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UGA student uses Homecoming Week to focus on climate change

Junior Melissa Puckett stands at The Arch to focus awareness on climate change

There were many ways that students at the University of Georgia celebrated Homecoming Week over the past several days, but on Friday, UGA junior Melissa Puckett chose to commemorate the event in an unconventional and socially-conscious manner.

All dressed up for homecoming, and wearing a white sash that read “Homecoming 2030,“ the 26-year-old Athens native stood silently at The Arch, the entryway to UGA’s North Campus.

The statement she was making was symbolized by the oxygen mask that covered her face and was attached to a small, clear tank containing a single tree sapling.

"The purpose of the statement was to make people uncomfortable, kind of to say, ‘You can distract yourself all you want and go about business as usual,’ but the climate crisis is happening, and it needs to be addressed,” Puckett said.

“This will be our future if we don't make drastic changes, and I really want more of the student body to be aware of that,” she said.

Puckett is a mother of two who majors in forestry and is a member of the Georgia Climate Change Coalition and the Extinction Rebellion movement,

Puckett said she planned to stage on-campus awareness activities each Friday while continuing to work towards a clean, renewable future.

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Cole Byrne
Cole Byrne
Aug 09, 2023

Transformative change often begins at the grassroots level, and what better platform than a university event to foster awareness among the youth? These endeavors underscore the importance of coupling education with action. On a related note, those looking to make small, impactful changes in their own homes might consider transitioning to smart technologies. The smart AC controller is a great step in that direction, allowing for more energy-efficient air conditioning and subsequently, a reduced carbon footprint. Every effort counts!

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