2024 Teens Dream - Teen's Rain Gardens

2024 Teens Dream - Teen's Rain Gardens






Teen's Name
Whitney Burton
Teen's Grade
11th
Teen's Dream

Runoff is one of the biggest water pollutants and causes significant marine/wild life damage. My dream is that every where there is a body of water, there will be a rain garden. This relates to goal 14 of the UN SDG’s. Rain garden’s can help prevent plastic pollution by catching the plastic before, chemical pollution, and even water eutrophication because they can absorb some of the fertilizers before hand. I think most teens probably don’t know how much rain gardens can do for run off or what they are, but I would love to change that. Starting an organization to educate teen’s about rain gardens and how to create them could motivate teens to make them in their communities and spread the idea of rain gardens across the nation. I used to think that only big impacts such as policies could do anything remotely positive for climate change and improving our sustainability. It lead me to feel really overwhelmed and depressed, so I actually started to avoid sustainability related things. My sustainability teacher would talk with us about how much small acts can do and “better is better”. We would do small things such as weeding the garden and planting things across school. It really changed my perspective about small acts, and ever since I think that one eco-system made healthier is a beautiful thing. That is why I love rain gardens so much. It is a small act with such a big impact. I want teens who might feel similar to how I felt know that small acts can do great things and they are able to help fight the climate crisis. Doing small acts is what started to make me feel like they mattered, so I’m hoping rain gardens can do that for others, no matter the size of the rain garden.

The UN SDG my dream most relates to