parks across the US have only solidified my love and appreciation for the environment. As I have grown, I have seen the negative impact that industrialization has had on our planet and I am determined to make a difference. I am a North Carolina Climate Ambassador, the president of my school's ECO club, and an author of an eBook on the environment.
My primary focus is on combating the biomass industry and its environmental repercussions. Through the Cape Fear chapter of the Sierra Club and the Southern Forests Conservation Coalition, I have been able to advocate for this issue and raise awareness. Logging, due to the production of wood pellets, is the third biggest carbon emitter in North Carolina.
I created the website and resource hub "Our Beautiful Earth" to inform and educate the public, particularly youth, about the current environmental issues and to provide ways for individuals to make small changes in their everyday lives to make a positive impact. The website also aims to connect and build a community through events such as speaker sessions and Zoom webinars.
My long-term goal is to spread my environmental knowledge to youth and guide them in taking meaningful action. In the future, I hope to pursue a career in the medical field while continuing to be an advocate for the environment.