The Matterhorn
Hallee: ‘Just seeing the beauty of nature and also seeing how fragile it is can inspire you to make changes in your own life.’

Lots of people realize global warming is happening, but they’re often at a loss for what to do about it.

Hallee: “They have all the correct information, and they’re concerned about it. But it’s not something that they’re thinking about every day, and they kind of just go on with their lives.”

That’s 17-year-old Caroline Hallee from Palo Alto, California. She says that she used to feel the same way. But things changed during a semester abroad in Zermatt, Switzerland, where she witnessed glaciers melting in the Alps.

Hallee: “Just seeing the beauty of nature and also seeing how fragile it is can inspire you to make changes in your own life. And I came home with a sense of urgency and really felt like I needed to do my part.”

Now, Hallee is taking action. As a fellow with the Alliance for Climate Education, she’s done door-to-door outreach, phone calling, and lobbying about fracking and renewable energy. And she’s planning another trip to Switzerland to make a short film about the melting glaciers.

She thinks her motivation to fight global warming comes from feeling a personal connection to it. For her, that connection was forged in the Alps. For others, it might arise closer to home: after all, Hallee says, there are glaciers in California too!

Reporting credit: Sarah Kennedy/ChavoBart Digital Media.
Photo: The Matterhorn in the Swiss Alps.

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